the University of California, San Francisco Dental School

The dental school of the University of California, San Francisco, founded in 1881, is amongst the oldest in the country. It is also one of the nation’s finest dental schools. Many world renowned researchers are tenured faculty members here.

Invitation extended to Dr SM Balaji to visit the UCSF Dental School

Dr SM Balaji was invited as a special guest to visit the school by Dr Ophir Klein who is the Program Director of the “UCSF Program in Craniofacial Biology” during his recent trip to the country. This was in recognition of his research into newer surgical techniques to obtain better surgical results with less number of surgeries and a shorter convalescence period.

Dr Sm Balaji At The Program In Craniofacial Biology Laboratory
Dr SM Balaji at the Program in Craniofacial Biology laboratory

A warm welcome at the UCSF Dental School

Dr. SM Balaji met with Dr Ray Stewart who is the chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. He presented Dr Ray Stewart him with his “Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” and “Clinical Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery” book. Dr Stewart expressed how the books would be a valuable addition to the school’s library

These books have been authored by Dr SM Balaji. The former is a textbook for undergraduate and post graduate students in dentistry while the latter charts the milestone surgeries in his career as a Cranio-Maxillofacial surgeon.

Dr Sm Balaji With Dr Ray Stewart At The Ucsf
Dr SM Balaji with Dr Ray Stewart at the UCSF

Research into aspects of Craniofacial Biology at the Dental School

He later visited the UCSF’s landmark Division of Craniofacial anomalies and met with Dr Alice Goodwin, a leading researcher in Orthodontics in the “Program in Craniofacial Biology.” They held discussions regarding the direction of research in craniofacial biology and its role in benefitting prevention and early intervention in cases of craniofacial deformities.

Dr Sm Balaji With Dr Oberoi, Craniofacial Orthodontics
Dr SM Balaji with Dr Oberoi, Craniofacial Orthodontics

Further discussions regarding treatment modalities

Dr. SM Balaji also visited Dr Snehlata Oberoi, Director, Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontic Program at the school. They spoke at length about the incidence of craniofacial abnormalities in both their nations and the research being undertaken to help advance treatment options for patients.

Dr Sm Balaji With Dr Alice Goodson, Craniofacial Researcher
Dr SM Balaji with Dr Alice Goodson, Craniofacial Researcher