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.
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 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.
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 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.