Prof SM Balaji visited the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago at the invitation of the Chairman of the department, Dr Henry C Fung as an observer.

Prof SM Balaji is an eminent oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Chennai, India. He has a special interest in cleft lip and palate repair and surgical treatment of syndromic children afflicted with complex craniofacial defects.He travels extensively around the world in a constant quest to keep himself abreast with surgical innovations being practised in the best hospitals worldwide.

Dr SM Balaji accompanied Dr Fung and his team of maxillofacial surgery residents during ward rounds. He also met with Dr James Murphy, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and discussed the various oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures performed at the Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago. Prof SM Balaji also visited the Operating Room as an observer. He observed Dr Henry Fung and Dr James Murphy operate on various Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery cases.