R. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD


Walter C. Guralnick Distinguished Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

DonoffDr. R. Bruce Donoff has served as Dean of HSDM since 1991. He received his DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1967 and MD from Harvard Medical School in 1973. Dr. Donoff’s professional career has centered on Harvard’s Faculty of Medicine and the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Donoff has made major contributions in research to the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery with interests in wound healing, bone graft survival, sensory nerve repair, and oral cancer. He has published over one hundred papers, authored textbooks, and lectured worldwide. He recently helped launch a new Harvard Initiative – Integrating Oral Health and Medicine.

He served twelve years on the Board of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation and is former President of the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. He is editor of the MGH Manual of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Massachusetts Dental Society Journal.

Dr. Donoff has received numerous honors, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Research Recognition Award, the William J. Gies Foundation Award for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Alpha Omega Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Awards from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In 2014, he was a Shils-Meskin awardee for leadership in the dental profession.

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