Leonard B. Kaban, DMD, MD, FACS is the Chief of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Walter C. Guralnick Professor and Chairman of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Distraction osteogenesis
  • Maxillofacial trauma
  • Orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery)
  • Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Temporomandibular joint surgery
  • Hemifacial microsomia
  • Giant cell tumors of the jaw
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • DMD, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Delta Dental
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - other
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicaid Dental
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Met Life Dental
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. Leonard Kaban is internationally recognized in the field of craniofacial deformities -- e.g hemifacial microsomia -- pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery, jaw tumors in children, and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Currently chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery and Walter C. Guralnick professor and chairman of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), Dr. Kaban attended Queens College,  received his DMD from HSDM and MD from Harvard Medical School.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Medical Examiners and a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and American College of Surgeons.

As speaker and visiting professor, Dr. Kaban has crisscrossed the globe.  He is known for treatment of children with craniofacial abnormalities, jaw deformities, jaw tumors, TMJ deformities, salivary gland disease, secondary cleft lip/palate deformities, obstructive sleep apnea, micrognathia and facial trauma. His research includes the development of distraction osteogenesis for mandibular advancement, bone wound healing and tissue engineering.  He has received many honors, including the HSDM Distinguished Alumni Award, AAOMS Research Recognition Award, Donald Osborn Outstanding Educator Award, and Harvard Medical School Award for Mentoring Women Faculty.

Dr. Kaban's research interests are integrated with his clinical practice.  He works avidly to reduce the surgical trauma, enhance the quality of healing, and improve the outcomes of facial surgery.  He has also been working on the biology of giant cell tumors of bone in an effort to develop medical therapies for these aggressive jaw lesions in children.

Dr. Kaban is author or co-author of over 270 scientific publications and five books, including the text Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Kaban founded the Skeletal Biology Research Center (SBRC) in 1994, in order to promote reduced surgical morbidity and better clinical outcomes for patients with traumatic injury, congenital and acquired anomalies, and diseases of the face and jaw.  Working in partnership with academia and industry, the SBRC has contributed important advances to the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including refinement of minimally invasive surgical techniques for OMS, engineering of a distraction device for curvilinear movement along the face and jaws, tissue engineering, and computerized three-dimensional treatment planning.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

Kaban, L.B., Seldin, E.B., Kikinis, R., Yeshwant, K., Padwa, B.L., Troulis, M.J.:  Clinical Application of Curvilinear Distraction Osteogenesis for Correction of Mandibular Deformities.  J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 67:996-1008, 2009.

Kaban, LB, Bouchard, C, Troulis, MJ:  A Protocol for Management of Temporomandibular Joint Ankylosis in Children.   J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 67:1966-1978, 2009.

Susarla, SM, August, M, Kaban, LB:  Immunohistochemical evaluation of giant cell tumors of the jaws using CD34 density analysis.    J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 66:928-933, 2008.

Troulis, MJ, Tayebaty, F, Papadaki, M, Williams, WB, Kaban, LB:  Condylectomy and costochondral graft reconstruction for treatment of active idiopathic condylar resorption.  J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 66:65-72, 2008.

Thurmueller, P, Troulis, MJ, Rosenberg, A, Chuang, SK, Kaban, LB: Microscopic changes in the condyle and disc in response to distraction osteogenesis of the minipig mandible. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 64(2):249-258, 2006.
Troulis, MJ, Williams, WB, Kaban, LB: Endoscopic mandibular condylectomy and reconstruction: Early clinical results. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 62:460-465, 2004.

Kaban LB, Troulis MJ, editors.  Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  Philadelphia: Saunders; 2004.

Dr. Kaban's Harvard Catalyst page

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News & Events


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Boston MA, 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-2740
Fax: 617-726-6195
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104 Endicott St
Suite 101
Danvers MA, 01923
Phone: 978-882-6600
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