Dr. R. Bruce Donoff was born in New York City. He attended Brooklyn College as an undergraduate, received his DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1967 and his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1973. Dr. Donoff's professional career has centered on Harvard's Faculty of Medicine and the Mass General's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He began as an intern in 1967 and has served in the department since that time, becoming chair and chief of service in 1983. In 1991, Dr. Donoff was named dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, a post that he continues to hold.
In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Donoff has made major contributions in research to the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. Donoff served 12 years on the board of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation and is currently 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 boards of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Massachusetts Dental Society Journal.
Dr. Donoff has received numerous honors during his academic career, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Research Recognition Award, William J. Gies Foundation Award for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Awards from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has published more than 90 papers, authored textbooks, and lectured worldwide.
Susarla SM, Kaban LB, Donoff RB, Dodson TB. Does early repair of lingual nerve injuries improve functional sensory recovery? J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2007 Jun;65(6):1070-6.
HSDM Dean among five honored by American Friends of Hebrew University
Dr. Bruce Donoff was honored for exceptional service at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Health Professions Annual Breakfast.