About R. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD

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.

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Mass General Dentistry at Longwood
188 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-432-1434

Mass General Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
55 Fruit St.
Wang Ambulatory Care Center
Suite 230
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-2740

Medical Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • DMD, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital*****
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital*****

American Board Certifications

  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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  • Select Publications:

    • 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.
    • Dodson TB, Susarla SM, Chuang SK, Donoff RB. Third molars and TMD.J Am Dent Assoc. 2007 May;138(5):576, 578; author reply 578, 580.
    • Susarla SM, Kaban LB, Donoff RB, Dodson TB. Functional sensory recovery after trigeminal nerve repair. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2007 Jan;65(1):60-5.
    • Dodson TB, Guralnick WC, Donoff RB, Kaban LB. Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School MD oral and maxillofacial surgery program: a 30-year review. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2004 Jan;62(1):62-5.
    • Wrzosek M, Warner G, Donoff RB, Howell TH, Karimbux N. A survey of information technology management at US dental schools. J Dent Educ. 2003 Oct;67(10):1095-106.
    • Lam NP, Donoff RB, Kaban LB, Dodson TB. Patient satisfaction after trigeminal nerve repair. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2003 May;95(5):538-43.
    • Blaeser BF, August MA, Donoff RB, Kaban LB, Dodson TB. Panoramic radiographic risk factors for inferior alveolar nerve injury after third molar extraction. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2003 Apr;61(4):417-21.

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