Meet the Chief

John Zuniga, D.M.D., Ph.D.
John Zuniga, D.M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

John Zuniga, D.M.D., Ph.D., Professor, is Chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and holder of the Robert V. Walker, D.D.S., Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He received his D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1978. He completed a residency in General Dentistry in 1979 and in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1986, both at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Zuniga’s clinical interests are in temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and neurosensory disorders. He is an experienced trigeminal nerve microsurgeon and has performed more than 300 nerve repairs for a variety of clinical conditions affecting the trigeminal nerve of the oral and maxillofacial region. He also has a clinical interest in benign pathology, dentoalveolar surgery, and trauma of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Dr. Zuniga’s major research interests are in chronic and acute orofacial pain and trigeminal neurosensory disorders. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters in these areas. He was awarded the 1998 Daniel Laskin award for Most Outstanding Publication in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and, in 2008, the William J. Giels Award for Clinical Research.