Alan S. Herford, DDS, MD, is the Chairman of the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Herford is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. His medical degree is from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Dr. Herford completed his training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Center in Dallas. In 2008 Dr Herford was named the Philip Boyne & Peter Geistlich Endowed Professor in OMFS.
Dr. Herford is actively involved in research. He has multiple publications and has presented his original research at both national and international meetings. He was recently awarded the Laskin Award which is given to the authors of the most outstanding article published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for that year. Dr Herford is the primary author on numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications on topics ranging from reconstructing skin cancer defects to the use of growth factors to rebuild jaw defects. He has recently authored book chapters on treatment of mandibular fractures, facial flaps, and treatment of soft tissue injuries. His clinical interests are reconstructive surgery and maxillofacial trauma.