Azeem K Lakha, D.M.D.

Palo Alto Oral Surgeon Dr. Lakha

Practice Limited to Implant and Bone Grafting

Dr. Lakha is a Board Certified and Fellowship trained Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who has limited his practice to Osseointegration Surgery (implants) and Osseous (bone) Grafting. Dr. Lakha has extensive experience in implant reconstructive surgery having been involved in it since the inception of the technology in the US 30 years ago. He is one of the few surgeons in the world to have been trained in advanced osseointegration surgery by Professor Branemark of Sweden. Professor Branemark discovered the technology underlying today’s implants

Dr. Lakha has developed several innovative grafting techniques and instrumentation in the field of osseointegration surgery and bone transplantation. Over the last 30 years he has gained extensive experience in routine and complex cases including bone and implant reconstruction of victims of cancers, tumors, facial trauma, gun shot wounds, cleft lip and palate cases, and unusual congenital syndromes of the head and neck such as Riegers’s syndrome, Cliedocranial dysostosis, Osteogenesis Imperfecta and related syndromes.

A significant portion of Dr.Lakha’s practice involves Revision Surgery. Revision Surgery is surgery performed to replace or compensate for a failed implants or complications of implant and bone grafting surgery.

In addition to his busy surgical practice, Dr. Lakha devotes time to teaching and participating in clinical trials and research. This allows his patients access to the most current treatments available. Dr. Lakha places a high level of emphasis on an evidence based practice and using methods and products that have undergone extensive scientific scrutiny. Based on these principles, his practice has consistently been on the cutting edge of new technologies and often the first in the region to introduce new surgical methods and restorative components. Dr. Lakha is a founder of PIADS, a teaching institute that has for 30 year been on the forefront of educating clinicians  on state-of-the-art methods and early adoption of emerging technologies and ground breaking treatments.

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University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
BA (Bacteriology)

University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine

DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine)

Veterans Administration Medical Center, Long Beach
Residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgery

University of California Irvine, Medical Center
Residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Fellowship in Head & Neck Surgery and Reconstructive Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Board Certification:

American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Academic Appointments:

Stanford University School of Medicine: Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
VA Medical Center, Palo Alto, California: Lecturer (1987-1990)
VA Medical Center Loma Linda, California: Lecturer and Staff Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon (1985-1987)
Loma Linda University Medical Center: Lecturer, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (1985-1987)

Hospital Appointments:

Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, California
Lucille-Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, California

Academic Interests:

Osteology, Scientific aspects of Tissue Integration and Healing response, Regenerative medicine, Infectious diseases of the Head & Neck, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Revision Implant Surgery

Personal Background:

Born of Indian parentage in the British Protectorate of Kenya and lived in the U.S. since the age of 19.

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