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Rajesh Lalla DDS, PhD

Rajesh V. Lalla DDS, PhD

Professor of Oral Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut

Rajesh V. Lalla, DDS, PhD, is a tenured Professor of Oral Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He is board-certified by the American Board of Oral Medicine. He has conducted clinical research on a variety of oral mucosal disorders and on oral complications of cancer therapy. His research has been funded by the federal government (through the National Institutes of Health), the American Cancer Society, the Donaghue Foundation, and industry. In addition to clinical care and research, Dr. Lalla is also involved in clinical and classroom teaching of Oral Medicine and directs a course on Evidence-based Decision Making. Dr. Lalla has held several leadership and executive positions at the local, national, and international levels. He currently serves as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Dental Medicine. He is immediate Past President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), an international multidisciplinary professional organization of healthcare professionals from over 70 countries. Dr. Lalla has written more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, which have been viewed online over 35,000 times and cited over 4500 times in the peer-reviewed literature, with an h-index of 40. He is also asked to speak on oral complications of cancer therapy at the national and international levels. He has reviewed articles written by others for over 25 scientific journals. He is the recipient of several awards including the IADR Innovation in Oral Care Award and the ADA/AADR Evidence-based Dentistry Accomplished Faculty Award.


Dr. Lalla has no relevant disclosures.