Radhika Chigurupati

Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Director of Research in Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Title Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery;
    Director of Research in Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Office 635 Albany Street
  • Phone 617-358-6629

Dr. Radhika Chigurupati is Associate Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. She joined Boston University, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in March 2013 after spending 9 years at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and one and half years at University of Maryland, Baltimore. During that time, she practiced at UCSF Moffitt Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Dr. Chigurupati specializes in surgical reconstruction of developmental and acquired jaw and facial deformities. Her primary focus in clinical practice is pediatric maxillofacial surgery. Her clinical expertise is surgical management of craniofacial growth disturbances, tooth eruption disturbances and jaw tumors in children. She also provides consultation for adults with sleep disorders/ obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), maxillofacial injuries, and pathology of the jaws and mouth. She works with her colleagues in other medical and dental specialties to provide interdisciplinary care for these patients. She and her surgery associates consult and provide surgical care for patients at Boston Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Chigurupati completed her Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at University of Washington (UW), Seattle and subsequently a fellowship in Pediatric Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, Australia. She has been an active member of the cleft and craniofacial teams at UW, UCSF and RCH. She is board certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Chigurupati also holds a master’s degree in Global Health Science from UCSF (2009). She has contributed to teaching and surgical activities in academic institutions in several developing countries (Peru, Guatemala, India).  Her research interests include clinical informatics and telemedicine. Her current research focuses on identifying solutions for early diagnosis of oral cancer in resource-restricted settings.

1984-89: Bombay University, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, B.D.S.
1995-96: University of Pittsburgh, Doctor of Dental Medicine, D.M.D.
2008-09: University of California, San Francisco, Global Health Science, M.S.

Training: Residency and Fellowship
1989-1990: Goa Dental College and Hospital, Goa, India.  Intern, General Dentistry
1990-1991: Goa Medical Hospital, Goa, India.  Intern, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
1992-1995: Columbia University, New York, NY. Resident, Pediatric dentistry
1997-2001: University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Resident, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
2001-2002: Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Fellow, Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Board Certification: American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2004

Clinical Expertise
Surgical Correction of developmental and acquired Jaw and facial deformities
Surgical Management of Jaw tumors
Corrective Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Dento-alveolar and implant surgery

Research Interests
Prevention and early diagnosis of oral cancer
Public health informatics
mHealth and eHealth
Health care delivery and economic models

Academic Activities and Responsibilities
Direction of departmental research activities
Mentor residents and students in research and scholarly activities
Resident and faculty career development
Develop International academic partnerships

Key Words
Orthognathic surgery, Cleft lip and palate, Pediatric Maxillofacial Surgery, Distraction Osteogenesis, Jaw tumors, Airway obstruction, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Global Health, mHealth, Telemedicine, Clinical Informatics.

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