Dr. SM Balaji (Dr. BC Roy Awardee)

Chairman, Balaji Dental & Craniofacial Hospital

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon - MDS, MFDS, RCPS (Glasgow), PhD, DSc


Dr. Balaji is an acclaimed oral and maxillofacial surgeon with 28+ years of experience. He's performed more than 20,000 surgeries including rehabilitation of over 1000 syndromic children with complex surgeries. He's particularly known for cleft lip and palate surgeries. He has introduced many innovations into cleft repair surgery. These innovations have become accepted the world over by leading cleft surgeons.


 Prof SM Balaji is the Editor-in-Chief of the “Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery.” He is also the Executive Editor of the “Indian Journal of Dental Research.” Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams & Wilkins publish both journals. He also has several International and National publications in various journals of repute. “The Textbook on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” authored by him is the country’s best seller. It is also the prescribed book for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Dr SM Balaji is also a decorated biomedical scientist of repute. His research work has won recognition from the Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists. He has been a member of the Indian Council of Medical Research too. He has done groundbreaking research in the field of reconstructive surgery. His work on bone morphogenetic proteins has won him the Brammaiah Sastri award.

Dr SM Balaji has also won the highest scientific “Prof David Precious Award. The award was for his research work on protein-guided tissue engineering for cleft surgery. This was at the 12th World Cleft and Craniofacial Congress in Leipzig, Germany. The world renowned Cranio-maxillofacial surgeon, Prof Kenneth Salyer presented this award. This is the highest award of the acclaimed International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation (ICPF).

Prof S M Balaji has won the coveted “Dr. Ginwallah Rolling Trophy” twice. This trophy belongs to the Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India. Dr S M Balaji has also won the ‘Best Paper Award’ twice at their annual conferences. He has won the “Best Paper Award” at World Cleft congresses at Zurich, Halifax and Goteborg. He also won the “Modus Award of Merit” at the 6th Asian Conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Tokyo. His presentation of the ‘Best Innovative Surgical Technique’ won him the award. The award comes with a cash award of 50,000 Yen. He also won the “Gold Medal” for best paper at the 4th Asian Conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

awards & affiliations

  • Dr. BC Roy Award (highest award in medical category in India)

  • Prof. David Precious Scientific Award

  • Dr. Ginwallah Rolling Trophy - twice

  • Outstanding Surgeon Award

  • Dr. Brammiah Sastri Memorial Award

  • Global Pioneer in CranioMaxillofacial Surgery Award

  • Craniofacial Research Fellowship Award

  • Pakistan Dental Association's Humanitarian Award

  • Applaud from the President of India (Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam)

  • Young Scientist Award

  • Best Medical Book Award

  • National Award of Excellence

  • Order of Good Times (from Lt. Governor of Halifax, Canada)

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