S.M. Balaji is an Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon from Chennai, India. He is the Director-Consultant of Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, which is a globally renowned center for cranio-maxillofacial deformity correction surgery.
He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery (AMS), a PubMed indexed journal and Executive Editor of the Indian Journal of Dental Research (IJDR). He is the Immediate Past-President of the International College of Dentists (ICD) India, Sri Lanka & Nepal Section, Immediate Past President of International Association of Dental Research-Asia Pacific region (IADR-APR) and President of IADR STAR network.
Prof. Dr. S.M. Balaji is the author of “The Textbook on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.” Published by Elsevier, it is currently the country’s best seller and the prescribed book used by undergraduate and post graduate students alike.
His recently released book on ‘Clinical Cranio Maxillofacial Surgery’ is a compendium of surgical cases from his thirty plus years of specialty practice, which has seen him perform many innovations to standard surgical procedures, thus improving them manifold times. Of great significance is the fact that this book is authored by a single individual, which is a rarity in the world of medical textbooks.
To his credit he has received numerous awards including the prestigious Dr. B.C. Roy National Award, the highest of the Medical Council of India. An acclaimed speaker at national and international conferences, he has received the Dr. Ginwallah Trophy, the highest of the Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India twice. He has won various best scientific research awards including the ‘Modus Award of Merit, which comes with a cash award of 50,000 Yen, for the Best Innovative Surgical Technique at the 6th Asian Maxillofacial Conference, Tokyo.
He was awarded the highest scientific “Prof. David Precious Award” for his research into protein guided tissue regeneration procedures for repair of orofacial clefts at the 12th World Cleft and Craniofacial Congress held in Leipzig, Germany. This award comes with a cash prize of US $1000. He received the award from the world renowned craniomaxillofacial surgeon, Prof. Kenneth Salyer, President, International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation.
He has also delivered various orations including the prestigious Dr. M.S. Ginwallah Oration, the highest oration of the Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India and the highly esteemed Dr R Ahmed Oration, the highest Oration of the Indian Dental Association. He has also represented the nation at various International forums including the ADA, FDI and IADR.
He has been awarded the Brammaiah Sastri Award for ground breaking research findings in the field of reconstructive surgery using bone morphogenetic proteins by the Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists.
At present, he is the Honorary Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon to Victoria Hospital, Republic of Seychelles; Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Republic of Maldives; Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital, Republic of Mauritius and to the Governments of Mozambique and Swaziland.