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Alvaro Figueroa, DDS, MS

  • Orthodontics
  • Dentistry
Medical or Graduate Education: University of San Carlos of Guatemala Faculty of Medicine
Residency: Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center - Orthodontics
  University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry - Pediatric Dentistry
Fellowship: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - Craniofacial Research
  University of Illinois Medical Center - Craniofacial Orthodontics and Research
Clinical Expertise:
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Craniofacial orthodontics
  • Distraction osteogenesis
  • Orthodontic problems
  • Orthognathic surgery
Research Interests:
  • Distraction osteogenesis
  • Abnormal craniofacial growth and development
  • New surgical treatment strategies for cleft lip/palate
  • New orthodontic treatment strategies for cleft lip/palate
  • New orthodontic and surgical treatment strategies for craniofacial anomalies
Languages Spoken:
  • Spanish
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Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to Listings go back five years.

  1. Combined maxillary and mandibular distraction osteogenesis in patients with hemifacial microsomia.
    Sant'Anna EF, Lau GW, Marquezan M, de Souza Araújo MT, Polley JW, Figueroa AA
    Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop
    2015 May
  2. Isolated keratinized gingiva incision in alveolar cleft bone grafts improves qualitative outcomes: A single surgeon's 23 year experience.
    López-Cedrún JL, Gonzalez-Landa G, Figueroa A
    J Craniomaxillofac Surg
    2014 Jun 14
  3. Probiotic screening and safety evaluation of Lactobacillus strains from plants, artisanal goat cheese, human stools, and breast milk.
    Gotteland M, Cires MJ, Carvallo C, Vega N, Ramirez MA, Morales P, Rivas P, Astudillo F, Navarrete P, Dubos C, Figueroa A, Troncoso M, Ulloa C, Mizgier ML, Carrasco-Pozo C, Speisky H, Brunser O, Figueroa G
    J Med Food
    2014 Apr
  4. Treatment of midfacial hypoplasia in syndromic and cleft lip and palate patients by means of a rigid external distractor (RED).
    Sant'Anna EF, Cury-Saramago Ade A, Lau GW, Polley JW, Figueroa ÁA
    Dental Press J Orthod
    2013 Jul-Aug
  5. Orthognathic Positioning System: Intraoperative System to Transfer Virtual Surgical Plan to Operating Field During Orthognathic Surgery.
    Polley JW, Figueroa AA.
    J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2013
    2013 Jan 9. doi:pii: S0278-2391(12)01612-6. 10.1016/j.joms.2012.11.004. [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Nasal Changes After Presurgical Nasoalveolar Molding (PNAM) in the Unilateral Cleft Lip Nose.
    Gomez DF, Donohue ST, Figueroa AA, Polley JW.
    Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2012
    2012 Nov
    49(6):689-700. doi: 10.1597/11-007. Epub 2011 Aug 16.
  7. Parameters of care for craniosynostosis.
    McCarthy JG, Warren SM, Bernstein J, Burnett W, Cunningham ML, Edmond JC, Figueroa AA, Kapp-Simon KA, Labow BI, Peterson-Falzone SJ, Proctor MR, Rubin MS, Sze RW, Yemen TA; Craniosynostosis Working Group.
    Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2012
    2012 Jan
    49 Suppl:1S-24S. doi: 10.1597/11-138. Epub 2011 Aug 17.
  8. Parameters of care for craniosynostosis: dental and orthodontic perspectives.
    Vargervik K, Rubin MS, Grayson BH, Figueroa AA, Kreiborg S, Shirley JC, Simmons KE, Warren SM.
    Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2012
    2012 Apr
    141(4 Suppl):S68-73. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2011.12.013.
  9. European 1: a globally important clonal complex of Mycobacterium bovis.
    Smith NH, Berg S, Dale J, Allen A, Rodriguez S, Romero B, Matos F, Ghebremichael S, Karoui C, Donati C, Machado Ada C, Mucavele C, Kazwala RR, Hilty M, Cadmus S, Ngandolo BN, Habtamu M, Oloya J, Muller A, Milian-Suazo F, Andrievskaia O, Projahn M, Barandiarán S, Macías A, Müller B, Zanini MS, Ikuta CY, Rodriguez CA, Pinheiro SR, Figueroa A, Cho SN, Mosavari N, Chuang PC, Jou R, Zinsstag J, van Soolingen D, Costello E, Aseffa A, Proaño-Perez F, Portaels F, Rigouts L, Cataldi AA, Collins DM, Boschiroli ML, Hewinson RG, Ferreira Neto JS, Surujballi O, Tadyon K, Botelho A, Zárraga AM, Buller N, Skuce R, Michel A, Aranaz A, Gordon SV, Jeon BY, Källenius G, Niemann S, Boniotti MB, van Helden PD, Harris B, Zumárraga MJ, Kremer K
    Infect. Genet. Evol.
    2011 Aug
  10. Evaluation of maxillary permanent molars in patients with syndromic craniosynostosis after monobloc osteotomy and midface advancement with rigid external distraction (RED).
    Sant'Anna EF, de A Cury-Saramago A, Figueroa AA, Polley JW.
    Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2010
    2010 Mar
  11. A combined orthodontic and surgical approach in osteogenesis imperfecta and severe Class III malocclusion: case report.
    Aizenbud D, Peled M, Figueroa AA.
    J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008
    2008 May
    66(5):1045-53. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2008.01.010. No abstract available.
  12. Use of visible light-curing acrylic resins to manufacture occlusal splints: health considerations for clinicians and laboratory personnel.
    Alves PV, Bolognese AM, Polley JW, Figueroa AA.
    J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008
    2008 Dec
    66(12):2638-41. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2008.04.015. No abstract available.
  13. Clinical controversies in oral and maxillofacial surgery: Part two. External versus internal distraction osteogenesis for the management of severe maxillary hypoplasia: external distraction.
    Figueroa AA, Polley JW.
    J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008
    2008 Dec
    66(12):2598-604. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2008.05.371. No abstract available.
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