by Paul Quitoriano

Dr. Martin Chin is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, whose subspecialty is in pediatric reconstruction of complex craniofacial birth defects. Over decades, he has created various surgical instruments and techniques to treat such disorders, which offers new results and degrees of safety. One of his current projects consists of promoting development of clinical applications for new tissue engineering agents to replace conventional facial bone surgery. In 2016, the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry published Dr. Chin's article on the aforementioned, entitled Establishing and Maintaining Osseointegration Within the Functional Matrix. The same year, Quintessence published his book, Surgical Design for Dental Reconstruction with Implants: A New Paradigm. Dr. Chin lectures on this topic internationally and has created a YouTube channel to reach a larger audience.

The doctor is a former member of the craniofacial team at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, where many of the advanced techniques for pediatric craniofacial reconstruction were developed, and maintains privileges there as an attending surgeon. His hospital-based private practice is located at California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus in San Francisco. He has lectured extensively, has numerous publications, and holds several patents for internal and implantable instruments, which are used for facial bone (orbit, maxilla, mandible and alveolus) reconstruction throughout the world. Since the early 2000s, Dr. Chin has been dedicated to combining the technique of distraction osteogenesis, osseointegration and tissue engineering with biotechnology agents. When properly applied, the combined technologies have the potential to achieve an unprecedented quality of facial reconstruction while also decreasing the amount of surgery needed.