S.M. Balaji is the Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon from Chennai, India; has his own exclusive craniofacial Hospital. He is the first PhD, from Govt. Tamil Nadu Medical University in the field of Maxillofacial Surgery.
He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery (AMS), a pubmed indexed journal and Executive Editor of 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 which is currently the country's best seller and the prescribed book to be used by undergraduate and post graduate students alike.
To his credit he has received numerous awards including the prestigious Dr BC Roy National Award, the highest of the Medical Council of India. An acclaimed speaker at National and international conferences, he has received 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 – a cash award of 50,000 Yen’ for the Best Innovative Surgical Technique at the 6th Asian Maxillofacial Conference, Tokyo.
He has also delivered various orations including the prestigious Dr. MS Ginwallah Oration, the highest oration of 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 novel bone morphogenetic proteins by the Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists.
Recently he has documented his nearly 3 decades of surgical life in the form of Textbook “Clinical Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery. This is the first Indian authored book on Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery.
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 the Government of Mozambique and Swaziland.