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Rajesh V. Lalla, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Professor (with tenure)
Associate Dean for Research
School of Dental Medicine
Academic Office Location:
Section of Oral Medicine
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3912

Dr. Lalla is a board-certified clinician and scholar who conducts clinical research on a variety of oral mucosal disorders, including mucositis secondary to cancer treatment, recurrent aphthous stomatitis (canker sores) and oral candidiasis (thrush). His research has been funded by the federal government (through the National Institutes of Health), the American Cancer Society, the Donaghue Foundation, and industry. In addition to clinical care and research, Dr. Lalla is also involved in clinical and classroom teaching of Oral Medicine and directs a course on Evidence-based Decision Making. Dr. Lalla serves as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Dental Medicine. He also serves on several institutional committees and is a past Chair of the Institutional Review Board, which oversees the conduct of clinical research. Dr. Lalla holds several leadership positions at the international level. He is currently President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), an international professional organization of healthcare professionals from over 60 countries. Dr. Lalla has written more than 85 peer-reviewed scientific articles or book chapters, many of them dealing with oral complications in cancer patients. He is also asked to speak on oral complications of cancer therapy at the national and international levels. He has reviewed articles written by others for over 25 scientific journals. Dr. Lalla also serves as a consultant on various topics including oral mucositis, oropharyngeal candidiasis, recurrent aphthous stomatitis, and clinical trial design and outcomes.

Journal Articles


  • Anticoagulants are dental friendly.
    Wahl, Michael J; Miller, Craig S; Rhodus, Nelson L; Kämmerer, Peer; Dinkova, Atanaska; Lalla, Rajesh V; Bajkin, Branislav V Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology and oral radiology 2018 Feb;125(2):103-106