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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:
Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostics Sciences
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3912

Dr. Rajesh V. Lalla is a tenured Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He 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 has held several leadership and executive positions at the local, national, and international levels. He currently 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.  He is immediate Past President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), an international multidisciplinary professional organization of healthcare professionals from over 70 countries. Dr. Lalla has written more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, which have been viewed online over 35,000 times and cited over 4200 times in the peer-reviewed literature, with an h-index of 39. 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. He is the recipient of several awards including the IADR Innovation in Oral Care Award and the ADA/AADR Evidence-based Dentistry Accomplished Faculty Award.

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