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Richard Salas, DDS, MD


Dr. Richard Salas grew up in Malibu, California. He moved to the east coast to complete his undergraduate studies at Cornell University on a full academic scholarship. He then attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he served as class president and received his D.D.S. degree. He completed a dual degree program, completing his residency training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell while simultaneously earning his M.D.

His training included a year in general surgery and rotations in trauma surgery, plastic/reconstructive surgery, and anesthesiology. During his residency at Cornell, he was trained in full-scope oral & maxillofacial surgery, with an emphasis on orthognathics, craniofacial surgery, and complex dental implantology.

Dr. Salas first practiced in Westchester, New York and was a clinical instructor at Cornell. After enduring one too many cold winters, Dr. Salas and his family were thrilled to trade snow for sunshine and made the cross-country move to beautiful Tucson. In his free time, Dr. Salas enjoys spending time with his family. He likes to travel, hike, check out local restaurants, watch basketball and root for Argentina in soccer.

Dr. Salas speaks Spanish and primarily sees patients at our Northwest, Rita Ranch and Sierra Vista offices.


  • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Active Certifications

  • BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
  • ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support)


  • Israel, H., Salas, R., & Nguyen, J. (2016). “Is TMJ Internal Derangement a Specific Diagnosis or a Non-Specific Sign of Tissue Damage Associated With a Diverse Group of Pathologies?” Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Volume 74, Issue 9, e20 - e21.
  • Chigurupati, R., Aloor, N., Salas, R., & Schmidt, B. L. (2013). “Quality of Life After Maxillectomy and Prosthetic Obturator Rehabilitation.” Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery 2013; 71(8): 1471–8.
  • Laux, M.T., Salas, R., & Rodriguez, E. (2007). “Natural products: healthy and safe alternatives to hormone replacement therapy.” Revista Latinoamericana de Quimica, 35(1/2), 20.