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 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 his residency program. 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. Dr. Salas enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and dog. 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 Central, Rita Ranch and Sierra Vista offices.