Dennis-Duke Yamashita, DDS

Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, USC School of Dentistry

Dennis-Duke Yamashita, DDS is Chairman and Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center and the USC School of Dentistry.

Dr. Yamashita is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the USC School of Dentistry and holds adjunct appointments in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Department of Otolaryngology of the Keck School of Medicine at USC. He has been academic/faculty since 1975.

Dr. Yamashita has numerous publications on a wide array of topics including craniomaxillofacial trauma, orthognathic surgery, temporomandibular surgery, implant surgery and dentoalveolar surgery. He completed his undergraduate, dental school and residency in oral surgery at USC and the LAC/USC Medical Center.

Clinical Interests

Orthognathic Surgery, Maxillofacial Trauma, Maxillofacial Pathology


Medical School

USC School of Dentistry
USC School of Dentistry and LA County/USC Medical Center


USC School of Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery



American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
American Board of Dental Anesthesiology


Southern California Academy of Oral Pathology

Medical Awards

Fellow of the American College of Dentists
Fellow of the International College of Dentist

Specialty Interests

Orthognathic Surgery
Maxillofacial Trauma
Maxillofacial Pathology



A Borzabadi-RFarahani, S. Yen, DD Yamashita, P Sanchez-Laura, Bilateral Maxillary Duplication: Case Report and Literature Review, OOO Journal, 2011 September 2014

Kiyomi Yamazaki, Charis Eng, Sergel A. Kuznetsov, John Reinisch, Dennis-Duke Yamashita, John Walker, Steven Yen, et. al. Missense mutation in the PTEN promoter of patients with hemifacial hyperplasia, Bone September 2015

2003: Chapter 9 “Maxillofacial Trauma,” Dennis-Duke R. Yamashita, D.D.S., and James P. McAndrews, D.D.S., Trauma Secrets, Editors: Gideon P. Naude, Frederic Bongard, Demitrios Demetriades, Hanley & Belfus, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

2011: Chapter 1 “Complications of Local Anesthesia Used in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,” David R. Cummings, DDS, Dennis-Duke R. Yamashita, DDS, James P. McAndrews, DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America, Complications in Dentoalveolar Surgery, Elsevier Saunders

2015: Chapter 59: Techniques for Maxillomandibular Fixation, Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Duke Yamashita and Nam Cho, Editors Deepak Kadmani and Paul Tiwana.


Research Summary
  • Refinement and Validation of Portable Salivary Biosensor of Psychological Stress, HS-CG-08-019, USC PI D.D.R. Yamashita, DDS, 2009-Present
  • Stress Biomarker Study: HS-12-00767, USC PI D.D.R. Yamashita, 09/02/14-Present
  • Sex Differences in PTSD: HS13-00618, USC PI D.D.R. Yamashita, 09/03/14-Present
  • Mysticol Study: HS 13=00809 USC Collaborator/PI D.D.R.Yamashita, 09/03/14 to present

Research Focus

  • Biosensors as related to PTSD/trauma related
  • Mystical (reduced salivary secretions)

Key Findings

  • Relationship of known biologic markers to phases of PTSD
  • Double blind study for salivary flow reduction

Current Funding


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