John Groper, DDS, MS

Co-Director, Nasoalveolar Molding Program
Attending Dentist
Clinical Professor of Dentistry, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

John Groper, DDS, MS has taught for 54 years and is currently Clinical Professor of Dentistry at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and an attending dentist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Dr. Groper was in private dental practice for 37 years. He was a past chairman of Pediatric Dentistry at the Ostrow School of Dentistry (1967-1972) and also served as President of of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry (1988).

He is board certified with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (1972).

Clinical Interests

Pediatric Dentistry (Practice management, Restorative, Pulp therapy), Nasal Alveolar Molding (Cleft lip/Cleft palate patients)


Medical School

Northwestern University Dental School
Ostrow School of Dentistry


Children's Hospital Oakland, Pediatric Dentistry


University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry



American Dental Association
California Dental Association
California Society of Pediatric Dentistry

Medical Awards

4 Time Pediatric Faculty Person of the Year Award

Specialty Interests

Nasal Alveolar Molding



Presurgical Nasal Alveolar Molding, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, June 2015

The Nance Obturator, Jrl. of Prosthetics, July2012

Is Presurgical Nasal Alveolar Molding More Effective?, Plastic Reconstruction Surgery, March 2011

A Rapid Solution to Align the Premaxilla, The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Jrl., May2008

Thumb Sucking and its Effects, Academy of Pediatrics Newsletter, 2004


Research Summary

Nasal Alveolar Molding