Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the surgical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases of the jaws and face. The department hosts well trained and competent full time professionals capable of rendering a wide array of surgical treatments ranging from acquired, congenital, traumatic and developmental diseases of the jaws and face to simple extraction of teeth which is the basis of education and patient care.

As a teaching hospital, the academic course for the students is designed to meet the requirements of the Dental Council of India along with special emphasis on research programmes. Also, the department provides inpatient admissions to patients at KLE’s Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital & Medical Research Centre which aids in imparting adequate clinical and surgical training in the operation theater to the students. The department strives for academic excellence by active association with various National and International organizations. The department aims to provide high quality evidence based treatment for the patients with maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness that has not only created an impact on the population of Belgaum City but also of the surrounding rural and urban areas.


The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was established at the inception of the dental college in August 1985 and was recognized in July 1988 for an undergraduate course. The postgraduate programme was started in September 1990 and was recognized in July 1993. The department has an intake of 06 post graduate trainees every year. The department has since then bloomed and flourished under the leadership and guidance of various heads of the Department/ Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and continues to do so.

The following heads have contributed in laying down firm roots and nourished the department which has made it a centre par excellence.

Dr. S. S. Khera, MSD (USA) – Principal and First HOD(Aug 1985- Jan 1991)

Brig. (Dr.) S. C. Anand, MDS- Apr 1995- Mar 1996

Dr. Kalyan Singh Verma, MDS- Mar 1996- Aug 1996

Dr. A. P. Chitre, MDS- Sep 1996- Feb 2002

Dr. S. M. Kotrashetti, MDS- May 2002- Aug 2012

Dr. Shridhar D. Baliga, MDS- Sep 2012- Dec 2017

Dr. Tejraj P. Kale, MDS- Jan 2018- Feb 2020

Dr. Shridhar D. Baliga, MDS- Feb 2020- Till date


The overall goal of this course is to introduce basic surgical principles and techniques using a didactic curriculum and clinical experiences in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery with special emphasis on pain and anxiety management, management of medical emergencies and management of such medically compromised patients. The student will also be able to understand basic principles of wound healing, preoperative assessment, in -patient management and post-operative management of the patients.

Throughout this course, the students will be able to develop clinical skills in patient communication, evaluation, review of different systems of the body, physical examination, and perform oral surgical procedures.


The faculty is devoted to training and mentoring the next generation of oral and maxillofacial surgeons who can practice and teach the discipline. The course is designed as per the guidelines of the Dental Council of India with an aim to provide a balanced approach to patient care, didactic curriculum and research experience.

The postgraduate trainees are extensively trained in various aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and includes clinical rotations within various branches of medicine (general medicine, general surgery, anaesthesia, plastic surgery, ENT, neurosurgery, orthopaedics) at KLE hospital MRC and dentistry (orthodontics) as well as postings at various sub specialities of the branch (centres for oral oncology, cleft lip- cleft palate).

The department also has MoUs with GSR Institute of Craniomaxillofacial and Facial Plastic Surgery, Hyderabad, Telangana and The Karnataka Cancer Therapy and Research Institute, Hubballi, Karnataka where training and research are carried out.


The department offers PhD programme under KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research for further excellence and mastery in different areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The department has 03 PhD guides.


The department conducts Implantology course for the postgraduate trainees and in house dental surgeons and is well equipped with requisite infrastructure and trained staff.


The main goal of this programme is to refine acquired and introduce additional clinical skills through interactive lectures, Video and Live demonstrations followed by Hands- On training to the interning students in the following Value Added Courses – Intramuscular and Intravenous Injection Techniques and Transalveolar Method of Teeth Extraction.

Also, the interns are posted to the KLE hospital on rotation to sensitize them towards the oral surgical procedures under general anesthesia in the OT.

This programme aims to boost the surgical skill sets of the dental surgeon.

Dr. Sanjay S Rao
Professor & Head

Dr. S.M.Kotrashetti

Dr. Shridhar Baliga

Dr. Tejraj P Kale

Dr. Sidramesh Muttagi

Dr. Arati Neeli

Dr. Vijaylaxmi Shettar

Dr. Abhishek Motimath

Dr. Snehalatha Narvekar

Dr. Soumyasnat Maiti

Dr. Radhika Pathak


The areas of research mainly focus on minor oral surgery, space infections of the head and neck region, maxillofacial trauma, orthognathic surgery, and TMJ disorders.

The details of the same for the last 5 years (2016-2020) are under mentioned.

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The staff have represented the department in various National and International events, winning accolades for the department and college.

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The department is attached to Clinical Skill Lab at the KLES Prabhakar Kore Hospital and Research Centre where the undergraduate students are trained in Basic Life Support (BLS) and the post-graduate trainees are trained in BLS, ATLS(Advanced Trauma Life Support) and other basic surgical skills like suturing on simulation models regularly.


The undergraduate clinic houses 35 dental chairs. The students are guided at performing the procedures on the patients by the staff individually. The clinic provides all the necessary surgical armamentarium and models and mannequins for Hands-On demos.


The postgraduate clinic is set up with 18 dental chairs and is well equipped with basic and latest surgical instruments and kits. The department also houses a minor OT for carrying out daycare procedures.   It is attached to –

KLE’S Prabhakar Kore Hospital and Medical Research Centre wiboasts of 2400 beds and state of the art infrastructure for In- Patients admission.

Major partner in the KLES-SMILE TRAIN USA cleft surgery project.

Belgaum Cancer Hospital for training in Oral Oncology.


Celebration Of International Omfs Day

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi celebrated International OMFS day on 13th February 2024, in association with AOMSI, project Sanjeevni was conducted in the Institute, Lectures by Dr. Shridhar Baliga on Medical Emergencies and Dr. Sanjay Rao BLS Hands on Demonstration was carried out.  Dr. Arati, Dr. Radhika also participated. Beneficiaries were round 215.

E- Poster competition was conducted for Interns and Final year students on the topic “Scope of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery” and prizes were distributed for the best 2 entries.

NSS and Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences with Red Cross and Rotract Club of KLEVKIDS conducted a program on World HIV Day on 01th December 2022 at Vanita Vidyalaya Degree College. Awareness Programme on HIV was lead by Dr. S. D. Baliga and Dr. Sanjay Rao focused on the Importance of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Sixteen students participated and presented a skit under the guidance of two teachers and the help of four Red Cross Volunteers. A total of 250 beneficiaries benefitted from the program.

Hands on Cadaver Skill Lab

Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery conducted Hands on Cadaveric Demonstration for the Post-graduates on 22nd December 2023, from 10.30 am to 12.15pm at the JNMC Cadaver Skill Lab, Dept. of Anatomy.  Based on the feedback by the post-graduates   it was suggested that the demonstration and hands on was worthwhile and they required frequent hands on for better understanding and practicality of the subject. The demonstration was done on the Head and Neck region giving a Submandibular incision, Weber Ferguson incision and dissection & exploration of the floor of the orbit.

The post-graduates students present were 09 in number and from the Dept. Oral &Maxillofacial Pathology 02 Post-graduates students were present as an inter-departmental activity. Dr. S.D. Baliga, Dr. Sanjay Rao & Dr. Sidramesh Muttagi conducted the programme.

Blood Donation Camp

A Blood Donation Camp was organised by Red Cross Unit and NSS in association with Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, KLEVKIDS and Blood Bank KLE Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital and MRC. The camp was held in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on 05.01.2023. The camp aimed to promote voluntary blood donation. A total of 42 students, 10 teachers and 3 Red Cross volunteers participated which benefitted 50 beneficiaries.

Creating a sustainable dental practice is not only a responsibility, but also an opportunity to build a better future for both our patients and the planet. So, the Placement Cell of KAHER’s KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences along with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery organized a guest lecture on “Sustainable Dentistry-Green Dentistry” and “Scope for students abroad” by Dr. Pascal Pinto (B.D.S, M.D.S, and FDSRCS (UK)) on 28th of January 2023. A total of 123 including students, interns and post graduates benefitted from the same.


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi celebrated International OMFS day on 13th February 2023 by releasing a video promoting awareness of various surgical procedures performed by the department.
The video was released by Dr. Preeti K. Doddwad (Life Member, Board of Management, KLE Society), Dr. Anjana Bagewadi (Vice-principal of KLE VK Institute of Dental Science), Dr. Shridhar Baliga (HOD of OMFS). The staff of OMFS department and all other HOD’s of respective department were also present.
This year’s theme was Facial Trauma and Road Traffic safety “Saving lives, Saving Faces”.  Awareness regarding it and its management was emphasized in video and also a talk was scheduled on “KLE Venudhwani 90.4 FM” on same by Dr. S. M. Kotrashetti, and an article was put up in myarogya.in by Dr. Vijaylaxmi and Dr. S.D Baliga.

Guest Lecture by Dr Rao


1 Dr S M Kotrashetti ‘Maxillofacial skeletal Deformities Orthognathic and Temporomandibular joint surgerics” in Krishna Institute Karad
2 Dr T P Kale ‘Maxillofacial skeletal Deformities Orthognathic and Temporomandibular joint surgerics” in Krishna Institute Karad
3 Dr S D Baliga Maxillofacial Trauma in
Homeopathic College Belagvi
4 Dr S M Kotrashetti “Maxillofacial Surgeon’s Perspective of infections”
At 71st Rising Day Armed Forces Dental Clinic, New Delhi
5 Dr. Poorvi Ghanti “Making sense of DOPS” in Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in association with Department of Dental Education, KLEVKIDS, Belagavi
6 Dr S M Kotrashetti An Enigma of Mandibular Condyle Fractures An Enrichment Forum in Kurshid Moos Education Foundation , Jubilee Ridge Hyderabad


1 Dr S M Kotrashetti The Kurukshetra-Interactive Session with Front line Warriors -webinar
2 Dr S M Kotrashetti Black Fungus the Sinster in this Pandemic (Mucormycosis Diagnosis,Treatment & Management) in
Kothiwal Dental College & Research Center, Moradabad
3 Dr S M Kotrashetti Mucormycosis An epidemic In the COVID-19 Pandemic in
Bharti Vidyapeeth, Pune
4 Dr S M Kotrashetti Mycormycosis/Black FUNGUS AN UNFORESEN AFTERMATH OF COVID-19 in
KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi
5 Dr S M Kotrashetti Neuroscience & Carniofacial Surgery – webinar
6 Dr S D Baliga Injury To maxilla Mandible in Homeopathic College Belagvi
7 Dr S M Kotrashetti Mucormycosis Maxillofacial Surgery Perspative in
IMA Belgavi
8 Dr Sanjay S Rao Infection Control in Dental Practice During Covid-19 Pandemic in KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi
9 Dr Poorvi Ghanti Awareness Programme- HIV/AIDS and dentistry in
KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi

The department organized an awareness program for undergraduate students. Dr. Sanjay Rao was the guest speaker and spoke on the topic titled “Infection Control in Dental Practice during COVID-19 Pandemic”.


The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery observed Swachta Pakwada under NSS on 29th October 2021. An awareness program to the public on the Ill Effects of Single-Use Plastics was organized. The video was played on plastic waste collection and disposal.


The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery observed World HIV/AIDS day under Red Cross and NSS. A talk was presented by Dr. Poorvi Ghanti, Lecturer from the Department of OMFS to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS patients in Dentistry.


The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery organized a Blood donation camp under NSS.


The Department observed International Oral and Maxillofacial on 13th February 2022.
On the occasion, Radio talks by Dr. Snehalata Narvekar and Dr. Poorvi Ghanti on the topics – ‘Awareness of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon’ and ‘ Awareness on tooth-related infection’ respectively were aired on KLE Venu Dhwani, 90.4 FM.


The department celebrated the International Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on 13th February 2021. Dr. Basavaraj A. Bijjargi, Administrator: TC- EMS and OT Services, KLE Prabhakar Kore Hospital and MRC graced the occasion as Chief Guest and addressed the gathering.


The department celebrates International Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Day on 13th February every year.


The Department hosted the 25th Scientific Convention themed “Staying Apart, Yet Together- Blending with Time” from 10th to 12th March 2022 under the aegis of the Department of Dental Education.
Guest lectures were given by Dr. Elbe Peter, Professor, Department of Orthodontics, GDC, Kottayam, Kerala on “ Consumer Protection Act: Indemnity Insurance” and by Dr. Prasad M R, Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiology, JNMC on “Management of Cardiac Patients in Dentistry”.
A total of 230 participants registered for the convention.


The department along with the departments of Oral Medicine and Radiology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology hosted 15th National Triple O Symposium on Oral Cancer in the year 2017. Dr. SidrameshMuttagi from The department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery conducted Pre conference course on ‘Cadaveric Neck Dissection’ in collaboration with Dr. B.R Patil, Chief of Karnataka Cancer Therapy and Research Institute, Navanagar, Hubballi.


National conference on ‘CONSENSUS ON TMJ’ was organized by the department in the year 2015 which saw an attendance of 250 plus participants from all over the country including distinguished international and national faculty. Live demonstrations on cadaveric dissection, TM Joint replacement and TM Joint Splint fabrication were some of the highlights of the conference.


The Department conducts National Hands-On Workshop on Primary Cleft Repair in collaboration with the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery every year.


The department in collaboration with the Department Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology has been arranging Blood Donation Camps, Blood Grouping Camps and Dental Checkup Camps under the aegis of Red Cross Unit at various places in and around Belagavi City regularly every year.

‘HAPPY FRIDGE’ was installed by the Youth Red Cross Wing of KLE VKIDS in collaboration with Feeding India (NGO) to fight hunger and poverty. This community refrigerator serves to store leftover and excess food which can be consumed by the hungry and the needy.

Through this initiative the department aims to serve the less fortunate lot of the society as well as create awareness among the community and motivate them to prevent food wastage.


The departmentobserves World AIDS Day every year and organizes various awareness programmes on HIV/AIDS in and around Belagavi City.

The department is also a part of 7 day National Service Scheme camp and participates in various programmes and dental checkups conducted by the same every year.

PGITC- 2019

State level Masterclass was conducted for intensive training of the exam going post graduates in the month of Jan- Feb 2019 by the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at KLEVKIDS. The event was attended by around 250 participants which included renowned speakers from various part of the country and post graduate trainees hailing from not only Karnataka but from neighbouring states as well. The programme was intended to enrich the knowledge and guide the students on performing in theirupcoming exams.


The department provides treatment and care for conditions across the spectrum of oral health, from the complex to simple procedures like oral cancer surgeries, surgery for pathology of the jaws, correction of facial and jaw deformities, cleft lip and cleft palate repairs, management of temporomandibular joint disorders, maxillofacial trauma, surgery for space infections/ abscess, extraction of teeth and impacted wisdom teeth.


The department has partnered with various reputed institutions to provide for additional post-graduate training in sub-specialties of the branch.

Additionally, the department also has collaborations with other specialty branches in KLE medical college and BSRC (Basic Sciences Research Centre) for carrying out various research projects.


Sl. No. Name of the Partnering Institutions
1. GSR Institute of Craniomaxillofacial and Facial Plastic Surgery, Hyderabad, Telangana
2. The Karnataka Cancer Therapy and Research Institute, Hubballi, Karnataka
3. Major partner in the KLES-SMILE TRAIN USA cleft surgery project and Belgaum Cancer Hospital.


Dr. VikasDhupar, alumni from the 1991 batch, is currently working as the Professor and Head, Goa Dental College and Hospital, Bambolin, Goa. He currently holds the post of Vice President, Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India, and was also the Past President, Indian Dental Association, Goa branch, and Past President, Goa State chapter of AOMSI.

Dr. Vikas Dhupar

Dr. Satyajit Dandagi, alumni from the 1996 batch is currently working as Professor at PMNM Dental College and Hospital, Bagalkot. In 2001, he worked as a Volunteer Health Care Worker in the relief medical team in earthquake-hit areas of Gujarat. He is one of the early movers in the field of Free Flap Reconstruction (2006) and conducted live surgical demonstrations of free revascularized flap reconstructions across India organized by various hospitals and institutions.

Dr. Satyajit Dandagi

Dr. Viraj Kharkar, alumni from the 2003 batch, is a Fellow of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (FIAOMS), a member of the prestigious Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (MFDS RCPS), and is on Advisor Panel to the state of Rajasthan (Rajasthan Public Service Commission) and a Peer Reviewer with International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Journal of Maxillofacial & Oral Surgery, Annals of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Angle Orthodontics.

Dr. Viraj Kharkar

Dr. Syed Zakaullah, alumni from the 2005 batch is presently working as Vice Principal at Al Badar Dental College and Hospital, Kalaburagi, Karnataka. He has published various Scientific Research papers in National and International Peer-reviewed journals, authored Chapters in Textbooks, and recently received Research Ratna Award for Innovative Drug Formulation for Oral Submucous Fibrosis.

Dr. Syed Zakaullah


KLEVK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum made me the person I’m today. It taught me not just dentistry, but gave me the best of my gurus, the best of my friends and the best of all, Memories.

I am extremely grateful to the entire team of this college. They not only have the best facilities but the staff who relentlessly works to attain the highest goals “Striving for nothing but the BEST”

After having passed out and seen a lot of other colleges ,I can proudly,as an alumni,say that the OMFS faculty of this institution is the most distinguished yet approachable,friendly , motivating and goal oriented one I’ve come across so far . Not just as an undergraduate, but as a Post Graduate, Irealized I received the best guidance, the tricks of the trade, and strategies all thanks to the superb faculty of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery.

I owe my life as a dentist, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and Implantologist to the blessings and guidance of all the wonderful teachers I had during my graduation and post-graduation days at the college.

I am grateful to have been a part of this magnanimous institution.

Dr. Nishant Gupta, Batch of 2006

I am very privileged and honoured to be writing this testimonial for my department- Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Especially in the challenging field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, where you need to bridge the vast gap between dentistry and medicine and learn so many things in a short span of 3 years, you are only as good as the cases that your teachers and professors operate and in turn give you a chance to assist. I have to thank the vast knowledge and experience of the staff of the department, which boasts world renowned surgeons, we got a chance to assist and operate plethora of cases in maxillofacial surgery, from minor oral surgery to trauma, space infections, TMJ surgery, cleft lip and palate and orthognathic surgery. This is the sole reason why the oral surgery department in KLE is unparalled and dishes out year after year skilled surgeons from their post-graduate programme who end up holding good against world class surgeons in their time to come. I for one moved to Dubai 4 years back and have come in contact with surgeons from around the globe. Some unfortunately are still looking to assist their first cleft case or first LeFort fracture case. That’s the time I remember my training and feel fortunate.

Always grateful to my teachers.

Dr. Indraniil Roy, Batch of 2010

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at KLE V. K. Institute of Dental Sciences is one of the leading maxillofacial units in the country. From the very basic but most important principles of surgery to modern Oral and maxillofacial surgery techniques we learned from our teachers in the department. The department is very well equipped with state of the art instruments, devices and latest gadgets. The administration, standard of care and workplace ethics are beyond comparison. Each and every patient is treated with utmost care and compassion. The faculty are well known and respected figures in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery who are eager to teach us not just the necessary clinical skills but also valuable ethics. The non-teaching staff of the department is extremely polite and help all the students overcome the language barriers. The library of the institute has a huge collection of books on all the subjects related to dental and medical sciences and also online access journals. The college has the most stunning campus with well-built sports facility centre for all students. It is an honour to be a part of this prestigious institute.

Thanks and regards,

Dr.Vikram Pandit, Batch of 2012

My OMFS journey that began at KLE, Belgaum has been a life- changingexperience. What began as ‘Surgical Army Training’ (That’s what I like to call it) soon turned out to be the most important learning experience of my life. Apart from Maxillofacial Surgery, these three years of Post-graduation have taught me important life lessons. The intense hospital and casualty postings are etched in my memory for good. I really have been fortunate to have received guidance from the most experienced teachers in the field of Maxillofacial Surgery. Their teachings inspired me to go a step further and specialize in Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery.

P.S- Here in the Department of OMFS at KLE, there are two schools of thought that really pushed me to strive and give my best shot—1. Best your basics & 2.Challenge your basics.

Will always remain indebted to this institute and all my teachers.

Dr. Niyati Satish Balse, Batch of 2014