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Professor of Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Helms' research interests center around regenerative medicine and craniofacial development.
Professor of Surgery, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly Interests1. Nerve regeneration and repair, evaluation of repair methods, modalities to enhance peripheral nerve regeneration, development of improved methods to analyze nerve regeneration.
2. Implementation of functional neuromuscular stimulation to paralytic deformities.
3. Computer modeling of upper limb function.
Clinical Instructor, Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
BioDr. Franco Hernandez was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside where he obtained a Bachelor’s in Economics, graduating with honors. He went on to complete his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Southern California where he spent dedicated time as a selective student with emphasized training in the areas of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental Anesthesia, and Public Health. Following graduation, he began his post-graduate training as an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery non-categorical resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital / UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, one of the largest level 1 trauma centers in the state of Texas. He continued his training at Stanford University Medical Center where he completed a Dental Medicine, Oral & Maxillofacial clinical instructorship.
Dr. Hernandez diagnoses, treats, and manages a variety of conditions including: odontogenic infection, dentoalveolar trauma, edentulism (partial and complete), non-malignant oral lesions, benign cysts/tumor of the maxilla/mandible, osteonecrosis of the maxilla/mandible, TMJ disorders, and orofacial pain. He routinely performs surgical dental extractions, oral reconstruction with endosseous dental implants, removal of 3rd molars (“wisdom teeth”), bone grafting, excision of benign maxillary/mandibular cysts, as well as management of TMJ disorders and Orofacial pain. As a Dental Oncologist, he specializes in dental procedures and surgeries prior to, during, and following head & neck radiation therapy and chemotherapy. As a Hospital Dentist, he performs medically necessary dental procedures and surgeries in the context of extensive cardiac disease, major organ failure/transplant cases, major systemic disease, cancer therapy, and orthopedic surgery.