Dr. Franco Hernandez was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside and received a Bachelor’s in Economics, graduating with honors. He went on to complete his doctorate in 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 intern at Parkland Memorial Hospital / UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He continued training after this and most recently completed a Dental Medicine, Oral & Maxillofacial clinical instructorship at Stanford University Medical Center.

Dr. Hernandez treats a variety of conditions, including odontogenic infection, dentoalveolar trauma, oral lesions, benign cysts/tumor of the maxilla/mandible, osteonecrosis of the maxilla/mandible, and orofacial pain. He routinely performs surgical dental extractions, oral biopsies, dental implant surgeries, removal of 3rd molars (“wisdom teeth”) and other impacted teeth, bone grafting, excision of maxillary/mandibular cysts, as well as orofacial pain treatment. As a hospital dentist, he performs medically necessary dental surgery in the context of extensive cardiac disease, major organ transplants, systemic disease, cancer therapy, and orthopedic surgery. As an oral oncologist, he specializes in dental surgery prior to, during, and following head & neck radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Clinical Focus

  • Dentoalveolar Surgery
  • Oral Pathology
  • Dental Oncology
  • Orofacial Pain
  • Dental Implants
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
  • Dentistry

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Clinical Instructor, Stanford University Medical Center - Section of Dental Medicine & Surgery (2021 - 2022)
  • Adjunct Clinical Instructor, University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (2022 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Internship, University of Texas at Southwestern - Dallas, TX, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (2021)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC - Los Angeles, CA, Dentistry (2020)
  • Bachelor’s of Arts, University of California, Riverside, Economics (2015)