Robert Laughlin, DDS
Assistant Professor Clinical
Dr. Robert M. Laughlin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Dentistry and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. He holds academic appointments in the LSU School of Dentistry and LSU School of Medicine. Dr. Laughlin has over seventeen years’ experience in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. While practicing the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Laughlin has special interest in head and neck oncology, microvascular reconstructive surgery and temporomandibular reconstruction.
Dr. Laughlin attended the University of Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor's of Arts in the Biological Sciences. Dr. Laughlin earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine. He completed residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He completed his General Surgery Internship also at Louisiana State University Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Following residency training, Dr. Laughlin completed a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Laughlin has spent time abroad as a visiting professor in the Department of Head and Neck Oncology at Shanghai Ninth Peoples Hospital in China.
Dr. Laughlin served in the United States Navy where he held the positions of Chairman of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry, Assistant Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Residency Program Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Laughlin provided care in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well active duty military and dependents, retirees, congressional delegates and foreign diplomats. Dr. Laughlin has extensive research and grant experience, working with top researchers at the Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences , Department of Ophthalmology and The University of Chicago, Prietzer School of Medicine, Department of Surgery. Dr. Laughlin’s research in upregulation of baterial virulence after surgical stress was instrumental in National Institures of Health RO-1 funding for the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago. He has served as Principle Investigator and Co-Investigator on multiple research grants throughout his career.
Dr. Laughlin has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters for oral and maxillofacial surgery textbooks. He is the Co-editor of the Atlas of Operative Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Laughlin has lectured internationally on temporomandibular surgery, head and neck reconstructive surgery and maxillofacial trauma. He currently is a reviewer for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Laughlin has been the recipient of numerous awards to include the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Community Service Award for his actions during hurricaine Katrine. Dr, Laughlin was the first oral and maxillofacial surgeon to be nominated for the Intern of the Year for LSUHSC, Charity Hospital. He was the first and only oral and maxillofacial surgical resident to date, to be awarded the prestigous Jack Kent WF OMSF Award for his contributions to the department and residency program in the aftermath of hurricaine Katrina. Dr. Laughlin was the first oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the US Navy to be awarded the Naval Medical Center Master Clinician Award. Dr. Laughlin's highest military service award is the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Dr. Laughlin married to Captain Allison A. Henry, Dental Corps, United States Navy. CAPT Henry has served honorably the past 23 years. Her tours have included service aboard the USS Pearl Harbor, USS Tarawa and USNS Mercy. Dr. Henry has two sons Allen (16) and Curtis (14). We are looking forward to serving and providing the top quality healthcare to the great people of Louisiana.