Meet Dr. Tarun Kirpalani
Dr. Tarun Kirpalani is a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. He was brought up in Ghana and in the United Kingdom, and moved to the United States for all his higher education.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University Of Pennsylvania and received his dental degree from the prestigious University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine.
Driven by his passion to the field of dentistry, Dr. Kirpalani underwent a two year residency program for general dental practice at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, and then took a teaching position for one year with the same program.
Dr. Kirpalani then completed a rigorous Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency training at Brooklyn Hospital. His training included rotations in anesthesia, general surgery, trauma, internal medicine & the ICU. Rotations on the OMFS service spanned across multiple hospitals in the northeast including Geisinger Medical Center, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Bronx Lebanon, St. Barnabas Hospital, VA Brooklyn, Ellis Hospital, Anne Arundel Hospital, and Brooklyn Hospital. He also took part in overseas surgical mission trips in Ethiopia to treat patients with cleft lip & palate deformities, pathology resections and jaw reconstruction.
Dr. Kirpalani practices full scope Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery that includes dentoalveolar & dental implant surgery with bone grafting, outpatient sedation & anesthesia, head & neck pathology management, maxillofacial reconstruction, with a particular interest in facial trauma, temporomandibular joint & corrective jaw surgeries, as well as full arch reconstructions with allonX implants that include zygomatic & pterygoid implants. He currently holds hospital privileges at Valley Hospital, and is an attending with the OMFS department at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx where he covers trauma call and is involved in resident training.
Dr. Kirpalani is published in internationally recognized journals. Two of his publications in The Dental Clinics of North America included Infection Control in the Dental Office and Topical & Local Anesthesia. His research at the University of Pennsylvania included the following: How GPCR’s on mast cells & complement C3a regulate allergic responses & The role of various cytokines in periodontal disease.
Below are some extracurricular & community activities that Dr. Kirpalani has dedicated his time to between his studies:
- UPenn Soccer
- Psi Omega Fraternity: Community Service Chair & Fundraising Chair where he organized soup kitchen volunteering for members, and headed social fundraisers in collaboration with other organizations.
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity: Philanthropy and Scholastic Chair
- Habitat for Humanity: helped build homes for underprivileged communities.
- Alpha Phi Omega National Community Service Fraternity: Ronald McDonald House & soup kitchen volunteer.