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About Dr. Machado

Dr. Lester Machado, above all else, feels very strongly about the level of care he provides his patients. He believes that each person is a unique individual. As such, he strives to understand the needs of each patient in order to fulfill their surgical process with compassion, quality care and artistry.

A California native, Dr. Machado completed schooling at University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry and at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine. He attended Louisiana State University at New Orleans receiving his Master of Science in anatomy. He also received his oral and maxillofacial surgical training there.

In 1990 Dr. Machado began his private practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery in San Diego. His office is near the Rady Children's Hospital where is he an active member of San Diego's Cleft Palate and Craniofacial teams. He has a very special interest in the care of children with facial deformities. He is fluent in Spanish and active with overseas cleft palate surgical teams, as well.

Dr. Machado has lectured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and Mexico on many aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has authored several papers and is currently engaged in clinical research to improve the treatment of children with facial deformities utilizing distraction osteogenisis.

Board Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery1992

Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh1994

Fellow, International College of Surgeons1995

Hospital Staff Appointments

Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego

Scripps Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, San Diego

Hospital & Administrative Appointments

Chairman2008 – present
Division of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
Scripps Mercy Hospital

Examiner2003 – 2006, 2009 – 2010
American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Lecturer1998 – 2002
University of California at Los Angeles
Dept. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Visiting Professor1991
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California
Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Chief Resident1987
Charity Hospital of New Orleans
Dept. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Research Associate1984 – 1987
Louisiana State University Medical Center
Dept. of Anatomy

Honors & Awards

American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery2011
"Examination Committee Award" in Appreciation for Six Years of Dedicated Service to the examination committee

Lifetime Achievement Award2010
San Diego Children's Dental Health Association

STARS Award by the County of San Diego2009
Division of Health Services for his lifelong work with children's health in San Diego. Named one of the "People To Watch" by San Diego Magazine

Graduated with Distinction in a Major Field1989
Department of Surgery
Hahnemann University, School of Medicine

Hatton Award Finalist1986
Junior Research Competition
International Association of Dental Research
The Hague, Netherlands

Air Force Achievement Medal1983
United States Air Force

Student Body President1979-1980
University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry

Dean's Award
University of the Pacific
School of Dentistry

Block Drug Essay Competition Winner
San Francisco, CA

Harry A. True Award
University of the Pacific
School of Dentistry

Outstanding Student
Rotary Club of San Francisco, CA

Clinical Excellence Award
University of the Pacific
School of Dentistry

F. Gene Dixon Leadership Scholarship
California Dental Service

Leadership Award1980
Theta XI Fraternity
University of California at Davis

California Scholarship Federation
Life Member

Governor's Scholar, California1973

Professional Organizations

California Association of Oral & Maxillofacial SurgeonsDirector 2006-07
Treasurer 1980-83

San Diego County Dental SocietySecretary 2006
President Elect 2007
President Elect 2008

American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

International Association of Maxillofacial Surgeons

American Cleft Palate / Craniosacral Association

American Medical Association

California Medical Association

San Diego County Medical Society

American Dental Association

California Dental Association

Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Fraternity


"Clinical evaluation of a Mid Face Ratcheting Distractor for Correction of Maxillary Hypoplasia in Patients with Cleft Lip and Palate", Synthes Maxillofacial, 10/98 – 10/99

"Experimental Evaluation of Hydroxyapatite and Hydroxyapatite in a Collagen Matrix as Cranioplasty Materials" International Grant sponsored by the National Institute of San Francisco, 1979

"Experimental Evaluation of Microsurgical Repair of the Lingual Nerve" Local Grant Sponsored by Pacific Research Foundation and the Microsurgical Research Institute os San Francisco, 1979