Meet David Alfi, DDS, MD, FACS

Dr. David Alfi is a board-certified, dual-degree oral and maxillofacial surgeon who specializes in craniofacial and orthognathic surgery and rehabilitation.

About Dr. Alfi

Dr. Alfi is from Los Angeles, California, and was fortunate to attend Columbia University during dental school, where there was a heavy emphasis on oral surgery and academic medicine. While earning his dental degree, Dr. Alfi became interested in the multiple specialties of oral surgery. Radiology, anesthesia, diagnoses, medical management, dentistry, surgery—the more he learned, the more he knew this was the path for him. 

Following his residency, Dr. Alfi joined Houston Methodist and Texas Children’s Hospital while working as an academic professor and full-scope surgeon. He wanted to expand upon a practice that focused on research, innovation, patient care, and educating future surgeons. Dr Alfi then started his own private practice with the vision to excel in surgical outcomes and advance the field with research and development of surgical techniques. 

If a patient is nervous about surgery, Dr. Alfi helps them feel comfortable by knowing that the care they’re about to receive is exceptional, without compromise. To do this, he remains at the forefront of techniques and technology while supporting the patient through each step. He understands the great responsibility of caring for the health of another person, and Dr. Alfi is grateful for every opportunity to help someone achieve happiness through better health.

Education & Residency

Dr. Alfi earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 2006 and his Medical Degree (MD) from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2009. He completed a general surgery residency at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and he completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Columbia University Division of OMFS.

Certifications

Dr. Alfi is board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). He is a member of many professional organizations, including: 

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons (AACMFS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Greater Houston Dental Society (GHD)
  • International Team for Implantology (ITI)
  • Texas Dental Association (TDA)

Hobbies & Interests

Outside of work, Dr. Alfi enjoys spending time with his wife and three amazing children. His favorite hobby is seeing their smiles and hearing their laughter during meals together, exercising, and when playing. Two fun facts about Dr. Alfi are his younger brother looks more like him than his own twin and he once got to sit courtside before a Lakers game and talk with Kobe Bryant!

Publications

Dr. Alfi has numerous publications in his field, which you can access using the links below.

Visit his author profile on Scopus to read more.

Destructive maxillary radiolucency in a 20-year-old female

Lee, KC, Peters, SM, Pradhan, JS, Alfi, DM, Koslovsky, DA & Philipone, EM 2021, , Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, vol. 131, no. 1, pp. 3-8. Read More

Automatic Localization of Landmarks in Craniomaxillofacial CBCT Images Using a Local Attention-Based Graph Convolution Network

Lang, Y, Lian, C, Xiao, D, Deng, H, Yuan, P, Gateno, J, Shen, SGF, Alfi, DM, Yap, PT, Xia, JJ & Shen, D 2020, . in AL Martel, P Abolmaesumi, D Stoyanov, D Mateus, MA Zuluaga, SK Zhou, D Racoceanu & L Joskowicz (eds), Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2020 - 23rd International Conference, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 12264 LNCS, Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH, pp. 817-826, 23rd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2020, Lima, Peru, 10/4/20. Read More

The Use of Patient-Specific Implants in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Huang, MF, Alfi, D, Alfi, J & Huang, AT 2019, , Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 593-600. Read More

Automatic Detection of Craniomaxillofacial Anatomical Landmarks on CBCT Images using 3D Mask R-CNN [GLMI-P-10]

Lang, Y, Wang, L, Yap, P-T, Lian, C, Deng, HH, Thung, K-H, Xiao, D, Yuan, P, Shen, SGF, Gateno, J, Kuang, T, Alfi, D, Xia, JJ & Shen, D 2019, .

Estimating Reference Bony Shape Model for Personalized Surgical Reconstruction of Posttraumatic Facial Defects

Xiao, D, Wang, L, Deng, HH, Thung, K-H, Zhu, J, Yuan, P, Rodrigues, YL, Perez Jr. L, Crecelius, CE, Gateno, J, Kuang, T, Shen, SGF, Kim, D, Alfi, D, Yap, P-T, Xia, JJ & Shen, D 2019, , Medical image computing and computer-assisted intervention : MICCAI ... International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, vol. 11768, pp. 327-335. Read More

A New Approach of Predicting Facial Changes following Orthognathic Surgery using Realistic Lip Sliding Effect

Kim, D, Kuang, T, Rodrigues, YL, Gateno, J, Shen, SGF, Wang, X, Deng, HH, Alfi, D, Yuan, P, Liebschner, MAK & Xia, JJ 2019, , Medical image computing and computer-assisted intervention : MICCAI ... International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, vol. 11768, pp. 336-344. Read More

Automatic Detection of Craniomaxillofacial Anatomical Landmarks on CBCT Images Using 3D Mask R-CNN

Lang, Y, Wang, L, Yap, PT, Lian, C, Deng, H, Thung, KH, Xiao, D, Yuan, P, Shen, SGF, Gateno, J, Kuang, T, Alfi, DM, Xia, JJ & Shen, D 2019, . in D Zhang, L Zhou, B Jie & M Liu (eds), Graph Learning in Medical Imaging - 1st International Workshop, GLMI 2019, held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2019, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 11849 LNCS, Springer, pp. 130-137, 1st International Workshop on Graph Learning in Medical Imaging, GLMI 2019 held in conjunction with the 22nd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2019, Shenzhen, China, 10/17/19. Read More

Robust digital dental articulation for one-piece maxillary orthognathic surgery

Li, J, Xi, DW, Afonso, DF, Yuan, P, Huang, MF, Yao, CF, Alfi, D & Xia, JJ 2018, International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, vol. 13, no. S1, pp. S120-S121.

Magic wand: 3D-based interactive algorithm to accelerate CBCT segmentation

Yuan, P, Afonso, DF, Deng, HH, Li, J, Vu, J, Xi, DW, Huang, MF, Alfi, D, Gateno, J & Xia, JJ 2018, International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, pp. S24-S26.

Design, development and clinical validation of computer-aided surgical simulation system for streamlined orthognathic surgical planning

Yuan, P, Mai, H, Li, J, Ho, DCY, Lai, Y, Liu, S, Kim, D, Xiong, Z, Alfi, DM, Teichgraeber, JF, Gateno, J & Xia, JJ 2017, , International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, vol. 12, no. 12, pp. 2129-2143. Read More

New approach to establish an object reference frame for dental arch in computer-aided surgical simulation

Li, J, Yuan, P, Chang, CM, Ho, DCY, Lo, YF, Shen, S, Kim, D, Teichgraeber, JF, Alfi, DM, Gateno, J & Xia, JJ 2017, , International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 46, no. 9, pp. 1193-1200. Read More

Tissue-engineered autologous grafts for facial bone reconstruction

Bhumiratana, S, Bernhard, JC, Alfi, DM, Yeager, K, Eton, RE, Bova, J, Shah, F, Gimble, JM, Lopez, MJ, Eisig, SB & Vunjak-Novakovic, G 2016, , Science translational medicine, vol. 8, no. 343, 343ra83. Read More

A Geometric Classification of Jaw Deformities

Gateno, J, Alfi, D, Xia, JJ & Teichgraeber, JF 2015, , Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 73, no. 12 Suppl, pp. S26-31. Read More

Algorithm for planning a double-jaw orthognathic surgery using a computer-aided surgical simulation (CASS) protocol. Part 2: Three-dimensional cephalometry

Xia, JJ, Gateno, J, Teichgraeber, JF, Yuan, P, Li, J, Chen, K-C, Jajoo, A, Nicol, M & Alfi, DM 2015, , International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 44, no. 12, pp. 1441-1450. Read More

Algorithm for planning a double-jaw orthognathic surgery using a computer-aided surgical simulation (CASS) protocol. Part 1: Planning sequence

Xia, JJ, Gateno, J, Teichgraeber, JF, Yuan, P, Chen, KC, Li, J, Zhang, X, Tang, Z & Alfi, DM 2015, , International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 44, no. 12, pp. 1431-1440. Read More

Bad split: Anatomic or technical problem?

Gateno, J, Ferraz, F & Alfi, D 2015, , Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 73, no. 6, pp. 1023-1024. Read More

Bupivacaine mandibular nerve block affects intraoperative blood pressure and heart rate in a Yucatan miniature swine mandibular condylectomy model: A pilot study

Bova, JF, Da Cunha, AF, Stout, RW, Bhumiratana, S, Alfi, DM, Eisig, SB, Vunjak-Novakovic, G & Lopez, MJ 2015, , Journal of Investigative Surgery, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 32-39. Read More

Branchial arch syndromes

Alfi, D, Lam, D & Gateno, J 2014, , Atlas of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 167-173. Read More

Diagnostic imaging for submandibular duct atresia: Literature review and case report

Mandel, L & Alfi, D 2012, , Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 70, no. 12, pp. 2819-2822. Read More

Nicotine nasal spray as an adjuvant analgesic for third molar surgery

Yagoubian, B, Akkara, J, Afzali, P, Alfi, DM, Olson, L, Conell-Price, J, Yeh, J, Eisig, SB & Flood, P 2011, , Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 69, no. 5, pp. 1316-1319. Read More

Drug-induced paraparotid fat deposition in patients with HIV: Case reports

Mandel, L. & Alfi, D., Feb 2008, In: Journal of the American Dental Association. 139, 2, p. 152-157 6 p.  Read More

What does the fact of advertising convey to patients?

Adamjee, A., Alfi, D., Agarwal, D., Braithwaite, Y., Chan, J., Chey, M., Cho, H. & Choi, C., 2005, In: The Journal of the American College of Dentists. 72, 3, p. 22-23 2 p.

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