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Oral Surgeon Dr. Galea

Meet Christopher Galea, DDS, MD

As a dual-degree oral surgeon and physician, Dr. Galea provides the highest care available to his patients to enhance their quality of life and improve their oral health.

About Christopher Galea, DDS, MD

With a passion for helping others, Dr. Christopher Galea is a highly skilled surgeon and physician who has accomplished great things both professionally and academically. He is the only fellowship-trained Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgeon in the region and is passionate about helping children and infants achieve a healthy smile through cleft lip and palate repair. He became so invested in treating these cases that he participated in a residency program specifically for cleft lip and cleft palate treatment.

Dr. Galea is staffed at Renown Trauma Center in Reno, where he treats emergency cases. He is developing a team that focuses on cleft lip and palate repair to better help the infants and children who are born with this birth defect. To give back to his community in every way possible, Dr. Galea serves on the board of the North Nevada Health Program, a non-profit organization that provides care to at-risk children, older patients, and veterans.

Education & Residency

Dr. Galea graduated from the University of Arizona with dual degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Physiological Sciences. He attended dental school at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He obtained his medical degree and completed an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Louisville. As a Level 1 trauma center, the University of Louisville provided Dr. Galea with in-depth training in maxillofacial trauma and orthognathic surgery for dentofacial deformities.

Dr. Galea discovered his passion for treating children with cleft lips and palates during his surgical residency, and he traveled around the world to treat children born with this condition. Inspired to become an expert in craniofacial surgery, Dr. Galea moved to Louisiana and underwent a 2-year fellowship in Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University—Shreveport.

Dr. Galea holding young child patient

Education & Residency

Dr. Galea graduated from the University of Arizona with dual degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Physiological Sciences. He attended dental school at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He obtained his medical degree and completed an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Louisville. As a Level 1 trauma center, the University of Louisville provided Dr. Galea with in-depth training in maxillofacial trauma and orthognathic surgery for dentofacial deformities.

Dr. Galea discovered his passion for treating children with cleft lips and palates during his surgical residency, and he traveled around the world to treat children born with this condition. Inspired to become an expert in craniofacial surgery, Dr. Galea moved to Louisiana and underwent a 2-year fellowship in Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University—Shreveport.

Dr. Galea holding young child patient

Certifications

Dr. Galea is a board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS). Dr. Galea also holds the distinction of being the region’s only fellowship-trained Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgeon.

Dr. Galea looking at x-rays with his patient

Certifications

Dr. Galea is a board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS). Dr. Galea also holds the distinction of being the region’s only fellowship-trained Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgeon.

Dr. Galea looking at x-rays with his patient

Hobbies & Interests

Dr. Galea enjoys serving the greater Reno community and spends his time outside of the office with his wife and their two dogs.

Dr. Galea having conversation with his patient

Hobbies & Interests

Dr. Galea enjoys serving the greater Reno community and spends his time outside of the office with his wife and their two dogs.

Dr. Galea having conversation with his patient

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