Dr. Christopher R. DeSesa is an Ivy League-educated, double board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He was born and raised in Manchester, Connecticut, and graduated as an Honors Scholar from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and Microbiology in 2007. He then earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from Harvard University in 2011, where he graduated with honors in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He continued his education at Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital where he completed his surgical residency training and served as chief resident in oral and maxillofacial surgery in 2015. Dr. DeSesa currently maintains an academic appointment as a clinical instructor and part-time faculty member at New York University, as well as a faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Dr. DeSesa is trained in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with a clinical emphasis on complex tooth extractions, removal of third molars, exposure and bonding of impacted teeth, dental implant surgery, bone graft reconstruction, oral and maxillofacial pathology, facial trauma repair, and management of myofascial pain syndrome and TMJ disorders. He also brings to the practice a particular interest in corrective jaw surgery for the treatment of facial deformities, as well as minimally invasive facial cosmetic procedures. Dr. DeSesa has presented at local and national meetings, including the Craniofacial Conference at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. In addition, Dr. DeSesa has lectured locally and mentored students at New York University and the University of Connecticut. Dr. DeSesa is not only a surgeon but an accomplished scientist and author, as he has published over a dozen articles, including chapters in the surgical textbook entitled, Aesthetic Orthognathic Surgery and Rhinoplasty, as well as peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global-Open Journal, the Toxicological Sciences Journal, and the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology. Dr. DeSesa was awarded a research grant at Harvard in 2008 for his study of bone regeneration using osteoprogenitor stem cells. Additionally, Dr. DeSesa’s research in the field of orthognathic surgery earned him the Dr. John P. W. Kelly Research Award at Yale in 2014. In 2021, Dr. DeSesa was recognized and voted by his peers at the Massachusetts Dental Society as one of the top ten young dentists to have made significant contributions to the profession, earning him the prestigious 10 Under Ten award.
Dr. DeSesa is board-certified by both the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. In addition, he is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Basic Life Support. Dr. DeSesa currently serves on the executive board of the Valley District Dental Society, and is Chair of the Ethics Committee, Social Committee, and is an active member of the Education Committee. He also serves on the executive board of the Massachusetts Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and is Chair of the Emerging Leaders Committee. Dr. DeSesa is an active member of the Connecticut Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Connecticut State Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. DeSesa maintains hospital privileges at Mercy Medical Center-Trinity Health of New England, Baystate Noble Hospital, Cooley Dickinson Hospital-Mass General Brigham, and Johnson Memorial Medical Center-Trinity Health of New England. Dr. DeSesa resides in West Hartford, Connecticut with his wife, son, and daughter. Aside from private practice, he is an avid tennis player, and enjoys skiing, strength training and spending time with his family and friends.