Allen W. Tarro, DMD


Biography

Memberships & Organizations


  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Dental Association
  • International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Society of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons
  • International Study Group for the Advancement of TMJ Arthroscopy
  • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology New England Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Massachusetts Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Massachusetts Dental Society
  • Merrimack Valley Dental Society

Board Certification


  • Diplomate: American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Education


  • Classical High School, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, D.M.D. Degree (cum Laude)
  • Internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT
  • Didactic Year in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT

Armed Service


  • U.S. Army (active duty)
  • Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri (Population 60,000)
  • Duties: Oral and maxillofacial surgery (including 5 months as the Post Oral and
  • Maxillofacial Surgeon)

Hospital Staff Appointments


  • Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, MA

Past Positions Held


  • Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lowell, MA 01852
  • Director, TMJ/Facial Pain Clinic, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston
  • University School of Graduate Dentistry, Boston MA 02118
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston
  • University School of Graduate Dentistry, Boston MA 02118
  • Director, TMJ/Facial Pain Clinic, Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital, Salem NH 03079
  • Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Saints Medical Center, Lowell, MA & Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, MA

Interests

In addition to oral and maxillofacial surgery with a strong emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders, Dr. Tarro has interests in photography, travel and ancient Egyptian history.


Author of Textbooks


  • Tarro, A.W. TMJ Arthroscopy: A Diagnostic and Surgical Atlas
  • J.B. Lippincott Publishing Company, Philadelphia
  • A 198 page text and atlas with 257 illustrations (225 in full color)

Contributing Author of Textbooks

  • Arthroscopy of the Temporomandibular Joint
    Edited by the Thomas, M. and Bronstein, S., W.B. Saunders Co., Orlando, 1991.
    Contributed by Allen W. Tarro, D.M.D.: Arthroscopic Procedures to Increase Disc Mobility and Disc Stabilizing Techniques
  • A Color Atlas of Otorhinolaryngology
    Edited by Dr. Michael Hawke, Martin Dunitz Ltd., London, 1994.
    Contributed by Allen W. Tarro, D.M.D.: The section on the temporomandibular joint (with nine color photographs)
  • Proceedings of the 3rd Mediterranean Congress of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Nice, France 1995)
    Edited by Dr. P.N. Bocholgyros, Monduzzu Editore, Bologna Italy, 1995
    Contributed by Allen W. Tarro, D.M.D.: “Advanced TMJ Anthroscopic Techniques with the Holmium: YAG Laser”
  • Surgical Treatment of TMJ Diseases
    Edited by Dr. F. Monje, Madrid, Spain 2006
    Contributed by Allen W. Tarro, DMD: “TMJ Arthroscopic Laser Surgery” and “TMJ Arthroscopic Disc Suturing”

Other Publications


  • Article – Anthroscopic Diagnosis and Surgery of the Temporomandibular Joint
    Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, April 1988
  • Article – Anthroscopic Treatment of Anterior Disc Displacement: A Preliminary Report
    Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, April 1989
  • Article – Instrument Breakage Associated with Arthroscopy of the Temporomandibular Joint: Report of a Case
    Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, April 1989
  • Article – TMJ Arthroscopic Diagnosis and Surgery: Clinical Experience with 152 Procedures Over a 2 1/2 Year Period
    The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice, April 1991
  • Article – The Treatment of TMJ Disorders: A Current Update
    The Journal of the Massachusettes Dental Society, September 1991
  • Article – A Fully Visualized, Anthroscopic Disc Suturing Technique
    Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, April 1994

Appointment


By the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 1997–2001, to serve on the committee on Parameters of Care and Outcomes Assessment as a member of the subcommittee on Temporomandibular Joint Surgery


Some of Dr. Tarro’s Teaching Experiences


  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
    Member of faculty for TMJ arthroscopy courses and workshops.
    January, 1989 to June 1989
  • Purpan University Hospital Center, Toulouse, France
    Taught two day course on “Surgical Arthroscopy of the TMJ”. Course attended by 57 maxillofacial surgeons from France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, and Japan. April 2 & 3, 1990
  • University Medical Center, Toulouse, France
    Taught two day course and directed a hands-on surgical workshop course on “Arthroscopic Surgery of the TMJ”. Course attended by surgeons from France, Italy, and Spain. May 6 & 7, 1991
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Member of faculty for the course and workshop on TMJ arthroscopy. Directed the advanced group of doctors in the laboratory. May 23–25, 1991, September 22–24, 1991, & May 15–17, 1992
  • The London Hospital Medical College, London, England
    Taught six hour lecture course. Course attended by maxillofacial surgeons from the United Kingdom. October 10, 1991
  • The Royal London Hospital, London, England
    Performed TMJ arthroscopic surgery (two joints). Surgery transmitted to the lecture hall with 35 doctors via closed-circuit live video from the operating room. October 11, 1991
  • S. Bortolo Hospital, Vicenza, Italy
    Taught six hour lecture course. Course attended by 32 maxillofacial surgeons from Italy. October 18, 1991. Performed TMJ arthroscopic surgery (two joints). Surgery transmitted to the lecture hall with 32 doctors via closed-circuit live video from the operating room. October 19, 1991
  • Instituto Stomatologico Italiano, Milan, Italy
    Taught six hour lecture course. Course attended by 27 maxillofacial surgeons from Italy. April 22,1993. Performed TMJ arthroscopic surgery (two joints). Surgery transmitted to the lecture hall with 27 doctors via closed-circuit live video from the operating room. April 23,1993
  • University of Rome, The Graduate Medical School, Rome, Italy
    “TMJ Diagnosis & Treatment and TMJ Arthroscopy”, a two hour lecture presented to 82 maxillofacial surgeons. Rome, Italy, April 29,1993
  • Valle Giula Hospital, Rome, Italy
    Surgical Teaching Presentation. Performed TMJ arthroscopic surgery on two patients (3 joints) for 12 Maxillofacial surgeons. Rome, Italy, May 30, 1995
  • Lecture and Surgical Demonstration
    Presented to the Spanish Society of Cranio-Mandibular Dysfunction and the Catalan Society of Odonto-Stomatology at the 5th Annual Meeting in Spain. Performed TMJ arthroscopic surgery on 5 temporomandibular joints in 3 patients at the Hospital General de Catalunya Surgery. Transmitted to the lecture hall for 85 doctors via closed-circuit video from the operating room. Barcelona, Spain, June 9 & 10, 1994.
  • “Advanced TMJ Arthroscopic Techniques with the Holmium: YAG Laser”
    Presented to the 3rd Mediterranean Congress of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Nice, France, June 7, 1995
  • “Advanced Techniques in TMJ Arthroscopy Including the Use of the Holmium Laser”
    A two hour Surgical Roundtable Clinic presented at the combined annual meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Toronto, Canada, September 12, 1995.
  • 2nd International Course on Surgical Treatment of the TMJ
    Presented 7 lectures on TMJ arthrocentesis and arthroscopic surgery to 115 maxillofacial surgeons from Spain, Italy, Portugal, England, and the United States. Vigo, Spain, November 15 & 16, 1996
  • Lectures “TMJ Arthrocentesis and Diagnostic TMJ Arthroscopy” and “Advanced TMJ Arthroscopic Laser Surgery”
    Presented at the Royal London School of Medicine as a part of the course on Current Management of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. London, England, November 14, 2000.

Dr. Tarro has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. He has given presentations at the annual meetings of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons from 1990 to 1999, 2003 and 2005.