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Santiago Surillo

Dr. Santiago Alfonso Surillo, DDS

General Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry


Dr. Surillo and Dr. Whitcomb have had the pleasure of serving their community in La Mesa for many years. Because of their commitment to continuing education, they are able to offer their patients outstanding care, with state of the art technology, yet with the old-fashioned caring touch. Dr. Santiago A. Surillo received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biological Sciences from Fairfield University in 1983. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1987. From 1987 through 1992 Dr. Surillo practiced general dentistry in his native state of Puerto Rico under his father’s mentorship. In 1992, Dr. Surillo was accepted into the U.C.L.A. School of Dentistry specialty training program where he completed an additional three years of postdoctoral study. He received both of his specialty certificates in Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics as well as a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Oral Biology in 1995. This specialty training at U.C.L.A. is the only postdoctoral program that offers dual training in both specialties and provides a unique opportunity for the diagnosis and treatment of dentofacial imbalances that may arise in children during their growth and development. In 1994, he also completed a one year fellowship in Biobehavioral Sciences at U.C.L.A. Department of Psychiatry. In 1996, he joined Dr. Kenneth Whitcomb for the exclusive practice of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Surillo has extensive experience in orthodontics for children, adolescents, and adults, dentofacial orthopedics, orthodontic treatment of children with cleft lip & palate, surgical orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry. Dr. Surillo has current hospital dentistry staff privileges at Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Dr. Surillo is a member in good standing of the San Diego County Dental Society, the California Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the California Society of Pediatric Dentists. He is currently the incoming president for the San Diego Society of Orthodontist and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Surillo was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is married to his wonderful love, Rosewood, a San Diego native. They have two little boys, Martin (August, 1999) and Jean-Paul (May 2002). In his leisure time he not only enjoys fishing with his sons but also bicycling, camping, cooking, movies and a good book. Dr. Kenneth R. Whitcomb received a Master's Degree in Education from San Diego State University and subsequently his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree, as well as his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. His post-graduate training was in part funded by a grant from the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Dr. Whitcomb has also served in the Armed Forces where he was a pilot for the Strategic Air Command, as well as the Air-Sea Rescue for the United States Air Force. In the community, Dr. Whitcomb is active in his church and from 1971-92, has served in the Board of Trustees for the Grossmont Union High School District serving as Board President five times. He is also immediate past Chairman of the East County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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