Dr. Len Tolstunov is originally from Moscow, Russia. His father was a dentist and during dental school, Dr. Tolstunov decided to pursue oral surgery as a middle ground between dentistry and surgery. His passion for knowledge and education has driven him to complete all of the requirements for a dental degree both in Russia and the United States.
Over the last 20 years, he has published over 35 articles and journals, and he loves to teach at Pacific University, School of Dentistry. He is most passionate about the creative elements surrounding oral surgery, such as creating a solution to a patient’s unique condition and performing complicated procedures. Dr. Tolstunov wants patients to know that he wants to benefit their lives for the short term and in the long run. He delivers compassionate care and spends time educating patients.
Dr. Tolstunov has written two books on bone augmentation in implant dentistry that were published in 2016.
Dr. Tolstunov graduated from the prestigious Moscow Dental University with Summa Cum Laude in 1985 and spent 3 years training in the emergency/trauma hospital in Moscow. He moved to San Francisco in 1989 and completed dental school at the University of Pacific Dental School in 1992. From there, he completed his residency at the University of California San Francisco and joined this practice in 1997. Dr. Tolstunov’s educational history is so unique because he has completed two dental schools and two residency programs in two countries—Russia and the United States.
Dr. Tolstunov is board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a fellow of the American and California Associations of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and a member of local and national associations, including the American Dental Association, American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and the Academy of Osseointegration. He holds part-time teaching status in the departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as an associate clinical professor at both University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry, and UCSF, School of Dentistry. Dr. Tolstunov is a certified CPR and ACLS provider.
Dr. Tolstunov lectures nationally and internationally and is an editor of two books and many chapters on bone augmentation in implant dentistry. He is also the founder and director of the International Bone Symposium at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco.
When he’s not at work, Dr. Tolstunov enjoys reading and writing literature and scholarly articles. He plays piano and composes music and poems, and likes to travel when he has the chance. As a wine specialist, he loves being in Wine Country!