Dr. Sanford L. Ratner


Oral Surgeon in Orange & Santa Ana

Dr. Sanford L. Ratner, D.D.S. has practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery in Orange County for the past 35 years.

Dr. Ratner is a native of southern California, attending high school in the San Fernando Valley prior to matriculating to UCLA. As an undergraduate at UCLA, he was enthusiastically involved in research in the chemistry department with Dr. Willard Libby, Nobel Laureate and Chairman of the chemistry department. Dr. Ratner then attended Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago from which he graduated with OKU honors in 1977, receiving the Clive Hadlow award for excellence. A one year surgical internship ensued at Highland General Hospital followed by three years in practice of general dentistry in Sunnyvale, California. Dr. Ratner and his wife returned to Southern California to attend the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical residency program at Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital/UCI Medical Center. He graduated from this program in 1984 and maintained a teaching position at UCI in conjunction with developing his private practice.

Dr. Ratner practices the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, including skeletal deformity correction, cleft surgery, temporo-mandibular joint surgery, facial reconstruction, trauma, as well as dentoalveolar procedures, and dental implant placement. He is a member of the craniofacial team at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and works in conjunction with team members to successfully treat children with craniofacial deformities.

Dr. Ratner is on staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, where he presently holds the position of Chief of the Oral Surgery section. He recently completed a four year term as the Chairman of Surgical Quality Assurance for the hospital. He also is Chief of Dentistry/Oral Surgery and maintains full privileges at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He is on the staff at UCLA School of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery where he devotes time to teaching the oral and maxillofacial surgery residents, as well as performing research. He is a faculty member of AO of North America, teaching principles of cranio-maxillo-facial trauma and fracture repair.

Dr. Ratner was an examiner on the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, where he spent two years as co-chairman of Section II (Major Surgery).

Over the past thirteen years, Dr. Ratner has participated in many medical missions, providing surgical care and professional teaching throughout the world. These missions have taken him to Fiji, Nepal, the Philippines, Israel, and Vietnam. He is the lead surgeon and co-founder of the “Open Heart” team which travels to Vietnam twice a year to provide surgical management of craniofacial deformities on the children of Vietnam. Recently, Dr. Ratner has teamed with Dr. Shaul Yehezkel adding Medan, Indonesia to the countries he provides surgical and academic support.

Dr. Ratner was admitted as a Fellow into the American College of Surgeons.