Allen Sclaroff, professor of clinical otolaryngology, 75 – Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Allen Sclaroff, DDS, professor of clinical otolaryngology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died on August 18, 2021 in St. Louis of complications from multiple myeloma. He was 75 years old.
Sclaroff was an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who treated patients – adults and children – with various diseases, from oral cancers to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. He was a sought-after speaker, giving general lectures on his areas of expertise including TMJ surgery and reconstruction, surgical treatment of maxillofacial injuries, dental implants, cleft palate treatment, oral care for patients undergoing chemotherapy, oral care for patients undergoing radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, and oral considerations in sleep apnea.
Also dedicated to teaching, Sclaroff led graduate studies in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the time he joined the faculty of what was then the School of Dentistry in 1978 until the closure of dental school in 1991.
Sclaroff received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, physiology, and economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1968. He then received his doctorate in dental surgery in 1972 from the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. He served two years in the US Air Force before coming to Washington University in St. Louis in 1974 for his internship at the School of Dentistry.
He remained at the University of Washington for the remainder of his training and his entire professional career, including completing his internship in oral and maxillofacial surgery in 1975 at the school and what was then Barnes Hospital. From 1975 to 1978, he completed two residencies, one in Anesthesia and General Surgery, and a second in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and St. John’s. Mercy Medical Center. From 1977 to 1978, he was also chief resident and member of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington.
Sclaroff joined the faculty of the School of Dentistry in 1978. In 1986, he was appointed head of the school’s department of oral and maxillofacial surgery. And in 1987, he became chief surgeon in the oral and maxillofacial surgery division of the department of surgery at the medical school, Barnes Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. After the dental school closed in 1991, Sclaroff was professor and director of the division of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Washington. until his retirement in June 2020.
Sclaroff was a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, Greater St. Louis Dental Society, St. Louis Central District Dental Society, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMFS), the Missouri Association of OMFS, the St. Louis Society of OMFS, and the American Academy of Osseointegration.
He is survived by his wife, Jan Sclaroff; two daughters, Megan Katz and Lindsey Creech; their spouses; and five grandchildren.
A service was held on August 20 at Bellerive Gardens Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made at the Siteman Cancer Center, MSC 1204, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105 or online at siteman.wustl.edu/hommage.