Dr. Makki is board-certified in Orofacial Pain management and as diplomate
of the American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP) he specializes in pain
disorders of the head, face, and mouth. He is the founder and current
director of the Oral and Facial Pain Center at Hoag Neurosciences Institute
(HNI) in Newport Beach, where he is also a lead physician of the Hoag
Headache and Facial Pain Program and presently serves as service chief
of Orofacial Pain.
He earned his dental medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania
and completed residency in Orofacial Pain at UCLA Medical Center. Dr.
Makki served his externship through the Department of Anesthesiology at
Cedars-Sinai Pain Center and focused on complex headaches and chronic
craniomandibular pain conditions. Additionally, he completed a fellowship
in Geriatric Medicine at D avid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with
an emphasis on the treatment of oral and craniofacial pains and obstructive
sleep apnea in geriatric patients. Among other publications he has authored
a textbook chapter on neurological disorders affecting the head and neck
in the elderly and has published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Makki
also lectures nationally and internationally and to community organizations
on the topics of headache, orofacial pain, and TMJ disorders.
Dr. Makki’s academic endeavors include teaching residents and fellows
as Associate Professor of Neurology at the Loma Linda University School
of Medicine, where he is an attending physician in the Department of Neurology
and serves as director of the Headache and Orofacial Pain Program. He
is concurrently appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Oral
Diagnosis, Radiology and Pathology of the Loma Linda University School
of Dentistry. His areas of clinical interest include primary headaches
(i.e., migraine and cluster), facial neuralgias, burning mouth syndrome,
oro-mandibular and facial dystonias, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders,
and obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Makki is actively involved in clinical
research and applies the latest evidence-based and novel treatments for
difficult cases of pain and emphasizes cognitive behavioral therapy as
an integral part of his “whole-person” pain management strategy.