Max Moncayo, DDS
Board Certified Oral Surgeon in Pacific Palisades, CA
Dr. Max Moncayo began his journey in dentistry and medicine at Cal Poly Pomona. While being a multiple year Dean’s List science scholar, he received summer scholarships to attend the University of Michigan in dental/medical related advancement before deciding to direct his future education to dentistry.
In 2001 his childhood dream of serving his country was realized when he was commissioned as a Naval Officer and given the opportunity to continue his education at the UCLA School of Dentistry. During his training, Dr. Moncayo found a love for facial and oral surgery and decided to focus on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specialty. After graduating dental school and beginning his active duty naval career, Dr. Moncayo completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program in Norfolk, Virginia to prepare him for the demanding task of being forward deployed with military units.
He then completed a surgical internship in Portsmouth, Virginia before completing the prestigious Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Moncayo has completed numerous deployments for the U.S. Navy serving aboard multiple vessels and also forward deployed to Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan while serving in the 1st Marine Corps Division.
After serving our nation’s wounded, and sustaining an injury in Afghanistan himself, Dr. Moncayo has been constantly humbled and honored to provide his surgical abilities in the most demanding environments. It’s these experiences during his 15 years of military service that inspired his philosophy of always do what is right, and treat everyone with compassion and empathy. “The humbling experiences that I’ve endured help me remain grounded and motivate me to provide my very best care for every patient.”
After completing his service and returning home to Southern California, Dr. Max Moncayo founded Palisades Surgical Arts here in his hometown. Dr. Moncayo shares his experiences as faculty at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center and UCLA’s School of Dentistry teaching surgical residents. Dr. Moncayo is Board Certified by both the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and The National Dental Board of Anesthesiologists.
Palisades Surgical Arts has been Dr. Moncayo’s dream—to provide world class surgical care by combining a passion for state of the art treatments and compassion from experiences that few have achieved. “As a resident of the Palisades, there is nothing more gratifying than being out in the community and seeing those I’ve helped. My patients know I will always be by their side, working tirelessly to provide them with the very best care that can be offered.”