Meet the Doctor
John L. Alonge, M.S., D.D.S.
John L. Alonge, M.S., D.D.S is a native of the Erie region. Upon graduation from North East High School (1973), he attended Allegheny College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in English (1977). Dr. Alonge was accepted into the Graduate School of the University of Maryland. While working towards his master’s degree he was accepted to the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland Dental School – the world’s first dental school. While in dental school he was elected class president each of his four years and concurrently completed his Master of Science degree in Anatomy.
Dr. Alonge graduated Magna cum Laude from dental school (1983) and received numerous awards and honors. Among them, election to Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society for graduating in the top five percent of the entire University of Maryland system; Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society; the Heatwole Chair to the senior who has best exemplified the qualities of ethical standards, kindness and humanitarianism; the Kelsey Award for Professional Demeanor.
Dr. Alonge was selected for the United States Air Force General Practice Residency Program which he completed in 1984. He was then transferred to Hickam AFB, Hawaii where he served as Chief of Outpatient Oral Surgery prior to entering formal Oral and Maxillofacial Residency Training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas (1990). Dr. Alonge was then assigned to Wright-Patterson USAF Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio where he served as Oral Surgery Training Officer for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program. He separated from the Air Force in 1994 to enter private practice in Erie. Dr. Alonge is board certified in his specialty and is the first in this region to successfully recertify with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
As a result of his years of teaching, Dr. Alonge has extensive experience in all subspecialty areas such as dental implants, dentoalveolar surgery and corrective jaw and facial surgery. Dr. Alonge is especially talented in management of anxious patients and is the first oral surgeon in the region to be certified by the National Board of Dental Anesthesiology.
Dr. Alonge is on the medical staff at Saint Vincent Hospital, Saint Vincent Surgery Center, UPMC Hamot Medical Center, UPMC Hamot Surgery Center and The Village SurgiCenter of Erie. Dr. Alonge has been certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support and serves his peers as a Basic Life Support Instructor.
Dr. Alonge is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and its component societies, and a member of the American Dental Association and its component societies. He is past two-time President of the Erie County Dental Association. He is on the Examination Committee of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and serves as a part time Preceptor at the LECOM School of Dental Medicine – Erie Outreach Clinic. He resides in Erie with his wife, Karen and are the proud parents of Greg and Michelle.