Dr. Pugao was born in Manila, Philippines but grew up in the quiet town of Andrews, TX. He attended Southwestern Adventist University and received his Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology.
After working a few years as a medical technologist, Dr. Pugao earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University in 2007. In 2010, he received his Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine—New Orleans. From there, he completed his post-graduate training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at LSU which included a general surgery internship certificate.
As part of the High Desert Oral & Facial Surgery team, Dr. Pugao practices a broad scope of surgical treatments to the head and neck. His professional affiliations include memberships with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and American College of Surgeons.
He is currently working on publishing research studies with his mentors, Dr. Daniel Spagnoli and Dr. Jon Perenack.