Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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    Chair, Section of Hospital Dentistry
    Director, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    Chief of Hospital Dental Service, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

The Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is an integral part of the College of Dental Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Division faculty provide curricula and training to both pre and postdoctoral students and residents. High quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care is provided in both our OMFS Teaching Clinic and Faculty Practice. The Division’s research program has two thematic areas: translational regenerative medicine and the discovery of the genetic etiology of craniofacial and dentofacial disorders.

Education

Faculty of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are involved in the didactic teaching of the physical diagnosis course, the pathophysiology course, and the maxillofacial surgery, local anesthesia, pain and anxiety control, and oral facial pain courses. The Division also provides clinical education in our dental clinics.

The Division offers two NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital residency programs: The General Practice Residency and the Oral and Maxillofacial/MD Residency. The General Practice Residency offers residents a training program in comprehensive multidisciplinary oral health care at a level of skill and complexity beyond that achieved in predoctoral training. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD Residency provides training in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery while meeting the requirements of the Commission of Dental Accreditation.

The Division offers a 2 to 4 week Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Externship for dental students who are interested in pursuing a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Patient Care

Patient care is provided in our out-patient OMFS Teaching Clinic, and at ColumbiaDoctors Dentistry. In-patient care is provided at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian.

Our full-time faculty are practicing dentists and surgeons with ColumbiaDoctors Dentistry, the faculty practice of the College of Dental Medicine. The faculty practice provides the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery including correction of jaw deformities (orthognathic surgery), cleft lip and palate and craniofacial surgery, pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery, maxillofacial pathology and reconstruction, dentoalveolar and dental implant surgery. Board certified faculty provide care for patients with trauma, sleep disordered breathing, and those with oral mucosal and salivary gland diseases. Dental care is available for developmentally disabled, geriatric, and medically compromised patients.

The Center for Oral, Facial and Head Pain provides both consultative and treatment services to patients. Faculty are also integrated members of the Craniofacial Center at the Children’s Hospital.

Research

Faculty at the Regenerative Engineering Laboratory are involved in research focused on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, with emphasis on urgent clinical needs, innovation, feasibility, and translation. We are specifically interested in musculoskeletal/craniofacial regeneration by harnessing endogenous stem/progenitor cells using advanced scaffolds (e.g. 3D printed constructs), control-delivery system, and/or translational animal models. Current target tissues include, but are not limited to, tendons/ligaments, knee meniscus, articular cartilage, and temporomandibular joint.

Our other thematic area is in the elucidation of the genetic etiology of dentofacial and craniofacial disorders. This project is in collaboration with Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, Director of the Clinical Genetics Program at Columbia University Medical Center.

Associated Postdoctoral Programs