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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dentistry that includes the diagnosis and surgical and related treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neck. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dental specialists who treat conditions, defects, injuries, and esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face. The training of our surgical residents includes a four-year graduate degree in dentistry and the completion of a five-year hospital surgical residency program, which includes attending medical school to obtain a medical degree and a year of general surgery training.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons care for adults and children who experience such conditions as problematic wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries and fractures, offer reconstructive and dental implant surgery, and care for patients with benign and malignant tumors and cysts of the jaws and functional and esthetic conditions of the maxillofacial areas. With our advanced training in pain control and anesthesia, we are able to provide our services with maximum patient comfort and safety. Our mission is to provide world class surgical services to our patients, while educating and training future surgeons to become highly competent and caring clinicians, and future leaders of our profession. We embrace discovery and scholarship as critical elements in the training of our residents.

MetroHealth Affiliation Brings Trauma Training

MetroHealth Medical CenterThe department has completed its affiliation process with Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center’s Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, making CWRU the only five-year integrated OMS program in the United States that will have residents rotating to University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, as well as Metro. Based on this expanded capacity, the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation granted its approval for increasing the number of residents to four.

The recent appointment of associate clinical professor Michael R. Zetz, D.D.S., to Division Director at Metro is also a significant turning point. Under his direction, the expanded affiliation with Metro will not only maximize its well known trauma expertise to impart an unparalleled breadth of surgery experience, it will allow Dr. Zetz to include residents in building his vision for Metro to strengthen its expertise in TMJ, orthodontic, and implant surgeries.

Welcome, New Oral Surgery Residents and Intern!

OMFS ResidentsOur new residents: Elif Aksoylu, a 2013 graduate of Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, who grew up in Oakland, Istanbul and Vancouver and looks forward to calling Cleveland home for the next five years. She enjoys reading, traveling and scuba diving.Max Beushausen is from St. Louis, MO. He attended undergraduate and dental school programs at Case Western Reserve University. Furkan Dogan was born and raised in Turkey. She graduated from Tufts Dental School in 2009 and completed a dental anesthesiology residency from 2010-2012 at Lutheran Medical Center, New York. She completed an OMS Internship this past year at UT Health Sciences Center San Antonio, TX.Nikolay Levintov graduated from dental school at NYU College of Dentistry in May of 2013. He was born in Moscow and grew up in New York City. He loves to swim and was a member of his college swim team, serving as team captain for the final two years. One-year intern Paul Rollins was born and raised in Green River, Wyoming. He went to Utah State University for undergraduate and attends CWRU School of Dental Medicine. He enjoys traveling, sports, playing instruments, and singing.

Dr. Dale A. Baur

Dr. Dale A. Baur, Chair

Dr. Baur is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial at University Hospitals/Case Medical Center and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Baur is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His special interests include management of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, temporomandibular joint surgery, surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea, and reconstruction of defects of the head and neck.