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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)

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.

University Hospitals

University Hospitals is the primary institution where CWRU Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residents conduct their daily activities. University Hospitals has been serving the people of northeast Ohio for nearly 150 years. Throughout this time, it has kept its commitment “To Heal. To Teach. To Discover”. Besides the UH Case Medical Center, located within the CWRU campus area, there are numerous UH locations around Cleveland and the surrounding areas where residents practice over the course of their 5 years of training. UH Case Medical Center enjoys some of the most prestigious centers of excellence in the country and the world, including the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital.

The Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic is regarded as one of the top four hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and was ranked number one in America for cardiac care from 1994 to 2014. The hospital was established in 1921 for the purpose of providing patient care, research, and medical education. The residents rotate through this institution during their first and third years of training and during their medical school clerkships. The OMFS department collaborates closely with the otolaryngology and plastic surgery departments to address more complex cases of oral maxillofacial pathology.

Louis Stokes VA Medical Center

Louis Stokes VA Medical Center

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center provides care to over 105,000 veterans each year in northern Ohio. The Wade Park Medical Center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other VA medical center in the nation, including Geriatric Evaluation and Management and Advance Platform Technology. CWRU OMFS residents rotate through the VA OMFS clinic during their first and third years of residency when they independently perform all dentoalveolar procedures in both the hospital and clinical settings under the direct supervision of the OMFS attendings.


MetroHealthMetroHealth is an integrated health system with an acute care hospital housing a Level I Adult Trauma Center. Annually, MetroHealth will handle more than one million patient visits including more than 100,000 in the Emergency Department, making it one of the busiest systems in the country. CWRU residents rotate through the OMFS clinic during their third year of training, where they continue to develop skills in dentoalveolar procedures using outpatient sedation while gaining more experience in the operating room setting. Residents will also be directly involved with management and care of trauma patients in this busy hospital setting.

Dr. Dale A. Baur

Dr. Dale A. Baur, Chair

Dr. Baur is 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.