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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Residents in the six-year integrated combined medical degree program of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery interact with dental students and with the other postgraduate programs in the College of Dentistry.  They train extensively on the oral and maxillofacial surgery service gaining experience in inpatient and outpatient surgery.  They complete 26 months of medical school followed by a year of general surgery rotations, and a year as chief resident in OMFS.

Dental students spend two weeks of their third and fourth years primarily on the fifth floor of the College of Dentistry. During this time they interact with faculty and residents and see multiple patients, which reinforces medical assessment of the compromised patient.  They are also allowed to manage routine dentoalveolar surgical patients and participate in some of the teaching activities of the residency program.


Larry L. Cunningham, Jr., DDS, MD, FACS Professor and Chief, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Ehab Shehata, DDS, Assistant Professor

Joseph E. Van Sickels, DDS, Professor of Oral and Maxilllofacial Surgery, Provost's Distinguished Service Professor, Assistant Dean and Chair of Hospital Dentistry

Enif Dominguez, DDS, Assistant Professor

William Curtis, DMD, MD, Assistant Professor 


Dr. Salam Salman

Dr. W. Michael Sexton

Dr. Trent Tucker

Dr. Matthew Gayheart

Dr. David Hoffman

Dr. Andrew Ray

Dr. Philip Lin

Dr. Jared Shelton

Dr. Susan Snyder

Dr. Trent Clifton

Dr. Diego Hurtado

Dr. Brent Newby

Dr. Brian Cheung

Dr. Justin Kolasa

Dr. Nathan Krauss

Dr. Ali ElDawlatly

Dr. Matthew Marshall

Dr. Travis McMaine

Dr. Eric Mencarelli

Didactic and Clinical Emphasis

The six-year program includes an internship in OMFS, the second and third years of medical school including all of the traditional medical school clerkships (surgery, internal medicine, OB/GYN, psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics, etc.), and a PGY-1 year including 5 months of anesthesia and 7 months of general surgery. The final 24 months are spent on the OMFS service.

The first year is spent on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery service, divided between the Veteran's Hospital, the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, and the College of Dentistry. Courses include Physical Diagnosis, Oral Pathology, and Anesthesia/Conscious Sedation. Residents present cases before staff and students in teaching rounds, attend weekly conferences.

OMFS residents begin medical school in July and complete the second and third years of medical school. Residents have no "on-service" responsibilities during their medical school training. The medical degree is awarded after successful completion of the USMLE parts 1 and 2; this is a requirement of the program. The fourth year of residency is a PGY-1 medical year during which the residents rotate through general surgical and anesthesia services.

The final two years of training are spent back on the OMFS service, and advanced operative experience is gained both in the clinic and in the operating room. In addition, although residents are encouraged to participate in scholarly pursuits throughout the entirety of their residency, a formal four-month research block is assigned during the 5th year of training. During the sixth year, residents function as Administrative Chief for a four month block. The Cheif Resident is responsible for the daily operations of the service, the call schedule, conference schedules, and management of clinic and hospital patients as assigned by the faculty.


With four full-time faculty, several of whom have national and international recognition, the scope of the practice is extremely broad covering all eleven areas listed in the parameters of care for oral and maxillofacial surgery.  The faculty has published extensively with over 235 publications in scientific journals, and numerous additional publications in chapters and abstracts. Residents and students are actively involved with the faculty in these publications which range from anesthesia, distraction osteogenesis, implant dentistry, orthognathic surgery, temporomandibular joint surgery, and trauma.


Residents provide patient care in a number of outpatient and inpatient facilities including the Chandler Medical Center, the College of Dentistry, the Veteran's Administration Hospital, and the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital. The Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has scheduled operating time at the Chandler Medical Center on Mondays and Thursdays. This provides residents graduated experience in managing more complex maxillofacial injuries and elective surgical cases. The College of Dentistry provides residents with experience in routine and complex dentoalveolar surgery on an outpatient basis. Residents also assist with the supervision of dental students in managing and treating walk-in and scheduled patients. There are 12 operatories in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic located in the College of Dentistry and a two-chair operatory in the Veteran's Administration Clinic. The VA Hospital provides the resident with experience in outpatient dentoalveolar surgery, the surgical management of head and neck skin pathology, and maxillofacial trauma in an elderly, medically compromised patient population.

Call Schedule

The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery service is responsible for Maxillofacial Trauma call every third night, rotating with the Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery services. The service manages all bony and soft tissue injuries to the head and neck region on these nights. Residents are also responsible for taking call the remaining nights for direct referrals to the OMFS service from within the Chandler Medical Center as well as from hospitals throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.