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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, 2 years and 3 months of medical school including all of the traditional medical school clerkships (surgery, internal medicine, OB/GYN, psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics, etc.), a four-month anesthesia rotation, and a PGY-1 year of general surgery with the remaining time spent on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 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 Histopathology.  Residents present cases before staff and students in teaching rounds, attend weekly combined lectures and case discussions with Orthodontic/Orthognathic Surgery and Orofacial Pain, M & M conferences, Orthognathic Surgery conferences, and monthly journal clubs, Dental Grand Rounds and a monthly combined Maxillofacial Trauma Conference.

OMFS residents begin medical school in November of the second year and devote the majority of their time to their medical studies.  The resident participates at the level of a second year medical student progressing on to the third year of medical school with completion of Part I of USMLE. The third year of residency is spent rotating through clinical clerkships necessary to fulfill third year medical school requirements.

In the fourth year of medical school, the resident spends approximately five months completing required clerkships, followed by a rotation in the Department of Anesthesia. The remaining time is spent on the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Service. The first eight months on General Surgery is divided between Trauma Surgery, Oncologic Surgery, General Surgery, Neurologic Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The fifth year of the program is considered a general surgery PGY 1 year. The final four months are spent on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

The sixth year is the resident's PGY 4 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery year. Both residents will function as a Chief Resident on the service for six months at a time. The Chief Resident is responsible for the daily operations of the service, management of all patients, and is intricately involved with most operative procedures.

The Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery also has Externships for dental students and International Fellowships, which provide training and research opportunities for dentists from countries where English is not the primary language.


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.