Medicine » Dentistry

Maxillofacial Surgery

Edited by Leon Assael, ISBN 978-953-51-0627-2, 94 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published May 23, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/1650

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a specialty rooted in dentistry and forged in academic medical centers in departments of surgery, as the surgical specialty well equipped to care for conditions of the mouth, jaws, head and neck. Today oral and maxillofacial surgeons are advancing cancer care, neurosciences, understanding the pathology of the region, managing congenital and acquired deformities among others. In the process this specialty is improving the lives of our patients with better function, appearance, self esteem and longevity.

Prof. Leon Assael

Oregon Health Sciences University, United States of America

Leon A. Assael AB, DMD, FACD, FICD is Professor and Chairman of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Residency Program Director, and Medical Director Hospital Dentistry and Professor of Surgery OHSU Schools of Medicine and Dentistry in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Assael is an alumnus of Columbia University (AB in government), Harvard University (DMD), Vanderbilt University (residency in OMS) and the University of Kentucky (CMM). He is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He served as Dean of the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry from 1997-2003. He was also on the faculty of the University of Connecticut from 1989-1997 and served as department head in surgical sciences and Associate Chief of Staff of the John Dempsey Hospital. From 1981-1989, he was residency program director in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Assael is the past Editor in Chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is the past Chairman of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association. He is the recipient of several national and international awards including The Donald Osbon award for outstanding educator, the William F. Harrigan award, and the Kurt Thoma award. He has also delivered lectureships honoring leaders in oral and maxillofacial surgery including William Ware, Sadie Fontaine, Peter Connole, Ben Alley, and Daniel Waite. In 2001, President George W. Bush awarded Dr. Assael the America’s Promise award for advancements in oral health in Appalachia achieved by the faculty of the University of Kentucky. In 2010, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons awarded Dr. Assael the Board of Trustees special recognition award. The author of textbooks including books on temporomandibular disorders, cleft lip and palate and facial injuries, and over 100 peer reviewed contributions to the scientific literature, Dr. Assael’s main interests are listed below Key word areas of clinical research expertise Aesthetic Surgery Ballistic injuries Biomechanics Bisphosphonates Bone Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Craniomaxillofacial Reconstruction Cleft Lip and Palate Clinical Research design Connective tissue diseases Endoscopy Facial Pain Head and neck infection Jaw tumors Medical economics Medical Editing, Peer review Medical informatics Medical Writing Micro-neurosurgery maxillofacial region Minimally invasive surgery Obstructive Sleep Apnea Oncology Oral and maxillofacial pathology Oral and maxillofacial surgery Orthognathic surgery Osteonecrosis Osteoporosis Osteoradionecrosis Salivary gland disease Surgical education Temporomandibular Disorders

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  • Maxillofacial Surgery

    Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a specialty rooted in dentistry and forged in academic medical centers in departments of surgery, as the surgical specialty well equipped to care for conditions of the mouth, jaws, head and neck. Today oral and maxillofacial surgeons are advancing cancer care, neurosciences, understanding the pathology of the region, managing congenital and acquired deformities among others. In the process this specialty is improving the lives of our patients with better function, appearance, self esteem and longevity.