Welcome to the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
The department provides consultative, diagnostic, and therapeutic services to patients with problems of the oral cavity, maxillofacial region, and head & neck. Conditions treated include: odontogenic infections, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, facial trauma, dentofacial deformities, head & neck cancer, pathological conditions of and/or injuries to the maxillo-mandibular complex, cleft and craniofacial abnormalities, cosmetic deformities of the head & neck, surgical management of the complex airway, and snoring and sleep apnea.
The full-time Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery academic faculty are dedicated to resident teaching and supervision. Several clinical and basic science research programs have developed with emphasis in the areas of head & neck oncologic surgery, cleft and craniofacial surgery, microvascular reconstructive surgery, oral implantology, and pediatric dentistry.
The Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has administrative offices and adjacent research space in the previous Allied Health Professions Building. The clinical residency training program is headquartered in the LSU main hospital and has a busy ambulatory care outpatient clinic, full-scope surgical training, and a pediatric dentistry division. In addition, the department fosters a fully accredited 2-year fellowship training program in head & neck oncologic/microvascular reconstructive surgery, as well as a fully accredited 2-year fellowship training program in cleft/craniofacial surgery.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is the specialty of dentistry that includes the diagnosis, surgical, and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects, including both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissue of the oral and maxillofacial region.
A Message from the Chair
The primary mission of our department is to provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of oral and maxillofacial diseases for our patients. Additionally, we strive to provide the highest quality of education and training to our students, residents, and fellows. Part of our mission also includes pushing the envelope and boundaries of science and knowledge through clinical and basic science research.
My hope is to instill in our trainees the medical knowledge and clinical skills, combined with a desire for lifelong learning and self-improvement, that is necessary for the successful practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. I am honored and privileged to have served this department and the Health Sciences Center for the past 20 years.
G. E. Ghali, DDS, MD, FACS, FRCS(Ed)
Professor & Chairman