Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency/M.D.

Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency/M.D.

Program Director: Dr. Helen Giannakopoulos, contact
Program Coordinator: U. Mai Dang, contact

Program Overview

The six-year integrated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD Program includes the awarding of a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, a two-year certificate of General Surgery and a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS).

Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation*, the dual-degree track has been carefully designed to provide a comprehensive approach to both the medical school and residency components of the program. Candidates who complete the program are eligible for examination by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

The hallmark of Penn’s medical school is based on an innovative, and highly acclaimed curriculum, which fuses basic and clinical sciences. This, coupled with core clinical clerkships, allows the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery resident to receive a medical education without compromise. The core rotations in medical school are structured to include rotations which also meet mandated residency requirements.

Medical School – After completing a six-month rotation on the OMFS service, residents begin medical school in the winter of their first year. Residents begin in Module 2 of Learning for Life at the Perelman School of Medicine. During the medical school period of OMFS training, residents receive a stipend and benefits. In addition, residents will be responsible for occasional on-call nights with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to gain clinical experience during medical school.

When accepted, a candidate is enrolled in a combined educational program between the University of Pennsylvania Department Of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Receipt of the MD degree can occur only after a matriculant has met all of the academic, personal, and clinical requirements of both the OMS Residency Program and the School of Medicine. Withdrawal or termination from the OMS Residency Program will terminate admission/enrollment in the School of Medicine. Withdrawal or termination from the School of Medicine will also terminate participation in the OMS residency program.

USMLE – Beginning in the second year, residents are encouraged to sit for the four-part United States Medical Licensing Examination to continue in the program.

General Surgery – Residents serve in Penn’s general surgery program for 24 months. During this time, they have the full responsibilities given to interns on the general surgery service. Specialty rotations include: anesthesia, plastic surgery, surgical oncology, gastrointestinal surgery, thoracic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, transplant surgery, trauma surgery, surgical intensive care, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Clinical Education

Rotations in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are scheduled at the following affiliated institutions:

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) – The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, located on the 4th floor of the South Pavilion of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, is a multidisciplinary group of medical and dental specialists whose services include: oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine, orthodontics, and maxillofacial prosthetics. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service provides a broad range of surgical treatments that include correction of congenital and traumatic deformities of the jaws; treatment of tumors, cysts, and infections of the jaws; surgery of temporomandibular joint; surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea; surgical placement of dental implants; facial cosmetic surgery; and dentoalveolar surgeries. The oral and maxillofacial surgery suites are also equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment for the delivery of sedation and general anesthesia during in-office procedures. In addition, the department is responsible for all hospital facial trauma on a three-month rotation cycle with Otorhinolaryngology and Plastic Surgery.

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center – A member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Presbyterian offers patients a full array of state-of-the-art services, from primary and family care to the most complex medical and surgical treatment by a world-renowned team of medical professionals. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery provides the rotating resident a unique one-to-one learning experience. The service performs a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including dentoalveolar surgery, salivary gland lesions, implants, orthognathic surgery, nerve repair, facial trauma and others.

Fifth-year residents function as the chief resident during their rotation at Presbyterian Hospital. This gives them the unique opportunity to serve patients with similar responsibilities given to chief residents at the main campus, located at HUP. The fifth-year resident works directly with their attending surgeon, providing for a well-structured educational experience. The clinic is located in the W565 Wright-Saunders Building, and it is fully equipped with modern monitors and sedation units for outpatient sedation and minor oral surgical procedures.

Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center — Located two blocks from the Hospital of’ the University of Pennsylvania, the hospital has an active Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service. The service handles many aspects of oral surgery, including dentoalveolar surgery, preprosthetic surgery, implantology, and facial trauma. Fifth-year residents function as the chief resident during their rotation at the VA Medical Center, giving them the unique opportunity to serve patients with similar responsibilities given to chief residents at the main campus, located at HUP. Residents work directly with the attending for a well-structured educational experience.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) – Since its founding in 1855, CHOP has provided world-renowned medical and surgical care to children from around the globe. CHOP has also been a pioneer of pediatric medicine, responsible for many clinical innovations. The CHOP rotation exposes residents to the full scope of pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery. These experiences include the management of vascular malformations, congenital or developmental jaw deformities, pediatric facial trauma, pediatric dentoalveolar surgery, oral pathology, facial infections and others.

Pennsylvania Hospital – Established in 1751, Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, is an acute care facility that provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic medical services and functions as a major teaching and clinical research institution. Known for its general and specialty surgical services, including orthopedics, vascular medicine/surgery, neurosurgery, otorhinolaryngology (ENT), urology, and obstetrics program — especially high-risk maternal and fetal services, neonatology, neurosciences, and behavioral health, it is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery currently provides consultative services at Pennsylvania Hospital, which is located at 8th and Spruce Streets in the historic Society Hill district of Philadelphia.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine – Penn Dental Medicine is among the oldest university affiliated dental institutions in the nation with a history deeply rooted in forging precedents in dental education, research, and patient care. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic within Penn Dental Medicine features seven operatories, three of which are equipped as minor operating rooms for more advanced cases.

*The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residents

There are three residency positions each year in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program. The University of Pennsylvania invites diversity in the application pool. Please feel free to contact any of the residents with questions or comments about the program by writing to:

U. Mai Dang
Residency Coordinator
215-360-0446
UyenMai.Dang@uphs.upenn.edu
Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Pennsylvania 4 South Pavilion
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

William Jake Boggess
Auburn University
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
DMD, MD Chief/ 6th Year
 
Jennifer Paress Caroline
Cornell University
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
DDS, MD Chief/6th Year
Mohammad Okasha
Florida State University
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
DMD, MD Chief/6th Year
James Choi
McGill University
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
DMD, MD 5th Year
Camron Fakhar
University of Florida
UCLA School of Dentistry
DDS, MD 5th Year
Pasha Shakoori
UC Santa Barbara
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
DDS, MD 5th Year
Kristine Gleason
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
DMD, MD 4th Year
Gino Inverso
University of Pittsburgh
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
DMD, MD 4th Year
Hwi Sean Moon
Boston College
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
DDS, MD 4th Year
Eric Chung
University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry
DDS, 3rd Year
Ariel Farahi
University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine,
DMD, 3rd Year
Kenneth Kufta
Harvard School of Dental Medicine,
DMD, 3rd Year
Zachariah Cole
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine,
DMD, 2nd Year
John B. Lankalis
Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery,
DDS, 2nd Year
Daniel Sierra-Vasquez
Stony Brook University
Harvard School of Dental Medicine, DMD, 2nd Year
Taylor De Laura
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental
Medicine, DMD, 1st Year
Kevin Francois
St. John’s University Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
DDS, 1st Year
Sandy Ha
University of California-Berkeley
University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry
DDS, 1st Year
Steve Kang
University of Toronto University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, DMD, 1st Year
Admissions & Academics
Program Faculty

Helen E. Giannakopoulos

Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery / Pharmacology, Director, Post-doctoral Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

Lee Ryan Carrasco

Associate Professor of Clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Myung (Brian) Chang

Associate Professor of Clinical Restorative Dentistry, Associate Professor of Clinical Oral Surgery and Pharmacology, Director of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics

Brian Ford

Instructor

Eric J. Granquist

Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery / Pharmacology, Director, University of Pennsylvania Center for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Barry H. Hendler

Emeritus Professor

Elliot V. Hersh

Professor

Anh D. Le

Chair and Norman Vine Endowed Professor of Oral Rehabilitation

Neeraj Panchal

Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Peter Dennis Quinn

Schoenleber Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery / Pharmacology, Vice Dean for Professional Services, Perelman School of Medicine Senior Vice President for CPUP, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Rabie Shanti

Assistant Professor of Oral Surgery and Pharmacology

David Charles Stanton

Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Alexandre Balaci

Clinical Associate

Sung-Kiang Chuang

Clinical Professor

Bruce J. Cutilli

Clinical Assistant Professor

Brad Hersh

Clinical Associate

Anna Kornbrot

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dominic Lu

Clinical Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Pharmacology

John W. Mooney

Clinical Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Pharmacology

Christopher Perrie

Clinical Associate

Rhae Riegel

Clinical Associate

James Salman

Clinical Associate

David W. Wedell

Clinical Assistant Professor

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