Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

 

    What is the specialty of the department?

    Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dentistry that is commonly known for treatment of wisdom teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder, and corrective jaw surgery. However, oral and maxillofacial surgeons cover a much broader scope of practice, including cleft and craniofacial disorders, oral cancer, jaw reconstruction, snoring and sleep apnea, dental implants, and facial cosmetic surgery. From diagnosis, to administering anesthesia and surgery, through adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects, oral and maxillofacial surgeons attend to both functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. For more information on this specialty, visit The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Web site.

    What is the function of the department within the school?

    The department educates predoctoral students and residents, exposing them to extensive clinical activities in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Students gain clinical experience under full supervision of our faculty in basic extractions, management of complex infections, pre-prosthetic surgery, and intravenous sedation. In addition, the department serves the needs of the local and regional community through patient care, continuing education, and participation in various organizations.

    The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients in both an ambulatory and inpatient setting. To this end, the department has assembled a faculty with diverse interests and expertise in the broad scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The department receives national and international referrals from practitioners and former patients.

    What programs does the department offer?

    The department offers several programs for the study of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including a residency and fellowship program as well as internship and externship opportunities. The residency is a six-year, dual degree program (OMS certificate and M.D. degree) and offers one four year position dedicated to attracting and training the best and brightest residents and fellows in the specialty. One goal of the department is for a significant number of graduates to enter a full-time academic career.

    What research takes place in the department?

    The department has active research and continually seeks collaboration with other dental specialists, physicians, and basic scientists within and outside our health sciences center. Collaborative research occurs throughout the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Department of Anthropology, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Current areas of investigation include: 1) Application of bone morphogenic protein (bmp) to nanoparticles in osseous regeneration, 2) Extracellular matrix in TMJ disc regeneration, 3) Novel therapies in craniofacial disorders.

    Residents from the department have won several training grants from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, which is the research support arm of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Each year, only five training grants are awarded nationally to promote research awareness in oral and maxillofacial surgery.


Chair
Dr. Mark W. Ochs
Eye and Ear Institute, Suite 214

200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-648-6201
Fax: 412-648-6768
Email: mwo1@pitt.edu

 

Residency Program Director
Dr. Bernard J. Costello III
Eye and Ear Institute, Suite 214
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-648-6801
Fax: 412-648-6768
Email: bjc1@pitt.edu