Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Welcome to the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. The department consists of two distinct divisons: a) Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and, b) Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dentistry, which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Oral and maxillofacial pathology is the specialty of dentistry and pathology that deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research, diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations, and management of patients.

We are delighted that you have shown interest in our department in this exciting era of surgical education, clinical care and groundbreaking research at our institution. As one of the oldest, structured departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we have a long and historical tradition of excellence. Since its inception in the early 1900’s at Boston City Hospital, the department has been a leader in Education, Clinical Care, Research, Administration and Community Service.

We invite you to browse through our departmental website to see the various state-of-the-art clinical services we provide. You will find that we are heavily invested in our patients and students. We continually strive to strengthen our commitment to community outreach programs, develop new strategic partnerships, expand the clinical services and further improve our highly reputable 4-year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program. In conjunction with the mission of the Boston Medical Center, we are proud to offer exceptional care, without exception. At our primary practice locations, we treat over 30,000 patients per year in the outpatient clinics and perform approximately 1200 hospital operating room surgical procedures annually. Besides being involved in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired facial deformities, TMJ disorders, sleep apnea and snoring, facial reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial trauma, and pathological diseases of the oral cavity and facial regions, we also offer expanded scope maxillofacial surgical care including microneurosurgery, cosmetic and cancer surgery with microvascular reconstruction capability.

As an academic clinical practice affiliated with two tertiary care hospitals, Boston Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the faculty of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are intensely involved in the education of dental and medical students and post-graduate residents. We hold offices in prestigious national and international professional societies, conduct research studies, publish scientific articles in medical and dental journals and textbooks, and give invited lecture presentations, both nationally and internationally. In addition, our team of our surgeons, residents, and assistants regularly travel internationally with cleft lip and palate surgery missions to provide much needed surgical treatment in developing countries. Considering all of these activities, our patients can be assured that the care they receive in our offices and clinics is the most effective and contemporary, state-of-the-art treatment available.

Pushkar Mehra, BDS, DMD
Chairman & Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs