Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Residents in the six-year integrated combined medical degree program of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery interact with dental students and with the other postgraduate programs in the College of Dentistry. They train extensively on the oral and maxillofacial surgery service gaining experience in inpatient and outpatient surgery. They complete 24 months of medical school followed by a year of general surgery rotations, and a year as chief resident in OMFS.

Dental students spend two weeks of their third and fourth years primarily on the fifth floor of the College of Dentistry. During this time they interact with faculty and residents and see multiple patients, which reinforces medical assessment of the compromised patient. They are also allowed to manage routine dentoalveolar surgical patients and participate in some of the teaching activities of the residency program.

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Melvyn Yeoh, DMD, MD, FACS, Division Chief
Gregory Cobetto, DMD
Enif Dominguez, DDS
Gregory Erena, DMD

Steven Tucker, DMD
Joseph E. Van Sickels, DDS, Provost's Distinguished Service Professor, Residency Director

Our faculty, several of whom have national and international recognition, allow for the scope of the practice to be extremely broad, covering all 11 areas listed in the parameters of care for oral and maxillofacial surgery. The faculty has published extensively with over 235 publications in scientific journals, and numerous additional publications in chapters and abstracts. Residents and students are actively involved with the faculty in these publications which range from anesthesia, distraction osteogenesis, implant dentistry, orthognathic surgery, temporomandibular joint surgery, and trauma.



Sixth Year

OMFS Class
From left:

  • Dr. Karah Brown | Hometown: Hanson, Ky. | Dental School: UK College of Dentistry
  • Dr. Andre Nguyen | Hometown: Cypress, Texas  | Dental School: Unveristy of Texas, Houston
  • Dr. Fereshteh Valaei Hometown: Dallas, Texas  | Dental School: University of Detroit Mercy

Fifth Year

OMFS Class
From left:

  • Dr. Charlotte Fowler | Hometown: Reading, United Kingdom | Dental School: Tufts University
  • Dr. Bishal Johal | Hometown: Charlotte, N.C. | Dental School: University of North Carolina
  • Dr. Kabir Singh | Hometown: Chicago, Illinois | Dental School: UCLA

Fourth Year

OMFS 2020

From left:

  • Dr. Timur Abashev | Hometown: Glazov, Russia | Dental School: Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry and University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
  • Dr. Robert Morrin | Hometown: New Britain, Connecticut | Dental School: University of Connecticut
  • Dr. Jason Tran | Hometown: Arlington, Texas | Dental School: Texas A&M

Third Year

OMFS 2021

From left:

  • Dr. Steven Picquelle | Hometown: Orange Co, California | Dental School: UCLA
  • Dr. Varun Nigam | Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky | Dental School: University of Kentucky
  • Dr. Caleb Ruth | Hometown: Jefferson City, Missouri | Dental School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Second Year

first year residents

From left:

  • Dr. Emily Jones  |  Hometown: Pocatello, Idaho  |  Dental School: Roseman University of Health Sciences       
  • Dr. Vince Law  |  Hometown-Columbia, Tennessee |  Dental School: University of Tennessee
  • Dr. Anh Nguyen  |  Hometown: Vietnam  |  Dental School: Dental College of GA

First Year

first year residents

From left:

  • Dr. Granit Dervishi  |  Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee  |  Dental School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center   
  • Dr. Connor Doherty  |  Hometown: New York City, NY |  Dental School: University of Michigan
  • Dr. Kayla Stenjem  |  Hometown: Deerfield, Wisconsin  |  Dental School: University of Minnesota 

First Year Non-Categorical

first year residents

  • Dr. Austin Ackman  |  Hometown: Springfield, Illinois  |  Dental School: University of Louisville

Didactic and Clinical Emphasis

The six-year program includes an internship in OMFS, the second and third years of medical school including all of the traditional medical school clerkships (surgery, internal medicine, OB/GYN, psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics, etc.), and a PGY-1 year including 5 months of anesthesia and 7 months of general surgery. The final 24 months are spent on the OMFS service.

The first year is spent on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery service, divided between the Veteran's Hospital, the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, and the College of Dentistry. Courses include Physical Diagnosis, Oral Pathology, and Anesthesia/Conscious Sedation. Residents present cases before staff and students in teaching rounds, attend weekly conferences.

OMFS residents begin medical school in July and complete the second and third years of medical school. Residents have no "on-service" responsibilities during their medical school training. The medical degree is awarded after successful completion of the USMLE parts 1 and 2; this is a requirement of the program. The fourth year of residency is a PGY-1 medical year during which the residents rotate through general surgical and anesthesia services.

The final two years of training are spent back on the OMFS service, and advanced operative experience is gained both in the clinic and in the operating room. Residents are encouraged to participate in scholarly pursuits throughout the entirety of their residency. During the sixth year, residents function as Administrative Chief for a four-month block. The Chief Resident is responsible for the daily operations of the service, the call schedule, conference schedules, and management of clinic and hospital patients as assigned by the faculty.


Residents provide patient care in a number of outpatient and inpatient facilities including the Chandler Medical Center, UK College of Dentistry, Veteran's Administration Hospital, and the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital. The Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has scheduled operating time across these facilities from Monday through Friday. This provides residents graduated experience in managing more complex maxillofacial injuries and elective surgical cases. The UK College of Dentistry provides residents with experience in routine and complex dentoalveolar surgery and anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Residents also assist with the supervision of dental students in managing and treating walk-in and scheduled patients. There are 12 operatories in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic located in the UK College of Dentistry and a two-chair operatory in the Veteran's Administration Clinic. The VA Hospital provides residents with experience in outpatient dentoalveolar surgery, dental implants, the surgical management of head and neck skin pathology in an elderly, as well as with a medically compromised patient population.

Call Schedule

The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery service is responsible for Maxillofacial Trauma call every third night, rotating with the Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery services. The service manages all bony and soft tissue injuries to the head and neck region on these nights. Residents are also responsible for taking call the remaining nights for direct referrals to the OMFS service from within the Chandler Medical Center as well as from hospitals throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation


International Fellowship Program

The international fellowship program is a one year program specifically designed for dentist who originate from a country where English is not the primary language. The program will provide the student with research activity and exposure to a broad based experience oral and maxillofacial surgery in the United States. See international fellowship details here

Externship Program

Two program options are available: Observership and Clinical. See externship details here.



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