Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

"The mission of the oral and maxillofacial surgery section is to improve the oral, maxillofacial, dental, and craniofacial health of patients through research, service, and education.”

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Section Overview

Oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) at the MUSC James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine is well known for our committed faculty and successful alumni who have walked our halls and worked in our operating rooms. As a testament to their contributions to the profession for more than half a century, under the leaderships of prominent individuals including Dr. Richard W. DeChamplain and Dr. Durwood Bach, (OMFS) has provided education to thousands of dental students, externs, and residents, and has inspired many to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Advanced Surgical Training Program

The Advanced Training Program in OMFS continues the great traditions of education and excellence that were established by Dr. DeChamplain and Dr. Bach. The three full-time and six part-time faculties are dedicated to providing outstanding care for patients and an unmatched education for the residents and many dental students who visit our program each year.

Residency program in OMFS
Externship program in OMFS

Dental Student Education

Undergraduate dental education is one of the top academic priorities in the section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Over the next two years, the educational programs for dental students in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will be completely redesigned and expanded. There are presently five MUSC CDM courses presently offered by the department:

  • OMFS-801: Oral Surgery I
  • OMFS-805: Comprehensive Control of Pain and Anxiety
  • OMFS-806: Clinical Pathophysiology/Common Medical Conditions
  • CLNDM-841: Hospital Oral Surgery Rotation
  • OMFS-855: Advanced Concepts in OMFS

Our Mission

  • To provide the highest quality care using the safest, most effective treatments available in a setting where the patient is our most valuable asset.
  • To provide the highest quality education to our clinical personnel based upon evidence-based and cutting-edge procedures.
  • To support basic and clinical research which will improve the health of the public. Additionally, we will foster training and career development to yield the talented investigators and clinicians critical to the future of health care.


For profiles of faculty oral and maxillofacial surgeons within the Department of Advanced Specialty Sciences, please visit our Administration & Faculty page.

MUSC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Facilities

Our faculty and residents provide outpatient oral and maxillofacial services at two sites on the Medical University of South Carolina's Charleston campus:

  • James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
  • MUSC Hospital: Clinical Sciences Building (CSB)

Our inpatient surgeries are carried out in both the:

  • Ashley River Tower (ART Building)
  • MUSC Main Hospital