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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery / Hospital Dentistry

Faculty


 
Joseph Helman

Joseph I.  Helman, DMD
Clinical Professor and Chair

Dr. Helman maintains his focus on the surgical management of oral cancer as well as orthognathic surgery in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. His current research focus is on Clinical Outcome Measures and his current projects are recurrence rates in the management of Odontogenic Keratocysts, success rates in the surgical treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Maxillofacial findings on patients with Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome (Gorlin Syndrome).


Sharon Aronovich

Sharon Aronovich, DMD, FRCD(C)
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Aronovich is the assistant program director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program. He obtained his dental degree from McGill University, GPR training at Fletcher Allen in Burlington Vermont, residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Hospital of Saint Raphael/Yale-New Haven Hospital, and a fellowship in Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  He has private practice experience at Connecticut Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.  He will be performing dento-alveolar surgery (including third molar extractions and implants) and outpatient anesthesia at the dental school's Oral Surgery clinic three half days per week.  His adult and pediatric hospital practices include reconstructive bone grafting, implantology, orthognathic surgery, pediatric maxillofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate, surgical management of TMJ disorders, pathology, trauma, and sleep apnea.


Lawrence Ashman, DDS
Director, TMD and Orofacial Pain Clinic

Dr. Ashman is the Director of the TMD and Orofacial Pain Clinic at the University of Michigan. In his role, Dr. Ashman provides patient care, supports the educational needs of the dental students, and assists in related research projects. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Dr. Ashman is an American Board of Orofacial Pain diplomat. He is a member of:

  • State of Michigan Advisory Committee on Pain & Symptom Management
  • Educational Committee of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain
  • The American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • The American Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • The American Headache Society

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Amy M. Chin, DDS, MD
Clinical Lecturer

Dr. Chin graduated from University of Detroit Mercy Dental School and University of Michigan Medical School. She completed her Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program at University of Michigan. After her residency, Dr. Chin was in private practice in Toronto, Canada until she joined the University of Michigan Health System faculty in 2013.


Benjamin Craig Cornwall, DDS
Chief, Hospital Dentistry

Dr. Cornwall earned his DDS from the University of Michigan in 1978 and is currently a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. After eighteen years of private practice he began teaching part time at the University of Michigan. He took a full time position with University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and for six years was the director of the clinic at Detroit Receiving Hospital. While in private practice, Dr. Cornwall was on active staff at Sinai Hospital in Detroit with the General Practice Residency (GPR) program. At UDM, he was appointed active staff at St. John Riverview Hospital in Detroit as a faculty member of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. He has been on active staff at Detroit Medical Center, and in 2006, Dr. Cornwall became the Assistant Director of the GPR program at University of Michigan. In 2012, he became the University of Michigan GPR Program Director, and in 2014 became Chief of Hospital Dentistry.


Sean Edwards

Sean P. Edwards, DDS, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Residency Program
Chief, Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Edwards, the Department's Chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Dentistry and the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Edwards obtained his residency here at the University of Michigan Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department. After his residency, Dr. Edwards completed fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh in Craniofacial Surgery. Dr. Edwards' clinical interests include craniomaxillofacial deformity, pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, cleft lip and palate, craniofacial trauma, and pediatric neoplasms of the craniomaxillofacial structures with research interests in craniofacial biology wound healing.


Stephen Feinberg

Stephen E Feinberg, DDS, MS, PhD
Professor
Associate Chair & Director of Research

Dr. Feinberg maintains his clinical activities and also has an active NIH-funded research program in tissue engineering. His main project is in the ex vivo development of a human full-thickness oral mucosal tissue that is suitable for intraoral grafting procedures. The long-term objective is to produce a "smart" transduced oral mucosal graft that will be used for reconstruction of major oral defects secondary to oncologic resection, traumatic events or developmental disturbances. The graft would act both as a material for reconstruction and as a repository for in situ transmucosal delivery of recombinant growth factors or cytokines. The goal is also to establish expanded cultures in an enriched population of oral mucosa progenitor/stem cells using only physical and pharmacological means under chemically defined conditions that will be the foundation for our advances into cell replacement therapy. His next step is to perform a FDA-approved Phase I/II clinical trial through the UM General Clinical Research Center in 2006. Dr. Feinberg's other area of research is in the development of 3-dimensional biomimetic scaffolds for tissue engineering of bone and/or cartilage for reconstruction of the temporomandibular joint.


Lauren Johnson, DDS
Clinical Lecturer

Dr. Lauren Johnson received her undergraduate degree from Lyman Briggs School within Michigan State University in Human Biology. She obtained her dentistry degree from the University of Michigan and completed her general practice residency at the Ann Arbor VA Health System. Her clinical interests include optimizing dental health for the medically compromised including patients with head and neck cancers and in those in need of organ transplantation. She also participates in teaching principles of oral surgery at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.  When not spending time within UMHS, she treats patients at VINA Community Clinic in Brighton, Michigan. Dr. Johnson is from Grand Haven, Michigan.


Stephanie Kline, MSE, MS
Anaplastologist and Digital Surgical Planner

As an Anaplastologist, Stephanie creates custom, realistic silicone prostheses for patients with congenital, acquired or traumatic loss, most commonly in the auricular (ear), nasal (nose) or orbital (eye) region. She also has experience with digital surgical planning, custom surgical guide creation, and 3D visualization of pre- and post-surgical patient data. Stephanie is a graduate of The University of Michigan’s Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate program and Biomedical Engineering Master’s program. Following her time as a Senior Biomedical Research Engineer at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, she obtained her Master’s degree in Biomedical Visualization from The University of Illinois at Chicago where she focused on clinical anaplastology.


Stephanie M. Munz, DDS
Program Director, General Practice Residency

Dr. Munz, the department's General Practice Residency (GPR) Program Director, graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and completed her residency through the University of Michigan Health System. After residency, Dr. Munz joined the University of Michigan faculty in 2012 as the Assistant Program Director. Throughout this time, Dr. Munz’s research and clinical interests remain with implant and prosthetic rehabilitation of the oral cancer patient and patients with craniofacial anomalies, as well as general dentistry for medically compromised and special needs patients. In 2014, Dr. Munz became the GPR Program Director. She continues her clinical teaching in Oral Medicine, providing prosthetic treatments and medically necessary dentistry to patients with head and neck cancer, and is developing the next generation of general practice dentists.


Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch

Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, DDS, PhD
Dipl. ABOM, FRCDS (Ed)
Clinical Professor of Oral Medicine
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs - School of Dentistry

Dr. Murdoch-Kinch received her DDS from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.  She completed her residency in oral medicine and oral and maxillofacial radiology at Indiana University where she earned her PhD in Dental Science in 1996.  She practices Oral Medicine and currently serves as the President of the American Board of Oral Medicine (2012-2013).  Her clinical interest is in the diagnosis and management of oral mucosal disease, salivary gland disorders, and oral complications of cancer therapy.  Her clinical research has focused on oral health-related quality of life in patients with head and neck cancer, salivary gland sparing in head and neck radiotherapy, and salivary biomarkers in the diagnosis and management of head and neck cancer.  Dr. Murdoch-Kinch is a Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Dentistry, where she is leading the faculty's implementation of a newly designed pre-doctoral dental curriculum, and interprofessional education initiatives among the health professions schools and colleges at University of Michigan.


Jeffrey Rodney, DMD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Jeffrey Rodney graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 1985, and earned his DMD degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Dr. Rodney was a solo practitioner in private practice for over 20 years in the field of prosthodontics in central New Jersey. He pursued maxillofacial prosthodontics (a sub-specialty of prosthodontics) as a fellow at UCLA where he also conducted research in nasoalveolar molding for children with cleft lips/palates.

As a maxillofacial prosthodontist, Dr. Rodney’s main focus is on rehabilitation and reconstruction of intraoral and extraoral defects. He specializes in obturators, speech prostheses, radiation treatment devices, facial prosthetics (auricular, nasal and orbital), mandibular appliances and NAM (for children with clefts).

At the University of Michigan, Dr. Rodney divides his time doing maxillofacial prosthetic clinical work, teaching post-graduate residents and engaging in research pertaining to his maxillofacial prosthetic field.


Christos A. Skouteris, DMD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Clinic Co-Director

Dr. Christos A. Skouteris is a graduate of the University of Athens School of Dentistry. He completed a three-year training program in Oral Pathology at the same University that led to a PhD degree and a six-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - Presbyterian University Hospital in the USA. He served as Teaching Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, as Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Maxillofacial Surgery of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as Visiting Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, as Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Crete School of Medicine, and as Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Athens School of Dentistry. Dr. Skouteris' clinical interests include oncologic, TMJ, orthognathic, trauma, secondary alveolar cleft repair, and minimally invasive cosmetic maxillofacial surgery.


Hsiao Hsin Sung, DDS, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Clinic Co-Director

Dr. Sung earned her DDS degree from the School of Dentistry, University of Chile in Santiago where she also completed her Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency and a Master’s Degree in Biological Science. She has received advanced training in dental implantology and specialized in oral maxillofacial trauma.  Dr. Sung’s clinical interests include trauma, pathology, regenerative medicine and dentoalveolar surgeries.


Brent Ward

Brent B. Ward,  DDS, MD
Associate Professor
Oncology Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Ward is actively involved in the clinic and operating rooms, his research endeavors, and as the Program Director of Maxillofacial Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship. His clinical practice is focused on the treatment of cancer and pre-cancer as well as minor and major reconstruction of the structures of the face and jaws. As a member of the University of Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and the Biological Sciences his lab is working with nanostructures both for targeted chemotherapy to Head and Neck Cancer and for pain management with physiologic triggers. In both endeavors, the focus is on increased efficacy and safety for patients. Continuing his bridging effort between dentistry and medicine, he facilitated the creation of a pilot program to train medical doctors in dentistry preparing them for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical residency so that our dual degree program can be a true "two-way" street.


Wen-Xiang Zhang

Wen-Xiang Zhang, MD
Co-Director of the
Microsurgery Training Center

Dr. Zhang, the Co-Director of our Microsurgical Training Center has trained numerous residents and specialists from around the world in the art of vascular and neural microsurgery. He is collaborating on a federally funded research project with Drs. David Humes (Internal Medicine) and Dave Brown (Plastic Surgery) developing an experimental model for a tissue engineered kidney.