University of Nebraska Medical Center

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

The Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and its associated residency program within the Department of Surgery at UNMC has a rich history in training excellent surgeons. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgery encompasses a broad scope of surgical treatments. Our surgeons are uniquely qualified in the management and care of disease of the face, mouth, jaws, head and neck. Training to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon includes doctorate degrees in both medicine and dentistry, along with completion of a surgical residency. The extensive education and training provides the surgeon an expanded perspective in approaching complex surgical situations.

At the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the oral and maxillofacial surgery team works closely with colleagues from numerous specialties to provide advanced medical and surgical care, utilizing the latest state-of-the-art planning, instrumentation, and training for enhanced patient outcomes.

Dr. Valmont Desa, DDS, MD, Division Chief

Dr. Desa has been the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program director since September 2009, and division chief since July 2011. He maintains an active clinical practice with interest in orthognathic surgery, temporomandibular joint surgery, facial trauma and reconstruction and cleft craniofacial anomalies.

Dr. Valmont Desa

By the Numbers

Our residency program has a long-standing reputation for providing exceptional patient care and receives referrals from medical centers, hospitals and clinics within the region. With only two residents per year, the volume of major surgical cases completed by each resident exceeds requirements for Board Certification. The program ranks among the top nationally, for oral and maxillofacial resident case volume.


The year the integrated MD/OMFS training began at UNMC, tied as the first integrated program in North America.


Total number of major operating room procedures last year (divided by only two chief residents per year).


Total number of outpatient clinic procedures last year including adult and pediatric IV general anesthesia cases.

Support Our Division

The UNMC Department Surgery, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery appreciates your continued support in providing the highest caliber of training, research, education and surgical care. Your donation, through the University of Nebraska Foundation, is a meaningful way to impact training for years to come.