Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


Division Chief: Dr. Valmont P. Desa, DDS, MD, FACS
Division Administrator: Tracy Hanzek, tracy.hanzek@unmc.edu 
Residency Program Coordinator:
Becky Palensky, bpalensky@unmc.edu 

What is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS or OMS) is a specialty that encompasses a broad scope of surgical treatments. OMF Surgeons are uniquely qualified in the management and care of disease of the face, mouth, jaws, head and neck. Training to become an OMFS 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 OMFS 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.

What does an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon do?

The surgical scope and practice of an OMF Surgeon continues to expand. So what exactly does an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon do? Numerous treatments utilize the skill and training of an OMFS, these include some of the following:

Cleft Lip/Palate Surgery
Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery)
Extractions of Teeth, Dentoalveolar Surgery
Facial Cosmetic Surgery
Facial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery
Implant Surgery
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Oral, Head and Neck Cancer and Benign Pathology
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), and Facial Pain
Third Molar Extractions (Wisdom Teeth)
Trigeminal Nerve Repair

Nebraska Medicine offers patients the most advanced OMFS care:

If you are interested in consultation for any of the above treatments, we encourage you to reach out to us and visit the Nebraska Medicine website which provides further information on specific physician providers offering those services including the following: OMF Surgery, Corrective Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery, Implant Surgery, Wisdom Teeth Extraction, and TMJ treatment options. 

OMF Surgeons at the University of Nebraska Medical Center are committed to providing quality care and surgical treatment to all patients. All surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS), Fellows of the American College of Surgeon (FACS) and bring years of extensive training and experience to your care. Whatever you goals or needs may be, we look forward to working with you.

Contact us to schedule an appointment at the Nebraska Medicine website to visit with us in our clinics.