Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Joseph FantuzzoJoseph J. Fantuzzo, D.D.S., M.D.
Chair and Program Director

After attending the University of Rochester for his undergraduate degree, Dr. Fantuzzo was educated in both Dentistry and Medicine and went on to complete residency training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University at Buffalo.  This included a one-year General Surgery Internship and training in Adult and Pediatric General Anesthesia.  He also served as Pediatric Craniofacial Fellow at the Posnick Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Chevy Chase, Maryland and Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC.

Dr. Fantuzzo is Associate Professor of Dentistry, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Fantuzzo serves as Chairman and Residency Program Director for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

  • The Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Rochester has produced academic and surgical leaders now serving as chairs, program directors and officers at various levels within the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) .  We are proud of the success that former residents have achieved on ABOMS exams and of the quality of the care they are able to provide to their patients. 
  • The University of Rochester Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program is dedicated to attracting and training the best and brightest residents for a career in our specialty.  The aim of the faculty in the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is to offer a thriving, top notch training program to our residents by setting high standards for patient care, education and scholarly activity.  This allows us to give residents the educational experience necessary to gain specific medical and dental knowledge, technical, interpersonal and communications skills, and professional attitudes, attributes, and behaviors necessary for the future competent and independent practice of OMFS. 
  • Externships are available for interested dental students.  Externs will gain exposure to the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery and will gain clinical experience under supervision of our residents and faculty in basic extractions, management of complex infections, pre-prosthetic surgery, and intravenous sedation.
  • Our service strives to provide the highest quality of care to patients in both an ambulatory and inpatient setting.  The Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Rochester provides care at three sites: Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital and the Eastman Institute for Oral Health.
  • Residents are encouraged to contribute to the body of literature, attend and present at meetings nationally and serve those less fortunate with the services we provide.

Clinical & Operating Room Activities

The inpatient and outpatient clinical and operating room experience at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, and the Eastman Institute for Oral Health includes dento-alveolar surgery with removal of wisdom teeth and management of other impacted teeth, surgical endodontics, dental implant surgery including full-mouth reconstruction, autogenous and allogeneic hard tissue grafting, sinus augmentation grafting, implant and preprosthetic soft tissue procedures, management of facial trauma, treatment of oral and maxillofacial pathology, orthognathic surgery for craniofacial and dentofacial deformities and obstructive sleep apnea, temporomandibular joint surgery, facial cosmetic surgery and inpatient and outpatient anesthesia care for surgical procedures. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery serves as a resource for other dental, medical, and surgical disciplines in the treatment of patients with oral and maxillofacial surgical needs.  

Formal Conferences

Formal conferences are held to advance the residents knowledge of basic science, medicine, physical diagnosis, adult and pediatric anesthesia, oral and maxillofacial pathology, dentoalveolar surgery, oral implantology, orthognathics, interdisciplinary trauma management, and evidence based review of contemporary oral and maxillofacial surgery topics guided by the parameters of care established by the AAOMS.

Required Rotations

Adult and pediatric anesthesia, medicine, general surgery, trauma/surgical iIntensive care, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, sleep medicine and pathology.

The OMS resident, when assigned to another service, participates in all aspects of that service including on-call responsibilities,conference attendance, participation in teaching rounds, and any other activity required of the residents of each service.

Educational Program by Year

Intern Second Year Third Year Chief Resident

5 months

Physical Dx Course  

2 months 

4 months

1 month  

2 months  


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service
12 months

Ocuplastics 1 month


OMFS Curriculum by Year

Year 1: Intern

Both incoming interns begin at Strong Memorial Hospital (SMH) under the guidance of an upper-year resident and the attending staff. During this time the interns have the opportunity to learn from each other, senior residents and faculty. The intern will gain experience in diagnosis, information-gathering, dento-alveolar surgery, and patient care involving major surgery within the scope of OMFS. Interns are expected to take trauma call at Strong Memorial Hospital (SMH) and at Rochester General Hospital (RGH) and assist in the operating room.  Each intern will spend five months rotating at SMH on the Anesthesia service. The resident will be paired with an anesthesiology resident or attending improving upon and learning procedures involving management of the medically-compromised patient, airway management, pharmacologic management, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Gradually the resident is given additional responsibilities running anesthesia in a room directly under the supervision of an anesthesiology attending. Interns also take part in a course on physical diagnosis.

Year 2: Resident

The second year resident returns to the OMFS service and will spend on service months rotating through Strong Memorial Hospital and the Rochester General Hospital as well as the Eastman Institute for Oral Health.  The second year resident will work along with the first year resident in the provision of patient care, advancing his/her skill in principles of sedation and dentoalveolar surgery as well as trauma reconstruction, and implant placement procedures.  The second year resident will also assist the chief resident in major surgeries. Off service rotations include: medicine, general surgery and trauma-surgical intensive care (where skill is gained in the management of severely medically-compromised patients).

Year 3: Resident

The third year resident will spend on service months at Strong Memorial Hospital and the Rochester General Hospital as the junior resident assisting the chief resident in major surgeries as well as advancing his/her skill in principles of sedation and dentoalveolar surgery, management of pathology, as well as trauma reconstruction, and implant placement procedures.  Off service rotations include: Anesthesia, Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, Prosthodontics and Sleep Medicine.

Year 4: Chief Resident

During the senior year, the resident returns to the OMFS service as chief for six months. The chief resident is responsible for the resident service, working-up surgical cases and is typically the first assistant in major surgical cases in the operating room and office setting.  During this time, the chief works closely with residents in prosthodontics and general dentistry to plan and perform surgery on simple and advanced implant cases. Time is also spent with ocuplastics.


Chair and Program Director: Joseph J. Fantuzzo, D.D.S., M.D.

  • James Amborski, D.D.S., M.S.
  • David Anderson, D.D.S., M.D.
  • Jolly Caplash, D.M.D.
  • Richard Edwards, D.D.S.
  • Joseph Fantuzzo, D.D.S., M.D.
  • Mithra Gonzalez, M.D.
  • Jeffrey Lewis, D.M.D., M.D.
  • Vernon Loveless, D.M.D.
  • Donald Macher, D.M.D.
  • Lisa Marin, D.M.D., M.D.
  • Lee Pollan, D.M.D., M.S.
  • Mohammed Salahuddin, B.D.S., Ph.D.
  • Nicholas Schellati, D.D.S., M.D.
  • Matthew Smith, D.D.S., M.D.
  • Andrew Steinhilber, D.D.S., M.S.

Admission Requirements

The application process is open to US/Canadian and internationally trained dentists.  Applicants from countries other than the United States and Canada will be considered for admission to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program if they have completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry or General Practice Residency program and are eligible for licensure in New York State.

Application Process

  • The deadline for application to the program is October 15 . Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Applicants are screened through the Match program for interviews that take place in early winter. Results are announced in late January. Two residents are selected each year to matriculate, commencing on July 1.
  • The four-year training program is hospital based, resulting in a certificate of Residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.  Applicants matched to the University of Rochester must be a graduate of an ADA-accredited dental school, must apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), and must participate in the Match selection process.
  • The University of Rochester Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery adheres to the University of Rochester’s non-discrimination policy.
  • Residents receive a full URMC post-graduate trainee stipend during each year of the program. In addition, health and disability insurance benefits are provided.

More information can be obtained by contacting Ms. Lisa Lord:

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Rochester Medical Center
Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 705
Rochester, NY  14642
(585) 275-9004