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Full Time OMFS Faculty

Dr. KolokythasAntonia Kolokythas, DDS, MSc, MSed, FACS

Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ambulatory Director AC-4 Dental Services 

Dr. Antonia Kolokythas, DDS, MSc, MSed, FACS, joined the University of Rochester and EIOH as Department  Chair in 2015, from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Dentistry, where she worked since 2009, as an associate professor, program director, and director of research in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

She earned her dental degree at the University of Thessaloniki in Greece, completed residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by two surgical fellowships in Head and Neck-Maxillofacial oncology and Reconstruction at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and the University of California at San Francisco.

Immediately after the fellowship training returned to the University of Illinois as full time faculty in the tenure track. During the tenure, earned a U.S. Dental Degree and a Master of Science in Oral Science. Primary research interest in oral cancer specifically in early detection and diagnosis.

 Oral cancer and maxillofacial pathology is the primary focus of publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapter contributions, presentations at national and international scientific meetings. Remains active in regional and national professional organizations, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the official journal of the OMFS specialty, the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Research and the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Cases. In 2008, was awarded the Faculty Education Development Award (FEDA) from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Foundation and inducted to the American College of Surgeons in 2015.

Dr. Kolokythas obtained a second Master’s degree in Health Professions Education at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester in 2019. Also completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) fellowship program at Drexel University in 2019.  Dr. Kolokythas serves on an Examiner in the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) since 2017 and as Content Expert in Reconstruction for ABOMS.

Dr. VorassiDr. John Vorrasi, DDS

Program Director

Dr. John Vorrasi, DDS earned his Dental degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine. He completed his certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Of Maryland Medical Center in 2013, focusing on orthognathic surgery and corrective jaw surgery for facial deformities and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery. 

He is a native Rochesterian, growing up in Brighton. His undergrad education was completed at Tufts University where he was Cum Laude in Chemical Engineering and dental school at SUNY Buffalo in 2008 where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Dr. Vorrasi is a diplomate of the American Board of OMS, fellow of the American Association of OMS, member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) dental honor society, and recently inducted into the American Society of TMJ Surgeons. 

Dr. Vorrasi was on staff at Christiana Care Health System, in Delaware, as Program Director for the OMS residency program and associate director of research and simulation training. His interests include orthognathic surgery, TMJ surgery and reconstruction, dental implants, dentoalveolar surgery, facial reconstruction, and trauma.

He has numerous publications including Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, OMS Knowledge Update- Orthognathic Surgery, and 2015 edition of Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial He is co-recipient of Geistlich Osteoscience Research grant for tissue engineering in collaboration with the University of Delaware and was 2014 recipient of Christiana Care’s “Rising Star” faculty award.

He has traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras with the “New Faces for Honduras” mission trip performing full scope maxillofacial surgery.

Dr. Vorrasi has a strong clinical and research interest in orthognathic and TMJ surgery and has presented abstracts in scientific meetings during his residency and his academic time. He has contributed to the scientific literature by co-authoring book chapters and publishing manuscripts in peer reviewed journals. In addition, he has lectured extensively at scientific organizations and study clubs.

Dr. GangwaniPooja Gangwani, DDS, MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Pooja Gangwani is an Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry/Eastman Institute for Oral Health.

Dr. Gangwani earned her Dental Degree from New York University College of Dentistry where she was inducted in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) dental honor society. She completed an Internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and received her Advanced Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at St. Joseph's University Medical Center.

She performs wisdom teeth extraction, bone grafting procedures, dental implant reconstruction, corrective jaw surgery and reconstructive surgery after facial trauma. Dr. Gangwani spends a great deal of time educating her patients and providing treatment options, thus helping them make informed decisions about their own health. She is passionate about delivering personalized patient care before, during and after surgery.

Dr. Gangwani also holds a Master's Degree in Public Health Epidemiology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She has a particular interest in clinical research and has served as an author of book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. She enjoys educating residents and finds it extremely rewarding.

Part Time OMFS Faculty

AndersonDavid Anderson, DDS, MD

Dr. Anderson is a licensed, board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Rochester, NY. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He completed his six year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where he also received his Doctor of Medicine degree.
He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Monroe County Seventh District Dental Society. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the New York State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Anderson also belongs to the American Medical Association.

Dr. Anderson is on staff at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital, where he is also an instructor in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program there.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery encompasses the art and science of diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both functional and aesthetic aspects of the mouth, jaw, and face. Dr. Anderson regularly participates in continuing education seminars to provide the best and most current care to his patients. Dr. Anderson offers a wide range of oral surgery services with a special interest in dental implant placement and helping patients regain the look, feel and function of their own teeth when they have been lost or do not develop naturally.

CaplashJolly Caplash, DMD

Dr. Caplash is a Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Faculty Staff University of Rochester, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Division Head Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Rochester Regional Health, and Chair of Dentistry, Rochester Regional Health. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

His special interests include: Dental-Alveolar Surgery. IV Sedation Anesthesia, Third Molar (Wisdom Teeth) Surgery, Implants, Bone Graft/ Reconstruction Surgery, Maxillofacial Trauma, Oral Lesions/ Pathology, and Orthognathic Surgery Oral & Maxillofacial Infections.

EdwardsRichard Edwards, DDS

Dr. Edwards practices full scope oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal.
Diagnoses and treats facial pain, facial injuries and TMJ disorders, and performs a full range of dental implant and bone grafting procedures.

JosephJoseph Fantuzzo, DDS, MD

Dr. Fantuzzo is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

Dr. Fantuzzo grew up in Webster, NY and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester. He was educated in both Dentistry (DDS) and Medicine (MD) and went on to complete a formal accredited six-year hospital-based residency training program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York.

This included a Preliminary General Surgery Internship as well as training in adult and pediatric general anesthesia. He subsequently served as Pediatric Cranio-Maxillofacial Fellow at the Posnick Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Chevy Chase, Maryland and Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, DC. He is basic (BLS), advanced cardiac (ACLS), pediatric advanced (PALS), and advanced trauma life support (ATLS) trained.
Before entering private practice, Dr. Fantuzzo served as Associate Professor, Chairman and Director of the Residency Training Program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Fantuzzo taught at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, in Physical Diagnosis, Orthognathic Surgery, Basic and Advanced Dental Implant Surgery, Intraoral and Extraoral Bone Grafting, Facial Trauma Management, Anesthesia and Pain Control as well as Management of Office-based Medical and Anesthesia Related Emergencies, Pediatric Maxillofacial Infections, Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Craniofacial Dysplasia, Cleft Lip & Palate, and Facial Aesthetic Surgery.

Dr. Fantuzzo is an attending surgeon with active staff privileges at Strong Memorial Hospital – University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester General Hospital, in Rochester, New York.

Specific interests include: Dentoalveolar Surgery (Management of impacted teeth including removal of wisdom teeth); Dental Implant and Preprosthetic Surgery (including bone and soft tissue grafting); Orthognathic (corrective, jaw-straightening) Surgery; Facial Trauma Reconstruction; Oral Pathology; and Office — Based Anesthesia.

PitcherDonald Pitcher, DDS

Dr. Pitcher is a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. He was born and raised in Rochester and graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Loyola College in Maryland, he attended dental school at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Dr. Pitcher completed his training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC which is widely regarded as one of the elite training programs in the country.
His training at Medstar Washington Hospital Center included rotations at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Johns Hopkins Hospital, Children’s National Medical Center, the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Special Interests: Removal of impacted wisdom teeth, placement of dental implants, sedation, 3-D imaging, and bone grafting. He lectures for continuing education courses that concentrate on the application of digital technology for dental implant surgery In addition to private practice, Dr. Pitcher maintains a part time clinical faculty position in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he teaches residents.

Dr. Lee PollanLee D. Pollan, DMD, MS

Lee D Pollan, D.M.D., M.S. is a 1971 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He is a graduate of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at Georgetown University Medical Center and earned a Master’s of Science degree from Georgetown University in 1974.

He is a Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Rochester School Of Medicine and Dentistry, Strong Memorial Hospital, and the Eastman Institute for Oral Health.  Over the course of his career, Dr. Pollan has served as the Residency Program Director and Interim Chair at the University of Rochester

Dr. Pollan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and has lectured extensively at local, state, national, and international programs. His areas of interest include anesthesia issues, TMD management, Orthognathic Surgery, and Dento-Alveolar Surgery.

Dr. Pollan has served on the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). He was elected President of the AAOMS in 2007-2008.

He also has served as the Treasurer of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation. Dr. Pollan also has been a ten year appointee to the Examination Committee of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Pollan currently is a Senior Advisor to the Examination Committee of the ABOMS.  He also has been the American Dental Association liaison to the American Medical Association.

SchellatiNicholas Schellati, DDS, MD

Dr. Schellati is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

He completed extensive training in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. This includes dentoalveolar surgery, dental implants and bone grafting, oral pathology and facial reconstructive surgery, corrective jaw surgery and facial cosmetic surgery.

He started his career receiving his Bachelor of Biological Sciences (BS) degree from Fordham University in New York City.
He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) with honors from the University of Buffalo. After dental school, he trained at a fully accredited 6 year dual degreed oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Buffalo. Dr Schellati is a physician, receiving his medical degree (MD) from this same institution. He has completed an internship in general surgery, where he treated patients with full scope general surgical needs, including acute trauma patients at a level one trauma facility.

Dr. Schellati is extensively trained in anesthesia techniques and certified by the state of NY to provide anesthesia and intravenous sedation to his patient population while performing oral and maxillofacial procedures. He holds a faculty appointment at the University of Rochester and is involved in oral and maxillofacial surgery resident training. He also currently holds staff privileges at Strong Memorial Hospital and Rochester General Hospital.
 

SmithMatthew Smith, DDS, MD

 

 

 



Nurse Practitioner

Michelle Y. Smith, NP

Michelle Smith, NP

Michelle Y. Smith, NP

Michelle Smith, FNP, graduated from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012. She earned her Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Rochester School of Nursing in 2017. Prior to joining the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) team in 2020, she worked as a Registered Nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Care Unit for 4 years, Ambulatory Neurology for 1 year, and as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner for 2.5 years at Highland Family Medicine. Michelle works closely with Faculty and Residents to provide collaborative team-based care for patients in the outpatient OMFS clinic as well as currently completing additional training as a Registered Nurse First Assistant to work alongside the surgeons in the Operating Room setting.

Michelle also works as a Navigator for the Hospital Dentistry Team located at Strong Memorial Hospital to help facilitate care for patients who need dental evaluations prior to interventions such as transplants, radiation therapy, and cardiac procedures.

Michelle is an ANCC Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Health, and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State, and the Genesee Valley Nurses Association.

 

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