Our History and Legacy

The LSU New Orleans program finds its roots as the second oldest OMS residency in the country, dating back to the 1930’s. In 1972 the newly founded LSU School of Dentistry absorbed the OMS program previously administered by Loyola Dental School at Charity Hospital.  John N. Kent DDS, FACD, FICD became the first LSU OMS department head, serving 1973-2008 in New Orleans. He also served as the OMS department head at the medical school in Shreveport from 1978-2003. Dr. Kent still serves on the OMS faculty as the director of the OMS Review Course begun in 1974 and the Alumni Pearls course started in 2012.   The following have also served as LSU OMS department heads in New Orleans: 2008 – 2012 Likith Reddy, DDS, MD, FACS; 2012 – 2014 Daniel Spagnoli, DDS, PhD; 2014 – 2017 John Neary, DDS, MD, FACS;  2017 – 2018 Mark Welch, DDS. From 1973-78 the OMS residency training was three years, four years from 1978-1989 and in 1989 the program became an OMS-MD integrated residency lasting 6 years. Nine of our residents obtained a PhD during 1987 – 1998. 

Residency Program Directors at LSU OMS in New Orleans were John Kent, DDS (1973-79), Michael Zide, DDS (1979-84), Dale Misiek, DMD (1984-1998). From 1998-2005 Tom Teenier, DDS, MD, Michael Block, DMD, Alexander Pazoki, DDS, MD, John Stover, DDS, MD, PhD, and Randall Wilk, DDS, MD, PhD each served 1-2 years. Jon Perenack, DDS, MD, was the program director 2005-2014; Mark Welch, DDS, served 2014-2017 and Dane St. John DMD, MD, became the director late 2017. The residents received their education at Charity Hospital of New Orleans, Ochsner Foundation Hospital, VA, Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge, University OMS in Charlotte, NC and several metropolitan private hospitals in the three cities.  In 2005 Charity Hospital was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and medical education was transferred to the Interim University Hospital (ILH) in New Orleans. In December 2012, it was announced that LSU Health Systems would transfer the management of ILH to Louisiana Children’s Medical Center (LCMC), a non-profit corporation that manages Children’s Hospital and Touro Infirmary. The plan also called for LCMC Health to acquire University Medical Center Management Corporation (UMCMC), a non profit corporation originally established to manage and operate the University Medical Center Hospital, a $1.1 billion facility that opened on August 1, 2015.  The LSU OMS service has significant clinic and operating facilities in the new University Medical Center Hospital with patient care space among the largest in the country.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons trained at LSU enjoy many and varied professional successes. Over 95% are board certified and practice in 40 states. Many have become full or part time educators, research contributors, book authors, and dozens are ABOMS board examiners and officers of OMS, Dental and Medical organizations and institutions. Our graduates have assumed top leadership positions with American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, State Dental and State Board Examination Organizations. Eric Geist, DDS, FACS, has served as President of both AAOMS and ABOMS.

LSU OMS established the first $1,000,000 chair, The James R. Peltier Chair, in the LSU Medical Center. Significant research by the faculty has generated nearly $10 million in funding through NIH, NIDCR, State, Peltier Chair, and private sources. The full and part time faculty and those in private practice have contributions in over 30 textbooks and 500 journal publications.

The LSU Comprehensive Review Course in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery over the past 45 years has educated nearly 50% of all OMS in America preparing for OMS Board Examination and Certification. Our Advanced Cosmetic Maxillofacial Surgery Course has been given for nearly 20 years. Many “first ever” courses have been given in a variety of maxillofacial and dental reconstruction topics.  The Jack Kent Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation serves as the sponsor for these continuing education programs and contributes to the LSU OMS residency and dental school.

Our LSU Faculty and all LSU Graduates are proud of the pioneering contributions to our specialties’ wide scope of surgical privileges. That scope includes research and technical advances in Orthognathic/Craniofacial Surgery, TM Joint and Facial bone Reconstruction, Facial Cosmetic Surgery and Dental Implants.