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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Brian Bast, DMD, MD
Department Chair
Box 0440
533 Parnassus Ave., B10A
San Francisco, CA 94143

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) teaches both theoretical and clinical courses in the predoctoral dental curriculum and offers instruction in medical emergencies in the dental hygiene and predoctoral dental programs.

Basic research in the department include investigations of the mechanisms of bone growth and replacement, the use of lasers and mechanisms of pain, and studies of treatment and outcomes of implant, orthognathic, TMJ and reconstructive surgery.

The department provides clinical care in oral and maxillofacial surgery to ambulatory patients at the Dental Clinics Building, the postgraduate OMFS Clinic at Moffitt Hospital, and the oral and maxillofacial surgery clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Treatment for hospitalized patients is provided at Moffitt/Long Hospital, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF/Mount Zion, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The department also provides elective courses in oral and maxillofacial surgery at San Francisco General Hospital and implant clerkships where students learn to assist with surgical procedures. Other externships allow dental students to spend from two to six weeks at other dental schools around the country.

The department’s postgraduate residency program leads to certification in OMFS with an MD degree. A PhD is also offered to suitable applicants. Please write to the program director for specific information on postgraduate programs in oral and maxillofacial surgery.