The focus of the fellowship will be to focus on major reconstructive and orthognathic surgery to include; extensive exposure and advanced clinical training for oral and maxillofacial surgeons in orthognathic surgery, temporomandibular joint surgery, and major bone grafting with subsequent implant reconstruction. This fellowship will have a stipend.
The OMS selected for this position must be able to obtain either an unrestricted NC dental license or North Carolina medical license, obtain hospital privileges and be available from July 1st through June 30 each year. The candidate will have extensive exposure to consultations, diagnosis, interdisciplinary treatment planning and treatment and management of patients. It is expected that the candidate will be involved with several hundred cases. The candidate will also be expected to take some call at local hospitals and perform various other functions related to oral surgery. The fellow will have two weeks’ vacation that must be approved in advance.
Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina and is accredited by AAAHC. COOFS has multiple locations in the Carolinas and OR suites at four locations. The surgeons are well published and several lecture nationally in several areas of the OMS specialty.
FELLOWSHIP ALUMNI AT CCOFS
Peter Dennis, DMD, MD
Dr. Dennis was born and raised in Longview, WA in a rural setting along the Columbia River. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sports when not engaged in headlocks with his older and younger brothers. Following high school, he attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he obtained a degree in biochemistry. Looking for a change of scenery, he moved to Boston where he attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Before graduating Cum Laude with his DMD, he performed and presented research on craniosynostosis syndromes. Dr. Dennis also happened to meet his future wife, Dr. Lauren Manning in Boston while she completed her prosthodontic residency.
Following dental school, Dr. Dennis returned to the Pacific Northwest to attend oral and maxillofacial residency at Oregon Health & Science University. Under the tutelage of surgeons at OHSU, Head & Neck Surgical Associates, and previous CCOFS fellow Dr. Sam Bobek, his interest in orthognathic surgery continued to grow. During residency, Dr. Dennis performed research in the fields of oncology, reconstruction, and trauma, presenting at the national level. In his free time, Dr. Dennis enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and their golden doodle puppy, Bailey.
Andrew Henry, DMD, MD
Dr. Andrew Henry attended the University of Dayton where he received his B.S. in Exercise Physiology with minors in Biology, Chemistry and Business Administration. He then attended dental school at the University of Pennsylvania where he was awarded the Theodore Blum Award for Excellence in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Staying in Philadelphia, he continued his training in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at the University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he received his medical degree and completed additional anesthesia and general surgery training. During his residency training, he co-authored book chapters, journal articles and presented research posters and lectured at several meetings across the country.
Philipp Kupfer, DMD, MD
Philipp Kupfer, DMD, MD is a third-generation dentist. Dr. Kupfer was born and raised in Germany where his father still practices General Dentistry. He met his wife, Rachel, during a High School exchange program and immigrated to the United States in 2001 to attend Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.
Upon graduation from Concordia, Dr. Kupfer continued his training at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland followed by Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. At Harvard, Dr. Kupfer developed an interest in business and leadership in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. While attending Dental school, he completed a managerial internship at Straumann USA.
His continuing focus in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery brought Dr. Kupfer back to Portland again to attend Oregon Health & Science University from 2011 to 2017. There, in conjunction with the Head and Neck Surgical Group at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, he developed a special interest in Orthognathic Surgery, Virtual Surgical Planning and the application of Advanced Imaging.
During his Residency, Dr. Kupfer served on the MEDPRO Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Resident Advisory Board and was given the privilege to become a reviewer for the German Journal, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
In 2018, Dr. Kupfer finished a Fellowship at the Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Farrell and his partners. Dr. Kupfer participates in hundreds of complex Orthognathic and Reconstructive Surgeries, Dentoalveolar Surgeries and Wisdom Teeth removals. The fellowship program also focuses on temporomandibular joint surgery, and major bone grafting with subsequent implant reconstruction. After completing his Fellowship, Dr. Kupfer returned to Portland, OR to join Sunset Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Kupfer has published both articles and book chapters in the fields of Orthognathic Surgery, Facial Trauma, Advanced Imaging, Cleft Care and the associated cost, as well as, Virtual Surgical Planning.
During his free time, Dr. Kupfer enjoys spending time with his loving wife and three children. They enjoy skiing/snowboarding, biking, water sports, good food and spending time with friends or family.
Dr. Howell earned his Business degree with an emphasis in Marketing from Clemson University in 2002. In 2007, he graduated with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. As a general dentist for two years, he also worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida’s College of Dental Medicine.
In 2009, he returned to MUSC for his oral and maxillofacial residency. His career took him to Anchorage, Alaska, where he held teaching appointments and headed residency programs. He still holds an oral surgeon appointment with the pediatric dental program as part of NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine’s partnership with the Alaska Native Medical Center.
A passion for his hometown brought him back to Greenville as head of Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery’s Greenville office.
Dr. John Wessel is a fellowship trained Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, completing his training in Charlotte, North Carolina under the mentorship of Drs. Brian Farrell and Myron Tucker.
After obtaining his doctoral degrees from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and New Jersey Medical School, he devoted one year focusing on advanced Orthognathic and TMJ surgery. Dr. Wessel is able to comprehensively evaluate the facial skeleton to correct dentofacial deformities. He is passionate about the powerful changes corrective jaw surgery can provide – changes in opening the airway, providing optimal occlusion, and improving facial esthetics.
Dr. Wessel brings wide ranging experience to Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, with surgical interests including the treatment of impacted wisdom teeth, replacing missing or broken teeth with dental implants, jaw misalignment, obstructive sleep apnea, TMJ dysfunction, and facial trauma. Dr. Wessel enjoys operating with cutting edge technology to achieve the best results possible through the use of virtual surgical planning and medical modeling to perform the planned surgery on a computer prior to the actual operation. Dr. Wessel will be lecturing on a national platform for his technique for genioglossus advancement – a technique used to open the airway for Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients.
Hailing from the Empire State, Dr. Peter Franco is a 3rd generation doctor in his family. Dr. Franco earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York where he received The Rev. Robert D. Cloney, S.J. Memorial Award which is given annually to one outstanding graduating Chemistry major. He went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Franco finished TUSDM at the top of his class after receiving numerous awards and scholarships and taking honored courses including Deans List for academic achievement on the National Boards and the Thomas B. Hunt Endowed Scholarship for continued outstanding academic performance.
After graduation, Dr. Franco returned to New York City for his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the prestigious New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center program. During his residency he was trained in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery including dentoalveolar surgery (wisdom teeth extractions and comprehensive dental implant placement), head and neck pathology and reconstruction, bone grafting and orthognathic surgery. After his residency, Dr. Franco completed a fellowship at Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial Surgery under Drs. Brian Farrell and Myron Tucker participating in hundreds of complex orthognathic and reconstructive surgeries. It was during his fellowship year that he and his wife fell in love with the Carolinas.
Megan Robl, DDS, MD
Dr. Megan Robl completed both her undergraduate degree and dental education through a six-year combined BA/DDS Program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Subsequently, she went on to a General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, where her interests in pursuing an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency continued to evolve.
She was then accepted into the six-year Oral and Maxillofacial Residency Program at Detroit Receiving Hospital. It was in Detroit, at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, that she received her Medical Degree. Nearing the end of her residency in Detroit, she sought the opportunity to further my education and gain additional training in Orthognathic Surgery, one of her primary interests throughout her residency program. The fellowship at Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial surgery allowed her this chance and was a very valuable educational opportunity and experience. Currently, Megan resides and practices in San Antonio, Texas.
Travis Kern, DDS, MD
Dr. Kern attended the University of Texas for his MD and DDS between 2000 and 2007, graduating Magna cum laude for his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He went on to work as a fellow in 2010 for Carolinas Center For Oral & Facial Surgery, specializing in orthognathic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Kern currently practices at Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Austin, TX.
Christopher Choi, DDS, MD, FACS
Dr. Christopher Choi is a board-certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. A native New Yorker, he graduated from Columbia School of Dental Medicine and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. He also completed medical school at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and general surgery at North Shore University Hospital.
Dr. Choi currently practices at Inland Empire Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in southern California. He holds a faculty position at Loma Linda Dept of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, where he teaches and works with residents in training.
Craig Norbutt, DDS, MD
Dr. Norbutt attended John Carroll University for undergraduate studies. He attended both dental & medical school at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. His residency was completed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Norbutt is presently at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, IL.
Samuel Bobek, DMD, MD
Dr. Bobek is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle Washington. He received his dental and medical degrees from Oregon Health & Science University. He also completed his General Surgery Internship and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Oregon Health & Science University.
After completing a fellowship in orthognathic and temporomandibular joint surgery at the Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, Dr. Bobek practiced broad scope oral and maxillofacial surgery in Portland Oregon. In 2014, Dr. Bobek opened a new clinic at Swedish First Hill where his hospital based practice focuses on orthognathic surgery, TMJ surgery, surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea, management of head and neck benign pathology and trigeminal nerve repair.
Dr. Bobek has authored multiple publications in peer reviewed literature, book chapters, and lectured nationally and internationally. His wife Lesley is a telemedicine hospitalist in the Providence Health System and they have three sons.
Dr. Erik Reitter is a board certified Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon who is a graduate of Marquette University’s School of Dentistry, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery. His surgery internship took place at Jackson Memorial Hospital and residency at the University of Florida at Shands Jacksonville.
At Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery, Dr. Reitter completed an extensive fellowship training focusing on TMJ/Facial pain treatments.
Matthew E. Dudziak, DDS, MD
Dr. Matthew Dudziak attended University of California at Riverside and following graduation he attended New York University College of Dentistry. After earning his DDS degree, Dr. Dudziak completed his medical school, an entire year of General Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at the Louisiana State University in New Orleans.
Following the completion of his residency in 2006, he completed his fellowship in Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at the prestigious University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2007. Prior to entering private practice in 2008, Dr. Dudziak was the inaugural fellow for the Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial Surgery.
Dr. Dudziak is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Residency and both fellowships provided extensive training and exposure to all facets of oral and maxillofacial surgery.