Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Unit
The Oral and Maxillofacial / Oral Surgery Unit is concerned with the diagnosis and surgical treatment of oral, salivary, maxillary and bony diseases of the oral cavity and neck. An outpatient facility is available for the investigation and diagnosis of these diseases including biopsy. Joint clinics are held with Oral Medicine (mucosal disease), Orthodontics (facial deformity), and Restorative (Maxillofacial Oncology / Implants / Sinus lifts) as well as assessment for the Zygomatic Implant retained prosthesis. Sedation surgical facilities are available for the surgical management of those conditions possible under seadtion – wisdom teeth, – impacted canines, – jaw cysts, – soft tissue surgery, -TMJ procedures, – implantology and bone grafting procedures, – early oral cancers.
There is a training programme in Oral Surgery and in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Close Hospital / Consultant links are maintained with the National Maxillofacial Unit St James’s Hospital and the Mater Misericordiae Hospital as well as the Dublin Paediatric Hospitals.
Patients are seen on the referral of a general dental or medical practitioner or on the request of a Specialist or Consultant. Where a practitioner seeks an urgent referral it is advisable to telephone, explain the situation and one of the consultants / specialists will contact you. Any urgent possible cancer case requires an urgent telephone call, with a letter / fax (01-6127296) directed to Oral Medicine / Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Practitioners seeking to refer patients for removal of wisdom teeth are requested to consult the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence Guidance on Removal of Wisdom Teeth.
There are two academic Oral and Maxilofacial Consultants ( Prof. Leo Stassen (5 sessions) / Mr. Kumara Ekanayake (5 sessions) and three Oral Surgery Specialists / Lecturers( Dr. Mary Collins (9 sessions), Dr. Mary Clarke (Sedation 8 sessions/ Oral Surgery 1 session) and Dr. Veronica Fisher (4 sessions) in the Department, based in the Dublin Dental University Hospital . The Academic Consultants also work in the National Maxillofacial Unit and the Mater Misericordiae Hospitals.
Research is an important part of the Department, with a number of on-going areas of research (see later). There is an active OMFS / OS research platform.
Teaching Undergraduates and Postgraduates is an essential part of our remit with students involved in almost all aspects of our work.
The department offers a three-year masters degree (M.Dent.Ch.) in Oral Surgery.
The Department is part of the 5 year Sp. R training in Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery.
MB, BCH, BAO. B.Dent.Sc, FRCS(Ed), FDSRCS, MA, FTCD, FFSEM(UK), FFDRCSI
Professor and Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Commenced as Trinity Professor Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in November 2003 based in the National Maxillofacial Unit St. James’s Hospital / Dublin Dental University Hospital with Honorary Consultant Status in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin, Mater Misericordiae Hospital and the Blackrock Clinic
Educated Belvedere College (1971) – School’s Senior Rugby Cup Winners
Read Dentistry (1977) in TCD – with Sheldon Friel Prize – Played with TCD Senior Cup rugby winning team.
Qualified in Medicine in 1980 Hons in Paediatrics and Meath Hospital Prize for the ‘use of the stethoscope’.
Trained in General Surgery FRCS with rotations through A/E, Paediatric Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Urology in Newcastle and Manchester
Trained in OMFS Surgery in the Walton / Aintree Hospitals Liverpool, Canniesburn Hospital Glasgow (OMFS / Plastics) and the Tata Cancer Hospital Bombal India
Appointed Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Sunderland Royal Hospital 1990 – 2003 with an Honorary Contract in the Newcaste General Hospital (Craniofacial Surgery).
Positions of Resposibility 2011:
Editor Journal of the Irish Dental Association
Elected Memeber of Dental Council in Ireland
Programme Director Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Programme Directror Oral Surgery / Chairman Oral Surgery Advisory Committee ISSTD
Co-Director Diploma in Conscious Dental Sedation DDUH
OMFS Speciality Representative RCSI on Irish Surgical Postgraduate Training Commitee / RCSI Surgery and Postgraduate Faculties Board
President and Past Secretary Trinity College Medical Alumni
Oral Cancer and Mucosal Disease
Salivary Gland Disease
Conscious Dental Sedation
Lingual Nerve problems
Implantology / Bone grafting
Published in most areas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery > 100 peer reviewed papers
Chapters in Oral and Maxillofacial textbooks
Orbital Reconstruction, Alveolar bone grafting, Otoplasty and Blepharoplasty
International Lecturer: US / Hawaii/ Australia/ Holland / Spain/ Germany/ UK / Sri Lanka / India / Egypt
My aim is the provision of an effective, efficient, economic and moral oral and maxillofacial / oral surgery service for the people of Ireland in a supportive, educational, cohesive and friendly manner, whilst developing and formalising links with other dental and surgical specialties by putting the patient first. Teaching is an essential part of any Academic Institute, supported by audit and on-going innovative research. In all of this context, the importance of family, friends and the sporting Irish can not be ignored.
2. Dr Mary Clarke
Specialist Oral Surgeon / Lecturer in Dental Sedation
3. Dr Mary Collins
Specialist Oral Surgeon / Lecturer
4. Dr Veronica Fisher
Specialist Oral Surgeon / Lecturer
5. Postgraduate Students Oral Surgery