Oncology / Microvascular Surgery Fellowship

Oncology/microvascular surgery fellows at the University of Michigan benefit from a challenging and multidisciplinary program that spans the breadth and depth of the specialty. You’ll leave the program prepared to lead.

The Oral/Head & Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is a 1- to 2-year program to train oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of patients with benign and malignant lesions of the head and neck. It’s accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Fellows can expect:

  • Excellent clinical exposure: Fellows learn techniques of ablation, reconstruction, and evaluation, and gain experience coordinating with a multidisciplinary team through rotations in radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology, and others. Your training ground is Michigan Medicine, home to 3 hospitals and 6 specialty centers, including the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, which sees nearly 100,000 outpatient visits a year.
  • Skilled teaching faculty: Fellowship faculty specialize in all aspects of oral / head and neck surgery, with backgrounds in oral maxillofacial surgery, pediatric craniofacial surgery, and oncology/microvascular surgery. As a fellow, you’ll benefit from well-rounded training across the discipline, learning from faculty who take education seriously.
  • Top career choices: Program graduates include department chairs and program directors, with a good representation across academic surgery, research, and private practice.

Clinical Experience

The Oral/Head & Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is 1 to 2 years in length, depending on a fellow’s previous experience acquired during an oral-maxillofacial surgery residency.

Clinical training emphasizes extensive operative experience in oral/head and neck microvascular patients. Common cases include malignant excisions, major soft tissue excisions, jaw excisions, neck dissections, and free and regional flaps. A preclinical training center in microvascular surgery allows fellows to gain a high level of proficiency.

Rotations include radiation oncology, medical oncology, and pathology.

Fellows also participate in a variety of educational and multidisciplinary conferences.

Research & Academic Opportunities

Fellows are encouraged to participate in basic science, translational, and clinical research within the section.

Program Faculty

Past Fellows

Our former fellows have become active and successful members within the Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery community; contributing to research, joining academic and private practices. 

Dale Baur, DDS, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH
Brent Ward, DDS, MD, FACS, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI
Steven Evelhoch, DDS, MD, Winona Health, Winona, Minnesota
Maximiliano Diamante, DDS, Hospital Dr. Cesar Milstein, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sean Edwards, DDS, MD, FACS, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI
Robert Laughlin, DMD, United States Navy, San Diego, CA
Fayette Williams, DDS, MD, FACS, Facial & Oral Surgery Associates, Fort Worth, TX
Nicholas Makhoul, DMD, MD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
David Kang, DDS, MD, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX
William Curtis, DDS, MD, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Hans Brockhoff, DDS, MD, West Texas Maxillofacial Surgery, El Paso, TX
James Murphy, BDS, MFDS, MRCS, Cook County Health & Hospital System, Chicago, IL

Salary & Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows”. 

Learn more on the GME Office website →

How to Apply

Applicants who’ve completed a course of study at an American Dental Association (ADA)-accredited dental school, and who have graduated with a DDS or DMD are eligible to apply.

Applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident in order to receive hospital funding for the program.

Internationally trained applicants must have attended a medical school and obtained US equivalent credentials, and have completed USMLE Parts I, II, and III.

Applicants who are H-1B visa eligible may also pursue enrollment in this program. For more about visa requirements at U-M, contact the U-M International Center.

You can apply through the MORS Match (morsmatch.com). You’ll be given a program code to apply once you complete an application and receive an interview invitation. MORS Match deadline is June 1.

The Oral/Head & Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator
University of Michigan
1515 E. Hospital Drive
Towsley Center G1218, SPC 5222
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5222

Phone: (734) 232-6048

Fax: (734) 936-5941

Email: cmcamp@med.umich.edu

Program Director

Dr. Ward

Brent B. Ward, DDS, MD

Section Head, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry
Associate Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry
Director, Oncology/Microvascular Surgery Fellowship

Associate Program Director

Justine Moe

Justine Moe, MD, DDS

Assistant Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Associate Director, Oncology/Microvascular Surgery Fellowship