Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a surgical specialty in dentistry. The faculty members of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Florida are all board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and are known nationally and internationally as leaders in their field. Each surgeon in the division has undergraduate teaching responsibilities within the College of Dentistry and in the six-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program, which graduates two residents per year. In addition, each faculty member maintains a faculty practice, providing consultations and treatment on an outpatient and inpatient basis.


  • Dr. M. Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D., Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Endowed Professor & Chairman
  • Dr. John H. Hardeman, D.D.S., M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Residency & Undergrad Program Director
  • Dr. Thomas L. Bowers IV, D.M.D. FACS, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Carlo E. Guevara, D.D.S., M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Danielle Freburg-Hoffmeister, D.D.S., M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor


The Division of Neuroscience is the basic science wing of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The primary focus of this division is to investigate peripheral and central nervous system mechanisms that underlie acute, chronic and pathological pain.

The faculty of our division combine behavior, electrophysiology, pharmacology, immunocytochemistry and molecular biology to unravel the fundamental features of pain induction and control. The division is engaged in a number of collaborative projects with the faculty of the Departments of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Therapeutics of the College of Medicine, with the Department of Physiological Sciences of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Whitney Laboratory and with other faculty within departments of the College of Dentistry.


Center for Implant Dentistry

Established in 1999, this interdisciplinary center coordinates research, educational programs, and diagnosis and treatment related to patients needing dental implants.

Straumann AG, a Switzerland-based company that tested its first implant in 1974, and the International Team for Oral Implantology (ITI), a worldwide group of scientists and clinicians that developed the ITI-Dental Implant System, helped establish the center in Gainesville.

With the backing of these two leaders in the field of dental implants, the center is the first of its kind in the world. The center will benefit not only students in the doctor of dental medicine degree program, but also residents and faculty from our Health Science Center colleges, and an international audience of dental professionals through continuing education and distance education.