Houston Methodist Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Houston Methodist Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practices, develops and trains future surgeons on the latest techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and deformities of the face, jaws, mouth and teeth due to congenital or acquired diseases as well as traumatic injuries.


Our surgeons offer a complete range of adult and adolescent oral and maxillofacial surgical services, working closely with a multidisciplinary team to provide tailored and comprehensive care.


As face, mouth and jaw issues are factors in a range of comorbidities, our team also adopts a multidisciplinary approach, collaborating with cancer, cardiovascular, transplant and other specialists. 

Our Team

Our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons are nationally and internationally known for their clinical innovation, developing advanced technologies and practices adopted across the field. .


In the clinic, our providers perform routine treatment such as dental procedures prior to surgery or cancer therapies. They are also experienced in assessing and treating patients with jaw deformities, obstructive sleep apnea and congenital conditions of the head and face, including cleft lip and palate. Our faculty and clinicians prioritize the study and education of advanced oral and maxillofacial treatment.


Our Faculty ➝ Our Physicians ➝ 



Active Clinical Trial Underway


Endowed Professorship


Peer-Reviewed Publications in 2023

Our Research

Many of the department’s researchers, faculty and students conduct work at the Surgical Planning Laboratory (SPL), a clinically oriented computer science laboratory at the Houston Methodist Research Institute. Here, our team uses various types of medical images to perform segmentation, create 3D models, simulate surgical operation and predict surgical outcomes.  


Dr. Jaime Gateno, Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital and the director of the Surgical Planning Laboratory, pioneered the field of computer-assisted planning for orthognathic surgery, holding several patents and continuing to innovate in this area. 

Technology Transforms Facial Surgery
Novel medical technology for craniomaxillofacial surgery, AnatomicAligner, receives FDA clearance for market.
Attention for Facial Appearance Simulation
Results on patients with jaw deformities show improved computational efficiency over FEM-based method with comparable facial change prediction accuracy.
Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis: In Silico Study
The best attainable outcomes of mandibular distraction osteogenesis were evaluated in silico, given constraints of linear, circular and helical motion.
Surgical Planning Using the SkullEngine
Clinical feasibility of deep learning-based automatic head CBCT image segmentation and landmark detection in computer-aided surgical simulation for orthognathic surgery.

Education & Training


Our team is proud to leverage its 70-plus-year affiliation with the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School. Houston Methodist offers a fellowship in Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, emphasizing orthognathic surgery, TMJ surgery, craniofacial surgery, trauma reconstruction and implant surgery. 


The fellowship also includes learning the latest advances in virtual surgical planning and provides opportunities for meaningful research in orthognathic surgery, TMJ surgery, craniofacial surgery, trauma reconstruction and implant surgery. Our team invites fellows from around the world, including students and researchers from Asia, Brazil, Taiwan, China and beyond. 


Dr. Jaime Gateno is an invited keynote speaker for the meeting of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is a member of the official craniofacial expert group for the AO Foundation.

Surgical Planning for Jaw Deformities
Free online resource: Contemporary Surgical Planning for Jaw Deformities.
For Patients

For Patients

Houston Methodist’s oral and maxillofacial surgical experts use cutting-edge techniques and technology to prevent, diagnose, manage and treat the full range of diseases and deformities of the face, jaws, mouth and teeth.

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery News & Events

In The News — Recent Press
In The News — Recent Press