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Oncologic-based Maxillofacial Implant Fellowship Program

The Oncologic-based Maxillofacial Implant Fellowship is a one-year program based on the disposition, reconstruction and maintenance of oral competency in the oncologic patient through replacement of teeth and contiguous structures with implants and associated biomaterials. 

The educational goals are to instill knowledge of the biologic, technical, clinical and economic data to successfully deliver dental implant therapy in this complicated patient population. Additionally, each trainee will gain experience in the multidisciplinary cancer team related to evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, surgery, reconstruction, maintenance and associated complications, all of which impact surgical and prosthetic restoration.

All clinical and operating room activities are directly supervised by Program Director. The trainee will experience seven mini-rotations in various applicable multidisciplinary clinical specialties to prepare for complete patient care. Didactic presentations, hands-on implant rehabilitation, literature review and core competency courses will ensure that the clinical experience is augmented by evidence-based implant dental medicine.

Didactic Program

  • Multidisciplinary care of the oncologic patient
  • Oncologic therapies and oral morbidities of treatment
  • Biological basis of osseointegration as impacted by cancer therapies
  • Selection of patients: mutidisciplinary dispositioning of care
  • Complete oral surgical intervention; techniques
  • Biomaterials and biomechanics in implant design
  • Peri-implant tissue management
  • Prosthodontic considerations in implant therapy
  • Troubleshooting in implant therapy
  • Presentations and manuscript preparation for publication on implant therapy

Clinical Program

  • Evidence-based Decision Making
  • Patient Selection and Medical/Surgical Workup
  • Management of Oral Morbidities in the Cancer Patient
  • Implant treatment planning
  • First assistant and independent implant surgery
  • Prosthodontic lectures
  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Oncologic-based Oral Medicine, Pathology and Microbiology
  • Guided Tissue Regeneration in the Cancer Patient
  • Pre-surgical 3D planning
  • Preprosthetic Surgical Reconstruction and Revision of Bone and Soft Tissues
  • Coding/Medical and Clinical Documentation
  • Pharmacology and Physiology of Anesthesia/Pain Control/Oral Microbial Control
  • Implant Database Entry and Extraction

Contact Information

Program Director

Theresa M. Hofstede, D.D.S., FACP
Assistant Professor, Dental Oncology

Program Coordinator

Anita Bell

Mailing Address and Phone Numbers

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Head and Neck Surgery
1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 1445
Houston, Texas 77030

Phone: 713-563-1912
Fax: 713-794-4662
E-mail: albell@mdanderson.org


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