Maxillofacial Prosthetics & Oncologic Dentistry Fellowship

About the Program

The Section of Oral Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, a unique discipline within the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, is accepting applications for advanced training in oncologic dental medicine. The term oral oncology arose from the blending of oral pathology, oral medicine, maxillofacial prosthetics, oral surgery and general dentistry with oncologic principles. This section uses all dental disciplines to treat, manage and prosthetically rehabilitate patients whose cancer or cancer therapy has affected their oral-facial structures.

The Advanced Education/ Fellowship Program in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Oncologic Dentistry is a fourth-year-level program for board-eligible or board-qualified prosthodontists who have completed a program in prosthodontics at a U.S. institution accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. 

The one-year program prepares fellows in all aspects of managing and treating oral oncology patients. Participants are selected through a process that involves review of a written application, including letters of reference from past mentors and program directors, followed by a personal interview. The final selection is made eight months before the scheduled starting date.

The objective of this fellowship program is to provide advanced training in maxillofacial prosthetics and oral oncology. The training entails direct involvement in patient care under the direct supervision of full-time faculty, as well as participation in an organized, didactic core curriculum. Fellows have an opportunity to interact extensively with head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and practitioners of other medical disciplines involved in the care of cancer patients. A mentor from the faculty is assigned to each fellow to supervise a research project.

Subsection Rotations

The Section of Oral Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics includes five subsections related to specific cancer therapies. Fellows have an opportunity to participate in rotations specifically designed to enhance learning in each of the following areas:

  • Radiation Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Intraoral Rehabilitation
  • Facial Prosthetics
  • Speech Rehabilitation

In addition to completing the core curriculum and clinical responsibilities, each trainee is accountable for completing a research project and three case reports written in accordance with a specific departmental format and approved by a faculty mentor and fellowship coordinator. Formal oral presentations of each case report and the research project are made before faculty members of the Section of Oral Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics.

Program Administration and Contact Information

Program Director

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

Program Coordinator

Catherine March

Mailing Address and Phone Numbers

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

Phone: 713-563-8871
Fax: 713-794-4662