Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Brief History

The Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (DOMS) became formally operational in the year 2006 with Professor A.E Obiechina as the substantive Head of Department. Other pioneer Consultants were Dr. B.O. Akinbami and Dr. O.A. Akadiri. The first set of resident doctors were appointed in the year 2009 but residency training program formally began in 2014 following accreditation by the National Postgraduate Medical College and West African College of Surgeons. The Department produced her first Senior Registrar in 2016.

Our Vision

Our vision is to develop maxillofacial subspecialty services of the highest global standard and to become the final solution destination and major referral centre and super-specialized training institution for expertise in complex cranio-maxillofacial cases from within and outside Nigeria.


  • The Departmental office is located within the Old Dental clinic opposite Sterling Bank within UPTH
  • The out-patient clinic comprises 9 ultramodern dental units and a dental emergency procedure and implant clinic within the New Dental Complex, first floor, right on top of the Old Dental Clinic
  •  The fully dedicated Oral & Maxillofacial Ward is just adjacent to the outpatient clinic and comprises an 18-bed facility for males, females, and children in-patient services


i. Dentoalveolar surgery: this includes basic oral surgical services such as routine tooth extraction, surgical extraction, pre-prosthetic surgery, dental Implantology, oral tissue biopsies e.t.c

ii. Traumatology: Soft tissue trauma & maxillofacial fractures management,  management of complicated and polytrauma cases, Advanced and complicated fracture fixations with expertise in cranio-maxillofacial Osteosynthesis.

iii. Oncological services:  Management of benign and malignant tumours of the cranio-maxillofacial complex; – odontogenic and non-odontogenic as well as vascular lesions

iv. Maxillofacial reconstruction:  Soft tissues and hard tissue facial reconstruction – post-traumatic, postablative, corrective such as cleft lip and palate surgeries e.t.c

v. TMJ surgery: management of different kinds of temporomandibular joint disorders such as TMJ arthritis, ankylosis, dislocation and internal derangement

vi. Orofacial pain and motor disorder clinic: management of chronic Orofacial pain such as neuropathic pain, atypical, phantom pain oral dysaesthesia etc and motor disorders like oromandibular dystonia.

vii. Miscellaneous: Orofacial infections and fulminant abscess management, other conditions of the Orofacial region and oral-systemic diseases requiring surgical input. Involvement in other multidisciplinary patient care.

Staff Strength

  1. Doctors
  Consultants Designation Special interest
1 Prof A.E. Obiechina Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Dentoalveolar surgery & Implantology
2. Prof B.O. Akinbami Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Trauma, Cleft surgery & Oncology
3. Dr. O.A. Akadiri Head of Department & Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Dentoalveolar surgery, Orofacial cleft, Trauma, TMJ disorders, Orofacial pain, and Orofacial dyskinesia
4. Dr. A. Nwashindi Senior Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Trauma & oncology of benign Orofacial neoplasm.
  Residents                      Designation
1. Dr. K.S. Okurumeh Senior Registrar II
2 Dr. G. Nwadiei Registrar III (Supernumerary)
3 Dr. G.T. Thikan Registrar II
4 Dr. M. Odo Registrar II
5 Dr. L. Ofomola Registrar II
6 Dr T. Adewole Registrar II
7 Dr. O. Saiki Registrar II
8 Dr. K. Ikwuegbu Registrar I
9 Dr. A. jack Registrar I
  • Nursing Staff
  Name Title
1 Omereji C ADN
2 Okoro U.J ACNO
3 Madu J.U. PNO
4 Nuaniabari PNO
5 Dike O.E. SNO
6 Imoh B NOI
7 Iwegbu G NOII
  Ward Maids  
1 Osigbo E Ch/H/ATT
2 Orlu A Snr/H/ATT
3 Wokem S H/ATT
  • Administrative Staff
  Location Name Title
1 Departmental office Tella-attoni V. Admin. Officer
  • Dental Nurses / Dental surgery Technician
  Location Name Title
1 OMS Outpatient clinic Teke M Dental Nurse
2 OMS Outpatient clinic Uzor G.B Principal Dental surgery Technician
3 OMS Outpatient clinic Deeyah M Senior Dental Surgery Technician
  • Estimates of Average Monthly statistics of patients’ attendance:

                                      350 patients/ month

Patients’ Flow

Our mainstream of patients comes through the Dental Out-patient clinic (Oral Diagnosis clinic). Next are patients coming through the Accident and Emergency units and direct referrals from outside facilities. Few patients come through referrals from the Family Medicine clinics and internal referrals from other specialty units.

Movement patterns of Internal patients: Inter-Unit referral to other specialties of dentistry is the most common internal patient movement. Patients with uncontrolled systemic diseases also undergo inter-departmental referrals/consultations or transfers of care within the hospital.

Referrals to other institutions: Referral to other institutions is usually for radiation therapy or extremely complex surgical conditions for which expertise is not locally available in Nigeria. Complex and complicated orthognathic cases are still being referred, mostly abroad at the moment

Future Prospects

In the near future, we are working to develop expertise in microvascular craniofacial reconstruction, maxillofacial implant rehabilitation systems, and endoscopic TMJ surgeries.

Contact Phone: 08087099694

For more details on the scope of work see UPTH Service Charter.
For Protocol of service; see UPTH Service Charter.