UW School of Dentistry

UW Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery set to open new state-of-the-art facility

The University of Washington Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery announces the opening of the UW Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in northeast Seattle. The new enterprise begins clinical operations on Feb. 1 at Building 25 in Magnuson Park.

Dr. Thomas Dodson“I have heard repeatedly from community physicians and dentists that our ability to support the region requires an updated outpatient care setting that is easily accessible to patients,” said Dr. Thomas Dodson, professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  “When doctors refer their patients to our specialists for the best possible surgical care, they must feel confident that the experience will be an extension of the high quality they provide.”

“This move signifies our commitment to be the standard-bearer for oral and maxillofacial surgery in the Pacific Northwest,” Dr. Dodson said.  “Our new facility allows us to elevate the patient experience while also improving patient access.”

The UW Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery has abundant state-of-the-art operating and recovery suites.  Many operations can be undertaken comfortably and safely in the facility without requiring hospitalization.  The full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery will be provided, including:

  • Wisdom teeth extraction and management
  • Dental implants
  • Operative treatment of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Reconstructive jaw surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery, such as Botox
  • Removal of benign and malignant tumors
  • Trauma
  • Nerve injury and repair
  • Treatment of disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

The UW Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will continue to maintain uninterrupted services at both Harborview Medical Center and the UW School of Dentistry, as these high-volume clinics provide a vital and irreplaceable service to the community, Dr. Dodson said.

The UW Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery is located at 6222 NE 74th St., Suite 200, at Magnuson Park.  There is ample free parking and it is conveniently accessible via public transportation.  Appointments are available by referral or direct inquiry.  For more information and directions, visit www.NWface.org.

Thomas Dodson, DMD, MPH, FACS, is an internationally recognized leader in oral and maxillofacial surgery who received the 2014 William J. Gies Foundation Award for distinguished achievement as a specialty dental educator.

A diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Dodson is a noted researcher who has authored more than 200 scientific publications. In 2016, he received the Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and has twice received the Daniel M. Laskin Award for the best scientific paper published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

His clinical interests include orthognathic surgery, trauma, nerve injury and facial reconstruction, and he has substantial clinical and research experience in dentoalveolar reconstruction and dental implants. He is associate editor of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Dodson will be joined at the UW Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery by faculty members O. Ross Beirne, DMD, PhD; Melanie Lang, DDS, MD; and Andrea Burke, DMD, MD.