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The University of Cincinnati Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) maintains a productive research portfolio on clinical investigations in ambulatory surgery, anesthetic technique, and surgical outcomes. These investigations examine a variety of clinical challenges specific to the specialty. The primary goals of research in OMS are utilizing new information and integrating the use of technology to provide an individualized approach to evidence-based healthcare.

UC OMS embraces the multidisciplinary essence of oral and maxillofacial surgery with collaborative research involvement in clinical and non-clinical areas such as Pediatrics, Hematology & Oncology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Engineering and Applied Sciences, Environmental and Public Health Sciences, and many others.

Residents are given time throughout their second year dedicated to research. Each resident is required to individually develop a research question and design a study with the support of a faculty mentor and research staff. This mentored research approach facilitates academic productivity and creates meaningful evidence for improvement of clinical practice. All research is encouraged to culminate in the production of a manuscript for contribution to peer-reviewed literature in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

We are currently engaged in studying the following clinical areas:

  • Predicting Perioperative Opioid Adverse Effects and Personalizing Analgesia in Third Molar Patients
  • Composition and Production of a Craniofacial Stapler and Staple Project
  • Prevalence of Psychiatric Illness in Patients Undergoing Outpatient Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Incidence of Orthognathic Hardware Failure in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Medication Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (MRONJ) in the Pediatric Population
  • Quality of Life Scoring in Patients who have Received Full Mouth Extractions
  • Demographics and Mortality in Patients who have Received Full Mouth Extractions
  • Use of Buffered Lidocaine in Mandibular and Maxillary Extractions
  • Use of Buffered Lidocaine in the Setting of Odontogenic Infections
  • Influence of Training Institution on Academic Affiliation and Productivity among OMS Faculty in the United States
  • Use of Visually Enhanced Lesion Scope (VELscope) for Delimiting Surgical Margins in Patients Diagnosed with Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ)


Michael J. Grau, Jr., DMD
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Residency Director

Kassie Hooker
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: (513) 584-2094

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Cincinnati, OH 45267-0558

Mail Location: 0558
Phone: 513-558-4748