New Chair of OMFS
The LSUHSC School of Dentistry (LSUSD) is
pleased to announce the appointment of Dr.
Daniel Spagnoli as the new chairman of the
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS).
A 1989 graduate of the LSUSD OMFS residency
program, Dr. Spagnoli brings a depth of
experience to the school as a surgeon, scholar,
researcher, and educator.
Daniel Spagnoli, DDS,
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Spagnoli received
his BS in biology from West Virginia Wesleyan
College in 1974 and an MS and PhD in anatomy
from West Virginia University School of Medicine
in 1977 and 1980. He received training in cell
biology as a research fellow at the University
of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He then
attended dental school at West Virginia
University, receiving his DDS in 1985.
After completing his OMFS residency at LSUSD,
Dr. Spagnoli entered private practice in
Charlotte, North Carolina, but maintained
academic affiliations with LSU and the
University of North Carolina. From 1990-2000 he
was director of oral and maxillofacial residency
training at the Carolinas Medical Center. His
private practice, The Carolinas Center for Oral
and Facial Surgery, is a rotation site for
training of LSU OMFS residents.
Dr. Spagnoli is the author of over 30 articles
and book chapters. He has served as section
editor of the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial
Journal and AAOMFS Knowledge Update.
In 2005 and 2006, he co-authored two
award-winning papers published in the Journal
of Periodontology and the Journal of Oral
and Maxillofacial Surgery. His most recent
article, “Dental Implants and the Use of
rhBMP-2,” which appeared in the May 2011 issue
of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of
North America, was reprinted in Dental
Clinics of North America that same year. His
research, numerous lectures, and continuing
education courses are focused on
temporomandibular joint disorders and surgery,
tissue engineering, and preprosthetic surgery.
The OMFS curriculum at LSUSD includes seven
courses for dental students and two courses in
the dental hygiene program. Each year the
residency program accepts four dentists who
train for six years, ultimately receiving both
an MD and a certificate in OMFS. A number of
one-year interns also train with the residents.
The program, with residents working at various
hospitals and clinics in New Orleans, Baton
Rouge, and Charlotte, recently completed a
successful accreditation process, with no
recommended changes cited during the site visit.
Dr. Spagnoli’s arrival at LSUSD this fall
coincided with discussion of reorganization of
the LSU hospitals, which will have a large
impact on his program. He plans to significantly
reintegrate the OMFS program into the dental
school, with increased resident and faculty
participation at the school. Although the
department faces multiple challenges, Dr.
Spagnoli is enthusiastic about the opportunities
at LSUSD. He is confident that the evolution of
the department will strengthen the LSUSD
residency program and increase the scope of care
within the health sciences center.
Spagnoli brings a wealth of experience and
wisdom to LSUSD,” said Dean Henry Gremillion.
“We are grateful that he has chosen to join our
team, and I look forward to working with him to
ensure that our OMFS program sustains its
reputation as one of the best in the country.”