John Kent, DDS, FACD, FICD
Boyd Professor

Department Chairman 1973-2008


Full-time education and research has occupied the career of Dr. John N. Kent, a 1963 graduate of University of Nebraska School of Dentistry and 1969 graduate of the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) residency training program. He subsequently served as a full-time OMS faculty member at the University of Texas in Houston (1969-72), University of Iowa (1972-3), and as Head of OMS at LSU Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry and Chief of OMS at Charity Hospital in New Orleans 1973 – 2002 and 2003 - 2008.  Simultaneously he also served as Head of OMS, Division of Surgery, at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, 1978-2003


Dr. Kent was appointed a Boyd Professor at the LSU OMS department in 1983, one of 7 Boyd Professors in the history of the LSU Medical Center. He has served as President-Elect of the medical staff at the University Hospital in New Orleans, and President of the Louisiana Society and the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  In 1988 the LSU OMS department received the LSU Medical Center's first one million dollar chair, the James R. Peltier Endowed Chair.  Dr. Kent occupied that chair as its first eminent scholar from 1988 to 2012..  Dr. Kent's teaching and research has rendered him an authority in orthognathic surgery, facial deformities and reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, dental and facial implants, facial bone grafting and biomaterials with authorship in 15 textbooks, over 250 journals, and abstract publications. He is the coauthor of the first textbook on orthognathic surgery and facial deformities in the United States.


Since 1974 Dr. Kent has directed over 60 OMS continuing education courses on behalf of the LSU department of OMS, both the Louisiana and the Southeastern Society of OMS, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  He has been the investigator and author of 40 significant research reports and has received the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Annual Research Recognition Award.  Dr. Kent was the Principle Investigator and Program Director for an NIH Grant from 1987-1995 which provided PhD training for 9 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the greatest number ever from a single institution in his specialty.  He is the recipient of the coveted Geis Foundation Award, the Simon P. Hullihen Award, the Louisiana Dental Association's Distinguished Service Award, The American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon's Harry Archer Award, The AAOMS Presidential Achievement Award, and is a Fullbright Scholar.


Dr. Kent has served on the editorial board of several surgical, medical and dental journals including the Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery where he was the Surgery section editor for several years.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.  He is a Diplomate of his specialties American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).  He served on the ABOMS Advisory and Examining Committee for 6 years, the Board of Directors for 7 years, and was President of ABOMS 1987-88.