The Massachusetts General Hospital offers an advanced education program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). This integrated clinical and didactic program is designed to meet the certification requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and is affiliated with the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Chief Residents
OMFS Chief Residents.

Background and Setting

Mass General residents in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery become part of one of the strongest and longest running legacies in the history of medical and dental education.

Massachusetts General Hospital was chartered in 1811 as a private, voluntary institution. From the outset, the Hospital's primary mission in caring for the sick was defined, and simultaneously, a strong emphasis was placed on its educational mission. The first patient was admitted to the General Hospital in 1821. The training program for surgical "House Pupils" has continued to evolve since 1830 when the first House Physician and House Surgeon were appointed.

On July 17, 1867, the Harvard Corporation established the first dental school in the country affiliated with a university and medical school. A year later, the Trustees of Massachusetts General Hospital in their annual report noted the addition of a Dental Service in association with the Dental School of Harvard College. The Dental School became established in the North Grove Street building of the hospital and was named "The Dental Infirmary of Massachusetts General Hospital." Harvard Dental School remained at this site until 1909.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital today has more than 900 beds. About 70 percent of them are normally occupied by surgical patients. There are more than 550,000 patient visits yearly to the ambulatory care clinics of the Hospital and more than 75,000 visits to the the Emergency Ward. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service admits approximately 700 patients each year and cares for about 10,000 outpatients. Additionally, the Service sees about 2,500 Emergency Ward patients annually. The full scope of the specialty is taught within the context of a combined M.D./General Surgery Program.

Philosophy of the OMFS Residency Program

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service is guided philosophically by the traditional aims of the world renowned General Surgical Services of Massachusetts General Hospital. The educational experience is progressive, offering increasing responsibilities as residents proceed through the program. The general philosophy of the Service is defined as follows:

In its internship and residency program, the General Surgical Services of Massachusetts General Hospital provide a broad education in the science and art of surgery. One of the keys to the House Officer's appreciation of the principles and scientific bases of surgery, as well as to his learning the art of surgery, is the properly placed assumption of responsibility. The program is generally designed to increase the responsibilities as rapidly as the House Officer is able to assume them. In this progression, however, the House Officer's primary obligation is to the care of his/her patients, which is also consistent with his/her personal primary goal of a surgical education in depth. Effort is made to maintain a program which is sufficiently flexible to meet the individual aptitude, talents, and needs of the developing surgeon.

Three residents are selected annually for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service House Staff. Appointments are offered to highly qualified individuals who are committed to a career of excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. The matched applicants are accepted into the Mass General Hospital/Harvard Medical School OMFS six year residency program. Tuition to the Harvard Medical School for the 2015-2016 academic year is $55,850. Tuition is the responsibility of the resident. Financial aid is available through the Medical School. A one-year preliminary OMS internship year is also offered.

All applicants must be qualified graduates of a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). The MGH OMFS Residency Program is six years in duration and leads to qualification for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Each resident completes the requirements for the M.D. degree at the Harvard Medical School and trains for a total of 16 months as a Mass General resident in General Surgery.

Remembering Walter C. Guralnick, DMD

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our good friend and longtime colleague, Walter C. Guralnick, DMD, chief emeritus of the Mass General Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, passed away on September 6, 2017 at the age of 100. He will be remembered for his visionary work in the field of OMFS, his remarkable passion for sharing his expertise with generations of students and for his commitment to helping patients who couldn’t afford dental care. His career spanned 70 years and he was working full-time in the OMFS residency program and supporting the hospital. He will be remembered for the many contributions he made to the department and hospital. Mass General is a better, stronger and kinder place because Dr. Guralnick was a part of our family for many years. He was a personal friend to many, including Maria Troulis, DDS, MS, current chief of OMFS. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.

Learn more about this career and success in this Boston Globe article.


The Mass General OMFS Residency Program includes rotations at the Children’s Hospital Boston (CH), which is a major teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Over the course of clinical training, residents will spend at least four months at this institution for a broadened and varied clinical exposure in the specialty.

A regular didactic program of hospital rounds, seminars, and conferences is supplemented by specific courses in surgical anatomy and pathology. All residents are trained and certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ACLS/ATLS) during the first year of the program. Residents receive a limited dental license during the first year of the program. It is the responsibility of the resident to ensure that this license is renewed on a yearly basis. Residents are encouraged to obtain a full Massachusetts Dental License prior to returning to the program from Medical School. Residents are required to obtain a limited Massachusetts Medical License when they begin their General Surgery rotation. Residents are also required to have both current dental and medical licenses once they graduate from the Medical School.

Residents are encouraged to undertake investigative work; however, clinical demands usually require that elective time be taken to carry out significant research projects. It is the intent of the Program to foster and develop both well-trained practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeons and oral surgeon-scholars who pursue academic careers and research. Teaching experience is also gained in the context of the Program. The resident staff participates in teaching third and fourth year students both at the School of Dental Medicine and during student externships at the Massachusetts General Hospital. All residents maintain appointments as Clinical Fellows at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Resident Schedule by Year

PGY-1   Massachusetts General Hospital OMFS - 12 months
PGY-2 Harvard Medical School (HMS III) - 12 months
PGY-3 Harvard Medical School (HMS IV). This year includes four months of anesthesia - 12 months
PGY-4 (Pay level: PGY-2) General Surgery - 12 months
PGY-5 (Pay level: PGY-3) Split year: Mass General OMFS (includes one month pediatric anesthesia and seven months OMFS.) - 8 months

Mass General General Surgery - 4 months
PGY-6 (Pay level: PGY-4) Mass General OMFS - 8 months
Longwood Campus (Boston Children's Hospital, HSDM) - 4 months

How to Apply

In order to be considered for the OMFS residency program, candidates must be on track to graduate from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association. Verification of successful completion of dental school will be required before commencement of the residency program.

Application to the Program is made by completing the appropriate forms provided by the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Applicants should obtain the necessary forms by contacting PASS directly at www.adea.org.

ADEA PASS Customer Service Representatives are available:
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm (Eastern time zone)
Email:  passinfo@passweb.org
Phone:  617-612-2065

In addition to the PASS application, applicants must submit the following supporting documents (all documents can be uploaded to the PASS application):

  • Official undergraduate (college) transcript
  • Official Dental School transcript
  • NBDE Score
  • NBME CBSE Score
  • CV/resume
  • 2 x 2 photograph
  • 3 letters of recommendation

All applications and supporting documents must be received by September 15, 2017 to be considered for an interview.  The Selection Committee will only consider applications that are complete with all credentials received by the published deadline. Interviews are granted by invitation of the Selection Committee and will be conducted on November 3, 2017 for acceptance into the program beginning July 1, 2018.

Selection of successful applicants will generally be made by participation in the National Dental Matching Program. All applicants are responsible for registering with the Matching Program at 416-977-3431 or www.natmatch.com.

R. John Tannyhill, III, DDS, MD, FACS
OMFS Residency Program Director
Email: RJTannyhill@mgh.harvard.edu 

For questions about the residency application process, please contact:

Jared Katz
OMFS Residency Program Coordinator
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street, Warren 1201
Boston, MA 02114
Email: omfsresidency@partners.org
Phone: 617-724-4096
Fax: 617-726-2814

Resident Community

Dear Future OMFS Residents:

Congratulations! You have all made a great decision in pursuing a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. As the upcoming senior residents at Massachusetts General Hospital, we all sat in your position five short years ago and remember the excitement you must feel today. You should be proud of all of your accomplishments that have gotten you to this point and soon you will be faced with the choice of ranking programs. While there are a number of amazing programs all across the country with a variety of strengths, the three of us all decided to make Mass General our home and we would like to share with you some of the reasons why.

As you all may know, Mass General was the first program to combine the MD degree within an OMFS program. The collaboration with other specialties within our top ranked hospital reflects this rich history. We all consider this program one of the most diverse in the country with a broad scope in dentoalveolar, trauma, orthognathic, pathology, minimally invasive and TMJ surgery. As we progress through our training, we realize one of the most important considerations is our ability to function autonomously. Our well respected attending surgeons practice within the same facility as the resident clinic and are readily available while still allowing a level of freedom to practice independently. We also have a great cohort of volunteer private practice surgeons who dedicate their time to staff sedation cases. Our off-service rotations on anesthesia, general surgery, plastic surgery and otolaryngology provide meaningful learning opportunities where you are depended upon as a member of the team, rather than a visitor.

Boston is also a wonderful community, with big city amenities and a small city feel. The city is thriving with young professionals and incredible sports teams. Whether it is the social scene, skiing, beaches or other outdoor adventures, Boston has it all within its reach.

In all, we think that this program will give you a broad clinical and academic experience that will provide you with a strong platform for your future as a practicing oral surgeon! We hope this helps you make your very tough decision. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Matthew Lawler, MD, DMD
Corbett Haas, MD, DDS
Mark Green, MD, DDS

Didactic Teaching

Wednesday 6:45 am-7:45 am

Wednesday 6:00 pm-7:00 pm (1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month)

Chief Rounds with the Chief of Service

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Grand Rounds
(Combined with Mass General/Harvard, Tufts and Boston University OMFS Grand Rounds are held three times per year.)

Thursday 6:45 am-7:50 am



Thursday 8:00 am-9:00 am


Thursday 9:00 am-10:00 am

Mass General Service Meeting (lecture and complications conference). Pathology Conference is held during Service Meeting one per month.

Combined orthodontic/orthognathic Surgery Teaching and Treatment Planning Conference

Resident didactic sessions

Friday 7:00 am-9:00 am Longwood Campus Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Grand Rounds, including Pathology and Orthognathic Surgery Conferences, held at Boston Children's Hospital.

In addition, a 10-hour Surgical Anatomy Course is held in April each year.

OMFS Residents in the Operating Room
OMFS Residents in the Operating Room

Administrative Information

The current salary scale for residents is available from Partners Healthcare.

The resident stipend does not continue during medical school, special research, or clinical fellowship years. Individual arrangements with the research or clinical mentor are made for Fellowship support. The trainee pays tuition during the years at Harvard Medical School. HMS tuition for 2017-18 is $59,800.  A comprehensive program of financial assistance in the form of scholarship and loans is available for qualified candidates. In addition, opportunities for clinical practice may be available for residents while in medical school.


Comprehensive medical insurance is provided for residents and their families by the hospital. Malpractice insurance is also provided.


Meals may be purchased at reasonable prices in the hospital cafeteria. An evening meal is provided for those residents who are on duty at night.


On-call rooms are provided.


Uniforms are provided and laundered by the hospital.


Space is provided. Residents are responsible for the cost.


In recognition of the heavy clinical demands on residents, vacations are considered an essential part of the schedule. Interns and junior residents receive two weeks and senior residents receive three weeks of vacation. While every effort is made to provide vacations which fit individual needs and desires, time for vacation is scheduled based on the clinical needs of the Department.

Meeting Travel:

The Department supports resident travel to clinical and research meetings for the presentation of papers and research results of projects carried out in conjunction with Faculty. In addition, the Department pays for each Chief Resident to attend either the Annual or Midwinter AAOMS Meeting. Stipend includes lowest fare domestic coach air travel, meeting registration and a per-diem for expenses.



Graduate YearGraduate's Name
2018 Mark Green
Corbett Haas
Matthew Lawler
2017 Alejandro Arango*
Rebecca Grammer
Justin Messina
2016 Somi Kim
James Tagoni
Firat Selvi*

Batya Goldwaser
Ricardo Ortiz
Mariusz Wrzosek

2014 Natalie Tung
Yedeh Ying
Amir Laviv*
2013 Andrea Burke
Ryan J. Smart
Srinivas Susarla


Ali Reza Attarpour
Alfredo Dela Rosa
Sang Y. Kim
2011 Paul Gordon
Cory Resnick
W. Bradford Williams
2010 Salim Afshar
Rizan Nashef*
Alex Katsnelson*


Matthew Jacobsen
Jose Ramirez
Basel Sharaf

2008 Daniel Richardson
Nancy McDermott
Christian Rouleau
2007 Killian McCarthy
Steve Smullin
Derek Steinbacher

Nanlin Chiang
Edward Lahey
Marcie Levine
Brian Shah


Tuan Bui
   Western Ontario Medical School
An-Louise Johnson
   Hahnemann Medical School
Lawrence Juvet


Jeffrey Hammoudeh
  Northwestern Medical School
Mark Nissenbaum*


H.Daniel Clark
Melissa Lackey


Brett Denhart
Richard John Tannyhill


Dexter Johnson
    Rutgers Medical School
Angel Torio
Kenneth Whitworth


Bart Blaeser
Richard Elias
Janice Lee
Siobhan Stephen


Jonathan Bailey
Mary Collins*
Mark Zajkowski


Shawn Bailey*
Anthony Ragonese*
Robert Gilardetti


Katherine Keeley
Randy Todd
Alan Chun


Patrick Kline
Timothy Mitchell
Kris Uyehara


David Kung
Baizheng Song


Jean Bruch
Bonnie Padwa


David Hiranaka
Kasey Li


Mark Glyman
Salvatore Ruggiero


Wayne Colin


Reed Day


David Altobelli
Michael Hatton


Meredith August
David Londo


Ray English
Lindon Kawahara


Deji Ogundiya


Michael Hauser
D. Eric Redmon
Joseph Wilkes


Mark Conover
Carol Lorente


Robert Chuong
David Mahler


Andrea Haber-Cohen


A. Scott Bennion
Charles Bertolami


Thomas Connolly
Nalton Ferraro
Jeffrey Stone


John Kelly


Thomas Albert


Reginald Bauer
Harry Schwartz


Robert Gracia
Thomas Kilgore


Leonard B. Kaban


R. Bruce Donoff
Samuel Molind
Steven Roser
Edward Seldin


Charles Bowen
Zigmunt Pozatek


Arthur Sperling


Robert Evans


Barry Agranat
Donald Leake


Homer Ash


Norman Trieger

*Transfer or non-categorical resident


Contact Us

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

Warren 1201

55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Phone: 617-724-4096
  • Fax: 617-726-2814
  • Email Us

Jared Katz, OMFS Residency Program Coordinator
Email: omfsresidency@partners.org 

R. John Tannyhill, III, DDS, MD, FACS, Residency Program Director
Email: RJTannyhill@mgh.harvard.edu

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