First in Texas

April 25th, 2017

JPS surgeon Fayette Williams, DDS, MD, is the first in Texas and among just 16 surgeons in the country to become board certified in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Fayette Williams DDSWilliams specializes in treating facial trauma and tumors of the head, neck, mouth, throat, salivary and thyroid glands and skin, drawn to his specialty by its technical challenges and potential to impact quality of life.

“Anything that disfigures our face has an enormous impact on our lives,” Williams said. “If I have a tumor removed on my arm, it might make some activities more difficult. But tumors of the face strike at our identity. This is about quality of life.”

He is also a pioneer in jaw replacement, among a small number of U.S. surgeons performing tumor removal and jaw replacement in a single trip to the operating room, rather than the traditional series of operations over two years.

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a certificate of added qualifications (CAQ) in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery. Williams was among 16 surgeons to pass the specialty exam in 2016 — the only one in Texas, according to the board.

Williams is a faculty member in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at JPS and program director of Maxillofacial Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery. A dentist and graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School, he completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UT Southwestern and fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan.


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