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Ellis named oral surgery residency director

EllisEffective Sept. 1, Dr. Michael L. Ellis assumed the responsibilities of program director for the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency training program.

Dr. David Grogan, professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, announced the appointment in September.

“Dr. Ellis is a natural to assume the leadership of the program. Being an alumnus of the program is also an asset – he understands the long tradition of our relationship with Baylor University Medical Center,” Grogan says. The program is in good hands to continue our tenure of excellence.”

Ellis serves as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq as chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery of the 325th Combat Support Hospital. He has been decorated twice with the Meritorious Service Medal for his performance in U.S. Army oral surgery residency programs.

A 1985 graduate of HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry, Ellis practiced general dentistry for six years, then returned to HSC-BCD for two consecutive residencies in prosthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Ellis is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Sterling R. Schow has relinquished his role of residency director but continues to teach as a faculty member. The oral surgery department thanks him for his outstanding service in this position for the last 22 years. His leadership and vision has allowed the program to remain one of the top residency programs in the country.