Leon A. Assael, DMD

Professor, School of Dentistry

Leon A. Assael

Contact Info

assael@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-624-2424

Fax 612-626-2654

Office Address:
15-209 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, School of Dentistry


Residency, Vanderbilt University (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery), 1975-1978

DMD, Harvard University, 1975

BA, Columbia University (Government), 1971

Certificate, University of Kentucky Gatton School of Business (Medical Management), 1999

Summary

Assael is a graduate of Columbia University and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine, as well as a Certificate in Medical Management from the University of Kentucky, Gatton School of Business. He completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Vanderbilt University. Assael served as dean to the College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky until 2003, when he was appointed professor and chairman of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dentistry at Oregon Health & Science University.

He is the past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the past chairman of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association, and a diplomate to the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In 2001, President George W. Bush awarded Assael the America’s Promise Award for advancements in oral health in Appalachia achieved by the University of Kentucky faculty. In 2010, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons awarded Assael the Board of Trustees special recognition award. Included among the professional societies on which he serves are the American Dental Association and the Hispanic Dental Association. Assael’sprimary clinical interest is in the area of facial injuries, facial pain and maxillofacial nerve injuries, and he is a nationally known lecturer on a variety of issues.

Awards & Recognition

  • Daniel E. Waite Lectureship, University of Minnesota, 2010
  • Donald Osbon award for outstanding educator in oral and maxillofacial surgery, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 2009
  • Ben Alley Lectureship, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2008
  • Professional contribution award, Graduate medical Education, OHSU School of Medicine, 2007 and 2011
  • University of Pacific, Sadie oral and maxillofacial surgery award, 2006
  • Indiana University, Laskin oral and maxillofacial surgery award, 2006
  • University of Louisville oral and maxillofacial surgery Skagg’s Award, Louisville, 2005
  • Kurt Thoma Award and Lectureship, American and Canadian College of oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 2005
  • William Harrigan Society, Distinguished Lectureship, New York City, 2005
  • Class day speaker, Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine, June 2004
  • First Annual Diversity Commission Award of Excellence, University of Kentucky, President Lee Todd presiding, September 29, 2003
  • Kentucky Colonel, Commissioned by Paul Patton, Governor Commonwealth of Kentucky, August 26, 2002
  • William H. Ware Visiting Professor, University of California San Francisco, College of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, February, 2002
  • America’s Promise, recognition for community projects in Kentucky promoting a healthy start for children, President George W. Bush presiding, The White House, July 9, 2001
  • SELAM Award, Society of Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, 2001
  • International College of Dentists, 2001
  • Silver Anniversary Award, Outstanding Alumnus, Class of 1975, Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine, May 2000
  • Class representative, Silver Anniversary Class, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, May 2000
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy, March 2000
  • Certificate of Merit, The Senate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, D.L. Williams presiding, February 1, 2000
  • Consumer Research Council of America, Guide to America’s Top Dentists, 2000
  • Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice, 1998
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Examining Committee Award, 1998
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists, 1993
  • Outstanding Service Award, New York State Society or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 1988
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Advisory Committee Award, 1997
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Advisory Committee Award, 1989
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society 1997
  • Graduation Class Speaker, Harvard Medical School Commencement, 1975
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Honors Graduate, 1975
  • Harvard Medical School, Biostatistics Academic Achievement Award, 1973
  • Harvard University, Frank Randall McCullaugh Scholarship 1971-1975
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Merit Scholarship, 1971-1975
  • New York State Regents Scholarship, 1967-1971
  • National Honor Society, 1966

Clinical

Board Certifications

Dipomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 1980