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Department and Faculty

Faculty demonstrating imaging technique with mouth mold at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Department of Dental Specialties at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provides coordinated care for people who require specialized dental treatment.

In addition to caring for patients in clinical practice, Mayo Clinic's faculty is committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. You work closely with these individuals throughout your training in the Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology Fellowship.

History of the Department of Dental Specialties

Historical photo of the section of Dental Surgery in the early 1900sThe department is created

With more than 100 years of dental specialty care within a medical institution, the history of the department of dental specialties at Mayo Clinic shaped the department it is today.

On October 1st, 1918, Dr. Boyd Gardner (pictured in the front row, center left), formed the section of Dental Surgery at Mayo Clinic.

“We early staff members were most fortunate to have had the privilege of associating with Drs. Will and Charlie for so many years…I am convinced the determination of the brothers Mayo that any physician should be welcome to learn from them was a major factor in the success of the Clinic.”

Historical photo of the section of dentistry and oral surgery in 1968Dental programs are formed

Beginning in 1918, special students in dental surgery were admitted to the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. In 1935, advanced programs in oral surgery became available through the Mayo Graduate School.

By 1966, three additional dental residencies had formed: Orthodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics.

The Prosthodontics residency previously included the Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology fellowship, which became its own program in 2016.


Advisers and mentors

Faculty advisers are available to provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. You meet with your adviser periodically throughout the program to review your progress and career goals, and ensure that your educational needs are being met. Your adviser may serve as a contact point for introducing you and your family to Rochester, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic system.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures, participate in hospital rounds and have informal discussions with trainees. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these educational opportunities.