Meet The Faculty

Mayo Clinic oral and maxillofacial surgeons talking with a patient

The Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at Mayo Clinic is part of the Department of Surgery, which was founded by Drs. William J. and Charles H. Mayo (the Mayo brothers). This rich history provides residents and staff with the opportunity to be part of a group of surgeons who have made significant contributions to the history of surgery.

The Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is very clinically productive. We are a very busy service, with five full-time staff surgeons, two hospital-based mid-level providers (nurse practitioner/physician assistant), and 12 residents accounting for more than 900 hospital surgeries each year in our inpatient practice at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus (and growing every year).

OMS has two dedicated operating rooms every day of the week. Our outpatient surgical practice, located in the state-of-the-art Gonda Building, performs several thousand procedures and sedations each year on adults and children. 

Residents are assigned to surgical services for varying periods of time, in a preceptorship model, allowing for the development of close working relationships with various oral and maxillofacial surgeons and upper-level residents.

Mayo Clinic's group practice model places the needs of the patient first and foremost in all patient care. Therefore, close collaboration with members of other departments is frequent and expected.

From the director

Jonathan Fillmore, M.D., D.M.D.Welcome to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency! With a presence at Mayo Clinic for more than 100 years, we are a dynamic, full-scope training program that is well-integrated into the multidisciplinary practice of Mayo Clinic. Here, you will learn how to be a high-quality oral and maxillofacial surgeon. 

The mentorship model allows you to learn one-on-one from experts the skills you need to be compassionate and efficient in the clinic and earn graduated independence in the operating room. We expect our graduates to be technically outstanding while also incredibly astute clinical decision-makers.

Upon completion of the residency, our trainees are able to pursue whatever type of practice fits their desires and goals, be it private practice, fellowship, or academic practice. We appreciate your interest in our training program! 

Jonathan Fillmore, D.M.D., M.D.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Program faculty

Kevin Arce, D.M.D., M.D.

Kevin Arce, D.M.D., M.D.

Chair, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Interests: Maxillofacial benign and malignant pathology, maxillofacial reconstruction, maxillofacial trauma, outpatient anesthesia, and implant surgery

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Christopher Viozzi, D.D.S., M.D.

Christopher Viozzi, D.D.S., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Interests: Cleft/craniofacial surgery, orthognathic surgery and virtual surgical planning, and surgery for obstructive sleep apnea

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James Van Ess, D.D.S., M.D.

James Van Ess, D.D.S., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Interests: Orthognathic surgery and dental implantology

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Kyle Ettinger, D.D.S., M.D.

Kyle Ettinger, D.D.S., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Interests: Head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular reconstruction

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