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Benjamin Lewis Hechler, MD, DDS

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Assistant Professor in Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences

I have training in oral and maxillofacial surgery with fellowship training in oral, head, and neck oncologic surgery. I treat head and neck cancers, salivary gland tumors, soft tissue and bony pathology of the head and neck, facial trauma, surgical temporomandibular joint disorders, and malformations of the face, head, and neck.

I treat patients at the Duke Aesthetic Center, Duke 1F Clinic, Duke University Hospital Operating Room, Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center, and the Durham VA Medical Center.

Education and Training

  • Oral, Head, & Neck Oncologic Surgery Fellow, Oral, Head, And Neck Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2019 - 2020
  • General Surgery Intern, General Surgery, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2016 - 2017
  • Oral & Maxillofacitl Surgery Resident, Plastic, Maxillofacial & Oral Surgery, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2013 - 2019
  • M.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, 2016
  • D.D.S., University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2013
  • B.S., University of Notre Dame, 2009


Fahmy, M. D., B. L. Hechler, E. R. Carlson, A. J. Gross, and R. E. Heidel. “Preoperative Serum Albumin Predicts Wound Dehiscence but Not Infection After Surgery for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.” Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, January 1, 2021.

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Hechler, B. L., and N. S. Matthews. “Role of alloplastic reconstruction of the temporomandibular joint in the juvenile idiopathic arthritis population.” Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 59, no. 1 (January 2021): 21–27.

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Hechler, Benjamin, Eric R. Carlson, R Eric Heidel, Mina D. Fahmy, and J Michael McCoy. “Are Oral Pain and Otalgia Predictive of Perineural Invasion in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Tongue?” J Oral Maxillofac Surg 78, no. 8 (August 2020): 1418–26.

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Hechler, B. L., and G. H. Blakey. “Necrotizing soft tissue infection following routine third molar extraction: report of two cases and review of the literature.” International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 48, no. 12 (December 2019): 1525–29.

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Hechler, B. L., J. A. Phero, H. Van Mater, and N. S. Matthews. “Ultrasound versus magnetic resonance imaging of the temporomandibular joint in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a systematic review.” Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg 47, no. 1 (January 2018): 83–89.

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Hechler, Benjamin, Gregory Ness, and George Blakey. “Impacted Teeth.” In Peterson’s Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, n.d.