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David Bryan Powers, MD, DMD

Director, Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
Associate Professor of Surgery
Office: DUMC 2955, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC DUMC 2955, Durham, NC 27710

Dr. Powers currently serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery, and Director of the Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Program, at Duke University Medical Center.  Additionally, he is the Fellowship Director for the Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship within the Department of Surgery. His surgical experience in facial trauma was attained during a military career highlighted by the acute management of ballistic and other injuries of warfare, as well as performing secondary and tertiary facial reconstructive surgery during various staff assignments at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center – Bethesda and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  He lectures and has published extensively on the management of ballistic and high-energy transfer injuries to the craniomaxillofacial skeleton, comprehensive reconstruction techniques for facial trauma, and the use of computer-aided surgical planning and patient-specific implants for anatomic rehabilitation after catastrophic craniomaxillofacial injuries.

Education and Training

  • General Surgery Intern, Wilford Hall Medical Center, 2000 - 2001
  • Oral Surgery Resident, Wilford Hall Medical Center, 1996 - 2002
  • M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, 2000
  • D.M.D., University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry, 1990

In the News

Publications

Breeze, John, and David Bryan Powers. “Current opinion in the assessment and management of ballistic trauma to the craniomaxillofacial region.” Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 28, no. 4 (August 2020): 251–57. https://doi.org/10.1097/MOO.0000000000000634.

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Chiu, William C., D. B. Powers, J. M. Hirshon, S. A. Shackelford, P. F. Hu, S. Y. Chen, H. H. Chen, et al. “Impact of trauma centre capacity and volume on the mortality risk of incoming new admissions.” Bmj Mil Health, May 30, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001483.

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Breeze, John, Douglas M. Bowley, James G. Combes, James Baden, Linda Orr, Andrew Beggs, Joseph DuBose, and David B. Powers. “Outcomes following penetrating neck injury during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts: A comparison of treatment at US and United Kingdom medical treatment facilities.” J Trauma Acute Care Surg 88, no. 5 (May 2020): 696–703. https://doi.org/10.1097/TA.0000000000002625.

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Breeze, John, Richard J. Blanch, Robb Mazzoli, Joseph DuBose, Douglas M. Bowley, and David B. Powers. “Comparing the Management of Eye Injuries by Coalition Military Surgeons during the Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts.” Ophthalmology 127, no. 4 (April 2020): 458–66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2019.10.014.

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Murray, Margaret, Theodore N. Pappas, and David B. Powers. “Maxillary Prosthetics, Speech Impairment, and Presidential Politics: How Grover Cleveland Was Able to Speak Normally after His "Secret" Operation.” Surg J (N Y) 6, no. 1 (January 2020): e1–6. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0039-3400537.

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Breeze, John, Douglas M. Bowley, James G. Combes, James Baden, Rory F. Rickard, Joseph DuBose, and David B. Powers. “Facial injury management undertaken at US and UK medical treatment facilities during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts: a retrospective cohort study.” Bmj Open 9, no. 11 (November 25, 2019): e033557. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033557.

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Suresh, Visakha, Rachel Anolik, and David Powers. “The Utility of Polyether-Ether-Ketone Implants Adjacent to Sinus Cavities After Craniofacial Trauma.” J Oral Maxillofac Surg 76, no. 11 (November 2018): 2361–69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joms.2018.05.002.

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Avashia, Yash, Peter Bittar, Visakha Suresh, and David B. Powers. “A Novel Approach for the Management and Prevention of Self-Induced Masticatory Lingual Trauma in the Neurologically Injured Patient.” Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr 11, no. 3 (September 2018): 242–48. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0037-1606300.

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Suresh, Visakha, Muath Bishawi, Michael W. Manning, Chetan Patel, Joseph Rogers, Carmelo Milano, Jacob Schroder, Mani Daneshmand, and David Powers. “Management of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices Requiring Teeth Extraction: Is Halting Anticoagulation Appropriate?” J Oral Maxillofac Surg 76, no. 9 (September 2018): 1859–63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joms.2017.10.022.

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