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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


Crowson, Matthew Gordon, Miles Berger, Grace C. McCarthy, and David B. Powers. “Orbitocerebral Impalement: Case Discussion and Management Algorithm..” Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr 10, no. 3 (September 2017): 225–29.

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Ibrahim, Mohamed M., Ryan M. Schweller, Mahmoud M. Mohammed, David B. Powers, and Bruce Klitzman. “NOVEL IMPLANTABLE OXYGEN BIOSENSORS FOR DETECTION OF VASCULAR PERFUSION AND ISCHEMIA.” In Wound Repair and Regeneration, 25:A40–A40. WILEY, 2017.


Choi, Kevin J., Bora Chang, Charles R. Woodard, David B. Powers, Jeffrey R. Marcus, and Liana Puscas. “Survey of Current Practice Patterns in the Management of Frontal Sinus Fractures..” Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr 10, no. 2 (June 2017): 106–16.

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Powers, David B., Elda Fisher, and Detlev Erdmann. “Zygomatic Intraosseous Hemangioma: Case Report and Literature Review..” Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr 10, no. 1 (March 2017): 1–10.

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Breeze, J., D. C. Tong, D. Powers, N. A. Martin, A. M. Monaghan, D. Evriviades, J. Combes, et al. “Optimising ballistic facial coverage from military fragmenting munitions: a consensus statement..” Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 55, no. 2 (February 2017): 173–78.

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Soo, Joanne, George Kokosis, Michael Ogilvie, Xiaoyin Sara Jiang, David B. Powers, Daniel J. Rocke, and Detlev Erdmann. “A Rare Case of Malignant Transformation of Oral Lichen Planus of the Mandible..” Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 4, no. 12 (December 2016).

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Marcus, Jeffrey R., and David Powers. “Stryker SMARTLock Hybrid Maxillomandibular Fixation System: Clinical Application, Complications, and Radiographic Findings..” Plast Reconstr Surg 138, no. 5 (November 2016): 948e-949e.

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Waldron, Nathan H., Bryant W. Stolp, Michael P. Ogilvie, David B. Powers, and Michael R. Shaughnessy. “Transorbital endotracheal intubation: a nonstandard approach to a difficult airway..” J Clin Anesth 34 (November 2016): 314–17.

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