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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


Kokosis, George, Robin Schmitz, David B. Powers, and Detlev Erdmann. “Mandibular Reconstruction Using the Free Vascularized Fibula Graft: An Overview of Different Modifications..” Arch Plast Surg 43, no. 1 (January 2016): 3–9.

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Cahill, Thomas J., Rikesh Gandhi, Alexander C. Allori, Jeffrey R. Marcus, David Powers, Detlev Erdmann, Scott T. Hollenbeck, and Howard Levinson. “Hardware Removal in Craniomaxillofacial Trauma: A Systematic Review of the Literature and Management Algorithm..” Ann Plast Surg 75, no. 5 (November 2015): 572–78.

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Lazarides, Alexander, Detlev Erdmann, David Powers, and William Eward. “Custom facial reconstruction for osteosarcoma of the jaw..” J Oral Maxillofac Surg 72, no. 11 (November 2014): 2375.e1-2375.10.

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Powers, David B., Patrick F. Allan, Curtis J. Hayes, and Peter G. Michaelson. “A review of the surgical treatment options for the obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome patient..” Mil Med 175, no. 9 (September 2010): 676–85.

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Powers, D. B. “Distribution of civilian and military maxillofacial surgical procedures performed in an Air Force theatre hospital: implications for training and readiness..” J R Army Med Corps 156, no. 2 (June 2010): 117–21.

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Cho, Raymond I., Hans E. Bakken, Mark E. Reynolds, Brett A. Schlifka, and David B. Powers. “Concomitant cranial and ocular combat injuries during Operation Iraqi Freedom..” J Trauma 67, no. 3 (September 2009): 516–20.

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