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David Bryan Powers, MD, DMD

Director, Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
Professor of Surgery
Associate Professor in Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Office: DUMC 2955, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC DUMC 2955, Durham, NC 27710

Dr. Powers currently serves as a 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


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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Bitonti, David A., Michael A. Steinle, David B. Powers, Thomas S. MacKenzie, and Paul M. Lambert. “Oral and maxillofacial surgery careers in the military and department of veterans affairs.” Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am 20, no. 1 (February 2008): 17–26.

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Kincaid, Brent L., David B. Powers, Roger W. Childress, and John P. Schmitz. “The use of endoscopy for management of bilateral sagittal split complications.” J Oral Maxillofac Surg 64, no. 5 (May 2006): 846–50.

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Powers, D. B., M. J. Will, S. L. Bourgeois, and H. D. Hatt. “Maxillofacial trauma treatment protocol.” Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America 17, no. 3 SPEC. ISS. (January 1, 2005): 341–55.

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