Meet Dr. Steven R. Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz graduated with academic distinction from New York University College of Dentistry having been elected into the Honorary Dental Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), during his senior year. He completed his post graduate training in General Practice Dentistry, Anesthesiology, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the following institutions: Booth Memorial Medical Center/New York Hospital Queens, Bellevue Hospital Center, Manhattan VA Medical Center, Interfaith Medical Center, Staten Island University Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center where he was the only resident ever selected to serve as Chief Resident two years in a row.

Dr. Schwartz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a Fellow of: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a member of: American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, New York State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Second District Dental Society, local Study Clubs, Academy of Osseointegration and a charter member of Platform for Exchange of Experience, Research and Science (PEERS).

In his private office, Dr. Schwartz practices the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with an emphasis on dentoalveolar surgery, implantology and bone grafting, anesthesia, orthognathic and reconstructive surgery, and facial trauma. Additionally, he is the Director of Surgical Implantology in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, where he continues to train and mentor OMS Residents. Recently, Dr. Schwartz was unanimously chosen by the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program Residents from Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center to receive the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Faculty of the Year award.

Dr. Schwartz authored the chapters: “Peri-Operative Pain Management” in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America, “Oral and Parenteral Sedation” in An Atlas of Minor Oral Surgery, “Short Implants: Are They a Viable Option in Implant Dentistry?” and “Short Implants: An Answer to a Challenging Dilemma” in Dental Clinics of North America. He also lectures nationally and internationally at dental conferences, study clubs, hospitals, and medical centers. All of the marine images on this website and those displayed in his office were taken by Dr. Schwartz. When not practicing surgery, Dr. Schwartz and his wife can be found somewhere in the world pursuing their love of scuba diving and underwater photography.

What Are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are the surgical specialists of the dental profession. Their surgical expertise and thorough understanding of both aesthetics and function uniquely qualify them to diagnose, treat and manage the conditions, defects, injuries, and the aesthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face.

After four years of dental school, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons complete four or more years of hospital-based surgical residency training. This intensive residency includes rotations through related medical and surgical fields encompassing: Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Anesthesiology.

The ability to provide patients with safe, effective outpatient anesthesia has distinguished the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. As an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Schwartz is well trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration.

What Does Board Certification Mean?

Board certification represents a commitment and dedication beyond an already lengthy and demanding surgical residency training.

It can easily take several years following completion of the residency program to have the clinical experience and documentation just to qualify to apply to take the board examination. The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery’s Credentials Committee reviews the applications, and if accepted, the applicant is eligible to take a comprehensive written examination covering the entire specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. If a candidate passes the written examination they are permitted to go to the next step, which is a very rigorous oral certification examination. Once the surgeon passes the oral exam he/she is now certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Schwartz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is constantly attending specialty continuation education courses to advance his knowledge and abilities, in addition to lecturing at many continuing education seminars himself.