Meet The Doctors

Robert Laughlin, DMD

Dr. Robert M. Laughlin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Dentistry and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. He holds academic appointments in the LSU School of Dentistry and LSU School of Medicine. Dr. Laughlin has over seventeen years’ experience in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. While practicing the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Laughlin has special interest in head and neck oncology, microvascular reconstructive surgery and temporomandibular reconstruction. Dr. Laughlin attended the University of Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in the Biological Sciences. Dr. Laughlin earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine. He completed residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He completed his General Surgery Internship also at Louisiana State University Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Following residency training, Dr. Laughlin completed a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Laughlin has spent time abroad as a visiting professor in the Department of Head and Neck Oncology at Shanghai Ninth Peoples Hospital in China. Dr. Laughlin served in the United States Navy where he held the positions of Chairman of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry, Assistant Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Residency Program Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Laughlin provided care in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well active duty military and dependents, retirees, congressional delegates and foreign diplomats. Dr. Laughlin has extensive research and grant experience, working with top researchers at the Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences , Department of Ophthalmology and The University of Chicago, Prietzer School of Medicine, Department of Surgery. Dr. Laughlin’s research in upregulation of baterial virulence after surgical stress was instrumental in National Institures of Health RO-1 funding for the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago. He has served as Principle Investigator and Co-Investigator on multiple research grants throughout his career. Dr. Laughlin has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters for oral and maxillofacial surgery textbooks. He is the Co-editor of the Atlas of Operative Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Laughlin has lectured internationally on temporomandibular surgery, head and neck reconstructive surgery and maxillofacial trauma. He currently is a reviewer for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Laughlin has been the reciepiant of numerous awards to include the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Community Service Award for his actions during hurricaine Katrine. Dr, Laughlin was the first oral and maxillofacial surgeon to be nominated for the Intern of the Year for LSUHSC, Charity Hospital. He was the first and only oral and maxillofacial surgical resident to date, to be awarded the prestigous Jack Kent WF OMSF Award for his contributions to the department and residency program in the aftermath of hurricaine Katrina. Dr. Laughlin was the first oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the US Navy to be awarded the Naval Medical Center Master Clinician Award. Dr. Laughlin’s highest military service award is the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Dr. Laughlin married to Captain Allison A. Henry, Dental Corps, United States Navy. CAPT Henry has served honorably the past 23 years. Her tours have included service aboard the USS Pearl Harbor, USS Tarawa and USNS Mercy. Dr. Henry has two sons Allen (16) and Curtis (14). We are looking forward to serving and providing the top quality healthcare to the great people of Louisiana.

Brian Christensen, DDS, MD

Dr. Brian J. Christensen joined the Louisiana State University Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery faculty in July, 2019 as a full-time Assistant Professor. Dr. Christensen began his education at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2009. He then attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry, where he earned his DDS in 2013. Following dental school, Dr. Christensen moved to New Orleans to continue his training at Louisiana State University Health Science Center. At LSU, he earned his MD in 2016 and completed a General Surgery Internship. He then completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at LSU with extensive training in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including orthognathic surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, temporomandibular joint surgery, sleep apnea surgery, craniomaxillofacial trauma and reconstruction and dental implant surgery. Dr. Christensen will continue the tradition of clinical excellence, scientific innovation and educational dedication that has kept the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at LSUHSC New Orleans as the premier center for its specialty. Outside of work, Dr. Christensen spends time with his wife Amanda and their dog, Lana. They enjoy traveling, eating out in New Orleans, and spending time outside.

E. Peter Park, DMD, MD

Earl Peter Park, DMD, MD is a board certified surgeon with specific focus on treating patients with oral cancer and pathology. Dr. Park is fellowship trained in head and neck oncologic surgery as well as microvascular reconstruction. He sees patients in the Oral Oncology Clinic at the LSU School of Dentistry Building and the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic at the University Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Park was born and raised in Canada. He attended the University of Toronto and received his Honors Bachelors of Science in Human Biology. Thereafter, he went to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where he earned his DMD. Dr. Park completed his MD, General Surgery internship and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at LSUHSC-New Orleans. He then completed a two-year fellowship in Head & Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Park has authored several peer reviewed articles and textbook chapters in the areas of computer assisted surgery, head and neck pathology, facial cosmetics and complex facial reconstruction. His research interests include virtual surgical planning in mandibular reconstruction, biomarkers in cancers and pre-cancers of the oral cavity, and optimizing patient outcomes following head and neck surgery. Dr. Park enjoys playing pick up soccer around New Orleans, cycling and spending time with his partner Dr. Angela Nguyen. They are always looking for new restaurant recommendations to experience the wonderful cuisine in NOLA. 

Waleed Zaid, DDS, MS, FRCD

Waleed ZaidDr. Waleed Zaid graduated from Ajman University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Dentistry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2003. Following dental school, he interned in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the UAE Ministry of Health in Dubai. From 2005-2006 he was an oral and maxillofacial surgery demonstrator at Ajman University and from 2006-2008 he trained in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Al-Qassimi Hospital. He attended the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at McGill University Faculty of Dentistry from 2008-2012; he then trained for an additional year in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction at the Boston Medical Center. In 2012 Dr. Zaid was awarded a master’s in oral and maxillofacial surgery for his thesis “In Vitro Effects of Bisphosphonates on Oral Squamous-Cell Carcinoma BHY Cells and BHY-Induced Osteoclasts.”