Meet The Doctors
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(c), FACS
Dr. Zaid completed his undergraduate dental degree from Ajman University of science and technology and received his degree as Doctor in Dental Surgery. Dr. Zaid practiced as an Oral and Maxillofacial surgery trainee in multiple hospitals in the UAE until he moved to Montreal, Canada where he completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program at McGill University. Dr. Zaid composed his master’s thesis on a topic that is related to head and neck oncology titled “In Vitro Effects of bisphosphonates on Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma” that awarded him a MSc degree from McGill University. During that time Dr. Zaid became a fellow of the Royal College in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery after completing his Canadian Boards. Dr. Zaid went to Boston Medical center – Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine to complete his clinical head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction fellowship. Since completing his fellowship Dr. Zaid has been on staff as an Associate Professor at Louisiana State University Health Science Center New Orleans / School of Dentistry at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery where he spends most of the time in Baton Rouge where he provides full scope Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with great interest to head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction. His interest in research allowed him to be published in multiple peer-reviewed journals like JOMS, Triple OOO, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America and multiple book chapters in the OMFS literature. This also allowed him to become a reviewer to many sections in multiple peer-reviewed journals, He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and finally he is an active member of multiple local, national and international oral and maxillofacial surgery societies and associations and is one of the LSU-Oral and Maxillofacial review board faculty members. Currently he is the chief of Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at Our Lady of The Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Brian Dyess, DDS
Dr. Dyess is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who specializes in dental implants, impacted wisdom teeth, jaw defects, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, as well as tooth or bone loss. Dr. Dyess obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans in 1983. He then went on to serve his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at LSU-Charity Hospital of New Orleans in 1988. He earned board certification through the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1992. With a focus on dental excellence, Dr. Dyess is a member of several professional dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Louisiana Dental Association, the Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association, the Louisiana Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the American Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Alongside his role as a skilled dental professional in private practice, he serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. Patients have excellent things to say about them, one stating “Awesome experience from arrival to leaving. From the moment walking into the office and meeting the great staff to the great bedside manner of Dr. Dyess, I have not been more impressed by anyone else.”