Meet The Doctors
Brian Christensen, DDS, MD
Dr. Brian J. Christensen is joining 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 is the author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, has received several grants for research funding and has presented on multiple topics at national meetings. He is the recipient of several research awards from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Christensen is also a peer reviewer for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial 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.
Beom-June Kim, DMD, MD, FACS
Dr. Beom-June Kim received a BS from Cornell University in 1998 and his DMD in 2004 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He then attended the University of Maryland, receiving an MD in 2008 and completing the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency in 2011. He came to the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at LSUHSC in Shreveport for a two-year fellowship in head and neck surgery/microvascular reconstruction. Dr. Kim is first author of “Oculocardiac Reflex Induced by an Orbital Floor Fracture: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature,” recently published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and is currently working on “Reconstruction of Lip Defects,” a chapter in Lip Cancer, to be published by Springer. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Brett King, DDS
Dr. Brett King joined the LSU Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery faculty in September, 2014. Dr. King attended Tulane University in New Orleans for his undergraduate education where he studied History and Architecture. Following university, Dr. King spent a year in Japan teaching English. Upon returning to the U.S., Dr. King attended Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago, Illinois, where he earned his DDS. After his doctoral training, Dr. King completed residency training in Dental Anesthesiology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. King next completed four years of residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center and its affiliated hospitals in Southern California. The emphasis of his training included corrective craniomaxillofacial surgery and orthognathic surgery, complex maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, placement of dental implants, dental extractions, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery, maxillofacial pathology, bone grafting and pre-prosthetic surgery and pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery. Upon completion of residency training, Dr. King returned to New York City where he held an academic appointment at St. Barnabas Hospital and simultaneously established a private practice in Tribeca in lower Manhattan. In 2009, Dr. King was appointed as Chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at St. Barnabas Hospital, an active Level 1 trauma center with a large dental department and over 45 residents in various dental specialities. Dr. King has also previously been an active staff member at Beth Israel Medical Center and the Mt. Sinai Hospital, both in New York City. Dr. King is certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and his current interests include pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery, anesthesiology, reconstructive maxillofacial surgery including bone grafting and dental implants, maxillofacial trauma and orthognathic surgery.
Dane St. John, DMD, MD
Dr. Dane St. John joins the LSU OMS Faculty as a full time Assistant Professor. Dr. St. John completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh prior to attending dental school at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Upon completion of his doctoral training Dr. St. John entered OMS residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Under the direction of Dr.’s Peter Waite and Patrick Louis he completed the requirements for his medical degree, an internship in General Surgery, and the surgical demands of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Upon Completion of training Dr. St. John was commissioned to active duty in the United States ARMY and deployed to combat operations in Iraq. During this time he also served as Assistant Program Director for the OMS residency training program at William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss. This exposure to education motivated him to pursue a career in academic practice
Dr. St. John is board certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and has clinical and research interests in Temporomandibular Joint Disease/Orofacial Pain Syndromes, Maxillofacial Trauma, Dental Implants and Oral Reconstruction, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Oral Pathology/Medicine and Anesthesia.
Waleed Zaid, DDS, MS, FRCD
Dr. 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.”