Meet The Doctors

Brian Dyess, DDS

Dr. Brian 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.”

Dr Hisham Hatoum

Hisham Hatoum, DDS, MD

Dr. Hisham Hatoum joined the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery faculty as a full-time Assistant Professor on January 1,  2023. He graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Biology and went on to receive a Master of Business at Northeastern University in Boston.  After that, he matriculated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland.  He spent one year at LSU in New Orleans and Baton Rouge as an OMS Intern before moving to the University of Buffalo where he would complete his medical degree and residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  Thereafter, he completed two prestigious fellowships in Head and Neck Surgery and Microvascular Reconstructive surgery, first at the University of Miami and after that at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  He also has practiced as a Head and Neck Surgeon for the Novant System in North Carolina.

Dr Jeffrey James

Jeffrey N. James, MD, DDS, MBA, FACS, FAACS

Dr. James is the Peltier Endowed Chairman and Head of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Science Center in New Orleans. He is a full Professor with Tenure at LSU and has over 10 years of both private practice and academic surgery experience.

Dr. James was born and raised in the small West Texas town of Plainview. He graduated from Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. He received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Texas Dental Branch. Dr. James then matriculated into the Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical School where he earned a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. While at LSU, he received a Certificate in General Surgery for completing an internship as well as completed a six-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery culminating in a Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. James continued his education at the University of Oklahoma where he completed a fellowship and obtained a Certificate in Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery. He also trained at the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando to expand his expertise to include cranial vault and fronto-orbital reconstruction for craniofacial dysmorphologies. Dr. James then trained at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates furthering his competency as a facial cosmetic surgeon. Most recently, Dr. James graduated top of his class at the James M. Hull College of Business, Augusta University, and earned a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).

Dr. James is dual board-certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and  Facial Cosmetic Surgery. He currently serves as a Board Examiner for the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. James is a Fellow of The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, The American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons. He has maintained membership in the American Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Medical Association, and the American Dental Association. Dr. James is proud to have served his Country in the United States Air Force Reserves as a staff surgeon for the Air Force and Army Maxillofacial Surgery Training Program for 10 years.

E. Peter Park, DMD, MD

Dr. E. Peter Park 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. Waleed Zaid is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He completed his undergraduate dental degree and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Ajman University of Science and Technology . He 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 at McGill University. He was also awarded a MSc degree from McGill University after completing his master’s thesis on “In Vitro Effects of Bisphosphonates on Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.” During that time, he became a fellow of the Royal College in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery after completing his Canadian Boards. He went on 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 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. He spends most of the time in Baton Rouge where he practices full scope Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with a focus in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction. His interest in research allowed him publish in multiple peer-reviewed journals like JOMS, Triple OOO, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America and multiple book chapters in the OMFS literature. He is reviewer in multiple peer-reviewed journals, Additionally, 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 serves as the chief of Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.