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.

Rania Habib, MD, DDS

Dr. Habib attended the University of Minnesota for undergraduate and dental school and the University of Maryland for medical school, General Surgery internship and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) residency. She worked in a busy OMFS private practice for 2 years, then completed a full scope Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship at University of Florida, Jacksonville. She became the first female attending surgeon in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at LSU, NOLA where she was appointed as an Assistant Professor with a primary focus in Pediatric Cleft and CranioMaxillofacial Surgery. Her primary practice location is Our Lady of the Lake where she serves on the Cleft and Craniofacial multidisciplinary team. Her main surgical interests include pediatric/adult OMFS, cleft, craniofacial, orthognathic, facial trauma, obstructive sleep apnea, benign head/neck pathology and facial reconstructive surgery. She is an active volunteer with Smiles International and the Global Smile Foundation where she provides cleft and craniofacial surgical care internationally. In her spare time, Dr. Habib enjoys traveling, rock climbing, biking, cooking, attending live music/art events, volunteering, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She is a master level SCUBA diver who is also a fitness fanatic.

Brett King, DDS

King1Dr. 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.

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.”