Meet The Doctors

John Neary, MD, DDS, FACS

John NearyJohn P. Neary, MD, DDS, FACS began his education at Purdue University completing his education in engineering and environmental science with a Bachelors of Science with honors. He then graduated from Ohio State University School of Dentistry cum laude in 1986. After matching at Louisiana State University Medical Center, he completed his OMFS residency at Charity Hospital,then matriculated at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, graduating in 1992. He then completed his general surgery internship and a fellowship in facial cosmetic surgery at The Facial Surgery Center of the Gulf South with Dr. Michael Kinnebrew. He began private practice in Hudson, Ohio in 1993 and combined private practice and part-time academics with an appointment at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He left private practice and has returned to Louisiana State University to begin full time academic practice. Dr. Neary was inducted into the American College of Surgeons in 1998 and was named a “Best Doctor in America” from 1996 to 2010. Dr. Neary’s expertise is in facial cosmetics, facial trauma, facial reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, and surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Neary enjoys water sports and spending time with his family, a wife of 32 years and 3 sons and two daughter-in-laws and one grandson.

Beom-June Kim, DMD, MD, FACS

Beomjune KimDr. 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

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. 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 anesthesiology, reconstructive maxillofacial surgery including bone grafting and dental implants, maxillofacial trauma and orthognathic surgery.

Ray Lim, DDS, MD

Lim Rathana_129Dr. Ray Lim joins the LSU OMS Faculty as a full time Assistant Professor. As a recent graduate of the LSU Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Program, he is keenly aware of the academic rigors from the residents’ perspective with the enthusiasm to help mentor residents and students. Dr. Lim achieved his Bachelors in Biological Sciences at California State University- Sacramento. He then completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 2007. While at USC, Dr Lim was intimately involved in student government and serving as the Class President the Class of 2007. He then furthered his surgical education by doing an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Internship at L.A. County + USC Medical Center, a Level One Trauma Center, and one of the busiest hospitals in the country.

Dr. Lim entered the LSU OMS residency in 2009. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from LSU School of Medicine – New Orleans in 2012, then completed his General Surgery Internship in 2013 from LSU Department of Surgery.   In addition to the general surgery, he also had rotations in Anesthesia, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Neurosurgery, being intimately involved in the care of these patients. Dr. Lim was trained in all aspects of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. This included procedures in dentoalveolar/implants, bone and tissue regeneration, sleep-apnea surgery, head & neck pathology, with emphasis on trauma, cosmetic surgery, orthognathic/corrective-jaw surgery, and all facets of TMJ surgery. During his Chief year, Dr. Lim also had an opportunity to be a visiting Resident-Surgeon with the Maxillofacial-Plastics-Orthodontic (MPO) Department in Leon, Nicaragua. Along with Drs. Neary & Kim, he was able to treat many complex craniofacial and pathological conditions such as Goldenhar Syndrome, cleft-lip + palate, and a carotid body tumor. He has authored a chapter in The Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. During his free time, Dr. Lim enjoys spending time with his wife Amber, their 2 kids, and enjoying the New Orleanian culture.

Dane St. John, DMD, MD

Dr. St. JohnDr. 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

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.”

George Zakhary, DDS, MD

George ZakharyDr. Zakhary received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Creighton University. He then attended dental school at the University of Oklahoma, and medical school at Louisiana State University Health in Shreveport. He went on to complete both his General Surgery Internship and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Louisiana State University Health in Shreveport. He further subspecialized in the accredited Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery fellowship at LSU. Upon completion of his fellowship in July of 2014 he joined the LSU Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department. He is based in Baton Rouge at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. He has taken a special interest in educating future healthcare providers through workshops and courses he arranged during his time in professional school, receiving multiple awards for his efforts. His primary areas of interest include cleft and craniofacial surgery, orthognathic surgery, facial trauma, benign head and neck pathology, and dentoalveolar surgery. He has authored journal articles on craniofacial surgery, orthognathic surgical treatment of sleep apnea, as well as a book chapter on treatment of mandibular pathology.