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David Bryan Powers

Professor of Surgery
Surgery, Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery
DUMC 2955, Durham, NC 27710
DUMC 2955, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Powers currently serves as a Professor of Surgery, and Director of the Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Program, at Duke University Medical Center.  Additionally, he is the Fellowship Director for the Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship within the Department of Surgery. His surgical experience in facial trauma was attained during a military career highlighted by the acute management of ballistic and other injuries of warfare, as well as performing secondary and tertiary facial reconstructive surgery during various staff assignments at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center – Bethesda and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  He lectures and has published extensively on the management of ballistic and high-energy transfer injuries to the craniomaxillofacial skeleton, comprehensive reconstruction techniques for facial trauma, and the use of computer-aided surgical planning and patient-specific implants for anatomic rehabilitation after catastrophic craniomaxillofacial injuries.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Surgery · 2021 - Present Surgery, Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery, Surgery
Professor in Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences · 2021 - Present Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences, Clinical Science Departments
Professor in Neurosurgery · 2022 - Present Neurosurgery, Clinical Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio · 2000 M.D.
University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry · 1990 D.M.D.