Oral Surgeons Find New Home at NHRMC

August 21, 2007
The recent hiring of two oral and maxillofacial (OMF) surgeons at New Hanover Regional Medical Center underscores again the profound commitment by the region’s premiere health care provider to offer the widest possible range of medical specialties to residents of the Lower Cape Fear and beyond. “The addition of Dr. Michael Goldwasser and Dr. Mark Austin to the NHRMC community impacts tremendously the quality of care we can provide residents of this region,” said Kathy Gresham, NHRMC’s Director of Physician Relations. “We are fortunate to have two of the best oral and maxillofacial surgeons in their field joining our staff.” Gresham and other NHRMC administrators’ exhaustive recruitment process resulted not only in retaining two of the OMF field’s best surgeons, but also ones with direct ties to the Tar Heel state. A Kinston, North Carolina, native, Dr. Michael Goldwasser completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University and his Doctor of Dentistry degree at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill. Dr. Goldwasser earned his M.D. degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago as well as a Master of Science degree from the University of Iowa. With almost 30 years of experience, Dr. Goldwasser served most recently as Medical Director of the Carle Clinic Cleft Lip and Palate Team in Urbana, Illinois, and as a professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois. His wife, Laurie, a geriatric care specialist, joins him. "New Hanover Regional Medical Center's mission and vision statements are a reflection of my personal philosophy - that patients are best served when treated with dignity by a team of dedicated professionals," Dr. Goldwasser said. "Taking care of patients is immensely rewarding to me professionally and personally." Joining Dr. Goldwassser will be Dr. Mark Austin who received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill. Dr. Austin most recently completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Austin enjoys biking, traveling, boating and, most especially, fishing. “I’m truly excited to be back in my home state of North Carolina serving the residents of Wilmington and beyond,” Dr. Austin said. “I find the hospital environment a challenging and stimulating one for it brings together a wide variety of health care professionals with many skills in a team-like atmosphere.” Also known as Oral surgeons, OMF surgeons treat a wide variety of diseases, injuries and defects in the neck, face, jaws and other soft tissues of the head. All OMF surgeons hold a degree in dentistry and complete at least four years of a surgical hospital residency, with some obtaining a medical degree. In addition to treating jaw and facial traumas, many of which result from motor vehicle, boating and hunting accidents, OMF surgeons also extract wisdom teeth, remove tumors and perform dental implants. Initially Drs. Goldwasser and Austin will be treating facial trauma victims only, with future plans of developing an outpatient component to their practice as well as participating in an OMF surgical residency training program. "For patients needing emergency care for injuries to the face, head or neck, they no longer have to make the three-hour trip to another hospital when they can get excellent care right here," Gresham said. "We are fortunate to have these two excellent surgeons in our community."To find a physician at New Hanover Regional Medical Center who specializes in a service you require, please call VitaLine at 815.5155 or log on to www.nhhn.org and click on “Find A Doctor.”