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Dr. Warburton Named ''Super Doctor''

Written by Adam Zewe

Assistant Professor Gary Warburton, DDS, MD, FACS, has been honored with membership into an elite group of the region's finest doctors. Dr. Warburton has been named in the Super Doctors 2013 Washington, D.C.-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars list, published in The Washington Post Magazine on April 28, 2013. This list includes less than 2.5 percent of the area's physicians.

Dr. Warburton joined the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) in 2001. A native of Manchester, in the United Kingdom, Dr. Warburton completed his medical and dental training in his home country before visiting the University of Maryland and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for two months. He enjoyed the experience so much that he decided to move his life across the Atlantic Ocean and continue his career in oral and maxillofacial surgery in the United States.

In the operating room, he focuses primarily on temporomandibular joint surgeries, as well as facial trauma, facial cosmetic, orthognathic and dental implant surgeries. Dr. Warburton also serves as director of the OMS residency program. He believes maxillofacial surgery is unique because of the challenging and intimate nature of facial surgery. "Operating on the face is truly operating on the person. I have to think about form and function, then restore things in the most inconspicuous and esthetic way possible," he remarks.

As chief of maxillofacial trauma surgery at Sinai Hospital, Dr. Warburton faces the additional challenge of performing meticulous surgical procedures at any time of day or night. While it is extremely challenging, trauma surgery can also be very rewarding. Dr. Warburton recalls one patient, a young man who was a student visiting the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, who was hit by a taxi cab while riding his bicycle to the grocery store in Ocean City. The patient needed extensive facial surgery, but after multiple surgeries over several weeks, he had exhausted his medical insurance coverage. After receiving authorization from the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Warburton performed an orbital implant, a rib graft, a Le Fort 1 osteotomy and a rhinoplasty at no charge. The grateful patient presented him with a plaque that says: "You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give." Dr. Warburton strives to live by those words. Click here to read the patient's story.

While he enjoys the satisfaction he feels from helping patients, Dr. Warburton also takes great interest in new surgical technologies. He and his colleagues use computers to plan procedures, make models, fabricate precise implants and even conduct virtual planning of entire surgeries. Three-dimensional, image-guided surgery allows surgeons to perform delicate procedures with even higher levels of precision. "I am looking forward to seeing how the continuing advances in technology are going to play into what we do on a day to day basis. I can't even imagine where we are going to be 10 years from now," states Dr. Warburton.

When he's not in the operating room, Dr. Warburton, who lives in Howard County, can be found spending family time with his wife, Pam, and 9-year-old son, Adam.

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