David E. Williams, BA, DDS
David E. Williams, BA, DDS

David E. Williams, BA, DDS

Associate Professor
Endowed Chair, The Dr Philip Maschka Chair for Ethics in Dentistry
School of Dentistry


  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Academic Appointments


  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Both didactic and clinical teaching activity
  • Since hiring on at Creighton, I have taught and been Course Director of every didactic and clinical course taught by Oral Surgery and taught 6 of 7 clinical sessions per week since arriving.


David E. Williams, DDS
Associate Professor
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Creighton University School of Dentistry
Received DDS from Northwestern University School of Dentistry 1979 – AF sponsored HPSP
Oral surgery residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX  1989
My association with Creighton University began in August 2004 after completing a 35+ year career with the United States Air Force (USAF). My USAF experience ranged from  pilot to general dentist to oral & maxillofacial surgeon.  Presently, I bring 32 years of experience in oral surgery to Creighton University School of Dentistry, including teaching 9 years in American Dental Association (ADA) accredited Advanced Education for General Dentists (AEGD) programs in the Air Force. AEGD programs provide advanced training to recently graduated dentists in all the clinical specialties.
I joined Creighton’s  Dept of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in August 2004. 
Acting Chair 10/2004 – 3/2005
Interim Chair 2/2006 – 6/2014
Holder of the Dr Philip Maschka Chair for Ethics in Dentistry, July 2015 - present
Continuing active community service with OneWorld Clinic (at Creighton), Project Homeless and Exploring Program in Dentistry.
One of several community volunteers presented with Milagro Awards by the OneWorld Community HealthCenter, Omaha, NE in November 2012.

Publications and Presentations


  • D Roselyn Cerutis, Karmel V Headen, Afolabi O Ogunleye, David E Williams
    International Journal of Experimental Dental Science.  A High-resolution Immunohistochemical Method for studying Receptor Expression on the Periodontal Ligament of Whole-mount Human Roots, July - Dec 2016;, 5(2):99-103, 2016


  • Lysophosphatidic Acid Regulates the Vitamin D Receptor and it Metabolism-Related Genes in Human Gingival Fibroblasts.   D Roselyn Cerutis, Michael D Weston, Martha E. Nunn, David E. Williams, Afolabi O. Ogunleye and Takanari Miyamoto.  Abstract Biology, Abstract submitted, Feb 2018, Abstract Biology, 2018
  • M.E. Nunn1*, M.D. Fish2†, R.I. Garcia2,3,E.K. Kaye2, R. Figueroa4‡, A. Gohel5, M. Ito6, Hyo-Jung Lee7, D.E. Williams8, and T. Miyamoto1. Retained Asymptomatic Third Molars and Risk for Second Molar Pathology. J Dent Res DOI:, J Dent Educ, 92:12, 1095-1099, 2013
  • Lysophosphatidic acid regulates a novel gene, GPR68, revelant to periodontal disease and oral wound healing. Cerutis DR, Weston MW, Ogunleye,Williams D, Wang Q, Miyamoto T, McVaney TP, Olmo R and Parrish LC. Proceedings of NMRI 10th Annual Workshop, NIH/NIDDK. Referee Y, April 19-20, 2012, Bethesda, MD. Published., NMR, 2012
  • Williams, D, Kelsey WP, Kimmes NS, Ault III JT and Barkmeier WW   Practice Patterns and Satisfaction with Dental School Preparation. Journal of Dentat Research 87(B): Abstract Number 1163, July 2008, Journal of Dental Research, 2008


  • William P. Kelseu III, Nicole S Kimmes, David E Williams, Afolabi O Ogunleye, James T Ault, Wayne W Barkmeier.  Gender-Based Differences in Satisfaction with Academic Preparation and Practice Experiences, Journal of Dental Education, vol 73,number 4 April 2009, 2009


  • Medical Emergencies in the Dental Setting, 2012
  • Medical Emergencies in the Dental Setting, 2012
  • Fascial Space Infections, 2011
  • Fascial Space Infections, 2011
  • Maxillofacial Infections, 2010

Research and Scholarship

Current Research Projects

  • Oral Surgery education at Creighton University School of Dentistry - A pre-doctoral retrospeive study to assess dental student's clinical oral surgery experience

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Department - Senior Award, Sr Class 2014, 2014
  • Outstanding Department - Senior Award, Sr Class 2015, 2015
  • Milagro Awards, OneWorld Community HealthCenter, 2012
  • Dr. Philip Maschka Chair for Ethics in Dentistry, Creighton University School of Dentistry, 2015
  • Outstanding Department - Senior Award, Sr Class 2016, 2016
  • Outstanding Department Sr Award 2017, Sr Class 2017, 2017
  • Dedication to the Instruction of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Sr Class 2007, 2007
  • Consultant to Pacific Air Command Surgeon General for Oral Surgery, 1992
  • Consultant to USAF Europe Command Surgeon General, 1995
  • Consultant visits and continuing education lectures in Maxillofacial Trauma and Maxillofacial Infections, 1989
  • , 2018
  • Outstanding Department Sr Award 2018, Senior Class 2018, 2017
  • Outstanding Department Senior Award, Senior Class 2019, 2019