About Dr. Bender
Dr. Bender is Board Certified by both the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Following dental school, Dr Bender joined the U.S. Air Force and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton Virginia.
He practiced general dentistry for four years at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico prior to pursuing his postgraduate residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base California. This military based program has a strong emphasis in dental implant treatment and cosmetic facial surgery.
Advanced Training & Teaching Experience
Dr. Bender later pursued further education in facial cosmetic surgery in a civilian fellowship program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Dentistry and Medicine. During this time, he was also responsible for staffing residents at Kansas City’s only Level One Trauma Center. Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr Bender was asked to return to David Grant Medical Center to be an instructor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Deployment & Service to Our Military
In Jan 2005, Dr. (Lt. Colonel) Bender was deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq for four months, where he utilized his expertise in facial trauma and reconstructive surgery to provide care for wounded American and coalition forces.
Dr Bender is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He is also an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) instructor.