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Dr. Thomas Schlieve D.D.S., M.D. is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with advanced fellowship training in Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery. His clinical practice focuses on the surgical treatment of diseases of the head and neck including oral and tongue cancers, benign and malignant jaw tumors such as ameloblastoma or osteosarcoma, salivary gland tumors, and osteonecrosis of the jaw. Dr. Schlieve was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and obtained his undergraduate education with the University of Wisconsin, completing a B.S. in biology. Following his undergraduate studies, he was educated in both dentistry (at Marquette University) and medicine (at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport School of Medicine). Dr. Schlieve completed a four year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and internship in General Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center before continuing his training in an accredited Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery Fellowship program at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and Cancer Institute. A diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dr. Schlieve has lectured both nationally and internationally. He has authored multiple scientific articles and text book chapters in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and participates in community-wide outreach efforts to raise awareness of oral cancer. Dr. Schlieve is affiliated with the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in North Texas (NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are among the most advanced in the world) as well as the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Children's Medical Center.
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We believe in patient centered care and are committed to a holistic approach to patient treatment. We do not simply treat the disease, we treat the person affected by the disease. It involves treating the fear, confusion, anguish, and anger that may accompany a diagnosis. We believe that treatments must be delivered with understanding, kindness, compassion, and care. In addition, we believe that patient education is a big part of your treatment plan. It is our job to educate you on the specifics of your diagnosis, all treatment options, timeline, and expected outcomes. In many cases, we may need to move forward with treatment quickly and tough decisions need to be made. With your newly acquired knowledge, we will discuss your care plan and listen to your concerns while answering all of your questions. We are here to support you, educate you, guide you, and heal you.
We are committed to providing safe, quality, cutting-edge care to each of our patients. It is impossible to deliver this high-level of care without spending a significant amount of time with our patients and their families. Therefore, we are committed to giving every patient the time needed to answer questions, address concerns, and facilitate care. We will consult with international experts in pathology, dentistry, radiology, oncology, and plastic surgery to determine the optimum treatment approach.