Michael L. Ellis, D.D.S.

Meet Dr. Ellis

Dr. Michael Ellis is a well-respected, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon offering specialized care to patients throughout the DFW area of Texas. He is among a select few practitioners in the United States dual-trained in the dental specialties of oral and maxillofacial surgery and prosthodontics. Recognized internationally for his extensive, multidisciplinary knowledge and experience, Dr. Ellis has provided healthcare and education around the globe and is one of the foremost experts on addressing tooth loss secondary to congenital defects, facial trauma, or aging. As a gifted, accomplished, and skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon, his experience and reputation in the field are unparalleled, making him a highly revered practitioner uniquely qualified to address a wide range of treatment needs.

Education and Service

As a native of Dallas, TX, Dr. Ellis attended Dallas Public Schools and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. He completed his formal studies at Baylor College of Dentistry where he earned his doctorate in dental surgery, a certificate in prosthodontics, and a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has held numerous professional appointments as an attending surgeon, associate professor, director and chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and as a colonel in the United States Army Reserve. Dr. Ellis has served on the Baylor University Medical Center staff and has lectured, presented, and authored publications on topics, ranging from sedation and anesthesia to bone regeneration, implant dentistry, and facial aesthetic surgery. He is a former board examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and served as the examination content authority for implant dentistry.

Experience and Expertise

Over a dynamic career spanning decades, Dr. Ellis has amassed a vast body of knowledge and experience that appoints him as a leading expert on oral and maxillofacial surgery. He successfully served as the Residency Program Director for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Texas A&M College of Dentistry and as the Residency Program Director and Chief of Service in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center. Along with these distinct appointments, Dr. Ellis served for three years as the chair of the Committee on Anesthesia for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and participated in the creation of a national training model for the management of simulated anesthesia emergencies.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Ellis's primary areas of interest include multidisciplinary treatment planning for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the teeth and jaws with dental implants and the comfortable surgical removal of complex tooth impaction with appropriate and safe levels of anesthesia and anxiety reduction. His main areas of research interest lie within bone growth processes to enhance and facilitate the rapid orthodontic movement of teeth, as well as identifying factors related to implant surgical success. Dr. Ellis lectures nationally on opioid abuse and was appointed as an inaugural member of the Texas A&M Opioid Task Force. As a dedicated advocate, he facilitated numerous community events around the state, including the training of healthcare practitioners in the emergency administration of Narcan for the treatment of suspected opioid overdose.

Certifications and Affiliations

Dr. Ellis has been certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for over two decades. In an effort to continually bring the highest standard of care to his patients, he maintains active memberships in a number of distinguished professional and scholarly societies:

  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Diplomate
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American College of Prosthodontists
  • American College of Dentists
  • International College of Dentists
  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association
  • Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • North Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Southwest Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Dallas County Dental Society
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon

Recent Publications

A leading authority in oral and maxillofacial surgical medicine, Dr. Ellis has authored a wide range of professional publications. Some of his most recent works include:


Refereed Papers

Vu D, Ellis M, Vandergriff T, Naidu A. Scalp mass in a 66-year-old female.

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology. 2017 Jun;126(6) 627-633.


Havard D, Cheng YL, Ellis ML. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Case of the

Month. Tex Dent J; 2012;1212-13,1226-27.


Spencer AC, Campbell PM, Dechow PC, Ellis ML, Buschang PH. How does the

rate of dentoalveolar distraction affect the bone regenerate produced? Am J Orthod

Dentofacial Orthop; 2011;140:e211-e221.


Moore M, Campbell PM, Dechow PC, Ellis ML, Buschang PH. Effects of latency

on the quality and quantity of bone produced by dentoalveolar distraction osteogenesis.

Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2011;140:470-478.



Review Articles

Ellis ML. Longitudinal clinical effectiveness of osseointegrated dental implants:

the Toronto study. Dental Study Club Journal of Continuing Education 1992;1(4):





Ripperger D, Ellis ML. Resident-Placed Implants Show Increased Survival Rates Compared to Faculty. American Association of Dental Research Poster Competition.

AADR, Fort Lauderdale, Florida March 22, 2018.


Haddad JI, Almony JS, Ellis ML, Hanson LJ. Osteochondroma of the mandibular

condyle presenting as temporomandibular joint dysfunction: a case report. General

Dentistry 2002; 50(2):2000.


Ellis ML*, Harper RP, Schneiderman ED. Condylar stability in centric relation

occlusion after orthognathic surgery. J Dent Res1996;75(SI):47, Abstr. No. 234.



Book Chapters

Ellis ML. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disease. In: Office Anesthesia

Evaluation Manual, AAOMS 8th Edition, 2012, Part III Ch.1;13-20.


Ellis ML, Schow SR, Triplett RG. Oral surgery. In: Urgent Care in the Dental

Office. An Essential Handbook. Terezhalmy GT and Batizy LG, eds. Ch. 10.


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