Dr. David E. Frost is a private practicing Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. He has been in the same group practice for 32 years. He holds a Clinical Academic appointment in the Departments of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Dentistry.
Dr. Frost graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in 1971 (Distinguished Military Graduate), from Baylor College of Dentistry with a DDS in 1974, and from the University of North Carolina with an MS in 1980. Clinical graduate training included a General Practice Residency, Chanute AFB, Il (1975-76; selected Outstanding Resident); Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital and UNC (1977 – 1980); a Research Fellowship at UNC (1980 – 81) and Honorary Senior Registrar, Canniesburn Hospital Scotland, (1980).
Dr. Frost’s research background stems from his residency and fellowship. Under direction of Drs. Fonseca and Gregg he did basic research in bone grafting and healing (allogeneic) and nerve repair. Following residency he did basic and clinical research in grafting and rigid internal fixation. He served on AAOMS Section on Research (Chair 1988-1990); committee on research (1988-1990) and OMSF research committee (1990 – 2002) and chaired the OMSF research awards committee from 1995 to 2002. He mentored research in resident education at UNC and Wilford Hall Medical Center with 5 residents earning their Masters under his direction and they earned 4 research awards from AAOMS for resident research.
Dr. Frost is active in numerous professional organizations. He was an examiner and section chair for the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) from 1990-1995. He was elected by his peers to be a Director of the Certifying Board in 1996 and served as Director, and all of the offices completing his service as President of the ABOMS in 2002. He currently is an Examiner for the International Board for Certification of Specialists in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was the Special Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (2002 to 2012). Dr. Frost was President of the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (2012-2013). He is a member External Advisory & Development Council, College of Science, Texas A & M University.
Dr. Frost served as Director and Chair of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation and served on numerous committees for the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and the International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He has published 29 peer reviewed scientific articles, contributed to 18 textbooks and authored/edited 4 surgical textbooks, presented over 30 abstracts at National and International meetings.