Dr. Joseph Niamtu, III: Restoring Facial Perfection

By Michelle Alford on November 29, 2010 in Heroes
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h18Joseph Niamtu, III DMD, has been practicing surgery for twenty-seven years. He is the founder, president, and medical director of one of the largest oral and maxillofacial surgery practices on the East Coast. In addition, he is currently an assistant professor in theDepartment of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Niamtu developed and operates the Niamtu Imaging System, a computerized imaging system used by plastic surgeons around the world. In 2010, Dr. Niamtu was elected as Richmond Magazine’s “Best Plastic Surgeon to Take You Back 20 Years.”

Dr. Niamtu decided that he wanted to become a doctor in high school. He was interested in science and medicine, and had the opportunity to shadow a maxillofacial surgeon. “I watched them repair a complex facial fracture,” recalls Dr. Niamtu. “They took a destroyed face and put it back together. I knew that day that that is what I wanted to do for a living.”

In addition to this experience, Dr. Niamtu chose to focus on facial surgery because of the face’s importance and complexity. He explains, “The face is unique from any other body part as it is always visible and there is little room for error. It also conveys more emotion than any other body part and is integral to our senses, communication, nutrition, breathing, courtship, and vanity.”

Dr. Niamtu spent the first part of his career working with congenital and traumatic facial injury, restoring form and function. In 2004, he limited his practice to cosmetic facial surgery only. “It’s all I do, and I love it! I am one of those lucky people that love going to work. On Sunday evening, I am excited about Monday morning!”

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