Thomas Schlieve, D.D.S., M.D.

Thomas Schlieve, D.D.S., M.D.

  • Surgery - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Jaw Tumors and Cysts


Thomas Schlieve, D.D.S., M.D., FACS, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is also Director of the residency training program and the Medical Director for oral and maxillofacial surgery at Parkland Hospital. He specializes in the surgical treatment of diseases of the oral cavity, head, and neck.

Dr. Schlieve holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his dental surgery degree at Marquette University and his medical degree at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport School of Medicine. He then completed both a four-year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery and an internship in general surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center before continuing his training through an oral/head and neck oncologic surgery fellowship program at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and Cancer Institute.

Board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Schlieve joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016.

His clinical practice focuses on the surgical treatment of diseases of the oral cavity, head, and neck, including oral and tongue cancers; benign and malignant jaw tumors, such as ameloblastoma or osteosarcoma; salivary gland tumors; and a jaw bone disease known as osteonecrosis.

Dr. Schlieve is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Fellow of both the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He has lectured nationally and internationally and authored multiple scientific articles and textbook chapters in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He participates in community outreach efforts to raise awareness of oral cancer, teaches future surgeons, and leads continuing education courses for practicing physicians.

In his research, Dr. Schlieve studies the same diseases he treats in the operating room. His current research is focused on diseases of the oral cavity, including jaw osteonecrosis and oral cancer.

Personal Note

Dr. Schlieve was born and raised in Milwaukee. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, dining at many of Dallas’ great restaurants, and watching his favorite Texas and Dallas sports teams. He regularly participates in charity events for the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Meet Dr. Schlieve

Dr. Schlieve believes in patient centered care and is 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 should 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 and listen to your concerns while answering all of your questions. We are here to support you, educate you, and care for 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.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville (2015-2016), Maxillofacial Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Residency - University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (2014-2015), General Surgery
  • Medical School - Louisiana State University School of Medicine (2012-2014), Medicine
  • Residency - University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (2008-2012), Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Dental School - Marquette University School of Dentistry (2004-2008), General Dentistry
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons (2018)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery March (2014)
Honors & Awards
  • Faculty Educator Development Award 2019-2020, National Recognition for Promising Faculty in Education (AAOMS)
  • D Magazine Best Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon 2019
  • DFW Child Mom-Approved Doctor, 2019, 2021, Recognition as a Top Pediatric Oral Surgeon in DFW
Books & Publications
  • Osteoradionecrosis of the jaws
  • Oral and Head and Neck Pathology
  • Medication related osteonecrosis of the jaws
  • Improving access to care

Clinical Focus

  • Osteonecrosis
  • Jaw Tumors and Cysts

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