Meet Dr. Harris

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Richmond VA

 Best of Virgina 2021 Badge
 Top Dentist - Virginia 2020
 Virginia Top Doctor 2019
 Virginia Living Top Doctor 2018 Badge
 Best Bedside Manner Award - 2017
Dr. Harris

Monroe E. Harris, Jr., D.M.D. was born and raised in Louisville, KY.  

He enrolled and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry at the top of his class with numerous awards and recognitions including:

  • Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
  • the American Association of Oral
  • and Maxillofacial Surgery Award and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society.

In 1988, after completing an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Dr. Harris went into practice with Doctors Niamtu, Alexander and Keeney in Richmond, VA.

Dr. Harris earned his board certification in 1990. Over the past 29 years, the practice, now known as Virginia Oral &  Facial Surgery has grown into a ten doctor, six office practice where Dr. Harris works out of the Monument office in Richmond.


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Doctor Harris loves the profession and tries to give back whenever possible. He frequently provides volunteer care and free oral surgery to patients in:

  • Richmond at the Crossover Clinic
  • the Fan Free Clinic
  • Donated Dental Services of Virginia
  • and Missions of Mercy

His professional service includes being the past president of the Old Dominion Dental Society and the Virginia Board of Dentistry. He is also an examiner for the Southern Regional Testing Agency.

Over the years, Dr. Harris has mentored several students who eventually became dentists and oral surgeons.

Dr. Harris is very grateful for the support of his community and tries to reciprocate often.

He typically coordinates the Armstrong High school Young Men of Distinction Mentoring Program. Additionally, he is the Vice President of the Board of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and is the President of the Board of the Virginia Repertory Theatre.

He is also a board member of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia and the American Civil War Museum.

Aside from oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Harris is passionate about sports, music, education and the arts. He has a vast collection of African and African American art which can be seen around his office.

Dr. Harris and family

Dr. Harris has been married to Dr. Jill Bussey Harris for 31 years. They have a son, Monroe III and a daughter, Madison.

AWARDS

Dr. Harris has been named one of Richmond Times Dispatch’s 2018 People of the Year for his work on the board of the VMFA! 

 Dr. Harris accepting Award
 Dr. Harris accepting Award

He also has been voted Maxillofacial Surgeon With Best Bedside Manner in Our Health Magazine.

Dr. Monroe Harris Honorable Mention

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Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 74 reviews.

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Dr. Omar Watson is a doctor who goes above and beyond! He is the most thorough, caring, professional and knowledgeable doctor that my husband and I have ever had the good fortune of going to. My husband had a root canal in December and in February it became infected to the point that it could have been life threatening very quickly. The tooth needed to be extracted asap. It was 4:00 in the afternoon and the Endodontist who had done the root canal needed us to go and have it extracted immediately, not his job. First they called our dentist, who was located just across the street, and they could not fit us in for 2 days. We have gone to them frequently for years, waiting was not an option. Unacceptable. The Endodontist had 2 of his office workers making calls to quite a few Oral Surgeons to try and get us in immediately. Watson was the only one who was willing to see my husband, knowing the severity of the situation. He knew that this would go beyond his closing time but he would take on this challenge. After all, he was a good 25 minutes from the Endodontist and it was already 4:10. By his side, Alexis, was willing to stay and assist. Wow, two people so dedicated to help someone in dire need was truly a blessing. Once we got there, they started setting up for surgery. IV being prepared for antibiotics for infection... He was so reassuring and competent, I quickly realized that we were in good hands. Check out his bio, very impressive. As we discussed the procedure, he learned that my husband had radiation on that side of his mouth years ago. Because of that the amount and strength of the radiation was a big concern. We could provide little information about the radiation dosage as it was years ago. He explained that he could extract the tooth, give him antibiotics...but this would be risky since his x-rays showed quite a bit of bone loss in the last 2 months. He was so honest explaining how going to VCU where my husband had received his radiation and they knew the history of his radiation was the best option. It was too late in the day for Dr. Watson to obtain this information from VCU and time was working against us. He said that at VCU it could be a turn key operation and explained some treatment that VCU could provide in order to address the bone loss. OMG, he was so right. He was not trying to move us on, believe me. It was because of this true concern and understanding of the danger my husband was in that he recommended VCU. Dr. Watson did stay beyond his normal hours (6:00) did not hurry us and was so through. We went to VCU ER, my husband was admitted to the hospital to get his infection under control. He had to stay overnight. It was pretty serious. The next morning VCU arranged for us to go to their dental clinic where they extracted the tooth. By the way, before leaving his office, Dr. Watson called VCU to talk to someone there to help facilitate our arrival and treatment making it a quicker and smoother process. He even wrote a note explaining his observations and recommendations for the receiving doctor. His connections really helped. God bless him. While there, the next day, he called to check on us. Additionally, he spoke with the VCU team working with us to discuss our treatment. This is a true DOCTOR who is in the right occupation! His concern for our understanding, ability to communicate with us, compassion for his patients, passion for his job are to be commended, His fabulous staff, especially Alexis, is a reflection of his desire to offer his patients only the best and most caring care. Dr. Watson is truly a stellar doctor. I highly recommend him. I only wish that he was a primary care doctor as well as I am always looking for a good one:) DR. WATSON IS A TRUE GODSEND!

- John H

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Today I had two extractions performed by Dr. Gardner. He did an excellent job from start to finish. When I had my consultation last week he was very caring and took the time to talk with me about the extractions and my health issues(Cancer) with pre and post care. Today I experienced his wonderful bedside manners. Told me what was happening and asked how I was doing during the procedure. His staff both front desk and surgical assistants were very kind and professional. Great experience all around. Would recommend Dr. Gardner to family and friends

- Jackie G

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Dr. Phelps went above and beyond his duty. Great beside manner . I had Three Extractions without any pain or adverse reactions or complications. Great with IV's as well. I would Highly recommend him to all . I would Give 10 stars if I could . Thanks Dr. Phelps for a job well done...

- Arlene H

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Dr.Dymon I really loved his bed side manor .he was so reassuring and he knew I was nervous.he took the lead and made me feel better.thx to him and his team.I have made new friends.love you guys and thank you for working me in.truly a blessing.your the best..100%.

- Dorine Y

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DR. HERRERA MADE SURE THAT I WAS NOT EXPERIENCING ANY PAIN FROM START TO FINISH. HE DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB COMPLETING A VERY DIFFICULT EXTRACTION THAT COULD NOT BE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED BY MY DENTIST. TOTALLY PROFESSIONAL, POLITE AND CONCERNED.

- STEVEN E

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Dr. Wlodawsky performed a planned sliding genioplasty and has literally changed my life. I'm no longer living in the area and I know that the surrounding Richmond area has a great reputation for medical/dental care, therefore I made the decision to reach out. I couldn't be happier with the result! Dr. Wlodawsky spent time with me and answered all of my questions. He just didn't meet my expectations, he exceeded them! The office staff was and continues to be super friendly and attentive. Everyone who was involved with my procedure was courteous and superiorly professional. Thank you Dr. Wlodawsky for making a dream come true.

- Kevin R

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Dr Keeney and his staff are A++ in my book. I wouldn't go anywhere else for oral surgery needs. I would highly recommend to anyone!

- Andrea G

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