Meet Dr. Harris
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Richmond VA
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.
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 Reperatory 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 has been married to Dr. Jill Bussey Harris for 31 years. They have a son, Monroe III and a daughter, Madison.
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 has been named “Top Doctor” for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Virginia Living magazine three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019).
Dr. Harris Video Testimonials
Recent Patient Testimonials
Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery
I can't say enough about Dr. Omar Watson. I would refer everyone to him; I had to have extensive work done, He was experienced, knowledgeable and pleasant from start to finish, The entire staff was friendly and informative, So glad I did my research and found Dr. Omar Watson for my oral dental needs.
- lisa k
I originally came to Dr Wheeler for ear lobe repair. He did such a fantastic job that when my dentist told me I needed a wisdom tooth removed I decided to go back to him. During a follow up appointment for my ears I mentioned my upcoming consult for my tooth and he mentioned he hated wasting a patient’s time and he’d look right then. As a mom of 4, one being a needy 2 month old, this was so very appreciated. I explained I was apprehensive and nervous about x rays because dentists have always been very hard on me and I’m prone to cavities. Dr Wheeler immediately made me feel comfortable and said there was absolutely nothing to worry about and went over my x rays with me. I was able to schedule my extraction for the day I was originally going to have my consult. The day of the extraction I was terrified. After being numbed he said I’d feel some pressure and within what felt like 20 seconds he said it was out. I was stunned. I experienced no pain, it was faster than any dental procedure I’ve ever had, and everyone made me feel so comfortable. I can’t recommend this place enough. I have never had such a positive dental experience and I’ve had numerous people tell me that they have also had incredibly positive experiences here. Dr Wheeler is considerate, efficient, and he listens to any questions or concerns you have. His nurse is also incredibly friendly and immediately puts you at ease. Thank for making this procedure the easiest one I’ve ever had.
- Meredith M
Dr. Herrera did tori removal surgery for me in January and he was amazing! His entire staff was friendly and made me feel so comfortable. From the front desk staff to the billing coordinator every single person I interacted with was helpful. Post surgery Dr. Herrera responded immediately to any questions I had, and made me feel like a friend instead of just another patient. My husband needs to have his wisdom teeth removed and we will definitely be going to Dr. Herrera!
- Kristianne W
Dr. Wlodawsky showed compassion and immediately asked about my pain; it was my first visit and was treated with family-like care. I will definitely refer to friends and others
- Gladys H
Doctor Herrara was awesome with my child and his assistant as well! Friendly and assured my son was well taken care of thank you all!
I had another dentist fail at extracting my root after the crown broke. They scheduled me to go to Dr Phelps the same day. I had never meet anyone at the practice before, but I’m glad I have now. Dr Phelps and the staff went above and beyond to help me, and successfully, painlessly, removes my root and pain. Thank you Dr Phelps and your team!
- Daniel H
I would highly recommend Dr. Wheeler for any procedure. He is easy to talk to and explains everything so completely. I knew exactly what to expect with my procedures. I had little to no pain after two extractions and a bone graft! His staff is amazing which added to an already excellent experience.
- Susan P