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
Dr. Omar Watson recently extracted some of my wisdom teeth. He is an excellent oral surgeon, as well as very thoughtful and kind. The staff and team of medical assistants are wonderful as well. Everybody there is just welcoming and make you feel at ease. When I went for my initial consultation with Dr. Watson, he thoroughly explained the procedure and what to expect during and after the extraction. My recovery time was minimal and I did not experience much pain at all in the days after the procedure was done. The post op instructions clearly explained about after care. Within just a couple of days I was feeling great, and was even able to give an oral presentation (virtually) for one of my college courses. I am stilling following the post-op instructions of keeping my mouth clean, and feel that I am healing well. I really do appreciate how Dr. Watson himself and one of his assistants contacted me to see how I was doing after the procedure. It’s those personal touches that really show how much they care. I would definitely recommend this practice to family and friends.
- Aqwia H
Just today I had to see Dr. Dymon for a procedure. My first visit with him at this practice was last year. Let me say this Dr. Dymon and his staff are absolutely superb. Everything is explained very well. They take their time with you ensuring you are fully aware of what is going on. The doctor and the staff at the Short Pump location makes you feel like part of the family. Dr. Dymon is a genius. He was very honest with me and doesn’t try to talk you into procedures that aren’t necessary and possibly expensive. I love Dr. Dymon and his staff. Yes, will continue to use this doctor and this practice!!!!!
- Maggie R
Dr Wheeler is the BEST oral surgeon. There aren’t enough words to describe how pleased I am. Dr Wheeler is patient, caring, thorough and explains everything that he is doing before, during and after every procedure.
- Patricia S
Dr. Wheeler and the staff were all great!
- Linda A
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