Dr. Halusic has been in practice for over 30 years and is board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The current focus of his practice is dental implant surgery and oral surgery. Dr. Halusic has been advancing dental implant surgical care for his patients on a consistent basis. He was one of the first oral surgeons to have a CT scan in the office as he realized early on in 2007 that 3-dimensional imaging is a prerequisite in providing quality treatment to the dental implant patient. Due to his understanding of the value of CT imaging, Dr. Halusic quickly adopted 3-dimensional guided implant surgery in his practice. He has placed well over 3000 implants using CT guidance. (Please click here for an article on page 5 about Dr. Halusic and CT guided implant surgery)
Always searching for better care for his patients, Dr. Halusic has the distinction of being the first surgeon in the world to perform All-on-4® reconstructive surgery using a guided technique known as “Chrome”. This technique shaves hours off the surgical time and most patients can leave his office with their new smile in 4 hours.
The reason so many people see Dr. Halusic for dental implant and oral surgery is due to his in-depth training in all aspects of surgery of the face and mouth. Dr. Halusic has had extensive training in dentistry and medicine through his four-year surgical based residency program following dental school. Most patients do not understand the difference between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and other less qualified practitioners who choose to perform dental implant surgery. As a patient, you deserve a surgeon that has comprehensive training involving all areas of the facial region and understands and has worked within the complex anatomy of the face and mouth. If you would like to review Dr. Halusic’s training, please scroll down to see his Curriculum Vitae.
Dr. Halusic’s emphasis on dental implants and oral surgery has been derived from an illustrious career including all components of oral and maxillofacial surgery including reconstructive jaw surgery, cosmetic facial surgery, TMJ surgery, trauma surgery, and oral surgery including wisdom teeth and other types of oral surgery. As his practice has developed over the years, his main focus is now dental implant surgery and oral surgery. One caveat that should be highlighted is his role as a clinical investigator in a study of a protein to grow bone in preparation for placement of dental implants. Dr. Halusic’s patients had a 100 percent success rate in the study and the study was published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Through Dr. Halusic’s efforts and those of the other nineteen investigators, the protein is now FDA approved for use in bone grafting for dental implants.
Dr. Halusic believes that one must continually strive to be the best in their chosen field, and this requires a commitment to continuing education. He subscribes to the old adage that a good doctor never stops being a good student. Dr. Halusic is founder of The Study Club, a professional organization that has brought world class continuing education seminars to the dentists of Western Pennsylvania.
Dr. Halusic is double board certified. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Halusic performs most of his surgeries in an office setting where he takes pride in providing first class facilities for his patients. He demands compassion and excellence in himself and in his team, and treats people as he would like to be treated.
Training and Education
Surgical Residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery, 1981-1984. Included surgical training in all areas of the head and neck. Surgical Support of Life Flight trauma team. Included training in general trauma, neurosurgery, internal medicine, and plastic surgery
Cosmetic Facial Surgery Training. Institute of Facial Surgery. Bismarck, North Dakota. Training over a 2 year period in 1990 -91 which led to being hospital credentialed in all types of cosmetic facial surgery
Anesthesia Residency, 1980-1981. Montefiore Hospital. Pittsburgh, Pa. Training in all types of general anesthesia including complex head and neck, orthopedic, general surgical and vascular cases
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, 1976-1980. Doctorate of Dental Medicine
Westminster College, 1971-1975. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Clinical Investigator: Dr. Halusic participated in an FDA Phase III clinical study involving sinus grafting for dental implants. This was published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, September 2009. [“Pivotal, Randomized, Parallel Evaluation of Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenic Protein-2/Absorbable Collagen Sponge and Autogenous Bone Graft for Maxillary Sinus Floor Augmentation”]
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, 1979. First Place Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Student Table Clinics. National Commendation Award, American Dental Association.
Special Chemistry Lab, Wilmington Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware. 1974.
Licensure, Certification, and Professional Organizations
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Diplomate, National Dental Board of Anesthesiology
Member, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Past President (2016-2017) and Member, Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
President Elect and Director of Annual Educational Program (2015-2016), Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Treasurer (2013-2015), Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Member, Western Pennsylvania Society or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Member, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
Clinical Instructor, Department of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. 1996-2004
Chairman, Division of Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 1989-1993,1996-2003
Grievance Committee Member, Westmoreland County Health Network, Greensburg, Pa. 1997
Director, The Study Club, Greensburg, Pa. 1991-Present
Credentials Committee, Medical Staff, Highlands Hospital, Connellsville, Pennsylvania, 1989-1990
Director, Dental Board of Western Pennsylvania Society, 1989
President, Fayette County Dental Society, 1988
Director, Continuing Education, Fayette County Dental Society, 1987
Florida Dental Boards
North Dakota Dental Boards
Pennsylvania Dental Boards
Halusic, E. and Catone, G.A.: Chapter on: Cutaneous Facial Laser Resurfacing in Catone, G.A. and Alling, C.C. (eds.), Laser Applications in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, W. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1997
Catone, G.A. and Halusic, E.: Chapter on: Photobiology of Lasers in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Catone, G.A. and Alling, C.C. (eds.), Laser Applications in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1977
Speaking Engagements (Partial Listing)
Cone Beam 3D Imaging for Dental Implant Surgery, Benco Dental, Pittsburgh, Pa., November 18, 2009
Preserving and Creating Bone for Implant Placement: Alveolar Preservation Grafts, Sinus Lifts, and Block Bone Grafting. Implant Training Program, The Facial Surgery, September 25, 2009
Bisphosphonate Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws, The Study Club, February 20, 2009
CT Guided Dental Implant Placement. Presented to Area Dentists, September, October, November 2008
CT Guided Implant Surgery: The Future Is Here. The Study Club October 22, 2007
Immediate Loading of Dental Implants: Scientific Basis and My Experience. The Study Club, April 18, 2007
Creating Bone for Implant Placement: Block Bone Grafts and Sinus Lifts. The Study Club, March 16, 2005
The Sinus Lift. The Study Club, February 3, 1999
Hypertensive Agents and Local Anesthetics. The Study Club, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, March 4, 1998
Laser Resurfacing of the Face for Wrinkle Reduction. Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of Hadassoh, Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1997
Mirror, Mirror on The Wall (Laser Resurfacing). Health Place, Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, September 26, 1997
Facial Rejuvenation: Maximizing Aesthetics Through a Coordinated Team Approach. Three Rivers Dental Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 18, 1997
Laser Resurfacing: Turning Back the Clock. Health Place, Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, April 22, 1997
Lasers and Lines. Talbots, Westmoreland Mall, December 8, 1997
Treatment Planning Session: Dental Implants and Difficult Cases. The Study Club, February 24, 1997
Comprehensive Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Fayette County Dental Society, Uniontown, Pennsylvania,November, 1997
Laser Resurfacing to Regain Youth. Uniontown Rotary, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, December 5, 1997
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery): Evaluation and Surgical Technique. Resident and Attending Staff, Department of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 199, 1998, 1999, 2005
Laser Resurfacing: Evaluation and Technique. Resident and Attending Staff, Department of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005
Aesthetic Facial Surgery. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1996
Comprehensive Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Youngwood Rotary, Youngwood, Pennsylvania, March 4, 1996
Comprehensive Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Greensburg Rotary, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, October 1, 1996
Orthognathic Surgery (Corrective Jaw Surgery). Association of Operating Room Nurses, Westmoreland and Fayette Counties, 1987
Orthognathic Surgery (Corrective Jaw Surgery). C. Frick Hospital and Community Health Center, Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, 1986
Orthognathic Surgery (Corrective Jaw Surgery). Highlands Hospital, Connellsville, Pennsylvania, 1986
Endosseous Dental Implants. Fayette County Area Dentists, Shadyside Inn, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 1986
Mandibular Staple Implants: Surgical and Prosthetic Reconstruction Fayette County Area Dentists, Pleasant Valley Country Club, Connellsville, Pennsylvania, 1985