A: Dr Ghobadi is a Board Certified Oral Surgeon. This means that he graduated from an accredited dental school and completed an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program approved by the American Dental Association Commission in Dental Accreditation. This requires thirteen years of post-high school education and training. The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is recognized by the American Dental Association as the specialty board for oral and maxillofacial surgery. The board is responsible for reviewing all applicants for board certification, as well as administering the examination involved in the certification process. One must pass both a thorough written qualifying examination and a rigorous oral certifying examination to become board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Diplomates are encouraged to maintain current competence by ongoing continuing education.