Surgeons/Owners: Dr. Kenneth Chow | Dr. Jason Choi | Dr. David Yang




Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Yang is the Provincial Practice Leader in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the BC Cancer Agency. He oversees oral surgical care for approximately 500 cancer patients yearly, many of whom present with unique oral issues associated with radiation, chemotherapy & tumor resection. He is involved in clinical research, and is a co-author for the Oral Care Manual for the Cancer Patient. He has a professional interest in jaw necrosis stemming from radiotherapy (ORN) or anti-resorptive medication such as bisphosphonates (MRONJ).

In the private office, Dr. Yang maintains a full-time practice with particular interest in complex implant reconstruction and bone grafting. He sees patients out of both the Richmond and Burnaby offices, as well as a general anesthetic facility in Vancouver.

Dr. Yang maintains an active role in education. He has been an invited speaker for PDC, VDDS, VicDDS, DSSBC & various local CE events; he also lectures internationally. He is co-founder and co-leader of the Vancouver Spear Study Club. He is an assistant clinical professor at UBC, and contributes to the teaching curriculum for the graduate prosthodontics, GPR and oral pathology residents.

Dental School:

University of Toronto

General Practice Residency:

Cornell Medical Center
Memorial-Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Oral Surgery Residency:

Cornell Medical Center

Hospital Privileges:

BC Cancer Agency – Admitting & Operating
Vancouver General Hospital – Associate
BC Children’s Hospital – Associate
Langley Memorial Hospital – Associate


2006 New York Institute of Clinical Oral Pathology Osteochondroma: Report of a intracapsular occurrence and discussion
2012 – 2013 Vancouver Broadway ITI Implant Study Club (with Dr. Pamela Barias) Implant Pretreatment Considerations
Implant Surgery
Single-Tooth Edentulism
Surgical Considerations for the Edentulous Implant
Pre-Treatment Prosthetic Considerations
Treatment Planning
2012 BC Cancer Agency: Annual Cancer Conference 2012 Current Concepts and Controversies in the Management of Jaw Necrosis Secondary to Cancer Therapy
2012 BC Cancer Agency (with Drs. Michele Williams & Allan Hovan) Oral Care Manual for the Cancer Patient, co-author
2013 PDG Study Club Oral Cancer: Treatment and Reconstruction
2013 VCCDAS Oral Surgery: What the CDA needs to know
2013 Vancouver & District Dental Society: Mid-Winter Meeting Osteoradionecrosis & Bisphosphonate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, key points for the general practitioner
2014 Provincial Head & Neck Retreat for Medical and Radiation Oncologists Implant reconstruction of the head & neck cancer patient
2014 Greater Vancouver Study Club Implant Therapy: Anatomically Limited… Restoratively Driven
2014 Burnaby & New Westminster CDA Society Oral Surgery for the CDA
2014 Dental Specialist Symposium (with Dr. Caroline Nguyen) Surgical and Prosthetic Management of the Cancer Patient
2014 Chinese Canadian Dental Society of BC Some Wisdom on Treatment and Management of All Types of Impacted Teeth
2014 Sunshine Coast Study Club Bone Grafting for the General Practitioner
2014 Greater Vancouver Study Club (with Dr. Jonathan Ng) Digital Dentistry… and Beyond
2015 VCCDAS Medical Emergencies
2015 VDDS: Oral Surgery Forums Dental Management of Cancer Patients for the Private Practitioner
2016 CDA Oasis (E-Presentation) Case Discussion: Laura, a cancer patient with jaw necrosis
2016 Victoria & District Dental Society Jaw Necrosis: What is relevant for the private practitioner?
2016 Pacific Dental Conference Cancer Patient Management & The Hesitant Dental Team
2016 BCDA New Concept Study Club Tough Cases: Oral Surgery & Medically Compromised Patients
2011 – present Vancouver General Hospital GPR Lecture Series Lecture 1: CT interpretation
Lecture 2: Jaw necrosis
2013 – present VGH Pathology Surgical techniques for the oral pathologist
2013 – present UBC Graduate Prosthodontics Lecture Series Lecture 1: Implant Complications
Lecture 2: CT-Guided Implant Surgery
Lecture 3: Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
Lecture 4: Implant Treatment Planning
Lecture 5: Pre-Prosthetic Bone Grafting
2014 – present UBC Faculty of Dentistry Dentoalveolar Procedures
Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy: Dental Management
2 to 4 Emergencies
Principles of Simple & Surgical Tooth Extraction
2014 – present The Best of Both Worlds – Mexico Implant Surgery & Simple Grafting: How they can help your practice grow
2016-17 Vancouver Spear Club (with Drs. Kirk Sutton & Charity Siu) Learning without Action is Entertainment
Luis – Comparison between Restoring Poorly Placed Implants and a Carefully Planned and Well Placed Implant
MaryJane – Treating the Crowded and Worn Dentition
Functional Treatment Planning
Shannon – Trusting the Treatment Planning Process from Beginning to End
Jane – 30 years of Iatrogenic Care
2016 Vancouver Dental Education Centre Wisdom Teeth Surgical Complication – Now What?
2016 Greater Vancouver Study Club Treating the Oral Cancer Patient
2017 BCDA On Demand Course Bisphosphonates – Approach with Confidence