Mr Nadeem Riaz Saeed

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon


Personal profile

Mr Nadeem Saeed is a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.  The unit he is presently working within offers the full range of oral and maxillofacial services and he is an integral member of the trauma service for this department and the craniofacial trauma service.  He provides a TMJ service involving joint reconstruction in both children and adults utilising biological methods and alloplastic techniques.  Mr Saeed has been in this post since September 2003 following a comprehensive training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, including dual qualifications in medicine and dentistry and fellowships in dental surgery, general surgery and maxillofacial surgery.

Mr Nadeem Saeed is registered with both the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council and is a member of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS), as well as the European and International Societies of Craniofacial Surgery.  In addition, he is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a member of the British and European Associations of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons.

He is actively involved in training and education and research.  Currently he is the Training Programme Director for oral and maxillofacial surgery in the region, as well as a Divisional Educational Lead within the Oxford University Hospitals Trust.  He has in the past been a tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Chairman of the local speciality training committee for OMFS and Clinical Director of the department in Oxford.  His training in dentistry, medicine, general surgery and maxillofacial surgery has all been within the United Kingdom with a sabbatical period in the United States.   As part of his training and education commitments he currently is an Advanced Trauma and Life Support faculty member and  a recognised Advanced Paediatric Life Support Instructor.   He has chaired paediatric maxillofacial surgery courses and contributed to numerous courses, lectures and demonstrations in the United Kingdom and Europe and teach on the internationally recognised Vienna TMJ Course.

Mr Nadeem Saeed’s main specialist interest areas are disorders of the temporomandibular joint and chronic facial pain.  He is also one of the maxillofacial surgeons involved in craniofacial trauma.  He also carries out paediatric maxillofacial surgery and I am also involved in temporomandibular joint reconstruction.  This latter aspect of his service is related to both congenital disease in children and also to temporomandibular joint replacement in adult patients with degenerative joint disease.

Professional Membership

  • General Medical Council

  • General Dental Council 

  • European Association of TMJ Surgeons                 

  • British Association of TMJ Surgeons                        

  • International Association of Craniofacial               

  • Associate Surgeons

  • European Society of Craniofacial Surgeons

  • British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

  • Royal College of Surgeons (England)                      

  • British Medical Association


Clinical Interests

Throughout Mr Nadeem Saeed's career, he has endeavoured to acquire a broad knowledge of all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery.  Against this background, Mr Saeed now has specific ongoing interests in the management and treatment of temporomandibular disorders, congenital craniofacial deformity, salivary gland disease, chronic facial pain syndromes and medical education and training.

Whilst a member of the Oxford Craniofacial Unit he has developed and rationalised the treatment of mandibular anomalies, including hemifacial microsomia, Treacher-Collins syndrome and ankylosis and has now gained experience in the treatment of such conditions with costochondral grafting and mandibular distraction. Since leaving the unit he has developed and lead the Craniofacial Microsomia/Mandibular anomalies service. 

His craniofacial experience naturally led to the development of a transcranial trauma service within our hospital. He provided maxillofacial input into this service which is truly multidisciplinary involving neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and with ophthalmologists and ENT surgeons as required.  Having helped establish this service he has now ventured into Medical Education and Training and is currently the Education Lead for Neurosciences, Trauma and Specialist Surgery. The conflict between training and service provision is not new but increasing regulation and changing workforce patterns has made this a challenging area of work.

Mr Saeed’s interest in temporomandibular disorders is in part a reflection of the exposure to temporomandibular joint reconstruction in his higher surgical training but also relates to his enthusiasm for this area.  His publications to date tend to reflect this interest and he his now keen to pursue new research projects in this area.  He is an invited member of Strasbourg Osteosynthesis Research Group (SORG) TMJ Section and  also an active member of the subset of surgeons within the UK performing temporomandibular joint replacement surgery and hope to extend this in the near future.  I was one of the founder members of the British Association of TMJ Surgeons.

All clinicians involved in the management of temporomandibular disorders also need to have a good working knowledge of chronic facial pain syndromes and masticatory muscle pain.  I carry out multidisciplinary clinics involved in such patient care ranging from the management of headache through to trigeminal neuralgia.  My clinics involve coordinated treatment with chronic pain specialists as well as neurosurgeons.

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