George A. Wessberg, D.D.S.

Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a recognized specialty of the American Dental Association. Dr. Wessberg’s training included three years of college and four years of dental school at the University of Nebraska. This was followed by a one-year internship at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, a one-year research fellowship with Bruce Epker, DDS, PhD in Fort Worth, TX and a three-year hospital residency program at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School / Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX. Board certification was earned in 1985 after demonstrating clinical proficiency in various aspects of the specialty as well as passing comprehensive written and oral examinations.

Dr. Wessberg was born and raised in Fergus Falls, MN. a small town on the midwestern border of the state that was settled by his great grandfather in the late 1800s. He was active in school athletics, the Lutheran church and Boy Scouts. His family moved to Omaha, NE where he attended college and dental school. He met his wife, Mary during the final year of his residency in 1980 and they were married in 1982 in an historic Norwegian church near Clifton, TX.

Dr. Wessberg trained at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Parkland Hospital, one of the nation’s leading oral and maxillofacial surgery residency programs. He earned the program’s coveted Research Award three times, has authored more than 50 professional journal publications, and lectured at national and international scientific meetings. He was a member of the House of Delegates and the prestigious Scientific Sessions Committee of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Immediately following graduation from his residency program in 1981, Dr. Wessberg established his private practice in Honolulu. He quickly became active in the community by serving as a trustee of Assets School, Director of Hawaii Dental Service, Director of Boys and Girls Club. and co-founder of the HDA Dental Samaritans. He is currently Editor of the Hawaii Dental Journal and was appointed by Governor Ige to serve on the Hawaii State Board of Dentistry.

Dr. Wessberg and his wife, Mary were active parents while their daughters, Lindsay and Amy attended Hanahau’oli and Punahou Schools. As a family they enjoyed outrigger canoe paddling, horseback riding and raising numerous pets. Dr. Wessberg is currently an avid clay target (skeet) shooter and a catch-and-release fly fisherman (bonefish) on the reefs along the south shore of Oahu.

Profile

Name:
George Allen Wessberg, D.D.S.
Wife:
Mary Manly Wessberg, R.N.
Children:
Lindsay Wessberg Hawbaker
Amy Wessberg Egesdal

Education

College: University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
Dentistry: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Internship: The Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
Fellowship: Tarrant County Hospital, Ft. Worth, TX
Residency: Parkland Memorial Hospital & UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX

Curriculum Vitae

Professional:
  • American Dental Association
  • Hawaii Dental Association
  • Hawaii Dental Service - Former Director
  • Hawaii Dental Journal - Former Editor
  • HDA Dental Samaritans - Co-founder
  • Am. Assoc. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Am. Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Hawaii Board of Dentistry

Personal:
  • Boys & Girls Club - Former Director and co-founder
  • Assets School - Trustee
  • Outrigger Canoe Club - Former Club Captain
  • Eagle Scout and Pro Deo et Patria Awards

Charities

  • Abilene Christian University - Faye & Hollis Manly Sr. Endowment
  • Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation - Wessberg Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Assets School - Honu Society
  • Hawaii Kai Church - Dr. Duane McDaniel Pastor Equity Fund
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation - Dr. Robert V. Walker Society
  • University of Nebraska Foundation - UNMC College of Dentistry Alumni Fund
  • UT Southwestern Med School Fund - UTSWMS Alumni Fund

Community:
  • JDRF
  • MADD Hawaii
  • Red Cross - Hawaii
  • Aloha Medical Mission
  • HDA Dental Samaritans
  • World Vision Children’s Fund
  • Institute for Human Services
  • River of Life Mission
  • Salvation Army
  • Boy Scouts of America - Aloha Council
  • Koko Head Skeet Club
  • Schofield Rod & Gun Club
  • Samaritan's Purse

Military:
  • Navy League
  • Coast Guard Foundation
  • Paralyzed Veterans Fund
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Semper Fi Fund
  • Navy SEALs Foundation