Rania A Habib, MD DDS


Dr. Habib attended the University of Minnesota for both undergraduate and dental school where she graduated with honors. She completed her medical degree from University of Maryland. She finished her general surgery internship and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center and RA Cowley Shock Trauma Center in 2015. Upon graduation, she joined a busy group private practice in OMFS in Annapolis/Crofton, Maryland where she worked for 2 years. Always seeking personal and professional growth, Dr. Habib decided to pursue her passion of treating pediatric patients with cleft and craniofacial disorders. She completed a full scope Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship at University of Florida, Jacksonville with Dr. Barry Steinberg. She became the first female attending surgeon in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) at LSU, NOLA where she was appointed an Assistant Professor with a primary focus in Pediatric Cleft and CranioMaxillofacial Surgery where she served on Our Lady of the Lake Cleft and Craniofacial multidisciplinary team and played a prominent role in educating surgical residents. She then joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty as an Assistant Professor for 2.5 years. She opened her own LLC and works as an independent contractor, where she hopes to continue to advance the field of Facial Reconstruction, Facial Trauma and Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery.

She is board certified and her main surgical interests include pediatric/adult OMFS, cleft, craniofacial, craniosynostosis, distraction osteogenesis, orthognathic, facial trauma, obstructive sleep apnea, benign head and neck pathology, non-surgical facial rejuvenation and facial reconstructive surgery. She volunteered with Smiles International and the Global Smile Foundation where she provided cleft and craniofacial surgical care internationally and is planning to resume her international work this year. She uses her social media platform to educate the public about OMFS and encourage more women and minorities to consider a career in OMFS. She dedicates time for mentoring and mentors 10-12 students yearly that are dedicated to pursuing OMFS with a high success rate for matching her students into programs across the country.

In her spare time, Dr. Habib enjoys traveling, rock climbing, biking, cooking, attending live music/art events, volunteering, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She is a master level SCUBA diver who is also a fitness fanatic.

Region / Country
USA / Canada
University/Institution/Affiliation/Private Practice
Independent Contractor
Career Level
<10 Years Post Training
Name of residency program where you trained:
University of Maryland/Shock Trauma
Speaking Experience (limit to your top 20 speaking experiences max)

Feb 2023 “The Role of Distraction Osteogenesis In Craniofacial Reconstruction”
Mayo Clinic, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Grand Rounds

Mar 2021 “OMFS Voices: The Female Perspective”
Schoenleber OMFS Society/Penn OMFS Department. Virtual lecture, online

Mar 2021 “Implicit bias, Discrimination, Harassment, Likeability: Case based breakout rooms”-Women in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Symposium, Virtual lecture, online

Jan 2021 “What in the mRNA are you talking about?” A review of SARS-CoV2, COVID19 and the vaccines-
Dakota Valley Dental Study Club, MN. Virtual lecture, online

Aug 2020 “Surgical Management of Cleft and Craniofacial Patients”
University of Michigan Oral Surgery Society. Virtual lecture, online

Aug 2020 “From VSP to Springs: Modern Approaches to Cranial Vault Reconstruction”
University of Buffalo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Grand Rounds. Virtual lecture

Aug 2020 “Oral & Maxillofacial, What?!” An overview of the scope of OMFS
LECOM OMFS Club. Virtual lecture, online

Aug 2020 “I Look Like a Surgeon…and a Dentist and a Physician”
UCLA School of Dentistry, Women in Dentistry. Virtual lecture, online

Aug 2020 “Surgical Management of Cleft and Craniofacial Patients”
University Of Michigan School of Dentistry Oral Surgery Society, Virtual lecture, online

July 2020 “Surgical Treatment of Cleft & Craniofacial Anomalies”
UCLA Cleft & Craniofacial Student Club, Virtual Lecture, online

May 2020 “The Role of Distraction Osteogenesis in Craniofacial Surgery”
University of Miami, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Grand Rounds, Virtual Lecture, online

March 2020 “Dentoalveolar Emergency Management”
University of Pennsylvania OMFS COVID19 Response Conference, Virtual lecture, online

Jan 2020 “Surgical Management of Cleft and Craniofacial Patients”
University Of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Lunch N Learn, Minneapolis, MN

Oct 2019 “The Cleft and Craniofacial Patient”
Greater Baton Rouge Dental Hygiene Association, Baton Rouge, LA

Oct 2019 “The Role of Dentistry in Cleft Care”
Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association, Baton Rouge, LA

Oct 2019 “The Perioperative Management of Mandibular Distraction”
Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, Greater Baton Rouge area, Baton Rouge, LA

Sept 2019 “Cleft Care”
Pediatric Grand Rounds, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA

May 2019 “The Jax Protocol: Open Vault Reconstruction for Craniosynostosis Using Virtual Surgical Planning”
Podium Presentation, International Conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Oct 2018 “Between a Rock and a Soft Spot: The Management of Lambdoid Craniosynostosis in the Setting of Chiari Malformation”
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

Mar 2018 “The Science of Airway: The Art of Distraction”
Pediatric Grand Rounds, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville FL

Service to Boards, Committees, Professional Organizations, Honors, & Awards

Committee member for AAOMS: CRPTA committee
Committee member for ACPA: Family resources committee

Academic Appointments

Former Assistant Professor at UPenn
Former Assistant Professor at LSU, New Orleans

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