MEET THE DOCTORS
Meet the Doctors at Westgate Implant and Oral Surgery Center
Jamie Luria, DDS, MD
Dr. Jamie Luria, a Detroit native, obtained his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from The University of Michigan. After graduation, he matriculated to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training program at The University of Buffalo, where he also completed his Medical Degree, and a year of General Surgery residency. In addition to oral and maxillofacial training, Dr. Luria completed extensive training in anesthesia, neurosurgery, and intensive/critical care. Dr. Luria’s interests lie in dentoalveolar surgery, implantology, pathology, and trauma. He currently is affiliated with both Cook County and Advocate Masonic Hospital where he actively takes trauma call and operates on patients necessitating a hospital setting. Dr. Luria is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and is a diplomate of the National Board of Dental Anesthesiology.
Dr. Luria’s focus above all else is the comfort and care of his patients. He makes it an utmost priority to listen to his patient’s needs and concerns, and formulate both surgical and anesthetic plans to make sure his patient’s can have the care that they need.
Jason Jamali, DDS, MD
Dr. Jason Jamali is originally from Michigan. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan followed by his dental degree at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Jamali then returned to the University of Michigan for his medical and oral and maxillofacial surgery training. This training exposed him to full-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery with additional training in reconstruction and microvascular surgery. Dr. Jamali also completed two years of general surgery and advanced training in anesthesia.
Following residency Dr. Jamali worked as a full-time assistant professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Illinois at Chicago. While at UIC, he taught residents and dental students and authored several publications. Dr. Jamali continues teaching residents at Illinois Masonic Hospital where he also treats facial trauma. He has a special interest in orthognathic surgery, implants, facial trauma, and benign pathology.
Outside of work, Dr. Jamali enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his wife and kids.
Richard Simcox, DDS
Dr. Rick Simcox [Dr. S] is a man of many hats to those, including patients that have come to know him. Dr. S grew up on the West Side of Detroit, which influenced his fascination with “The Big Three”: Automobiles/MOPAR/Muscle Cars. Having no real interest in college, Dr. S chose an auto/truck/diesel mechanic apprenticeship that was supplemented early on by an emerging passion for music.
In 1981, Dr Simcox moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to study at Chaminade University where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. After college, Dr. Simcox returned to the Midwest to apply his medical interests in various setting including medical clinics, Hospital Emergency Rooms, and research laboratories.
In 1992, Dr. Simcox was accepted to the Indiana University School of Dentistry. “It seemed like a natural transition for me at this point. Later, the integration of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry would further motivate me to pursue my goal of becoming an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.” In 1996, Dr. S received his Doctor of Dental Surgery. He then moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he completed a one-year internship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Emory University Medical Center.
In 2001, Dr. Simcox completed his formal Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specialty training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. The emphasis of this training included medical and surgical management of maxillofacial trauma and pathology in addition to dentoalveolar surgery. He also received extensive training in maxillofacial reconstruction, implants, and anesthesia. After completion of his residency, Dr. Simcox entered private practice in Oak Park where serves the community and its referring doctors. He has had staff affiliations at Rush Oak Park Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center since 2002.
Dr. Simcox’s extensive training allows him to address each patient’s specific needs. Surgery, for many, can be a very stressful experience. Dr. Simcox’s goal is to alleviate those stresses and guide patients through the process, as one best should. His philosophy is simple: The patient is first…everything else, including the surgery, can then follow.
Dr. Simcox is also an accomplished musician. He has performed around the world entertaining audiences with Blues, Folk, Americana, Alternative, and Country & Classic Rock. Many of his patients are part of his active fan base! He has two CDs with a third in the future, time permitting. Dr. Simcox lives in the Oak Park/River Forest community with his wife (Babette) and his cat (Milou).
Alex Valladares, DDS
Alex Valladares, DDS is an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. He received his dental degree from the University of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Soon after obtaining his dental degree, he continued his dental education completing 2 years in general practice residencies in dentistry in Waterbury. CT and Charlotte. NC, where he was exposed to medically compromised dental patients and emphasis in oral medicine.
He pursued oral and maxillofacial surgery training at the University of Puerto Rico, where he received extensive training including general anesthesia rotation, internal medicine and general surgery rotation in addition to full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. Valladares performs a wide range of oral and maxillofacial surgeries/procedures such as complex dental extractions, wisdom teeth extractions, outpatient IV general anesthesia, dental implants and bone regeneration techniques.
Dr. Valladares is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons, in his spare time he enjoys traveling, sports, casual eating, music and spending time with family.