Community Involvement

Since opening Spokane Oral Surgery in 1995, Dr. Mark Paxton has been providing patients with quality maxillofacial surgical care. Shortly after opening his new practice, his facilities became dually accredited ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) with the Joint Commission and AAAHC, the first of their kind in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Dr. Paxton founded the Northwest Foundation for Maxillofacial Research and Education, which not only offers scholarships to students who pursue careers in medical or dental professions; but it provides numerous continuing-education lectures and events each year for the surrounding dental and medical community.

Dr. Paxton also travels across the country to give lectures on anesthesia and oral & facial surgery. He is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington, and has been a trustee for Washington State University for five years. Dr. Paxton also serves on the advisory committee for the Providence Pediatric Foundation.
 
As a founding member of the Spokane District Dental Society Foundation, Dr. Paxton helped to develop and build the IDEA Clinic, or the Inland Northwest Dental Expanded Access Clinic, which provides learning opportunities for residents and dental students at the University of Washington to offer treatment to members of the community that cannot obtain clinical and surgical care.
 
Dr. Paxton’s interest in the care of children with cleft lip and palate and other cranial-facial deformities has inspired him to work on the Spokane Regional Cleft Lip and Palate Board, and also to serve as a volunteer for the nonprofit organization Hearts In Motion (HIM) for the past 25 years. Every year Dr. Paxton travels to Latin America with other surgeons, students, and surgical residents to teach and also provide surgical and clinical care to many children in need.

Dr. Paxton has been instrumental in bringing some of these children to Spokane for more complex surgical care.

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