Meet Najia Usman, DDS
Dr. Najia Usman
Specializing in Endodontic Treatment and Surgery
“Our philosophy can be summarized by saying that we stay ahead and give the best care because we’re committed to our patients, committed to our own growth as knowledgeable doctors, and we’re here to make lives better.”
Najia Usman, DDS is an Endodontist Specialist and co-director of The Visage Surgery Institute located in Medina, Ohio. She is in practice with her husband, Faisal A. Quereshy, MD, Board Certified Facial Cosmetic Surgeon and Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.
Together, they serve the medical and dental community in the Cleveland, Akron, and Medina region. She oversees the business end of the Institute and heads the Department of Endodontics. She also lectures quarterly and teaches residents and students in the dentistry program at Case Western Reserve.
Dr. Usman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto, going on to complete four years at the State University of New York (SUNY) – Buffalo Dental School, where she earned her DDS in 1995, graduating Cum Laude.
She was selected for admission to the one year General Practice residency program at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. After completing her residency, Dr. Usman remained in Cleveland, where she spent the following 3 years practicing dentistry in private practice.
Professional opportunities led her to Salt Lake City, where she practiced dentistry for another year before relocating to Portland, Oregon in order to pursue a two-year postgraduate specialization in Endodontics at the Oregon Health and Science University. OHSU is a leading health and research university, known for excellence in advanced medical and dental education, patient care, and community service. Dr. Usman completed her specialty training through OHSU’s School of Dentistry, Department of Endodontology, in 2002.
Dr. Usman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. She also has active memberships in the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists (AAE).
Dr. Usman, please tell us what endodontics means and what types of patients you treat as an endodontics specialist.
Endodontists are dentists who have at least two additional years of advanced specialty training and education in the diagnosis and treatment of difficult dental cases. We specialize in treating the inside of the teeth, with the focus on the pulp and surrounding tissues. My work involves diagnosing patients who are experiencing oral pain or who have sustained an injury to their teeth – a root fracture, chipped tooth, cracked or broken tooth (or multiple teeth) as a result of an accident or some other traumatic event. I also treat abscess or infection, and do root canals, as well as other surgical and non-surgical procedures and repair work. It’s my job to do everything possible to restore a patient’s teeth to a state of health and full functionality.