About Dr. Graves
Dr. William Graves was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He always knew that when he grew up, he wanted to pursue a career that he could enjoy. Originally, Dr. Graves was interested in dentistry but eventually discovered that oral surgery was more enjoyable and rewarding for him. He liked the idea that oral surgery was a mix of medicine and dentistry, and he could treat a wider range of patients in need.
Since he began practicing full-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery in 2008, Dr. Graves has enjoyed every day of his job. His patient philosophy focuses on patient comfort, and he is always willing to go out of his way to ensure that every patient’s experience is comfortable and positive. He finds his work so enjoyable and rewarding that he doesn’t consider it a job. He came to Amarillo because he saw a need for an oral surgeon, and he felt that with his patient-centric philosophy, he could change the lives of the Amarillo community.
Dr. Graves completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. He attended dental school at the University of Louisville, where he graduated in 2004 with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree.
Before being able to practice, oral surgeons must complete a minimum four-year residency. Dr. Graves completed his oral and maxillofacial surgical residency at the University of Tennessee–Memphis. During this residency, Dr. Graves received instruction from and trained beside surgeons and anesthesiologists to learn all about the safe practices of oral surgery and anesthesia administration. He is the highest qualified dental professional in administering sedation in an office setting, and he has extensive hands-on experience treating a wide range of oral and facial afflictions.
Dr. Graves currently maintains a faculty position at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Amarillo. His hospital affiliations include Northwest Texas Healthcare System and Baptist St. Anthony Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. Dr. Graves is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a diplomate of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a fellow of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Hobbies and Interests
One of Dr. Graves’ favorite hobbies is traveling; he has a passion for travel and is always looking for new places to explore. He has been as far as Hong Kong, Dubai, and Paris, but also enjoys visiting places closer to home.