Dr. John Leist


Doctor John C. Leist III was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was commissioned into the USAF Dental Corps after receiving a Bachelor's degree and subsequently his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville in May of 1984. He completed a dental General Practice Residency at Wright Patterson Medical Center, Ohio, in 1985.

After completing his residency, Doctor Leist was assigned to various locations including USAF Hospital, Shaw, South Carolina; the 42nd Strategic Hospital, Loring AFB, Maine; the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Master's of Science degree; Misawa AB, Japan, where he completed specialty board certification in 1997; David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, California, where he served as a member of the Advanced Education for General Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency teaching staff; the 51st Medical Group, Osan AB, Republic of Korea, where he directed the medical response evaluation team; the 48th Medical Group RAF Lakenheath, England, where he served as flight commander of the clinical staff and support operations; and Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, where he served as the commander of the 1st Expeditionary Medical Service (EMEDS) and Chief of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Colonel Leist has served as dental team chief for Three Medical Civic Assistance Program missions. These included Operation New Horizons, Honduras, Central America in March of 1999 and Operation Brilliant Lion, Mozambique, Africa in July and August of 2001, and he provided support as Mission Commander for Operation New Horizons, Guatemala, Central America June 2005.

From June through September of 2004, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Colonel Leist served as the 386th Expeditionary Medical Group Commander of United States Air Force Medical Personnel assigned to Kuwait.

Doctor Leist retired from the United States Air Force and entered into full time private practice with Dr. Charles K. Cabaniss in January of 2007. He is a fully credentialed member of the surgical staff at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Virginia. Doctor Leist also currently teaches part time as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He also volunteers his time in community service projects including the Virginia Dental Association Missions of Mercy. He has authored two articles published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Doctor Leist is a member of various professional organizations to include the American Dental Association, Peninsula Dental Society, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons (retired member). Doctor Leist is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Year Degree / Certification
1994 OMFS Certificate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1994 Master's of Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1985 Dental GPR Certificate, USAF Medical Center Wright Patterson
1984 Doctor of Dental Medicine, University of Louisville School of Dentistry
1979 Bachelor's in Biology, University of Louisville School of Arts and Sciences