There is a lack of information regarding the dental patient’s point of view of oraland maxillofacial surgeons (OMFSs). The aim of this study was to evaluate theperceptions and preferences of a group of university dental hospital patients forOMFSs.Materials and methodsThis study was based on patients’ self-assessment using a questionnaire. A totalof 530 patients were enrolled for the study. The patients’ preferences regardingthe surgeons’ age, gender, religion, race and experience were determined andcompared statistically.ResultsA total of 506 questionnaires were considered as complete and used in theanalysis. Female patients preferred female practitioner more than male patientsdid (p=0.002), but no significant difference was found between male andfemale patients regarding preference for the age (p=0.464), ethnicity (p=0.926)and religion (p=0.261) of the OMFS. The educational status of the patients didnot have an effect on the gender preference for the OMFS (p=0.114); however,educational status significantly affected the preferences for the ethnicity andreligion of the practitioners (p=0.001).ConclusionToday patient expectations and perceptions take place in post graduateeducation programs. In this study we determined a wide range of differentfactors for choosing an OMFS. The diversity of these factors may affect the qualityof the health service and thus must be considered in determining the content oforal and maxillofacial curriculum.