Dr. Urbanek grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland. He earned a Master’s Degree with honors in Anatomy at CWRU, then went on to graduate at the top of his class at the CWRU School of Dental Medicine. He completed his four-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. During his time at CWRU, he has served as a teaching assistant for medical, dental, and graduate students in the anatomical sciences. He has held a faculty appointment at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Department of Surgery, and currently teaches dental students at the A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dental and Oral Health. He has authored several chapters in various Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery textbooks, and lectures to the dental and medical community.
His professional interests focus on dentoalveolar surgery, third molar removal, dental implants, bone grafting, general anesthesia, corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery, maxillofacial and salivary gland pathology, facial trauma, and facial reconstruction. He also has extensive experience in oral cancer and cleft lip and palate surgery. Dr. Urbanek also utilizes the newest technology in computer-aided surgical treatment planning for his orthognathic surgeries to gain the highest level of precision and predictability achievable for these cases.
Dr. Urbanek is a part of several professional organizations. He is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Dental Society.
Dr. Urbanek has received numerous dental and OMFS awards which include:
Outside of OMFS, Dr. Urbanek enjoys running, weight training, and staying active with various sports. He particularly enjoys baseball and golf in the summer, and skiing in the winter.
"Both of my sons had their wisdom teeth extracted here by Dr. Urbanek...I am 100% satisfied! All staff are friendly, knowledgable, and caring of their patients!"
"About a week ago I had to get my wisdom teeth out, something that I was not particularly excited about. I was nervous to be there, but immediately felt better after I met the team that would be working on me. I had the pleasure of having Shannon as my surgical assistant and Dr. Urbanek who performed by surgery. They helped me feel at ease and like I was among friends. They both made a dreadful situation so much better." - Kelsey T.