Samuel L Oyer

Samuel L Oyer, MD

Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Primary Location:
Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery

2nd Floor, Suite 2200

415 Ray C. Hunt Dr.

Charlottesville, VA 22903



ABMS Certification:
Research Interests:

Patient outcomes in facial paralysis, facial reconstruction, and rhinoplasty

Clinical Practice:
Deviated Septum (Septoplasty), Bell's Palsy, Facial Plastics Reconstruction, Facial Paralysis Treatment, Ear Molding, Botox & Facial Fillers


Associate Professor

Sam Oyer, MD, FACS is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He provides cosmetic and reconstructive treatments of the face and neck in all age groups ranging from minimally invasive, in-office treatments to extensive reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic treatments Dr. Oyer offers include Botox, dermal filler and PRP injections along with surgical treatments for facial aging, including brow lift, blepharoplasty, neck and face lift, and nose reshaping (rhinoplasty). The reconstructive treatments he performs include repair after skin cancer removal, scar revision, surgery to improve nasal breathing, facial repair after trauma and treatment for facial paralysis.

Dr. Oyer has a particular interest in facial paralysis treatment, including options for partial and complete paralysis. For some people, treatment may include minimially invasive in-office procedures or injections such as Botox to help with facial spasm. More significant spasm may be addressed with surgical procedures, such as selective facial neurectomy or myectomy. Others may need more involved surgical reconstruction to help with eye closure, nasal breathing and smile. Dr. Oyer performs nerve grafting, nerve transfer, temporalis tendon transfer and gracilis-free muscle transfer to restore dynamic smile function and improve symmetry whenever possible.

Dr. Oyer grew up in Indiana and completed undergraduate and medical school training at Indiana University. He received residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He completed a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining UVA in 2020, Dr. Oyer practiced at MUSC for five years. His practice approach is to learn each patient’s unique circumstances and goals for treatment to develop an individualized treatment plan for each person.

Outside of work Dr. Oyer and his wife, Mary, enjoy hiking, cycling and kayaking. Dr. Oyer also plays piano and guitar.

Dr. Oyer shares his thoughts on facial paralysis in a Daily Progress article.


Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
Johns Hopkins Hospital