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Ellis & Lilly

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Implants

Where education, training & experience meet patient care.

Dr. R. Terry Ellis

Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

We trained at prestigious Medical Centers and choose to live and work in Clarksville!

About Dr. Ellis

Dr. R. Terry Ellis 


Dr. Ellis is a native of Paris, Tennessee.  He graduated from Henry County High School.  He then received his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Murray State University.   Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1982 he was commissioned in the US Army Dental Corps as a Captain.  He attended a one-year General Practice Residency at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.  In 1990 Dr. Ellis began residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Ft. Gordon, Georgia.    He graduated from the ADA Accredited program then received American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Certification in 1996. He was Chief, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital from 1996-98 and served as an OMS teaching mentor to the Advanced Education Program General Dentistry 1-yr while at Ft. Campbell, KY. He left the Army in 1998 and entered into private practice with Dr. McCurdy.  Dr. Ellis has staff privileges at Skyline Medical Center and Clarksville Surgery Center.  He renewed his Board Certification in 2004 and 2014 

 Dr. Ellis served as the President of the 8th District Dental Society in 2005-2006.    He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Tennessee Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.  He is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons having been BOARD CERTIFIED since 1996.  In 2012 he was inducted as a Fellow into the prestigious International College of Dentists.

He has written an electronic medical record which he uses to help him administer reliable care to his patients.  Many other practitioners have used the program including cardiologists, pain management specialists and other oral & maxillofacial surgeons.

Dr. Ellis returned to the Army Reserve in 2013.

 He has been married to his wife Janie for more than 34 years. He serves as an elder and teacher at the Hilldale Church of Christ.