J. Won, MD

Meet Dr. Won

Photo: Dr. John Won of POMS

Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Won grew up in Los Angeles County Southern California. Went his middle school and high school in Glendale area. He also lived in Mexico City for junior high school where his family was there for business. Till this day, he consider Mexico as his second home. He went to a small private high school in Glendale, CA which was located very close to a local medical center. Where many of his close friends’ family worked as a physician, nurses and physical therapist. He wanted to become a doctor after being positively affected by their happiness and compassion for helping people in needs.

He majored in Biological Science in University of California Irvine. Upon graduation, he was accepted to Columbia University School of Dental Medicine. It is considered one of the best dental school in the US year after year.  Its selection process was rigorous and only took less than 70 new students per year. He has graduated within top 5% of the class at Columbia University. Upon graduation he pursued his education further.

He came to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1999 to start next phase of education. He was admitted to University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The school was consistently ranked by US News & World Reports as #1 or #2 out of all the best medical schools in the country. After receiving his M.D., he stayed on for General Surgery internship training and Oral-Maxillofacial residency at the UNC Hospitals. He successfully completed both of them and received certificates in 2003 and 2005 respectively.

He has been taking care of patients in Wake county area since 2005 and has treated over 30,000 patients. He is focused on providing compassionate care to patients with his expertise in the field and empathy for all aspects of patient’s needs. His biggest professional compliments are when patients bring their family members or friends based on his and her positive experience which happens often here!

Ever changing world of science of medicine, Dr. Won, continuously train till this day to maintain his craft and incorporate new technique and technology to his practice. He was one of the first clinician to adopt cone beam CT scanner for outpatient office in North Carolina. He is frequent to symposiums and training events in USA, Canada and UK for the latest development on oral surgery, dental implant surgery, facial surgeries, facial esthetics and rejuvenation procedures.

He is also actively engaged on community to give back the wonderful opportunities he has gotten from North Carolina over the years . He has volunteered in Mission of Mercy projects, Durham Habitat for Humanity work, and active volunteer of American Red Cross. He recently ran successful program for veterans day where he provide no cost surgery service to veterans.

He served as adjunct clinical professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hospital Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He held this position since 2007.

He has taken in numerous interns at his office throughout the years. He is very proud that many if not all of interns has gotten into medical, dental and nursing school. Some of them are already practicing in the area!

He served University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s the Board of Visitors as per recommendation from the School of Medicine. He has served four years (2011-2014) as a member of new student committee. It was one of the most rewarding process where he had chance to talk to brightest high school students and help them to come to UNC!

He has created a scholarship fund for UNC School of Medicine. It has contributed tuition for small number of students. He is currently working with medical school for creating a permanent fund for that scholarship. Also Dr. Won annually sponsors multiple medical students for medical school’s “White Coat” ceremony for incoming freshman class.

He spends his free time with his two kids and two dogs. One of favorite thing is go bike riding with them at the American Tobacco Trail nearby his home in Durham.


College Degree: B.S. Biology in 1993
University California at Irvine, CA

Dental Doctorate Degree in 1999
School of Dental Medicine, Columbia University at New York, NY

Oral Surgery & General Anesthesia Internship 2000
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

Medical Doctorate Degree in 2001
School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

General Surgery Internship, Certificate in 2002
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

Maxillofacial Surgery Training & Certification in 2005
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

Professional Appointments
Medical Licensure, North Carolina Board of Medicine (since 2006)

Board Certified, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (since 2009)

Fellow, American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (since 2009)

American Red Cross Volunteer Physician (since 2017)


Adjunct Clinical Professor at Department of  UNC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (2007-2016)

Member of the Board of Visitors, New Student Committee University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2011-2014)


American Medical Association
NC State Medical Association
North Carolina Medical License
No North Carolina Dental License


Dr. Won lives in Chatham County with two children; Austin & Ebbie.