William P. Buck Jr., D.M.D. or Blake Phillips, D.M.D
Meet Oral Surgeon Dr. Buck or Dr. Phillips
The interesting part about my life:
I am a second-generation oral surgeon, born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. My father started this practice in 1957 and I joined him in 1992. The most important thing in my life is my family. My wife and I raised three kids that we adore. However, I lost my middle child, Billy, at age 14 due to an accident. This tragedy was devastating and the most difficult time my family has ever gone through.
How did we make it through? Billy had invited Jesus Christ into his life to be his Lord and Savior. As followers of Christ, we rely on God’s promises in His word that we will see and be with my son again. This has brought us peace in our life in this increasingly troubled world. Nothing else works!
Since that time, we have felt more of an urgency to tell our friends how they can have the same peace in their life. Unique to Christianity, this is a free gift from God. The Bible tells us that no one can ever be good enough. Only by accepting Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life and trusting in the fact that he paid the price for our imperfectness can we be saved for all eternity.
How do you accept Christ as your personal Savior? By prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God. It is not the words you say but the attitude of your heart. A simple prayer like the following is a way to start your new life with Christ. “Lord Jesus, forgive me for all the wrongs in my life. Please come into my life to be my Lord and Savior. Help me to be the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.”
Did you pray that prayer? Remember simple words mean nothing, but following Christ as the Lord of your life is what counts. If you would like more information about your decision to embark on this new journey, please let me know and I will give you some resources to help.
Now for those who would like to see my credentials as a surgeon:
I attended Samford University, Auburn University, Capernwray Bible School in Lancashire, England, before finally settling on the University of Alabama in Birmingham where I received a Bachelor of Science. I received my Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. After dental school, I completed a one-year internship in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. I then completed a four-year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, a Trauma I hospital, in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I was chief resident during my fourth year.
Since entering private practice, I have served in the past as Chief of Oral Surgery at Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. I am currently on staff at Brookwood Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham.
I am a member of the following professional organizations:
- American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- American Dental Association
- Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Alabama Dental Association
- Birmingham District Dental Society.
- Big Oak Ranch; Rainbow City, AL.; home for abused, neglected or abandoned children; past board member.
- The Military Ministry (Cru); Hampton Roads, VA.; provides support services to military men and women and their families; past board member.
- Christian Medical Ministry of Alabama; Birmingham, AL.; provides support services and missions opportunities for men and women in medical training and private practice; past board member.
- Briarwood Presbyterian Church; Birmingham, AL.; member, former deacon and elder.
- Monday Morning Quarterback Club; Birmingham, AL.; supports children’s charities in Alabama; member.