Dr. Deatherage is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he received a BS in chemistry in 1983. He then went on to graduate from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry receiving a DMD in 1987. He continued at the University of Alabama as a research fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for one year, then pursued his education at the University of Texas Health Science Center (1988-94) where he completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and General Surgery training as well as achieving an MD in 1992.
He entered practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery and cosmetic surgery in Rogers, Arkansas in 1994 and practiced the full scope of his specialty through 2006. While in practice, Dr. Deatherage was selected as a member of the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners from 2001-2004 and served as its President in 2003-2004. He also served as President of the Ozark Dental Association in 1998.
In 2006, Dr. Deatherage joined the faculty of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry as an Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was given the Best Faculty Award (Hospital Dentistry) in 2007 and elected a Fellow of the American College of Dentistry in 2008. Dr. Deatherage is the recipient of numerous academic awards, scholarships and has published seventeen scientific papers and abstracts in his career. He is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1997) and recertified in 2006. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, American Medical Association, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Dr. Deatherage has special interests in orthognathic, and sleep apnea surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, craniofacial traumatology and reconstruction, TMJ surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, dentoalveolar and implant surgery and the management of maxillofacial pathology.