Scenes from San Francisco

Saturday, Oct. 14
Friday, Oct. 13
Thursday, Oct. 12
Wednesday, Oct. 11
Tuesday, Oct. 10
Monday, Oct. 9

Saturday, Oct. 14

With more than 4,000 doctors, office staff, residents and other attendees, the 99th AAOMS Annual Meeting wrapped up Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

Scientific sessions on topics such as obstructive sleep apnea, salivary gland disorders and surgery on the growing patient as well as a grant-writing workshop and an anesthesia safety program rounded out the Annual Meeting that featured more than 15 comprehensive curriculum tracks at Moscone Center South.

At the popular ASI-sponsored photo booth, more than 850 professional headshot photos were snapped Thursday, over 900 headshots were taken on Friday and about 600 were captured Saturday.

Also trendy was the Social Media Bar, where experts shared tips with practices on running Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Poster and oral abstracts also were judged during the Annual Meeting.

Abstract winners include:

GOA1: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial to Evaluate Fate and Volumetric Shrinkage of Interposed Pedicled Buccal Pad of Fat and Abdominal Fat in the Treatment of TMJ Ankylosis

Ajoy Roychoudhury, MDS

(S. Acharya, O. Bhutia, A. Seith Bhalla, S. Manchanda, RM Pandey)

GOA2: Quality of Life Assessment Following Adult Maxillomandibular Advancement for Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Long-term Follow-up

Neil Robertson, DMD

(J. Cillo, D. Dattilo)

GOA3: Classification of Post-traumatic Trigeminal Nerve Injuries Comparing MR Neurography with Clinical Neurosensory Tests and Surgical Findings

Igor Tikhonov, DMD, MD

(J. Zuniga, M. Miloro, C. Mistry, R. Dessouky, A. Chhabra)

GOA4: Podoplanin Expression and its Preclinical Application for Near-Infrared Imaging for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Mitsuo Goto, DDS, PhD, FIBCSOMS

(A. Ito, H. Miyachi, S. Ochiai, T. Saito, S. Watanabe, S. Miyabe, S. Yamamoto, S. Nomoto, H. Nakanishi, K. Shimozato)

Poster winners are:

No. 9 Finite Element Analysis of Zygomatic Implant-supported Maxillary Prostheses

Ms. Denise N. Cherry

(E. Theilman, R. Chandran, Y. Duan)

No. 13 Complications Following Third Molar Extractions by Residents: A Five-year Retrospective Monocentric Analysis

Mohmedvasim R. Momin, DDS, MD, MSc

(M. Miloro, M. Markiewicz)

No. 39 Varying Treatments for Osteomyelitis in Two Patients with Osteopetrosis Including the Use of Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2

Suzanne N. Barnes, DMD

(S. Lin, S. McKenna)

No. 40 An Expanded Cohort Analysis of the Prognostic Value of the Type I Interferon Signature Gene MX1 in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Ms. Lorenza A. Donnelly

(C. Donnelly, Y. Xie, E.  Bellile, G. Wolf, Y. Lei)

No. 52 A Retrospective Comparison of Clinical, Histopathologic and Radiographic Scintigraphy Findings in a Cohort of Patients Treated with Condylectomy for Condylar Hyperplasia

Alexander H. Consky, DDS, MD, MPH

(R. Padilla, DDS, T. Turvey, J. Oldan)

The Association is already preparing for next year’s Annual Meeting, which will celebrate the centennial. The 100th AAOMS Annual Meeting will be Oct. 8-13 in Chicago, Ill.

Friday, Oct. 13

Throughout the bustling Moscone Center South on Friday, doctors gained insight into opportunity and advancement by attending scientific sessions of the 99th AAOMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Drs. George Kushner and Steven Roser provided an update on fellowships for OMSs in the American College of Surgeons during a morning session. The College’s OMS section has 442 fellows.

“That’s impressive, considering four, five years ago it was a third of that number,” Dr. Roser said.

Until October 2016, only OMSs with dual degrees were invited to join the College. ACS waived the dual-degree requirement for qualified surgeons if all other requirements are satisfied. The College and AAOMS created a way for single-degree OMSs who meet eligibility criteria to apply for full Fellowship. The Association initially reviews all single-degree OMS applications for eligibility of the waiver of the College’s standard application requirements, giving candidates the opportunity to strengthen their application if necessary.

As the largest organization of surgeons in the world, ACS has 80,000 members. Drs. Kushner and Roser shared information about the College – highlighting benefits of Fellowship – and answered questions about the application process.

“Every year, that core keeps growing,” said Dr. Kushner, who was appointed as liaison to the ACS’s Committee on Trauma. “My push is for more oral surgeons to get involved, become active, participate and make a difference.

“We need oral surgeons in the American College of Surgeons talking about trauma, cancer, sleep apnea, all kinds of different things.”

In another session, the first Women in OMS Special Interest Group met. Dr. Janice S. Lee presented on history of women in the specialty as well as statistics and trends – 7 percent of AAOMS members are women. Dr. Sherry Wren, the keynote speaker, discussed strategies for greater equity and leadership.

“We need to act together,” Dr. Wren said. “We need to address the key issues. We need to engage with men. We need to create a plan and collect and report data. We need to stand up and take charge, and we need to be organized. Most and first, we must have a seat at the table. How do we do it? We need to sponsor and champion women at every opportunity we can.”

Other Friday highlights included the TMJ Module, the poster session, the ROAAOMS/ABOMS orientation program and the resident reception.

Vendors also displayed their products during the second day of the Exhibit Hall. Through the Clean the World project in the hall, attendees were able to help assemble hygiene kits for donation to a local program that assists domestic violence victims.

On Friday night, attendees took in the marvels of the California Academy of Sciences during the Annual Meeting’s top social event, the sold-out President’s Event. President Dr. Douglas W. Fain celebrated with his wife, Chris, and other attendees. They explored educational exhibits, including Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum and Osher Rainforest and enjoyed the music of 10-time Grammy Award-winning Asleep at the Wheel.

The Annual Meeting concludes Saturday with additional educational sessions and the final day of the Exhibit Hall.

Thursday, Oct. 12

More than 200 vendors showed off their products and services, and thousands of doctors and their staff flocked to educational sessions Thursday at the 99th AAOMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The three-day Exhibit Hall opened in the morning at the Moscone Convention Center South, displaying innovations in subjects ranging from surgical equipment and pharmaceuticals to office furniture and grafting materials.

The Social Media Bar allowed attendees to glean tips for managing their platforms. Anthony DeFelice of one7 Communications gave out Facebook advice – include a photo or video for each post, consider what times would be best for posting, respond to comments within 30 minutes and share content from the AAOMS website, for example.

“A lot of people respond to the human element,” DeFelice said, showing a post with more than 500 “likes” about a patient who successfully underwent an implant procedure.

The slate of more than 100 educational sessions also launched Thursday. Jay C. Platt, DDS, of Schererville, Ind., revealed his “Fifty Ways to Jump Start Your Implant Practice on Monday Morning.”

He began with explaining the importance of having an implant coordinator and wrapped up with outlining the benefits of creating a Facebook group.

In between, Dr. Platt – who said he performs nearly 1,000 implant procedures a year – emphasized having a comfortable implant exam room and establishing attainable implant goals while incentivizing staff.

“In order to build a practice, communicate creatively and consistently,” Dr. Platt said.

With an attendance of nearly 4,000 doctors, staff members and others, the Annual Meeting continues Friday and Saturday with labs, abstract presentations, the TMJ Module and additional educational sessions. Attendees will have the chance to check out the adventures of the California Academy of Sciences at the meeting’s premier social event – the President’s Event – on Friday night.

Wednesday, Oct. 11

Dr. Brett L. Ferguson honored AAOMS’s 99 years of history while looking forward during his inaugural address as the Association’s new President Wednesday at the 99th AAOMS Annual Meeting.

“We acknowledge and treasure our almost-100-year history that saw us evolve from a fledgling specialty of exodontists to the premier dental surgical specialty we are today,” Dr. Ferguson told the House of Delegates. “With 99 years of milestones and success stories behind us, the question facing us today as we move into the next century is: what does the future hold?”

Innovations are forthcoming, as face transplants may become more common, and regenerative medicine may allow growth of tissues, teeth and even bones and muscle from stem cells, he noted. Looking at a patient’s genetic disposition, doctors will be able to develop individualized pain treatment plans, oncologic treatment plans and more, he added.

“Of course, none of us can know the pace of these innovations, the pace of these changes,” Dr. Ferguson said. “All we can do is plan for the future and be ready to address any challenges that might arise. Your Board of Trustees worked this year to develop a formalized three-year strategic plan that will help guide every decision, every program and every activity through 2020.”

During the third session of the House of Delegates, retiring President Dr. Douglas W. Fain also delivered his remarks. His wife, Chris, received a bouquet as a gift.

“As I look back on the past year, I am proud of what we have accomplished as a Board, as an organization and as a specialty,” Dr. Fain said. “As I prepare to hand off the torch of leadership to Dr. Brett Ferguson, I am confident he will execute the duties of AAOMS President with tremendous enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication.”

These other officers and trustees were elected:

  • Dr. A. Thomas Indresano, President-Elect
  • Dr. Victor L. Nannini for Vice President
  • Dr. J. David Johnson Jr. for Treasurer
  • Dr. Steven R. Nelson for Speaker of the House of Delegates
  • Dr. David Shafer for District I Trustee
  • Dr. Robert Clark for District III Trustee

In addition, AAOMS fellows and members who passed away during the year were memorialized. District trustees placed a rose in a vase in memory of the deceased, and a gong rang out.

Retiring delegates, officers and trustees also were recognized.   

The Annual Meeting has an attendance of 3,631, including 1,618 fellows and members, 341 residents, 712 office staff members, 714 spouses and 246 non-members.

“This is going to be an excellent meeting,” Dr. Nelson said.

Later in the day, Dr. Andrew Kolodny delivered a timely keynote address on “The Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: An Epidemic of Addiction.” He discussed strategies to combat the epidemic as well as the role of OMSs in prescribing.

During the evening’s Opening Ceremony, the following received awards:

OMS Foundation Research Recognition Award

Gary F. Bouloux, DDS, MD, MDSc, FRACDS, FACS

OMS Foundation Daniel M. Laskin Award

“Objective and Subjective Outcomes Following Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery for Treatment of Patients with Extremely Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Apnea-Hypopnea Index >100),” Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vol. 74, Issue 3, p. 583–589

Authors: Reginald H.B. Goodday, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C); Susan E. Bourque, DDS, MD, MSc; Pember B. Edwards, DDS

OMS Foundation Torch Award

Thomas W. Braun, DMD, PhD, MS

Special Honorary Fellowships

Stephen Dover, BDS, FDSRCS (Eng), MBChB, FRCS (Eng), President, British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Tara Renton, PhD, MDSc, BDS, FDSRCS (Eng), FRACDS (OMS), FHEA, President, British Association of Oral Surgeons

William J. Gies Foundation Award in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Joseph E. Van Sickels, DDS

Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.)

John F. Freihaut Political Activist Award

Eugene M. D’Amico III, DDS

Resident Scientific Awards

James Phero, DDS, MD

Ashish P. Sharma, BDS, MSD

OMS Foundation 2017 Grantees

Stephen B. Milam Research Support Grant

Principal investigator: Jasjit K. Dillon, DDS, MD, BDS, FDSRCS; Co-principal investigators: Salvatore Ruggiero, DMD, MD; Daniel A. Hammer, DDS; Anthony B. Morlandt, MD, DDS; Daniel Petrisor, DMD, MD; Brent B. Ward, DDS, MD, University of Washington

Research Support Grant

Principal investigator: Eric J. Granquist, DMD, MD; Co-principal investigator: Beth Winkelstein, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Research Support Grant

Principal investigator: Qunzhou Zhang, PhD; Co-principal investigator: Rabie Shanti, DMD, MD, University of Pennsylvania

Student Research Training Award

Maria J. Troulis, DDS, MSc, Massachusetts General Hospital

Osteo Science Foundation 2017 Grantees

Peter Geistlich Award

Lobat Tayebi, PhD, Marquette University

J. Steven Alexander, PhD, Louisiana State University Shreveport

Philip J. Boyne Junior Faculty Award

Ryan Tomlinson, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University

Clinical Observership Program

Akeyla Brown, DDS, Howard University

Andrew Henry, DMD, MD, University of Pennsylvania

Diego Hurtado, DDS, MD, University of Kentucky

Brent Newby, DDS, MD, University of Kentucky

Matthew Pham, DMD, University of North Carolina

Francesco Sebastiani, DMD, Brooklyn Hospital Center

Daniel Yang, DDS, University of Texas Southwestern

Clinical Research Award

Leonard B. Kaban, DMD, MD, FACS

Daniel M. Laskin Award for an Outstanding Predoctoral Educator

Ruben Figueroa, DMD, MS

AAOMS/OMS Foundation Faculty Educator Development Awards (FEDA)

Carolyn C. Brookes, DMD, MD, Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin

Michael R. Markiewicz, DDS, MD, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ryan Mirchel, DDS, MD, University of Cincinnati

Mohammed Qaisi, DMD, MD, FACS, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Donald B. Osbon Award for an Outstanding Educator

Steven M. Roser, DMD, MD, FACS

AAOMS Committee Person of the Year Award

James E. Mercer, DDS

AAOMS Humanitarian Awards for Fellows and Members

Shahid R. Aziz, DMD, MD, FACS

Robert Bruce MacIntosh, DDS

Board of Trustees Special Citation Awards

Alejandro Roisentul, DDS

Mark E. Wong, DDS

AAOMS Honorary Fellowship

Karin K. Wittich, CAE

AAOMS Presidential Achievement Awards

James M. Boyle III, DDS, MS

Daniel J. Gesek Jr., DMD

Robert V. Walker Distinguished Service Award

Thomas B. Dodson, DMD, MPH, FACS

Meeting Dedication

William H. Bell, DDS (posthumously)


Tuesday, Oct. 10

During the 99th AAOMS Annual Meeting on Tuesday in San Francisco, the House of Delegates voted to adopt various resolutions on the consent agenda, including a resolution for stronger collaboration between the Association and OMS Foundation.

Other resolutions in the consent agenda regarded the Board of Trustees investigating independent specialty recognition and accreditation processes and reporting back to the 2018 House of Delegates; and AAOMS fellows and members living in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands being granted a waiver of 2018 membership dues and assessments.

In addition, the following occurred:

  • The report of the Committee on Membership was accepted. It included 134 members elevated to fellowship status, 116 provisional fellows/members moved to full fellowship/membership and 258 candidates recommended for election.
  • Adopted the 2018 operational budget.
  • Adopted a resolution as amended that the consecutive tenure of a Trustee shall be limited to three elected full terms.
  • Defeated a resolution that would rescind the life fellow and life member dues requirement and return those membership categories to non-dues-paying status.
  • Defeated a new business resolution stating the AAOMS President-Elect, at his/her discretion when it is his/her duty under the Bylaws, may reappoint any committee chair for his/her year contingent on Board of Trustees majority approval.
  • Defeated a resolution that the chair of the Committee on Anesthesia could serve up to 10 years.

“We had great discussion at the caucuses. We developed some new resolutions. Some passed,” Speaker of the House Dr. Steven R. Nelson said during the session. “That’s how it works. I love the discussion that developed. Let’s keep up that great work.”

After Session II, members and fellows were able to meet and gather information from officer candidates. Their elections will be held Wednesday during Session III of the House of Delegates.

Also on Wednesday, the Keynote Lecture as well as the Opening Ceremony, Awards Presentation and Meeting Dedication will take place.

Monday, Oct. 9

The 99th AAOMS Annual Meeting got underway Monday morning in San Francisco with the first session of the House of Delegates, featuring the President’s Address by Douglas W. Fain, DDS, MD, FACS.

AAOMS officers, trustees and staff – as well as 102 delegates – gathered at the Marriott Marquis.

“It is a privilege to stand before you this morning and report on the activities of your Association during the past year,” Dr. Fain said. “I have been sincerely honored to serve in this role and see our specialty grow and work on several important projects.”

Reviewing AAOMS’s accomplishments during the last year, Dr. Fain discussed his focus on the opioid crisis (and the Association’s development of a white paper on prescribing recommendations). He also highlighted the first Anesthesia Patient Safety Conference and the Clinical and Scientific Innovations for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (CSIOMS) conference held this year and the evolution of the award-winning Informational Campaign, which educates the public about the specialty. 

At the end of Dr. Fain’s address, the other officers and Trustees pulled out cowboy hats hidden beneath their chairs, put them on and then tipped them to the President.

The following also took place:

  • Candidates were nominated for office – Dr. A. Thomas Indresano for President-Elect, Dr. Victor L. Nannini for Vice President, Dr. J. David Johnson Jr. for Treasurer and Dr. Steven R. Nelson for Speaker of the House of Delegates. The delegates will vote on officers and trustees on Wednesday.
  • The 50-year anniversaries of the Kentucky and Ohio OMS societies were celebrated. Delegates Dr. Larry Cunningham and Dr. Greg Ness accepted gavels and podium covers for each society.
  • Dr. Edwin Christopher Robinson of Edmonton, Canada – past executive director of the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – was elected to receive honorary fellowship in AAOMS at the 2018 AAOMS Annual Meeting in Chicago.
  • Dr. Pushkar Mehra was elected to an eight-year term as a director to ABOMS.

During the afternoon, delegates, alternates, fellows and members of AAOMS received clarification and shared their opinions regarding 19 resolutions and other issues during Reference Committee hearings. Presentations provided updates on anesthesia issues and actions, ADA specialty recognition, AAOMS-OMS Foundation collaboration, the Informational Campaign and life member dues.

The second and third sessions of the House of Delegates take place Tuesday and Wednesday as the Annual Meeting continues.

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