SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — More than 20 oral and maxillofacial surgeons were honored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) for contributing to the specialty through their exceptional research, education and advocacy.

The experts in face, mouth and jaw surgery(TM) - The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the professional organization representing more than 9,500 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States, supports its fellows' and members' ability to practice their specialty through education, research and advocacy. AAOMS fellows and members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office anesthesia evaluations. Visit MyOMS.org for additional information about oral and facial surgery.

Awards were presented Oct. 11 during the Opening Ceremony of the 99th AAOMS Annual Meeting – the largest gathering of oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the country.

The Annual Meeting was dedicated to William H. Bell, DDS, of Stowe, Vt., posthumously, for his vital research on the Le Fort I osteotomy – one of the most commonly used procedures to correct midface deformities. He also is credited for contributing to the specialty’s movement from oral surgery to oral and maxillofacial surgery.  

AAOMS presented its top award – the Robert V. Walker Distinguished Service Award – to Thomas Dodson, DMD, MPH, FACS, of Seattle, Wash., for his clinical research that has benefited patients and cultivated innovations in the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Dodson has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, covering topics from office-based anesthesia and wisdom teeth extraction outcomes to identifying victims of domestic abuse with clinical markers.  

Other award winners include:

  • Board of Trustees Special Citation AwardsAlejandro Roisentul, DDS, of Safed, Israel; and Mark Wong, DDS, of Houston, Texas
  • Clinical Research AwardLeonard Kaban, DMD, MD, FACS, of Boston, Mass.
  • Committee Person of the Year AwardJames Mercer, DDS, of West Columbia, S.C.
  • Daniel M. Laskin Award for an Outstanding Predoctoral EducatorRuben Figueroa, DMD, MS, of Mount Dora, Fla.
  • Donald B. Osbon Award for an Outstanding EducatorSteven Roser, DMD, MD, FACS, of Atlanta, Ga.
  • Faculty Educator Development AwardsCarolyn Brookes, DMD, MD, of Shorewood, Wis.; Michael Markiewicz, DDS, MD, MPH, of Chicago, Ill.; Ryan Mirchel, DDS, MD, of Cincinnati, Ohio; Mohammed Qaisi, DMD, MD, FACS, of Chicago, Ill.
  • Honorary FellowshipKarin Wittich, AAOMS Associate Executive Director of Practice Management and Government Affairs, of Rosemont, Ill.
  • Humanitarian Awards for Fellows and MembersShahid Aziz, DMD, MD, FACS, of Newark, N.J.; and Robert Bruce MacIntosh, DDS, of Northville, Mich.
  • John F. Freihaut Political Activist Award – Eugene D’Amico III, DDS, of Newark, Del.
  • Legislator of the Year Award – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) was honored for advocating for the prevention of over-prescribing opioids.
  • Presidential Achievement Award – Daniel Gesek Jr., DMD, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and James Boyle III, DDS, MS, of York, Pa., were honored for committing to the specialty and AAOMS’s mission.
  • Resident Scientific AwardsAshish Sharma, BDS, MSD, of Loma Linda, Calif.; and James Phero, DDS, MD, of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Special Honorary FellowshipsStephen Dover, BDS, MBChB, FDSRCS, FRCS, president of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; and Tara Renton, PhD, MDSc, BDS, FDSRCS, FRACDS (OMS), FHEA, president of the British Association of Oral Surgeons, both of London, England
  • William J. Gies Foundation Award Joseph Van Sickels, DDS, of Lexington, Ky., was recognized for his distinguished achievements as an educator.

The experts in face, mouth and jaw surgery® — The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is the professional organization representing more than 11,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons, OMS residents and OMS professional staff in the United States. AAOMS supports its fellows’ and members’ ability to practice their specialty through education, research and advocacy. AAOMS fellows and members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office anesthesia evaluations. For additional information about oral and maxillofacial surgery, visit the AAOMS websites at AAOMS.org and myOMS.org.

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