Jimmy E. Albright, DDS Honored with Distinguished Educator Award

Dr. Jimmy E. Albright, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1960 and his D.D.S. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Memphis in 1963. He joined the United States Navy and served as a dental officer from 1964-1974. During this time period, Dr. Albright completed residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland. He left active duty in 1974, affiliated with the Naval Reserve, and retired in 1990 having achieved the rank of Captain.

Dr. Albright joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in October 1974 and has served continuously to the present. During his tenure, Dr. Albright has held several positions: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Director of the Graduate Training Program, Interim Department Chairman, and Department Chairman. He currently serves as part- time Professor and practices in Memphis. He maintains appropriate staff privileges at area hospitals, and spends significant time with the graduate students.

Throughout his career, Dr. Albright has been the recipient of honors and awards, including: the Fellowship Award from the Tennessee Dental Association, the Distinguished Dental Faculty Award from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, the Humanitarian Award from the Memphis Dental Society, Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, and Fellowship in the International College of Dentists.

He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon and the Richard Doggett Dean and Marguerite Taylor Dean Honorary Odontological Society. In 2010, he was presented the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Alumni Association. Dr. Albright is a life member of the American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and served for six years as a member of the advisory committee of that body. He has been the invited guest lecturer at seminars across the United States and has authored or co-authored numerous articles for professional journals.

Robert L. Coles, DMD Honored with Frank DiPlacido Humanitarian Award

Dr. Robert Louis Coles, a native of Mauldin, SC received his undergraduate degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA in 1963 and his DMD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1967. His OMS training was in 1968 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hospitals and his OMS Residency was at the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Coles is a major in the United States Air Force and was Chief, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, USAF Regional Hospital, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

Currently Dr. Coles is in private practice in Mauldin, SC and is on staff in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Greenville Hospital System and the Facial Trauma Service, Greenville Memorial Hospital System. He is an instructor in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and regional faculty with the American Heart Association on ACLS. Dr. Coles is a Diplomat, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Diplomat, National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Coles was a member of several committees in the Greenville Hospital System including Chairman, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Executive Committee; Patient Care Appraisal Committee; Operating Room Committee; Medical Care Committee; Credentials Committee; and Governance Committee.

Dr. Cole’s Honorary awards include Fellowships in the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and the International Congress of Oral Implantology. Dr. Coles is a member of the Roland LaFund Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Presidential Achievement Award Winner, America Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

He is a professional member and has served as leadership on executive committees, served as a delegate, and held other positions in American Dental Association; South Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Greenville County Dental Society; The International Congress of Oral Implantologist; The American College of implantology; The American Society of Osseointegration; South Carolina Dental Association; Piedmont District Dental Association; South Carolina Academy of Dental Practice Administration; American Dental Society of Anesthesiology; Psi Omega; American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; and International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

 

Greetings from the President

Dear SSOMS Colleagues,

    Hal Jones, DDS     

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to look ahead to the 69th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. On behalf of the officers and executive board, Kim and I wish you a happy 2018 and invite you to join us at the Cloister at Sea Island, GA May 2 thru May 6, 2018.

The Cloister is elegant and legendary. Comfortable and fun. And offers gracious accommodations in three equally charming settings. The Cloister Main Building & Wings is perfectly situated near the Sea Island Yacht Club, the Cloister Spa and Fitness Center, and Tennis Center. The Cloister Beach Club is steps away from our five miles of private beach, three swimming pools, and water sports and activities. All are impeccably designed in their signature Spanish Mediterranean décor and are very welcoming.

Since 1928, Sea Island has been known as an exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and heartfelt hospitality. A Forbes Five-Star hotel — The Cloister at Sea Island entices families, outdoor and activity enthusiasts, and those simply wanting to refresh and recharge. It is the only resort in the world to have received four Forbes Five-Star awards for nine consecutive years. Site of a G-8 Summit of world leaders, Sea Island provides exceptional settings and service for conferences and executive retreats. Sea Island is steeped in golf tradition and is home to three championship golf courses, including Seaside and Plantation, home of the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic, as well as the nation’s finest Golf Performance Center.

Dr. George Kushner has prepared an excellent scientific program with speakers including himself and Dr. Brian Alpert. Dr. Kushner will focus on “Complications in Dentistry” and “Tibia Bone Graft” and Dr. Alpert will present three sessions on “Evolution of OMSF Over the Last 50 Years” and “Forty Year History in Management of Jaw Diseases” and “New Innovations in Management of Jaw Diseases.”

The executive board is proud to announce that two of our long-time members and leaders will be honored at this meeting. Dr. Robert Coles has been awarded our Frank DiPlacido Humanitarian Award and we’ll also honor Dr. Jimmy Albright with the Distinguished Educator Award. Congratulations to both of these accomplished leaders.

We will, again, enjoy a splendid President’s Banquet on Saturday night in a beautiful coastal setting. So, Kim and I are very excited about what awaits us at the Cloister and we hope that we will see you there! Come join us and bring your family and professional friends. Make this the biggest SSOMS meeting ever!

Warm regards,

Hal and Kim

OMS Loses a Giant

With great sadness, we announce the death of past president Dr. Jim Ingrassia, who passed away on December 20. Jim was not only a great leader for the OMS specialty but loved by all.

He fought a courageous battle against overwhelming odds. May we all face the final curtain call with such grace and dignity.

The obituary and information on donations in his honor can be found here.

2018 Annual Meeting

69th Annual Meeting
May 2-6, 2018
The Cloister, Sea Island, GA

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Join us at the 69th SSOMS meeting to be held at the beautiful Cloister at Sea Island, GA. Since 1928, Sea Island has been known as an exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and heartfelt hospitality. With four Forbes Five-Star experiences – The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island, The Spa at Sea Island, and the Georgian Room restaurant – Sea Island entices families, outdoor and activity enthusiasts, and those simply wanting to refresh and recharge.

It is the only resort in the world to have received four Forbes Five-Star awards for nine consecutive years. Site of a G-8 Summit of world leaders, Sea Island provides exceptional settings and service for conferences and executive retreats. Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, a Beach Club, tennis and squash centers, Yacht Club, Shooting School, and Camp Cloister. Sea Island is steeped in golf tradition and is home to three championship golf courses, including Seaside and Plantation, home of the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic, as well as the nation’s finest Golf Performance Center.


SSOMS Room Block at The Cloister is Sold Out!

If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, email mconnor@pami.org.

Sea Island Cottages are Available!

These cottages also include the Cloister facilities (pool, beach, golf, etc).
To check availability and make a reservation: Sea Island Cottages

Here are other accommodations near the Cloister:

Hampton Inn St Simons Island (3.7 miles)
2204 Demere Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
912-634-2204

Home Suites by Hilton (4.0 miles)
105 Terminal Way
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
912-638-0333

King and Prince Hotel (5.4 miles)
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons, Island GA 31522
800 342-0212

Sea Gate Inn (5.7 miles)
1015 Beachview Dr.
St. Simons Island, Ga 31522
912-638-8661


Our Presenters and Program

Complications is Dentistry” and “Tibia Bone Graft

George Kushner, DMD, MD, FACD, FACS

Dr. Kushner is a native of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University and Temple University School of Dentistry. Following his completion of his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Louisville he did a fellowship at the Oral Surgery Institute in Knoxville, TN in TMD under Jeffery Carter D.M.D., M.D. After his fellowship he enrolled and graduated from medical school at The University of Alabama. He completed his general surgery core year at Providence Hospital.
He came back to Louisville in 1993, becoming the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program Director in 1994. He achieved the rank of full professor in 2007. He is a Diplomat, Fellow, and member of AAOMS, ADEA, SSOMS, and the American College of Surgeons, holding leadership positions in most of these organizations. Dr. Kushner lectures worldwide and is well published on a variety of topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a Trustee of the AO Foundation, an international organization committed to excellence in musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Kushner has become the “go to” surgeon in his area of the country for complex injuries, deformities, and complications.


“Evolution of OMSF Over the Last 50 Years”;
“Forty Year History in Management of Jaw Diseases”
and “New Innovations in Management of Jaw Diseases”

Brian Alpert, DDS, FACS, FACD, FICD

Dr. Alpert was born in Southern California and grew up in Lake Placid, New York. He received his A.B. from University College of New York University in 1963 and is a 1967 graduate of the School of Dental & Oral Surgery, Columbia University. He did his residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center – Queens Hospital Center. Following training, he served in the U. S. Army Dental Corps at both the 121st Evacuation Hospital in Korea and Womack Army Hospital at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

He began his academic career at the University of Illinois as Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. In 1973 he joined the faculty at the University of Louisville as Associate Professor and Director of the Advanced Training Program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He was then the youngest oral and maxillofacial surgery program director in the country. He was promoted to Professor in 1978 and became Chairman of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in the School of Dentistry and Chief at University Hospital in 1987. Not solely an “academic”, he has always maintained an active, full-scope private practice.

He is a Diplomate, Fellow or member of virtually all U.S. professional organizations pertaining to his specialty or dental education and has held leadership positions in most. Dr. Alpert has received the Harrigan Award, the Iula Award, the Osbon Award and was named the AONA Craniomaxillofacial Educator of the year in 2004 and the SSOMS Distinguished Educator in 2005. In 2008 he received the ADEA Presidential Citation. He has authored over 70 scientific publications and has lectured throughout the world on topics including craniomaxillofacial trauma, craniofacial and dentofacial deformity correction, man- agement of odontogenic tumors, maxillofacial reconstruction, dental anesthesiology, implantology and OMFS education.

Since 1985, Dr. Alpert has been active in the AO/ASIF, an international research and educational organization committed to advancing the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, disease and deformities. He has served in several leadership positions both with AO North America and the AO Foundation representing Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, most recently a 6 year term on the Academic Council. Since 1987 he has participated as faculty in 94 AO CMF courses of all varieties and in all regions. He was most recently honored by being elected an Honorary Trustee of the AO Foundation.

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2022 Annual Meeting

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Important Medical Malpractice Legislation Passes the House; Help Needed with Senate

On Wednesday evening, the House passed the medical malpractice legislation (HR 1215) that AAOMS has vigorously advocated. The near party-line vote was 218-210 with 6 members not voting.

One amendment was agreed to during the floor debate and was included in the bill. It does the following:

Allows a physician to apologize to a patient for an unintended outcome without having the apology count against them in the court of law.
Requires a plaintiff to provide a notice of intent to the physician 90 days before the lawsuit is filed.
Defers to sundry state laws regarding lawsuits and outlines requirements witnesses must meet for testimony during trial.

One amendment failed that would have given affirmative defense to defendants in health care liability cases if they can show they complied with clinical practice guidelines.

It will be an uphill battle in the Senate so our work is not done. We must support AAOMS’ legislative efforts.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Please click on this link to send a letter to your Senators:

Grassroots campaign aimed at the Senate.

Simply fill in your name and demographic information and the system will develop a letter to go to your Senators from you. Freely edit the letter or send as is.

Thanks for your help!

Hal E. Jones, DDS
President