Dental Anesthesiology Recognized As Dental Specialty

ADA has announced that dental anesthesiology has become “the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.” On March 11, the National Commission “adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.”

Dr. James Tom, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, said, “This historic vote by the National Commission certainly reflects the ADA’s ongoing efforts towards improved patient care and safety in the areas of dental sedation, dental anesthesiology and access for those with special health care needs.”

In addition to dental anesthesiology, other recognized dental specialties include dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

Pancreatic Cancer takes Two SSOMS Members


Dr. Greg Grantham

Sharon Hunt

Dr. Greg Grantham, SSOMS member from Panama City and Past President of FSOMS, and Sharon Hunt, former SSOMS Executive Director and Honorary Member, both died on February 16 from the same diagnosis, pancreatic cancer.

Greg was one of the nicest men you will ever meet. A consummate gentleman in every respect. He was a loyal servant of the specialty, his community and his church.

Click here to see his published Obituary.

Please send condolences to: Greg Grantham family, 2856 Tupelo Drive, Panama City, FL 32405

Sharon served SSOMS as Executive Director for 11 years as Vice President of Hank Holderfield’s company Professional Association Management, Inc. Sharon left PAMI in 1995 to take the position of Executive Director of the Southern Society of Orthodontists.

Update from SSOMS President

To:  SSOMS Members

Re:  President’s Message

Hello and Happy belated New Year! I hope 2019 is progressing well and will be your best year ever! I wanted to send out a letter/email to the membership to update you on everything going on with the SSOMS.

First, Ireland! Guinness, Jameson, great food, great people and picturesque scenery—what more can we ask for! (*Fun fact—The Irish consume an average of 131.1 liters/ beer per year — ranking them second in the world). Pre-trips start May 4th and the meeting is May 7-12.

Our Pre-trips were sold out, but a few spots have opened up, so if you have interest in going, contact our travel agent, Linda Kinsey ( asap.

Have you registered for the meeting and booked your tours? You can do that by clicking this link: Please send your flight itinerary to Melissa ( as soon as possible so we can arrange transportation to and from Shannon or Dublin. We are going to make sure the tours Saturday end in time to make the reception and President’s Dinner.

Secondly, please remember to donate to our 501 c-3 Foundation. Special thanks to Hank and Bill Means who did a great job helping to set up the foundation. Please take this opportunity to create a legacy which will help to ensure the financial well-being of our society for years to come.

The officers and Board of the SEOMS Educational Foundation are asking the membership to pledge to donate $1000 each (more if possible). To make a donation, send your check made payable to the SEOMS Educational Foundation to the administrative office (address below). If unable to do this in one year, please consider an annual donation over the next 2-5 years to reach the $1,000 goal.  I will give an accounting of our pledges and collected donations at the annual meeting.

Please feel free to call me or email me if you have any questions or concerns regarding this year. It is an honor to serve as your president!

Lee F. Allen DMD, MD

President, SSOMS

PRE-CONFERENCE Ireland – Dublin, Doonbeg

Explore Dublin before Killarney.

Click for More Information: Post  Conference K Club in Straffan, Ireland

This trip includes the spectacular highlights like Georgian Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Dingle Whiskey Bar, The Shelbourne, Kilmainham Jail, Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College Library, Golf Links at Doonbeg, White Horse Spa, Doonbeg Village & Beaches, the Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park.

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This package includes the following:

• 2 nights at The Shelbourne in 10 Deluxe Rooms
• 1 night at Lodge at Doonbeg in 10 Ocean View Suites (mix of 1-Bedroom Suite and 2-Bedroom Suites)
• VAT on all hotels
• Breakfast each morning
• Professional Walking Guide for a 3-hour group walk through Georgian Dublin
• Driver & Separate Guide in Dublin to include Kilmainham Jail, Trinity College (Book of Kells) and Guinness Storehouse – entrances are included to all 3.
• Driver & Separate Guide in Ireland for 2 days
• Dingle Whiskey Experience

This package excludes the following:

  • Entrance fees, activities, distillery tours – unless noted above
  • Gratuity
  • Meals or refreshments (unless otherwise noted)
  • No arrival transfers included

The rate for this 3-night package is $1,600.00 per person sharing strictly based on 10 Rooms – all double occupancy.

A deposit of 20% of the tour price is required at time of booking and to confirm the hotels, transfers, and touring. The remainder of the cost of the tour is due 90 days before travel commences at which time we reserve the right to make an adjustment based upon fluctuations in the exchange rate.  If you wish to lock in the current package price you may do so by paying the full amount at the time of booking. Cancellations received 90 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee of 20% of the total price; cancellations 89 to 30 days, 40%; cancellations 29 to 15 days, 75%; cancellations 14 days or less, 100%.  Once the initial payment has been taken, there will be a $75 revision fee per change.

Ireland 2019 Pre and Post Conference Tours

Flight Information Needed

We are trying to coordinate bus transportation from Dublin to the hotel in Killarney for our members arriving early. Please send Melissa Connor your flight information if you’d like to be included in the group transportation plans. Send your details to

Pre Conference Tour
(3 nights in Ireland)

Featuring Georgian Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Dingle Whiskey Bar, The Shelbourne Kilmainham Jail, Guinness, Trinity College Library, Adare Manor, Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park.

Part of our stay on the Pre-Trip will be at beautiful Adare Manor which is up for number 1 hotel in the world this year. You will have a “once in a lifetime” experience spending the night in a true castle. Besides just enjoying the beauty here, there are so many things to do you will hate to say good-bye to this historical place. For more information, watch this YouTube video.

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Post Conference Tour
(1 night Ireland)

K Club in Straffan, Ireland
Home of the Palmer Ryder Cup Course

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2019 Timeless Cuba Cruise

Timeless Cuba
October 23 – 30, 2019

7-Day Voyage Miami round trip aboard the Oceania Insignia
Custom Tavel & Cruise, Oceania Cruises


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Through political ups and downs, the culture and vivacity of Cuba has endured, and now you can experience it firsthand with visits to three of its most interesting cities.

  • Head west from Havana to explore the village of Soroa, including a stop at the lovely Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden
  • Warm up your hips for a fun-filled night of mambo and salsa at Havana’s Café Taberna
  • Look up to take in the architectural details of the neoclassical buildings in Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • In Santiago de Cuba, marvel at the eclectic collection of the Emilio Bacardí Moreau Museum, founded by the rum entrepreneur and political activist who was the city’s mayor







Oct 23 Wed  Miami, Florida, United States Embark 1 PM 5 PM
Oct 24 Thur Cruising the Old Bahama Channel
Oct 25 Fri  Santiago de Cuba, Cuba 7 AM 3 PM
 Oct 26 Sat  Cienfuegos, Cuba 11 AM 6 PM
 Oct 27 Sun Cruising the Caribbean Sea
 Oct 28 Mon  Havana, Cuba 7 AM
Oct 29 Tue Havana, Cuba 5 PM
Oct 30 Wed Miami, Florida, United States Disembark 8 AM



With OLife Choice*, our limited-time inclusive package, enjoy Roundtrip Airfare*plus choose one:

  • FREE – 4 Shore Excursions
  • FREE – Beverage Package
  • FREE – $400 Shipboard Credit

Amenities are per stateroom

Additional Amenities Include:

  • $100 Spa or Shipboard Credit
  • Pre-Paid Gratuities

*Air included from over 100 gateways. Supplemental fee may apply for non-primary gateways.

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Ocean View staterooms begin at $2,299 per person

The light from a classic porthole illuminates the stunning décor in these 165-square-foot staterooms, tastefully designed to maximize space and convenience.

Verandah staterooms begin at $3,099 per person

Elegant décor graces these handsomely appointed 216-square-foot staterooms that boast our most popular luxury – a private teak veranda for watching the ever-changing panoramas.

Concierge level verandah staterooms begin at $3,299 per person

Concierge level verandah staterooms offer an unrivaled combination of luxury, privilege and value. A wealth of amenities and a host of exclusive benefits elevate the experience to the sublime. You will have the services of a dedicated Concierge and many other special amenities including free laundry service. Elegant décor graces these handsomely appointed 216-square-foot staterooms that boast our most popular luxury – a private teak veranda for watching the ever-changing panoramas.

Penthouse suites begin at $3,999 per person

Our collection of 322-square-foot Penthouse Suites is designed with splendid décor and exquisite furnishings in serene shades of the sea and sun. Spacious enough for private in-suite dining. Relax on the beautifully furnished private teak veranda. You will have many special amenities.

Contact Linda Kinsey with questions or for booking.

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This program is designed to comply with current IRS convention rules and deductibility requirements under Code Section 274(h)(1) as directly related to oral and maxillofacial surgery. It meets the reasonable standard of the foreign seminar rules. The formal meetings are scheduled with lectures and discussions. At the completion of the program, documentation verifying the schedule dates, location, hours of attendance, certification of participation and appropriate certificate of continuing education will be provided. Tax deductible benefits are not guaranteed and we recommend that every attendee should consult with their tax consultant about their individual situation to determine the appropriate amount and reporting of deductible expenses.

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.