2018 Annual Meeting Highlights

The beauty of the Cloister at Sea Island was breathtaking and the weather was perfect for the entire weekend.

Our meeting began on Thursday with our candidate interviews (we had 19 new candidates!) and SSOMS board meetings. Then we enjoyed connecting with old friends and colleagues at our Wednesday reception.

Our scientific program with Dr. George Kushner and Dr. Brian Alpert were
rigorous and informative. Thank you again for speaking at our conference. Our conference also held two
business sessions and had a range of reports from our committee chairs.

Ms. Kim Jones, wife of President Hal Jones hosted the spouses annual breakfast and we were lucky
enough to gather them all together for a photo! Thank you!

We welcomed 19 candidates to active membership including: Drs. Michael Babston, David Barnett, Hank Blair, Adam Blumer, Michael Buchanan, Justin Damron, Michael Demo, Jennifer Hall, Amy Kuhmichel, Thomas McKeon, Albert Oliphant, Al Pesto, David Parker, Kathlyn Powell, Michael Rosenthal, Lawrence Sivori, Patrick Walker, Mark Adamiak, and Ryan Thomas.

There was hard work but also great friend and family time! See photos below from all of our activities
including  tennis, golfing, fishing and watching the Kentucky Derby

Our finale for the weekend was our President’s Reception and Banquet honoring our 2018 President Hal Jones, our incoming 2019 President Lee Allen and our two award winners: Dr. Robert L. Coles, DMD (unable to attend) as our Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Dr. Jimmy E. Albright, DDS honored with the Distinguished Educator Award. Congratulations!

A great celebration for all!


Opening Reception

Program and Meetings




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70th SSOMS Annual Meeting
May 7-12, 2019
The Europe Hotel & Resort
Killarney, Ireland



2019 Annual Meeting

2019 SSOMS Annual Meeting
May 7-12, 2019
The Europe Hotel & Resort
Killarney, Ireland



Muckross Farms

Step back in time when you visit a real working historic-based farm and school house. You’ll have fun with lessons in making Irish soda bread and butter, learn a few Irish dances and dine on local scones, butter and local jams.

Ring of Kerry

Breath-taking views of Kerry’s rugged coastline and mountain passes. A perfect blend of windswept cliffs, blue lakes and rocky mountains.

Dingle Peninsula

Wild expanses of the northern peninsula where the sky meets the sea is truly awe-inspiring. You visit the charming town of Dingle home to wonderful shops of handmade arts and crafts, award winning pubs, seafood restaurants and cafés.

Gap of Dunloe

Via the Jaunting Car (Pony and Buggy) you’ll travel to the base of the MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. Tour includes a BBQ lunch and afterwards you’ll take a Gap Boat through the mountainous lakes.

Biking, Hawks and Horses

Bike or horseback ride through the Killarney National Park and/or visit with magnificent birds of prey on the beautiful Killarney landscape.

DAILY SCHEDULE  (brief outline)

Wednesday, May 8
2pm Board Meeting and Examination of Candidates
6pm Welcome Reception
Thursday, May 9
8-12 Scientific Presentations by Dr. Ghali Ghali
Morning event for spouses
12 noon Afternoon Tours
Friday, May 10 Day long Tours
Saturday, May 11
8-12 Scientific Presentation and Business Meeting
8am Board Meeting and Past President’s Advisory Meeting
8-12 Afternoon Tours
6pm President’s Reception
7pm President’s Dinner featuring Irish Music and Dancing
Sunday, May 12 Departures to States and Dublin
Monday, May 13 Departures


2020 Annual Meeting

April 21-26, 2020
Casa Marina
Key West, FL

2021 Annual Meeting

2021 Annual Meeting
May 11-16, 2021
Ritz Carlton
Amelia Island, FL

2022 Annual Meeting

2022 Annual Meeting
April 26-May 1, 2022
The Montage
Palmetto Bluff, SC

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.


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

Azamara Quest

8-Night Amalfi and Dalmation Coast Cruise
September 13 – 20, 2018

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“NIGHTS on US” Sale
Limited time only sale for the Azamara Cruise
BOOK NOW and get a $200 per person early-booking-bonus shipboard credit.

Sign up and make your deposit to take advantage of this sale.

Ocean View Room:
Original Price: $3,699 per person
Sale Price: $3,086.58 per person

Stateroom with Balcony:
Original Price: $4099 per person
Sale Price: $3,536.58 per person

Deposits are refundable except for $50 per person if you cancel before May 2018.

For more information, call Linda Kinsey at 770-949-1133 or 770-855-8244.

You’ll love kicking off this voyage in Civitavecchia..The 793-passenger Quest provides a low-key cruise experience rather than high-tech, trendy amenities found on megaships. Think intimate cocktail bars, paneled dining rooms and afternoon tea in comfy surroundings.

Board the ship in Civitavecchia (Rome) then it’s off to more classics. A classic thing to do in Amalfi is to rent a Fiat 500, the quintessential Italian car, and drive along the Amalfi coast, the quintessential Italian road. But drive slowly; the narrow lanes, switchback corners, and terrifying drop-offs make any other speed too frightening. The views are well worth the trip. Or take a tour and let someone else do the driving. And get a good night’s sleep, for it’s off to Taormina, Sicily next, where a cannoli tasting on top of Europe’s largest active volcano is on tap.

On the Greek island of Corfu, wander the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, and then try a Greek coffee under the vaulted archways of the Liston. Or drive out to the countryside to Agni, the gourmet center of Corfu, and sample the pickled octopus in a classic taverna. On the Dalmatian Coast, tiny Kotor lies hidden from the open sea, tucked into a fjord. Visit the medieval Old Town and find any one of the splendid piazzas with boutiques and more octopus, grilled here with olives, tomatoes, and onions. And while in Kotor, experience an AzAmazing evening event included in your cruise.
After a stop at the charming island of Hvar, sail to Slovenia. A late night here gives time for a trip to the Škocjan Caves, the largest underground canyon in the world. Above ground, venture out to the capital of Ljubljana and ride the glass elevator up a wooded hill to Ljubljana Castle. After the views in the tower, find the bistro for Slovenian comfort food. But save room for the best pizza you’ve ever tried in Venice, on your last stop. Eight nights. Bountiful cultural opportunities. And did we mention the food?

Oceanview Stateroom – $3,699 per person

Balcony Stateroom – $4,099 per person

Other categories available. Deposit amount is $1,100 of which all is refundable except for $50 if cancelled before May 2018. No single supplement special.






 THU 13-SEP  Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy  Embark  6:00 pm
 FRI 14-SEP  Amalfi, Italy  Tendered  7:30 am  9:00 pm
 SAT 15-SEP   Giardini Naxos (Taormina), Sicily, Italy  Tendered  12:00 pm  6:30 pm
 SUN 16-SEP  Corfu, Greece  Docked  1:00 pm  10:00 pm
 MON 17-SEP  Kotor, Montenegro  Docked  1:00 pm  9:00 pm
 TUE 18-SEP  Hvar, Croatia  Tendered  8:00 am  4:00 pm
 WED 19-SEP  Koper, Slovenia  Docked  9:00 am  10:00 pm
 THU 20-SEP  Venice, Italy  Docked  8:00 am
 FRI 21-SEP  Venice, Italy  Debark


  • All port charges and taxes
  • $100 shipboard credit per stateroom
  • Complimentary AzAmazing EveningsSM event
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Not included: Shore excursions

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2017 Annual Meeting Highlights


The attributes of the Southeastern Society

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Multidisciplinary Treatment Solutions for PERI-Implantitis


June 9 – 11, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

Please join Geistlich Biomaterials and the symposium sponsors at a one of a kind Multidisciplinary Treatment Solutions for Peri-Implantitis Symposium in Chicago. This interactive and didactic three-day event will cover topics addressing Peri-Implantitis, presented by world-class international speakers with expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment associated with Peri-Implantitis complications.

This multidisciplinary approach engages all dental professionals who are interested and are responsible for the placement, maintenance, restoration and preservation of dental implants.

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Gerald Laboda, DMD Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Gerald Laboda, DMD

We are honored to have chosen Gerald Laboda, DMD as our Lifetime Achievement Award Winner; his accomplishments and dedication to our profession are exemplary.

Dr. Laboda received his DMD degree from Temple University in 1960. His residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was from 1961-1963 at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and his graduate medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Laboda was Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at US Army Hospital, Sandia Base in Albuquerque, NM. He then moved to Southwest Florida with Columbia/HCA Health Care Corp where he became medical director. Dr. Laboda was an Adjunct Clinical Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University and at Broward General Medical Center from 2008-2015. He is a founding Partner and was Senior Surgeon at Southwest Florida Oral and Facial Surgery, PA. from 1965 to 2007.

Dr. Laboda has been a member and served as an officer of many state and national Oral and Maxillofacial organizations including: Board of Dentistry, State of Florida, 1999-2003; Chairman – Board of Dentistry, State of Florida, 2002; Chairman – Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation (OMSF) 2000-2002; Director – OMSF, 1991-2002; President – American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, (AAOMS) 1989-1990; President-Elect– AAOMS, 1988-1989; Vice-President – AAOMS, 1987-1988; Trustee – District III, Board of Trustees, AAOMS, 1984-1987; Committeeman of the Year – AAOMS, 1983; Chairman – Committee on Practice, AAOMS, 1980-1983; Committee – Parameters of Care Coordination Committee, AAOMS, 1991-1994; Chairman,1994-1998; Officer – Past President, Florida Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Past President, Southwest Florida Dental Society; Past President, Florida Dental Society of Anesthesiology; Past President, Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Delegate or Alternate, House of Delegates, AAOMS, 1971-1984; Consultant – Council on Hospital and Institutional Dental Services of American Dental Association, 1980-1983; Consultant – Special Committee on Managed Care, ABOMS, 1994-1995; Secretary/Chairman – District III Caucus, AAOMS, 1981-1982 and is currently a Diplomate, ABOMS, 1966 – present.

Dr. Laboda is a Fellow in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, American College of Dentists and International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. His hospital affiliations include: Emeritus Staff – Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, Cape Coral Hospital and Lehigh Regional Medical Hospital. He was a member of Board of Trustees, Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center, 1974-2007; member of Board of Trustees, Gulf Coast Hospital, 1995-2007; member of Board of Trustees, East Pointe Hospital, 1995-2002 and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center, 1987-1994.

Dr. Laboda has been a vital and active member of his community serving on numerous boards and in many positions including: Stonegate Bank, member, Board of Directors, 2011-2016; Vice Chair – Board of Directors, SW Capital Bank, 2007- 2011; Chairman, Ft. Myers Downtown Redevelopment Agency, 1993 – Present; Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation – 2001-2007; Chairman, Florida Repertory Theater, Inc. 2002-Present; Lee County Public Schools Foundation, Inc, Past President and Charter Member; Coalition for a Drug Free Lee County; Barnett Bank of Lee County, N.A.; (Senior Member of the Executive Committee), 1974-1997; Nations Bank – SW Florida Market, 1997-1999; Y.M.C.A. of Lee County, Florida (Past President); Lee County Cancer Society and the United Way of Lee County.

Dr. Laboda continues to publish and present on oral and maxillofacial surgery topics across the U.S. and has been published in many accredited journals.

Congratulations, Dr. Loboda!