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

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!


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