The UNC OMFS program was showered with honors during the opening ceremonies of at the 85th AAOMS meeting in Orlando.
The Donald B. Osborn Award for Excellence in Education was given to Dr. Tim Turvey. Turvey acknowledged this recognition as a pinnacle of his career as an educator and that this tribute meant more to him than any other acknowledgment he could have received.
Dr. Raymond White received three prestigious awards.
The AAOMS Distinguished Service Award which is given to a member who has contributed significant time and effort to the AAOMS programs, committees and helping the organization and its members fulfill the organization’s missions.
The Research Recognition Award is given to an individual who has distinguished himself by demonstrating excellence in scientific contributions to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. White was selected to receive this award because of his lifetime commitment to fostering the science of our specialty. Early in his career, White reported on clinical research topics including tooth transplantation, trauma and orthognathic surgery. His most recent contributions to the AAOMS sponsored third molar clinical trials are substantial and they will ensure the healthful future of all OMFS.
White was also recognized for the best scientific paper published in the Journal of OMFS during the year. The award recognized three consecutive papers reporting the findings of the third molar project. This award was accepted by White on behalf of himself and coauthors and UNC School of Dentistry faculty colleagues George Blakey, Steven Offenbacher and Ceib Phillips.
Presentations made by UNC OMFS Faculty and Residents included three abstracts–third year resident, Matt Jacks, faculty, Paul Tiwana and Raymond White presenting for the late Dr. Susan Foy presented papers related to the third molar clinical trials.
Other presentations at the meeting included a symposium paper by George Blakey for Professor Emeritus Dr. Bill Terry on the Use of Steroids for Giant Cell Tumors.
Tim Turvey presented a surgical round table on Myocutaneous and Myoosseous flaps for OMF reconstruction.
Ramon Ruiz presented two surgical clinics on cleft lip and palate reconstruction and craniofacial surgery, a presentation on Pierre-Robin Sequence, and was recognized as the new Chair of the Orthognathic/Cleft/Craniofacial Section for the new OMSAT Examination.