Effective July 2018, George Blakey, DDS, Raymond P. White Distinguished Professor and director of the graduate program for oral and maxillofacial surgery, began his appointment as chair of the UNC-CH School of Dentistry Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His appointment as the school’s first assistant dean of hospital affairs also became effective at that time.
Blakey was appointed as successor to Tim Turvey, DDS, FACS, who stepped down from the position after more than 20 years serving the school in that capacity.
“When Dr. Turvey approached me with his plans to step down as chair of the department at the end of June, it did not take long to realize that Dr. Blakey would be the appropriate successor for that role,” said Dean Scott S. De Rossi, DMD, MBA. “Dr. Blakey possesses a decorated career which demonstrates strength in patient care, education and scholarship, and we are fortunate to have his expertise to lead the department.”
In his role as chair, Blakey will provide administrative oversight and guidance for the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, including its faculty practice and research components, day-to-day administrative needs at the UNC-CH School of Dentistry and UNC Hospitals and the appointment of a new director of the residency program.
“As a result of our ever-strengthening relationship with UNC Health Care and as we move to an integrated electronic health record system, we wanted to provide a primary point of contact for whatever needs may arise. Out of that desire, we tapped Dr. Blakey as the school’s first assistant dean for hospital affairs. His relationships and presence within UNC Health Care are an invaluable part of this role, and we are grateful that he agreed to lead the way,” said De Rossi.
As assistant dean of hospital affairs, Blakey will serve as the school’s primary liaison with UNC Health Care.
“I look forward to the opportunity and task of improving relations and increasing collaboration between the UNC-CH School of Dentistry and UNC Health Care,” said Blakey. “Increased collaboration is obviously beneficial for both entities.”
Most recently, Blakey served as an associate professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the UNC-CH School of Dentistry, a role he has held since 2007. Prior to that appointment, he served as an assistant professor in the department after completing his residency in 1992.
He was recognized as the first Raymond P. White Distinguished Associate Professor in 2009, and in 2004 he received the School of Dentistry’s Richard F. Hunt Memorial Award for Excellence in Predoctoral Teaching. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
In March 2018, Turvey notified school leadership of his intention to step down as chair effective on June 30, 2018 after serving more than two decades in the position. Currently, he continues his work as a member of the departmental faculty mentoring and educating students and residents.
“Dr. Turvey has dedicated his career and his life to educating students and residents here at UNC-CH. Countless of those he has trained have gone on to become leaders in their communities, in their states, in the U.S. military and in academics. To say his career thus far has been notable would be an understatement, and I am thrilled he decided to stay on our faculty after stepping aside as chairman,” said De Rossi.
Turvey is considered a world-renowned expert in oral and maxillofacial surgery, lecturing worldwide on a variety of topics including orthognathic surgery, craniofacial abnormalities and surgical orthodontics. Turvey has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous book chapters and co-edited two textbooks, in addition to having served on multiple peer-reviewed magazine editorial boards during his career. His research has primarily been dedicated to long-term stability and adaptation to the correction of facial deformities.
In recognition of his work, he has been distinguished with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons William Gies Award for the Advancement of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Donald B. Osbon Award; the Southeastern Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Distinguished Educator Award; the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Distinguished Service Award; and the 2016 UNC-CH Dental Alumni Association John C. Brauer Award.