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Advisory Council for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery News: Winter 2019

Message from the Chair


Happy New Year from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Advisory Council for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS).

We are delighted that the ACS Board of Regents voted at the Clinical Congress 2018 in Boston, MA, to elevate the status of the Section on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to Advisory Council status. We hope that 2019 will be a year of personal and professional fulfillment for you. In an effort to make the activities of the College increasingly relevant and accessible to its oral and maxillofacial surgery membership, we plan to issue twice yearly e-newsletters describing the general activities of the ACS, and of the Advisory Council for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Our goal is to highlight benefits of ACS membership to you, the practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Steven M. Roser, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Advisory Council for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Advisory Council Updates

New Advisory Council Members

The advisory council welcomes the following new members:

Steven M. Roser, MD, FACS, Atlanta, GA
Program Liaison

Ghali E. Ghali, DDS, MD, FRCS(Ed), FACS, Shreveport, LA
Board of Governor Representative
American Association of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)

Brett L. Ferguson, DDS, FACS, Kansas City, MO
Specialty Society Representative
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Alan S. Herford, MD, FACS, Loma Linda, CA
American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Highlights from Clinical congress 2018

Clinical Congress 2018 drew over 13,000 attendees, and a broad range of topics were presented in a variety of formats. Programs included cutting edge discussions on firearm safety, diversity, humanitarian efforts, health care delivery, surgical education and training, and technology in surgery.

The 2018 Initiate class was the largest ever, with 1,970 new members. Congratulations to the 77 oral and maxillofacial surgeons that received their Fellows of the ACS (FACS) status at the Clinical Congress 2018.

New Initiates in Boston with Drs. Roser and A. Thomas Indresano, DMD, FACS, AAOMS president, at the OMS reception.

Clinical Congress 2019

Advisory Council for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program proposals for Clinical Congress 2019 are due by May 1, 2019. Contact Dr. Roser at with your program ideas.

OMS Representatives on ACS Committees

OMS Fellows hold committee appointments on the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT), ACS Program Committee, and the ACS Education Subcommittee for Operation Giving Back.

George Kushner, DDS, MD, FACS, is the OMS representative to the COT.

Dr. Roser, MD, FACS, is our representative to the ACS Clinical Congress Program Committee and the Education Subcommittee for Operation Giving Back.

There are a number of opportunities to serve in the ACS. Please review the ACS committee listings on the College website and contact me with your interest at The Advisory Council for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can also make recommendations for committee positions.

ACS Oral-Maxillofacial Online Community

The ACS Oral-Maxillofacial Community allows you to connect, engage, and share information with your fellow members. These online ACS Communities provide a forum for users to share best practices, seek advice, and contribute lessons learned from professional experiences.

2019 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are very involved in surgical volunteerism. The ACS, in association with Pfizer, is accepting nominations for the 2019 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards. These annual awards recognize surgeons who have made significant contributions to communities in need of surgical aid via organized volunteer activities, through the dedication of their surgical career to the underserved, or through a retirement characterized by surgical outreach.

All nominations must be received by February 15, 2019. For more information, contact or visit the awards web page.

Update your ACS Member Profile

Your ACS member profile allows you to maintain a professional presence online and easily connect with your colleagues. Your patients can visit your profile to learn more about you, and it will help potential patients find you. Personalize your profile with information about your practice, your education and training, areas of clinical concentration, and your board certifications and society memberships. Add a link to your practice website and a photo.

Update your profile now.

Contact Us

The Advisory Council for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is interested in hearing your concerns and suggestions. You may submit  your comments to the advisory council's staff liaison at