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November 2014 Newsletter
An Invitation from the President


Dear SSOMS members, candidates, families and friends,


Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida

Now that the holidays and cooler temperatures are rapidly approaching,
we are sure to be thinking of the 2015 SSOMS Meeting at the spectacular Breakers Hotel in sunny Palm Beach, Florida. Next year's gathering occurs from April 29 to May 3, and this newly renovated resort will serve to enhance the fun, camaraderie and learning that we have come to expect at our annual meeting. Mark your 2015 calendars; the Breakers Hotel has always been a favorite venue for the SSOMS and next year's agenda features a new "twist" along with the classic social and educational events that continue to draw us back each Spring.


The SSOMS takes pride in honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our specialty and our Society. In 2015, we will honor
Dr. Ronald Tankersley with our Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Daniel Laskin will receive our Distinguished Educator Award and we will present the Frank DiPlacido Award to Dr. Charles Cuttino. We can all take pride in having the opportunity to have been associated with these special members of our Society.


Our scientific program will be headlined by Dr. Robert Marx, world-renowned educator and prolific author from the University of Miami. Dr. Marx is internationally recognized for his expertise in maxillofacial pathology, reconstruction and bone grafting as well as his work regarding medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw.


The Saturday evening President's Dinner will showcase a special guest speaker that is sure to bring laughter to the point of tears to all attendees. New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Dave Barry ("You can only be young once. But you can always be immature") will join us for dinner and a "lecture" that in all likelihood will bring us to our knees with hilarity (figuratively speaking). Anyone who has read his "Year in Review" commentaries or any of his over 38 books will know not to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Dave may even stick around to sign a few books (if you happen to bring one of your own!!)


Of course, we will have our perennial Wednesday cocktail reception, our golf tournament, a tennis event, the fun run, and a collection of additional social or "shopping" excursions. Benita and I look forward to seeing so many of our friends and colleagues at the 2015 SSOMS meeting. On behalf of the Board, Hank, Leslie and their crew, we invite you to come to Palm Beach.

Have a happy holiday season.

Mike and Benita Miller

Highlights from San Diego

Attendees fell in love with the earthy yet sophisticated Rancho Bernardo Inn, site of the 65th Annual Meeting, and the near-perfect Southern California weather, making it one of the best meetings ever. Carol and Larry Nissen used their years of meeting experience to design a program packed with outstanding CE, unique special events and exciting tours that set a standard that will be difficult to equal in the future.

Dr. Andy Herlich led off the CE with an in-depth look at capnography and anesthesia complications, using case studies and cutting-edge material to show how to stay out of trouble. Dr. Jay Malmquist followed with an expansive study of implant complications that gave attendees information they could use as soon as they returned to their practices, the most important criterion of all CE programs.

And we honored some giants of the specialty.

  • Dr. Frank Dolwick, a pioneer in the surgical treatment of TMJ, received the Distinguished Educator Award.
  • Dr. Vishy Broumand, a specialist in facial reconstructive surgery, was honored with the Frank DiPlacido Humanitarian Award in recognition of his extraordinary service in Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010.
  • Dr. Raymond White was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of an exemplary career dedicated to making oral and maxillofacial surgery the honored specialty it is today.
  • And the meeting was dedicated to Dr. Jerry Laboda, a legendary leader of the specialty whose record of service is unparalleled in our region and throughout the country.
Noreen DiPlacido joins Larry Nissen to present the Frank DiPlacido Humanitarian Award to Vishy Broumand.
  Ray White receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from President
Larry Nissen.
President Nissen awards Frank Dolwick the Distinguished Educator's Award.

President Nissen with SSOMS icon Jerry Laboda, in whose name the meeting
was dedicated.
President Nissen toasts the end of a great year and the beginning of a new one under the leadership of Mike Miller.
For more photos documenting this wonderful Southeastern journey 
to beautiful Southern California,  
David Johnson Announces Candidacy for AAOMS Treasurer; Bob Clark is Candidate for District III Trustee


SSOMS Past President David Johnson, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, has announced his candidacy for the position of AAOMS Treasurer. David is currently the AAOMS Trustee from District III, a position he has served with distinction for the past three years. David served as SSOMS president in 2012, when we enjoyed one of our truly memorable meetings in Ponte Vedra. That year he also served as president of the Tennessee Society. Not bad for a father of two young twins!  David is an exceptional leader, gifted communicator and one of the most diligent and dogged protectors of the specialty we have ever known. His leadership is needed as we face some imposing challenges in the years to come.


We are also pleased to announce that Bob Clark, Lexington, Kentucky, has announced as a candidate to succeed David as District III Trustee. Bob brings similar skills and talents to the position so we expect District III to continue its enviable record of producing quality leaders for the specialty.

Congratulations David and Bob, and thanks for your years of support of the Southeastern!

Future Meeting Dates and Sites

66th Annual Meeting

April 29-May 3, 2015

The Breakers

West Palm Beach, FL


67th Annual Meeting

May 4-8, 2016

Four Seasons Resort

Scottsdale, AZ


68th Annual Meeting

May 3-7, 2017

The Greenbrier

White Sulphur Springs, WV

69th Annual Meeting

To Be Determined

70th Annual Meeting

The Europe Hotel & Resort

Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

SSOMS Year of the Volunteer

SSOMS Volunteer Form

Last year we requested that you complete the volunteer form to indicate how many hours of oral surgery were donated. We are asking that you complete this form again this year.

We hope that 100% of our members will provide at least one (and hopefully more than one) donated oral and maxillofacial or dental-related service during the next year. 


The form is very basic; it reports the member's name (only for the purpose of calculating the % of membership participating), state of practice, the service(s) provided and a value or hours of service(s) provided. An aggregate report will be generated that will document the total number of services provided and the total value of services provided by SSOMS members. We assure you that great care will be taken so that no individual information will be reported, only the aggregate data. Download form here.


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