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Register for the meeting at the Breakers!
The Breakers, Palm Beach
The Breakers, Palm Beach
April 29 - May 3, 2015
We would like to remind you that registration is open for the 66th Annual meeting of the Southeastern Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons to be held at The Breakers in Palm Beach. While several of you made hotel accommodations in advance you now have to complete the registered process for you and your spouse.

This year meeting registration will be accomplished online. Please click on the link below to be taken to the site.

You may also access the link from the SSOMS website www.ssoms.org.

Please call Leslie Boulter at the SSOMS administration office at 770.271.4483 if you need assistance.

Our room block is full.
If you do not have a room, we suggest that you call Leslie immediately. She will place you on the Breakers' waiting list for any cancellations that may occur. Below is a link that will take you to a list of additional hotels in the area.

Tours & Activities
Please be sure to sign up for the tours and activities offered.  Any tour that does not reach its minimum will be cancelled two weeks prior to the event. See you at The Breakers!
Volunteer Services Registry
Second Request

Dear SSOMS Members,

Last year, SSOMS President Larry Nissen initiated a new registry to document the many good deeds that our member OMS's perform daily for our less fortunate populations. Larry called this program "The Year of the Volunteer". The impressive results were reported at the San Diego meeting causing the SSOMS Board to vote unanimously to continue the registry another year.

All of us understand the significant unmet need that exists in oral health care and as benevolent oral and maxillofacial surgeons, we continually provide both emergency and semi-emergency care to many patients, without compensation. This is done in private offices, public health facilities, community and faith-based programs, as well as on domestic and international mission trips. Unfortunately, the world outside of dentistry is not aware of the magnitude of these ongoing efforts.

A form is included with this letter to use to report your volunteer activities. It is our 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. I assure you that great care will be taken so that no individual information will be reported, only the aggregate data.

This information will again be reported to the membership at our annual meeting and can be used by the SSOMS and state societies in their advocacy and media efforts. Retired members who are not practicing can qualify by participating in dental, medical, community or faith-based charitable efforts.

As members of the SSOMS, we have an obligation to the society as learned, healthcare professionals. This information will only serve to help validate our Society's active participation in achieving its mission to the public that we serve.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Dr. Michael E. Miller, President

W. Mark Tucker, DDS, Named  2015 UT College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus
Dr. Paul McCord and Dr. Mark Tucker pictured
Dr. Paul McCord, President of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Alumni Association
presents the Outstanding Alumnus Award to Dr. Mark Tucker. 

Tennessee native W. Mark Tucker, DDS, has been selected as the 2015 UTHSC Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Dr. Tucker received the award at the Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 6.

"Alumni like Dr. Mark Tucker serve as standard-bearers for our college as well as for the entire dental profession," said Tim Hottel, DDS, MS, MBA, dean of the UTHSC College of Dentistry. "Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a solid commitment to leadership, service and the highest quality patient care. His life's work in private practice, caring for veterans, and pursuing research serve as examples for our students to both admire and follow. It is a distinct pleasure for us to acknowledge Mark as the 2015 College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus."

Mark attended UTHSC and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in December 1966. Dr. Tucker went on to complete his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston and the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He also fulfilled a maxillofacial surgery fellowship in North Wales, United Kingdom.

Mark began his practice as a general dentist at the Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia in 1968. He was named chief of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Section at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Florida, in June 1972, and remained in the post until December 2009.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Tucker served as a consultant for six private and three federal hospitals located throughout Florida. He was a member of the charter faculty of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and has served for many years as Hillsborough County Associate Medical Examiner for forensic odontology. He has made more than 240 scientific presentations, written or contributed to more than 30 scientific journal articles, and participated in clinical research.

Mark is past president of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He also held leadership positions in the Florida Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Hillsborough County Dental Research Clinic. Tucker holds fellowships in the American College of Dentistry and the International College of Dentists. In addition, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Since his retirement from James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Mark has served as the oral and maxillofacial surgeon at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

In Memoriam:

Charles W. Thompson, DDS, Atlanta, passed away quietly at the age of 89 on March 14.  He is survived by Virginia, his wife of 60 years, three children and five grandchildren.