GSOMS Forum 3/25/20: Meeting Notes

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Thursday, April 2, 7:30 pm

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GSOMS Forum Zoom Meeting Notes
March 25, 2020
7:30 pm

1. Checking in on OMS’s Throughout the State
2. AAOMS Guidelines Regarding PPE and Procedures

Glen Maron/OMSNIC: Legal office staff liability with homemade materials
Virus stays in the air 3-5 hours. Fumigating offices? Room Clean up. Emory if you have aired particles, room needs to be down 1-3 hours and the cleaned. The length of time to be down depends on the function of the air exchange rate in your room. Engineer to help you determine the air exchange in your office.

Share documents from California – Guide to Aerosol Transmissible Diseases

  • Suggests: N95, with mask over the mask and then face shield. You have to be careful how you take your mask off. Bottom first, then the top. Dawning and Doffing process for your gowns.
  • Clearing the room, cleaning it between patients, limiting the staffing.
  • ½ percent Peroxide rinse 60 secs.
  • Asymptomatic person just as contagious? YES, Serum testing will hopefully be out very soon.
  • HVAC systems: particles can circulate in the system? 17 days virus on surfaces. Jeff Schultz will investigate.

3) Update from GA Board of Dentistry – Glenn Maron

Teleconsult Ruling for Remote Consultations
Rule change on telemedicine is within the law. Dentistry did not allowed us to use telehealth. Passed by the Board of Dentisty, Telemedicine emergent, urgent and consultations. Treatment planning. Expiration date is April 15th or if the crisis ends sooner and reevaluate if crisis is still going. If you have a medical license you can do it also. Documentation for consult required for billing. Procedures have to follow. HHS Parameters that are currently there. Link on Board of Dentistry from Glen to send to members. OMNSNIC says we do have coverage.

See Teleconsults doc. attached for link/more details.

4) Update from HOSPITALS

Steve Roser: Emory
Noon today: 1,247 in GA 334 in Hospital. 30 deaths.

Emory: Flu, 450 PUI 225, 128 Positive, ICU 5 we have capacity for ICU: Surge is coming redeployment of resource. Other procedures being done are a fraction of what we do. Time sensitive patients; would be harmed by delay. Evaluate by team based on supplies. Supply chain and personnel attention. Residents are off and weekly doing telemedicine activities.

Alice Coker: WellStar

Kennestone has the most in WellStar HCS. Preparing for the surge. Elective cases are way down. 90 PUI, 25-30 COVID Positive. ER visits are down. All ENT and OMFS procedures have to be done with PAPR equipment.

5) When do we get back to our patients and regular visits? What’s our new normal? Gov. Kemp, GA will go back to earlier than later. Won’t shut things down if he doesn’t have. Will follow President’s recommendations. In GA, certain areas affected than others.

Are we putting our staff in harm’s way? Evaluate Urgent vs. Emergent: Is the patient going to get worse in the next 90 days?

6) Next Zoom Meeting:

April 2, 7:30 PM
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Thanks for participating,

Amy Kuhmichel
GSOMS President

GSOMS endorses the AAOMS recommendations and protocols for COVID19

This is  a critical public safety crisis.  Please consider for the safety of yourself, family and community, it is imperative that we delay/reschedule elective procedures.  

*Asymptomatic patients requesting removal of disease-free teeth with no risk of impairment of the patient’s condition or pending treatment should defer treatment to a later date.*

Stay safe and well, 

Amy Kuhmichel, DMD

AAOMS has carefully assessed the most recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple state mandates and the recent ADA policy statement. With an emphasis on patient, staff, and oral and maxillofacial surgeon safety, AAOMS offers guidance for OMS practices by providing the following recommendations:

  • Using all available patient information, current CDC Guidelines and best practitioner judgment, the OMS should – after conducting extensive discussions with patients and family members (i.e., parent or guardian) – determine if the surgical need for each patient is essential and immediate.
  • Emergency and urgent care should be provided in an environment appropriate to the patient’s condition.
  • Patients testing positive for COVID-19 or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 who have acute oral and maxillofacial infections, active oral and maxillofacial disease, oral and maxillofacial injuries or are in acute pain requiring immediate treatment should receive care in facilities where all appropriate PPE, including N-95 masks, are available.
  • Patients with conditions in which a delay in surgical treatment could result in impairment of their condition or impairment of pending treatment (e.g., impairment of the restoration of diseased tooth when another tooth that is indicated for removal prevents access to the diseased tooth) should be treated in a timely manner.
  • Asymptomatic patients requesting removal of disease-free teeth with no risk of impairment of the patient’s condition or pending treatment should defer treatment to a later date.
  • As testing for COVID-19 becomes more readily available, and effective medications and vaccines are developed, guidelines for the management and treatment of patients will change. Until then, social distancing and effective infection control are especially essential components of the care we provide. In the short term (over the next 2 to 3 weeks), procedures that are determined by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon to be completely elective should be deferred.

This is an evolving and constantly changing situation. Please remember: these are recommendations and not mandates and ultimately the decision of the treatment of patients still rests with the individual practitioner. Our No. 1 goal as always is to provide safe and effective treatments for our patients.

We appreciate your patience and support as we all navigate this time of uncertainty together. AAOMS and our staff stand ready to assist in whatever lies ahead.

Victor L. Nannini, DDS, FACS

AAOMS President 


Faisal A. Quereshy, MD, DDS, FACS bio

Faisal A. Quereshy, MD, DDS, FACS
A native of Toronto, Canada, Dr. Faisal A. Quereshy is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon by the ABOMS, board certified facial cosmetic surgeon by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) and American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery (ABFCS). After graduating from dental school from the State University of New York (SUNY) School of Dental Medicine with a DDS (1994) degree, he completed a specialty training residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Case Western Reserve University with an integrated medical school curriculum whereby he earned his MD (1997) and a one-year PGY General Surgery training. He then further advanced his surgical skills completing a specialized fellowship program, accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), in Facial Cosmetic Surgery (2000).

He is currently a Full Professor with Tenure, and the Residency Program Director of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Case School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds memberships at all local, state and national levels: he has been an examiner (7 years) and Section Chair for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS); Past Secretary of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) 2010-2013, past Board of Trustee for the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS); past president of both local Cleveland and Medina Dental societies, and is a current member of the State of Ohio Dental Board (appointed by the Governor of Ohio).

He is a delegate for Ohio at the AAOMS, and delegate for Cleveland at the ODA, both involved in the representation at the House of Delegates and are nominated political positions that represent dentistry and oral & maxillofacial surgery. He was elected on AAOMS Faculty Section executive committee, is an active member of the AAOMS Committee on Education and Training (CET), and is the Chair of the Clinical Interest Group for Facial Cosmetic Surgery. His most recent appointment is to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA – OMS RRC). He has given numerous continuing education seminars and presentations internationally and locally in his specialized field, and has published a number of scientific and clinical papers, as well as textbook chapters. He is the current chair for CE education for the American College of Surgeons ACOMS District IV Trustee; and chair of the AAOMS Clinical Interest Group in Cosmetic Surgery. He is very active in the above professional organizations devoted to the advancement in the field of facial cosmetic surgery facial surgery, dental implant surgery and craniofacial and non-syndromic orthognathic (Jaw reconstructive) surgery, both at all levels.

He has both Academic and Private Practice locations, where he practices full scope OMS; he shares a community based practice with his wife Dr. Najia Usman (Endodonstist) – The Visage Surgical Insitute and V-Spa, in Medina, OH. They have four beautiful children, and enjoys golf and supporting Cleveland professional sport teams.

GSOMS 2020 Annual Meeting Successful

Dr. Robert W. Emery

This year’s Mid-Winter meeting had record attendance with over 100 GSOMS members and 16 Exhibitors. There was standing room only as the meeting got underway at the Druid Hills Golf Club on Saturday, Feb. 22. GSOMS members came to hear Dr. Robert W. Emery speak on “X-Guide – Implants, Sinus Elevation, Extractions and more.” Dr. Emery is a OMS surgeon in private practice in Washington, DC. He is also chief medical officer and founding partner of X-Nav Technologies. Demonstrations using X-Nav helped members understand dynamic navigation in the placement of dental implants.

We also held our GSOMS business meeting. We thanked Dr. Manuel “Tony” Davila for serving as our 2019 President and welcomed Dr. Amy Kuhmichel as our incoming president for 2020.

2020-21 GSOMS Officers

Amy Kuhmichel, DMD
Vice President
Grant M. Hogan, DDS, MD
Past President
Alfred E. Pesto, Jr., DMD
Immediate Past President
Manuel A. (Tony) Davila, DMD
Michael M. Demo, DDS
Alice Coker, DMD, MD
Member at Large
Shahrokh Bagheri, DMD, MD
Member at Large
Richard C Manus, DMD
AAOMS Delegate
Jeffrey D. Schultz, DDS
AAOMS Delegate
Vincent J. Perciaccante, DDS
AAOMS Alternate Delegate
Glenn Maron, DDS
AAOMS Alternate Delegate
Robert C. Wunderle, DDS









Thank you Exhibitors

We had 16 exhibitors share their products and services with us. Thank you Ace Surgical Supply, Advantage Technologies, Carecredit Patient Financing, Carestream, Depuy Synthes, Firm Media, Georgia Anesthesia LLC, KLS Martin, MaxilloSoft, Maxxeus Dental, Nobel Biocare, Oral Surgery Partners, Pro Med Sales, Salvin Dental Specialties, Stryker, and X-Nav Tech.

New Members

Congratulations to our 6 new members! We are happy to welcome Drs. Sanjeet Chaudhary, Don Phillips, Jr., David Davis, Tim Jaeger, Josh Levy, and Karin Davis to GSOMS.











Save the date for our 2020 summer meeting:

August 14-16
Ritz-Carlton Lake Oconee
Greensboro, GA.

EXTRACTED; Unmasking Rampant Antisemitism in America’s Higher Education

Dr. Perry Brickman, GSOMS Past President, founder of our GSOMS Educational Trust and recipient of our John Freihaut Lifetime Achievement Award, is the author of Extracted, a fascinating book that describes the antisemitism he and many other Jewish students experienced at Emory University’s Dental School and the Atlanta Southern Dental College in the 1950’s and early 60’s. Also a part of the “racial quota” scheme was ADA’s Council on Dental Education (CODE).

Perry’s story is compelling in many ways but his relentless pursuit of the truth stands out throughout the tightly written text. Do yourself a favor and read this book. You will be proud of Perry, ashamed of the leadership at Emory during that critical time in dental education but pleased with the end result of reconciliation and forgiveness.


Oral Surgeon Needed

This implant heavy practice has an immediate need for an oral surgeon. The practice is looking for an aggressive go-getter who is ready to work hard and willing to be mentored and taught the practice business model to ensure their success. Associate opportunity with potential for equity ownership in a high production, high collections, high-quality practice. The practice has an exceptional collection rate, high case acceptance rate and a solid, broad referral base. Offering above average base compensation, collections-based bonus incentive, and benefits package. Highly trained staff, full schedule, no trauma call, office call for own patients.

This area is considered one of the best places to live in Georgia and has more of a suburban feel. Excellent public and private schools, great restaurants and parks. Quick access to the thriving and sprawling metropolitan area of Atlanta and gives you the opportunity to live in the city, enjoy the suburbs or semi-rural living. This is a wonderful area for a busy single or active family.

Here is the application link:

Posted: 6-18-2019

Dental Anesthesiology Recognized As Dental Specialty

ADA has announced that dental anesthesiology has become “the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.” On March 11, the National Commission “adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.”

Dr. James Tom, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, said, “This historic vote by the National Commission certainly reflects the ADA’s ongoing efforts towards improved patient care and safety in the areas of dental sedation, dental anesthesiology and access for those with special health care needs.”

In addition to dental anesthesiology, other recognized dental specialties include dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

GSOMS Mid-winter Meeting: Record Attendance

It was standing room only for the Feb. 23rd Mid Winter meeting at the Druid Hills Golf Club. Over 80 GSOMS members came to hear Dr. Michael Block’s session on “The Integration of Navigation and Grafting the Posterior Maxilla and Esthetic Sites.”

We also held our GSOMS business meeting and thanked Dr. Alfred Pesto for his two years of leadership as the GSOMS president We welcomed our new incoming president, Dr. Manuel “Tony” Davila.


We heard reports from committee chairs on OMSPAC, OMS Foundation and Anesthesia.

Thank you exhibitors for supporting our meeting!

  • 5th Port
  • Advantage Technologies
  • Affinity Bank
  • Align Technology
  • BioHorizons
  • Black Talon Security
  • CareCredit Patient Financing
  • Carestream
  • Dentsply Sirona
  • HampMed
  • Medical Purchasing Solutions
  • Nobel Biocare
  • Oral Surgery Anesthesia Assoc.
  • Pro Med Sales
  • Stryker
  • UBS
  • Zimmer BioMet

Mid-Winter Meeting

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Mid-Winter GSOMS Meeting
Feb. 22, 2020
Druid Hills Golf Club


“X-Guide – Implants, Sinus Elevation, Extractions
 and more…”

Robert W. Emery, BDS, DDS

Founder, Capital Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Washington, DC

Dr. Emery is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in private practice in Washington, D.C. Dr. Emery began his dental training at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He subsequently completed a General Practice Residency in New York at LIJ and finally completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at the University of Maryland and Shock Trauma. Dr. Emery has a special interest in image guided surgery and implant dentistry speaking both nationally and internationally. He has published numerous articles and book chapters.

Dr. Emery received the Nobelpharma Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Research Award and Grant, from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Research Foundation. He is also actively involved in numerous research and development projects with emphasis on Dynamic guided surgery and 3-D vision systems. He is a founding partner of X-Nav Technologies LLC. Presently he is the Director of the Capital Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, The West End Surgical Center, Senior Attending Surgeon at the Washington Hospital Center, and Chief Medical Officer of X-Nav Technologies.


  • Review the literature related to dynamic navigation and its uses in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  • Review the latest techniques for the placement of dental implants using dynamic navigation.
  • Review the latest “off label” uses of dynamic navigation.
  • Allow the participants to discuss their experiences with dynamic navigation in an interactive format.

Meeting Registration:

To register for the GSOMS meeting please type this link into your browser: You must indicate if you are a member of the GSOMS Educational Trust. If you do not know, please contact the administrative office at 770.271.0453.

A continuing education certificate for 4.0 hours will be available at the end of the seminar.

GSOMS Educational Trust Member: $60 (Contributed or pledged $1,000 or more to Trust)
Member, Non Trust: $100 (you have not contributed $1,000 or more to Trust)
Non-Member: $200
Resident: Complimentary


6:30 am – 7:00 am
Exhibitors Setup

7:00 am – 8:00 am
Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 am – 10:00 am
“X-Guide – Implants, Sinus Elevation, Extractions
and more…”
Robert W. Emery, BDS, DDS
Founder, Capital Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Washington, DC

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Break with Exhibitors

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
“X-Guide – Implants, Sinus Elevation, Extractions
and more…”
Robert W. Emery, BDS, DDS
Founder, Capital Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Washington, DC

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch and Business Session

The program has been approved for 4.0 credit hours


AUGUST 14-16, 2020

Summer Meeting

Register Now

 2020 Summer Meeting
August 14 – 16, 2020
Ritz at Lake Oconee

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“Fillers, Toxins, Lipocontouring, Anesthesia Safety and more…”


Faisal A. Quereshy, MD, DDS, FACS
Medical Director, Visage Facial Surgery
Professor, Residency Program Director
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH

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Hotel Accommodations:

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Ritz Carlton Lodge featuring several restaurants, a championship golf course, tennis center, pool, a full service spa, fitness center, on site cultural and historical center with activities, children and teen programs, water sports, a nearby equestrian center and clay shooting range.

Deadline for hotel reservations is Monday, July 20 or until the room block is full. Rooms are limited, so we urge you to respond today.

For hotel reservations, register online or call 800.944.5884. Room rate is $299 for single/ double occupancy.

Meeting Registration:

To register for the GSOMS summer meeting, please type the link into your browser and follow the directions.

You must indicate if you are a member of the GSOMS Educational Trust. If you do not know, please contact the administrative office at 770.271.0453.

GSOMS Educational Trust Member: $200 (Contributed or pledged $1,000 or more to Trust)
Member, Non Trust: $300 (you have not contributed $1,000 or more to Trust)
Associate: $200
Retired / Life: $150
AAOMS Officer: $150
Non-Member: $350