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.


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

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, OHRead Bio

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


2018 Summer Meeting Highlights

One of our largest meetings was held at the Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee July 20-22 with over 100 members in attendance. The Ritz is always a favorite place for our members to attend our scientific program and bring their families along to enjoy the spectacular facility, activities and food!

We started with our Friday night BBQ. We can always count on the Ritz for great service and great food. It’s great to connect with members and their families on the first evening of the meeting.

President Al Pesto introduced our Saturday morning speaker, Ed Adlesic, DMD who presented “Ambulatory Anesthesia Review for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon” to a standing room only crowd.

We held our Business Session and heard reports on anesthesia, OMS Foundation, OMSPAC and our own organization. We welcomed new members: Drs. Stephanie Drew, John LaBanc, Jennifer Keyser, Terrance Bratton, Richard Hammond and Bradford Huffman.

Sunday’s session was by OMSNIC and on Patient Safety and Risk Management for the OMS. This risk management course is always important for our members and their office staff. Thank you Dr. Colin Bell and Ms. Suzanne Moy.

We cannot be successful without our exhibitors and sponsors. We had overwhelming response this year, filling every table in the exhibit hall. Thank you Sponsors: KLS Martin, US Oral Surgery and UBS.


Thank you exhibitors:

  • Ace Surgical Supply
  • Affinity Bank
  • Align Tech
  • Advantage Technology
  • AxoGen
  • Black Talon Security
  • BioHorizons
  • Carestream Dental
  • DePuy Synthes
  • Geistlich Biomaterial
  • Frontline Dental Supply
  • HampMed
  • KLS Martin
  • MedTech
  • Medical Waste Disposal
  • Neocis
  • Nobel Biocare
  • Osteo Science Foundation
  • Pittman Dental Supply
  • Practice Quotient
  • Preferred Med Surg
  • ProMed Sales
  • Straumann
  • Stryker
  • UBS
  • US Oral Surgery
  • WealthCreation Atlanta
  • Zimmer Bio


GSOMS Past President Dr. Rod Creagh Dies

Dr. Gerard (Rod) Creagh, Jr, died June 14, 2018 at the age of 81, following a long, courageous battle against Primary Progressive Aphasia.

Rod was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Rear Admiral Gerard Bugg Creagh, MC USN, and Margaret Ehemann Creagh. He graduated from Columbia Military Academy and Vanderbilt University. After graduation from Vanderbilt, he completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and Kingsville, Texas, and received a commission in the U.S. Navy.

He served for five years as an all-weather fighter pilot aboard the USS Shangri-La. After completing his military service, he attended the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry, where he received a DDS degree and completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Rod’s generosity and concern for others is legendary. He was a person who lived life fully-an advocate for wildlife and stray dogs, a bicyclist, country music composer,
and an ardent fan of boats and sports cars.

After he retired from his surgery practice, Rod was able to enjoy his lifelong love of country music and founded his own music publishing company, 3 Wire Music. One of Rod’s country music compositions, “I’m Nobody Today, But I Was Somebody Last Night,” was recorded by both Mickey Gilley and Mose Allison.

Rod is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Lacher Creagh, his sister Mary Margaret (Peg) Wood and husband Norman of Athens, brothers-in-law Michael Lacher of Athens, Georgia, Christopher Lacher and wife Kathy of Tallahassee, Florida, and sister-in-law Lisa Lacher Bryan and husband Stephen of Walpole, New Hampshire. He leaves behind an extended family of much loved nieces and nephews.

To celebrate Rod’s life, a gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, July 22, from 3 to 6 p.m. at his sister’s home on Milledge Circle in Athens, Georgia.

In memory of Rod, donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT, 84741

Mid-Winter Meeting


2019 Annual Meeting

Information coming soon.


Message from AAOMS President Brett L. Ferguson, DDS, FACS

May 23, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

Over three days this month, 74 attendees – including 30 residents – gathered in Rosemont, Ill., to attend the AAOMS Clinical Trials Methods Course to learn from speakers about such topics as data management and patient selection and then break out into small groups to develop actual studies.

Since 2008, the biennial course has brought together a mix of residents, fellows, faculty and private practitioners to learn an overview of clinical trial design with a focus on Phase III studies.

On the final day, the four groups – which centered on craniofacial trauma / orthognathic / facial deformities, dentoalveolar / anesthesia, pathology / reconstruction, and TMD / facial pain – presented their study designs, potential impact, budgets and possible funding sources for randomized controlled trials. The groups fielded questions from faculty and course participants about those proposals, defended them and were scored in a tight competition.

The winner was the TMD/facial pain group led by Dr. Gary Bouloux with the proposal, “Does Liposomal Bupivacaine Reduce Postoperative Opiate Requirements Compared to Placebo Following Unilateral Custom TMJ TJR?” The project impact could include intraoperative liposomal bupivacaine reducing post-operative opioid use after custom total joint replacement as well as opioid-related adverse events and behaviors in addition to improving patient experience. Group members were Drs. Mohamed Abdelhakim, David Ahn, Zachary Brown, Bridget Ferguson, Louis Mercuri, Yuko Nakamura, Daniel Reece, Anthony Urbanek and Payal Verma.

With its move to Rosemont (the course was previously held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.), attendance was up 25 percent over 2016. AAOMS and the OMS Foundation sponsored the course, with travel scholarships provided by the Foundation (14) and the Osteo Science Foundation (five).

The four groups will present their study designs, potential impact, budgets and possible funding sources for randomized controlled trials during the 2018 AAOMS Annual Meeting research open forum. Congratulations to the winning group, and thank you to the participants and leaders for their hard work and a stimulating and rewarding program.

2 Available Slots in the Dental Rural Student Loan Repayment Program

The Georgia Rural Physicians’ Workforce Board is still taking applications for 2 open slots for the Rural Dental Student Loan Repayment Program.  It is imperative that we get dentists to fill all 12 slots, otherwise the legislature will cut our funding next year.

Here is an overview of the program and details for submitting applications:

The Dentists for Rural Areas Assistance Program (DRAA) provides service-cancelable loans of up to $25,000 per year in return for dental practice in an underserved, rural county in Georgia. Contracts are awarded for one year and are renewable three times for a maximum of four years.  Funding for this program is provided by the State of Georgia.

Download DRAA information flyer.

Please click on the link below for the DRAA program requirements and application materials.

Download Dentist RAA Loan Repayment Program Application

If you have questions please let contact Scott Lofranco, GDA General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs, Georgia Dental Association at or 404-636-7553