Important Medical Malpractice Legislation Passes the House; Help Needed with Senate

On Wednesday evening, the House passed the medical malpractice legislation  (HR 1215) that AAOMS has vigorously advocated. The near party-line vote was 218-210 with 6 members not voting.

One amendment was agreed to during the floor debate and was included in the bill. It does the following:

  • Allows a physician to apologize to a patient for an unintended outcome without having the apology count against them in the court of law.
  • Requires a plaintiff to provide a notice of intent to the physician 90 days before the lawsuit is filed.
    Defers to sundry state laws regarding lawsuits and outlines requirements witnesses must meet for testimony during trial.
  • One amendment failed that would have given affirmative defense to defendants in health care liability cases if they can show they complied with clinical practice guidelines.

It will be an uphill battle in the Senate so our work is not done. We must support AAOMS’ legislative efforts.


Please click on this link to send a letter to your Senators:

Grassroots campaign aimed at the Senate.

Simply fill in your name and demographic information and the system will develop a letter to go to your Senators from you. Freely edit the letter or send as is.

Thanks for your help!

Alfred E. Pesto, Jr., DMD

GSOMS Past President Pat Allen Dies

Dr. Patrick G. Allen, of Highlands, North Carolina, passed away suddenly on May 15. He was in the arms of his loving wife, Patricia Flewellyn Allen, who shared his love for 33 years.

Pat was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and attended Millsaps College, where he earned a double Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and physics and a minor degree in biology. He then attended the University of Tennessee, Memphis, dental school where he earned a Doctor of Dental Science degree. He was then commissioned to the United States Air Force as a dentist and served as a Colonel at Aviano Air Force Base in Italy. He enjoyed traveling throughout Italy and Germany during his time in Europe. He returned to the US and practiced dentistry in Atlanta for a short time before furthering his career as an oral surgeon. He trained in oral surgery as a fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he also received a Master of Science degree. He then moved to Macon, Georgia, where he practiced for almost 30 years.

He was a member of the American Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Association and served as president of the Georgia Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. His compassion for his patients was felt by all.

He lived in Highlands, North Carolina for 23 years where he and his wife opened the Morning Star Inn and operated it for 7 years before retiring. He lived a full life and enjoyed traveling the world, scuba diving, theater, classical music and reading.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Pat) Allen, children Julie Johnson Osborn, Henry Lee Johnson, III, Kevin Drew Allen, Stephanie Lynn Allen, Jennifer Allen Johannessen and six grandchildren.

He was the epitome of a fine southern gentleman and his kindness and loving spirit will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cashiers Highlands Humane Society, P.O. Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717 in honor of Miss Lucy, who brought so much joy to Pat’s life.

Action Requested – Contact Georgia House Rules Committee on HB 71

Dear GSOMS Members:

HB 71 is legislation currently in the Georgia House Rules Committee addressing various aspects of network adequacy, surprise billing and reimbursement, and other related matters. The Georgia Society of the ACS, along with the Medical Association of Georgia and other state medical organizations, are working to keep this legislation from passing.

The bill has two prominent antitrust concerns:

  • As a condition of medical staff participation, physicians are mandated to accept the same insurance plans as the hospital;
  • As a condition of medical staff participation, the hospitals “shall receive the power to contract for the network participation of its providers (employed and private practice) with health benefit plans of such insurers, provided that such health care providers shall be responsible for negotiating all other terms, conditions and prices.”

Please contact the House Rules Committee (contact information below) and do the following:

  • Share the attached legal opinion that states the legal flaws with HB 71 (HB 71 – Legal Opinion.pdf); and
  • Request that HB 71 stay in Rules and NOT go the floor of the House of Representatives.

If your representative is a member of the Rules Committee please focus on him or her; otherwise, make your voice heard to the chair and vice chair of the committee.

Click here to view a list of the Rules Committee roster.



Multidisciplinary Treatment Solutions for PERI-Implantitis


June 9 – 11, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

Please join Geistlich Biomaterials and the symposium sponsors at a one of a kind Multidisciplinary Treatment Solutions for Peri-Implantitis Symposium in Chicago. This interactive and didactic three-day event will cover topics addressing Peri-Implantitis, presented by world-class international speakers with expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment associated with Peri-Implantitis complications.

This multidisciplinary approach engages all dental professionals who are interested and are responsible for the placement, maintenance, restoration and preservation of dental implants.

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2017 Mid Winter Meeting Highlights

2017 Annual Meeting Highlights
February 18, 2017

Over 75 GSOMS members, guests and residents attended the 2017 Annual Meeting at the Druid Hills Golf Club. Our scientific program included: “Hot Off the Press: Updates on the Newly Released AJCC Staging Criteria and WHO Classifications — What You Need to Know” presented by Susan Muller, DMD, MS; “CBCT in OMS: Join the Revolution!” presented by Dania Tamimi, BDS, DMSc; and “Cross-sectional Imaging of the Oral Cavity and Beyond: Practical Applications for the OMFS”  presented by Ashley Aiken, MD. We also offered an ACLS Course for those members who needed recertification.




Speaker, Dr. Dania Tamimi


 Speakers, Dr. Dania Tamimi
(left) and Dr. Ashley Aiken (right)  
Speaker Dr. Susan Muller (R)
and Board Member Dr. Neysa
Alice Cooker (L) 

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Summer Meeting 2017 Highlights

GSOMS Summer 2017 Meeting

Huge Meeting with Great Results

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Dr. Perciaccante’s OMS Foundation Challenge

Dear Colleagues and members of the GSOMS,

Dr. Vinny Perciaccante has made a pledge to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation Major Gifts Campaign for $25,000 ($5,000 per year over a five-year period). Dr. Gary Bouloux and Dr. J. David Allen have already matched the pledge.

Dr. Perciaccante says:
“The need to support research and education in OMS cannot be disputed. Our future depends on it. I would love to see a greater degree of involvement and giving from our state so I am going to put my money where my mouth is. I would like to put forth a challenge to the members of GSOMS. If, by December 31, 2016, five members of the GSOMS will match my pledge of $25,000 over five years, to the OMSF Major Gifts Campaign, I will increase my Estate gift to the RV Walker Society of the OMSF by $25,000. If ten do it, I will increase my Estate gift to the RV Walker Society of the OMSF by $50,000”.

To meet Dr. Perciaccante’s challenge, click here to submit your major gifts donation.

Please note “Dr. Perciaccante Challenge” on the form!


Report from AAOMS House of Delegates 2016

Dear GA-OMS colleagues,

The business agenda was quite busy at this year’s AAOMS House of Delegates, held in Las Vegas last month. Our District 3 caucus met in Atlanta in August for our pre-AAOMS summer meeting which included reports from representatives of OMSPAC, OMSF, ABOMS, a Trustee report from Dr. Robert Clark, and allowed for review and comments on the various resolutions that originated from various AAOMS committees or the Board of Trustees. This meeting also offered the opportunity for the district to compose and submit additional resolution(s) prior to the HOD sessions. I have included in this email an attachment which lists the actions of the 2016 House of Delegates. I will provide a brief commentary on a select few of the passed resolutions.


Jeff Schultz

Associate Opportunity

Solo practitioner in Rome, GA looking for an associate. Convenient to Atlanta, Chattanooga and Birmingham, Rome has been named as one of America’s Top 100 places to live. Historic downtown Rome was named a Historic Main Streets across the USA.

Rome has 2 medical centers, Redmond Regional Medical Center and Floyd Medical Center, and a large multispecialty medical clinic, Harbin Clinic. We are home to Shorter University, Berry College, Georgia Highlands College and Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Public schools are ranked high in the state and we boast of an internationally known private school, Darlington School that serves Pre-k-12, as well as several other private schools.

We are home to the Single A Rome Braves, a 60 court tennis center and an active arts community. Rome has a small town atmosphere (pop. 36,000) but a regional population of 380,000.

I need an associate for a thriving 24-year old practice. I am looking for a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon with a genuine interest in patient care that will complement the practice and desires to perform full-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery. My highly motivated and positive staff and I will handle the marketing, new patient generation and administration. We offer great income potential and working conditions. Our office has just finished a major renovation to our 5,000 square feet allowing for enhanced patient care in a comfortable environment.

Contact: Dr. John J. Beninato
21 John Maddox Drive
Rome, GA 30165

Posted: August 24, 2016


ATLANTA – August 22, 2016) – Dr. J. David Allen has been named to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) Board of Governors. Allen accepted the appointment in a ceremony with Governor Nathan Deal at the State Capitol on August 17. [Read more…]