Spring Issue

Table of Contents

  1. Message from the Immediate Past-President

  2. Message from the President

  3. List of 2017 Officers, Diplomates, and Awards

  4. Photos of AAOM Meeting

  5. My Oral Medicine Job Hunt

  6. A Personal Story: "Editor's Note: A Personal Journey, and Putting Toward the End"

  7. News from University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Oral Medicine

  8. CBCT Level I Course

  9. HPV Vaccination May Reduce Oral HPV Infections, But Still Under-Utilized


Editor: Juan Bugueno

Co-editor: Bhavik Desai

Photography Editor: Paul Vankevich

Editor Emeritus and Copy Editor: Michael Krakow

Message from Immediate Past-President
Dr. Wendy Hupp

Greetings to all and I am so glad to have seen so many of you in Orlando during our last meeting. It was amazing to hear that many of my colleagues recognized me from my photograph on the website and program. How is that for social media working in our favor!

I had a wonderful time working with the Academy as President, and believe that any one of you can achieve this position if you desire it. Just let one of the executive committee members know that you are interested in getting involved. Unlike our U.S. President, we do want you to have some experience in other positions before you take over the top spot! I started out on a committee and worked my way up, with great gratification along the way. We are also a fun group to work with so why not volunteer this year... Read More

Message from the President
Dr. Miriam Robbins

It is a great honor to serve as president of AAOM for the upcoming year. This is an exciting time. Not just for me, as the new leader of this organization, but for all of us. The recognition of oral medicine as a specialty has the potential to propel us to new levels. The opportunities are endless. We can thank Drs. Miller, Brown, Peterson and everyone who worked so hard to make this a reality.

So now, we need to develop strategies to bring oral medicine to a wider audience and seek to grow our membership. Not only through increasing the number of oral medicine residency programs and diplomates, but by actively engaging other groups of professionals that share similar interests and passion and can enhance the organization. Moreover, we must bring a greater oral medicine presence to predoctoral education as well. Read More

List of 2017 Officers, Diplomates, and Awards

Miriam Robbins: President
Eric T Stoopler: President-Elect
Lauren Patton: Vice-President
Andres Pinto: Secretary
Nathaniel Treister: Treasurer
N/A for 2017-2018: Assistant Treasurer
Vidya Sankar: Assistant Secretary
A. Ross Kerr: Past President 2015-2016
Wendy Hupp: Immediate Past President 2016-2017
Michele Reeder: Executive Director

New ABOM Diplomates

Leah Bowers
Juan Bugueno
Giulio Fortuna
Ahmed Sultan
Michal Kuten-Shorrer
Phuu Han
Maryam Taleghani

Congratulations to the following AAOM Abstract Award Winners 2017:

Lester Burkett Award

  1. Outcomes after physical therapy for the treatment of temporomandibular disorders, Yasser Khaled et al, Carolinas Healthcare System, USA
  2. Oral health status and risk of bacteremia in patients undergoing myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation, Ahmed S. Sultan et al, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA

Case Report Awards

  1. Glycogenic acanthosis in the oral mucosa: report of two cases, Erika Akahori et al, Jichi Medical University Hospital, Japan
  2. Neurosensory abnormalities and pain: post-surgical neuropathy or marker of recurrent carcinoma, Rashmi Malhotra et al, University of Washington, USA
  3. Unusual presentation of disseminated histoplasmosis, Janaina Braga Medina et al, Ortega, School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  4. Synovial osteo-chondramatosis of the temporomandibular joint: a case report, Vandana Singh et al, School of Dentistry, University of Alberta, Canada
  5. Lymphomatoid papulosis of the oral cavity, Maryam Jessri et al, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA

Photos of AAOM Meeting

General view of Presidential Reception and Awards Banquet From the left to right: Drs. Takako Tanaka, Joel Laudenbach, Jaisri Thoppay, and Eric T Stoopler
From left to right: Drs. Thamer Musbah, Thomas Sollecito, Eric Stoopler, Christine Nadeau, and Juan Bugueno From left to right: Drs. Andres Pinto, Thomas Sollecito, and Martin Greenberg
From left to right: Dr. Michell Huber, Mrs. Huber, Dr. Craig Hatch, and Mrs. Hatch  

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My Oral Medicine Job Hunt
Dr. Bhavik Desai, DMD, PhD

When I am confronted with a question on job satisfaction, my unequivocal response is that I enjoy what I do. I am fortunate to have found an academic career in oral medicine immediately after graduating from a residency program. However, optimism among oral medicine residents regarding job prospects upon completing residency appears bleak. In my case, I did not have a guaranteed academic position six months prior to the end of my residency program. Early in 2010, I "cold-called," i.e. I emailed my curriculum vitae with a letter of introduction stating that I was an oral medicine resident seeking employment, to oral medicine, oral diagnosis, and oral pathology departments throughout the United States. I was pleasantly surprised by the many encouraging responses I received, especially in the oral medicine community. I learned earlier on to gauge an academic's approachability or arrogance by their willingness to take a few minutes to reply to an eager resident's job-hunting query. I still hold the highest regard for academicians who encourage trainees rather than snub or belittle them. Read More

A Personal Story: "Editor's Note: A Personal Journey, and Putting Toward the End"
Dr. Juan M. Bugueno, DDS, MS

From the time I began dental school in my native country, Chile, I realized that I had been introduced to a vast field that provided many opportunities to fulfill my expectations. These, however, were not easy to attain, as I learned that the major accomplishments of life require effort and tenacity.  During this period of my life, I discovered not only the fascinating field of dentistry, but also learned how to solve problems, how to apply good judgment, and how to set a goal and achieve it. I graduated from dental school cum laude, worked as a general dentist for five years, and then completed an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency. Read More

News from University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Oral Medicine
Dr. Eric Stoopler

The oral medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania is an intensive program, with clinical training based at the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine at Radnor) and the School of Dental Medicine. The program culminates in a certificate of completion, with options to pursue a Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB) or a Doctor of Science (DScD) from the School of Dental Medicine. The Department of Oral Medicine is led by Chair, Dr. Thomas Sollecito, with faculty Dr. Sunday Akintoye, Dr. Thomas Berardi, Dr. Arthur Kuperstein, Dr. Mel Mupparapu, Dr. Eric Stoopler and Dr. Takako Tanaka. Read More

CBCT Level I Course

Date: October 7, 2017
Location: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, Missouri

Organized by the Nation's premier provider of CE in dento-maxillofacial imaging, this course provides knowledge of the basic principles of CBCT technology, including selecting and optimizing imaging protocols, reducing radiation risk, and recognizing CBCT appearances of common anatomical variants and pathological changes. The course also presents an introduction to systematic interpretation and reporting of CBCT examinations.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Understand the basic principles of CBCT imaging
  • Understand the nature and magnitude of risks associated with dentomaxillofacial imaging and approaches to minimize these risks
  • Recognize when to prescribe CBCT scans to optimally balance diagnostic yield and radiation risk
  • Be familiar with CBCT appearances of common anatomic variants and common dental disease
  • Be familiar with the process of basic CBCT interpretation and report generation
  • Recognize situations where referral to an OMR for a second opinion or full interpretation provides value in patient care


  • Basic Principles of CBCT
  • Radiation Safety and Protection
  • Guidelines and Technique Selection
  • Anatomy of the Maxillofacial Region
  • Principles of Interpretation
  • Incidental Disease
  • Reporting - Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Question and Answer Session

Learn more and sign up today!

HPV Vaccination May Reduce Oral HPV Infections, But Still Under-Utilized
Dr. Juan M. Bugueno, DDS, MS

In one of the first large studies to explore the possible impact of HPV vaccination on oral HPV infections, researchers found it may confer a high degree of protection. The study of young adults in the United States showed that the prevalence of high-risk HPV infection was 88% lower among those who reported getting at least one vaccine dose than among those who were not vaccinated.

Researchers reported that HPV vaccination rates remain low, especially among males, which limits population-level benefits of the vaccine in the U.S. The study has been presented at the recent 2017 American Society Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago. Read More

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