UW School of Dentistry

Dr. Dodson announces “OMS Grand Rounds” lecture series

Dr. Thomas Dodson, Chair of the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS), has announced the launch on Jan. 15, 2014 of “OMS Grand Rounds,” a wide-ranging series of lectures of high interest to the OMS community.

OMS Grand Rounds will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month in Turner Auditorium, Room D209 of the UW Health Sciences Center. The title of the first lecture, to be delivered by Dr. Dodson, will be “To sleep – perchance to breathe: Operative management of obstructive sleep apnea.”

Dr. Tom Dodson

Dr. Dodson said that other lectures will cover topics such as management of challenging dentoalveolar and pre-prosthetics cases, surgical correction of facial trauma, presentation and management of head and neck pathology, and treatment of complex craniofacial deformities.

“As an academic department, we are responsible not only for the training of students and residents, but also for maintaining the competencies and relevance of a greater community of practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeons,” Dr. Dodson said.  “OMS Grand Rounds is one of the ways we serve our alumni and other oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the region to raise the quality and standards of OMS care.”

Working at the intersection of medicine and dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgeons benefit from sharing their experiences, as well as those of other specialists, who may face similar issues of patient management, bone healing, pathology, infection, and even substance abuse or psychology.

“It is my goal to present the sages and the pioneers,” Dr. Dodson said, “allowing us to reflect on the significance of our body of work as oral and maxillofacial surgeons as well as to consider what the next waves of technology and innovation will bring.  What is evolving today in orthopedics or plastic surgery may be tomorrow’s bread and butter in OMS.”

OMS Grand Rounds is free and open to the public. While the lectures will be geared toward the OMS community, they will also be of interest to pre- and post-doctoral dental students, UW dental alumni and other practicing dentists, as well as to physicians specializing in disorders of the head and neck region, Dr. Dodson said.

Continuing-education credit will be offered for registered attendees. Each 50-minute lecture will be preceded by a light meal.

Dr. Dodson assumed his position at the UW on Sept. 1 after serving as Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He was also Attending Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Director of the Center for Applied Clinical Investigation in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He currently serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.