There were two open slots for elected positions on the OMS Foundation Board of Directors. The election was held in July, 2016. Foundation donors at the Member level and above were eligible to vote. The two elected Board members, whose 5-year terms begin January 1, 2017, are Dr. Karen Crowley and Dr. W. Frederick Stephens.
Karen E. Crowley, DDS, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in private practice in southern New Hampshire. After receiving her dental degree from Georgetown, she attended the general practice residency at the University of Vermont, and then entered the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Boston University.
She has taken a particular interest in office anesthesia, and is the Past President of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ASDA). She is chair of the Patient Safety task force of the Foundation of the ASDA. As part of the Working Group of the ADSA Foundation working for the ADA Foundation, she helped develop the ADA course Managing Sedation Complications. She is actively engaged in human simulation education for dentists delivering office sedation and anesthesia. She is the Chair of the Anesthesia and Sedation Evaluation Committee of the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners. She has written numerous articles and reviews on the topics of medical management of the oral and maxillofacial surgery patient and in-office anesthesia in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office.
She is also interested in patient safety in outpatient office anesthesia settings and has developed an emergency management in-situ human simulation course for the oral and maxillofacial anesthesia team. She is on the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Dental Anesthesiology Societies (IFDAS) and is the IFDAS Area Councilor for North and South America.
Frederick Stephens, DDS, FACD, has been in private practice as an oral & maxillofacial surgeon for over 30 years. After completing his undergraduate and dental training at the University of Washington, he completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery and anesthesia residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital, University of Texas Health Science Center, in Dallas, Texas.
Currently, Dr. Stephens is the Director of The Pacific Coast Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in Pasadena, California. During his time in private practice, he has provided a full scope of oral & maxillofacial surgery, including dental implant reconstruction and bone regeneration, orthognathic and facial reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial trauma surgery, oro-facial pathology, and the surgical and non-surgical treatment of both obstructive sleep disorders and temporomandibular joint disorders.
Dr. Stephens is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) and currently serves on the Examination Committee for ABOMS. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and numerous other professional organizations. Dr. Stephens is a Past-President of the San Gabriel Valley Dental Society and the California Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (CALAOMS). He served as a commissioner and has chaired the Commission on Professional Conduct (CPC) for the AAOMS. He is a long-term Delegate to the AAOMS House of Delegates, representing California and District VI.
Dr. Stephens is the District VI Chairman for the OMS Foundation Ambassador program and was the 2015 recipient of The Gerald E. Hanson Ambassador Service Award. He also, is currently a Member of the Board for the Oral & Maxillofacial Political Action Committee (OMSPAC).
Over his professional career, Dr. Stephens has lectured nationally on various topics within the specialty including dental implant reconstruction, bone regeneration, and laser surgery for the treatment of snoring and facial skin resurfacing. He also moderated a pre-conference series on the topic of anesthesia for the AAOMS national meeting.