News and Updates

Foundation, AAOMS to collaborate on anesthesia and patient safety study

William Passolt, CPA Chair, OMS Foundation

When the safety record of our specialty’s anesthesia team model was questioned this summer, the Boards of AAOMS and the OMS Foundation agreed: Quality data are needed to tell the real story. To that end, the Foundation has committed to facilitate a study of past and prospective data related to anesthesia and patient safety. AAOMS and the Foundation have each committed $75,000 to launch the study.

AAOMS’s rollout of the OMS Quality Outcomes Registry (OMSQOR®) and Dental Anesthesia Incident Reporting System (DAIRS) has provided a good start to developing the data that are needed; your participation in these registries is urgently needed. The research funding commitment by AAOMS and the Foundation is intended to supplement the registry data with data specifically focused on outcomes.

This study is one of several exciting new programs underway at the Foundation. A new Clinical Research Support Grant is set to debut at the 2020 Clinical Trials Methods Course. Applications for this two-year, $150,000 grant will be available in 2020 for clinical research commencing in 2021. In addition, the first recipient of our International Fellowship for Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Surgery will travel to Beijing next September to train for a year with the expert surgeons at the Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology. The International Fellowship is administered jointly by the OMS Foundation and the IAOMS Foundation with financial support provided by the OMS Foundation.

Following a successful inaugural year, our Global Initiative for Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) program is poised to grow. The OMS Foundation Alliance, energized by a $10,000 gift match challenge from the James and Carmen Hupp Foundation, raised more than enough at the 2019 Annual Meeting to fund 10 $2,500 GIVE stipends in 2020. Our 2019 participants returned with finely honed technical skills and a heightened awareness of their capacity to make a difference in the world. Their stories are inspiring; I invite you add your support to this worthy program.

“Relevance” was a recurring theme at the Foundation’s Strategic Planning Session in 2018, and these new programs represent the Foundation’s commitment to listen to its constituents and respond with programs that are in sync with the evolving priorities of our specialty. Your feedback is as necessary to our success as your financial support, and I ask that you be generous with both. None of these programs will succeed without consistent funding. If you haven’t yet contributed in 2019, please consider a generous gift before Dec. 31. Every gift to the Foundation received in November and December will be matched, up to a total of $25,000, thanks to the generosity of OMS Partners, LLC.


GIVE is a “natural fit” for the Alliance

The James and Carmen Hupp Foundation will match every donation to GIVE received by September 21, 2019, up to a total of $10,000. Donate today!

Since 1993 the OMS Foundation Alliance has been the Foundation’s most steadfast partner, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to support research, education and academic excellence in the OMS specialty. 

Its formula for success was established early: identify a worthy project, attract new potential supporters with a polished hospitality event, then energize the group to work together to achieve far more than they could as individuals.  

The Alliance embraced the Foundation’s Global Initiative for Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) from the program’s inception in 2018 and funded six $2,500 travel stipends in 2019 for residents traveling with OMS teams to deliver humanitarian healthcare to some of the world’s most underserved communities. Dr. and Mrs. James Hupp were among the first donors to contribute to GIVE in 2018.  

Dr. Steinberg performs a pre-surgical check-up in Vietnam

“This program offers our OMS residents a wonderful opportunity to enhance their clinical training and experience firsthand the gratification that comes from service to others,” said Carmen Hupp. We’re fortunate to have so many seasoned oral and maxillofacial surgeons who are as dedicated to mentoring the next generation of humanitarian caregivers as they are to personally serving those in need.”   

Mrs. Hupp currently serves as the Chair of the Alliance and has spearheaded its efforts to attract donors to the cause. “When Jim and I looked for ways to give back to the specialty, this seemed like a natural fit,” she said, “both for us and for the Alliance.” 

Dr. Douglas Baasch, a fifth-year resident at University of Florida Health Science Center — Jacksonville, traveled to Vietnam in March 2019 with Dr. Barry Steinberg’s Facing Futures team. A week spent caring for children and families with minimal access to basic healthcare reinforced his commitment to integrate service into his life and his career. “My experience with Facing Futures helped me to become a more skillful and creative surgeon,” he said. “But it also reminded me that we don’t have to fly halfway around the world to serve others; that can be done every day in our own communities.”  

Instilling a commitment to service in early-career OMSs was one of the founding principles of the GIVE program, and it appears to be working.   

Dr. David Hoffman, who has made “giving back” a central tenet of his career, has traveled to Columbia with Healing the Children teams for 26 years. In June his team included two residents whose travel costs were covered by GIVE stipends. “I would have jumped at a chance like this had it existed when I was a resident,” he says. “We’re providing a unique opportunity for our residents. They sign on for the clinical experience, but they come home hooked on the community service.  I believe strongly in the value of this experience and I’d bring residents along with or without the GIVE stipend. But this year I took the funds I would have spent on my residents’ airfare and purchased enough fresh food to leave behind 2 weeks’ worth of highly nutritious soft foods for our pediatric cleft patients. That’s a tangible benefit of someone’s donation, and it felt really good.” 

Your donation to GIVE helps provide unique service and learning opportunities for OMS residents. Donate online at, consider a gift of appreciated securities or lighten your 2019 tax burden by allocating the Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA directly to the OMS Foundation. Questions? Contact Mary DiCarlo at 847-233-4325 or

Applications available September 3 for International Fellowship opportunity 

The International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS) and the IAOMS Foundation, in partnership with the OMS Foundation, will begin accepting applications September 3 for a 12-month International Fellowship for Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Surgery in Beijing, China. The collaborative Fellowship offers OMS residents and junior faculty from the U.S. the opportunity to train for a year with expert surgeons at Peking University School & Hospital of Stomatology beginning September 1, 2020. The International Fellowship will be jointly administered by the IAOMS and OMS Foundations; the OMS Foundation will provide a $20,000 stipend to cover travel and housing costs. Visit to learn more. Applications will be accepted September 3 through November 3, 2019 for the 2020 Fellowship. Applicants must be members of IAOMS and AAOMS (or ROAAOMS) to be considered. 

OMS Foundation to host Advanced Charitable Planning seminar at 2019 Annual Meeting

“I wish I could do more” is a common refrain among donors.
It’s easier than you think, once you learn how.

Demystifying the more sophisticated charitable planning options is the objective of a 90-minute program hosted by the OMS Foundation on Sept. 20 at the AAOMS Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass. Presented by OMS Partners, LLC, Integrating Advanced Charitable Planning into Your Wealth Management Strategy will help donors understand how advanced charitable planning tools such as trusts, family foundations, etc. can provide financial security for their loved ones during their lifetime while fulfilling their philanthropic goals.  

Join us at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 in Room 209 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for this 90-minute, non-CE program presented by OMS Partners, LLC. Breakfast will be offered. Registration is not required, but seating is limited. Arrive early to claim your seat and your first cup of coffee.

Ready to step up to the next level of philanthropic giving? It’s easier than you think. Explore additional options to create your legacy at, then contact Mary DiCarlo, Director of Development, at 847-233-4325 or 

New life insurance option offers fast-track to R. V. Walker membership

Transformative philanthropic giving is not just for the very wealthy. It can be easy, in fact, to make a significant gift anytime in your career when you expand your options to include planned giving.

In the OMS specialty, donors who make a planned gift of $25,000 or more to the
OMS Foundation are welcomed as members of the Foundation’s prestigious R.V. Walker Society. Their vision ensures that a commitment to research and education continues to define the OMS specialty for generations to come, and their generosity is recognized in the Foundation’s publications and at a private reception held at AAOMS’s Annual Meeting.

Treloar & Heisel, a longtime supporter of AAOMS and the OMS Foundation, is proud to collaborate with the Foundation to offer a new life insurance program that makes membership in the R.V. Walker Society more accessible, especially for early- and mid-career OMSs.

• Through a single-pay, limited underwriting life insurance program with United Life (available in most states), donors can purchase a policy listing the Foundation as owner/beneficiary, with coverage options from $25,000 to $100,000, without a medical examination.

• The premium for a $25,000 policy for a male, 45-year-old non-smoker is about $8,300. The total premium for a $50,000 policy for a similar applicant is less than $17,000 in one payment or $20,000 if paid over five years.

• Policies valued at $25,000 or more convey Walker Society membership at the time of purchase.

• The policy delivers an irrevocable gift to the OMS Foundation upon the purchaser’s passing.

To learn more and enroll contact Treloar & Heisel at 800-852-4900.


2018 Kelly Scholarship Winners – Standing: Kenny Estelle (with Owen), Valerie Burks, Ashley Barzan, Alison Mancia, Ansley Bunnell, Emily Boggess, Vivian Marechek (with Micah) Seated: Catherine Cagino and Maria Tandon

Meet 2018 Norma L. Kelly Scholarship recipient: Valerie Burks

I am extremely grateful to have received a generous scholarship from the OMS Foundation Alliance. It afforded me the opportunity to accompany my husband to the 2018 AAOMS meeting.

It was quite the dynamic being a general dentist myself and finding myself married to an OMS resident. The long hours, demanding schedules and long years of schooling still take a toll, it was very nice meeting other dentist spouses. They understood the unique challenge of having to put your career on hold, and the inability to put down roots at your office as you’re only a temporary presence, counting down the years until graduation.

Click here to read more.


L to R: Smile Bangladesh March 2019 team members Dr. Jessica Lee, Dr. Jose Marchena and Dr. Jennifer Caroline

GIVE offers opportunity to learn, serve and smile

Dr. Jessica Lee’s career path was forged early. As the daughter of an OMS practicing in South Korea, she witnessed firsthand the transformative effect of a cleft lip and palate repair on a 14-year old boy who had lived as an outcast, excluded from school and community life because of his facial deformity.

She resolved at a young age that she would acquire the knowledge to similarly transform the lives of children whose circumstances cried out for skilled hands and a generous heart. In March 2019, she saw a personal and professional goal realized when she joined Dr. Shahid Aziz’s Smile Bangladesh humanitarian surgical team for a week-long cleft lip and palate repair mission in Khulna, Bangladesh.

Click here to read more about Dr. Lee’s experience in Bangladesh.



OMS Foundation concludes successful $1 million fundraising campaign

After surpassing its $1 million 2018 Annual Fund campaign goal, the OMS Foundation is poised to further support research and education that can improve patient care in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

The Foundation established the $1 million campaign goal to honor the centennial of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), its parent organization that was founded in 1918 and today represents more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons across the United States.

“We set an ambitious fundraising goal as a way to celebrate AAOMS’s 100th anniversary, and the OMS specialty responded beyond even our expectations,” said Kathy A. Banks, DMD, chair of the Foundation Board of Directors.

OMS National Insurance Company (OMSNIC) jumpstarted the campaign with a $100,000 gift-match challenge that generated $300,000 in three months. Subsequent challenges supported by AAOMS and Treloar & Heisel, an insurance provider for dentists and specialists, also surpassed their goals.

Individual gifts ranging from $5 to $10,000 sustained the momentum of the campaign. Support also arrived from the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS), the IAOMS Foundation, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS), the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CAOMS), 36 state and regional OMS societies and several college and university OMS training programs.

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Inspiring potential OMSs to pursue their dreams

from left: Drs. Carr and Wang

Five students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine are pursuing their interests in OMS-related research topics this year with guidance from Dr. Steven Wang, their program director, and funding from a Student Research Training Award from the OMS Foundation.

Click here to read more about Dr. Wang and his students.

Click for more information on Student Research Training Awards.



Slow-release hydrogel shows promise for cancer treatment

Preliminary findings from an investigation funded in part by the OMS Foundation indicate that an immunotherapy drug embedded in a slow-release hydrogel appears to be highly effective at killing cancer cells.

According to its developers, STINGel combines a new class of immunotherapy drugs called stimulator of interferon gene (STING) agonists with an injectable hydrogel that releases the drug in a steady dose to activate the immune system to kill cancer cells. The biogel was developed by Simon Young, DDS, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), and Rice University chemist and bioengineer Jeffrey Hartgerink, PhD. The OMS Foundation selected the project for a $75,000 Research Support Grant in 2017.

The new research, recently detailed in the journal Biomaterials, showed that slow-release multi-domain peptide gels (MDP) were effective in continuously delivering immunotherapy drugs, known as cyclic dinucleotides (CDNs), to tumor sites for long periods of time. To read more and find a link to the project, click here.


Dr. Ingrassia’s legacy includes gift to OMS Foundation

The OMS Foundation gratefully acknowledges the recent gift of $25,000 from the estate of Dr. James Ingrassia.

An Ohio native, Dr. Ingrassia held degrees in pharmacy and dentistry from Ohio State University. He served as a Captain in the Air Force before moving to Charleston, S.C., where he completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and went into practice. He retired in 2006.

Dr. Ingrassia joined the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in 1980 and served as its president in 2005. In 2011, he was honored with the society’s Distinguished Service Award.

He is well-remembered for his dedication to his family, friends and colleagues. His membership in the OMS Foundation’s R.V. Walker Society ensured his career as an OMS concluded with an act of fidelity to the specialty he loved and served throughout his life.



Dr. Peter Aschaffenburg Leaves $100,000 to the OMS Foundation

The OMS Foundation recently received a $100,000 gift from the estate of Dr. Peter Aschaffenburg, who passed away in late 2015. Dr. Aschaffenburg became a Charter Member of the Robert V. Walker Society in 1999, and upgraded his commitment to $100,000 in 2011.

“I never felt so proud as to donate $10,000 to be a Charter Member of the R.V. Walker Society, and this was at a time when I was just an associate, with loans, etc. When Dr. Walker passed away, I bequeathed $100,000 to the OMS Foundation. The least of what I learned from Dr. Walker was oral and maxillofacial surgery. From him, I learned what it really meant to be a Doctor, and what it meant to be a Man,” said Dr. Aschaffenburg in an OMS Foundation article written about him in 2012.



Torch Newsletter

Take a look at the Fall 2019 issue of Torch, our newsletter. It is full of information about our donors, programs, and the important work we are doing to support the OMS specialty. Less recent issues of our Torch can be found in our archive.