National Society of OMS

The National Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has a generous history of tribute gifts to the OMS Foundation. The NSOMS has made special tribute gifts to honor African American leaders in the OMS specialty.


  • Dr. Reginald Gowans
  • Dr. Frank Barbee


  • Dr. C. Ray Bennett– Chief of the Meharry Medical College OMFS Training Program for many years.
  • Dr. Edward E. Black– was in private practice and part time attending at the Martin Luther King OMFS Training Program.
  • Dr. Noah Robert Calhoun– Lifetime Howard University Faculty.
  • Dr. Frank M. Laparolryrie
  • Dr. Roscoe Franklin Lee
  • Dr. John Turner — for bios of Drs. Laparolrie, Lee, and Turner, click here

2013: Dr. Bassett Brown was the fifth African American to become a Diplomate the American Board of Oral Surgery.

2012: Dr. Thomas Pinson is considered the “Father of Oral Surgery” at Howard University.

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