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Legacy gifts honor Dr. Walker, help secure the specialty’s future

This year – the 10th anniversary of Dr. Robert V. Walker’s passing – the OMS Foundation hopes to welcome a dozen new members to its R.V. Walker Society, recognizing donors who commit to a gift of $25,000 or more to the Foundation in their estate plan. As Dr. Walker knew, a donor’s final gift to…

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OMSFIRE: Funding the specialty’s future

When the OMS Foundation in January 2020 rolled out OMSFIRE (OMS for Innovation, Research and Education) – a high-profile, recurring donor recognition program – AAOMS District III Trustee Dr. Debra Sacco was among the first to get on board. This was a way to activate her good intentions to give back to the specialty she…

Featured donor: Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Kutcipal, Seattle, WA

‘I’m doing what I can do right now’ As a young, female OMS who lives on a houseboat and donates monthly to the OMS Foundation, Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Kutcipal knows she is something of an anomaly. Her housemate on Seattle’s Lake Union is a Husky rescue named Lolo who shares her affinity for the outdoors…

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Foundation announces 2021 funding opportunities

Foundation donors frequently cite clinical research as a top priority. In response to the strong debut of its Clinical Research Support Grant in 2020, the Foundation is offering another two-year, $150,000 grant in its research funding opportunities for 2021. Applications will be accepted online April 15 – July 15 for: Clinical Research Support Grant ($150,000,…

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Student research award continues to attract top talent to the specialty

Dr. Lauren Hum arrived at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in 2012 with a solid plan. “I fully intended to pursue pediatric dentistry,” she said. “I thought that was my calling.” Today, Dr. Hum is within a year of completing a six-year OMS residency at Oregon Health & Science University and looking forward to…

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OMS Society Q1 Member Update

The OMS Foundation extends its sincere thanks to EVERY donor who contributed to the Annual Fund or GIVE in 2020. Your generosity was a lifeline during a complicated year. Special thanks to Treloar & Heisel for launching the OMSFIRE (OMS for Innovation, Research and Education) campaign with a $100,000 Platinum commitment in January 2020 and…

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Dr. Amin supports ‘big picture’ with OMSFIRE gift

Dr. Dina Amin is a “big picture” person. Educated with a DDS and as an OMS in Saudi Arabia, her holistic approach to life and medicine led her to the United States for advanced training. To her surprise, it also led to a promising career at one of the OMS specialty’s premier U.S. research hospitals. …

A tribute to Dr. John Sullivan Bond (1946-2020)

by Dr. Mary Delsol Dobon A bright light in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery was dimmed with the passing of Dr. John S. Bond.  Dr. Bond served the specialty as a longtime AAOMS Delegate, a member of numerous AAOMS committees and President of both the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and…

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Advancing the specialty through collaboration

From her earliest days as a dental student at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Shelly Abramowicz was attracted to the multi-disciplinary aspect of oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS), with its opportunities to collaborate with and learn from other specialists. Those opportunities, coupled with support from the OMS Foundation, eventually led her to Emory University School…

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Volunteer service was a given for 2020 GIVE awardee

The culture of “giving back” has been a central tenet of the OMS specialty for generations; it’s not unusual to find an expectation of service embedded in the culture of an OMS education program alongside its curriculum. Such is the case at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Brian Wolf, chief resident at NUMC, recently spent…