Massachusetts General Hospital Bicentennial 1811-2011 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Celebrates June 17-18, 2011

A Weekend for the Record BooksBrowse the Photo GalleryOn June 17-18, 2011, MGH Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery presented an alumni celebration in honor of the Mass General's Bicentennial.  The weekend included a gathering of MGH OMS faculty and alumni in conjunction with the annual "change party".  The event was planned by a generation-crossing committee that included Kathy Keeley (representing '90s to present), Reed Day (80s), Steve Roser (70s), and Maria Troulis (program director).Of the 139 categorical resident alumni of the Department, seventy alumni joined in the celebration along with friends, family, faculty and staff.  The weekend began with a cocktail/dinner reception in Bunker Hill where friendships were renewed, acquaintances re-established, and anecdotes repeated for the "umpteenth" time.  It was a genuine "Who's Who" event to rival any red-carpet gathering.  One by one participants ascended the stairs announcing their arrival.  Covering literally every corner of the U.S., distinguished MGH OMS alumni hailed from California, Nevado, Oregon, throughout the Midwest, Tennessee, and all up and down the eastern seaboard.   In addition, an international contingent featured attendees who traveled from as far away as Ireland, Germany, Austria, and Korea to join the celebration.The following morning, an equally large and enthusiatic group gathered in the early hours at Mass General's O'Keefe Auditorium for an educational symposium titled: "Two Hundred Years of Mass General Hospital: A Legacy of OMS Leadership and Innovation."  Dr. Leonard Kaban, chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery, kicked off the event with a gracious welcome. Peter Slavin, Mass General chief executive officer, then spoke to the group acknowledging the rich legacy of oral and maxillofacial surgery in Mass General's history as well as the vibrance and productivity of today's OMS Department.  Also from Mass General, Peter Johnson, curator, described the exciting new MGH Medical History Museum.Special guest keynote speaker Charles Bertolami, Dean of NYU School of Dentistry, presented his vision for the future of dental education.  Drs. Thomas Dodson and David Keith moderated abstract sessions presented by alumni that covered a variety of interesting topics:

  • Use of Local Bone for Grafting in Orthognathic Surgery (Harry C. Schwartz, DMD, MD '74)
  • Virtual Model Surgery and Splint Fabrication for Orthognathic Surgery (Sal Ruggiero, DMD, MD '92)
  • Orbital Reconstruction and Correction with Computer Aided Navigation (Arnulf Baumann, DMD, MD, PhD '04)
  • Expansion of the Posterior Cranial Vault using Distraction Osteogenesis (Derek Steinbacher, DMD, MD '07)
  • Custom-Made Total Joint Prosthesis for Temporomandibular Reconstructions (Reed Day, DMD, MD FACS '90)
  • A New Model for Comprehensive Care of Medical Isolated Cleft Patients (Thomas Albert, DMD, MD '75)
  • Survival of Transplanted Rat Bone Marrow-derived Osteogenic Stem Cells in vivo (Corinna E. Zimmermann, MD, DDS, PhD '02)
  • The Role of Aging and Bone Regeneration (Janice Lee, DDS, MD, MS '00)
  • Analysis of Motor Vehicle Ejection Victims & Associated Oral and Maxillofacial Injuries (Richard Rolle, DDS '07)
  • Periodontitis--a STD (Norman Trieger, DMD, MD '54)
  • A Brief Tour through an Alternate Universe (Greg Borah, DMD, MD, FACS '81)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon as a Chief Medical Officer (Katherine A. Keeley, DDS, MD '97)
  • How do YOU address Dr. Guralnick?  (Michael Hauser, DMD, MD '81)

Following the Symposium, the group convened on the Mass General lawn for a bit of nostalgia and a group photo.  In addition to the pearls of wisdom offered by the guest speakers, attendees were treated to a lovely lunch and six continuing education credits.The culmination of the weekend was a gala dinner event at the Harvard Club--Downtown.  At this gathering, the past mingled with the future as three excellent MGH OMS residents passed into the ranks of alumni society during the annual "Change Party".  With nearly 180 people in attendance, this was the largest single gathering of MGH OMS alumni in history.  This event was generously underwritten by the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Education and Research Fund.  The Department wishes to thank the many attendees who contributed generously to the ERF.  For those who have not yet had the opportunity to make their tax-deductible contribution to the Department of OMS, or the ERF, you may do so by accessing the online credit card donation form or by sending a check payable to Massachusetts General Hospital directly to:Mass General Hospital Development Office
Attn: Allyson Ramsey
165 Cambridge Street
Suite 600
Boston, MA  02114