Dates Changed for AACMFS 2020 Annual Meeting

Our 2020 annual meeting, previously scheduled to be held May 8-9 has been moved to the following weekend, May 15-16. The change was necessitated when Caesar’s Entertainment, owner of the Horseshoe Casino Hotel in Shreveport, booked a popular rock band (REO Speedwagon) in the space we had reserved. While a contract violation, we opted to accept the change rather than spend more time and money in court.

All other arrangements remain the same. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our manager, Hank Holderfield, on his cell at 404.538-9546 or

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

IAOO and AACMFS Education Opportunities

Dear Fellows,

Please note the following upcoming educational opportunities that align with areas of clinical interest for fellows of the AACMFS.

We continue our collaboration with the International Academy of Oral Oncology (IAOO) on the “Word of Mouth” webinar series. The 2020 theme is “Complications”. These events are free of charge but online attendance is restricted in number. Please see the attached flier for details and instructions on how to participate. As an association, we express appreciation both to the IAOO for their partnership and to our fellows, Drs. R. Bryan Bell and Fayette Williams, who will be making upcoming presentations on behalf of the AACMFS.

AAOMS will be sponsoring a new course, “Principles of Head and Neck Oncology for the OMS” on March 6-7, 2020 at the education facility on the headquarters property in Rosemont IL. Details and registration can be found at the site:


Brent B. Ward, DDS, MD, FACS
Executive Director, AACMFS

Fellows Flap Course Major Success

With generous financial and logistical support from KLS Martin, L.P. the AACMFS launched its first flagship educational program targeted at fellows in Head and Neck Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery. The two day course, held at KLS Martin World – North America was Directed by Rui Fernandes, MD, DMD, FACS and attended by residents, fellows and faculty from around the nation.

The course, focused on free tissue transfer using the hands on cadaver facilities in the new “state of the art” educational complex. Participants were mentored in their dissections by AACMFS faculty representing a number of the fellowship programs from around the nation.

Participants came away with a greater appreciation for both the technical aspects of the procedures and for the mission of the AACMFS. Recent graduates were encouraged to join as post-graduate fellows and gather with us in Shreveport in May.  The course was deemed a major success is already scheduled to be repeated in the coming year.

Dental Anesthesiology Recognized As Dental Specialty

ADA has announced that dental anesthesiology has become “the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.” On March 11, the National Commission “adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.” 

Dr. James Tom, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, said, “This historic vote by the National Commission certainly reflects the ADA’s ongoing efforts towards improved patient care and safety in the areas of dental sedation, dental anesthesiology and access for those with special health care needs.” 

In addition to dental anesthesiology, other recognized dental specialties include dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

AACMFS Match Website

Dear Fellows,

Consistent with the mission and vision of the AACMFS related to education and training, we are pleased to announce the creation of an AAMFS Match process for applicants to fellowship programs. The AACMFS Match is replacing the successful MORSMATCH for Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as creating a new match for fellowships in Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery (Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery).

The AACMFS Match website can be viewed at You can also look forward to a presentation at the annual business meeting regarding the match history and future. We express appreciation for the AACMFS Match transition committee listed below who has completed this work and will continue to provide oversight:

  • Dr. Fayette Williams, Chair
  • Dr. Rui Fernandez
  • Dr. David Kim
  • Dr. Ramon Ruiz
  • Dr. John Caccamese


Brent B. Ward, DDS, MD, FACS
Executive Director, AACMFS