Dr. Dan Plank Go Fund Me Information

Daniel M. Plank, DMD

It is with great sorrow that we must report the unexpected passing of Daniel M. Plank, DMD of Orlando. He was 38. Dr. Plank practiced at Central Florida Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Plank was a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He obtained his BS degree from the University of Florida, and his DMD degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

He completed an internship in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Emory University and his residency at Tufts University. He was a member and clinical instructor with the Florida Dental Society of Anesthesiology, Florida Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and AAOMS. In addition, Dr. Plank was a treatment provider for the National Foundation of Ectodermal Dysplasia.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

*A gofundme account has been set up for a college education fund for Dr. Plank’s daughters, Emily and Elizabeth.

Click here to contribute.

Funeral
Thursday, December 14
12:00 noon
Saint Mary Margaret Church
Winter Park, FL

Dental Therapist Bill Introduced

Legislation involving dental therapists in general dental offices has been introduced into the State House. We will be sending information to the FSOMS membership regarding this important issue. Click on the following link for the first series of articles:

From the FDA: Regarding Dental Therapists

Legislation has recently been filed in Florida to create dental therapists.
The Florida Dental Association (FDA) opposes this legislation.

This week, Rep. Danny Perez (R-Miami) filed House Bill 683 to add a new licensed dental
provider to Florida’s dental workforce. For a copy of the legislation, click here.

This legislation would authorize dental therapists to perform irreversible procedures under the general supervision of a dentist in public health access settings. The most vulnerable citizens of Florida would be subject to treatment from an individual lesser trained than a dentist, should this legislation pass the Legislature.

The FDA has been meeting with legislators over the past months and providing information on
the education and training of Florida licensed dentists. “The Root of…Campaign” information
listed here has been shared with all House and Senate members. It is important that legislators
understand the significance of having an adequately trained dentist providing dental care. Dentists
have the comprehensive knowledge and experience to identify and address other issues that may
arise during care.

Lowering the standard of care in Florida is not the way to address access to dental care.

To help improve oral health and increase access to dental care in underserved areas of Florida,
the FDA has filed House Bill 369 and Senate Bill 764 to create the dental student loan
repayment program. Click here to see the legislation on House Bill 369 and click here to see
Senate Bill 764. This legislation would encourage dentists to work in rural and underserved
areas as full-time Medicaid providers. They would be eligible to receive no less than $50,000
a year in financial assistance, up to five years maximum. This legislation allows for dentists,
who are educated and trained to handle comprehensive dental care, to provide quality care
to our most vulnerable citizens.

CALL TO ACTION

Your help is needed today. Contact your legislators and let them know that the FDA supports
maintaining a high standard of dental care for all Floridians, regardless of where they live or
where they may receive services. Urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 369and Senate Bill 764.
Additionally, urge your legislators to OPPOSE House Bill 683 by Rep. Perez — legislation
creating dental therapists — as this is not the answer to address access to dental care.
Click here to access the FDA’s Legislative Action Center (you must be logged in).
To contact Rep. Perez directly, you can email him at daniel.perez@myfloridahouse.gov.

For additional information or questions, contact Joe Anne Hart, Chief Legislative Officer, at jahart@floridadental.org or 850.224.1089.

Make your voice heard!

Dr. Mike Eggnatz
FDA President

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2018 Annual Meeting Highlights

Dr. T.J. Tejera Receives the Distinguished Service Award

Dr. T. J. Tejera and
Dr. Ramon Ruiz

Dr. T. J. Tejera was honored at the FSOMS Annual Meeting by FSOMS President Ramon Ruiz with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his service on the Florida Board of Dentistry. Dr. Tejera was recently elected Chairman of the FBOD Board.

 

 

 

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Summer Meeting 2018

July 13-15, 2018
FSOMS Summer Meeting
OMNI at Amelia Island
Amelia Island, FL

More details coming soon.

FSOMS 2018 Legislative Day at the Capitol

January 24, 2018
FSOMS Legislative Day at the Capitol
Tallahassee, FL

This year’s event will be held January 24, which is a Wednesday, in order to make a major impact with the legislators on behalf of the specialty. So this day will have the intended impact, we need you! We have a block of rooms on Tuesday, January 23 at the Residence Inn, located a short distance from the Capitol. We will cover the cost of the rooms for those that participate in the activities on Wednesday. Breakfast and lunch on Wednesday will also be provided.

Here is the schedule for the day:

8:30am    Gather in Sittig Hall 302 S. Bronough St) for breakfast and a briefing on the day’s activities and a discussion of current issues with our lobbying team from Gray-Robinson, Mike Huey, Todd Steibly and Jessica Love.
9:00am Group walks to the Capitol for visits with legislators
1:00pm Lunch; Senate Conference Room 227
3:00pm Adjourn

 

If you can join us, please email FSOMS Executive Director Hank Holderfield at hholderfield@pami.org or call him at 877.831.2500 (office) or 404.538.9546 (cell).

Hank will make arrangements for your hotel room and provide other details.

Annual Meeting 2018

October 26-28, 2018
FSOMS Annual Meeting
Ritz Carlton Grande
Orlando, FL

More details coming soon.

About our Speakers

FSOMS 2017 Annual Meeting Speakers

Richard A. Mufson, DDS

Dr. Mufson is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in private practice in North Miami Beach, FL A graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA, post-graduate residency training at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Mufson has lectured extensively on the topic of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, in addition to other state-mandated courses—Laws and Rules of Dentistry, Medical Errors and Risk Management. He is also past president of the South Florida District Dental Association and Florida Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Sundeep Rawal, DDS

Dr. Rawal graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He completed his training in Prosthodontics at the University of California San Francisco where he was exposed to the most current technologies shaping dentistry. He has worked extensively to utilize CAD/CAM technologies within the scope of clinical dentistry and enhance his patients’ restorative treatments. He has lectured extensively across the USA as well as internationally. He is currently in private practice in central Florida in Orlando and east to the Beaches.

Rui Fernandes, DMD, MD, FACS

Dr. Fernandes is a Board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He holds dual appointments in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. Currently, he serves as the Chief of Head and Neck Surgery, Director of the Head and Neck/Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery fellowship and Associate Chairman of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Boston University and Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, also at Boston University. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and completed residency training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well. Upon completion of his residency, he began a 2 year combined Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Maryland College of Medicine. Since completing his fellowship training he has maintained an academic appointment at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville. Dr. Fernandes currently serves as chair of the education committee of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally and has authored several manuscripts in the areas of head and neck oncology and reconstructive surgery as well a single author textbook in reconstructive surgery of the head and neck.

T.J. Tejera, DMD, MD

Dr. Tejera was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba and grew up in Miami, Florida, therefore, is fluent in both English and Spanish. He attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama before going on to earn both dental (D.M.D.) and medical (M.D.) degrees from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, respectively.Dr. Tejera completed an internship in General Surgery and residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Hospitals. During his final year of surgical training at UNC, he served as the Chief Resident of the Oral and Maxillofacial Service.

Following residency, Dr. Tejera pursued fellowship training in General Cosmetic Surgery at Carolina Surgical Arts in Greensboro, North Carolina. During his subspecialty fellowship program, Dr. Tejera received extensive, formal, didactic and clinical training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

After his fellowship, Dr. Tejera accepted a position at Carolina Surgical Arts where he practiced the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Tejera maintained an active full scope practice with an emphasis in Facial Cosmetic Surgery, reconstructive surgery of the facial skeleton and corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery. In 2003, he became Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Tejera’s current clinical practice is focused on cosmetic facial surgery, orthognathic surgery, facial reconstructive surgery, sleep apnea medicine and its related surgical treatments, and dental implants. Dr. Tejera is also very active in providing care to patients with facial trauma, including a broad range of facial fractures and soft tissue injuries, through the Lee Memorial Health System Trauma Program.

Ramon Ruiz, DMD, MD

Dr. Ruiz has joined the Department of Children’s Surgery at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. He is board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and fellowship-qualified in pediatric craniofacial surgery. Dr. Ruiz serves as medical director of Arnold Palmer Hospital Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery and the Craniofacial Disorders Program. Dr. Ruiz maintains a full-scope surgical practice in maxillofacial and craniofacial surgery with an emphasis in reconstructive surgery of the facial skeleton, corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery, repair of the cleft lip and palate, and management of patients with complex craniofacial conditions. He has dedicated his professional life to the care of individuals with facial differences.

FSOMS Summer Meeting Highlights

Amelia Island was the perfect setting for the Summer FSOMS Meeting. With over 65 members in attendance the meeting was kicked off with two days of required emergency training of ACLS/ BLS and Airways and Office Emergencies classes. We opened our program with a welcome reception and dodged the late afternoon rain showers.

Dr. Martin Steed

Saturday morning’s program started with Dr. Martin Steed’s session on “Peripheral Trigeminal Nerve Injuries: Contemporary Evaluation, Regeneration, and Repair” and ended with the Board Business Meeting and introduction of FSOMS candidates and new members: Drs. Victoria Palermo, Hisham Marwan, Manik Bedi, and Kenneth Anderson III.

 

 


Sunday morning’s program began with Dr. Salman’s “Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea” and ended with Dr. Ruiz’s  “Staged Reconstructive Approach to Cleft Lip & Palate.”

Dr. Salman

Dr. Ruiz

To see our photo gallery click here.

 



Thank you again to our Speaker Sponsor: KLS Martin

We are always grateful for our exhibitors:

  • Frontline Dental Supply
  • Giestlich
  • KLS Martin Mainsail GPO
  • OMSNIC
  • OMSVision
  • Osteomed
  • Osteo Science Foundation
  • Pacira Pharmaceuticals
  • Stryker
  • X-Nav Technology
  • Zimmer Biomet

 

Practice for sale: Ocala Florida

Two-three operatory office $100k for working practice

Produced >600K last year working @30hrs/week

Level 2 trauma cntr paid call

2 OMFS for 150 general dentist referal area/300K county population

Triple net bldg lease approx $1600

Great starter office to pay down student loan debt

I will stay on and teach office/practice business side of omfs

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(Posted 8-16-2017)

 

 

Important Medical Malpractice Legislation Passes the House; Help Needed with Senate

On Wednesday evening, the House passed the medical malpractice legislation (HR 1215) that AAOMS has vigorously advocated. The near party-line vote was 218-210 with 6 members not voting.

One amendment was agreed to during the floor debate and was included in the bill. It does the following:

  • Allows a physician to apologize to a patient for an unintended outcome without having the apology count against them in the court of law.
  • Requires a plaintiff to provide a notice of intent to the physician 90 days before the lawsuit is filed.
  • Defers to sundry state laws regarding lawsuits and outlines requirements witnesses must meet for testimony during trial.

One amendment failed that would have given affirmative defense to defendants in health care liability cases if they can show they complied with clinical practice guidelines.

It will be an uphill battle in the Senate so our work is not done. We must support AAOMS’ legislative efforts.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Please click on this link to send a letter to your Senators:

Grassroots campaign aimed at the Senate.

Simply fill in your name and demographic information and the system will develop a letter to go to your Senators from you. Freely edit the letter or send as is.

Thanks for your help!

Raymon L. Ruiz, DMD, MD
President