2018 General Election Results

After the November 6 General Election, which was then followed by 12 days of recounts in three statewide races, two House races, and one Senate race, the election results were certified by the Election Canvassing Commission on November 20.

Republican Rick Scott prevailed over incumbent US Senator Bill Nelson by a margin of 10,000 votes, while Republican Ron DeSantis maintained a 0.41 percent lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum in what was a hotly-contested race for Governor. His win will allow him to appoint three new justices to the Florida Supreme Court (unless any justices retire before their terms end) and shape the composition of the Court for many years to come.

In the race for Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried defeated Republican Matt Caldwell to become the only statewide elected Democrat in Florida.

Other Republicans which prevailed in the Florida Cabinet include Jimmy Patronis, who won the race for Chief Financial Officer, and Ashley Moody, who will serve as our next Attorney General.

The Republican caucuses of the House and Senate held onto most of their respective seats and maintain a 23 to 17 majority in the Senate, as well as a majority in the House, securing over 70 of the 120 seats. As a result, Senator Bill Galvano (R), Bradenton, and Representative Jose Oliva (R), Hialeah, will lead their respective chambers as Senate President and Speaker of the House.

Of the 12 Constitutional Amendments on the ballot, all except Constitutional Amendment #1, Homestead Property Tax Exemption, received the required 60 percent voter approval.

Click here for a detailed breakdown of state legislative races. See last column on right for FLOMSPAC donations. Thanks to our outstanding lobbying team from Gray-Robinson for this report: Mike Huey, Todd Steibly and Jessica Love.

Donation of Equipment to FLA MOMS

September 8, 2018

To: FSOMS Membership

Re: Donation of Equipment to FLA MOMS

Hello,

I have been contacted by the leadership of the Florida Dental Association MOMS co-chairs, Dr Jim Antoon and Don Illka, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery leads, Dr Marcos Diaz and Mike Pikos, for the FLA MOMS event. They have asked if there is any way we as individuals would donate OMS equipment to the MOMS event. They are desperately in need of hand instruments and forceps. They would prefer new instruments if possible.

This event has become so large that they are routinely running out of OMS instruments. This group is trying to increase their inventory of equipment to alleviate this shortfall. I am sure we can help with forceps and hand instruments. You can contact Hank or me directly at dsgesek@comcast.net to arrange pickup of any donation or bring them to the annual FSOMS meeting in Orlando. Anything is greatly appreciated.

The second request was to ask for more participation at the annual events. This year’s event is in Orlando at Edgewater High School. The date of the FLA MOMS is March 23 and 24. Participation can come in the form of your time providing care to needy patients or donating money to aid in the purchase of necessary supplies. Both would be welcome. This is a great way to show just how strong the FSOMS is in supporting care for the needy.

To learn more about this event, please go to FLAMOM.org.

Thank all of you for helping the FLAMOM become self sufficient and allow for the treatment of more patients with the equipment we graciously will be providing.

Sincerely,

Dan Gesek DMD

President elect FSOMS

Obituary for Andre U. Buchs, DMD


       Andre U. Buchs, DMD

Dr. Andre U. Buchs, one of Central Florida’s best-known Oral Surgeons died peacefully on August 25, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife and three daughters. He was 78 years old.

Andy was born May 23, 1939 to Laura L. and Andre O. Buchs of Darien, Connecticut. He graduated from Darien High School in 1957 where he was selected First Team All-State in football. He set the school record in track with the shot put, and played hockey as a defenseman. He also played baseball with his high school team. Andy was President of the Latin Club and also served on the Student Council Board of Directors.

In November 2013, Andy was honored at the Darien High School Old Timers Athletic Association Sports Award annual dinner.

He graduated from Colgate University in 1961with a BA degree in Geology. At Colgate, he played guard in football and threw the shot put in track for 4 years.  After Colgate, Andy did graduate work at the University of Connecticut where he met his future wife, Verna Payer of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They were married in 1962. He then went to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine graduating with a DMD degree in 1966.  After graduation, Andy served on active duty in the Army as a Captain in the Panama Canal Zone. While there, he received the Army Commendation Medal. Following his military service, he took a three year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Buchs was a nationally recognized pioneer in dental implants having placed more than 16,000 in the 43 years he practiced in Orlando with Central Florida Oral Surgery.  He retired in June 2016.

Andy is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, a Diplomate of the American Society of Osseointegration, a member of the Academy of Osseointegration, a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is the past President of the Dental Society of Greater Orlando, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and past Chairman of the Department of Dentistry of Florida Hospital. He was also and Adjunct Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

From the mid-80s to the mid-90s Andy lectured extensively on dental implants both nationally and internationally.  He has authored more than 20 articles in professional journals and has co-authored a chapter in a text on dental implants.

He also provided needed dental care in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands for several years while accompanied by his wife.

 He is survived by his wife Verna, of 55 years, and their three daughters and seven grandchildren. They are Susan Carey (the late Peter Carey) of Winter Park, and granddaughter Paige, Kristen Calendrille (John), of Port Jefferson, NY and grandchildren Grant, Courtney, and Lauren, and Anne Van Vleck (Chris) of Chatham, MA and grandsons Travis, Will and Charlie.

Two sisters and a brother also survive him. They are Barbara Connolly of New York, NY, Doug Buchs (Merrily) of South Hamilton, MA and Priscilla Williams of Nelson, NH. Nieces and nephews include Andy Irvine, Curtis Buchs and Chris and Kate Williams.

Andy’s family was the pride and joy of his life; he was happiest when they were all together.  He and his wife, Vern, enjoyed special travel experiences with their daughters. Through the years, they had numerous ski vacations in Colorado and Utah, a Christmas in France, spring break in Bermuda, and bike trips in Vermont, North Carolina, Cape Cod, Bike Florida, and The Five Borough Bike Tour, NY.  As the grandchildren arrived, the travelling continued with destination vacations to Grand Canyon, Vermont, Amelia Island, and a Disney Cruise.

Andy also traveled extensively throughout his life with Vern and many friends throughout Europe, Canada, the United States and the Caribbean Islands. He loved to cheer on his grandchildren at their sporting events, as well.

He will be greatly missed by his many friends and especially his loving family and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 125 N Interlachen Avenue, Winter Park on Saturday September 2, 2017 at 2pm.  A reception will follow at the church.

Gifts in his memory may be given to the Andy Buchs Memorial Fund at Colgate University, Colgate Gift Records, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.

Or, gifts may be given in memory of Andy Buchs to Orlando Science Center, 777 E Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803

Dr. James Driscoll

We mourned the passing of FSOMS member James Driscoll of Naples, FL. James was a graduate of St. John’s University and Georgetown University Dental School and served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy. An Oral Surgeon extraordinaire, he had offices in Manhasset and Great Neck, New York, before moving to Ft. Lauderdale, where he practiced for 26 years.

He then retired to Naples to play golf as much as possible. James (Jimmy to his many friends) was a true gentleman, who never said an unkind word about anyone. He is survived by his wife, Roberta; daughters, Julie and Carrie; brothers, Jack, Richard, and Joseph; and extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Avow Hospice of Naples, or your favorite charity.

FLOMSPAC Donation

 

 

 
                          FLOMSPAC Committee Chair William Storoe, IV, DDS delivers FLOMSPAC Donation to Rep. Chuck Clemons.

 

2018 Summer Meeting Highlights

Amelia Island is always a welcoming location for our FSOMS Summer Meeting and this year was no exception. The weather and the ocean are certainly an incentive to attend this meeting along with our great scientific programs.

We started Thursday and Friday with required courses of “ACLS/BLS” and “Advanced Airway Complications & Management for the OMS and OMS Office Emergencies – Simulation Course.” Our welcome reception gathered on Friday night overlooking to beautiful beach and sunset.

FSOMS President Dr. Tom Bowers introduces our Saturday speaker Dr. Kevin Arce who presented the session on “Functional Reconstruction of Complex Maxillofacial Defects VSP and 3 Dimensional Models in Oncologic Surgery and Surgical Training.”

When the FBOD requirement of an Opioids CE was issued we secured Joshua Lenchus, DO from the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association to conduct a class during lunch on “Prescribing Controlled Substances.” President Dr. Tom Bowers chaired our FSOMS Board meeting and welcomed new member, Dr. Jose Ravelo.

Sunday we started with the important “Patient Safety and Risk Management for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon” with Drs. Jeffrey Stone and Julie Goldberg.

Thank you to our sponsors for our Opening Reception and our speaker Dr. Kevin Arce: KLS Martin, OMSNIC and US Oral Surgery.

We also appreciate our exhibitors who make our meeting successful:

ConMed
Frontline Dental Supply
Geistlich
HampMed
KLS Martin
OMSNIC
OMSVision
Osteo Science Foundation
Snoasis Medical
Stryker
US Oral Surgery
Zimmer Biomet

 

Annual Meeting 2018

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

Annual Meeting Highlights

 

Prescribing Controlled Substances Course

JUST ADDED to Summer Meeting. 
Required Opioid Course!

Prescribing Controlled Substances
2 -hour Course

In partnership with the Florida Osteopathic Association, Joshua D. Lenchus, DO will present the course on controlled substances as required by the Florida Board of Dentistry.

Taking this course will satisfy your required hours for 2018.

 

DATE: Saturday, July 14, 2018
PLACE: FSOMS Summer Meeting, Amelia Island
TIME: 12:30-2:30
COST: $75.00 (includes lunch)

If you have already registered for the summer meeting just log in and add this to your registration.

About our Speaker:

Joshua D. Lenchus, DO, RPh, FACP, SFHM holds a pharmacy degree from the University of Florida, and graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. Having completed a rotating internship (aka transitional year) at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, he pursued training in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He currently works as a hospitalist at Jackson Memorial Hospital for the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. There he holds the rank of associate professor of medicine, anesthesiology, and radiology. For the last nine years, he served as an associate program director for the internal medicine residency.

He has extensive hospital administrative and committee involvement and, in 2012, was elected the first osteopathic President of the Jackson Health System medical staff and chairman of its medical executive committee, in its then-94 year history. He was subsequently re-elected in June 2014.

One of Dr. Lenchus’s special areas of interest is patient safety. His dedication earned him the position of associate director of the UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety. Aside from creating a crisis management simulation course, in 2007 he developed a novel curriculum centered about simulation-based invasive bedside procedural instruction. Now in its ninth year, the program has transformed the way procedures are taught and performed, decreasing complications thereby leading to safer patient care. He has spoken locally, regionally, and nationally regarding this initiative and is recognized as an expert in the field; he has conducted numerous workshops at various conferences, garnered more than $2million in grant funding, and his team’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals. He has been honored with multiple teaching awards in his short tenure, and most recently, accepted the BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Health Care Practice from Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions for this work.

Outside the hospital, Dr. Lenchus is incredibly involved, serving as a leader in multiple county, state and national medical associations, including the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the Society of Hospital Medicine. He has a passion for health policy, serves on public policy committees, and has presented this topic in a variety of venues, from student groups to corporations.

He is a recent recipient of the Soref Jewish Community Center’s Humanitarian of the Year, Broward College’s Alumni of Distinction award, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association’s Physician of the Year, and was a faculty inductee into Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.

Oral Surgeon Needed

With over 30 years of experience, MHM/Centurion is a leading provider of healthcare services to state and local government agencies nationwide and is proud to be the exclusive provider of dental health services to the Florida Department of Corrections. We believe our dedication to patient care is the reason why we currently partner with Clients in 15 states | Over 350 facilities | 6,000+ Employees.

Centurion of Florida is staffed by a mission oriented, multidisciplinary team of dentists, physicians, nurses, and other dedicated healthcare providers all committed to providing high quality care to the underserved.

We are currently seeking an Oral Surgeon for a full or part-time opportunity at the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler, Florida. DDS/DMD with Oral/Max specialization. The facility is conveniently located in beautiful Northeastern Florida just 35 Minutes North of Gainesville and/or 40 min West of Jacksonville.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assume quality of care for patients with wide spectrums of oral and maxillofacial health problems while adhering to the highest standard of dental practice ethics and professionalism.
  • Perform the diagnosis and surgical treatments of head, neck, and mouth to include biopsies of suspected pathology.
  • Maintain affiliation with professional groups, dental associations.
  • Possess ample knowledge of procedures and able to provide oral health education and counseling to all patients.

Centurion of Florida offers full-time benefits to employees working 30 hours per week or more, including:

  • Company-sponsored health, dental, vision, life.
  • Paid malpractice insurance.
  • Generous paid days off & company paid holidays.
  • CME reimbursement.
  • Employer paid short-term disability insurance.
  • Dental and vision insurance options.
  • Flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care.
  • Part-time benefits are also available.
  • Flexible weekday schedule available.

To learn more about this unique and rewarding practice opportunity, call Brian Kremposky at 407.544.3975 or email brian@mhmcareers.com

 

Posted May 16, 2018

2018 Lebowitz Award – Cole G. Murbach

It is with great pleasure that the Florida Society of Oral Surgeons presents the 2018 Lebowitz Award to Cole G. Murbach. Mr. Murbach attended Clemson University from 2010 to 2014, being on the President’s List every year, attaining a 4.0 GPA and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology with a Biomedicine Concentration and a concomitant minor in Business Administration. At Clemson, he was awarded numerous Honors including: Nonresident Merit Scholarship, The Gary A. & Julie B. Ransdell Scholarship, The Calhoun Honors Society Honors College, Alpha Epsilon Delta Preprofessional Honor Society, he received a grant for Microbiology Research and won 1st Place with his poster in the South Carolina Aging Day Conference. Mr. Murbach was also President of the Clemson Running Club where he organized races, transport, hotels, fundraisers, and community service and social events and participated in yearly officer training. He Participated in the Resurrection Catholic Church Vacation Bible School from 2009 – 2011, where he instructed Pre – K children and organized children’s activities in Winter Garden, Florida. His Publication was: S. Guham, O. Natgarajan C.G. Murbach, J. Dinh, E. Wilson, M. Cao, S. Zou & Y, Dong. “Supplemental Timing of Cranberry Extract Plays a Key Role in Promoting Caenorhabditis elegans Healthspan.” Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 21 Feb. 2014.

In 2014, Mr. Murbach was granted a position at the University of Florida College of Dentistry (UFCD) and has been on the Deans’s list for four years. Mr. Murbach has consistently excelled academically with Externships/Observerships at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, with Dr. Ramon Ruiz; Central Florida Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery observership with Drs. Wenk, Langan & Crofton; and a University of Florida Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Externship.

One of Mr. Murbach’s clinical instructors describes him as follows: “In the clinical setting, as a faculty member in the Student Oral Surgery Clinic and course director for two of his courses, I can attest to his keen interest in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine. Clinically, he is confident, talented and competent. He is prepared and reviews his procedures with the faculty with confidence. Mr. Murbach works exceptionally well with the faculty, staff and his peers. He is a supportive mentor to the junior dental students rotating through the clinic. He is trustworthy and accountable for his actions. Mr. Murbach is also an active participant in local dental volunteer activities that provided dental services to an underserved population. Mr. Murbach’s decision to pursue oral surgery was well thought out. He is an avid member of the Oral Surgery Interest Group. He attends scheduled Journal Club meetings and the weekly OMFS patient conference and has attended several externships and has observed the operation of several large OMFS clinics. He has shadowed the Oral Surgery residents and has accompanied them to the OR. He managed his time wisely by volunteering in the Student Oral Surgery Clinic during semester breaks to compensate for the time spent attending externships. Mr. Murbach knows firsthand about the effects of a demanding schedule and emergency call, since his father is an anesthesiologist.”

Our congratulations to you on your stellar accomplishments, Dr. Murbach, and we of the FSOMS extend to you our best wishes for continued success as you pursue your future pursuits in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery!

Lawrence K. Cook, Awards Chairman