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

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Thank you again to our Speaker Sponsor: KLS Martin

We are always grateful for our exhibitors:

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


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Multidisciplinary Treatment Solutions for PERI-Implantitis


June 9 – 11, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

Please join Geistlich Biomaterials and the symposium sponsors at a one of a kind Multidisciplinary Treatment Solutions for Peri-Implantitis Symposium in Chicago. This interactive and didactic three-day event will cover topics addressing Peri-Implantitis, presented by world-class international speakers with expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment associated with Peri-Implantitis complications.

This multidisciplinary approach engages all dental professionals who are interested and are responsible for the placement, maintenance, restoration and preservation of dental implants. For more information or to register visit our website.

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Volunteers Needed for FDA Mission of Mercy

Dear colleagues:

The Florida Dental Association Foundation will be sponsoring our third Mission of Mercy in Pensacola Florida on March 24th and 25th 2017. We have had great participation from FSOMS members at the previous Tampa and Jacksonville events. I hope that we can continue this level of participation as the MOM program moves to different locations around the state of Florida.

Mission of Mercy Volunteer Website. 

The site includes all the information that you need to register and plan for your visit to Pensacola. I encourage you to include your office staff. Both clinical and non clinical volunteers are needed to successfully support this program.

The registration date has been extended to February 20th..

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any additional questions. I look forward to seeing you in Pensacola.


Steven C. Bryan, DMD
Oral Surgery Co-Manager FLA MOM

2017 Legislative Meeting

“Make a Difference for our Specialty”

February 15

FSOMS Board Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Governor’s Club
202 S. Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

February 16

Legislative Day on the Hill
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
State Capitol Tallahassee


Summer Meeting 2017

July 27 – 30, 2017
Ritz Carlton
Amelia Island, Florida

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2016 Primary Election Results

Florida’s primary election concluded Tuesday, with victories and upsets which ended nearly 100 campaigns at the state and federal levels. Several “establishment” politicians were defeated, and at least one state Senate race is headed for a recount. Early voting played a major role in this primary election. The Department of State reported that 1.7 million voters cast their ballots before Tuesday’s primary election day. Of those, 1.2 million individuals voted by mail, and 538,458 took advantage of early voting. These numbers far surpass those reported for the past two election cycles. Statewide, voter turnout on election day averaged at 24 percent.

A constitutional amendment which provides a property tax break for renewable energy source devices passed, overwhelmingly. Amendment 4, which was placed on the ballot by the Legislature during the 2016 Legislative Session, was approved by 73 percent of the vote – far more than the 60 percent required for approval. In the newly redrawn 5th Congressional District, U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Jacksonville, who has been in Congress for over 20 years, was defeated by Democrat Al Lawson. Perhaps contributing to her defeat is a criminal fraud case Brown is facing. In other open congressional seats, Representative Matt Gaetz defeated Senator Greg Evers in Congressional District 1, and Dr. Neal Dunn was declared the winner in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. Florida Senator Darren Soto won the Democratic primary to replace Alan Grayson in the 9th Congressional District. Should he also win in November, he would become Florida’s first Puerto Rican member of Congress.

At the state level, Representatives Darryl Rouson and Ed Narain are headed for a recount in their bid to move to the Senate – Senate District 19. The two Democratic Representatives were battling in a close four-way primary, and Rouson finished a mere 167 votes ahead of Narain. If two candidates are within one-half of 1 percent of each other, state law requires that an automatic recount occur. The victor should be declared during the next several days.

Several of the most expensive races were ones which pitted House incumbents against one another as they competed for open Senate seats. Several of these races were essentially decided last night as well, as the winners are expected to win the general election in November. Representative Debbie Mayfield beat Representative Ritch Workman in the Republican primary for Senate District 17, while Representative Matt Hudson was defeated by Representative Kathleen Passidomo in Senate District 28. In Senate District 23, Representative Greg Steube emerged as the winner in a crowded Republican field, defeating former Representative Doug Holder, Representative Ray Pilon and County Commissioner Nora Patterson.

Below you will find a breakdown for the Florida House and Senate races detailing the unofficial primary election results. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Hank Holderfield, Executive Director
Florida Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Election Results (pdf)

Download an update from our outstanding lobbying team at Gray-Robinson on the primary election results. Note the column indicating which candidates received FSOMS’ Political Action Committee (FLOMSPAC) support. Over $25,000 was donated this year by FLOMSPAC to state campaigns.

Download election results here.

Annual Meeting

Nov. 11-13, 2016
2016 Fall Meeting
Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes
Orlando, FL

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Master Course in GBR and Sinus Floor Elevation Procedures

Dear Members of the Florida Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons,

Please see the attached information regarding a Master Course in GBR and Sinus Floor Elevation Procedures, An Interactive 3-day course with Live Surgeries and Hands-On Workshops. This course will be led by Professor Daniel Buser June 22- 24, 2016 at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland.

This interactive 3 day course has been established for experienced implant surgeons and will involve two main surgical techniques for bone augmentation including the GBR technique using bone fillers and barrier membranes, and the sinus floor elevation procedure using the lateral window or the transalveolar Osteotome technique. The different surgical techniques will not only be presented and discussed but also demonstrated will lives surgeries and hands-on workshop.

This course provides an opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading oral surgeons in a university setting with a limited number of participants. If you have interest in more details about the course or in attending this course after reviewing the course description please phone Julie Gonzalez- 407-921-6350 or Carlos Martinez 305-484-1861 from Geistlich Biomaterials for additional information.

Thank you!

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