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Research Topics & Presenters

Presenters: Teddy Dong, DS2, University of Washington, School of Dentistry,; Andrea Burke, DMD, MD, University of Washington, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery,


  • Letters of recommendation (LOR) are the second most influential factor for the surgery residency program to select candidates to interview
  • Gender-based differences in LOR have been reported in otolaryngology/ head and neck surgery, urology, ophthalmology, and hand surgery residency applicants.
  • OMS has the most significant disparity in gender representation.
  • No study has been conducted to identify the differences in the language used and the length of LOR for OMS applicants.

Presenter: Brian Christensen, DDS, MD, Geisinger Health System, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Surgery,


  • Rigid internal fixation associated with fewer complications than other fixation methods at the mandibular angle but almost no comparative studies exist
  • The technique has had limited application because intraoral plate application is challenging and patients wish to avoid neck scars
  • The availability of in-house 3D printing and pre-bending of larger plates can now facilitate the intraoral application of a single load bearing plate at the inferior border of the angle

Presenter: Raymond P. Shupak, DMD, MD, MBE, Geisinger Health System, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Surgery,


  • OMS often called upon for “clearance” prior to valve replacement.
  • M&M reported from dental procedure prior to valve procedure.
  • Unsure of the degree of adverse outcomes avoided with preop clearance –vs– benefits of proceeding directly to cardiac surgery to avoid delays in care?
  • Active infection versus chronic dental disease affecting adverse post op outcomes?
  • Adverse outcomes linked to dental etiology?
  • A need to develop a large dataset / increase strength of evidence for recommendations

Presenter: Kyle S. Ettinger, MD, DDS, Department of Surgery, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Section of Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery and Reconstruction,


  • Increasing use of patient-specific implants (PSI) for H&N oncology/recon in the era of VSP/guided surgery
  • Are there benefits of PSI in both volumetric surgical accuracy as well as tangible clinical outcomes pertaining to use of PSI comparted to VSP w/ stock hand-bent plates

Presenter: John M. Nathan, MD, DDS, Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery,


  • Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) is a deep learning technique that uses two neural networks to generate new data
  • GANs used to generate “deep fake” images and videos, face aging, text-to-image, image-to-image translation
  • Current orthognathic treatment planning technology does not have predictive patient photographs

Presenter: Deepak G. Krishnan DDS, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Cincinnati

A CRC is responsible for overseeing and coordinating various aspects of clinical research studies, ensuring they are conducted in compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and protocols.

Hiring a CRC is important for several reasons:

  • Ensuring compliance with regulations
  • Efficient study management
  • Minimizing errors and bias
  • Improved communication and collaboration
  • Enhancing quality assurance

Presenter: James C. Melville, DDS, FACS, Associate Professor
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral, Head & Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston,


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