Oral Surgery Department Presents TMJ Symposium, Honors Dr. Peter Quinn


Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine’s Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery brought together approximately 150 clinicians from throughout the country for TMJ Disease in the Growing Patient, December 8-9, while also honoring one of the School’s most highly respected leaders in the field with the creation of the Peter D. Quinn Lectureship Fund.

The program was the 2nd biannual symposium of the Penn Center for TMJ Disease. Organized by Dr. Eric Granquist, Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, it highlighted a multidisciplinary approach to patient care with emphasis on pediatric rheumatology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, radiology, oral medicine, and orthodontics. The December 8 program took place at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine with lectures on the growing facial skeleton, preventing disease progression, and recognizing distinct pediatric conditions affecting the TMJ. While the December 9 hands-on portion, held at Penn Dental Medicine, introduced participants to oral splint fabrication and surgical planning reconstruction using 3D technology.

“TMJ disease affects so many – from children through adults, and we were pleased to spotlight our faculty’s leadership in this area and share their experience and expertise through this event,” says Dr. Anh Le, the Norman Vine Endowed Professor of Oral Rehabilitation and Chair of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. “In addition, we were particularly honored to recognize Dr. Peter Quinn for his tremendous contributions not only to Penn’s oral surgery program but to the field overall.”

At a special reception in conjunction with the symposium, the Department announced the formation of the Peter D. Quinn Lectureship Fund. The Fund will be a catalyst to enhance all levels of training within the Department with a special emphasis on building on its strengths in the areas of digital technology, custom prostheses, and regenerative medicine therapies. Proceeds from this Fund will be used to bring expert speakers to the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for an annual lecture in honor of Dr. Quinn.

The keynote speaker at the symposium – Dr. Leonard Kaban, the Walter C. Guralnick Distinguished Professor and Chief, Emeritus of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital was the inaugural Peter D. Quinn Lectureship speaker.

“Dr. Kaban’s illustrious career in pediatric craniofacial reconstruction set the tone for more exemplary lectures to come,” adds Dr. Le “The recognition of Dr. Quinn through the Lectureship Fund is befitting for a colleague who has dedicated his life to advancing our profession.”

Dr. Quinn, Schoenleber Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Vice Dean for Professional Services, Perelman School of Medicine, and Senior Vice President for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, served as the founding Chair of Penn Dental Medicine’s Department of Oral & Maxillofacial from 1986 through 2008. He also built the School’s oral surgery postdoctoral program, one of the first to offer a combined MD and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery certificate. Dr. Quinn was also a pioneer in the area of alloplastic reconstruction of the TMJ, working to develop the Zimmer-Biomet Temporomandibular Joint Replacement System, which received FDA clearance in 2005 and is still the only FDA-approved stock prosthesis in the U. S.

To learn more about the Peter D. Quinn Lectureship Fund, contact Maren Gaughan, Associate Dean for Leadership Giving, gaughan@upenn.edu, 215-898-8952; and to make a gift to the Fund, visit www.dental.upenn.edu/quinnfund.

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