UCSF Surgeon Receives Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Award

October 21, 2009
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Dr. M. Anthony Pogrel, professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the UCSF School of Dentistry, received the 2009 William J. Gies Foundation Award in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, on Oct. 14, 2009.

He received the award during the opening ceremony of the 91st Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Gies Award is presented to educators in recognition of distinguished achievements in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Pogrel has a joint appointment in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the UCSF School of Dentistry. In March 2009, he was named to the new position of associate dean for hospital affairs to oversee the school's interactions and solidify its relationships with UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital and other affiliated hospitals.

Pogrel specializes in head and neck conditions, temporomandibular joint surgery, corrective jaw surgery and the use of lasers in surgery. In addition to treating patients at UCSF Medical Center, he conducts research on new treatments for oral and maxillofacial conditions including problems with facial nerves and salivary gland tumors.

Pogrel has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks and is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

He is a fellow of the AAOMS, the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Pogrel earned his dental degree at Liverpool University in England and a medical degree at Aberdeen University in Scotland. He completed general surgery training in Great Britain and oral and maxillofacial surgery training in Great Britain, Holland and Miami, Fla.

Pogrel joined UCSF in 1983 as a faculty member within the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and he became a professor and chair of that department in 1994.

More than 5,000 registrants, including oral and maxillofacial surgeons from around the world, attended the AAOMS annual meeting where they conducted association business, discussed surgical procedures, earned continuing education credits and met with dental industry suppliers.

The AAOMS, the professional organization representing more than 8,500 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States, supports its fellows' and members' ability to practice their specialty through education, research and advocacy. AAOMS fellows and members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office examinations, ensuring the public that all office procedures and personnel meet stringent national standards.