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Monthly Archives: January 2014

2013 Business Meeting Notes

Gayle Miranda presided.   Two major items were addressed.  First, the scheduling of the Annual Meeting on the first weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday was discussed.  This weekend is a very busy weekend in NYC and for all families.  It is the most expensive weekend of the year in NYC.  It competes every year with the Implant meeting in Chicago.  A motion was  made, seconded and passed that we would move the Annual Meeting to a weekend either earlier in November or in October.  We will  look into these dates.
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The Harrigan Newsletter 2013 Edition

The week before Thanksgiving, a group of people united under the auspices of Healing the Children traveled to Bucaramanga, Columbia on a trip that would likely change their lives. The group comprised of four senior Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, a band of anesthesiologists from Michigan, two resident oral and maxillofacial surgeons, a prosthodontist, and a crew of highly skilled and dedicated nurses, surgical assistants and coordinators.
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Presentation on Orbitomaxillary Reconstruction

Calvin Jung, DDS, MD from Bellevue/NYU gave a presentation on orbitomaxillary  reconstruction.

The mid face gives  structure to the face in both the vertical and horizontal planes and is  a major focus in imaging.  It has major functional and psychological implications.  It supports the globes and determines alar position; it supports the upper dentition and is critical in nasolacrimal drainage.
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A 28 y/o Female Presented With a Painless Swelling in the Anterior Maxilla

Jesse Doscher, DDS, MSc,  from St. Raphael’s in New Haven gave the second  case.  A 28 y/o female presented with a painless swelling in the anterior maxilla adjacent to the left central and lateral incisor.  She gave a history of a  slow growth near her upper teeth.  She had had an unknown procedure in the area several months prior.  Exam revealed a nodular swelling of the alveolus adjacent to t#9 and 10 with some raising of the upper lip and some extension to the frenum area and to the palate.  Dental  xray showed an increase in the PDL of #10.   Biopsy demonstrated  chondrosarcoma of low to intermediate grade.

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Presentation on Maxillofacial Trauma and Pan-Facial Trauma Management

David Cundrick, DDS, from Nassua University Medical Center gave a presentation on maxillofacial trauma and pan-facial trauma management.   His  case was that of a 31 y/0 Hispanic male who was struck by a side mirror of a semitrailer truck.  After he was stabilized in the ER, an OMS consult was called.  The patient had extreme crepitus in the anterior mandible with a comminuted parasymphasis Fx; a Fx of the left condylar head with shortening of the left mandible height; a floating maxilla and multiple dental injuries.
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Joe Niamtu, DDS honored with 2013 Harrigan Award

Dr. Joe Niamtu , a cosmetic surgeon from Virginia, received the 2013 William F. Harrigan Award at NYUCD on Dec. 7, 2013.  Dr. Niamtu is a trained OMF surgeon who limits his practice to cosmetic surgery and has been one of the leaders in opening up cosmetic surgery to OMF surgeons.  He gave an inspirational account of his background and training and family and his fight to practice cosmetic surgery as an OMFS.  He urged the audience to always pursue their dreams and keep educated  and  remember to give back.  He stressed that  OMFS  doctors  should strive to enjoy their work and everything else would follow.
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