Stephanie J. Drew, DMD, FACS, was elected president of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS) at its Annual Scientific Conference in April. She is the 26th president of ACOMS and the first woman elected to the position.
Dr. Drew, associate professor of surgery, division of oral and maxillofacial surgery, department of surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, has been at the forefront of using computer planning technology to help treat patients, as well as to teach residents and practicing physicians. Her goal as ACOMS president is to bring the latest technological advances in surgical education to the members of the organization. Dr. Drew has been actively involved in the committees of ACOMS and served as the chairperson of their Committee on Continuing Education for two years. She also co-chaired the organization’s Annual Scientific Conference in 2016.
ACOMS immediate past-president R. Bryan Bell, MD, DDS, FACS, said that in selecting Dr. Drew, “We have chosen a proven leader who exemplifies the surgical excellence, academic citizenship, and collegiality ACOMS emphasizes.”
Read more about Dr. Drew on the ACSOMS website.
The board of directors of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, has unanimously elected Danny Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS, as the next president of the university. Dr. Jacobs, presently executive vice-president, provost, and dean of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Medicine, Galveston, will begin his presidency at OHSU August 1. He will be OHSU’s fifth president.
“I believe strongly in the values rooted in public academic health centers like OHSU. I believe in OHSU’s mission to serve all Oregonians and its strong commitment to innovation and adaptation to meet the needs of the community,” Dr. Jacobs said.
At UTMB, Dr. Jacobs is the chief academic officer, responsible for approximately 3,800 employees and trainees for its schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions, and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Jacobs’ faculty appointments at UTMB include professorships in the Institute for Translational Sciences, as well as the department of surgery and the department of preventive medicine and community health. He also oversees the institution’s research programs.
Read more about Dr. Jacobs on the OHSU website.
Giuliano Testa, MD, FACS, was recently recognized on the annual TIME 100 list, which honors the most influential people of 2018, for his role in a groundbreaking uterine transplant clinical trial. A woman receiving the transplant gave birth to the first baby born via uterus transplant in the U.S.
Dr. Testa is the surgical director of living donor liver transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX, where he specializes in living donor liver transplantation for both adult and pediatric patients. In 2016, Dr. Testa and a team of experts at Baylor successfully performed the uterus transplant, which has only been attempted by a handful of teams in the world.
The patient, who was born without a uterus, gave birth to a baby boy in November 2017. Hers was the first functioning transplanted uterus in the U.S. Although she chose to remain anonymous, the woman wrote on TIME’s website that Dr. Testa was “a pillar of strength and assurance” during her experience. “It has been the honor of my life to be a small part of his miracle.”