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American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Honors Dr. Ord

Written by Adam Zewe

Robert Ord, DDS, MD, has been selected to receive the W. Harry Archer Award from the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS). The award recognizes outstanding achievements in the field. Dr. Ord will be honored at the ACOMS Annual Scientific Conference and Exhibition in April, where he will give the Kurt A. Thoma Memorial Lecture.

Dr. Ord serves as chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS). His interest in oral surgery was kindled by London professor Dr. John Langdon, who mentored Dr. Ord in the early 1980s. At UMSOD, Dr. Ord enjoys the opportunity to cultivate postgraduate students in the same way. "The fellows I train are going to be a new generation of leaders in the specialty. I must teach them to be good surgeons, but also impart the same morals I have for myself," he remarks.

The OMS department leads the oral surgery field because of the school's outstanding faculty and visionary dean. UMSOD stays current with the latest technology, which has advanced rapidly since Dr. Ord entered the specialty. For example, he now uses specialized software to plan intricate facial reconstructions, greatly improving efficiency in the operating room. The departmentýs technological prowess has attracted visiting surgeons from around the world, including China, Syria, India and Australia.

A highly sought-after speaker, Dr. Ord has lectured in more than 50 countries. Teaching remains among his primary interests, but he also operates on face and jaw tumors. Most patients he treats are underprivileged and have nowhere else to go for help, which makes successful surgeries even more rewarding. "My work is both technically challenging and literally life saving. I get a great deal of pleasure from treating patients in need," states Dr. Ord.


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