Int'l OMS Day

 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Honored with International OMS Day

A Global Celebration

The Purpose

International OMS Day is to celebrate the contributions oral and maxillofacial surgeons make to society around the world and to raise the profile of the specialty. International OMS Day is important because the increased understanding and impact of the oral and maxillofacial surgery specialty (professional relevance and impact on overall quality of life) will help advance oms-related healthcare policy and ultimately improve individual access to care worldwide.


A special message from IAOMS President Dr. Sanjiv Nair...


The History:

The International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS) celebrated the first International OMS Day on February 13, 2015.  It is now recognized annually on February 13th! This event was founded to raise awareness and share the role that oral and maxillofacial surgeons play in healthcare on a global scale. It also celebrates the impact that oral and maxillofacial surgeons have on individual lives.



OMS Fun Facts!

  1. Oral surgery dates back to 500 BC and was written about by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine.
  2. Maxillofacial Surgery became popular during the American Civil War, due to advancements in the treatment of facial fractures.
  3. Maxillofacial surgery continues to be used in times of war, with many current trauma techniques developed through WWII, the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars.
  4. French surgeon Paul Tessier is considered to be the father of modern craniofacial surgery.
  5. Bernard Devauchelle, French OMF Surgeon, completed the first face transplant in November of 2005.
  6. The first TMJ replacement surgery in India occurred this past October 4, 2014.
  7. Ambrose Pare, the father of surgery, published Complete Works in 1575, a book that contains detailed information on oral surgery.
  8. A few jaw surgeries have been performed on infants still in the womb, requiring the skills of OMF surgeons as well as many other specialties.



Show Your Support!

Post International OMS Day graphics and videos in your waiting area/place of business, on social media pages, and blog posts. By doing all these things you will help to raise awareness about oral and maxillofacial surgery and show your support!


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