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Oct. 9, 2006

UI Specialist Heads National Oral Surgery Board

Kirk L. Fridrich, D.D.S., head of the Hospital Dentistry Institute at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, assumed the presidency of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), at the conclusion of the 88th ABOMS Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition Oct. 2-8 in San Diego.

ABOMS is the dental specialty certifying board that represents more than 4,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States. Fridrich is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a graduate of the University of Nebraska School of Dentistry. He completed his surgical residency at the UI. Fridrich began his service as department head in 2000. He also serves as professor and head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the UI College of Dentistry.

Fridrich's professional affiliations include the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists. He was named one of the "Best Dentists in America" in 2004-2005. Fridrich has authored numerous publications and continues to participate in state-of-the-art research within the specialty.

During his year as president, Fridrich will represent ABOMS in all business and professional matters.

"I am honored to work with my other ABOMS director colleagues to assure the public that oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide optimal health care," Fridrich said. "The Board will be constant in maintaining and continually confirming criteria for competence and knowledge that determine a sufficient and acceptable ability to safely practice the specialty."

ABOMS is recognized and approved by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association. Its objectives are to elevate the standards of the specialty and to aid oral and maxillofacial surgeons in their efforts to provide optimum health care to their patients. To this end, ABOMS establishes criteria for competence and knowledge that determine a sufficient and acceptable ability to safely practice the specialty. 

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