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O. Ross Beirne – September 2017

O. Ross Beirne received his D.M.D from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco, and his certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He served as Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2010. He is currently Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington, School of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the American Association for Dental Research. He is a founding member of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. His honors include election to Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley; Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; and the American College of Dentists. He is the recipient of the 2008 AAOMS/ADEA Gies Award for distinguished achievements in oral surgery, the 2013 University of Washington Bruce Rothwell Lifetime Teaching Award, the 2014 American Dental Society of Anesthesiology’s Heidbrink Award, the 2016 AAOMS Daniel Laskin Outstanding Predoctoral Educator Award and the 2017 Washington State Dental Association UW Faculty of the year. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice and Oral Surgery. He is past chair of the Osseointegration Foundation-Academy of Osseointegration’s Committee on Research and the OMS Foundation Committee on Research. While continuing to be engaged in clinical practice and translation research, Beirne also devotes considerable time to clinical practice and teaching at the predoctoral, resident, and postdoctoral levels.

How did you first learn about AADR and what motivated you to join?
I learned about AADR when I was at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. I’ve always wanted to be an academic and I did some research and I knew that this was the organization that could help me do that as a dentist.

What do you find to be the most valuable benefit of AADR membership?
The most valuable benefit of an AADR membership is the interaction with colleagues to discuss and develop research topics. AADR has been very important to my career because I presented talks as a dental student, as a resident, as a graduate student and then as a faculty member.

How important do you think cross-collaboration with other scientific disciplines is to the future of dental, oral and craniofacial research?
It is essential. At the University of Washington, most of our research is done in collaboration with other disciplines — especially pharmacy, anatomy and engineering.

What do you want to see in the future for AADR?
I really want to see AADR to continue to promote advocacy for research and support of research, especially in this current environment where funding is being questioned and priorities are being changed. We want to keep dental research on that high priority list.

What is the best way for other members to become more involved in AADR?
Get involved in sections and local organizations and meetings. This can allow you to meet and possibly collaboration with others in your field without traveling too far.

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