Congratulations to Cesar Migliorati, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., who took over as president of the American Board of Oral Medicine, or ABOM, during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Oral Medicine, or AAOM, in New Orleans, Louisiana, in May 2019.
Migliorati will serve a one-year term and he expects it to be a significant year for the ABOM which is working to gain recognition as an official specialty in dental education from the American Dental Association.
“I am proud to be representing the UF College of Dentistry at the national level this year and am also looking forward to it being a great one for the ABOM,” Migliorati said.
Migliorati is a professor in the UF Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Sciences and is the associate dean for clinical affairs and quality. He joined the college in March 2017, moving to Gainesville, Florida, from Memphis, Tennessee, where he was a professor and a department chair at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.
Migliorati has an extensive background in teaching, research, administration, and lecturing, along with a great deal of active leadership in organized dentistry.
His current research collaborations focus on supportive care in cancer and the oral complications of cancer therapy. Migliorati also has a comprehensive clinical background, having worked in clinical dentistry during his entire career both academically and in private practice.
What is oral medicine?
An oral medicine doctor is trained to diagnose and manage patients with disorders of the orofacial region, essentially as a “physician of the mouth.” An oral medicine doctor has received additional specialized training and experience in the diagnosis and management of oral mucosal abnormalities (growths, ulcers, infection, allergies, immune-mediated and autoimmune disorders, cancers), salivary gland disorders, temporomandibular disorders (e.g.: problems with the TMJ) and facial pain (due to musculoskeletal or neurologic conditions), taste and smell disorders; and recognition of the oral manifestations of systemic and infectious diseases.
American Board of Oral Medicine
The American Board of Oral Medicine, or ABOM, promotes and maintains the highest standards of teaching, research, and patient care in the discipline of oral medicine for the benefit of the public. The ABOM administers a certifying exam and issues diplomas for those who pass and become Diplomates. To qualify to challenge ABOM candidates must have completed a minimum of two years training program that has been certified by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Post training, candidates must show proof that they have been independently working in the field of oral medicine for at least 18 months. The ABOM also establishes criteria for maintenance of a Diplomate’s certificate and conducts an on-going certificate maintenance program.