Illinois Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

The Illinois Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is a professional membership association in the State of Illinois. ISOMS serves its members, and indirectly, the entire community they serve primarily by offering a unique Office Anesthesia Evaluation program. This is a peer-to-peer on-site program designed to review office equipment, credentials, procedures, policies and even some staff. Members are required to undergo an evaluation upon application for membership, and every five years thereafter. The ISOMS Anesthesia Committee and the Executive Council set the rules and standards for the evaluation process. It is considered by most members to be our most important and unique activity.

ISOMS also provides periodic educational programs for members, and is an approved CE sponsor, by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.


Massachusetts Society launches tribute appeal to honor Dr. Leonard Kaban

In collaboration with Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital, MSOMS has set a goal of raising $100,000 for OMS research and education by June 1, as a tribute to our friend and colleague Lenny Kaban on his 80th birthday.

Ways to give:

• Your gift of $10,000+ may be disbursed over a 5-year giving schedule (Contact Mary DiCarlo at for assistance)
Donate online (check the ‘honor or memorial gift’ option, skip the notification details)
• Mail a check (payable to OMS Foundation) to:
- 9700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
- Rosemont, IL 60018
(note ‘Dr. Leonard Kaban tribute’ on your check)
• Donate from your DAF or IRA
• Donate shares of appreciated stock

The OMS Foundation's Tax ID # is 36-6111168

Or honor a “personal hero” of your own with a tribute gift to the Foundation. It takes just five minutes to make someone’s day – no gift-wrap required, and every donation to the Annual Fund received by June 30 will be matched by US Oral Surgery Management (up to $35,000). Thank you!

How do your donations create value for the OMS Specialty?

For residents:

Bring your family to the AAOMS Annual Meeting, Sept. 11-14 in Orlando
Resident spouses attending the AAOMS Annual Meeting are eligible for reimbursement of up to $1,000 in travel expenses through the Alliance’s Norma L. Kelly Resident Spouse Scholarship. Apply by August 4!
The Global Initiative for Volunteerism and Education (GIVE)
GIVE offers reimbursement of up to $2,500 for residents serving with approved international humanitarian healthcare teams. Apply year-round.

For faculty:

Lunch and Learn at the 2024 AAOMS Annual Meeting
The Foundation is hosting a free Lunch & Learn for faculty on Friday, Sept. 13, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Annual Meeting. The topic will be OMS Applicant Assessment: Concept of Connected Outcomes
OMS programs are encouraged to apply for a Student Research Training Award, offering $12,500 to OMS education programs to support training and mentorship of up to five hand-picked dental school undergrads.
FEDA (Faculty Educator Development Awards) – jointly funded by AAOMS and the Foundation – offer up to $40,000 per year over the three-year period of the award to early-career faculty pursuing careers in academia.

For researchers:

• Research Support Grants ($75,000/1 year)
• Clinical Research Support Grants ($150,000/2 years)
Since 2018, more than $11 million has been committed by the NIH and other major funders to continue progress on projects begun with funding from the OMS Foundation.

For practicing OMSs:

Foundation donors are:

• Supporting the development and validation of a state-of-the-art anesthesia simulation training curriculum, and a concurrent project that is collecting data to prove its effectiveness.
• Underwriting the integration of AI into our surgical decision-making processes.
Moving the needle toward more effective detection, risk assessment and treatment strategies for head and neck cancer.
• Applying next-level virtual surgical planning to deliver better outcomes for orthognathic patients.

Every gift to the Annual Fund received by June 30 will be matched by US Oral Surgery Management (up to $35,000). You can learn more and add your support at Questions? Email Thank you!


NEW in 2024!

(Shared from ISDS) On January 1, 2024 any prescribers who prescribe more than 150 controlled substances II-V have to submit those electronically. You can read more about it here.


ISOMS Spring Training Program, April 6th

It was a beautiful day in Oak Brook for our Spring ACLS education program — a biannual event. Members enjoyed the opportunity to mingle and dine with friends and colleagues in an informal setting. ISOMS President, Dr. Don Kalant addressed the membership during lunch and he summarized the topics addressed at the Executive Council meeting, held Friday evening. Certain changes regarding policies of the Anesthesia Committee (chaired by Dr. Jay Bergamini) were briefly discussed. Details will be released by the next meeting.

We were very pleased to have Dr. Gregory Ness, the District IV AAOMS Trustee from Columbus, Ohio, visit for the Executive Council and member meetings and program for the weekend.


ISOMS Annual Meeting Held

ISOMS held its Annual Meeting and election of officers during the lunch break on Saturday, October 14 at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center in Oak Brook.

New officers take office January 1, 2024, for the calendar year. Dr. Don Kalant (Naperville) will serve as President in the coming calendar year. Dr. Robin Gallardi (Chicago Heights) will serve as Vice President, Dr. Jay Swanson (Effingham) will serve as Secretary/Treasurer, and Dr. Coleman Spector (Chicago) will remain on the Executive Council as Immediate Past President. The membership owes its sincere thanks to Dr. Coleman Spector who faithfully served well beyond the usual one-year term as president due to the interruption of meetings and attendance during the long Covid epidemic. He is the only member to have served twice as president of the Society.


AAOMS Annual Meeting - September 2023

L to R: Gregory M. Ness, DDS, FACS, the District IV Trustee to AAOMS (residing in Ohio), Robin Gallardi, DDS, MS, FRCDC, Dip ABOMS, a Delegate to AAOMS from Illinois and Anthony Spina, DDS, MD, an Alternate Delegate from Illinois. The AAOMS Annual Meeting is being held in San Diego. (September 2023)

Drs. Mohammed Qaisi, Robin Gallardi and Don Kalant, three Delegates representing the Illinois Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons at the 2023 AAOMS Annual Meeting in San Diego, this week.


Nierzwicki Appointed to Medical Board

ISOMS is proud to announce the recent appointment of Dr. Bart Nierzwicki who practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in Chicago, (Millennium Surgical) as a member of the newly restructured Illinois State Medical Board.

The appointment has been signed into law by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on October 31, 2022. This new position expires October 31, 2026. Dr. Nierzwicki has been a member of ISOMS since 2010. He actively serves on the Anesthesia Committee.

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The Illinois Society of OMS is proud to display this emblem of recognition as a Bronze OMSFIRE Donor for 2024.

The Mission of the OMS Foundation is to improve the quality and safety of patient care by advancing innovation in oral and maxillofacial surgery research and education.

The OMS Foundation is the only organization dedicated to funding research specifically related to oral and maxillofacial surgery. The Foundation invests in early-stage research which helps grantees to procure significant additional funding from federal sources and other grant makers. For additional information or to make a contribution, call 847-233-4342.



ISOMS Statement Regarding COVID-19 & OMS Practices

While we do not make any mandates and leave the care of patients at the discretion of each individual surgeon, we do support recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) and the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

Watch for future updates.

Use these links for more information:
AAOMS recommendations
CDC recommendations
ADA recommendations
ACS recommendations
Surgeon General comments

External Links:


Anesthesia Assistant Training

Doctors are required to provide education and training for their anesthesia assisting staff. At least one member of the assisting team must complete 12 hours of qualified coursework as required by the State of Illinois.

Members can contact AAOMS about their educational opportunities and qualified programs to educate assistants. Illinois recognizes the AAOMS DAANCE program to meet the State education requirement for anesthesia assistants. The main phone number for AAOMS is 847-687-6200.

In addition, ISOMS member Robert C. Bosack, DDS, has designed and recorded an anesthesia assistant training course that meets the training requirements set by the State of Illinois' Dental Practice Act. The 14 hour course consists of 9 lectures followed by a live, hands-on, in-person guided simulation training module to be completed with an anesthesia provider. Learners can work at their own pace. Downloadable handouts can be printed. Click here for more information.

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, also offers courses that satisfy the State requirement for training assistants. Information is available through the UIC Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Contact Maria Limon at


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