Dr. George Taybos was recently elected as the new president of the American Academy of Oral Medicine. He is currently a professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, School of Dentistry. He attended Wabash College for his undergraduate degree (BA) and received his graduate degree (DDS) from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. After graduation, he served in the United States Navy for 22 years and retired with the rank of Captain. While in the Navy, he served as the Specialty Advisor for Oral Medicine to the Surgeon General of the United States Navy from 1984-1986, and earned numerous awards, both for his military accomplishments and his academic excellence. Dr. Taybos received a Masters Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University in 1993.
Dr. Taybos has traveled 22 states and seven foreign countries to give popular and informative lectures for a variety of dental programs and foreign dental societies. He has published more than 50 articles in state, national, and international dental and medical journals. He currently teaches courses in oral medicine and performs clinical trials research, all while maintaining an active clinical and consultative oral medicine practice.
In 2002, Dr. Taybos served as the Vice President for the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM). He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.
Dr. Taybos has ambitious goals for his term as President. He understands that the discipline of Oral Medicine is not widely known or recognized among healthcare professions. He hopes to "promote the expertise of the individual with significant interest or training in oral medicine to both healthcare professionals and the general public."
Dr. Taybos desires to promote oral medicine awareness by expanding membership to include other healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, dental hygienists, and social workers. Dr. Taybos is looking forward to a joint meeting in 2005 with the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He is also working closely with the American Cancer Society to develop evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and management of oral cancer.
Other newly elected officials for the AAOM include President-Elect Michael Siegel, Vice President Nelson Rhodus, Secretary Craig Hatch, Treasurer David Sirois, Assistant Secretary Tom Sollecito, and Recording Secretary John Robinson. The immediate past President is Craig Miller.