Steven Roser Receives Distinguished Service Award from IAOMS
The International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS) has elected Steven M. Roser, DMD, MD, the 2019 recipient of the society's esteemed Distinguished Service Award. This award is given to an IAOMS fellow who has provided services above and beyond what is ordinarily expected in a focused area of the society's initiatives. In Dr. Roser's case, he has chaired both the IAOMS Global Surgery Committee and its Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Committee, and has acted as an IAOMS representative to the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance).
Dr. Roser is the DeLos Hill Chair and Professor of Surgery and the chief of the Emory Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has an extensive history of international service that includes being a team leader for the Missions Abroad Program of Healing the Children-Northeast every year since 1992, managing surgical teams on trips to countries in Central and South America to provide such services as cleft lip and cleft palate repair. In 2017, he also began participating in the Emory Haiti Alliance's summer surgical trips to Haiti's central plateau, the poorest and most medically underserved region in the country — Dr. Roser made his first trip to Haiti in the first wave of medical responders following the country's devastating earthquake in 2010.
Dr. Roser has received numerous awards recognizing his efforts as an international surgeon, including the Humanitarian Award of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in 2011, a Presidential Citation for Humanitarian Efforts in Ecuador in 2005, and the American Dental Association's Oversees Volunteer Award in 2003.