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Gary Warburton DDS, MD, FDSRCS (Eng), FACS: Professor & Chairman in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Maryland, Baltimore. Chairman of the TMJ section of SORG North America.

Dr. Warburton trained in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in the United Kingdom and completed his training at the University of Maryland Medical Center and R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. He earned his dental surgery and medical degrees from Manchester University in the United Kingdom, where he obtained numerous academic honors and awards, including the Alpha Omega Prize for Clinical Excellence. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Warburton is board certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons (AACMFS).  He completed a Clinical Research Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and he is a member of the American Society of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons (ASTMJS) and he lectures nationally and internationally on the surgical management of TMJ disorders.  Dr. Warburton is Professor and Chairman in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the at the University of Maryland. He is Chief of facial trauma surgery at Sinai hospital. He is also Chairman of the TMJ section of SORG North America.  He is a clinical consultant for Stryker (formerly TMJ Concepts) along with Dr. Lou Mercuri.

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Scott Levin DDS: Associate Adjunct Professor in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Banner University Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Levin is an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon with more than 30 years of experience in all phases of dental and health care, with special emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders. He received his DDS degree from Marquette School of Dentistry in 1977 and completed an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in 1981.  After completion of his residency, Dr. Levin established a private practice in Glendale, Wisconsin and was appointed as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he served as a clinical faculty within the Oral and Maxillofacial residency program until 2002.   He then became the Clinic Director and CEO of large multi-specialty group dental practices in Wisconsin and Arizona.  Dr. Levin served as President of the American Society of TMJ Surgeons from 2005-2007.  From 2013 to the present he has served as Associate Adjunct Professor in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at Banner University Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

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Jeff Moses DDS, FAACS: Associate Adjunct Professor in OMFS, University of California Los Angeles, California. President and Founder, Pacific Clinical Research Foundation (a.k.a. Smiles International foundation), Carlsbad, California

Dr. Moses was born in Tokyo, Japan, and was naturalized as a United States citizen. He completed his undergraduate degree with Cum Laude Honors in biomedical engineering at the University of California at San Diego, Revelle campus. Dr. Moses then earned his dental degree with Cum Laude Honors from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. He served the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of Lt. Commander, before entering the inactive reserves. Dr. Moses completed a graduate fellowship in anesthesiology and a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas located at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. He has earned Fellowship status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons as well as in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

Dr. Moses has published many peer-reviewed research articles on TMJ arthroscopy and surgical management for pathologic processes. He has also contributed numerous chapters on this subject for several major textbooks. In addition, Dr. Moses is currently the president and founder of the Pacific Clinical Research Foundation (a.k.a. Smiles International Foundation) and the co-founder of the Rotary Thousand Smiles Foundation.

Vincent DiFabio DDS, MS: Associate Professor in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Maryland, Baltimore. Part-time private practice in Washington, DC

Dr. DiFabio graduated from the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, and then attended the University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry, obtaining a certificate of residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a master’s of science degree in dental research and pathology. Dr. DiFabio practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in Frederick, Maryland, and Washington, DC.  He has taught at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry for more than 25 years. Dr. DiFabio is particularly interested in the surgical treatment of TMJ pathology. He was inducted into the American Society of TMJ Surgeons (ASTMJS) in 1994 and was elected president of the ASTMJS, serving from 2011-2013. Dr. DiFabio has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of TMJ pathology and surgery.

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Lou Mercuri

Louis Mercuri DDS, MS: Visiting Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. Clinical Consultant, TMJ Concepts, Ventura, California

Dr. Mercuri is a Cum Laude graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry, Washington, DC. He received his Certification and Master of Science degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Dr. Mercuri was a full-time member of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery faculties at the University of Illinois Chicago College Of Dentistry and the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, Richmond, Virginia.  He has been Chairman of the Department/Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Chicago Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry and Loyola University Chicago Medical Center. He is presently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago Illinois, and the Clinical Consultant for TMJ Concepts, Ventura California.  Dr. Mercuri is a Life Member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and a Retired Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also a member and has held office in numerous other professional associations.

Over his career, Dr. Mercuri has obtained research funding, published extensively and invited to lecture locally, nationally, and internationally on subjects related to the diagnosis, non-surgical and surgical management of temporomandibular joint disorders. He is the recipient of the 2009 Oral and Maxillofacial Foundation Research Recognition Award, the 2010 William J. Gies Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship in the Faculty of Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England for his body of work in alloplastic TMJ replacement.

Nehal Patel MDS: 

Director BMSS Cleft Center, K.P. Sanghvi Hospital, Surat, Gujarat, India

Director, NuFace Maxillofacial Hospital, Surat, India

Dr.Patel is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon from India. His main areas of interest are TMJ & Orthognathic surgery. He completed his undergraduate dental degree at the Government dental college & hospital, Ahmedabad. Following this, he completed his Masters in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery at A.B.Shetty College, Mangalore. He then completed Fellowship in Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery in 2006. He started a comprehensive cleft care center in surat as a Director of ABMSS cleft center in 2008. He worked as an Associate professor at SMIMER hospital and since 2012 he is into private practice. He completed his Mini residency in TMJ Arthroscopy & Total joint replacement in 2017 and   He is an international member of the American Society of TMJ Surgeons (ASTMJS) and also a founder member and secretary of the Indian Society Of TMJ Surgeons (ISTMJS). Dr.Patel has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of TMJ arthroscopy & Total joint replacement. Dr.Patel is also the Director of the Orthognathic Fellowship by the Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of India (AOMSI). In 2022 he started the Comprehensive TMJ center in Surat, India.

Clayton Davis DDS, MD, MSc, FRCD(C):

Associate Clinical Professor OMFS, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta.
Kingsway Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Alberta, Canada

Dr. Davis is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Canada focusing on TMJ surgery. He completed his undergraduate and dental degree at the University of Alberta receiving the ADA+C Gold medal award. Following this, he completed his Medical Degree, Master of Science, and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He then completed TMJ Fellowship training in Miami with Dr. McCain. Dr. Davis is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentistry Canada and an international member of the American Society of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons. He is an associate professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and TMJ surgery fellowship director. Dr. Davis is also in private practice at Kingsway Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Mo Hakim DDS, MBA:

Clinical Assistant Professor & Associate Director of the Comprehensive TMJ Surgery Fellowship, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dr. Hakim is a clinical assistant professor, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and a TMJ arthroscopist at the University of Michigan, where he is also the associate director of the comprehensive TMJ surgery fellowship program.  He earned his DDS from New York University College of Dentistry and then completed his OMS residency at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.  Afterward, he completed a two-year fellowship program in endoscopic maxillofacial surgery and advanced TMJ arthroscopy at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he was also appointed as a faculty instructor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  Lastly, he earned his MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.  He’s lectured nationally and internationally on what he describes as “the orthopedic approach to the temporomandibular joint”.  His clinical interests are advanced TMJ arthroscopy and how they can impact long-term outcomes in patients with orthopedic TMJ problems.

Jeremy Abbott DDS:  Dean's Faculty and Clinical Instructor, University of Maryland School of Dentistry.  Private Practice, Bethesda, MD

Dr. Abbott graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and then practiced general dentistry for several years before returning to complete a  residency in Orofacial Pain & Dysfunction at the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry.  Dr. Abbott is board certified by the American Board of Orofacial Pain. He is in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland, and he is also a clinical instructor and Dean's Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His clinical practice is focused on the management of TMD and orofacial pain. His research interests are in headache and temporomandibular disorders.