Scientific Review Committee

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R. Gilbert Triplett, DDS, PhD, Chairman, Scientific Review Committee

committee-triplettDr. Triplett, who is the Vice-Chair at Texas A&M/Baylor, is the assistant editor of the only textbook ever written on the topic of war injuries to the head and neck region. He was recruited by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to join their Faculty in 1984. In 1991, he was named Chairman of the Baylor College of Dentistry Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, which subsequently merged with the Department of Pharmacology. Dr. Triplett's areas of research interest are in the areas of bone physiology, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, head and neck infection, maxillofacial trauma, dental implants, guided tissue regeneration, and microneurosurgery. He currently has two funded grants to address sinus floor augmentation, dental implants and immediate implant placement.


David E. Frost, DDS, MS, FICD, FACD, FADI

Dr. David E. Frost is a private practicing Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. He has been in the same group practice for 32 years. He holds a Clinical Academic appointment in the Departments of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Dentistry.

Dr. Frost graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in 1971 (Distinguished Military Graduate), from Baylor College of Dentistry with a DDS in 1974, and from the University of North Carolina with an MS in 1980. Clinical graduate training included a General Practice Residency, Chanute AFB, Il (1975-76; selected Outstanding Resident); Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital and UNC (1977 – 1980); a Research Fellowship at UNC (1980 – 81) and Honorary Senior Registrar, Canniesburn Hospital Scotland, (1980).

Dr. Frost’s research background stems from his residency and fellowship. Under direction of Drs. Fonseca and Gregg he did basic research in bone grafting and healing (allogeneic) and nerve repair. Following residency he did basic and clinical research in grafting and rigid internal fixation. He served on AAOMS Section on Research (Chair 1988-1990); committee on research (1988-1990) and OMSF research committee (1990 – 2002) and chaired the OMSF research awards committee from 1995 to 2002. He mentored research in resident education at UNC and Wilford Hall Medical Center with 5 residents earning their Masters under his direction and they earned 4 research awards from AAOMS for resident research.

Dr. Frost is active in numerous professional organizations. He was an examiner and section chair for the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) from 1990-1995. He was elected by his peers to be a Director of the Certifying Board in 1996 and served as Director, and all of the offices completing his service as President of the ABOMS in 2002. He currently is an Examiner for the International Board for Certification of Specialists in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was the Special Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (2002 to 2012). Dr. Frost was President of the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (2012-2013). He is a member External Advisory & Development Council, College of Science, Texas A & M University.

Dr. Frost served as Director and Chair of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation and served on numerous committees for the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and the International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He has published 29 peer reviewed scientific articles, contributed to 18 textbooks and authored/edited 4 surgical textbooks, presented over 30 abstracts at National and International meetings.

Anh Le, DDS, PhD


Dr. Le is the Chair and Norman Vine Endowed Professor of Oral Rehabilitation at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on investigating mesenchymal stem cells from adult oral tissues. Together with collaborators, she isolated and characterized adult stem cells from gingival tissue—a discovery she patented while at USC. Studying those stem cells further, Dr. Le proposed a new mechanism by which they might aid in wound healing; they proposed that the stem cells may modify the environment of the wound. This new concept, that stem cells are the conductors rather than the musicians in the orchestra of wound repair, earned Dr. Le and her colleagues NIH funding and a wealth of new avenues of research to explore, all aimed at regenerating missing craniofacial tissue.

Jeremy J. Mao, DDS, PhD

committee-maoDr. Jeremy Mao is the Edwin S. Robinson Professor of Dentistry and the Co-Director of the Center for  Craniofacial Regeneration at Columbia University. Dr.  Mao has published over 200 scientific articles, proceedings, book chapters and books. Dr. Mao’s  laboratory has trained dozens of scientists and clinicians that are in academia, industry and  government. Dr. Mao’s research group is currently funded by NIH and other grants in the areas of stem cell biology, tissue engineering and wound healing. His research interests include Stem cells, tooth regeneration, cartilage regeneration, bone regeneration, wound healing, biomaterials, orthodontic tooth movement, TMJ, ligament/tendon regeneration, adipose tissue, and dermal fibroblasts.


Robert E. Guldberg, PhD

Robert E. Guldberg is the Parker H. Petit Chair in Bioengineering and Bioscience. He is a Professor in the Georgiacommittee guldberg Institute of Technology's Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and Georgia Tech/Emory Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Guldberg received all of his degrees from the University of Michigan in mechanical engineering and bioengineering and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology. His research program is focused on musculoskeletal growth and development, regeneration of limb function following traumatic injury, degenerative diseases such as skeletal fragility and osteoarthritis, and novel orthopaedic devices. Dr. Guldberg has advised 48 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students over the past 20 years and published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. In 2009, Dr. Guldberg was appointed Executive Director of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB) ( He serves on numerous advisory and editorial boards and has held several national leadership positions, including most recently President of the Americas Chapter of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS-AM). Dr. Guldberg is a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta research scholar and has been elected a Fellow of TERMIS, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Sean P. Edwards, DDS, MD, FRCD(C), FACS

sean edwardsClinical Associate Professor of Dentistry, Associate Professor of Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry
Dr. Edwards received his dental degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He then came to the University of Michigan where he completed his medical degree and residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He then completed fellowship training in pediatric cleft and craniofacial surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. A second fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular surgery brought him back to the University of Michigan where he has since remained as faculty. Professionally, Dr. Edwards is the Chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the residency program director. His research has focused on cleft and craniofacial care and sleep disorders, their genesis and treatment. Dr. Edwards serves on many regional, national and international committees, has served as a section editor for the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and reviews for many journals.

Tara Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD


taraDr. Tara Aghaloo is the Assistant Dean of Clinical Research and Professor in the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Division of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences at the UCLA School of Dentistry. She is also the Director of the Clinical Research Center, where she works closely with the UCLA Clinical Translational Science Institute.  Her research focuses on bone biology and regeneration strategies at the basic, translational, and clinical levels, while maintaining an active clinical oral and maxillofacial surgery practice.  Among other research projects, she is the recipient of a 2004 - 2009 NIH K08 – Clinical Scientist Development Award (DE015800)(PI), "Prostanoid induction of egr1 in primary osteoblasts.”  This grant examines the effect of prostanoids on egr1 and the effect on osteoblast differentiation and function.  Dr. Aghaloo is also funded by Osteo Science Foundation for her project, "Hard and Soft Tissue Engineering to Regenerate Mandibular Segmental Defects.  She is a board member of the Academy of Osseointegration, member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Committee for Research Planning and Technology Assessment, past president of the OMS Section of the International Association for Dental Research, and associate editor of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants.


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