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Creighton Grad to Lead National Oral and Maxillofacial Group

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) has elected a Creighton University School of Dentistry graduate president-elect. William J. Nelson, DDS'81, was elected to the position during the Association's 95th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., October 7-12, 2013. Prior to his election, Nelson served a one-year term as vice president and four years as Distrit IV Trusteeon the AAOMS Board of Trustees where he represented the oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as those OMSs in the Veterans Administration and the United States Public Health Service.

"I look forward to continuing our work on behalf of the 9,000 fellows and members of the AAOMS and in support of the patients they serve," said Nelson. "These are challenging but exciting times in health care. New research and technologies are redefining the way our specialty is practiced, while legislative and regulatory changes are affecting the way in which care is delivered. Oral and maxillofacial surgery has a bright and exciting future."

Nelson was in group practice in Green Bay, Wis., for 26 years, the last 15 as a founding partner of a 150 physician medical specialty group. He is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Minnesota.

Nelson is a diplomate and past president of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) Board of Directors, and a fellow of the American College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the International College of Dentists. He received his dental degree from Creighton University and completed his surgical training at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, LaCrosse, WI.