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Featured Alumni Profile (August 2018)      

Alumnus of the Month, Dr. Brett L. Ferguson

Alumnus of Aug 2018Our alumnus for the month of August is Lane Man Dr. Brett L. Ferguson. Dr. Ferguson is a native of Kansas City, MO and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Lane College in 1975. He continued his studies at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry, earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (D.D.S.) in 1981. After receiving his D.D.S. with honors, Dr. Ferguson was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and subsequently entered full-time academics at UMKC School of Dentistry. He then went on to complete a fellowship year in general anesthesia under the tutelage of Dr. Nina Beatty at Truman Medical Center.

In 1986, Dr. Ferguson started his residency in OMS under the leadership of Dr. Robert Hiatt. He served as Chief Resident in OMS in the year 1989-1990. Upon completion of his residency, he was asked to stay on with the graduate residency program and became the Associate Director of the Program and Director of the Outpatient OMS Clinic at Truman Medical Center. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is certified through 2025. In 2001, he was promoted to the position of Program Director of the UMKC OMS Graduate Training Program and was appointed Chairman of OMS at Truman Medical Center and Chairman of Hospital Dentistry at the UMKC School of Dentistry. In January 2006, he was appointed Chairman of OMS at the UMKC School of Dentistry as well. In 2009 and 2013, the Graduate Training Program was awarded the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements.

Dr. Ferguson is Past President of the Medical / Dental Staff at Truman Medical Center, a Level I hospital with 3,000 employees and 500+ physicians on the medical staff. He has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally and has performed surgery on trips to Europe, China, and Africa. In addition, he has been appointed to the AO/ASIF maxillofacial trauma educators of North America, appointed to the faculty recruitment and retention committee of AAOMS, and was a featured clinician in the AAOMS-sponsored video on OMS as a career which was sent to every dental school in the United States. He has been appointed to the Examiner Committee of the ABOMS. Additionally, he was appointed to the AAOMS Committee on Resident Education and Training and served as its chairman. He also was appointed and chaired the Committee on Hospital and Interprofessional Affairs. Dr. Ferguson was appointed chair for the Commission on Resident Education, responsible for setting national educational standards. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Truman Medical Center and received the Top Doctor distinction in the 2012 edition of Ingram’s Magazine.

Dr. Ferguson has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, IAOMS, American College of Dentists, Midwest Society of OMS, Missouri Society of OMS (past president), Greater Kansas City Society OMS, American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and Greater Kansas City Dental Society. He was one of six UMKC faculty members chosen to work with the media department for advertisement of the university with billboards placed around the metropolitan Kansas City area. He has served as President of the Rinehart Foundation, the endowment of UMKC School of Dentistry with a $20 million dollar corpus.

Dr. Ferguson served two consecutive terms as Treasurer of the AAOMS beginning September 2011 and in September 2015 was elected Vice President of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He was elected President – Elect of AAOMS in September 2016 and has been inducted into the International College of Dentists. Dr. Ferguson has also been selected as a member of the American College of Surgeons and has been elected as President of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, being the first African American so elected. As such, he will become the 100th Centennial President in October 2018.

Let's celebrate Dr. Brett L. Ferguson!

Don't forget to send in your nominations for alumna/alumnus of the month to blaster@lanecollege.edu

Braylin Laster
Interim Director of Alumni Affairs

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