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Shelly Abramowicz Named First Stuebner Scholar

Monday, November 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Shelly Abramowicz, DMD, MPH, has been named the first recipient of the Elaine A. Stuebner Scholars Award by the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. 

The ACOMS Stuebner Scholarship is an essay-based competition that awards one board certified female oral and maxillofacial surgeon annually the opportunity to attend a post-educational meeting to advance their knowledge and skills.  The award provides the recipient an opportunity to meet with mentors in the specialty and to become involved in a lifelong learning process to stay well-informed and focused as a surgeon.


The program aims to enable award recipients to become and remain engaged with other women in the specialty throughout their careers to learn, to mentor in-turn, and to perpetuate the cycle. The prize is a scholarship award up to $5,000 in value that includes meeting registration, travel, and lodging at a scientific meeting organized by ACOMS. The award fund was made possible by founding sponsors KLS Martin Group, Straumann, and Instradent and is supported as well by the generous donations of several members of ACOMS.


Dr. Abramowicz holds the positions of Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine; Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Outpatient Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital; and Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Atlanta.


Dr. Abramowicz obtained her dental degree and her MPH in 2002 from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Florida in 2008. She was board certified in 2012. After completing her training, Dr. Abramowicz joined Boston Children's Hospital as a full time attending surgeon and became a faculty member of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.


 As an Emory faculty surgeon, Dr. Abramowicz provides care to children with oral and maxillofacial surgery concerns. Her clinical and research specialties include pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery, TMJ dysfunction in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, orthognathic surgery, maxillofacial trauma, benign maxillofacial pathology, and impacted teeth.


The ACOMS Elaine A. Stuebner Scholars Award Program was championed by ACOMS Vice President Stephanie J. Drew, DMD, FACS among others. She stated, "the real heroines and heroes of our profession are the ones who, regardless of where they work, institution or office, continue to find the time to give back to their families, friends, and to our profession. It has been my personal privilege to develop a way to give back to our profession by cultivating the Stuebner Scholarship through the support of the ACOMS.

In 1958, almost 100 years after Dr. Jones' practice of dentistry was established, Elaine Alice Stuebner graduated from the Cook County Hospital oral surgery residency program. On October 1, 1960 she became an AAOMS member. She was the first woman certified as a diplomate to the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr Stuebner not only broke the glass ceiling, but blazed the trail for mentorship and giving back to the profession through lifelong learning and leadership.

Dr. Drew also remarked, “promotion comes from participation. At this time few women have moved into leadership roles in or specialty due to hard work for our specialty.  It is my hope with the Stuebner Scholarship the pathway to leadership and mentoring will become a road well-traveled by many of my colleagues. Congratulations to all of the participants this year. Their words inspire me to continue to mentor and look for the next way to pay it forward."

Congratulations to Dr. Abramowicz and thanks to all who competed for this year's honor.

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