R. Gilbert Triplett to Receive Archer Award
Thursday, February 1, 2018
ACOMS Bestows W. Harry Archer Award to R. Gilbert Triplett, DDS, Ph.D.
The W. Harry Archer Award was established by the Board of Regents of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to recognize the achievements of individual oral and maxillofacial surgeons and to memorialize Dr. Archer’s significant contributions to the specialty. Dr. Archer, a prolific writer and gifted and respected teacher, was a trailblazer of oral and maxillofacial surgery. His excellence in leadership, teaching, research, and writing place him among the eternal giants of our specialty.
The 2018 W. Harry Archer Award Recipient
R. Gilbert Triplett, DDS, Ph.D.
Vice Chair, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Texas A&M University
Dr. Triplett trained and served as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, retiring with the rank of Captain after 21 years of service. He directed the research and training programs with an emphasis on combat casualty care, and served as Chairman of the Dental Department at one of the Navy's flagship hospitals, where he ran the residency training program.
Dr. Triplett 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 Texas A&M University 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.
Dr. Triplett speaks worldwide on guided tissue regeneration techniques, implantology, and treatment of wartime combat casualties. He was instrumental in the creation of the Dr. P. Earle Williams Memorial Lectureship, an annual continuing education platform created in the memory of the first board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Dallas.
Dr. Triplett is Vice Chairman of the Department, Director of Hospital Affairs, and Chairman of the Dentistry Department at Baylor University Medical Center. He is the primary liaison between the College and the hospital. In 1998, he was awarded one of the highest honors in the Texas A&M University System when the Board of Regents named him a Regents Professor.
ACOMS is thrilled to bestow this honor on such a deserving individual. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the ACOMS 39th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.