I hope everyone is having a nice relaxing summer. I am happy to present the fall newsletter to our members. It is our sincere hope to keep you informed and updated on the latest news from in and around the world in the field of Orofacial pain. I would like to thank Dr. Ghabo Kaspo for all his efforts and contributions for the newsletter and also welcome two new members of the publications committee, Dr. Jasjot Sahni and Patricia Fernandes.

In this edition of AAOP newsletter, you will find the report by Marcela Romero on the 61st Annual American Headache Society Scientific Meeting. Dr. Sahni has compiled the list of all the AAOP fellows who were awarded the Fellowship status at the AAOP meeting this year. In each edition we also highlight a residency program and in this edition you can learn about the Rutgers Orofacial Pain program. In our member spotlight section, Dr. Charles Greene talks about his journey in the field of Orofacial Pain over the years. You will also learn about the AAOP Mentorship program. Whether you are a new member or a long term member, through this program you can help make a difference and contribute towards the community of Orofacial Pain.

The AAOP sleep medicine committee has put together a wonderful program and we hope you can attend the AAOP mid-year symposium in Chicago this November.

Lastly, we are interested in hearing about your experiences and would like to encourage our members to submit articles or interesting case reports.


Shuchi Dhadwal, D.M.D

Chair, AAOP Publications Committee

President Message

 Dear AAOP Membership,

jay-mackman.jpg I am happy to report our organization is very active and has a lot going on right now.

Jim Fricton is working very diligently on our specialization application process.

Our committees are all busy keeping up on things.The 2020 annual program committee is putting the final touches on their program. The 2021 annual program committee is working hard on getting their program all lined up, and the location will be in Scottsdale, AZ the first week of May at The Talking Sticks Resort.The sleep committee will be holding a literature review on November 2, 2019 at the Hilton O’Hare in Chicago.


Center for Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Director, Gary M. Heir, DMD

Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine is one of approximately 12 dental schools and universities in the United States and Canada with Orofacial Pain Programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

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When I began working in the TMD field in 1965, our TMJ Research Center at U of Illinois at Chicago was only the second University-based center to be created in the USA (Columbia U. had the first one).


61st Annual American Headache Society Scientific Meeting, 11th-14th July 2019 – Report by Marcela Romero Reyes DDS, PhD, FAHS Chair, Special Interest Section – TMD, Cervical Spine and Orofacial Pain, American Headache Society.

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The American Headache Society is dedicated to the study and management of headache and face pain with the mission to improve the quality of life of the patient suffering with headache and related painful disorders. The 61st Annual American Headache Society Scientific Meeting was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on 11th-14th July 2019. The meeting highlighted the exciting times we are living in the field of headache and the new advances from basic to clinical sciences that not only are enhancing our understanding of headache pathophysiology but also their direct influence in how we are managing headache today.


When a practitioner decides to get into the field of orofacial pain, they face a lot of daunting challenges. From clinical matters to ethical dilemmas to business development – an experienced mentor can be truly invaluable. Orofacial pain practices are few and far between, with a lot of variety in how we practice, making it that much harder to find the guidance one needs.