Bernard J. Costello, MD, DMDThe American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) named McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Bernard Costello DMD, MD, FACS (pictured), as its new president during its September 2022 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Costello is an accomplished oral and maxillofacial surgeon, professor, and leader in the field; he will serve a one-year term.

“For me, the chance to work with the Board of Directors of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as president is a career pinnacle. Our organization does important work stringently vetting oral and maxillofacial surgeons and, ultimately, protecting the public,” said Dr. Costello.

ABOMS conducts a robust certification process in which oral and maxillofacial surgeons submit application materials and undergo rigorous examinations. Once board-certified, Diplomates are required to annually submit evidence of certification maintenance.

This will not be Dr. Costello’s first role on the ABOMS Board of Directors; he served as Vice President from 2021-2022 under Past President Vincent J. Perciaccante, DDS, FACS. Of the board’s work, Dr. Costello says, “We work together with those in our specialty to cultivate excellence and continuously take our process to the next level. It is an honor and privilege to do this work.”

In the past, Dr. Costello has served as President of the American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. A pediatric craniofacial specialist, Dr. Costello is also highly accomplished in the academic and hospital settings. He is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Science Integration and works with the senior administration in the Health Sciences and UPMC.  He has been a full-time faculty member at Pitt since 2001 and is the former dean of the School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Costello is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Chief of Pediatric Maxillofacial Surgery at UPMC Children’s Hospital where he the longest serving surgeon on the cleft-craniofacial team. He has pioneered research in the use of regenerative medicine for craniofacial deformities and authored guidelines for responsible pain management that focuses on a non-opioid approach, advocating for measures to fight the opioid addiction crisis.

Congratulations, Dr. Costello!

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