Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

MARCH 5 & 6, 2021
8 CDE Credits





The 3rd Women in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Leadership Symposium will be a virtual conference sponsored by the Women in OMFS Consortium. This highly successful Symposium, established in 2018, was developed to bring together female Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons from across the country to discuss career development and personal success in our evolving, but still male-dominated profession. Over the past few years the Symposium has served as an invaluable platform to discuss the unique opportunities and challenges faced by female surgeons throughout their career.

This year the conference will be focused on the theme of AMPLIFICATION. Specially we will learn to amplify our own voice, the voices of women around us and importantly discuss strategies to have more women in regional and national leadership. Attendees can expect to gain valuable and actionable communication skills for their personal and professional careers.

We have built in breakout sessions with smaller groups to provide the space for practitioners, attendings and trainees to establish lifelong friendships and mentorships.


We invite all interested dental students, surgical residents, oral surgery faculty and private practitioners, men and women, to participate in this virtual conference.


  • Strengthen our established network of female surgeons and trainees with the goal of promoting mentorship and sponsorship
  • Amplify the voices of female surgeons on local, regional and national platforms
  • Develop strategies to improve communication skills for personal and professional success in OMFS
  • Identify barriers to the advancement of women in OMFS and develop plans to meet these challenges

Thank you to Alexis Linnebur for providing artistic direction and media for the 2021 WOMS Symposium.



The University of Michigan Women in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (WinOMFS) consortium is a group of 8-10 individuals tasked with coordinating the annual WinOMFS symposium over a two-year term and will oversee the promotion of our shared mission and general advancement of women in the profession. Composed of individuals dedicated to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of OMFS, the consortium will serve as a guiding body and is broadly tasked with promoting education, developing leadership opportunities, and expanding the professional/social network of women in OMFS through a recurring collaborative symposium and beyond.


  • Justine Moe, DDS, MD, University of Michigan
  • Tara Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Carolyn Brooks, DMD, MD, Private Practice
  • Elda Fisher, DMD, MD, FACS, University of North Carolina
  • Sara Anderson, DDS, MD, University of Michigan
  • Karen Carver, DDS, MD, MPH, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Kelly Sayre, DDS, MD, University of Alabama
  • Catherine Haviland, DDS, University of Michigan
  • Karen He, Harvard University



19:00 - 21:00

Virtual Cocktail Social


8:00 - 8:20


Justine Moe, DDS, MD


Moderator: Tara Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD
8:20 - 8:45

Effective Communication

Chi Viet, DDS, MD, PhD
8:45 - 9:10

Work-Life Balance

Niha Wunnava , MHSA, FACHE
9:10 - 10:15

Beyond Self Promotion: Owning your strengths and connecting with purpose

Janet Dombrowski, MHSA
10:15 - 10:20 Break


Moderator: Elda Fisher, DMD, MD, FACS
Supported by Osteo Science Foundation
10:20 - 10:40

How to be an effective mentor

Tara Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD
10:40 - 11:00

How to be an effective mentee

Karen He
11:00 - 11:20

Coaching and Sponsorship

Cathy Hung, DDS
11:20 - 11:40

Breakout Rooms

11:40 - 12:00

Panel Q&A

Chi Viet, Tara Aghaloo, Karen He, Cathy Hung
12:00 - 12:10 Break/Sponsor recognition
12:10 - 13:10

Keynote address: Leadership Development for Women

Alison Davis-Blake , PhD
13:10 - 14:00

Case-based breakout rooms: Implicit bias, Discrimination, Harassment, Likeability

Rania Habib, Carolyn Brookes, Kelly Sayre, Sara Anderson, Catherine Haviland
14:00 - 14:25

Creating a civil workplace

Erica Newman, MD


Moderator: Carolyn Brookes, DMD, MD
14:25 - 14:45

Strategies for Career Development: Residency and Fellowship

Ashleigh Weyh, DMD, MPH and Karen Carver, DDS, MD, MPH
14:45 - 15:05

Strategies for Career Development: Private practice

Robin Gallardi, DDS, MSc
15:05 - 15:35

Strategies for Career Development: Academia

Antonia Kolokythas, DDS, MSc
15:35 - 15:55

Strategies for Career Development: Organizational leadership

Debra Sacco, DMD, MD
15:55 - 16:15

Panel Q&A

Ashleigh Weyh, Karen Carver, Robin Gallardi, Antonia Kolokythas, Debra Sacco
16:15 - 16:30

Wrap up

Justine Moe, DDS, MD


Tara Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD

Tara Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD

Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Assistant Dean for Clinical Research, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry
Sara Anderson, DDS, MD

Sara Anderson, DDS, MD

Resident, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Michigan
Karen Carver, DDS, MD, MPH

Karen Carver, DDS, MD, MPH

Fellow, Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital
Alison Davis-Blake, PhD

Alison Davis-Blake, PhD

Executive Leadership Fellow, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Former President, Bentley University
Carolyn Brookes, DMD, MD

Carolyn Brookes, DMD, MD

WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists, Kenosha WI
Janet Dombrowski, MHSA

Janet Dombrowski, MHSA

Executive and Physician Coach and Organizational Effectiveness Consultant
President, JCD Advisors, LLC
Elda Fisher

Elda Fisher, DMD, MD, FACS

Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry
Robin Gallardi, DDS

Robin Gallardi, DDS, MSc

Face2Face Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centre, Chicago Heights and Glenview Illinois
Rania Habib

Rania Habib, DDS, MD

Clinical Instructor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Catherine Haviland, DDS

Catherine Haviland, DDS

Resident, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Michigan
Karen He

Karen He

Dental student, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Cathy Hung, DDS

Cathy Hung, DDS

Prospect Oral Surgery Center, Monroe Township, NJ
Coach, Pulling Wisdom Coaching Program and Workshops
Founder, Morning Glory Women Dentists Network of NJ
Antonia Kolokythas, DDS, MSc

Antonia Kolokythas, DDS, MSc

Chair Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, University of Rochester Medical Center
Justine Moe, DDS, MD

Justine Moe, DDS, MD

Assistant Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency
Associate Director, Oncology/Microvascular Surgery Fellowship
Erica Newman, MD

Erica Newman, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatric Surgery
Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Surgery
Surgical Director, Mott Solid Tumor Oncology Program
Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
Debra Sacco, DMD, MD

Debra Sacco, DMD, MD

District III Trustee, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Board of Trustees
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, Chapel Hill, Durham, Sanford, NC
Kelly Sayre, DDS, MD

Kelly Sayre, DDS, MD

Fellow, Oncology & Microvascular Surgery, University of Alabama
Chi Viet, DDS, MD, PhD

Chi Viet, DDS, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Loma Linda University
Ashleigh Weyh, DMD, MPH

Ashleigh Weyh, DMD, MPH

Vice President, Resident Organization Executive Committee, Resident Organization of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Resident, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Florida at Jacksonville
Niha Wunnava , MHSA, FACHE

Niha Wunnava , MHSA, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer, Pain and Wellness Solutions of the Carolinas, Durham NC
Business & Executive Coach, Life Coach, Strategy and Planning, Niha Wunnava Coaching, Durham NC


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General WOMS Merch

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WOMS Scrub Caps

We’ve partnered with a female owned business, ComfyCaps, to offer custom embroidered WOMS scrub caps. Each scrub cap is $20, with option for name embroidery for +$5. Shipping will be separately calculated depending on your place of residence. We will be collecting your orders through a google form and forwarding all responses to ComfyCaps, and they will email you the invoice for payment and fulfill your order. Please allow 14-21 days for your order to be processed and fulfilled.

The Women in OMFS Consortium do not make any commission from sales. Please direct questions to comfycaps@hotmail.com and ‘cc' woms.consortium@gmail.com.

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