LSU Health New Orleans’ Beomjune Kim, DMD, MD, FACS, and Waleed Zaid, DDS, FRCD (C), MSc, have been awarded a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). Both doctors are assistant professors of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry. They are two of 16 oral surgeons nationally who successfully completed the certification process.
Culminating in the board examination given for the first time last fall, the process to gain the certification was rigorous. In addition to being board certified by ABOMS, candidates must have completed a recognized fellowship in the subspecialty, performed extensive and varied head/neck surgical cancer procedures as the primary surgeon and have full, active, unrestricted hospital staff privileges to provide head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery services. The Certificate demonstrates one’s comprehensive knowledge of the skills central to the specialty of head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery, which encompasses cancer of the oral cavity, head and neck, and salivary glands.
According to ABOMS, the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Head & Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery is designed for oral and maxillofacial surgeons certified by ABOMS who have demonstrated significant qualifications in this specialized area, and who conduct a practice with emphasis on, and commitment to, this focused component of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The ultimate goal of this ABOMS Certificate is to inform the public and professional colleagues that the qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who holds this Certification has completed additional specialty education, a certification examination process, and is qualified to practice Head & Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery as a focused specialty area of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. Kim, whose expertise is in facial trauma, head and neck oncology and maxillofacial reconstruction, has privileges in multiple hospitals throughout Louisiana including University Medical Center, Touro Infirmary, Children’s Hospital, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge General and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Zaid, whose expertise is in head and neck oncology and microvascular surgery, has privileges in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans hospitals including Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge General, Touro Hospital and University Medical Center.