Oral & Maxillofacial (OMF) Surgeons specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.
OMF surgery is unique in requiring a dual qualification in medicine and dentistry, and is often seen as the bridge between medicine and dentistry, treating conditions that require expertise from both backgrounds such as head and neck cancers, salivary gland diseases, facial disproportion, facial pain, temporomandibular joint disorders, impacted teeth, cysts and tumours of the jaws as well as numerous problems affecting the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and infections.
Many OMF surgeons focus on one of these areas to develop a sub-specialist interest within the scope of the wider specialty.
Professor Peter A Brennan, Chair of Council, BAOMS
Professor Peter Brennan is a NHS Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Portsmouth, specialising in head and neck oncology with a personal chair for his research and education achievements with over 600 publications to date. He is a committed trainer and educator, collaborating across specialties and disciplines. Peter has been Honorary BJOMS Editor (2009-14), BAOMS President in 2016, Chairman of the English College Court of Examiners (2012-14) and Intercollegiate Committee Chair for MRCS and DOHNS (2014-17) for the four Surgical Colleges. He has recently led a major revision of the MRCS examination. He currently supervises important MRCS predictive validity and differential attainment research for the Colleges and has published widely on the MRCS examination.
He has edited 5 specialty textbooks including the 2 volume Maxillofacial Surgery (3rd Edition), Operative OMFS, and the Oxford Handbook. He is Lead Editor of the new Gray’s Surgical Anatomy textbook which has received widespread acclaim around the world. The title has been so popular that it required reprinting within 2 months of publication – unprecedented for a medical textbook.
Peter is interested in human factors (HF) and patient safety, establishing unique collaborations with airline pilots, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (Red Arrows). His work improves practice across surgical and medical specialties and includes reducing hierarchy, enhancing team working and raising awareness of many personal factors to reduce medical error. In 2019, he was awarded a PhD entitled ‘Applying HF to Improve Patient Safety.’
He promotes equality, women in surgery, trainees and SAS grades at every opportunity and was elected in April 2020 to the Royal College of Surgeons of England Council by the general voting route. He is looking forward to serving BAOMS again, supporting the Presidents and facilitating direction and strategy for the specialty over the next few years