Dr. Francis V. Roasa of the UST Facultyof Medicine and Surgery was re-elected chair of the Asia Pacific Board of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Osteosynthesefragen Craniomaxillofacial Division (AOCMF).
He will serve anew from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020. AO Foundation is a non- profit medical organization with a vision of providing excellence in the surgical management of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal
system and a mission to foster and expand the network of healthcare professionals in education, research, development and clinical investigation to achieve more effective patient care worldwide.
At present, AO Craniomaxillofacial is the leading medical
organization that provides global education in craniomaxillofacial trauma and reconstruction.
During Roasa’s first term as chair, AO introduced the Young Professional
Development Program where interested senior trainees from different specialties were given opportunity to attend a principles course in craniomaxillofacial surgery and observe in the AOCMF training centers within the Asia Pacific region. There was an increase of 33% in educational activities within the Asia Pacific Region, a 28% increase in AOCMF AP memberships, a 51% CMF fellowship applications and additional four AOCMF fellowship centers with a total of eight AOCMF fellowship centers within the Asia Pacific region.
Now that he is re-elected, Roasa plans to introduce AOCMF to countries
where contemporary management of craniomaxillofacial trauma and reconstruction would be most beneficial. In coordination with other organizations such as AO Alliance, educational activities in underdeveloped
countries within the Asia Pacific region will become a reality.
Roasa is Associate Professor III at the Department of Otolaryngology-Head &
Neck Surgery of the Facluty of Medicine and Surgery.