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Academy-approved leadership

Dr. Jeff Rossmann

Dr. Jeff Rossmann,
chair of the periodontics
department

Photo by Steven Doll

Time spent teaching, maintaining private practice help earn Rossmann six-year term on American Board of Periodontology

It’s been 16 years since Dr. Jeff Rossmann started teaching as a part-time faculty member at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, but he has maintained his private practice continuously. Even since becoming chair of the Department of Periodontics two years ago, he continues to see patients at his Carrollton-based practice — North Texas Periodontics and Implantology — where he is in-office one day each week. It makes for a full workload, but Rossmann’s dedication to his practice and specialty has garnered him stature with peers nationwide, earning him one of 10 director slots on the American Board of Periodontology.

“That was a strong point because the vast majority of members are in private practice,” Rossmann says. “The mindset is to not nominate someone to the board who solely has been in academics." On the other hand, he adds, “Some knowledge of training programs also is needed.”

Rossmann, who has served as a board examiner since 2007, had the right mix of academic program knowledge and private practice experience to gain the confidence of the American Academy of Periodontology voting members, securing his initial nomination. After being interviewed and eventually elected as a director, Rossmann is set to begin his six-year term on Nov. 13 during the academy’s annual meeting in Miami Beach, Fla.

Rossmann will serve on an education committee and function as a liaison between the academy and board. Appointing board examiners is another duty. As a director, he will formulate new questions for written board exams and new cases for the oral exams — not that different from what he already does at TAMHSC-BCD.

“A lot of that goes hand in hand with what I do with the graduate program,” says Rossmann, who, along with other faculty members, helps prepare residents to challenge the board after graduation.

“While you’re not teaching residents the exam, you’re putting them in situations similar to what they will experience,” he says.

As Rossmann looks forward to his new responsibilities, he expects the directorship to augment his current role at the dental school. For instance, serving on the education committee will give him knowledge of the latest developments in periodontic training programs. He’s also looking forward to forging relationships with other directors and board examiners, which may create potential for the college to participate in additional multi-centered studies and clinical research opportunities.

It is likely Rossmann will have a full schedule in the months to come, considering he will spend four days a week at TAMHSC-BCD, Thursdays at his private practice and three weeks a year fulfilling board director duties.

“I think this will complete any ‘gaps’ I thought were there,” Rossmann jokes of his evolving work week.