Meet the Founding Resident Ambassador: John M. Le, DDS, MD

Oleksii O. Tymofieieva, Ievgen I. Fesenkob more
a Oleksii O. Tymofieiev

Chief Editor, Kyiv, Ukraine.

b Ievgen I. Fesenko

Managing Editor, Kyiv, Ukraine. Corresponding author’s address: Editorial office, Journal of Diagnostics and Treatment of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. 13-A Simferopolska Street, Kyiv 02096, Ukraine. E-mail: (Ievgen Fesenko)

January 24, 2022

J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2022;3–5.

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Tymofieiev OO, Fesenko II. Meet the founding resident ambassador: John M. Le, DDS, MD. J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2022;6(1):3–5.


On the road to academic surgery.1

―John M. Le, DDS, MD, Resident

Birmingham, Alabama, United States


We are happy to continue adopting the best global publishing experience and traditions into the new year of 2022. To start off, we are honored to adopt the progressive tradition held by Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) journal. As a phenomenal journal with more than 75 years of publishing developments, PRS serves as a trailblazer for the Journal of Diagnostics and Treatment of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. The PRS Editorial Board founded the Resident Ambassador position in 2014 after an unofficial Resident Advisory Board (RAB) meeting of four residents at the 2013 Annual Meeting.2 And now after 7 years, the PRS and PRS Global Open RAB includes more than 70 members across the world with six PRS and PRS Global Open Resident Ambassadors.2 The RAB serves both PRS and their daughter journal – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open (PRS Global Open).3


The key missions for the members of the RAB are to participate in three of five activities: (1) the PRS journal club on Facebook, (2) the PRS Grand Rounds (a multipronged and multitopic live lectures with question-and-answer series)2 via Facebook, (3) creation of PRS promoting videos on their own social media pages, (4) supporting PRS and PRS Global Open as a peer-reviewers, and (5) voting on the journal’s social media pages.3


The search for a true leader to take on the role as the Founding Resident Ambassador for the Journal of Diagnostics and Treatment of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology was an uneasy task. After an extensive search, we are honored to start collaboration with an oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) resident from the state of Alabama in the United States of America. John M. Le, DDS, MD (Fig 1) and his colleagues in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have made a serious impact on global OMS specialty.4–15 Moreover, their article contribution to our journal in 2020 made a huge influence by attracting an international community of readers to our journal, making us enormously proud. The masterpiece was dedicated to the use of zygomatic implants for restoration of complex nasal defects.15 Thereby, the current academic achievements and research activities of Dr. Le serves as a model for other OMS residents in training. In general, his clinical interests include, but is not limited to head, neck and oral oncology and reconstructive surgery.16

In our journal, the mission of the Resident Ambassador will be determined by Dr. Le as the Founding Ambassador and will be in-line the journal’s aims & scope to attract a broad and diverse group of professionals around the globe.


To conclude, we would like to sincerely thank Dr. Le in accepting this role and welcome him into our continually evolving 5-year-old journal. We wish him all the best and look forward to the new year.


  1. Instagram: @surgeon_foodie: J. M. Le, DDS, MD [social media account on the internet]; 19 Jan 2022 [сited 19 Jan 2022]. Available from: Link
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  3. PRS and PRS Global Open resident advisory board [document on the internet]; 22 Jan 2022 [сited 22 Jan 2022]. Available from: Link
  4. Le JM, Gubarev D, Ying Y, Morlandt A. Does nodal metastasis and perineural invasion affect local control in hyalinizing clear cell carcinoma of the oral cavity? A case report with long term follow-up. Head Neck Pathol 2021;15(2):649–56. Crossref | Medline | Google Scholar
  5. Le JM, Bosworth JW, Honeywell B, Ananthasekar S, Collawn SS. Adipose grafting for volume and scar release. Ann Plast Surg 2021;86(6S Suppl 5):S487–S490. Crossref | Medline | Google Scholar
  6. Le JM, Morlandt AB, Gigliotti J, Park EP, Greene BJ, Ying YP. Complications in oncologic mandible reconstruction: a comparative study between the osteocutaneous radial forearm and fibula free flap. Microsurgery 2021. Epub ahead of print. Crossref | Medline | Google Scholar
  7. Le JM, Gigliotti J, Ying Y, Kase MY, Morlandt AB. Computer-assisted microvascular free flap reconstruction and implant rehabilitation of the maxilla—treatment of a rare post-orthognathic complication. J Maxillofac Oral Surg 2021. Crossref | Google Scholar
  8. Park EP, Le JM, Gigliotti J, Feinstein J, Ying YP, Morlandt AB. Does supplemental regional anesthesia decrease length of stay and opioid use for patients undergoing head and neck microvascular reconstruction? J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2021;79(3):712–21. Crossref | Medline | Google Scholar
  9. Marti K, Sandhu G, Aljadeff L, Greene R, Lesch AB, Le JM, Pinsky HM, Rooney DM. Simulation-based medical emergencies education for dental students: a three-year evaluation. J Dent Educ 2019;83(8):973–80. Crossref | Medline | Google Scholar
  10. Pinsky HM, Le JM, Sweier DG, Marti K. Dental students' ability to locate emergency equipment-lessons learned from aviation. Eur J Dent Educ 2018;22(1):e19–e25. Crossref | Google Scholar
  11. Le JM, Collawn SS. Revisiting the value of the 'bandoneon' flap for lower lip reconstruction: a report of two cases and outcome. J Surg Case Rep 2020;2020(5):rjaa082. Crossref | Medline | Google Scholar
  12. Le JM, Kase MT, Morlandt AB. A case of dyskeratosis congenita with squamous cell carcinoma of the maxilla: a case report and review of the literature. Oral Maxillofac Surg Cases 2020;6(1):100140. Crossref | Google Scholar
  13. Le JM, Squarize CH, Castilho RM. Histone modifications: targeting head and neck cancer stem cells. World J Stem Cells 2014;6(5):511–25.  Crossref | Medline | Google Scholar
  14. Martins MD, Jiao Y, Larsson L, Almeida LO, Garaicoa-Pazmino C, Le JM, Squarize CH, Inohara N, Giannobile WV, Castilho RM. Epigenetic modifications of histones in periodontal disease. J Dent Res 2016;95(2):215–22.
  15. Le JM, Chen PH, Seidenfaden JC, Morlandt AB, Kase MT. Zygomatic implants for restoration of complex nasal defects – a case report and outcome. J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2020;4(9):152–61. Crossref | Google Scholar
  16. ResearchGate: John Le [ResearchGate account on the internet]; 23 Jan 2022 [сited 23 Jan 2022]. Available from: Link