Joseph I Helman, MD

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Michigan, USA

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Dr. Joseph I. Helman, DMD, is Section Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the C. J. Lyons Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of the University of Michigan. Dr. Helman received his DMD from the Universidad Nacional De Rosario in Rosario, Argentina in 1976. He was a recipient of the Fogarty International Fellowship at NIDCR for the National Institutes of Health, an Honorary Fellowship at the Chalmers Lyons Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and an S. Elmer Bear Visiting Professorship, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Helman has been named a Distinguished Practitioner and Member by the National Academies of Practice in Dentistry; has been awarded a Fellowship to the International Congress on Oral Cancer and is currently Chair of the Research Committee of the International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. A noted worldwide lecturer on the subject of surgical management of sleep apnea, Dr. Helman is widely published in professional journals and industry publications and co-author of a chapter on Distraction Osteogenesis in the Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, published by B. C. Decker in 2007. Dr. Helman is an active member and founding fellow of the International Academy of Oral Oncology, a member of the American Head and Neck Society, the International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate Association and the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. He serves as Chair of the Committee of Hospital Affairs of the Michigan Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and is a committee member of the North American SORG (Strasbourg Osteosynthesis Research Group). Dr. Helman maintains his focus on the surgical management of oral cancer as well as orthognathic surgery in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome and spearheads involvement of oral surgery in the multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Program. He trains residents and fellows in maxillofacial techniques used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. His main research interests focus on outcome assessments and measures.

Research Interest

Dr. Joseph I. Helman's research interests include: Oncological (cancer) oral and maxillofacial surgery, salivary gland diseases, maxillofacial reconstruction, maxillofacial trauma, and oral and craniomaxillofacial implants, surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea.