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Tony Pogrel Announced as First Ware Endowed Chair at OMFS

January 20, 2011

Pogrel & Lee-WareM. Anthony (Tony) Pogrel, DDS, MD has been announced as the first William Ware Endowed Chair in Orthognathic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) at the UCSF School of Dentistry. The announcement was made by Dean John D.B. Featherstone during a break in the William Ware Memorial Lecture at the UCSF Dental Alumni Association's 115th Scientific Session, held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown San Francisco on Saturday, January 15th, 2011.

Dean Featherstone congratulated Dr. Pogrel as the first incumbent of the chair, which was approved by the Office of the President of the University of California and the Office of the Chancellor of UCSF, and read a letter from UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann adding her own words of congratulations. He also presented Dr. Pogrel with a framed certificate acknowledging his chairmanship, which the Dean speculated will "take a place of honor" in Dr. Pogrel's office.

The announcement was made in the presence of Dr. Ware's widow Carmen Lee-Ware, a prime mover in making the Ware Endowed Chair a reality and the head of the nominating committee that put Dr. Pogrel's name forward.

William H. Ware, DDS, MDS, was the former professor and chair of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was a graduate of UC Berkeley and a 1954 graduate of the UCSF School of Dentistry, and of the UCSF Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program in 1957. He began a 51-year academic career as instructor in Dental Medicine and Oral Surgery at UCSF Dentistry in 1957, and was professor and chairman of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 1976-1983. He remained on the faculty as Professor Emeritus of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery until his passing, in August 2008.

Dr. Ware made many contributions to the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery during his distinguished career, including pioneering work in the field of growth center costochondral graft transplant for temporomandibular joint reconstruction in children. He was also an internationally recognized expert in the fields of orthognathic and temporomandibular joint surgery. A beloved and dedicated teacher, he was a recipient of the UCSF Dental Alumni Association's Medal of Honor, and former residents, patients, and friends established the William Ware Visiting Professorship in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1990. The effort to establish the William Ware Endowed Chair in Orthognathic and Reconstructive Surgery began in 2007.

Dr. Pogrel, a longtime member of the OMFS faculty and chairman of the department, is also Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs at the UCSF School of Dentistry.

Those interested in contributing to the William Ware Endowed Chair in Orthognathic and Reconstructive Surgery in honor of Dr. Ware are invited to contact Chris Ruetz, Senior Director of Development & Alumni Relations, at (415) 476-3645 or cruetz@support.ucsf.edu.

Pictured: Tony Pogrel and Carmen Lee-Ware.