Ready for the challenge

Gregorio Sánchez-Aniceto new elected Chair of the AOCMF  International Board

19 December 2017

Gregorio Sánchez-Aniceto, Director of the OMF department at the 12 de Octubre University Hospital in Madrid, Spain, has been elected Chair of the AOCMF International Board for the term July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021.


“I feel well prepared and highly motivated to assume the challenges as the forthcoming AOCMF International Board chair,” shares Gregorio (Goyo) Sánchez-Aniceto. “It is certainly the greatest possible honor in my professional career,” highlights the Spanish surgeon from Madrid. 



A career-shaping experience

In recalling his start with the AO Foundation, Goyo remembers attending a maxillofacial course in 1990 in Davos. “I was still finishing my residency program at the time and found the course to be a fantastic experience for a young surgeon. This event impacted the trajectory of my professional career,” he shares.

Helping to build a dream

Goyo always had a dream: to create the best community of craniomaxillofacial surgeons from different specialities focusing on excellence in patient care, education, and research.

Ten years after his first experience in Davos, Goyo joined the newly created European Educational and Steering Board, where he witnessed how this dream would start to take shape through his involvement with the AO Foundation.
“AOCMF is a very unique structure,” Goyo explains. “With a growing number of educational activities and participants, our network has expanded in size, professionalism, and worldwide presence in an outstanding manner over the past two decades. We are currently one of the largest medical organizations involved in craniomaxillofacial surgery. With more than 3,400 members and approximately 130 educational activities per year, the dream is coming true,” he confirms.

“I feel well prepared and highly motivated to assume the challenges as the forthcoming AOCMF International Board Chair”

For his term

In making the dream into a concrete reality, Goyo plans to undertake a lot during his forthcoming term. “Our present challenges include dealing with significant budget restrictions, coping with the changing interfaces with our industrial partners, updating our educational models, and adapting our competence-based educational offer to the various specific needs worldwide,” he explains. 

"We will need to consolidate as a leading global multispecialty CMF medical association.”

First on the agenda, Goyo plans to incorporate at least two competency-based programs into the AOCMF curricular offering. These could include a 
Management of Facial Trauma in Developing Countries course, as well as Orthognathic Surgery or Principles of CMF Reconstruction modules. He also plans to continue Warren Schubert´s efforts to improve the division’s web portal and its relevance on the African continent.

During his term, Goyo aims to increase the number of fellowships, update faculty lists, promote a global AOCMF congress, and prepare the organization for a changing scenario with its current industrial partners. 
“I am ambitious, but have a goal that I know we can reach: to make AOCMF into the largest craniomaxillofacial community worldwide" 

Gregorio Sánchez-Aniceto

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