Past Presidents



It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our longtime friend, colleague and past president Dr. Simon Weinberg. Dr. Weinberg was a pillar in our profession and taught residents from the days of private hospitals (Ford Moore, Chuck Minnett, Wally Dobrovolsky and Dave Chimilar at Doctors Hospital and The Wellesley) right through to Toronto General and UHN.   

I think all of us can recall his encyclopedic knowledge and seemingly photographic memory.   I have vivid memories of sitting my PGY-1 oral exams and having Simon prod me on the details of diabetes insipidus, of which I knew nothing.

Sy guided us through the first sagittal splits with Albert Antoni, early orthognathic surgery, the dawn of implantology and was a prolific TMJ surgeon who was involved in some of the largest case series on TMJ arthroscopy.  He was perpetually upbeat, always had a story to share and a means to bring out a smile. In short, he exemplified the Japanese concept of Ikigai; the fusion of what you love, what you can get paid for, what you’re good at and what the world needs.  

As we find a continued path for the profession may we keep with us the spirit and joy that Dr. Simon Weinberg brought to our profession and those he mentored along the way.

Dr. Ian Furst on behalf of OSOMS   

We are trying to create this new section to pay tribute to the OSOMS "Founders"--Identifying past presidents.

Dr. Jerry Becker is retiring after 50 years of practice, including serving the profession from 1975-77 as OSOMS President.

We encourage past presidents and those of you with knowledge of them to share their names and years of service with us. Contact us ( so we can fill this section with our champions.


Salute to Retiring OSOMS Member | Past President (1975-1977)

Dr. Jerry Becker, DDS, MS.                     

I served as president of OSOMS from 1975-77. At that time, dental extractions and impacted third molars were covered under OHIP benefits. Needless to say, there was pressure from patients and dentists to have these procedures performed in the hospital where OR times were limited and where the OHIP fee schedule was somewhat modest compared with the oral surgery fee schedule.   I therefore negotiated with the Ontario Dental Association to have these procedures, on healthy patients, delisted from the OHIP benefits schedule. This removed the pressure on oral surgeons to do these procedures on healthy patients in a hospital setting, ultimately setting the scene for extractions and impacted teeth to be done within the efficient and safe confines of our own surgical clinics and at a more realistic fee schedule. In effect we became masters in our own house. Thank you for the OSOMS’ Salute on news of my retirement.  When past OSOMS presidents retire from practice, they should be recognized at an OSOMS dinner meeting for their contributions to the speciality. I can think of two former OSOMS presidents who would qualify; Namely Dr. Howard Philips and Dr. Paul Chapnick.  

Respectfully,  Jerry Becker DDS, MS.

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