The American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM) has recognized Cesar Migliorati, DDS, MS, PhD, with its Samuel Charles Miller Lecture Award. Migliorati is a professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Florida College of Dentistry (UFCD).
Awarded annually since 1960, the Samuel Charles Miller Lecture Award honors the founder of the AAOM, whose vision was to integrate medicine and dentistry to promote optimal health.
Migliorati served as associate dean for clinical affairs and quality at the college from 2017 until March 2021. He played a crucial role in UFCD’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the college said, coordinating efforts with UF Health experts in infection control and epidemiology, ensuring access to personal protective equipment for dental students, providers, and staff, and enacting new infection control protocols.
During his four years as associate dean, Migliorati also made important and lasting contributions to UFCD and broader community, the college said. In addition to a wealth of experience and insights, the college said, he applied a data-driven approach to make meaningful enhancements to patient care, safety, and quality.
Under his leadership and with great support from his team, UFCD continued, the college reorganized its clinical administration to improve workflow and efficiency. Working closely with Luisa Echeto, DDS, MS, and other colleagues, Migliorati implemented a new DMD-patient screening process to standardize patient selection and centralized sterilization processes to enhance quality.
Migliorati’s current research collaborations focus on supportive care in cancer and the oral complications of cancer therapy. He also has a comprehensive clinical background, UFCD said, having worked in clinical dentistry during his entire career both academically and in private practice.
Migliorati joined UFCD in March 2017 after serving as chair of diagnostic sciences and oral medicine and director of oral medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry for eight years. In May 2019, he was appointed president of the American Board of Oral Medicine and served a one-year term.