Dr. Robert E. Marx, Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is well known as an educator, researcher, and innovative surgeon. He has pioneered new concepts and treatments for pathologies of the oral and maxillofacial area, as well as new techniques in reconstructive surgery. As a researcher, he has made valuable contributions in the use, of hyperbaric oxygen following radiation therapy; in the development of platelet rich plasma; and in elucidating the relationships between smoking and carcinogenesis. Dr. Marx also pioneered the clinical applications of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein and stem cell use, and was the first to identify what is now known worldwide as bisphosphonate induced osteonecrosis of the jaws.
For the past 34 years, he has overseen the training of scores of residents and fellows, many of whom have themselves established distinguished careers. His many prestigious awards, including the Harry S. Archer Award, the William J. Gies Award, the Paul Bert Award, and the Donald B. Osbon Award, attest to his dedication and commitment to the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.