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Dental & Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

MedPro was founded by doctors in 1899. For over a century, doctors have been involved in every key aspect of MedPro's organization: claims, underwriting, risk management and patient safety/protection. Their involvement has improved the healthcare delivery of more than a million healthcare providers throughout the years; however, given today's rapidly changing healthcare environment, we are not satisfied to rest on our laurels. Accordingly, MedPro has established specialty boards comprised exclusively of established doctors and healthcare leader who are experts in their specialties.

Board overview

Dr. Leon "Stan" Stanislav, DDS,Dr. Stanislav graduated from the University Of Iowa School Of Dentistry in 1977. He spent two years in the US Navy Dental Corps prior to beginning private practice in Clarksville, TN, where he still practices today. Throughout his career, Dr. Stanislav has been very involved in organized dentistry. He currently is the immediate past president of the Tennessee Dental Association (TDA), the past president of the TDA Council on Insurance, the past president of the Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry (TNAGD), and chairman of the TDA Insurance Agency.

Dr. Joel RosenlichtDr. Rosenlicht graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental School and completed his Oral and Maxillary surgery training at the combined program of Boston University and Tufts University in 1978. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at NYU School of Dentistry and practices in Manchester, CT. where he is Emeritus Chief, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Eastern Connecticut Health Network. Among his many professional affiliations he has been President of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in 2011 and President of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry in 2010. Dr. Rosenlicht is presently in full time private practice and is the Chair of the Medical Protective OMS Advisory Board.

Dr. Rob StraussDr. Strauss graduated from the University Of Buffalo School Of Dentistry in 1979. He continued to acquire residency experience in anesthesiology and oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He has a background in academics and private practice, and has served as the director of the OMS residency training program at Virginia Commonwealth University / MCV Hospitals in Richmond, VA since 1993. Among his involvement in many professional associations, he is the current vice president of the American College or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, a past president of the Virginia Society or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a fellow of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Dr. William BennettDr. Bennett completed his orthodontics residency at the University of Colorado in February 2013 and is currently in private practice at Foundations Orthodontics in Rome, GA. Prior to dental school, Dr. Bennett received his MD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in 2005 and his BS from the University Of Georgia College Of Pharmacy in 1999. While in dental school, Dr. Bennett was active with the American Student Dental Association and held several national leadership positions.

Dr. Joe Waller, Jr.Dr. Waller graduated from St. Louis University School of Dentistry in 1969. He practiced dentistry for 16 years, until returning to St. Mary's University School of Law and graduating with his JD in 1990. He currently is an attorney at Brin & Brin in San Antonio, TX, where he practices in the area of dental and medical malpractice defense and representation before state dental and medical boards.

Jason WattsJason Watts attended The College of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and plans to graduate in 2015. Mr. Watts is involved in numerous extracurricular activities and is the Vice President of the American Student Dental Association and is the ASDA delegate to MedPro's Dental Specialty Advisory Board. In his spare time, he likes to participate in triathlons and is currently training for an ironman. After graduation in 2015, Mr. Watts plans to complete his residency in dental medicine.

Clara Spatafore, DDSClara Spatafore, DDS, earned her master of science, doctor of dental surgery and certificate in endodontics from West Virginia University School of Dentistry. She then served in the United States Navy and held a role as chairman of the Department of Endodontics at the University of Pittsburgh. She maintains a private practice and serves as an assistant professor of endodontics and chairwoman of the Endodontics Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Spatafore maintains hospital privileges and teaches at Allegheny General Hospital and is a clinical instructor at West Virginia University School of Dentistry. She is a member of several professional organizations, serving for a time as president of the board of the American Association of Endodontics. Dr. Spatafore also lectures nationally and internationally on endodontics.

Key Stats

insures 38,000

dentists & oral and maxillofacial surgeons across the country and has been protecting dentists & oral and maxillofacial surgeons like you since 1899.

Dental & Oral Surgery


Dental & Oral Surgery Claims


Claims Data

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Data source: MedPro Group closed claims, 2005-2014

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Data source: MedPro Group closed claims, 2005-2014

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Top risk factors in treatment-related claims

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Risk Reduction Strategies

Situations in which our risk management expertise is there for you:
  • Dealing with an adverse event or outcome
  • Managing your dental records
  • Navigating treatment when child custody is involved
  • When to refer to a specialist
  • Dealing with a disgruntled patient
  • Managing a noncompliant patient

Risk management resources

MedPro insures thousands of specialty physicians and dentists across the country and is committed to providing top-notch risk management products and services, including:
  • Dedicated risk management consultants who provide timely and meaningful support and guidance.
  • A series of at-a-glance FAQ documents that offer succinct and concise information, strategies and resources.
  • A convenient online risk management library that includes both broad and specialty-specific publications and resources.
  • Closed claims analyses of dental/oral surgery cases, which provide risk-reduction strategies specific to this practice setting.
  • ACCME-accredited educational opportunities, including in-person customized presentations that meet the needs of individual groups.
  • Online risk courses offered through MedPro's vendor relationship with Medical Risk Management, Inc.
  • On-site clinical risk assessments coordinated with a risk management consultant. Following assessments, insureds receive a written report that includes specific, evidence-based, risk-reduction strategies and recommendations based on both industry standards and guidance from MedPro's Dental/Oral Surgery Advisory Board.
  • Risk-reduction products and services at discounted prices through MedPro's strategic vendor relationships. Products include:
    • Interpreter and translator services
    • More than 75 dental- and oral surgery-related informed consent templates
    • Test tracking and follow-up monitoring


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