Remembering Dr Brian Alpert
The AO family has lost a treasured surgeon and a great person.
Dr Brian Alpert will always be remembered as an iconic force and an exemplary contributor to the CMF specialty and to the AO.
Dr Alpert was active within the AO since 1985, serving in several leadership positions representing craniomaxillofacial surgery. He participated as faculty in 98 AO CMF courses worldwide, and in 2007 he was elected an Honorary Trustee of the AO Foundation. Dr Alpert served as chairperson AO CMF North America when the process of organising an international structure for AO CMF teaching and research activities was initiated by Michael Ehrenfeld and Joachim Prein.
“made friends with surgeons from multiple specialties from all over the United States and in fact the world. He had a tremendous impact on our specialty and truly advanced surgical care during his life.”
George M. Kushner DMD, MD
Dr Alpert was born in Southern California and grew up in Lake Placid, New York. He finished college (NYU), dental school (Columbia), and residency (LIJ-QHC) in New York City. Following training, he served in the US Army Dental Corps. In 1973, he joined the faculty at the University of Louisville as associate professor and director of the OMFS residency, the youngest OMFS program director in the country. He was promoted to professor in 1978 and was chairperson from 1987 to 2017.
He has left an incredible legacy and we will miss him. We keep Dr Alpert and his family in our thoughts.