Lowcountry cancer specialist wins lifetime achievement award

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – An oncology dentist at Trident Medical Center has received national recognition for her work helping cancer patients.

Dr. Betsy Davis received a National Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics.

Davis is one of a small group of subspecialists in the United States who use 3D printing and other technologies to create prosthetic eyes, ears, noses and other parts of the head and neck surgery to replace patients lost to cancer, Trident spokesman Rod Whiting said.

“I think head and neck cancer is the most devastating cancer because it can’t be hidden,” Davis said. “We live in a world where we are often judged on our appearance. My colleagues and I work to make a difference in how our patients look, eat and swallow. I believe our work is about function, quality of life and restoration for the whole patient. I like what I do.”

The organization presented Davis with the Andrew J. Ackerman Memorial Award, its highest honor, over the weekend at the inaugural Head and Neck Oncology Symposium at the Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms. .

“Maxillofacial prostheses are so rewarding for patients who lose part of the cranial facial region to cancer – their head and neck; or their oral cavity; or missing an eye, nose or ear – so they can be rehabilitated with a custom prosthesis, said Dr. Mark S. Chambers, section chief of oral oncology and maxillofacial prosthodontics in the department of surgery at head and neck.

He said the result of work like Davis gives patients the dignity they need and deserve.

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