Friday Faculty Focus: Jeffery Markt


August 10th, 2017

Dr. Jeffery Markt poses for a photo. (Photo by Brandon McDermott)

This week on Friday Faculty Focus, KVNO’s Brandon McDermott speaks with Associate Professor Dr. Jeffery Markt from the Department of Otolaryngology – at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Brandon McDermott: Dr. Jeffery Markt thank you for coming in.

Dr. Jeffery Markt: It’s great to be here Brandon thank you.

Brandon: In the fall you’ll be the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics (AAMP) president. Can you kind of explain the AAMP and kind of what your role will be?

Dr. Markt:  the American Academy of maxillofacial prosthetics is the organization that supports maxillofacial prosthodontists — it’s a small organization. To become a maxillofacial prosthodontist you go through college and then you go through dental school, then you do a residency in what’s called prosthodontics.

When I went to school there were those were two-year residencies — perhaps after I left they figured the folks needed to learn a little bit more and they moved them into a three-year residency. Currently their three year prosthodontist residencies and if you want to become a maxillofacial prosthodontist you do a fellowship after your residency program and those are one year programs.

There are not too many fellowship programs in the United States, so our national organization is — we don’t have a lot of members — most of the people who have done this training are members of our academy, but there’s roughly 300 folks nationally that that are in the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. In the fall I will be the president — our main objective as an academy is really conducting an annual session, a scientific session and it’s in a variety of cities and this coming year will be in San Francisco for my presidency year will be in Baltimore.

Brandon: Do you have any goals or plans in the new role?

Dr. Markt: This is this is a difficult effort in this financial environment relative to health care and reimbursement for health care providers Medicare and Medicaid services don’t really recognize dental care as being something they routinely pay for so it’s difficult to get paid our organization or for somebody who does what I do in tertiary hospital care settings.

I would like to actually see an effort to increase awareness of the membership of the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics in hospital organizations. Most of the folks who are our maxillofacial prosthodontist are in private practice or they’re in academic dental school settings, rather than medical school settings and it’s kind of difficult to practice maxillofacial prosthetics in a dental school setting.

You almost need to be in the medical school setting being surrounded by otolaryngologists — or ear nose and throat doctors — who take care of head neck cancer patients.

Brandon: As a as a child or as a kid you’ve had a pretty horrific car crash that led you into dentistry. Can you talk about that?

Dr. Markt: On my 10th birthday, my dad and I were traveling southbound on 291 Highway in the north part of Kansas City when a driver in the opposite lane across the mid-line hit our Volkswagen, peeled the side of the left side of the Volkswagen off we went into a spin.

This was before seat belts were really advocated like they are now. My mid-face crushed a dashboard and back in those days those dashboards were metal, so I broke some teeth. I didn’t break bones — I broke some teeth, but needed some dental care — quite a bit of dental care — and I was fond of the folks who provided that treatment and that is what got me into dentistry initially.

Brandon:  What led you from dentistry to being a maxillofacial prosthodontist? I mean it’s probably an easy jump if you look at it now.

Dr. Markt: Sculpting and mold making and the art that goes into doing what we do is pretty fascinating and you are introduced to that in a dental school setting, but I didn’t really realize that I thought I might want to try that until I’d been out in the in the trenches and doing general dentistry for six years.

Brandon: You’ve been at UNMC for nearly a decade have you enjoyed your time there and here in Omaha?

Dr. Markt: Omaha is a great place, like I say I’m from Kansas City. I have to say that I have a greater fondness for Omaha perhaps than I do my hometown right now. It’s a wonderful place to live it’s easier to get around, the restaurants in the entertainment here is equivalent to Kansas City. I guess the only thing we might not have are professional sports teams, but that I don’t really care about that. I am so blessed to be at the University of Nebraska that I hope to make this my last stop.

Brandon: Well, Dr Jeffrey Markt — thank you for coming in on the show.

Dr. Markt: It’s been a pleasure Brandon, thank you.

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