Our Mission

Welcome to

Passing The Scalpel

Our goal when we created Passing The Scalpel half a decade ago was the same as it is today: to empower every student and every doctor to achieve more; to inspire the next generation of surgeons by bringing together like-minded and forward-thinking individuals to create a platform of growth, excellence, and brotherhood.

Our mission is simple, yet it is the basis of everything we do here at Passing The Scalpel ... discover the surgeon within, and together we grow.

Stanley Y. Liu, MD, DDS

FOUNDERS

Dr. Liu, one the founders of Passing The Scalpel, was a chief resident when he realized the importance of generational networking between clinicians at different stages of training. Along with two other dental students, Passing The Scalpel was established and with it, a platform to which students, residents, and faculty could come together to share innovative ideas and establish lifelong connections.

Dr. Liu received his medical and dental degrees from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). After maxillofacial surgery residency at UCSF, Dr. Liu completed his sleep surgery fellowship with the Department of Otolaryngology at Stanford.

Currently, Dr. Liu serves as an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology in the Division of Sleep Surgery, and serves as co-director of the Stanford Sleep Surgery Fellowship. He is a committee member of sleep medicine in the American Academy of Otolaryngology. He currently serves on an expert task force directed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) to update surgical guidelines for adult obstructive sleep apnea. He also practices full scope OSA surgery including nasal, palatal, hypoglossal nerve stimulation, genioglossus advancement, distraction osteogenesis maxillary expansion (DOME), and maxillomandibular advancement (MMA). He is also routinely referred patients for orthognathic surgery and facial trauma. In that capacity, he serves as a preceptor to the Stanford Oculoplastic Surgery Fellowship. 

His active areas of research include dynamic airway examination of OSA, virtual surgical planning for precision facial skeletal surgery, and neuromodulation of the head and neck. He has published over 50 scientific articles and medical texts, with original scientific work on sleep surgery. He lectures extensively in the U.S. and internationally.

Allen Huang, DDS, MD

Dr. Huang was a second year dental student when he helped establish Passing The Scalpel. He realized the importance of providing a platform for students interested in a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery that emphasized mentorship, teaching, and inspiration, with the end goal of enabling and empowering them to become the leaders within the field. Together with his classmate and Dr. Liu, a forum in which excellence and knowledge was created.

 

Dr. Huang received his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of California, San Diego. He then completed his dental training at the University of California San Francisco before matching into oral and maxillofacial surgery residency of USC, where he later earned his medical degree.

 

Dr. Huang is currently a fourth year resident at the University of Southern California. He will be completing his general surgery internship at Los Angeles County Hospital and Keck Hospital of USC before continuing his training in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

He is currently working with the University of California, Irvine to establish homeless dental clinics in the Orange County area as well as establishing the University of Southern California Passing The Scalpel chapter. His active research projects include utilizing cognitive task analysis in anesthesia to improve patient outcomes and developing standardized algorithms for treatment and prevention of airway obstruction.

Brian Lee, DDS, MD

Dr. Lee received his undergraduate degree in biology at Claremont McKenna College. He then completed his dental training at the University of California San Francisco, where he helped establish the original Passing The Scalpel. Dr. Lee realized early on in his dental training that oral and maxillofacial surgery was for him, working tirelessly on multiple research projects and spending his time in the operating room as a first year dental student to learn as much as he could. He understood the importance of having good mentors and what excellent leadership meant to growing clinicians. To that end, he brought together creativity and vision with his passion for oral surgery to create an organization where knowledge could be freely exchanged. 

Dr. Lee is currently a fourth year oral and maxillofacial surgery resident at Loma Linda University. He earned his medical degree in May of 2018 and will be starting his general surgery internship at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Arrowhead Hospital. 

Dr. Lee is currently active in multiple research projects including analyzing the effects of selective neck dissection on prognosis in early stage N0 tongue squamous cell carcinoma as well as evaluating the efficacy of marsupialization in cases of ameloblastoma. 

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