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MetLife Quality Resource Guides (QRG) are self-study courses authored by full time members of a dental school faculty or dentists who hold a prominent position with a national dental organization (e.g. NIDCR, ADA) or professionals who have published in the subject area. Guides undergo an extensive peer review process prior to publication.

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Mary E. Aichelmann-Reidy, DDS

Dr. Aichelmann-Reidy is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Periodontics and currently associate director of the Postgraduate Periodontics Program. She directs pre-doctoral and postgraduate courses in Periodontics, and mentors the periodontics residents in their research projects. Her research interests and publications are in the field of regenerative periodontal medicine, systemic/periodontal interactions and dental implants. She obtained her dental degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, with honors, in 1987 and was inducted in to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. In 1989, she completed her certificate in periodontics at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Fellow of the American College of Dentists. She maintains a practice specializing in periodontology and implant dentistry at the University of Maryland Faculty Practice. She currently serves as secretary of the American Association of Women Dentists and is on the Board of Directors of the Smiles for Success Foundation. She also serves as the women’s liaison officer to ADEA for the dental school and is responsible for the development of the first national pilot program of student-based donated dental care of “Smiles for Success" at the University of Maryland.

Susan Baker, MHA

Susan Baker is Director, Quality Initiatives Program, MetLife. Her articles have been published in national dental and medical journals, including the Journal of the American Dental Association and Dental Economics.

Leif K, Bakland, DDS

Leif K. Bakland, DDS is Emeritus Professor of Endodontics at Loma Linda University in California.  His professional career has been devoted to teaching, research, and patient care. He is author and co-author of more than 90 scientific articles and book chapters. He has lectured worldwide on dental trauma and endodontics including dental fractures.

J. Bruce Bavitz, DMD
Dr. Bavitz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1984 and completed his Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Residency in Pittsburgh in 1988. He is currently the Merritt C Pedersen endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgical Specialties at the University Of Nebraska College of Dentistry, and has given multiple CE courses to dentists both nationally and internationally. He is past president of the Nebraska Society of OMFS and the Lincoln District Dental Society, is a Diplomate of the American Board of OMFS and a Fellow in the American College of Dentists. He has a United States patent on a dental implant aligning device, has recently completed a five year term as a member of the Oral Surgery/Pain Control test construction section for the National Dental Board, and performed office inspections for the State of Nebraska for dentist's seeking advanced anesthesia permits. His primary area of research and publishing involves the surgical anatomy of the jaws and alveolar bone reconstruction, and he has been a speaker for the American Dental Association’s CELL seminar series since 2005.
Gentry Byrd, DDS

Dr. Byrd is in her final year of Pediatric Dentistry residency and Master’s in Public Health at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and Gillings School of Global Public Health. She earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery, graduating with distinction, from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. Dr. Byrd will be practicing in Raleigh, North Carolina following graduation.

Elisa N. Chávez, DDS

Dr. Elisa M. Chávez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Practice at The University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. She is a graduate of The University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry and received formal training in geriatric dentistry at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a general dentist, she has practiced in private and community health settings as well as hospitals and long term care. Dr. Chavez develops and directs clinical outreach rotations for Pacific that offer its faculty and students opportunities to provide, and advocate for, oral health care for frail and medically compromised adults.

Sebastian G. Ciancio, DDS
Sebastian G. Ciancio, D.D.S., is Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman in the Department of Periodontics and Endodontics and is the Director of the Center for Dental Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York. In addition he is Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University and a Consultant for the Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Erie County Medical Center.
Dr. Ciancio received his degree in Dentistry (D.D.S.) from the School of Dentistry of SUNY where he also completed a NIH Research Fellowship in the Department of Physiology and Fellowships in Pharmacology and Periodontology. His postdoctoral work included studies in Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Periodontology at SUNY; Radio-isotope Techniques at Western New York Nuclear Center; and Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.
He has authored or co-authored well over 150 publications pertaining to periodontal disease. Currently, Dr. Ciancio is Editor of Biological Therapies in Dentistry, a bi-monthly newsletter for dental professionals and Consultant for the Journal of Periodontology & Am. Journal of Dentistry.
Dr. Ciancio is an active member of several professional organizations: He is past Vice Chair of the United States Pharmacopeia Convention, Inc., Committee on Revision to Represent Dentistry; Consultant and past co-chair of the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Dental Association; Past President of the American Academy of Periodontology; Past President of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, President of the International Academy of Periodontology, and Director of the annual Chautauqua Dental Congress. He is also a member of the International and American Association for Dental Research, and the Federation Dentaire Internationale.
In recognition of his contributions to dental science, Dr. Ciancio has received numerous honors including the Gies Foundation Award in Periodontics, the Clinical Research Award, the Presidential Award, and the Gold Medal Award presented by The American Academy of Periodontology, Jarvie-Burkhart Award presented by the Dental Society of the State of New York (DSSNY); and Distinguished Service Award by the United States Pharmacopeia, the Hirschfeld Award in Periodontics from the Northeastern Society of Periodontists and the Distinguished Scientist Award in Pharmacology from the International Association for Dental Research. He is also listed in Who’s Who in Continuing Education as a leading continuing education lecturer. He has presented continuing education courses throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as well as Brazil, Chile, Japan, Argentina, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.
Donald J. Coluzzi, DDS, FACD

Donald J. Coluzzi, DDS, a 1970 graduate of the USC School of Dentistry, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry. He retired from general practice after 35 years, and is a life member of both the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He has served as a past president of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, received its Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence and is a past editor of the Journal of Laser Dentistry. He has used dental lasers since early 1991 and holds Advanced Proficiency in Nd:YAG and Er:YAG wavelengths. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a University of California certified Dental Laser Educator, and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. He serves as a reviewer for several journals, and is a founding associate of Laser Education International. He recently received the outstanding faculty member award from the American College of Dentists. Dr. Coluzzi has presented about lasers worldwide, co-authored two books, and published several peer-reviewed articles and chapter textbooks. He’s currently working on a third book.

Disclosure: Dr. Coluzzi does not receive compensation from, nor is an investor in any laser company.

N. Blaine Cook, DDS, MSD

Dr. Cook received a DDS degree from the University of Pacific School of Dentistry in 1981 and practiced general dentistry in Idaho Falls, Idaho for 5 years. In 1986 he entered the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. While in the Navy, he received postdoctoral training in Operative and Preventive Dentistry at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and was awarded a Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree in 1997. He was certified by the American Board of Operative Dentistry in 2000. His final naval tour of duty was at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School at Bethesda, Maryland where he was the chair of Operative Dentistry and the Specialty Leader for Operative Dentistry to the Navy Surgeon General. He retired from the Navy in 2006 after 20 years of service and joined the dental faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry where he taught for 3 years. Dr. Cook joined the Indiana University School of Dentistry faculty in 2009 to become the director of the Graduate Operative Dentistry residency program. He is an associate editor for the Operative Dentistry journal, and an active member of the American Board of Operative Dentistry, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, the Indiana Dental Association, and the Indianapolis District Dental Society.

James J. Crall, DDS, ScD

Dr. James J. Crall received DDS and MS degrees and a certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Iowa, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He was selected to be a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Dental Research Scholar at Harvard from 1984-1986, and subsequently obtained masters and doctoral degrees in Health Policy & Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Crall was appointed as the first Dental Scholar-in-Residence at the DHHS Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). 

Jim served as 2015 Chair of the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) and as Chair of the DQA Measures Development & Maintenance Committee from 2010-2015. He previously directed the HRSA/MCHB National Oral Health Policy Center from 2000-2008 and AAPD Head Start Dental Home Initiative (2007-2010), and currently is Director of the UCLA-First 5 LA Oral Health Program. Dr. Crall has served on over 20 national advisory committees and panels and has authored or co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and over 40 chapters, policy briefs and commissioned works (including the CMS Guide to Children’s Dental Care in Medicaid).

Dr. Crall joined UCLA as in 2004 as Chair of Pediatric Dentistry, and was appointed Chair of the Division of Public Health & Community Dentistry in 2011. Previously he held faculty and administrative appointments at Columbia University, the University of Connecticut, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the University of Iowa.

Timothy M. Durham, DDS, MPA

Professor
Department of Growth and Development
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Dentistry, Lincoln Nebraska

Dennis J. Fasbinder, DDS, ABGD

Dr. Fasbinder is currently the Director of the Computerized Dentistry Program and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry.  He is board certified in General Dentistry by the American Board of General Dentistry.  He also maintains a part-time private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dr. Fasbinder directs the Computerized Dentistry Unit at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry that is dedicated to research and education on CAD/CAM dental systems.  The CompuDent Unit has been a leader in education and research with the chairside CAD/CAM systems and digital impression systems since 1993 resulting in numerous publications.  It has also been the primary Basic Training Center for CEREC education courses for Patterson Canada since 2001.

Dr. Fasbinder is a frequent speaker on ceramic restorations and digital dental systems at meetings and conferences in North America and International locations.

Andrea Ferreira Zandona, DDS MSD PHD

Dr. Andrea Ferreira Zandona is a tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Dr. Zandoná is originally from Curitiba, Brazil where she received her dental degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná.  Dr. Zandona earned her Masters Degree in Dental Sciences in Operative Dentistry and a PhD in Dental Sciences from Indiana University. She was a faculty member at Indiana University from 1998 until 2013, directing their graduate residency program in Preventive Dentistry. Over her academic career she has mentored pre-dental and DDS students as well as postgraduate students and faculty members on their research projects. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on prevention and management of dental caries serving on editorial boards and as reviewer for numerous scientific and dental journals. At UNC she is in charge of the cariology curriculum at UNC and practices in Dental Faculty Practice.

Dr. Zandona has been part of the International Caries Detection and Assessment System Foundation Committee. She is an elected member of the European Organization of Caries Research advisory board. She is a member of the American Association of Dental Research, the International Association of Dental Research, the American Dental Education Association, the Academy of Operative Dentistry and the American Academy of Cariology.

Ashraf Fouad, DDS, MS

Dr. Fouad obtained his DDS, Certificate of Endodontics and MS at the University of Iowa. He served as Assistant then Associate Professor of Endodontology at the University of Connecticut Health Center from 1992 – 2004, and as Chair of the Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at the University of Maryland, from 2005 – 2015. He has been Freedland Distinguished Professor and Chair of Endodontics at the University of North Carolina since 2016.

Dr. Fouad has published over 65 manuscripts, 20 textbook chapters, over 120 abstracts, and edited and co-authored the textbooks: Endodontic Microbiology (now in its second edition) and the fifth edition of Endodontics: Principles and Practice. He is a Diplomate and Past President of the American Board of Endodontics, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Endodontics.

Eric Y.K. Fung, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology
Department of Oral Biology

Cynthia Gadbury-Amyot, MSDH, Ed

Dr. Amyot, EdD, serves as Associate Dean and Professor of Instructional Technology and Faculty Development, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), School of Dentistry. Dr. Amyot has been a full-time faculty member at UMKC since 1993 serving two years as Interim Vice Provost of Online Education. She served three years as Director of Graduate and Degree Completion Studies and five years as Director of the Division of Dental Hygiene. She teaches at all levels of the curriculum; doctoral, predoctoral, graduate and undergraduate. Dr. Amyot has received numerous distinguished teaching awards from the School of Dentistry and is a recipient of the university wide Elmer Pierson Outstanding Teaching Award. Her research interests include: portfolio assessment of student competency, community-based service-learning, access to care and distance and online education. Her service to the university and profession is extensive. She served as Chair of the Council on Research for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association for several years. Dr. Amyot served as an educational consultant for the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. She has held several offices in the UMKC Alumni Association and served on numerous committees throughout the university.

Ronald E. Geistfeld, DDS
Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry
John T. Grbic, DMD, MS, MMSc

Dr. Grbic received his D.M.D. from the Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dental Medicine and his Specialty Certificate in Periodontology and M.M.Sc. degree in Oral Biology from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He also received a Master of Sciences degree in Biology (Immunology) from New York University . In addition, he spent four years as a Research Fellow in Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Grbic is currently Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC and Director of the Division of Oral Biology at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine He has been an investigator on a number of NIH and industry funded research projects involving periodontal diagnostics, the immunopathology of periodontal disease, the relationship of periodontal diseases to systemic diseases, osteonecrosis of the jaw, and the pharmacotherapeutic management of periodontal disease. Currently, Dr. Grbic has published over 100 papers, abstracts, and book chapters has presented numerous times at national and international meetings.

Henry A. Gremillion, DDS, MAGD

Henry A. Gremillion, DDS, MAGD, a Louisiana native, 1977 graduate of the LSU School of Dentistry (LSUSD), clinician and researcher, is the sixth dean since the founding of the dental school in 1968. Dr. Gremillion came from the University of Florida College of Dentistry where he was the Parker E. Mahan Endowed Professor of Orofacial Pain in the Department of Orthodontics and a member of the dental staff of Shands Teaching Hospital. He also served for 17 years as the director of the UFCD Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center and its fellowship program in craniomandibular dysfunction. In 2005, he was appointed as associate faculty at the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Education. Since 1986, he has also been a member of the associate faculty of the L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. Dr. Gremillion serves as a consultant on temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain to the Malcolm Randall Veterans Administration Hospital, the United States Army, Navy and Air Force, and to the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Practice. Dr. Gremillion began his professional career practicing general dentistry in Cottonport, Louisiana from 1977 to 1989. He was named Cottonport Citizen of the Year in 1989. He also served on the city council. In 2000, he received the LSUSD Alumnus of the Year award. In 2009, the Academy of General Dentistry honored him with the Thaddeus V. Weclew award for his “exceptional contributions to the art and science of dentistry and for promoting the principles and ideals of the academy.” Since 2002, he has been co-investigator in four research projects with funding in excess of $3,000,000. He has authored seven scientific articles and textbook chapters. In October 2008, Dr. Gremillion succeeded Dr. Eric Hovland, who served as dean for fifteen years.

Gary F. Guest, DDS

Associate Dean for Patient Care and Professor
Department of Comprehensive Dentistry
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry
San Antonio, Texas

James Guggenheimer, DMD
Dr. Guggenheimer was awarded his dental degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He received graduate training in oral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Guggenheimer is Professor of Oral Medicine and Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral Medicine.
James L. Gutmann, DDS
Dr. James L. Gutmann is former Professor of Endodontics and Restorative Sciences, Baylor College of Dentistry, The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, Dallas, and presently is in private practice limited to Endodontics in Dallas.
Paul A. Hansen, DDS

Dr. Paul Hansen graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 1975.  Dr. Hansen took training in oral surgery and endodontics through the Air Force prior to long term training in prosthodontics.  Dr. Hansen completed a three year program in prosthodontics through the Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center and the University of Texas – San Antonio College of Dentistry finishing in 1984.  He became board certified in prosthodontics in1986.

Dr. Hansen completed a 20 year career in the United States Air Force, retiring from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in 1996.  He directed the graduate prosthodontics program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City from 1996-2000.  He began a private practice in conjunction with the University of Kansas Hospital in 2000, and retired from this practice in 2007.  Dr. Hansen returned home to the University of Nebraska in 2007 to become the director of the prosthodontics section, and dental implants at the Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry.  After retiring from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Hansen is currently the Assistant Director of Advanced Training in General Dentistry at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Dr. Hansen has multiple teaching awards, elected as the most influential teacher for the dental classes of 2017 and 2018 at the University of Nebraska.  He has authored over 25 articles in peer reviewed journals.  He has lectured on fixed prosthodontics, occlusion and maxillofacial prosthodontics throughout the world.

Michaell A. Huber, DDS

Dr. Michaell A. Huber is an Associate Professor and Oral Medicine Subject Expert, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dental School, San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Huber received his DDS from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, San Antonio, Texas in 1980 and a Certificate in Oral Medicine from the National Naval Dental Center, Bethesda, Maryland in 1988. He is certified by the American Board of Oral Medicine. As an officer of the Dental Corps, United States Navy, Dr. Huber’s assignments included numerous ships and shore stations. He served as Chairman, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology and Director, Graduate Program in Oral Medicine, National Naval Dental Center, Bethesda, Maryland. In addition he served as Specialty Leader for Oral Medicine to the Surgeon General of the United States Navy, Washington, DC; and Force Dental Officer, Naval Air Force Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia.

Since joining the faculty in 2002, Dr. Huber has been teaching both pre-doctoral and graduate dental students at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School, San Antonio, Texas. He is currently serving as Vice President of the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Dr. Huber has accepted invitations to lecture before many local, state, and national professional organizations. He has published in the several journals, including Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology; JADA; Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice; Clinics in Dermatology, Dental Clinics of North America, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America, and Quintessence International.

Guy Huynh-Ba, DDS, MS

Dr. Huynh-Ba received his DDS in 1999 at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He then worked for 3 years in private dental practices while also a part-time clinical faculty in the department of Oral Surgery at the University of Geneva. He completed his residency in Periodontics in 2005 at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

His academic career began in 2006 at the University of Connecticut Health Center. At that time he was involved in didactic teaching of dental and dental hygiene students, as well as residents in Periodontics. In 2007, Dr. Huynh-Ba received his Swiss and European board certifications in Periodontics and became a full-time faculty in the Department of Periodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics at the University of Bern. He was involved in the clinical and didactic teaching of dental students and residents in Periodontics. He was the co-course director for the 4th year predoctoral prosthodontics program and in September 2008, he assumed the course directorship. He received his Masters degree in Periodontics in 2008.

In June 2009 he joined the department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Since then Dr. Huynh-Ba has increasingly become involved with the teaching of predoctoral and postdoctoral students in Periodontics. As of January 2011, Dr. Huynh-Ba has been a course director for the Junior (DS III) Implantology Course and teaches in 4 other predoctoral courses. At the post-doctoral level Dr. Huynh-Ba is involved in 13 courses (didactic and clinical). He is mentoring two Master of Science degree candidates and is on the Masters Thesis Supervising Committee of another 6 post-graduate students. Dr. Huynh-Ba received the 2011 AAPs (American Academy of Periodontology) Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award. Dr. Huynh-Ba actively participates in preclinical and clinical research in the department of Periodontics and his areas of interest include dental implantology and bone regeneration. Dr. Huynh-Ba maintains an active part-time private practice limited to periodontology and implantology.

Arthur H. Jeske, DMD, PhD

Dr. Arthur Jeske is currently Professor in the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health and Associate Dean for Strategic Planning & Continuing Dental Education at the UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston, where he teaches local anesthesia and dental therapeutics.  Dr. Jeske received his B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and his Ph.D. (Pharmacology) and D.M.D. degrees from the Medical College of Georgia.  He is Editor-in-Chief of Mosby’s Dental Drug Reference and serves as Section Editor (Pharmacology), Cranio—The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice.  He holds Fellowship in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.  He is past Editor of the Journal of the Greater Houston Dental Society, the Texas Dental Journal and is a consultant to the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs.  His honors include membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Delta Sigma Delta, and he is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry.  Dr. Jeske has been in the part-time practice of general dentistry for over 35 years. 

Daniel Jones, DDS, PhD

Department of Public Health Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
Dallas, Texas

Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, DDS, MS

Dr. Kalkwarf received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Nebraska, College of Dentistry. He continued his postgraduate training in a General Practice Residency at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Veterans Administration Medical Center and then received an M.S. degree and a Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Nebraska.

Ken served The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1987 to 2013 as Dean of its Dental School after previously holding faculty positions at the University of Nebraska and the University of Oklahoma. He is the principal author of over 175 articles, chapters and abstracts published in professional journals and has presented more than 260 lectures and continuing dental education courses throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Mid-East, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Ken received the American Dental Association’s highest award – The Distinguished Service Award – in 2009, and the American Dental Education Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2014. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has served in various leadership capacities including as the President or Chair of the American Dental Education Association; the Commission on Dental Accreditation; the Joint Commission of National Board Dental Examinations; the American College of Dentists; the Supreme Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society; the Western Conference of Dental Examiners and Dental School Deans; the Southwest Society of Periodontists; and the Southern Conference of Dental Deans and Examiners.

Rachel Kearney, RDH MS

Rachel K. Henry RDH, MS is an assistant professor in the Division of Dental Hygiene at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.  She holds a BS in Dental Hygiene and a MS in Allied Medical Education from the Ohio State University. She was the 2009 Recipient of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Future Leader Award.  Rachel is currently the treasurer of the Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association and serves on the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Council on Education. Rachel is also a 2014 fellow in the ADEA Leadership Institute. She is also a Quality Matters peer reviewer. She teaches ethics, professionalism and courses in the education specialization to undergraduate and graduate dental hygiene students.

Karl Keiser, DDS, MS
Karl Keiser, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor and Interim Director of Advanced Education in Endodontics, Department of Endodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Keiser received his dental degree from IndianaUniversity in 1981. After 12 years of maintaining a general dental practice in New England, Dr. Keiser completed his endodontic residency at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1995, and a Master of Science from the Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies in 1996. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Keiser was the Director of Undergraduate Endodontics at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the American and International College of Dentists, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Keiser also maintains an intramural practice limited to endodontics.
Namita Khandelwal, BDS, MS

Dr. Khandelwal completed her dental training in India and was in private practice before she moved to the USA. She then completed her M.S. in Clinical Investigation from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Following her Master’s program, she moved to the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and completed her specialty training in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. During residency, Dr. Khandelwal trained extensively in multidisciplinary approach and was also involved in multiple research projects. She has presented at regional, national, and international meetings. She is a recipient of Michael J. Deasy Scholarship for academic and clinical excellence and is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology. Her research areas of interest are dental implants in medically compromised patients and Aggressive Periodontitis. Dr. Khandelwal also completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program and is now pleased to join the faculty at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine

Gary Klasser, DMD, Cert. Orofacial Pain

Gary D. Klasser, DMD, has been appointed associate professor in the LSUSD Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Biomaterials, Division of Diagnostic Sciences. The announcement was made by Dr. Alex Ehrlich, chairman of the department.

Dr. Klasser received his doctor of dental medicine from the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1980. For 22 years he practiced dentistry in urban and rural settings in Canada from both private practice and public health perspectives. In private practice, he managed a large group focused on preventive dentistry. In the public health environment, he was responsible for fiscal planning and overall operations of a 16-member dental team.

In 2002, Dr. Klasser moved to Kentucky to pursue advanced training. Two years later he received a certificate in orofacial pain from the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry. In 2005, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in oral medicine and oral oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. For the next six years, he was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also served as director and clinical chief of the oral medicine and orofacial pain clinic. His responsibilities included clinical management, continuing education, research, and training of both predoctoral and postdoctoral students.

Since 2005, Dr. Klasser has authored or co-authored 44 peer-reviewed journal articles, one textbook and six textbook chapters. He serves as an editorial consultant for dental journals published in Australia, Scandinavia, China, Canada, and the United States. He has been an expert witness and consultant for the American Dental Association, Ortho-McNeil, the Canadian government, and the Iowa Dental Board. His research interests include orofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, and oral cancer detection. His work has been funded by Zila Pharmaceutical and Triad Pharmaceutical.

Evanthia Lalla, DDS, MS

Evanthia Lalla received her dental degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and a Masters in Periodontics from Columbia University in New York City. Upon completion of her specialty training, she joined the full time faculty of the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia. She received University Tenure and is currently a Professor of Dental Medicine at the Division of Periodontics. Her work involves research in the field of periodontal infections, diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis, teaching and faculty practice. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, as well as industry and foundations. She is the recipient of prestigious awards, including the Antony A. Rizzo Young Investigator Award from the International Association for Dental Research, the Burton C. Borgelt Faculty Advisor Award from the American Dental Association and the World Periodontal Research Award from the Sunstar Foundation. She has published several articles in high impact medical and dental journals and has lectured extensively in the United States and internationally.

Rajesh V. Lalla, DDS PhD

Dr. Lalla is a board-certified clinician and scholar who conducts clinical research on a variety of oral mucosal disorders, including mucositis secondary to cancer treatment, recurrent aphthous stomatitis (canker sores) and oral candidiasis (thrush). His research has been funded by the federal government (through the National Institutes of Health), the American Cancer Society, the Donaghue Foundation, and industry. In addition to clinical care and research, Dr. Lalla is also involved in clinical and classroom teaching of Oral Medicine and directs a course on Evidence-based Decision Making. Dr. Lalla serves as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Dental Medicine. He also serves on several institutional committees and is a past Chair of the Institutional Review Board, which oversees the conduct of clinical research. Dr. Lalla holds several leadership positions at the international level. He is currently President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), an international professional organization of healthcare professionals from over 60 countries. Dr. Lalla has written more than 85 peer-reviewed scientific articles or book chapters, many of them dealing with oral complications in cancer patients. He is also asked to speak on oral complications of cancer therapy at the national and international levels. He has reviewed articles written by others for over 25 scientific journals. Dr. Lalla also serves as a consultant on various topics including oral mucositis, oropharyngeal candidiasis, recurrent aphthous stomatitis, and clinical trial design and outcomes.

Brian M. Lange, PhD

Professor
Department of Oral Biology

Ariadne M. Letra, DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Letra received her DDS from Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1995, and a certificate and a MS degree in Endodontics from State University of Rio de Janeiro in 2003. She later obtained a PhD in Oral Biology from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2007, followed by a postdoctoral training in Human Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also served as Assistant Professor. Dr. Letra is currently Associate Professor in the Departments of Endodontics, and Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Dr. Letra’s research program focuses on Genetics of Complex Oral Traits, and she has published numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field of Endodontics and Human Genetics.

Stanley F. Malamed, D.D.S.

Dr. Stanley Malamed, a dentist anesthesiologist, is Emeritus Professor of Dentistry at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of U.S.C., in Los Angeles.  He graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry and completed a dental internship and residency in anesthesiology at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Malamed is a Diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology, and the recipient of the Heidebrink Award from the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the Horace Wells Award from the International Federation of Dental Anesthesia Societies. Author of more than 160 papers, Dr. Malamed has also authored three textbooks: Handbook of Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office (7th edition 2015); Handbook of Local Anesthesia (6th edition 2011); and Sedation - a guide to patient management (6th edition 2017) that are generally considered standards in the field.

Sally M. Mauriello, RDH, BS, MEd
Sally Mauriello, RDH, EdD, is a Professor in the Department of Dental Ecology at the UNC School of Dentistry. Having taught at the University for 31 years, her primary teaching responsibilities include geriatric dentistry and dental radiology. In addition, she has co-authored a text entitled Radiographic Imaging for the Dental Team and conducted research in the area of radiographic techniques.
Paul M. McLornan, DDS, MS, PLLC

Dr. Paul McLornan is a board certified Prosthodontist in private practice in San Antonio, Texas.  He is also an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Dental School.

Dr. McLornan obtained his dental degree from Queens University, Belfast and his specialty certificate in Prosthodontics from UTHSCSA. The treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) using oral appliances was the subject of his master's of science research project during his residency and has been a special interest of his since.

When treating snoring and OSA patients, Dr. McLornan follows the AASM guidelines and uses only well researched, FDA approved oral appliances.  He works closely with referring physicians to ensure the correct diagnosis, treatment outcome and follow up for these patients.  He is a member of the graduate faculty of the UTHSCSA Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, where he serves as a research adviser to a number of OSA related studies.

Dr. McLornan has lectured extensively at local, national, and international meetings and has authored numerous published articles.  He is Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists.  He is also a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Patricia A. Miguez, DDS MS PhD

Dr. Miguez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry since December 2015.  She obtained her DDS from Brazil in 1997 and her certificate in Periodontology from the same University in 1999. She then came to the US to study at UNC-CH and obtained her Master’s Degree in Operative Dentistry in 2003 and a PhD in Oral Biology and certificate in Periodontology in 2011. She started her academic career as Assistant Professor of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in 2011. In 2014, Dr. Miguez returned to UNC and in 2016 she established her research laboratory to study bone and dentin biology, disease and regeneration. She is an active clinician in periodontology, implantology and restorative dentistry.

André Mol, DDS, MS, PhD, Dipl ABOMR

Dr. Mol is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist involved in teaching, patient care and research. His research interests include 3D and digital imaging. He currently serves as the vice president of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

John A. Molinari, PhD

Dr. Molinari received a B.A. in Biology from St. Vincent College and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He was awarded Professor Emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he served for 32 years in the School of Dentistry as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. Dr. Molinari was later Infection Control Director for THE DENTAL ADVISOR in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 2009-2018. He has published over 500 scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. He is a founder and Past-President of OSAP, and is also co-author of the text Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry. He has served as a consultant for the CDC, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, Council on Dental Practice, and regional hospitals.  Dr. Molinari also was Chairman of the State of Michigan Governor’s Risk Reduction and AIDS Policy Commission. Previously, he was the Infection Control section editor for The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of the American Dental Association and contributed a monthly column for Dental Economics. In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Molinari was inducted as an honorary member of the Michigan Dental Association, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and was a recipient of the ADA Golden Apple Award.    

Brian C. Muzyka, DMD, MS, MBA
Dr. Brian Muzyka is an Associate Professor and the Director of Hospital Dentistry at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina. Dr. Muzyka is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine.
Frank C. Nichols, D.D.S., PhD
Frank C. Nichols, DDS PhD, is Professor in the Department of Periodontology of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He served as the residency program director from 1989 to 1998 for the Department of Periodontology. In addition to didactic and clinical teaching responsibilities, he is actively engaged in basic research involving unique bacterial-host interactions in periodontal disease and related systemic diseases.
Amal Noureldin, BDS, MS, MSD, PhD

Department of Public Health Sciences
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
Dallas, Texas

Thomas Oates, D.M.D., PhD

Dr. Thomas Oates is a Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He is active in clinical education and research focusing on the interactions between oral and systemic health and improving our understanding and use of implant dentistry for our patients.

Jorge Perdigão, DMD,MS,PhD

Dr. Perdigão received his DMD degree from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 1985. In 1992 he finished a Master's degree in Operative Dentistry from the University of Iowa, and in 1993 he received a Certificate degree in Operative Dentistry also from the University of Iowa. In 1995 Dr. Perdigão defended his PhD dissertation in Dental Materials at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Perdigão served as an Associate Professor of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1996 to 1999, and is now Professor of Operative Dentistry at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Perdigão is actively involved in research of new dental materials mainly in the area of dentin bonding and new composite resins. His research has involved clinical trials of dentin adhesives, posterior composites, and new treatments for dentin sensitivity. Dr. Perdigão has delivered over 160 lectures in Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America and has published over 120 scientific articles in international journals. He is also author of seven book chapters on dental adhesion, including the Sturdevant's Art and Science of Operative Dentistry (Mosby). He is editor and author of the recent book Restoration of Root Canal Treated Teeth: An Adhesive Dentistry Perspective (Springer).

Dr. Perdigão is Associate Editor in the Journal of Adhesive Dentistry and Section Editor of Operative Dentistry in the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. He serves in the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Dentistry and the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials. He has been a consultant for several manufacturers worldwide in the development of new adhesive dental materials and has served as a mentor to numerous international postdoctoral research fellows and graduate students. Dr. Perdigão has served as a consultant to the ADA Committee for Scientific Affairs since 1999 and to the FDA Dermatologic & Ophthalmic Advisory Committee since 2006. He was recently featured as one of the "10 Professors Changing Dental Technology" in the USA (http://www.medicaltechnologyschools.com/dental-lab-technician/10-professors-changing-dental-technology).

MyHanh Phan-Rinne, DDS

Assistant Professor
Adult Restorative Dentistry Department

Nuala Porteous, DDS MPH

Dr. Nuala Porteous received her dental surgery degree from University College Cork, Ireland, and an MPH degree from The University of Texas, School of Public Health at Houston.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and is currently an associate professor/research in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, UT Health San Antonio, School of Dentistry 

She has worked as a private dental practitioner and has held previous faculty appointments at the UT School of Dentistry in the Department of Community Dentistry as clinical instructor (1995-1998), assistant professor (1998-2005), associate professor (2005-2007), and infectious diseases fellow in the Department of General Dentistry (2000-2002). 

Her research activities include clinical trials to test the efficacy of oral healthcare products and infection control issues, with a particular focus on dental unit waterline contamination. She has authored or co-authored numerous scholarly articles in scientific journals of national and international circulation.

Marsha A. Pyle, DDS MEd

Dr. Marsha Pyle is dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. She completed a general practice residency after graduation from the CWRU School of Dentistry. After completing a fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry she entered an academic career while maintaining a practice that included long-term care residents. Dr. Pyle later graduated with a Master’s in education degree which facilitated her work in curriculum innovation in dental education.

Rocio B. Quinonez, DMD, MS, MPH

Dr. Quinonez earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Zoology in 1992 and her Doctorate of Medical Dentistry in 1996 from the University of Manitoba. She earned her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, Masters of Science, and Masters in Public Health and Administration at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). Dr. Quinonez proceeded to complete a NIH Fellowship in Oral and Systemic Diseases. Her academic and research interest include the interface between medicine and dentistry, perinatal and early childhood oral health, and economic analyses related to children’s oral health. Dr. Quinonez returned to full-time academics in the summer of 2006 and served as Director of the Pediatric Dentistry Pre-Doctoral Program from 2007-2017. She is currently the Associate Dean for Educational Leadership and Innovation and directs the Baby Oral Health Program at the UNC-CH.

Spencer Redding, DDS, MEd
Dr. Redding is Professor and Chair of the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. He is a graduate of Davidson College, the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, and the University of New Orleans. He completed a General Practice Residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and a Clinical Research Fellowship at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System. His research is focused on salivary/oral diagnostics particularly for oral cancer. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed articles.
Mark A. Reynolds, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor Chair and Director of Postdoctoral Periodontics
Frank J. Riccio, DMD, JD, FCLM

Attorney Riccio has maintained a private law practice in Braintree, Massachusetts since 1987.  He has substantial jury trial experience in civil litigation.  His areas of concentration include medical and dental negligence; trucking liability; liquor liability; general negligence; and crime victim representation. Dr. Riccio has been a clinical instructor in Oral Medicine at Harvard Dental School, since 1995.

Dr. Riccio is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, where he is a Regional Governor and Chairman of the Medical Negligence Committee.  He is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, where he is a former Co-Chair of the Health Law Council; the National Crime Victim Bar Association; the AAJ; and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Dr. Riccio is a member of the Boston Inns of Court.  He has been named a Boston Magazine Super Lawyer since 2005.  He is on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Children.

Dr. Riccio became Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in October 2000, and was re-certified in October 2005.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Legal Medicine.  He is also a certified mediator.

Dr. Riccio has lectured extensively in Massachusetts and throughout the country on many medical, legal and trial practice topics and is a co-host on the WCRN Worcester radio program, Talking About the Law.

André V. Ritter, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. André Ritter is the Thomas P. Hinman Distinguished Professor and Chair at the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, in Chapel Hill, NC.  He received his dental doctorate degree from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil (UFSC), in 1987 and a MSD degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2000.  Dr. Ritter also has two Certificates in Operative Dentistry, from UFSC and UNC, and an MBA in HealthCare Management from Northeastern University.  He is actively involved in clinical and laboratory research, particularly in the areas of biomaterials and caries risk assessment and management.  He also maintains a part-time intramural practice devoted to restorative and esthetic dentistry.  Dr. Ritter has published numerous journal articles, research abstracts, and book chapters.  He is a member of several dental organizations, including the American and International Associations for Dental Research, the European Caries Organization, and the International College of Dentists.  Dr. Ritter has presented many scientific papers and continuing education courses regionally, nationally, and internationally.

William C. Sands, DDS

Dr. Sands’ positions at the Pacific Dugoni school of Dentistry include Assistant Professor in the Removable Prosthodontic Department, Group Practice Leader and Department Vice Chair leading  the 8 group practices.

Presently, he is the Director of Operations for the Pacific Dugoni AEGD clinic program. He is responsible for instituting an effective practice management strategy and steps that allow the clinic to provide an excellent advanced dental education and be fiscally productive.

Dr. Sands’ fellowships and memberships include, the American College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy and Tau Kappa Omega Dental Fraternity, ADA, CDA and the Southern Alameda Dental Society. He has been an officer and committee member in the local and state associations.  He serves as an advisor for the Pacific Dental Foundation with a focus on treating special needs people. 

After 16 years in private practice, Dr. Sands focused his energy internationally. While residing in Nigeria, West Africa for a period of 3 years, he provided dental health care for 20 tribes and established community health systems in 2 villages.  He has also implemented humanitarian aid in over 15 countries including post war Kosovo and Pakistan.

Education:
BA Chemistry, University of the Pacific
DDS: University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Vidya Sankar, DMD, MHS

Dr. Sankar received her DMD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1994. She did a one year General Practice Residency from 1994-1995 and stayed on an additional year as Staff Dentist in the Infectious Disease Clinic at UMDNJ. After a few years of private practice, Dr. Sankar earned her Certificate in Oral Medicine from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/ National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), Bethesda, Maryland in 2001. She is certified by the American Board of Oral Medicine. During her 6 years at NIDCR, she was a recipient of the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation Fellowship, was involved with several clinical trials and investigations at the Sjögren’s Syndrome Clinic. She received her Masters in Health Science degree from Duke University in 2001.  Dr. Sankar is currently the Clinic Director Oral Medicine and Dentistry clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Co-Director of the Oral Medicine and Oncology clinic at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and has had professional affiliations with the American Academy of Oral Medicine, the American Board of Oral Medicine, and the American Dental Association.

James J. Sciubba, D.M.D., PhD
Dr. James Sciubba is currently on the staff at the Milton J. Dance Head and Neck Center, at The Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Baltimore, and is in the private practice of Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology in the Baltimore community. Dr. Sciubba has served as Director of Dental and Oral Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center where he held the rank of Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Dermatology and Pathology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Sciubba has also served as an Associated Editor of the Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine, and was the Oral Pathology section editor of “OOOOE”. Currently he serves as a member of several editorial boards including Oral Oncology, The Compendium of Continuing Dental Education and The Journal of Dental Research/Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine. He serves in an ad hoc capacity for the following journals: The Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, The Journal of the American Dental Association, Oral Diseases, Head and Neck and others. Dr. Sciubba has authored or co-authored seven books and edited or co-edited three books. The co-authored Textbook of Oral Pathology is now in its sixth edition and is distributed worldwide.
Daniel A. Shugars, DMD, PhD, MPH
Dan Shugars, DDS, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and serves on several national committees. He has published extensively in the scientific literature. His research interests include treatment outcomes, caries clinical trials, and evidence based dentistry.
Diane C. Shugars, DDS MPH PhD

Diane C. Shugars graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1983.  She subsequently received her Masters in Public Health in 1988 and her doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology in 1996.  As a full-time faculty member at the UNC School of Dentistry for over 20 years, she taught Hospital Dentistry in the General Practice Residency (GPR) program, provided general dental care for patients in the Dental Faculty Practice, ran an NIH-funded research program to develop HIV antiretrovirals and held a joint appointment in the UNC School of Medicine.  Since retiring from the UNC faculty in 2007, she works part-time in dental public health.

Renato M. Silva, DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Silva received his DDS from the University Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1994. He pursued endodontic training and certification from both Brazil (University Gama Filho) and US (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston). Dr. Silva also received his Masters (2002) and PhD (2006) in Oral Sciences from University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Silva completed his post doctorate training in Human Molecular Genetics and also was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Silva is currently Associate Professor and chair at the Department of Endodontics, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Silva has also edited a textbook about Endodontic retreatment and has published several peer-reviewed articles in the field of Endodontics and human genetics. He also maintains a faculty practice limited to Endodontics.

Tory Silvestrin, DDS

Dr Tory Silvestrin is the Predoctoral Program Director for Endodontics at Loma Linda University where he serves as an Assistant Professor.
He completed his Masters of Science in Dentistry and Endodontics Certificate at Loma Linda University in 2015.
Doctor Silvestrin completed his Masters of Science in Health Professions Education at Loma Linda University in 2014.
He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, class of 2012.
Tory completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at Pacific Lutheran University in 2008.

Thomas P. Sollecito, DMD FDS RCSEd

Dr. Sollecito is the Professor and Chair of Oral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine and Professor of Oral Medicine in Otolaryngology:  Head and Neck Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. He maintains an active clinical oral medicine practice at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and is a Consultant to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Sollecito is a Fellow in Hospital Dentistry, a Diplomate in Special Care Dentistry and a Diplomate in Oral Medicine. He recently completed his term serving on the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs.

Eric T. Stoopler, DMD FDSRCS FDSRCPS

Dr. Stoopler is an Associate Professor of Oral Medicine and Director of Postdoctoral Oral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He maintains an active clinical oral medicine practice at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and is a Consultant to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Stoopler holds Fellowship in The American Association of Hospital Dentists, The International College of Dentists, The Royal College of Surgeons, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and is a Diplomate of The American Board of Oral Medicine and The American Board of Special Care Dentistry.

Norman Tinanoff, D.D.S.

Dr. Norman Tinanoff received his dental degree from the University of Maryland in 1971. After receiving his certificate and Masters Degree in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa, he spent another year at the V.A. Hospital in Iowa City in a research fellowship. Dr. Tinanoff's two-year military service was at the Army Institute of Dental Research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. For 23 years he was at the University of Connecticut Health Center where he was director of the Pediatric Dentistry graduate program for 16 years. In 1999, he became Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Maryland. Dr. Tinanoff has authored or co-authored over 170 publications, primarily on fluoride mechanisms, antimicrobials, caries risk factors, early childhood caries and prevention. Recent books/monographs include: “The Oral Cavity” in Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, and “Use of Fluorides”, in Early Childhood Oral Health. His current interests are concerned with and preventing dental caries and oral health access for underserved child populations.

Clarence L. Trummel, DDS, Ph.D

Dr. Clarence Trummel received a DDS degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Rochester (NY) School of Medicine and Dentistry.  He also completed a residency in periodontology at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester.  He has served on the faculties of the University of Colorado School of Dentistry and the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where he taught periodontology and pharmacology.  His research ranged from physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of bone resorption to clinical trials of dental plaque inhibitors.  He is now retired but continues voluntary teaching in the School of Dental Medicine at UCONN.

Tam T. Van, DDS

Dr. Tam Van is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from UTHSCSA, she completed a one year General Practice Residency at the Olin E. Teague Veterans' Center in Temple, Texas. Later, she received Geriatric Dentistry Fellowship training directed by the UTHSC, Department of Medicine and the Audie L. Murphy Veterans' Administration Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. She has been an U.S. Air Force dental officer, a private practice associate, and Director of a community dental health clinic before joining UTHSCSA. Dr. Van is currently Director of the Geriatrics Dental Clinic and teaches Geriatric Dentistry as part of the pre-doctoral education.

Ricardo Walter, DDS MS

Dr. Rick Walter is Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Clinics at the UNC School of Dentistry. He received his DDS degree from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil) in 2000 and MS degree in Operative Dentistry from the UNC in 2005. From 2006 to 2011, he was full-time faculty member in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the UNC. In 2011, he moved to UPenn where he was Assistant Professor until early 2014. Dr. Walter returned to UNC in 2014. Dr. Walter is active in laboratory and clinical research in dental materials, mainly in resin-based restoratives. He also maintains an intramural practice devoted to restorative and esthetic dentistry.

Thomas G. Wilson, Jr., DDS

Thomas G. Wilson, Jr. received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in 1971 and his Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Washington Graduate School of Dentistry in 1974. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio Dental School. Dr. Wilson has lectured extensively on a national and international level and is the author of a number of publications. He is also the author of the books Dental Maintenance for Patients with Periodontal Diseases, ITI Dental Implants: Planning, Placement, Restoration, and Maintenance, Periodontal Regeneration Enhanced, one of the authors of Immediate Dental Implants, and is an editor and contributor to the books Advances in Periodontics and Fundamentals of Periodontics. He is also a co-editor to the book Minimally Invasive Periodontal Therapy: Clinical Techniques and Visualization Technology. In addition, he is a past Editor-in-Chief Quintessence International, a past Associate Editor for the Journal of Periodontology, and serves as a reviewer for International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, the Journal of Periodontology, and the Journal of the American Dental Association. Currently he is Editor-in-Chief for Decisions in Dentistry.

Allen Wong, DDS, EDD

Dr. Allen Wong has taught postdoctoral general dentistry for over 25 years in AEGD programs and is the director of Pacific's Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, Pacific’s Hospital Dentistry Program and Director of Highland Hospital Restorative Implant program.  He has lectured nationally and internationally in the areas of special care dentistry, rotary endodontics, implant restorations, and minimally invasive dentistry.  He is active with Special Olympics Special Smiles program as a Global Clinical Advisor, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and Special Care Dentistry Association( SCDA).  He is President of National CAMBRA Coalition.

Currently teaches at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in the Department of Diagnostic Science as well as private practice in San Francisco.  He is a member of ADA, CDA and San Francisco Dental Society.

Education:
BA Biology University of the Pacific, College of the Pacific
DDS: University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Advanced Clinical Experience and Advanced Education in General Dentistry Certificates
Diplomate American Board of Special Care Dentistry (Hospital Dentistry)
EdD:  Professional Education and Leadership, University of the Pacific, Gladys Benerd School of Education (Growing need for Hospital Dentistry in Northern California)

Fellowship in American Academy of Hospital Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentist, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Academy of Dentistry International

Edward F. Wright, DDS, MS

Edward F. Wright, DDS, MS, is a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center–San Antonio (UTHSCSA). He completed a one-year general dentistry residency, the University of Minnesota’s two-year TMJ and Craniofacial Pain Fellowship, and a Veterans Health Care System's two-year research fellowship where he studied headache patients treated with TMD appliance therapy. He is the author of the book "Manual of Temporomandibular Disorders" which is in its 3rd edition, and the author of many journal articles. He is the UTHSCSA’s Course Director for their predoctoral dental students’ TMD Module, Orofacial Pain Module, and Course and Dental Anatomy and Occlusion Module. He is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, and a past president of the American Board of Orofacial Pain.


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