Chairman – Dr. William Giannobile
Future Prospects for Periodontal and Peri-Implant Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Giannobile is the Najjar Endowed Professor of Dentistry and Biomedical Engineering and Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the School of Dentistry. He received his DDS and an MS in Oral Biology from the University of Missouri. He later received his certificate in Periodontology and Doctor of Medical Science in Oral Biology from Harvard University. He subsequently completed postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Giannobile previously served as a faculty member at Harvard and Forsyth Institute in Boston. He has published and lectured extensively in the fields of Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering, and Salivary Diagnostics as it relates to periodontal and peri-implant reconstruction.
Dr. Giannobile is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Research and is on the editorial boards of multiple journals. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Giannobile served as president of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation.
Chairman – Dr. Pamela McClain
Pamela K. McClain, DDS is a highly respected periodontist in the Denver metro area—for both her vast contributions to periodontal research and her cutting edge level of care. She is a licensed periodontist in Colorado and California and is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. McClain actively collaborates with family dentists and other dental specialists and lectures on a variety of topics at interdisciplinary dental meetings and conferences locally, nationally and abroad. Dr. McClain is known internationally for her work in periodontal regeneration. She has given more than 70 professional presentations throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia. I
n the office of Drs. McClain & Schallhorn, patients experience the benefit of not just understanding their treatment but truly owning their dental problem. Dr. McClain’s natural warmth and open approach enhance her diagnostic and clinical skills. While research and organized dentistry are important, treating patients and improving their quality of life remains her passion.
Dr. McClain received her B.S. in Dental Hygiene from the University of Colorado and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.). Her post‐doctoral training in periodontics was completed at the University of California in San Francisco. She then joined her father, Dr. Robert Schallhorn, in his periodontal/implant practice in 1987.
In recognition for her research in periodontal regeneration, Dr. McClain was awarded the first R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) in 1989 (and subsequently in 2004 and 2006). From 2011‐2012, she served as President of the AAP and has been active on numerous committees within the AAP and other organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association and the Academy of Osseointegration; Dr. McClain is the first female member to serve on the Council of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.
Dr. Maurício Araújo
Workshop: Ridge Preservation: Rationale, Indications and Techniques
Lecture: Socket Management for Successful Ridge Preservation/Augmentation
Dr Araújo is a Periodontist working both in private practice and at The State University of Maringa, Parana, Brazil. He completed his PhD at The University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 1998. He is the Chairman of the Perio/Implant Research Unit, State University of Maringá and Senior-researcher at the Department of Periodontology, Goteborg University. He has together with his co-workers published groundbreaking research in the fields of ridge alterations following tooth extraction, ridge preservation, bone formation in extraction sockets and immediate implant placement. He is an ITI Fellow, the ITI Chairman in Brazil and an Osteology Foundation Board member. He is member of the editorial board of several journals.
Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz
Management of the Posterior Maxilla - Sinus Augmentation
Dr. Avila-Ortiz is an Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He completed his DDS and PhD training programs in his hometown of Granada, Spain, before moving to Michigan to attain his MS and certificate in Periodontics. Dr. Avila-Ortiz currently serves as graduate program director and oversees the international visiting scholar program in Periodontics. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and currently maintains a faculty practice limited to Periodontics and Oral Implantology. Dr. Avila-Ortiz’s research spans a number of clinical topics, including the understanding of the influence of local and systemic individual patient factors on healing dynamics following bone and soft tissue grafting, particularly in relation to therapeutic strategies for implant site development, such as alveolar ridge preservation and maxillary sinus floor elevation.
Dr. Christer Dahlin
Workshop: Ridge Augmentation by GBR (flap designs, material aspects, suturing techniques) Lecture: Vertical Ridge Augmentation – Current and Future Trends
Dr. Christer Dahlin is a Professor in Oral Surgery and Guided Tissue Regeneration at Department of Biomaterials Science, Institute for Clinical Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is also a Senior Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery with focus on implant treatment at NÄL Medical Centre Hospital, Trollhättan. He is a Member of editorial boards for Clinical Implant Dent & Related Research, Clinical Oral Implant Research, Int J Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry, J Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine and Int J Dental Traumatology. As a former research fellow, he is appointed Courtesy Professor College of Dentistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. Dr Dahlin has over twenty five years of experience in implant treatment and related research and is considered one of the pioneers in the development of the concept of Guided Bone Regeneration that still remains his main focus within research. He is currently project leader for the research group BIOMEMBRANE within the multi-disciplinary BIOMATCELL enterprise, a government-funded Biomaterials initiative in Gothenburg, Sweden. They are studying and developing what could be the next generation of GBR devices. He frequently travels worldwide to lecture, conduct research and teach on this and other implant-related topics.
Nicole Fortune, RDH, MBA, ICP
Periodontal Endoscopy and Non-Surgical Periodontal Regeneration as a Treatment Solution for Peri-Implant Diseases
Nicole is a registered dental hygienist who works in a busy periodontal office providing non-surgical and preventative care. Nicole believes the best patient care happens when combining her dental hygiene knowledge with the latest technology. She is a recognized expert in training dental professionals in areas of periodontics, including peri-implantitis. Nicole is also recognized as an innovative marketing expert, helping multiple offices establish an online presence and promote specialty services. Nicole has delivered multiple educational presentations to Vermont Technical College Dental Hygiene School, Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, and the University of Vermont Diabetes Research Center, as well as numerous other clubs and professional groups in New England.
Nicole holds many certifications including CO2, Diode and Nd:Yag laser certification. She is currently the only dental professional in Vermont who is certified in Perioscopy. Nicole earned her hygiene degree and her BA from the University of Vermont. She also holds a MBA from Champlain College.
Jill Grassmick, RDH, AAS
Soft Tissue Diode Laser Training for Dental Hygienists
President of Capital Symposiums, Jill Grassmick, is a graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She has 40+ years of clinical practice experience with emphasis on general, cosmetic, and periodontal care dentistry. She holds the Academy of Laser Dentistry Standard Proficiency certification in both Diode and ND:YAG lasers. Her career has been multifaceted in clinical dental hygiene, dental hygiene consulting services, entrepreneur and CEU speaker.
She is an active leader in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association having served as Former ADHA District III Trustee and on many councils and committees at the National level. She has also served as president of the District of Columbia Dental Hygienists and currently serves as a liaison to ADHA Institute of Oral Health. She holds the distinction of being named “Outstanding Dental Hygienist in the District of Columbia” as well as “Who’s Who Among Professional Woman”.
Dr. David M. Kim
Research Poster Presentation
Dr. David M. Kim received his dental degree (DDS) from the University of Maryland Dental School, and completed his periodontology training and Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) in oral biology from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Currently, as an Associate Professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, he is also the Director of the Postgraduate Program in Periodontology and Continuing Education.
Dr. Kim is a past recipient of the Joseph L. Henry Award recognizing excellence in research and clinical training from Harvard. In addition, he received the Balint Orban Research Award; Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics; and, a Teaching Fellowship from the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Kim’s clinical and research interests have been on the use of innovative concepts, technologies and biomaterials to enhance intraoral soft and hard tissue formation, especially by incorporating the tissue engineering concept to repair and regenerate soft and hard tissue volume for patients requiring dental implants to replace missing teeth.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.
Dr. Sonia Leziy
Presenter in Interactive Treatment Planning Session
Dr. Sonia Leziy received her dental degree from McGill University in 1989. Her post-graduate degree in periodontics was completed at the University of British Columbia in 1993.
Dr. Leziy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, a Fellow of the ICOI, and a member of the British Columbia Society of Periodontists, the Canadian Academy of Periodontists, the American Academy of Periodontists and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. She is an associate clinical professor and sessional lecturer at the University of British Columbia and co-mentors the multi-disciplinary VIP study club. Dr. Leziy is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and the Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. She has published on implant esthetics and surgical protocols, including textbook chapters published by Quintessence Publishing (2008, 2011) and by Wiley Publishing (projected 2018). Dr. Leziy has been involved in two clinical trials involving new dental implant designs.
Dr. Leziy lectures internationally on the subject of implants and advanced esthetics/periodontal plastic surgery, and has been recognized among the top 100 clinicians in continuing education by Dentistry Today in 2007-2017. She was a Lucy Hobbs Award Winner in 2012, 2013 co-recipient of the Seattle Study Club Saul Schluger Award for excellence in treatment planning, program chair for the 2013 American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.
She maintains a full time private practice with the Imperio group in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Dr. Michael McGuire
Evidence-Based Alternatives for Autogenous Grafts: Outcomes, Attachment and Stability
Dr. McGuire is the primary author of over fifty scientific articles and textbook chapters on periodontology, an unparalleled achievement for someone in full time private practice. He serves on the editorial board of multiple publications, including the Journal of Periodontology, the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, and the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants. He is the founder and chairman of the McGuire Institute, a not for profit practice-based clinical research network.
An eminent speaker, having given over 200 continuing education programs, Dr. McGuire has lectured for both national and international audiences. His research has received the American Academy of Periodontology’s highest recognition for excellence, three times earning the Robinson Regeneration Award and twice the Clinical Research Award. He is also the recipient of the Academy’s prestigious Master Clinician Award and the Academy’s highest honor, the Gold Medal Award. Dr. McGuire is a Director of the American Board of Periodontology. He has served as president of numerous dental organizations, including the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. He is a voting member of the FDA Dental Products Devices Panel.
Dr. McGuire received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baylor University. He received both his D.D.S. and Certificate of Periodontics from the Emory University School of Dentistry. Emory University recognized Dr. McGuire with their Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009.
Dr. Craig Misch
New Techniques in Hard Tissue Regeneration to Support Implant Therapy
Dr. Craig Misch gained early acceptance into dental school after only three years of undergraduate study at Michigan State University. He received his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1985, graduating Omicron Kappa Upsilon (top 5%). Thereafter, he practiced with his brother Dr. Carl Misch for three years at Michigan Implant Dentistry, one of the first dental practices in the country to focus on implant tooth replacement. Dr. Misch then decided to specialize and attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine where in 1990 he received his certificate in Prosthodontics. Prosthodontics is the dental specialty involving the replacement of missing teeth using biocompatible substitutes, such as implants. Dr. Misch then completed a fellowship in oral implantology at the University of Pittsburgh and in 1992 was awarded a Master of Dental Science degree for his research on dental implants. He was appointed Co-Director of the University of Pittsburgh Oral Implant Center and taught implant dentistry to the postdoctoral residents. An interest in jaw reconstructive surgery led him to enter a four year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at St. Francis Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. He completed his surgical training in 1999 and moved to practice in Florida.
Dr. Misch is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Board of Oral Implantology/ Implant Dentistry. He is on faculty at four dental schools including Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Prosthodontics at the University of Florida and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He also teaches with his brother, Dr. Carl Misch at the Misch International Implant Institute, a continuing education program for dentists on implant dentistry. Dr. Misch is an honored member of numerous dental organizations including Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration, Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Misch is also active in several professional organizations in dentistry. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Osseointegration (AO). He has also been on several committees for AAOMS, AAID and the AO. In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Bone Augmentation for the Summit on Treatment of the Edentulous Maxilla for the Academy of Osseointegration. He is on the editorial boards of several dental journals including the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, Journal of Oral Implantology, Implant Dentistry and Dentistry Today.
Dr. Misch has published over fifty scientific articles and fifteen textbook chapters on dental implants, bone grafting and implant prosthodontics. An innovative surgeon, he developed the ramus bone graft technique, one of the most commonly used procedures to reconstruct missing jaw bone. He has been a main podium speaker at numerous conferences including the American Dental Association, Academy of Osseointegration, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Periodontology, American College of Prosthodontics, American Academy of Implant Dentistry and International Congress of Oral Implantologists. In addition, he has lectured extensively throughout North and South America, as well as Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Dentistry Today has recognized Dr. Misch as one of the “Leaders in Continuing Dental Education”. He is also a consultant and has performed clinical research for many dental manufactures including BioHorizons, Dentsply, Medtronic, Nobel Biocare, OsteoHealth, OraPharma, Carestream and Zimmer Biomet.
In 1999 Dr. Misch and his wife left Pittsburgh and moved their private practice to Sarasota. In 2005 they opened Misch Implant Dentistry, a state of the art office conveniently located near downtown Sarasota. Dr. Misch’s dental peers in Sarasota have voted him a Top Dentist in the area. Clinicians throughout the United States consult and refer to Dr. Misch to manage complex reconstructive and implant cases. Misch Implant Dentistry has been featured in the Academy of Osseointegration newsletter and Dentsply Implants Magazine. The Misch family tradition in dentistry continues as his oldest daughter Maggie is enrolled in dental school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Marc Nevins
Maximizing Biological Potential for Periodontal and Alveolar Bone Regeneration
Marc L. Nevins, D.M.D., M.M.Sc., is one of the most trusted names in the field of Periodontology, is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity. His practice provides periodontics and dental implants throughout Boston, MA.
He earned his Certificate for Graduate Training in Periodontology and a Master of Medical Sciences in Oral Biology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Internationally renowned as a leader in his field, Dr. Nevins' career responsibilities include numerous major committee assignments and peer-education lectures a
nd training. He is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry. In private practice for over ten years, Dr. Nevins infuses his clinical approach with innovative biotechnology and the latest academic and industry research. His research focuses on developing a better understanding of the use of growth factors to stimulate the regeneration of oral tissue, as well as to preserve oral esthetics. Growth factors are critical to the design of todays modern approach of less-invasive periodontal therapies that offer patients long-lasting, natural results.
Dr. Nevins excels at applying his highly specialized esthetic surgical expertise to solving his patients complex dental challenges. He is deeply committed to ensuring that his patients receive the best possible treatment and service and strives every day to set a new standard of care in dental medicine.
Dr. Myron Nevins
Moderator of Interactive Case Review
Myron Nevins, D.D.S. is the Editor of the International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry and Associate Clinical Professor of Periodontology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Nevins is a past President of the American Academy of Periodontology and a former Director and Chairman of the American Board of Periodontology where his contributions have been recognized with the Gold Medal and the Master Clinician Awards. He is a Clinical Professor of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry and a Clinical Professor of Periodontics at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. He maintains a private practice limited to Periodontics and Implantology in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Dr. Nevins is the founder and President of Perio Imp Research, Inc.
Dr. Kirk Pasquinelli
Soft-Tissue Augmentation to Enhance Aesthetic Outcomes
Dr. Kirk Pasquinelli received his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry. He completed a general practice hospital based residency at Mount Zion Medical Center and remained on the hospital dental and training staff while also practicing restorative dentistry in San Francisco. He received his periodontal training at the University of Washington in Seattle.
He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry, Division of Graduate Prosthodontics and has taught continuing dental education at both UCSF and the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He is on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy as well as the Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education. Dr. Pasquinelli continues to teach select groups nationally and internationally and has authored numerous articles in the periodontal and restorative dentistry literature.
He is a consultant for the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry as well as the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.
Since 1988 Dr. Pasquinelli has maintained a private practice in downtown San Francisco dedicated to periodontics, esthetic and pre-prosthetic oral surgery, as well as dental implants.
RDH Innovations, LLC (Shavonne R. Healy, RDH, BSDH, ICP and Melissa A. Obrotka, RDH, BBA, ICP)
Dental Implants Uncovered: Prevention, Detection and Intervention for Dental Hygienists
Introducing the Implant Care Practitioner: A Career Path for Clinicians
Shavonne R. Healy, RDH, BSDH, ICP and Melissa A. Obrotka, RDH, BBA, ICP are the cofounders of RDH Innovations, LLC. Both are practicing implant care practitioners with the maintenance and health of patients with implant dentistry at the core of their daily clinical objectives. Healy and Obrotka are published authors, forum leaders, clinical adjunct professors, speakers, researchers and active members of ADHA and ADIA. In 2017 RDH Innovations created Dental Implants Uncovered Study Group, an online Facebook forum for dental hygienists to learn about and discuss implant dentistry. Healy currently stands as the current president for the DC Dental Hygienists’ Association. In June 2016, Obrotka was nationally recognized by the ADHA and Hu-Friedy with the Master Clinician Award, and in 2017 recognized by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene as one of the “Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know” for clinical practice.
Dr. Paul Rosen
Regenerative Treatment for Peri-implantitis:
When Is It Advisable? What Makes It Predictable?
Paul S. Rosen, DMD, MS maintains a full-time private practice in Yardley, Pennsylvania, limited to perio-dontics, surgical implant placements and regenerative therapy. He also has appointments as Clinical Professor of Periodontics at the University of Maryland Dental School and Clinical Professor of Periodontics and Dental Implantology at Temple University Dental School. Dr. Rosen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has served as an Examiner. He has also devoted his time to a number of committees for the American Academy of Periodontology including chairing a task force that authored an article titled, “Peri-Implant Mucositis and Peri-Implantitis: A Current Understanding of Their Diagnoses and Clinical Implications” which appeared in the Journal of Periodontology. He reviews for and serves on the editorial boards for a number of dental journals and has authored/co-authored a number of articles on periodontal regeneration, dental implants and interrelated orthodontic-periodontal care and lectured both nationally and internationally on the subjects of dental implants and regeneration for both teeth and dental implants. Dr. Rosen is also quite proud of being named the 2015 recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology’s prestigious Master Clinician Award and in 2016 the Northeastern Society of Periodontists Isidor Hirschfeld Award for Clinical Excellence.
Dr. Todd Scheyer
Workshop: An Innovative Volume-Stable Collagen Matrix for Soft-Tissue Augmentations at Pontic and Implant Sites (with Dr. Daniel Thoma)
Todd E. Scheyer, DDS, MS received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with Honors from Arizona State University and attended dental school at The Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude earning clinical and research awards. Dr Scheyer received his Certificate in Periodontics, Conscious Sedation and a Masters Degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and School of Biomedical Science, clinically focusing on Perio-Prosthetic Reconstruction.
Dr. Scheyer was awarded the John F. Prichard Award for graduate research in February 2001. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr Scheyer has and currently serves as an officer and committee member for many outstanding dental organizations. Currently he serves as a District 5 Trustee for the American Academy of Periodontology and is President of the Southwest Society of Periodontists and President-elect of the Texas Society of Periodontists. He is in private practice limited to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Houston, Texas. Dr Scheyer is a Clinical Assistant Instructor at the University of Texas Dental Branch-Houston and Guest Lecturer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He continues to be involved with clinical research and publications from the private practice setting.
Drs. McGuire and Scheyer have developed one of the most proficient clinical research centers in periodontics and have been involved with clinical research networks since 1989. Dr. Scheyer shares his research and vast perspectives through national and international lecturing and is a nationally recognized leader in his specialty field. Clinical research interests are: tissue engineering for periodontal regeneration, dental implant based reconstruction with 3D treatment planning and clinical research networks.
Prof. Dr. Frank Schwarz
Workshop: Soft-Tissue Augmentation and Corrections for the Prevention and Management of Peri-Implant Diseases Lecture: Surgical Regenerative Therapy of Peri-Implantitis
Frank Schwarz has a special degree in Oral Surgery and was appointed as Full Professor in Oral Medicine and Peri-implant Infections at the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany.
He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Periodontology and Editorial Board Member for Clinical Oral Implants Research. He is the President of the German Association of Oral Implantology (DGI), a Board Member of the Osteology Foundation and was awarded the André Schröder Research Prize in 2007 and the Miller Research Prize in 2012. His current h-index is 48.
Dr. Daniel Thoma
Workshop: An Innovative Volume-Stable Collagen Matrix for Soft-Tissue Augmentations at Pontic and Implant Sites (with Dr. Todd Scheyer)Lecture: Shifting Paradigm for Soft-Tissue Augmentation in the Esthetic Zone
Dr. Daniel Thoma is a Head of Academic Unit at the Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland. He graduated in 2000 at the University of Basel, Switzerland and was trained in implant dentistry and prosthodontics at the Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Thoma was the recipient of an ITI scholarship and spent 1 year at the Department of Periodontics, University of Texas, Health Science Center, San Antonio, USA. Between 2008 and 2012, he was a full-time Senior Teaching and Research Assistant at the Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Science at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. In 2013, he got his venia legendi (Privatdozent) at the University of Zurich and since then serves as a Head of Academic Unit at the Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Science at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His focus is on the comprehensive treatment of complex, partially edentulous patients applying all available options of reconstructive dentistry including dental implants. His main scientific interest is related to hard and soft tissue regeneration with and without the addition of biologic mediators. He has published numerous scientific and clinical articles in these fields. Dr. Thoma is a Fellow of the International Team of Implantology (ITI) and member of Osteology Expert Council.
Dr. Diego Velásquez
Presenter in Interactive Treatment Planning Session
Diego Velásquez, DDS, MSD is a graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana School of Dentistry, Colombia. He was awarded an Ambassadorial Scholarship by The Rotary Foundation that allowed him to complete his postdoctoral training in Prosthodontics and Dental Materials at Indiana University School of Dentistry where he also received a Masters degree in Science of Dentistry. He went on to complete a residency in Periodontics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Velásquez works in private practice in Fenton, Michigan and is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Dentistry of The University of Michigan.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and is currently a member of the peer review panel of the Journal of Periodontology, Clinical Advances in Periodontics, and a consultant of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has published a number of articles on prosthodontics, periodontics and dental implant related topics.
Dr. Velásquez is a recipient of the prestigious “Dr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Kramer Scholarship for Excellence” award of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. He is active in numerous professional associations serving on leadership positions in different capacities.
Dr. Hom-Lay Wang
Current Approaches in Managing Implant Biological Complications
Hom-Lay Wang, DDS., MSD., Ph D, is Professor and Director of Graduate Periodontics at the University of Michigan. He published more than 30 book chapters/invited reviews and more than 450 scientific articles. Dr. Wang currently serves as a member of Scientific Oversight Committee and Continuing Education Oversight Committee for the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), JOMI Oversight Committee for the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) and is a Board of Director for the AO. Dr. Wang is the recipient of following awards/honors: AADS clinical research fellowship award (1992), University of Michigan Outstanding Service Award (2001), Best Faculty Award (2003), The Charles E. English Annual Award in Clinical Science and Techniques (2004), Best papers in Journal of Oral Implantology (2004) and Implant Dentistry (2004), Morton L. Perel Annual Award for Dental Implant Educator (2007), AAP University of Michigan Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics (2010), AAP special citation award (2013), ITI Andre Schroeder Research Prize (2014), AO Osseointegration Foundation Clinical Research Recipient (2016), AAP Outstanding Educator Award (2017) and AAP Distinguished Scientist Award (2017).