UW Alumni Win the 2017 AAP Clinical Research Award

This year’s Clinical Research Award at the 2017 AAP Annual Meeting went to the paper “A randomized, controlled, multi-center clinical trial of post-extraction alveolar ridge preservation”, co-authored by the UW’s own Drs. Jim Janakievski, Bryan Pope and Steve Pickering. The paper’s authors were honored during the awards presentation on Saturday, September 9th.

Congratulations gentlemen!



The School of Dentistry and the Department of Periodontics Honor Dr. Roy C. Page

Roy C Page in front of the display case in his honor

Last Friday the School of Dentistry and the Department of Periodontics came together to celebrate Dr. Roy C. Page’s 50 years of service to dentistry by naming a laboratory in his honor and unveiling a display case showcasing some of his most important awards and achievements.

Dr. Roy C and Patricia Page with Dean Joel BergPrior to the unveiling ceremony, faculty, staff, students and alumni of the Department of Periodontics gathered with Dr. Page and his wife Patricia to reflect on his career at the UW.  Continue reading

Dr. Dennis Smith Joins the Department of Periodontics as the Schluger Endowed Chair in Periodontics

The Department of Periodontics is pleased to welcome Dr. Dennis Smith as the 2017-2018 Saul Schluger Endowed Chair in Periodontics.

Drs. Mike Giardino, Amit Gharpure, Eddie Lee and Faisal AlJofi join Dr. Dennis Smith at the kickoff of his Fundamentals of Periodontal Surgery course.

Dr. Smith has returned to Seattle after teaching at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in California for the last eight years. This summer quarter Dr. Smith is teaching a new course to our first year residents covering the basics of periodontal anatomy, non-surgical periodontal therapy, and periodontal surgical rationale, technique and instrumentation, as well as teaching in Clinical Periodontics.

He received his MSD in Periodontics from the University of Washington in 1976 (as well as a certificate in Prosthodontics from the UW in 1974) and has held various academic appointments at the university in both Restorative Dentistry and Periodontics for over forty years.

Welcome to the UW Class of 2020!

We are excited to introduce our next group of UW Graduate Periodontics residents. The Class of 2020 is enthusiastic and ready to jump right in to their residency.

Faisal AlJofi, BDS, PhD
Dr. Faisal Aljofi is from Saudi Arabia, and completed his BDS in 2009 at the University of Dammam. After an internship in Periodontics and two years as a clinical instructor at the University of Dammam, Dr. Aljofi entered the PhD program at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where he studied stem cell therapy and bone biology, earning his PhD this spring.


Amit Gharpure, BDS 
Dr. Amit Gharpure received his BDS from Nair Hospital Dental College in Mumbai India in 2013. He completed a 1-year Advanced Education in Restorative Dentistry fellowship at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in 2015, followed by a surgical residency at King Edward Memorial Hospital. He has been in private practice in India since 2015.

Michael Giardino, DDS
Dr. Michael Giardino is a UW alum, receiving his DDS degree in 2012. Dr. Giardino has been in private practice in Seattle since 2012, and has owned his practice in the University District since 2013.




Eddie Lee, DMD, MS
Dr. Eddie Lee graduated this spring with a DMD from Roseman University in Utah. Prior to his dental training, Dr. Lee received an MS in Biomedical Sciences from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (Chicago, IL) in 2012.

Graduation Day for UW Graduate Periodontics

Dr. Dixon with the 2017 graduating class of UW PeriodonticsEarly June is a special time of year for the Department of Periodontics – it’s a time to reflect on the year and celebrate our third year residents as they become graduates and UW Perio alumni. We are proud to extend our congratulations to:

Dr. Mikhail Garibov
Dr. Alexander Ko
Dr. Yu (Ruby) Lwo
Dr. Alaa (Alan) Yassin

UW Perio Directors with graduates

The Waterfront Activities Center is a special spot on the UW campus, and we were treated to yet another beautiful late spring evening, enjoying the sun and water views while visiting with faculty, staff, residents, alumni and family.

Guests at UW Perio graduation

This year we are thankful for the financial support of the Schluger-Ammons Study Club. Without their generous donation we would not have been able to hold such a lovely event – Thank you!!

thank you to the Schluger Ammons Study Club from UW Perio

UW Residents Present at the WSP Resident Symposium 2017

Residents from the UW, USC, OHSU and UBC gathered to share their research and clinical cases in Seattle.

Residents from the UW, USC, OHSU and UBC gathered to share their research and clinical cases in Seattle.

In conjunction with the annual scientific session, the Western Society of Periodontology hosted a Resident Symposium in Seattle on Friday, March 31st, 2017. Residents from a number of west coast dental schools, including UW, USC, OHSU and UBC gathered for an afternoon of presentations highlighting their research projects and clinical cases.

Drs. Mikhail Garibov and Alex Ko gave overviews of their respective research projects, and Drs. Ruby Lwo and Alaa Yassin each presented a compelling clinical case. Following the symposium, WSP held a reception for the presenters and attendees and all the residents enjoyed the chance to mingle with their colleagues from neighboring programs.

The Department of Periodontics Enjoys Success at Research Day 2017

Drs. Andrew Brodsky, Douglas Dixon and Mikhail Garibov at Research Day 2017.

Drs. Andrew Brodsky, Douglas Dixon and Mikhail Garibov at Research Day 2017.

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017 the Department of Periodontics was well represented at the School of Dentistry Research Day 2017 poster session with residents Andrew Brodsky, Mikhail Garibov, Alex Ko and Yu (Ruby) Lwo, as well as PhD candidates Shatha Bamashmous and Nutthapong (Tom) Kantrong (both in Dr. Rich Darveau’s lab), and SURF student Sesha Hanson-Drury (in Dr. Jeff McLean’s lab). You can read all of their abstracts in the official Research Day program here.

Drs. Douglas Dixon and Yu (Ruby) Lwo in front of Dr. Lwo's poster at Research Day 2017.

Drs. Douglas Dixon and Yu (Ruby) Lwo in front of Dr. Lwo’s poster at Research Day 2017.

We are proud to report that Dr. Tom Kantrong took first place in the Graduate Student Research Competition for his presentation entitled, Bacterial Internalization and Non-Canonical Toll-like Receptor 4(TLR4) are Required for Chemokine Ligand-8 (CXCL-8) Response by Oral Epithelial Cells.”   

Dr. Mikhail Garibov received third place for his presentation “Collagen Post-Translational Features are Conserved in Periodontal Ligament.”

In the Dental Student Research Competition, Sesha Hanson-Drury took third place for her presentation “Draft Genome Sequence of Tannerella forsythia Clinical Isolate 9610.”

Congratulations to all of our winners and participants!



Thank You to Dr. Dennis Smith

The residents presented Dr. Smith with a photo book of Washington State, signed with their appreciation.

The residents presented Dr. Smith with a photo book of Washington State, signed with their appreciation.

The Department of Periodontics gathered recently to say “Thank You” to Affiliate Professor Dr. Dennis Smith (UW Perio 1976), who joined us part time for Autumn Quarter 2016. The students greatly enjoyed the combined Perio/Prosth knowledge he shared with them, and they all, and us, hope that he will come back soon!

Drs. Akimoto and Mathews Receive 2016 Director’s Awards

Recently, Dr. Ken Akimoto and Dr. David Mathews were honored as the first recipients of the Graduate Periodontics program Director’s Award. This newly created annual award is given for “Excellence in Teaching and Meritorious Service to the Graduate Program in Periodontics”.

Dr. Akimoto and Dr. Mathews are affiliate faculty members in the department, and in addition to volunteering their time in the Graduate Periodontics clinic, both doctors lecture to the residents on their clinic days. Everyone here, from residents, to faculty, to staff are deeply appreciative of their dedication to the UW and to the quality of education they provide.

photo of Drs. Jessica Hsu, Alex Ko, Ken Akimoto, Doug Dixon, Vinny Chiu and Andrew Brodsky (l to r), gathered to present Dr. Akimoto with his 2016 Director's Award.

Before giving a lunchtime lecture, Dr. Akimoto gathers with residents and Dr. Doug Dixon, after receiving his 2016 Director’s Award.

photo of Grad Perio residents and Dr. Doug Dixon with Dr. David Mathews after the presentation of the 2016 Director's Award.

Grad Perio residents and Dr. Doug Dixon with Dr. David Mathews after the presentation of the 2016 Director’s Award.

ACLS Training at UW Periodontics

This past Saturday faculty and residents in the Department of Periodontics took part in an ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) certification/re-certification course led by trainers from Northwest Medical Training Group. The training was all day here at the health sciences center, and we give a hearty “Thank You!” to our dedicated team for giving up a Saturday in order to continue to be able to provide our patients with top-notch care.

faculty and residents at the 2016 ACLS training