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Welcome Class of 2019!

This week we are excited to add our four newest residents to the program – join us in welcoming them to the Department of Periodontics and if you see them in the hall, stop and say hello!

Dr. Yu-Wen ChiuYu-Wen “Vinny” Chiu, DDS
Dr. Chiu earned her DDS degree from National Yang-Ming University in Taipei Taiwan in 2011. After dental school she spent two years as a general practice resident at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, and then entered the Periodontal post-graduate training program at the same institution.


Jessica Hsu, DDSDr. Jessica Hsu
Dr. Hsu earned her BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UC San Diego in 2012 and her DDS degree from Columbia this spring. While at Columbia she was active in the Perio study club and took time to work with the
under-served populations in the area around the University.
She grew up in Houston and is a Sherlock Holmes fan.

Dr. Jason KumJason Kum, DDS
Dr. Kum earned both his BS in Chemistry in 2012 and his DDS in 2016 from Creighton University in Nebraska. Throughout his university career he has dedicated himself to service to others. Along with operating a successful private practice, Jason hopes to open a coffee shop some day.


Brendan Lopez, DDSDr. Brendan Lopez
Dr. Lopez earned both his BS in Neurobiology in 2012 and his DDS in 2016 from the University of Washington. While at the UW he dedicated time to working with under-served communities, and outside of school he coaches football camps and trains long snappers to aid their transition to college or professional football.

New Scientist Magazine Interviews Dr. Jeff McLean

Recently, our own Dr. Jeff McLean had a chance to present at the annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiologists in Boston on his groundbreaking discovery of a parasitic bacteria that lives in saliva. After his talk, New Scientist magazine interviewed him about his work, writing

“McLean and his colleagues discovered the organisms by searching for bacterial strains in human saliva samples. Analysing the DNA of all the species they managed to grow from these samples, they came across a mystery fragment of genetic material. This piece of RNA had been discovered by other researchers before, but no one could tell what organism it came from.

McLean’s team has now shown that this RNA belongs to a bacterium that lives on another species, Actinomyces odontolyticus. When the researchers viewed this species under the microscope, they found that the cells were covered with much smaller bacteria – the first species ever discovered to parasitise another bacterium.”

You can read the whole article here, including the discovery’s potential implications for periodontal health. Way to go Dr. McLean!

Congratulations Class of 2016

congratulations class of 2016

On a beautiful early June evening the Department of Periodontics, along with family and friends, gathered to celebrate the graduates from the class of 2016:

Dr. Amir Emam, DDS
Dr. Anas Howsawi, BDS
Dr. Michitsuna Katafuchi, DDS, PhD
Dr. Luciana Safioti, DDS

After a program that included a welcome from Dr. Richard Darveau (Chair of the Department of Periodontics) and speeches from Dr. Robert London (Clinic Director) and Dr. Robert O’Neal (Emeritus Associate Professor and the evening’s keynote speaker), the graduates received their certificates.

each of the graduating students receiving their certificates

It was a wonderful event, a time to celebrate their achievements, and an opportunity for the graduates to give thanks to all of the people who supported them throughout their three years at the University of Washington. Continue reading

Applications Accepted Now for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Apply now, applications being acception until August 1, 2016Our application process for the 2017-2018 academic year is in full swing – our deadline for applying is August 1, 2016 but we urge students to apply early.

Please see our Prospective Students page for information and  application materials, and if you have questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact our program coordinator, Meghan Guillen. We look forward to seeing your application!

Mock Board Examinations

Tremendous thanks to all of our 2016 Mock Board Examiners - we couldn't do it without them!

Tremendous thanks to all of our 2016 Mock Board Examiners – we couldn’t do it without them!

One of the biggest events in the academic calendar for our Perio residents is the annual mock Board examinations, when our regular faculty, affiliate faculty and special guests join together to spend a day preparing the students for the American Board of Periodontology oral examination. Each third year resident has the opportunity to be examined on 6 different cases with 6 different examiners, while our second year residents are examined and observe cases, and the first years observe only.

The examinations are fun but tough, and after a long day everyone (examiners and residents alike) is glad to relax and enjoy happy hour together at a nearby restaurant. This year we had glorious weather – what a finish to another year of Mock Boards!

The sun was out and the view from the deck of Eastlake Bar & Grill was hard to beat - so was the company last Friday!

The sun was out and the view from the deck of Eastlake Bar & Grill is hard to beat – so was the company last Friday!

2016 MSD Presentations

Please join the Department of Periodontics for the 2016 M.S.D. Presentations on the afternoon of Thursday, May 26, 2106. The presentations will be held in Room GENOM S-060 in the Foege Building, and will be moderated by Dr. Douglas Dixon, Program Director.

After the presentations, join us in the Schluger Library (HSB D-564) for light refreshments and a toast to the presenters!

M.S.D. Presentations

Michitsuna Katafuchi, DDS, PhD
Candidate for the Master of Science in Dentistry
“Implant-Supported Restoration Contour as a Risk Indicator of Peri-implantitis: A Cross-Sectional Radiographic Analysis”
1:00 – 1:35pm

Anas Howsawi, BDS
Candidate for the Master of Science in Dentistry
“A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Effect of Systemic and Local Antibiotics in Peri-implantitis Treatment”
1:40 – 2:15pm

Luciana Safioti, DDS
Candidate for the Master of Science in Dentistry
“Increased Levels of Titanium Ions are Associated with Peri-implantitis – a Cross-sectional Study”
2:20 – 2:55pm

Amir Emam, DDS
Candidate for the Master of Science in Dentistry
“Bone Morphogenic Proteins use in Guided Tissue Regeneration: A Systematic Review”
3:00 – 3:35pm

Mikhail Garibov, DDS
Candidate for the Master of Science in Dentistry
“Post-translational Collagen Type I Synthesis in Human and Murine Periodontal Ligament Tissue”
3:40 – 4:15pm


UW Periodontics at the WDSF Distinguished Professorship Symposium

Doug Dixon, Gary Armitage, Rafael Benoliel and Ed Truelove at the WDSF Distinguished Professor Symposium

Doug Dixon, Gary Armitage, Rafael Benoliel and Ed Truelove at the WDSF Distinguished Professor Symposium

Dr. Ed Truelove was honored as the 2016 WDSF Distinguished Professor at the biennial symposium, which this year had a special focus on “The Current Scope of Clinical Diagnostics and Risk Assessments in Dental Practice and Prospects for Near Term Advancements in Diagnostic Methods Applicable in Routine Patient Care”.

Dr. Doug Dixon served on the organizing committee and was a moderator for the afternoon session on Friday May 13th, which featured presentations by Dr. Gary Armitage, Dr. Rafael Benoliel and Dr. Truelove.

2016 Implant Short Course

Earlier this Spring Quarter the first year Perio and Prosth residents gathered at the home of Dr. Robert London to take part in his annual short course on implants. This four day hands on course allows the residents to receive focused intensive training in a relaxed and congenial setting.

collage of images of residents during the course

This year the residents were treated to a lecture and extra instruction from Dr. Simone Verardi (class of ’04) who was visiting Seattle during the course.

Drs. Simone Verardi and Bob London

Dr. Simone Verardi and Dr. Bob London

Thank you to Dr. London for organizing and leading the course and hosting it at his house! Our very special thanks as well to Alisa London for all of her hard work behind the scenes to make the course happen flawlessly.


Alumni Update: Rabins in the Southwest

Martin and Teresa Rabin at Lake Powell

Martin and Teresa Rabin at Lake Powell in Page, Arizona

This winter Affiliate Associate Professor Dr. Martin Rabin (class of ’75) and his wife Teresa enjoyed a trip though the Southwest, with stops for skiing and hiking and visits to many of the national parks in the region. Though the trip was great, they’re happy to be home, and we’re happy to have Dr. Rabin teaching in the clinic this quarter. Thank you for all your support Dr. Rabin!