Category Archives: Alumni

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.

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

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.

Affiliate Faculty Appreciation Dinner 2016

Every year the faculty, staff and residents of the department gather to show our appreciation for the dedicated affiliate faculty who volunteer their time teaching in the pre-doctoral and graduate clinics. We enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by a dinner program where residents and faculty presented the honorees with certificates of appreciation.

Thank you affiliate faculty for your support – we couldn’t do it without you!

photo collage of faculty members and residents

photo collage of faculty, residents and family

photo collage of staff

Faculty, residents and staff gather each year for a group photo at the end of the evening

Faculty, residents and staff gather each year for a group photo at the end of the evening.

Dr. Luciana Safioti Wins the Clinical Impact Award at the AAP

Dr. Luciana Safioti with her winning poster at the 2016 AAP meetingWe are proud to announce that recent grad Dr. Luciana Safioti (’16) won the prestigious Clinical Impact Award at this year’s AAP meeting in San Diego. She presented her project “Increased Levels of Titanium are Associated with Peri-Implantitis” during the Research Forum Oral Session on Sunday, September 11th. Congratulations to Dr. Safioti, and to her UW mentors Ms. Diane Daubert and Dr. Georgios Kotsakis (Department of Periodontics) and Drs. Alexander Pozhitkov and Whasun Chung (Department of Oral Health Sciences).

Schluger Ammons Study Club Dinner 2016

Make your plans now to join fellow alumni at the Schluger Ammons Study Club dinner at this year’s AAP meeting. The annual dinner will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Mr. A’s restaurant  (minutes from downtown San Diego).

The evening begins with No-host cocktails from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, with dinner immediately following, and the cost is $145 per person (appetizers and dinner wine included).

Please click here for the registration form – registration is only open until August 30th, and seating is limited to the first 100 respondents, so get your registration in today!