Category Archives: Faculty

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!

Western Society of Periodontology Seattle Team Meeting

WSP Seattle-logoLast Friday, several of our UW Periodontics faculty participated in the Western Society of Periodontology Seattle Team Session. Dr. Bob London was a key organizer for the event, and Dr. Doug Dixon and Ms. Diane Daubert were two of the three speakers – lecturing to a congenial group of Seattle-area Periodontists, general dentists and their staff.

Dr. Dixon kicked off the afternoon with his talk on “Clinical and Scientific Perspectives for Craniofacial Bone Regeneration”, and Diane Daubert (one of our dental hygienists and a Clinical Instructor in the department) followed, addressing the group on “Guidelines for Maintenance of Patients with Implant-Supported Restorations: An Evidence-based Approach to Disease Prevention”.

The afternoon of continuing education was followed by a cocktail reception, where many of our faculty and alumni had a chance to catch up with each other.

Drs. Dixon, London and Kepic at WSP Seattle Team Session

Drs. Tom Kepic, Bob London and Doug Dixon gathered before the kickoff of the WSP Seattle Team Session. Photo credit: WSP Facebook

Welcome Class of 2019 to the UW Perio Family

Collage photo with new residents in top left and a group photo of faculty and residents on the bottom

Upper left: Dr. Douglas Dixon and Meghan Guillen gather with the incoming class of 2019. Bottom: Perio faculty and residents at the annual affiliate faculty dinner

As we wrap up Summer Quarter and start to look ahead to the fall, we want to again welcome our new residents from the class of 2019 into our UW Perio family. It’s been a busy quarter for Vinny Chiu, Jessica Hsu, Jason Kum and Brendan Lopez and they’ve jumped right in and become part of the team.

If you have a moment, check out their bios, and again, to Vinny, Jessica, Jason and Brendan – kudos to you for a successful first quarter!

Dr. Frank Roberts in Periospectives

Dr. Frank Roberts, one of our dedicated faculty members was featured in the April – June issue of the AAP’s Periospectives magazine. Dr. Roberts is the Predoctoral Program Director for Periodontics and is also the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) Program Director, and is an integral part of both our Perio program and of the School of Dentistry.

excerpt from Periospectives featuring Dr. Frank Roberts We’re happy to see Dr. Roberts receive this well-deserved recognition – congratulations!

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

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!

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!