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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.

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.