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.
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.
Early 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
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Before giving a lunchtime lecture, Dr. Akimoto gathers with residents and Dr. Doug Dixon, after receiving his 2016 Director’s Award.
Grad Perio residents and Dr. Doug Dixon with Dr. David Mathews after the presentation of the 2016 Director’s Award.
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!
Faculty, residents and staff gather each year for a group photo at the end of the evening.
Levi Anderson and Dr. Ralph Powers from LifeNet Health along with Dr. Doug Dixon and the Perio residents at the conclusion of their lecture and tour
Last week our residents had a chance to get out of the clinic for an afternoon and visit LifeNet Health’s west coast branch. While there they listened to an in-depth educational presentation covering the history of tissue banking, donor issues, and end-user responsibilities and considerations. They also went on an extensive tour of the facility.
A big thank you to LifeNet Health for welcoming us!
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!
Our 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!