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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

UW Residents Present at the WSP Resident Symposium 2017

Residents from the UW, USC, OHSU and UBC gathered to share their research and clinical cases in Seattle.

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.

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.