Luca Landi, DDS, CAGS
Luca Landi graduated in dentistry at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome in 1991. Scholarship for studies and research abroad of the University of Florence (1994-96). Specialization in Periodontology (CAGS) at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine (1994-1997). Adjunct Professor (2006-08) University of Siena. Holds several teaching positions such as in the post graduate course in Oral Surgery University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (1999-2002), in the Masters in Periodontology of the Universities of Turin (2019- to date), Florence (20-to date), Ferrara, Rome “Cattolica” and Roma “La Sapienza” (20-to date). Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Implantology (2003). Member of the American Academy of Periodontology and the Academy of Osseointegration. Active member and SIdP Board of Periodontology and Implantology of the Italian Society of Periodontology and Implantology (SIdP) since 2004 where he held the position of Secretary (2012-13), Treasurer (2014-17), President-Elect (2018-19) and President (2020-21). ITI Fellow (2022) and Founding Partner and Fellow of Boston University Italian Alumni (1999). Author of publications in international peer-reviewed journals and speaker at national and international conferences and co-author of chapters of texts on periodontology, implantology, endodontics and prosthetics. Devotes his clinical activity exclusively to periodontology, implantology and oral surgery in his associated offices in Rome and Verona.
Ludovico Sbordone, MD, DDS
Ludovico Sbordone is Full Professor and Chairman of Odontostomatological Diseases and Scientific Director Master Program II level in Periodontology and Implantology, University of Molise at Campobasso, Dept. of Medicine and Health Sciences “V. Tiberio” Active Member Italian Society of Periodontology and Implantology (S.I.d.P.) (1988-present). He is formerly 2011-2021 Full Professor and Chairman of Odontostomatological Diseases, (2016-2021) President of Didactic Committee and Coordinator Dental Degree Course, Faculty Member (2016-2021) of the Ph.D. Course in “Translational Medicine of the development and of the active aging” University of Salerno, Dept of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Schola Medica Salernitana”.
Sandrine Barakat, DMD, MS
Sandrine Barakat completed her D.M.D. at the University of Montreal in 2009. She then pursued postgraduate studies in Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2012, also completing a Masters of Science in Oral Biology leading to a published paper. Dr Barakat worked in private practice in Philadelphia until 2015, while teaching in the department of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently practices in Laval, Quebec.
Dr Barakat is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. She is a member of multiple associations such as the American Academy of Periodontology, the Canadian Academy of Periodontology and the Quebec Association of Periodontists, and has been invited as a guest speaker at national and international meetings in North America and in Europe.
Harold Baumgarten, DMD
Harold Baumgarten received his DMD degree and certificates in Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former Director of the Dental Implant Research Center at Penn and is currently a Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Clinical Director of the Periodontal Prosthesis program at Penn Dental Medicine. He lectures extensively both nationally and internationally and has authored a number of articles on the subjects of dental implants and restorative dentistry.
Michael Bergler, CDT, MDT, BS, MS
Michael Bergler is internationally recognized in the area of esthetic ceramic restorations and Digital-Technology. In 2019 he founded “The Center for Virtual Treatment Planning” at University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. In 2008 he was co-founder of the CAD/CAM-Ceramic-Center at University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. He has published and lectured extensively on restorative materials and digital technology. In July 2022 he was appointed to Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative & Preventive Sciences. Mr. Bergler is currently an active student at University of Greifswald, Germany to earn his master’s in sciences degree in Digital Technology. He trained in Germany at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Department of Prosthodontics, and earned his Certificate of Master Dental Technician (MDT) at the Masterschool of Freiburg, Germany. In addition to holding numerous appointments within the Department of Prosthodontics at the School of Dentistry, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, he served as a Master Dental Technician with Dental Laboratory Rainer Semsch, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In 2001 he was the co-founder together with Prof Dr. Wichmann, Chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics, of the dental laboratory “Full Mouth Implant Restorations & Immediate Load Concepts” at University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany. From 2001 to 2007 he was appointed teaching faculty for the Master’s in Sciences Program in Implantology, for the German Association of Oral Implantology (DGI). His dental laboratory training has included study under Kazunobu Yamada, CUSP Dental Laboratory, Nagoya City, Japan; Hitoshi Aoshima, Pearl Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan; and Dr. Gerad Chiche, former Chairman of the Prosthodontic Department, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, New Orleans, La.
Howard Fraiman, DMD
Howard Fraiman is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine, where he also serves as the Director of the Postdoctoral Periodontal Prosthesis Program. He received his D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, in 1991, where he also went on to complete his residency in Periodontics in 1993 and in Periodontal Prosthesis in 1994.
Dumitru Gogarnoiu, DMD
Dumitru Gogarnoiu D.M.D., studied Stomatology at the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest Romania. In 1981, Dr. Gogarnoiu came to the US and served as a dental technician to the world renowned dental implantalogist Dr. Leonard Linkow in New York. Dr. Gogarnoiu was accepted in the DMD program at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1985. After graduating in 1989, he entered in the Periodontal Prosthesis program under Morton Amsterdam and Arnold Weisgold. Since 1992, he has maintained different academic positions including the Co-Director of the Periodontal Prosthesis program at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gogarnoiu was the Director of the prestigious “Amsterdam Award” committee. He has also received numerous awards:
- The Professor Morton Amsterdam Award for Demonstrating Outstanding ability in Comprehensive Treatment Planning and Patient Care.
- The Joseph E. Ewing Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance in Fixed Prosthodontics.
- The Directors’ Award, Postdoctoral Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis for outstanding performance in both Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis Postdoctoral Program.
- J. George Coslet Distinguished Teaching Award, Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine,Dept. of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis
- The Joseph L.T. Appleton Award for Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Gogarnoiu lectures and teaches on the topics on Periodontal Prosthesis and Dental Implants and has published in peer reviewed dental journals.
Dana Graves, DDS, DMSc
Dana Graves completed his DDS training at Columbia University in 1980, and a certificate in Periodontology and DMSc in Oral Biology from Harvard University in 1984. Prior to his arrival at Penn Dental Medicine he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center from 1985-87, and at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine from 1987-90. He was promoted to Associate Professor from 1990-93 and then to Professor in 1993. From 2008-2010, Dr. Graves was Chair and Professor of Periodontics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Since arriving at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Dr. Graves has been Professor of Periodontics and is currently the Vice Dean for Research and Scholarship. He has served as Interim Chair of the Department of Periodontics (2015-2017) and Interim Dean of the School of Dental Medicine (2018). He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Dental Research. He has received an NIH Research Career Development Award, IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Basic Research in Periodontal Disease, Wound Healing Research Scholarship Award from the Wound Healing Society and the IADR Award for Periodontal Regeneration. Dr. Graves’ research focuses on inflammation, diabetes, bone, soft tissue wound healing, periodontics and diabetes. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers including leading journals such as Science, PNAS, Diabetes, J Cell Biology, Cell Host & Microbe, Sci Transl Med and J Exp Med. He has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Kang Ko, DMD, DScD
Kang Ko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine. He obtained his BS and MS degrees in Neurobiology from the University of California, San Diego. He then received DMD degree and a combined certificate in Periodontics and DScD degree from Penn Dental Medicine. Dr. Ko is a clinician-scientist and a board-certified periodontist. He currently leads an NIH-supported research team that focuses on functional and molecular heterogeneity of fibroblasts and its impact on immunity in the oral cavity and skin.
Jonathan Korostoff, DMD, PhD
Jonathan Korostoff is a Professor-Clinician Educator of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He attended the University of Colorado for college and has been at Penn since then earning his DMD (1985), PhD in Immunology (1991) and Advanced Certificate in Periodontics (1992). Dr. Korostoff has been a full-time PDM faculty member since 1992. He currently serves as the Director of the school’s Master of Science in Oral Biology Program and as Clinical Director of the Cohen-Amsterdam Clinic for Graduate Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis. Dr. Korostoff teaches in almost every facet of PDM’s academic mission including both the pre- and post-doctoral didactic basic and clinical sciences curricula. Additionally, he spends three days per week teaching residents in the Cohen-Amsterdam Clinic. In recognition of his teaching excellence, Dr. Korostoff received the University-wide Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the J. George Coslet Distinguished Teaching Award selected by the Post-Graduate Periodontics, Periodontal Prosthesis and Orthodontics-Periodontics resident. His main area of research interest is to further our knowledge of the microbiologic and immunologic mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of biofilm-induced periodontitis. His clinical research has focused on the areas of guided bone regeneration, implant dentistry and periodontal wound healing. Dr. Korostoff has received funding from federal and corporate sources. He has published 60 peer-reviewed articles, 5 book chapters and been invited to speak nationally as well as internationally. On a personal note, Dr. Korostoff is extremely fond of all things Italian, especially those that involve the family that will be hosting this conference.
Rodrigo Neiva, DDS, MS
Rodrigo Neiva currently heads the Department of Periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine as Chairman and Clinical Professor of Periodontics. Dr. Neiva earned a Certificate and a Master’s Degree in Periodontics from the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. In 2004, Dr. Neiva was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry before advancing to Clinical Associate Professor in 2009. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, in 2010, serving as Clinical Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Periodontology. In 2017, he was awarded full Clinical Professorship, a position he held until his official transition to Penn Dental Medicine as Chairman of Periodontics in September 2019. Consistently recognized for his commitment to excellence in academic dentistry, Dr. Neiva has received numerous teaching awards throughout his career, including the Distinguished Faculty Award (2004), Best Clinical Faculty Award (2005), Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award (2007, 2008 & 2010), and the American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award (2006 & 2016). He is a Fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American College of Dentists, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the International Congress of Oral Implantology. Dr. Neiva currently serves as Board Examiner for the American Board of Periodontology and was, most notably, elected the youngest Board Director ever in the history of the organization.
Chafic Safi, DMD, MS
Chafic Safi completed his postgraduate residency in Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 where he also completed a Master of Science in Oral Biology researching the outcome of endodontic microsurgery and factors affecting prognosis. Dr. Safi is a published researcher and lectures on various endodontic topics. He is certified by the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Safi remains on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s department of Endodontics as well as University of Montreal, as an adjunct professor. He is also a faculty lecturer for Next Level Endodontics. He founded Centre Endodontique Saint-Laurent in Montreal, Canada where he lives and practices since 2016
Henry Salama, DMD
Henry Salama received his post-doctoral specialty certificates in both periodontics and periodontal-prosthesis, fixed prosthodontics from the University of Pennsylvania. During the 1990’s he served as the first director of the Implant Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Salama has published numerous articles on esthetics and implant therapy and has been lecturing nationally and internationally on these subjects for over 35 years.
Mandy Pen Shui, DMD
Mandy Pen Shui received her dental degrees from Taipei Medical College, Taiwan, University of Pennsylvania, USA and University of Ancona, Italy. She received her certifications both in Periodontology and orthodontics from University of Pennsylvania then Board certified from American Board of Periodontology and American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. Shui is active members of American Academy of Periodontology, American Association of Orthodontics, Association National Dentistry Italian and Società Italiana di Parodontologia e Implantologia. She serves as a partine adjunct professor in the Department of Orthodontics of the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
At present, she practices limited to orthodontics and provides orthodontic consultation in multidisciplinary practices in Verona, Italy.
All moderators and speakers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
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