Dr. Homa Zadeh is an internationally renowned periodontist recognized for his clinical and scientific expertise. Dr. Zadeh is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Implant Surgery. He has served as tenured associate professor, of the post-doctoral periodontology (2012 to 2019), as well as Chair of Periodontology Section (2003-2006) at USC Ostrow School of Dentistry. Dr. Zadeh graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BS degree, followed by Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from USC Ostrow School of Dentistry. He completed post-doctoral clinical training in periodontology, as well as a PhD degree in immunology, at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine, respectively. Dr. Zadeh has lectured nationally and internationally in over 30 countries at prestigious conferences on topics ranging from aesthetics to minimally invasive periodontal and implant surgery, as well as tissue engineering.
Dr. Zadeh served as president of the Western Society of Periodontology (WSP) in 2017, which is the largest regional periodontology society spanning the 16 western US states and Canadian provinces.
Dr. Zadeh is the innovator of the VISTA technique recognized around the world as one of the most effective methods for the treatment of gum recession. He has also innovated many concepts and devices, which have been patented and developed into products in clinical use in many countries.
Dr. Zadeh has directed the Laboratory for Immunoregulation and Tissue Engineering (LITE) at USC, which is a scientific research group dedicated to studying basic mechanisms to regulate bone and tissue regeneration and destruction under healthy and disease states, as well as conducting clinical trials of dental implant outcomes. He has an extensive publication track, including over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous book chapters. He serves as an editorial reviewer for many scientific journals.
He served as a chartered scientific reviewer to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and chaired a scientific panel at the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Dr. Zadeh has served as the director of USC International Periodontal and Implant Symposium. Dr. Zadeh is the recipient of many honors and awards, including outstanding teaching award and outstanding service award from USC Ostrow School of Dentistry and many research grants.
He is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, Western Society of Periodontology (WSP), California Society of Periodontists (CSP), American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (AAED), Academy of Osseointegration (AO), American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), San Fernando Valley Dental Association (SFVDA) and Santa Barbara Ventura Dental Association (SBVDA).
Dr. Ali Zadeh has over 35 years of experience as a periodontist. He completed his post-doctoral periodontology clinical training at New York University (NYU). Upon completion of his training, he remained at NYU as a full-time faculty for five years. He subsequently served as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC).
Dr. Zadeh is a pioneer in the field of implant surgery as one of the first periodontists to perform osseointegrated surgical implant therapy in Los Angeles beginning in the 1980’s. He has decades of experience with surgical reconstructive therapies for bone and soft tissue therapy for teeth and dental implants.
He is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), Academy of Osseointegration (AO), American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), and Santa Barbara Ventura Dental Association (SBVDA).
Dr. Cooper formerly served as Program Director of Advanced Prosthodontics and Stallings Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics (ACP), a former ACP President and received the ACP’s 2004 Clinician/Researcher Award. He also was named the recipient of the 2009 International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award for Prosthodontics and Implantology.
Dr. Cooper has one of the strongest international reputations for innovation, perspective, and patient-oriented research and clinical care in the world. He has led an innovative team in translational research evaluating the role of a variety of pro- and anti-inflammatory bio-markers as well as innovative medical device designs to create research-oriented clinical solutions for relevant patient care.
After earning his DDS from New York University, Dr. Cooper went on to earn a PhD from the University of Rochester, New York, and a Certificate in Prosthodontics from the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester. Later, he completed a two-year research fellowship at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Tanavoli is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Implant Surgery. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at USC in 2001 and completed post-doctoral residency in periodontology in 2004. In addition, she earned Master of Science degree (MS) in craniofacial biology (CBY). She focuses her practice on regenerative therapies for periodontal and dental implant reconstruction.
Dr. Seiko Min is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Implant Surgery. He currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and the director of the Periodontology Preceptorship Program. Dr. Min has completed post-doctoral periodontology training at USC Ostrow School of Dentistry, where he also earned the Master of Science degree in Craniofacial Biology. He had previously earned his doctoral dental surgery (DDS) and PhD degree in bone biology at Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan. He has been received prestigious awards by American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Osteology Foundation. He has published many scientific papers and internationally renowned lecturer, best known for his work in the field of soft tissue management and his research on new technologies in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Daftary received his DDS from the National University of Iran and has completed post-doctoral training in prosthodontics at Boston University (BU). He has held a position as an assistant professor at New York University (NYU) and was associate professor and chair of the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry from 1982 to 1992. Dr. Daftary has lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of aesthetics and implant prosthodontics . He is a pioneer in the field of implant dentistry and has developed and patented more than 20 devices, which have been utilized in the development of hundreds of products commonly used in implant dentistry, including the Anatomic Abutment and Bio-Esthetic System & AIS Implant System. He also has numerous publications on different topics in prosthodontics. Dr. Daftary is a member of multiple national and local dental organizations.
Dr Wallace serves as clinical professor at New York University (NYU) and Columbia University with decades of research and education in post-doctoral periodontology programs. Dr Wallace earned his dental degree, as well as completed post-doctoral education in periodontology at Boston University Goldman School of Dentistry. Dr Wallace is universally recognized as an expert in maxillary sinus augmentation because of his decades of research and education in this field. Dr Wallace was the recipient of Master Cli nician Award (2013) from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). He has been in private practice in periodontology in Waterbury, Connecticut
Dr. Rojas is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. He is the Founder and Director of the Mediterranean Prosthodontic Institute and maintains a private practice limited to dental implant surgery and prosthodontics in Castellon, Spain.
Dr. Rojas has innovated some of the most anatomically-realistic models available through his company (Bone Models) and has designed educationally-valuable simulated exercises, which he has conducted in dozens of countries around the world to clinicians.
Dr. Rojas received his DDS degree at the University Javeriana School of Dentistry in Bogota, Colombia. He received a Doctorate in Buccal Surgery and his University Specialty Degrees in both; Oral Medicine and Implant Surgery at the University Complutense in Madrid. He received his Certificate training in Oral Surgery at Gregorio Marañon Hospital in Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Rojas completed his post-doctoral specialty degree in Prosthodontics along with a Master of Sciences Degree in Prosthodontics, and a Fellowship in Oral Implantology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA.
He is a Diplomate and Mastership of the ICOI-IPS, and he has the homologation by the European Jury for Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation.
His major research interest includes esthetic management in complex dental implant cases in immediate placement and immediate loading protocols. He has published extensively on these topics in peer-reviewed journals.
Pascal Valentini is Adjunct Associate Professor of Implant Dentistry at Loma Linda University. Dr Valentini has earned his D.D.S. degree from the University of Paris VII. He has further obtained a certificate of Oral Implantology and later served as Clinical Assistant professor in the Department of Oral Implantology between 1992 and 1996.
Dr. Valentini has served as president of the European Academy of Osseointegration (EAO). He currently serves as Director of the European Post-Graduate Oral Implantology Program at the University of Corsica, in Corte, France, and for the University of Liege in Belgium. Dr Valentini is an internationally recognized expert in the maxillary sinus augmentation, due to his extensive research and publication in this field. He also engages in private practice focused on implant and regenerative surgery in Paris.
Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a tenure track assistant professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry, Division of Advanced Prosthodontics. Alireza has received his DDS degree in 2004 from Iran. He has a Master of Science degree in Dental Biomaterials (2009) from the Ohio State University, College of Dentistry. He completed advanced clinical education in Prosthodontics and earned his PhD in Craniofacial Biology from Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC (2012). He has published more than 75 papers in peer-reviewed journals on dental materials, implant dentistry, and stem cell-mediated tissue engineering. He serves as the editorial review board member for several scientific journals such as Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Dr. Moshaverinia is the recipient of several awards in recognition of his scientific achievements including: John Sharry Award (2012) and GSK Prosthodontist Innovator Award from the American College of Prosthodontists in 2013 and 2016, NIH Career Development Award (2014), IADR Innovation in Oral Care Award (2015), IADR Academy of Osseointegration innovation in Implant Sciences Award, Academy of Osseointegration (AO) Research Grant Award (2016), and Peter Geistlich Research Award (Osteo Science Foundation) in 2018. Dr. Moshaverinia has received Discovery Inception Award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). More recently, he received the prestigious IADR Young Investigator Award from International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and American College of Prosthodontists Distinguished Researcher Award. Dr. Moshaverinia directs the Laboratory for Biomaterials Innovation & Tissue Engineering (BITE) at Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, UCLA School of Dentistry. His NIH funded research projects are focused on the development of novel biomaterials and to study the role of the biomaterials in the cross talk between stem cells and host immune system in stem cell-mediated tissue engineering. Dr. Moshaverinia lectures nationally and internationally on various topics such as dental ceramics, implant dentistry, and multidisciplinary treatment planning.
Dr. Marc Hayashi is an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry in the Section of Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Hayashi received his DMD in 2009 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. He then completed a GPR program at LAC+USC Medical Center and the Downtown LA VA Ambulatory Care Center, followed by an additional year of GPR training at the Sepulveda VA Ambulatory Care Center. After a couple years of private practice in Seattle, Dr. Hayashi returned to LA and began working at UCLA in both the Restorative Dentistry and Hospital Dentistry clinics before eventually becoming the Course Chair for the Clinical Restorative Dentistry Curriculum. Dr. Hayashi has a special interest in adhesive dentistry and dental photography, and has been an invited speaker to numerous study clubs and CE programs.
Ronald Jung is trained in oral surgery, prosthodontics and implant therapy. He is currently Head Division of Implantology Center of Dental Medicine, Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Science at the of the University of Zürich.
In 2006 he worked as Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Heath Science Center at San Antonio, USA (Chairman: Prof. Dr. D. Cochran). 2008 he finalized his „Habilitation“ (venia legendi) in dental medicine and was appointed at the University of Zürich. In 2011 he became his PhD doctorate degree of the University of Amsterdam, ACTA dental school, The Netherlands. In 2013 he worked as Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, USA. In 2015 he has been promoted to full Professorship for Implantology at the University of Zurich.
He is an accomplished and internationally renowned lecturer and researcher, best known for his work in the field of hard and soft tissue management and his research on new technologies in implant dentistry. He is currently Secretary General of the EAO, President of the Swiss Society of Reconstructive Dentistry and member of the Board of Directors of the Osteology Foundation.
Maria graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Hygiene and is the recipient of the 1999 University of Pennsylvania Dental Hygiene Alumni Achievement Award. She is also a 2003 winner of the Pfizer/ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene and the 2011 Alfred C. Fones Award. She was awarded the first ever “2016 Distinction in Service Award” from the International Federation of Dental Hygienists in June, 2016 by President JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, and a Presidential Citation in 2018 from ADHA President Tammy Filipiak. She earned her BA in Health Services Administration from Saint Mary’s College and a MS in Health Science from San Francisco State University. Maria is a graduate of the 2004-2006 fellowship of the California Health Care Foundation’s (CHCF) Health Care Leadership Program, administered by the Center for Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco, a two-year program. She is a member of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene (AADH) and an Honorary Member of Sigma Phi Alpha, the National Dental Hygiene Honor Society. Maria has been visiting faculty at the University of Rome for the Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree Program in Advanced Technologies in the Sciences of Oral Hygiene, and at the University of Pisa.
As a noted researcher, author, and speaker, Maria has presented seminars nationally and internationally on a variety of topics. She has appeared on several network television interviews regarding the link between periodontal disease and systemic disease, and appeared on the Fox Health Network/WEBMD.TV — The “Cutting Edge Medical Report.” She has taken part in a number of radio interviews have been conducted across the country, to emphasize the importance of oral health as a foundation for systemic health and a beautiful smile.
Maria is a member of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), Oral Health Research Group, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and a life member of the ADHA and the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA). She has served on the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, Prevenzione & Assistenza Dentale, and the Editorial Advisory Board for Access magazine. She currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Dental Hygiene. In addition, she is a quoted expert in Women Doctors’ Guide to Health and Healing published by the editors of Prevention Magazine, and is a co-author of Conversations in Health & Wellness, along with John Gray and others. She consulted to Krames Communications on two patient education brochures related to dentistry. Maria is former Editor in Chief of Modern Hygienist and was Editorial Director of PennWell’s RDH eVillage Focus from 2011-2016, and has contributed chapters to textbooks, including Dental Hygiene: Theory and Practice by Michele Leonardi Darby and Margaret Walsh and Mosby’s Dental Hygiene, Concepts, Cases, and Competencies, by Susan J. Daniel, RDH, BS D.A.T.E., MS, Sherry A. Harfst, RDH, BSDH, MS and Rebecca Wilder, RDH, BSDH, MS. Maria has written numerous articles, and is currently Editor of IFDH’s eNews.
Maria was a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. She was appointed to the National Women’s Health Resource Center (NWHRC), Women’s Health Advisory Council, and reviewed content for their website. Maria was on the National Advisory Committee for the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF), co-chair of the Dental Hygienist Division of the Toothfairy Campaign, co-chair of the Esther M. Wilkins International Toothfairy Fund, and is an Honorary Member of “Il Chirone” Academy. Maria served as the 1997-98 President of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), served on an advisory panel to develop “The Future of Dental Hygiene Report.”, and was the President of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) 2010-2013.
Dr. Shahram Ghanaati has triple doctorate degrees in medicine, dentistry and science (MD, DMD, PhD) from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz and Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. Germany. He has a degree of Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is leading the Head and Neck Oncology section at the University Cancer Center, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. He is an Associate Professor at the Clinic of Oral, Cranio-Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery and a faculty member at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. He is the Chief Senior Physician and Deputy Director of the Clinic.
Dr. Ghanaati is oncological plastic reconstructive surgery and implant surgery for head and neck cancer patients and carries out clinical teaching and histological research. He is an international speaker and lectures extensively on understanding tissue regeneration, the inflammatory pattern during biomaterial-based tissue regeneration and the use of PRF in dentistry and maxillofacial surgery.
He has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and achieved an H-index of 20 (Web of Science) together with currently more than 250 impact points and has a series of translational studies (preclinical and clinical) with special focus on biomaterial-related cellular reaction and regeneration capacity. He has extensively studied the inflammatory pattern and regeneration capacity of biomaterials with respect to different physio-chemical properties. He has performed research and accompanied the development of over 10 biomaterials from bench to the clinic and received 510 (k) in USA for developing a biomaterial-based technique for extraoral skin regeneration.
Dr Ghanaati is a spokesperson of the German chapter of YSF (Young Scientist Forum) of the ESB (European Society for Biomaterials) and he has received the Isiah Lew Memorial research award from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry in recognition of his important contribution to research in dental implantology.
Presently, he is a research consultant for the world’s leading manufacturer of biomaterials.
Dr Julio Moreno completed his dental education and earned BDS degree at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain (2015). Dr Moreno completed Advanced Education in Periodontology at the University of Southern California (USC), Ostrow School of Dentistry (2019). In addition, he achieved Master of Science degree in Craniofacial Biology at USC. His thesis project was entitled “Patient reported outcomes measures (PROMs) and analgesic use of three coronal advancement methods for the treatment of multiple gingival recession defects”. He is currently a resident in the Implant Periodontal-Prosthodontics Program at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
Dr Shoko Sato completed her dental education and earned DDS degree at Shoa University of Tokyo, Japan. Dr Sato completed Advanced Education in Periodontology at the University of Southern California (USC), Ostrow School of Dentistry (2014). In addition, she achieved Master of Science degree in Craniofacial Biology at USC. Her thesis project was entitled “Two-dimensional analysis of root coverage outcomes of three coronal advancement methods for the treatment of multiple gingival recession defects”. She is currently in full time private practice limited to periodontology and implant surgery in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Goldberg was born and raised in Mexico City, where he received his dental degree from the Technological University of Mexico in 2011. Determined to advance his knowledge in the field of oral rehabilitation, esthetics and implant therapy, Dr. Goldberg continued at the University of Southern California (USC) Ostrow School of Dentistry with a 3 year full-time residency in Advance Prosthodontics, where he was awarded Prosthodontics Certification. Dr. Goldberg developed an exceptional interest in the field of Orofacial pain and Oral Medicine and he was offered the opportunity to pursue a 3-year Master Degree program in this field at USC, graduating in 2015. Dr. Goldberg’s continuous effort to achieve excellence, earned him the highly regarded ITI scholarship with the opportunity to complete a 1-year fellowship program in implant dentistry at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Goldberg has authored multiple articles published in international journals and lectured internationally on topics of interdisciplinary treatment planning, esthetics and full mouth rehabilitations. Presently, he is in full time private practice in Mexico City, Mexico.
Dr. Marcelo Freire is an associate professor of the Genomic Medicine and Infectious Disease Department at the J. Craig Venter Institute. He is also an adjunct professor of infectious diseases for the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He received his clinical DDS from the University of Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He later received his PhD in craniofacial biology, focusing on immune engineering for tissue regeneration, from USC. He completed his Certificate in Periodontology and Doctor of Medical Sciences in oral biology from Harvard University. He completed postdoctoral research training in immunology at the Forsyth Institute and was the award winner of the Balint Orban Memorial Award from the Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Freire previously served as a faculty member at Harvard and the Forsyth Institute and is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.
As both a scientist and clinician, Dr. Freire’s research focuses on the role of the human microbiome in modulating chronic inflammation. His current NIH-funded research program focuses on finding immune signals that are common to oral and systemic chronic inflammation present in diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and periodontal diseases. By learning from complex host-microbial interactions, Dr. Freire’s team is shedding light on novel diagnostics for chronic inflammation and novel therapeutics in tissue regeneration. Currently, Dr. Freire serves as the president of the Clinical and Translational Science Network of the International Association for Dental Research.
- Alfonso Gil obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, with highest honors, from the University of the Basque Country (2008-2013).
- He obtained his Master of Science degree and advanced periodontology-implantology certificate from the University of Southern California (USC) (2013-2016), where he received a scholarship from Proclinic Dental Company for his research project on soft tissue augmentation.
- He obtained a certificate in advanced surgical implant dentistry from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) (2016-2017).
- He became board certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 2017 and currently maintains his diplomate status.
- He is now attending the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Zurich, where he will receive five years of post-graduate education in fixed and removable prosthodontics and dental material sciences.
- He obtained his PhD, with highest honor, at the University International of Catalunya in November 2019 with the doctoral thesis project “Three-dimensional volumetric analysis of root coverage and gingival volume gain of multiple recession-type defects treated by Vestibular Incision Subperiosteal Tunnel Access (VISTA).”
- His research focuses on the treatment of peri-implant diseases, soft tissue augmentation of teeth, and implants and fixed prosthodontics.
Dr. Suzuki is the current 2019-2020 president of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), which is the largest international academy in the field of implant dentistry. He has earned his doctoral dental surgery (DDS) and PhD degree at Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan. He is the author of multiple textbooks in immediate loading, published by Quintessence, available both in Japanese and English. He has special expertise in photofunctionalization of implants to enhance osseointegration, in particular for immediate loading. Dr. Suzuki practices dentistry with a focus on implant dentistry in Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Giulio Rasperini serves as Associate Professor of Periodontology, University of Milan, Italy, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. Dr. Rasperini’s research has focused on periodontal regeneration with extensive publication track in this area. He is an active member of the Italian Society of Periodontology, the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and is an ITI fellow. He serves on the Editorial Boards for several publications, including; the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, and the Journal of Implant & Advanced Clinical Dentistry. He maintains a private practice specialized in periodontology and implant therapy in Milan.
Dr. Kia Karimi is a faculty member at UCLA School of Dentistry in the postdoctoral restorative program. He received his DMD degree from University of Szeged, Hungary, and DDS from the Colorado School of Dental Medicine. His postgraduate training includes advanced clinical training in restorative dentistry at UCLA School of Dentistry and an advanced prosthodontics residency at USC School of Dentistry. A board eligible prosthodontist, Dr. Karimi’s practice is focused on full-mouth rehabilitations, implants and minimally invasive adhesive dentistry.