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Periodontics and Oral Medicine

Graduate Periodontic Resident Achievements

Hom-Lay Wang, DDS, MSD, PhD
Director, Graduate Periodontics

William V. Giannobile, DDS, MS, DMSc
Chair, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

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Resident Awards


AAP Foundation logo American Academy of Periodontology Foundation

Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship in Advanced Implant Surgery

Named to honor an innovator in implantology, this annual $50,000 award is given to both a Fellow in the third year of his or her periodontal postdoctoral training in the U.S. and the periodontal program at his or her school. Each Fellow receives $35,000 in two payments during the third year of periodontal training. The recipient’s school receives $15,000.

U-M School of Dentistry Graduate Periodontic residents who have won this award, and the year they received the Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship include:

Jill Bashutski photoJill Bashutski (2008)
Received her dental degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 2005 and both a master’s degree in periodontics and a certificate in periodontics from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2008. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the U-M School of Dentistry.

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Sang-Hoon Park (2005)
Dr. Park graduated from McGill University (1998) where he studied microbiology and immunology. He received his DDS from the University of Toronto in 2002 and earned a master’s degree in periodontics from U-M in 2005. Sang-Hoon served as a clinical adjunct professor at University of Michigan and was an assistant professor at University of Maryland. Currently, he is a scientific reviewer for Journal of Periodontology and is practicing in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also a member of the Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland.

Finalists for this award have included:

Angie Lee photoAngie Lee (2010)
Dr. Lee received her DMD from the University of Montreal, Canada in 2005. She completed the graduate periodontics program at the University of Michigan in 2010. She is currently an adjunct clinical assistant professor and a research fellow in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the U-M School of Dentistry.

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Gustavo Avila (2009)
Dr. Avila earned his DDS from the University of Granada in 2003, a master’s degree in periodontics from U-M in 2009, and a PhD from the University of Granada in 2006. He is currently a research fellow and an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the U-M School of Dentistry.

Amar Katranji photoAmar Katranji (2007)
Dr. Katranji graduated with a dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2004 and a master’s degree in periodontics in 2007. Currently, he works in private practice with offices in Ann Arbor and Southfield. He is an adjunct clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine.

Yi-Pin Tsao (2004)
Dr. Tsao received her DDS from Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan in 2000 and a master’s degree in periodontics from the University of Michigan in 2004. She is now a clinical assistant professor of periodontics at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco.

Balint Orban Memorial Research Competition

Open to residents enrolled in an accredited graduate or postgraduate program in periodontics in the U.S. or Canada. Two $500 prizes are presented, one for basic research, the other for clinical research.

Winners from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the year they received the award include:

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Thiago Morrelli (2010)
Dr. Morrelli completed his DDS in 2003 and earned his certificate in implantology from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2005. He also was in private practice in Brazil for two years. In 2006, Dr. Morrelli joined the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research (MCOHR) as a Research Fellow. In 2010, he earned his certificate and a master’s degree in periodontology from the University of Michigan. He recently joined the University of Detroit Mercy as an adjunct professor and continues as a research fellow at MCOHR.

Jill Bashutski (2009) - for clinical research investigating parathyroid hormone as a regenerative treatment for periodontal disease. 

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Jill Rogers Doan (2007)
Dr. Doan earned her DDS from the University of Michigan in 2004 and a certificate in periodontics and master’s degree from U-M in 2007. She is currently in private practice in Chicago, Illinois.

Finalists from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry include:

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Flavia Pirih (2009)
Dr. Pirih received her dental degree from Universidade Federal do Parana, Brazil in 1999 and a PhD from the University of California Los Angeles in Bone Biology in 2006. In 2009, she received a master’s degree and a certificate in periodontics from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She is a lecturer and assistant researcher in the Department of Periodontics at UCLA School of Dentistry.

Lakshmi S. Boyapati

Lakshmi S. Boyapati (2006)
Dr. Lakshmi S. Boyapati received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Sydney in 2002. She received her certificate and masters degree from the University of Michigan in 2006 and also became board certified in 2006 by the American Board of Periodontology. She attended the University of Bern, Switzerland, for an implant fellowship in 2007. Dr. Boyapati is in private practice in Renton, Washington and is affiliated with the University of Washington School of Dentistry’s Department of Periodontics.

Sang-Hoon Park (2006)  

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Junro Yamashita (2004)
Dr. Yamashita earned his dental degree from Hokkaido University in 1991, received a certificate in prosthodontics in 1993, and his PhD in dental science from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1997. He also completed his periodontics training at U-M in 2004. Dr. Yamashita is an assistant professor in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

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Allan Padbury, Jr. (2002)
Dr. Padbury earned his dental degree from the University of Michigan in 1999 and a certificate and a master’s degree in periodontics from U-M in 2002. He currently is in private periodontal practice in Jackson, Michigan and is an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the U-M School of Dentistry.

Ricardo Gapski (2003)
Dr. Gapski earned his dental degree from the Federal University of Parana State in Curitiba, Brazil in 1997 and a master’s degree in periodontics from the University of Michigan in 2003. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Parana State.

Khalaf Al-Shammari (2001)
Dr. Al-Shammari earned his dental degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (Missouri) in 1996 and a master’s degree in periodontics from the University of Michigan in 2001. He is currently an associate professor, associate dean for research, and chair of Department of Periodontology at Kuwait University.

Abram and Sylvia Chasens Teaching and Research Fellowship

Two, $15,000 fellowships are awarded annually to help graduate students launch their careers in periodontal education. The award supplements a resident’s salary, stipend, or research funding.

Winners of this award from University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the year they received this fellowship include:

Thiago Morrelli (2010)

Darnell Kaigler (2006)
Dr. Kaigler simultaneously pursued earning both a dental degree and a PhD in Oral Health Sciences from the University of Michigan. He earned his DDS from the U-M School of Dentistry in 2001, a PhD in 2004, and a certificate in periodontology in 2006. Dr. Kaigler has a dual appointment as assistant professor of dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and biomedical engineering.   "The Chasens Teaching and Research Fellowship helped provide me with resources to support my teaching endeavors,” he said. “I was honored to receive this award and be recognized with others who have had successful academic careers and are leaders in periodontics.”

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De'Avlin Olguin (2004)
Dr. Olguin earned his DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2000 and a certificate and master’s degree in periodontics from U-M in 2004. He was awarded the Chasen Teaching and Research Fellowship in 2004. Currently, he has private practices in downtown Chicago and in a Chicago suburb.

Yong-Hee Chun (2003)
Chun earned her DDS 1994 and her DMD in 2000 from University of Goettingen, Germany. She received a Master of Science degree from U-M Graduate Periodontics in 2003 and a PhD in Oral Health Sciences from the University of Michigan in 2009. She currently is an assistant professor at the University of Texas in San Antonio.

Ricardo Gapski (2003)
Dr. Gapski said his experiences at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry “changed me professionally and personally, making me enthusiastic toward a new path, investigating and teaching.”
 

Tarrson Regenerative Scholarship

Two $37,000 scholarships are awarded annually for each year a scholar participants in a three-year periodontal training program. Awarded to encourage research in regeneration, recipients of the scholarship must commit to teaching full time for one year each year they receive this award.

Winners of this award from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the year they received this scholarship include:

Jill Bashutski (2005)
The first recipient of this award and the first periodontics resident from the U-M School of Dentistry to receive the award. “Receiving this award and others provided invaluable opportunities to meet with leaders in the field of periodontics, much needed financial assistance, and a sense of accomplishment that motivated me to pursue a career in academia,” she said. Dr. Bashutski is a clinical assistant professor at the U-M School of Dentistry.

Kramer Scholar Award for Excellence

This $10,000 one-time cash award is given to third-year residents enrolled in an accredited U.S. periodontal graduate program. Awards are presented based on an applicant’s academic achievement and personal integrity. Other traits, including leadership, community involvement, and concern for the needs of others are also considered.

Finalists for the award from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the year they were nominated for this award include:

Julius Bunek

Angie Lee (2010)

Julius Bunek (2009)
Dr. Bunek earned three degrees from the U-M School of Dentistry — his dental degree in 2006, a certificate in periodontics in 2009, and a master’s degree in 2009. He is currently working in private practice in Ann Arbor with Dr. William Sorenson.

Kelly Misch photoKelly Misch (2008)
Dr. Misch received her DDS from the University of Michigan in 2005 and both a master’s degree and certificate in periodontics from the U-M School of Dentistry in 2008. She currently is in private practice in Ann Arbor and also practices part time in Port Huron and Clio, Michigan. She is an adjunct clinical assistant professor with the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

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Jason Cooke (2005)
He completed his dental school training at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2002 and went on to earn both a master’s degree and a certificate in periodontics from the U-M School of Dentistry in 2005. Later that year he became a board certified periodontist. After graduation he began working in private practice and opened a periodontal practice in 2007. Dr. Cooke currently resides in Appleton, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.

Khalaf Al-Shammari (2001)
Dr. Al Shammari is now an assistant professor at Kuwait University in Kuwait City, Kuwait

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Pintippa Bunyaratavej (2000)
Dr. Bunyaratavej received her DDS degree and graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry, Mahidol University, Bangkok in 1993. She attended the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry where she received a certificate in periodontics and a Master of Science degree in periodontics in 1999. The following year she became a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. During 1999-2000, she was an adjunct lecturer and research fellow at the University of Michigan. Dr. Bunyaratavej is currently an assistant professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Student Scholarships

Debby HwangAwarded only in 2002 and 2003, this $5,000 scholarship was presented to applicants in the final year of their dental school education and who already had been accepted into a postgraduate periodontal program in the U.S. Winners from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry were:

Debby Hwang (2006)
After earning her doctorate cum laude from the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Hwang came to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2003 and completed her periodontal residency. She received the Sigurd P. Ramfjord Award for Excellence in graduate periodontics. The American Academy of Periodontology awarded her a scholarship and nominated her for the Dr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Kramer Scholar Award for Excellence.

Dr. Hwang is a co-editor of Implant Site Development, a book on dental implants published by Wiley. She continues to write a number of clinically-oriented papers for dental journals. and is currently in private practice as a periodontist and implant surgeon in Detroit, Michigan.

Heather Huffer Charchut photoHeather Huffer Charchut (2005)
Dr. Charchut attended Western Maryland College in Westminster, Maryland and graduated summa cum laude with a dual degree in biochemistry and business administration. She completed her dental training in 2002 at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in Boston and graduated magna cum laude. At Harvard, she was the recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology Scholarship, the HSDM Award for Basic Science Research, and the American College of Dentists Award for outstanding performance. Dr. Charchut presided over the HSDM Student Research Group while conducting research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston in the Hematology-Oncology Department of Medicine. She completed her program in periodontics at the University of Michigan in June of 2005. She is currently in private practice in Lansing, Michigan and adjunct clinical assistant professor in graduate periodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.


Educator Scholarship

Winners of this award (which was $50,000 when presented earlier) from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the year they received this scholarship include:

Hector Rios (2008)
Dr. Rios earned his dental degree from Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia in 2000, a PhD in oral and molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Missouri in Kansas in 2006, and master’s degree and certificate in periodontics from U-M in 2009. Dr. Rios is a tenure track assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the U-M School of Dentistry.

Flavia Pirih (2009)
Dr. Pirih received her dental degree from Universidade Federal do Parana, Brazil in 1999 and a PhD from the University of California Los Angeles in bone biology in 2006. She received a master’s degree and a certificate in periodontics from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2009. She is a lecturer and assistant researcher in the Department of Periodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

Finalists for this award have included:

Gustavo Avila (2009)
Flavia Pirih (2006)

 

Biennial Volpe Prize Clinical Research Competition

Named for Dr. Anthony Volpe, vice president of Clinical Dental Research and Scientific Affairs at the Colgate-Palmolive Technology Center in New Jersey who is responsible for Colgate’s worldwide clinical research program, this $3,500 award honors excellence in clinical research in periodontology at dental schools in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Winners of this research competition from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry include:

Jill Bashutski (2009) received this award for her research investigating parathyroid hormone as a regenerative treatment for periodontal disease.
Jill Rogers Doan (2007) received this award for her research involving inflammatory bone loss.


Midwest Society of Periodontology

Graduate Student Research Forum Competition

Competition for this $500 award is open to periodontics residents in 16 Midwest states in the U.S. and two Canadian provinces. Winners from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry include:

  • Gustavo Avila (2010)
  • Flavia Pirih (2009)
  • Sang-Hoon Park (2006)
  • Jason Cooke (2004)
  • Ricardo Gapski
  • Khalaf Al-Shammari

Honorable mention recipients include:

  • Thiago Morrelli (2010)
  • Lien-Hui Huang (2005)
  • Allan Padbury, Jr. (2002)
  • Pintippa Bunyaratavej (2000)

10th International Symposium on Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, 2010 (2nd Place)

Giorgio Pagni (2010)
Dr. Pagni earned his DDS from the University of Florence, Italy in 2005 and a master’s degree in periodontics from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2010.

9th International Symposium on Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, 2007, (Poster Competition Winners)

Hector Rios and Gustavo Avila received a first place award during the 9th International Symposium on Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry for their poster presentation that recognized innovative clinical and translational research in periodontics, restorative dentistry, and implant dentistry.

Career Award for Medical Scientists

Dr. Darnell Kaigler
Dr. Kaigler was among 20 individuals nationwide, and the only dentist in the group, to receive a Career Award for Medical Scientists from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in 2007. He received $700,000 during five years to help him make the transition from postdoctoral research to junior faculty member. This was a special award for me. I felt honored to represent my profession, since I was the first dentist to receive this award,” he said. “It was a great springboard to my research program by providing me with resources to launch my clinical studies and establish my research laboratory."

 


National Institutes of Health

Clinical Research Training Grant

Recipients of this grant from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry include:

Darnell Kaigler (2004)
A postdoctoral trainee who received the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial T-32 Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Grant. The primary objective of this training program is to provide an interdisciplinary, research-intensive environment for individuals who wish to pursue careers in the oral sciences with a focus in restoring oral-craniofacial tissues. The training grant provides a stipend, health benefits, and travel funds.

Hector Rios (2006)

Health Regenerative Medicine Training Grant

Flavia Pirih was awarded this grant in 2007.


University of Michigan

Rackham Merit Fellowship

The Rackham Merit Fellowship is a competitive award recognizing entering students with outstanding academic qualifications, exceptional potential for scholarly success in their graduate program and who demonstrate promise for contributing to wider academic, professional, or civic communities. The Fellowship is a five-year funding package that includes tuition, fees, stipend, and health and dental coverage during each fall and winter term, with select summer stipend and benefits. The Fellowship is open to newly admitted students in a Rackham graduate degree program who have a record of superior academic achievement, are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline.

Winners of this Fellowship from the School of Dentistry include:

  • Avlin Olguin (2002)
  • Flavia Pirih (2006)

Rackham International Student Fellowship

This Fellowship assists outstanding international students, particularly those who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship. Nominees must have a strong academic record, be making good progress toward their degree, and demonstrate outstanding academic and professional promise. Winners of this $7,500 Fellowship from the School of Dentistry include

  • Angie Lee (2008)
  • Gustavo Avila (2007)

International Team for Implantology

ITI Research Foundation Fellowship

Lakshmi Boyapati (2006)
Received this award as a resident in our periodontics program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

 

Endocrine Fellows Foundation

Travel Award

Flavia Pirih (2007)