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Periodontics Resident Receives Major Award

Dr. Tapan Koticha

Ann Arbor, MI — May 28, 2014 — A third-year resident in the University of Michigan School of Dentistry graduate periodontics program has received a major award from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation.

Dr. Tapan Koticha received the Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship in Advanced Implant Surgery.   The Fellowship awards $50,000 to provide educational and clinical experiences that reflect the most current techniques in implant dentistry.  As a Lazzara Fellow, Koticha receives $35,000 during the third year of his research fellowship program.  His department will receive $15,000 to cover the institution’s overhead and administrative costs.

Koticha earned his dental degree in 2000 from the Nair Hospital Dental College at the University of Mumbai, India.  Eight years later, he received a master’s degree in prosthodontics from the National University of Singapore and taught there for three years before coming to the University of Michigan in 2011 to begin working on a master’s degree in periodontics.

“Periodontics and prosthodontics complement each other so well, so coming to Michigan wasn’t a tough decision,” he said.  “Michigan’s periodontics program provides an ideal balance of research opportunities and clinical training.  The research faculty here are among the best in the world, and we also have some of the best clinical practitioners.”

Saying he was honored and grateful to receive the Lazzara Fellowship in Advanced Implant Surgery, Koticha said he wants to further his clinical training in advanced implantology and regeneration and conduct research in both periodontics and prosthodontics.

Dr. William Giannobile, chair of the Department of Periodntics and Oral Medicine, said, “We are very pleased and proud of the recognition Dr. Koticha has received.  The Lazzara Award speaks highly of his acumen in implantology and restorative dentistry.  We are looking forward to his continued contributions to our program during his additional fellowship year here at Michigan.”

Koticha is the third person from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry to win the award in the past 10 years.  Previous winners were Jill Bashutski (2008), a clinical assistant professor of dentistry at U-M, and Sang-Hoon Park (2005).

The Fellowship is named for Dr. Richard J. Lazzara, an innovator in implantology who is a clinical associate professor at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and associate clinical professor at the University of Maryland’s Periodontal and Implant Regenerative Center.