news summer 2017

President's Report
News from Temple Orthodontics

Albert Einstein Medical Center: Orthodontic Residency Program

University of Pennsylvania Update

President’s Report

On behalf of the board of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists, I hope you are prepared for a great Summer and are able to spend time with your family and friends. Recharging the mind and spirit is necessary to be able to provide care for our family of patients and Summer is a great time to recharge.

I'd like to thank our immediate past president, Dr. Antonino G. Secchi, for his spectacular leadership and organization of last year's meeting by Dr. Raffaele Spena who traveled from Naples, Italy to give an inspiring lecture on "How to Deal with Complex Daily Malocclusions and Orthodontic Tooth Movements". This lecture was extraordinary in both the breadth of his topic and the specifics that he was able to share in an open and honest fashion that was inspiring as well as very practical.

The Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists is preparing for another remarkable meeting on November 15, 2017. I am pleased to announce that Dr. David Sarver will be presenting "Dentofacial Esthetics: a new face on interdisciplinary dentistry". His lecture will address the following: In Restorative dentistry, aesthetics is discussed in terms of anterior tooth display and smile design. To Orthodontists and Oral surgeons, it is the facial profile. Interdisciplinary treatment in dentistry has progressed enormously in the past two decades, with collaboration between dentists and all the specialties of dentistry. This has resulted in superior results compared to those achieved working without collaboration. But our vision can now expand to broader appearance issues. With the assessment and treatment of other dimensions of smile and facial esthetics, the target for the patient may be the ultimate dentofacial esthetic outcome. This lecture will demonstrate the coordination of care between the disciplines of dentistry and facial plastic surgery resulting in outstanding enhancement of our aesthetic and functional results. We will introduce the imaginative use of new technologies for diagnosis, patient communication, and interdisciplinary communication and documentation. Dr. Sarver is always enlightening and entertaining and it is a pleasure to have him for an entire day.

As you probably already know, GPSO Newsletter is only available in its digital format. As part of GPSO's initiative to reduce waste, we are no longer distributing newsletters on print, nor are we asking you to submit your Annual Meeting registrations via postal mail. Registration can be completed on our website with payment submitted conveniently on PayPal. If you are accustomed to conventional mail, do not fret! GPSO will still be sending out postcard reminders to you when our newsletters are up for viewing and reminders in early fall when it is time to register online for the Annual Meeting! The option of printing out and mailing in your payment and registration will also be available for those of you more comfortable with that format.

I look forward to seeing you on November 15th!

Mark W. McDonough, DMD
2017 President of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists

From Temple University KSOD, Department of Orthodontics

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics continues to enjoy the excitement and achievements of these past several months.
The Class of 2017 will graduate in August. We all wish them success and long careers in our wonderful profession. We also look forward to seeing them contribute back to the orthodontic profession. They are: Tabitha Richards, Jake Dorfman, Matthew Campbell, James Cavalancia, Kaitlyn Schiels, and Eliana Sarit.

They have all successfully defended their Master's Thesis in Oral Biology in June. Their thesis titles were:
Tabatha Richards: Abstract Title: PITX2 and ESR1 Expression in Craniofacial Asymmetry Subclassifications and TMD
Jake Dorfman: Abstract Title: Cement Composition Effects on Enamel Demineralization Adjacent to Orthodontic Brackets
Mathew Campbell: Abstract Title: Practical Method to Superimpose Sella Turcica in Serial CBCT Images
James Cavalancia: Abstract Title: Effectiveness of a Lingual Arch as Maximum Anchorage in Orthodontics
Kaitlyn Schiels: Abstract Title: Antibacterial Effects of Modified Orthodontic Mini-implants to S. Mutans
Eliana Sarit: Abstract Title: Assessment of Mandibular Surface Changes During Growth and Development

Meanwhile, the Class of 2018 is busy preparing to receive the baton becoming the "big sibs". They are: Amrita Bahn, Jeff Alba, Jordan Cogan, Jinah Kang, Marni Tuchman and Kay Chung.

The Class of 2019 arrives in July to begin their journey into the world of orthodontics. The new class is comprised of 4 Temple graduates, Andrea Campoli, Holly Gray, Jennifer Mirman, and Michelle Schrader. In addition we have 2 Rutgers graduates, Steven Britton and Nicolas Terrana.

Dr. Robert Bray, one of our adjunct faculty received the AAOF Blair Award for his exceptional contribution to the furtherance of the mission and goals of the AAO Foundation. In addition, Dr. Bray was further recognized by the AAOF by establishing and naming of a new research grant in his honor.

Finally, the Department would like to express our appreciation to the outstanding group of adjunct faculty, alumni and the Coben Foundation. Many travel extended distances to participate in the education of our residents. Their dedication to the program is second to none.

Jeffrey H. Godel, DDS, MS
Chair and Graduate Program Director

Albert Einstein Medical Center (AEMC) Orthodontic Residency Program

Resident Activities

Our rising third year residents, Drs. Wasna Dabbagh, Sheila Othamn and Chirag Patel graciously welcomed those residents who entered our program on June 27, 2017. They are:

Dr. Reem Abdulrahman is a dental graduate of Temple University. She continued her dental education in the general practice residency (GPR) program at Albert Einstein Medical Center (AEMC) Philadelphia rising to the rank of Chief Resident in her second year. Subsequently, in addition to her time in private general dental practice, Reem has been a regular, volunteer faculty member in the GPR program at Einstein. She lives in Philadelphia.

Dr. Catherine Lowry is a graduate of the University of the Pacific. She was a member of the Army Dental Corp since her graduation. Her most recent posting was at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Catherine is a native of California. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping and soccer. Catherine lives in Center City Philadelphia.

Dr. Juliana Zoga is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and is currently completing a GPR at Abington Memorial Hospital, PA. Prior to entering UPenn Dental, Juliana completed her Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a Forensic Biology concentration at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She resides in the greater Philadelphia area.

We extend our gratitude to the members of the Selection Committee – Drs. Alan Borislow, Steve Cohen, Irene Valenza, Michael Roth and Harold Middleberg - and to the then second year residents named above for hosting those who were interviewed. We also sincerely thank each of our volunteer and part-time faculty for their invaluable support and dedication to the program and for the education of our residents. Without the valued commitment of the part-time faculty, it would be almost impossible to provide a quality educational experience. We are indebted to all of our community-based clinicians who give of their time to teach and mentor our residents.

We are happy to report that all three of the 2nd year residents passed their Board examination which was administered in April 2017.

Additionally, as 2nd year residents, Drs. Chirag Patel and Sheila Othman, presented their ePosters at the AAO meeting in San Diego. Dr. Patel's ePoster was entitles "Evaluation of the effects of TAD-tissue supported rapid palatal expander on the transverse dimension of the maxilla through CBCT analysis". Dr. Othman's ePoster was "Comparison of the shear bond strength between two adhesive systems between two ceramic crown materials".

Program Graduate Activities

Dr. Erin Mahoney (Class of 2016) is practicing in the greater Baltimore, Maryland area. Several of her Mock Board cases, which were completed during her time in residency, were on display at the CDABO tables at the AAO meeting in May. Dr. Kathleen Pale (Class of 2016) has associated with Drs. Harold Middleberg and Chuck Gemmi in their practices in the greater Philadelphia area. Dr. Justin Silvestre (Class of 2016) has joined a practice in the greater Philadelphia area. Erin, Kathleen and Justin are preparing to present their clinical cases to the ABO for their certification at an upcoming examination. Additionally, Kathleen and Justin will join our orthodontic faculty this academic year. They all report that they are doing well personally and professionally.

Faculty Activities

We congratulate each of our faculty on their many and varied gifts and talents which they graciously provide to our profession and to our communities. These include, Dr. Mark McDonough who currently serves as President of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists (GPSO) and who will host this November's annual meeting featuring Dr. David Sarver. In addition, Drs. Steven Cohen, Chuck Gemmi, Michael Roth, Matt Etter and Paul Adams serve as GPSO board members.

With regard to new curricular initiatives at Einstein, Dr. Kathleen Pale and Dr. Justin Silvestre will be assuming greater roles in the education of the residents by presenting seminars which will review the ABO recommended literature. Dr. Alex Apple has assumed additional responsibilities, for the Cephalometric and the Indirect Bonding courses, in addition to his clinical teaching.

We offer our sincere gratitude to the faculty members who participated in the recent interviews to identify our new Associate Program Director. These faculty members were: Drs. Paul Adams, Alex Apple, Alan Borislow, Steve Cohen, Matthew Etter, Chuck Gemmi, Stuart Messinger, Harold Middleberg, Kathleen Pale, Michael Roth and Irene Valenza. The Department was very pleased with the resultant comments and outcome of this rigorous evaluation process. We had the opportunity to meet many talented, passionate and generous orthodontists who were willing to take up the challenges of academia while, for some, still maintaining their clinical practices.

Leadership Changes

At this time, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Mary E. Burns joined our faculty as the Associate Program Director in the Division of Orthodontics, Department of Dental Medicine on July 1, 2017. Dr. Burns earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Pittsburgh. She then completed a General Practice Residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh. Following her GPR, she practiced general dentistry for several years in the greater Philadelphia area before entering The Ohio State University for her specialty training in Orthodontics. While at The Ohio State, she earned her Masters of Science in Orthodontics as well as a Masters of Arts in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Burns is a Board Certified in Orthodontist and has been a Master's Thesis advisor and mentor for orthodontic residents at West Virginia University, the University of Nebraska and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Burns also maintains a private practice in Orthodontics in New Hope, PA, while continuing to lecture locally, nationally and internationally. Of equal excitement is that Dr. Alan Borislow has agreed to remain an integral member of our part-time faculty as he transitions from the position of Associate Program Director to become a member of the voluntary attending staff. His continuing commitment will further enhance and support the academic and clinical missions of our Department. As many of you may know, Alan Borislow became a voluntary attending faculty member in the Division of Orthodontics in 1968, and in 1978 he became the Department of Dental Medicine Chairman while maintaining his positions as Chairman and Program Director of the Orthodontic Division at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia.

Even though Alan Borislow is transitioning to a volunteer, part-time position, his duties in our Department continue to be many and appreciated. In addition to his teaching and clinical duties in the Division of Orthodontics he maintains other commitments within the hospital including coordination and systematic organization of the many Einstein departmental historical photos and documents that are digitally stored. Alan plans to complete this archival documentation project for the future generations of our Department so that each may learn, as well as have access, to our rich history as a wonderful, hospital-based academic dental department.
We welcome each of you to come and visit us at Einstein Ortho. We are proud of our legacy and of the residents that we are educating today to become tomorrow's clinical and professional leaders.

Vanessa A. Morenzi, DMD
Chairman and Program Director
The Alan J. Borislow Division of Orthodontics

University of Pennsylvania Update

Our comprehensive clinic and didactic Orientation Program will begin on July 5, 2017 as we welcome our incoming Class of 2019– Dr. Heather Chiarello, Dr. Boryana Dimitrova, Dr. John Kracke, Dr. Kyung Jin Lee, Dr. Yung Jeong Lee, Dr. Cassie Truong; (26-month Certificate program); Dr. Douglas Kim, (3-year Certificate/MSOB program), and Dr. Daniel Berant (2nd year Perio-Ortho combined 4-year program).

In the spring semester, the first-year residents completed the Tweed Course in Tucson, Arizona on April 2-12, 2017. Also in April, all of our second-year residents participated in The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) written exam with 100% success rate.

The ABO Installed Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung, Penn Dental Medicine's Chauncey M. F. Egel Endowed Chair of the Department of Orthodontics, as president. The installation was held in conjunction with the 2017 Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), held in San Diego, California, in April.

The 2017 Penn Orthodontics graduation ceremony was held at The Union League of Philadelphia on June 21. This year the following residents graduated from our program- Dr. Farraj Albalawi, (5-year Certificate/DScD program); Dr. Ken Matsumoto, (4-year combined Perio-Ortho program); Dr. Bhaven Sayania and Dr. Katherine Zhang (3-year Certificate/MSOB program); Dr. Michael Capogna, Dr. Matthew Cassera, Dr. Isaac Chung, Dr. Robert Vincelli, and Dr. Brianna Yang (2-year Certificate program). We wish them all the very best and continued success in their future endeavors.

Our graduating residents presented their research to the faculty on June 14th. Their projects are-

Dr. Kensuke Matsumoto
An outcome study of corticotomy with bone grafting on the facial of lower anterior teeth for skeletal class II patients: a pilot study

Research Advisor: Dr. Normand Boucher, Dr. Nipul Tanna

Dr. Michael Capogna
Transverse growth of the maxilla and mandible of untreated children: a longitudinal CBCT study

Research Advisor: Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung, Dr. Normand Boucher

Dr. Matthew Cassera
The Effect of Premolar Extraction on 3rd Molar Eruption
Research Advisor: Dr. Patrick Cuozzo

Dr. Isaac Chung
Evaluation of the palatal bone thickness in Caucasian adults and adolescents using CBCT: Implications for mini-screw
Research Advisor: Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung

Dr. Robert Vincelli
3D growth study of the mandibular symphysis and body using Point-landmark-based measurements

Research Advisor: Dr. Guoqiang Guan

Dr. Brianna Yang
Buccolingual Molar Inclination of Children and Adults: A Cross-Sectional CBCT study

Research Advisor: Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung

This summer, the incoming first-year and upcoming second-year residents will attend 29th Annual Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program (GORP) to be held Thursday, August 3-6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Our J. Henry O'Hern annual Orthodontic Alumni Day will be held on Friday, October 6th at the Union League of Philadelphia. Our speaker will be Dr. Jeffrey Posnick. Program information and registration will be available online sometime soon at Anyone interested in further information on Alumni Day may contact Barbara Del Regino .

As always, we would be privileged to have you visit with us at UPENN!

Respectfully submitted by,

Chun-Hsi Chung, DMD, MS
Chauncey M. F. Egel Endowed Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Orthodontics, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

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