Calendar of Courses


7-day Hands-on Surgical Course with Drs Sadeghi, Aminzadeh, and Irinakis of the West Coast Institute

Session 1: Fri-Sun, September 22-24, 2017
Session 2: Thurs-Sun, Nov 2-5, 2017

Tailored to the novice and intermediate level clinician that wishes to receive a solid foundation and start planning, placing and restoring implants the very next day!

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Treatment Planning Implant Restorations for the Partially and Completely Edentulous Patient with Dr. Brian K.S. Kucey and Dr. Steven Sadowsky

Saturday, September 23, 2017

This presentation will highlight the clinical experiences of 30 years of implant dentistry in a prosthodontist private practice. The first part will be devoted to partially edentulous implant patients, with long term follow-up cases to illustrate the pros and cons of treatment decisions, complications, and their resolution. The second part will show long term results of complete arch implant treatments.

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A Comprehensive Review of Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists

Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017

A two-day comprehensive review designed to teach and revisit basic and current concepts of local anaesthesia and administration of local anaesthetic agents. Come and participate in two full days that include lectures and an opportunity for hands-on practice of clinical techniques. Participants must be currently registered to practice in British Columbia. As participants practice on each other, you must be able to receive local anaesthesia or you must provide a stand-in for your partner.

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Certificate in Dental Practice Management, Building a Business Worth Smiling About with Dr. Jim Armstrong, Dr. Anthony Boardman, Dr. Mahesh Nagarajan, Dr. Tim Silk, Mr. Scott Sinclair, Dr. Daniel Skarlicki

Friday - Sunday
Sept 29- Oct 1 , 2017, Nov 3-5, 2017, Dec 1-3, 2017

As in all successful organizations, the efficient management of systems, costs and revenues is critical to success. For dental professionals, understanding how to manage these factors and improve customer retention through quality of care are key to developing a sustainable, patient-centric practice.

Designed and delivered by UBC Sauder professors and successful dental practitioners, and based on industry best practices and key measurements, the concepts and skills presented in this certificate program will help you work more effectively with your staff, streamline your systems and make smart decisions for the future. This course will run over 2 sessions for a total of 7 full days of education and training. Our mentors are Certified Specialists in Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Oral Surgery.

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Smile Design Excellence 2017
with Dr. Wilson Kwong
Live Patient Hands-on Experience for the Entire Team!

Friday & Saturday, Sept 29 & 30, 2017
Friday & Saturday, October 27 & 28, 2017

Sold out! Please contact Karolina at for information about next year's course.

Develop your eye for esthetic excellence along with all the diagnostic fundamentals, techniques and core principles you will need to achieve full and effective case acceptance. Join VDEC for some serious fun! Discover how to help your patients realize their lifelong dream of having a beautiful, healthy smile without any pain or physiologic compromise.

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Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

October 21, 2017

This course will review methods of reducing the likelihood that a medical emergency will occur by learning how to predict who may have a medical emergency and what that emergency is likely to be. As well, the use of emergency drugs will be discussed along with a discussion regarding the newest (as of November 2015) protocols for basic cardiac life support and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

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Dr. David Isen, BSc, DDS, FADI. David's dental clinic is an anaesthesia-based practice in Toronto treating patients who require intravenous sedation or advanced techniques in local anaesthesia. Many of these people have special medical needs or are dental phobic. David is the immediate past president of the Ontario Dental Society of Anesthesiology. As a lecturer, he has presented numerous lectures for both Western University's and University of Toronto's Continuing Education Program. David has given over three hundred presentations throughout North America and around the world on topics related to local anaesthesia and medical emergencies in the dental office. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, The International College of Dentists and The Pierre Fauchard Academy. David is the author of numerous journal articles. He also has peer-reviewed articles for a variety of dental journals and as well has acted as a consultant for dental and pharmaceutical companies.

Mastering Adult Minimal Sedation: Inhalation and Oral Sedation in Dentistry

October 20-22, 2017

This two part hands-on course offers instruction in all aspects of nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation, including effective methods in dealing with anxiety control in general practice. Participants will learn various techniques and will have the opportunity to try several types of systems.

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Jason Goodchild, DMD is a graduate of Dickson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received his dental training at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, where he maintains a faculty position as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine. Dr. Goodchild is also Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral Diagnosis, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, New Jersey Dental School, and has a practice in Havertown, Pennsylvania. He has published numerous articles and spoken to many State Dental Boards on the topic of enteral sedation dentistry. Dr. Goodchild has been an invited speaker for the Academy of General Dentistry and American Association for Dental Examiners. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association, General Dentistry, and Quintessence International, and has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health.

Mark Donaldson BSP, RPH, PHARMD, FASHP, FACHE received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia, and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He has further completed a residency at Canada’s largest tertiary care facility, Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Director of Clinical Pharmacy Performance Services for VHA, living in Whitefish, Montana. Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has spent the last seventeen years focusing on dental pharmacology and the art of dental therapeutics, and has become a leader in this field of study. Dr. Donaldson has a number of published works in the peer-reviewed literature and spent three years in Japan centering on cross-cultural communication and internationalization. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Dental Association. He is board certified in healthcare management and is the current President of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter. Dr. Donaldson is the 2014 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia for the state of Montana.

Scott C. Dickinson, DMD received his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University and his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. After graduation he completed an AEGD while serving in the U.S. Army. During this time Dr. Dickinson received training on and regularly used nitrous oxide and oxygen, oral, and intravenous sedation techniques. During his service in the Army he performed the duties of both a flight surgeon and a general practicing dentist. After leaving the Military he entered private practice where he served as the Vice President of Clinical Support for Aspen Dental Management. In this role he was responsible for the training, new dentist orientation, and continuing education needs of both the company and the over 700 doctors it associates with. He now maintains an active general dental practice in Pensacola Florida where he regularly uses sedation techniques to more comfortably treat his patients.

Posterior Composites: A Rapid, Simplified Placement Technique
- A Lecture, Demonstration and Participation Course

October 28, 2017

In this presentation, Dr. Jackson will show a greatly simplified and efficient procedure for placing posterior composite restorations based on new materials and technology. The predictable, standardized protocol will clearly show a significant reduction in both time and effort when placing these restorations.

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Dr. Ronald Jackson, DDS, FACD, FAGD, FAACD, is a 1972 graduate of West Virginia University School of Dentistry. He has published over 80 articles on esthetic, adhesive dentistry and has lectured extensively across North America and abroad. Dr. Jackson has presented at all the major U.S. scientific conferences as well as to Esthetic Academies in Europe, Asia and South America. He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow in the American Academy of Cosmetic
Dentistry and a Diplomate in the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Jackson practices in Middleburg, Virginia emphasizing comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry.


Soft Tissue Grafting for the General Practitioner
Two day Hands-On course with Two Live demo surgeries

Friday and Saturday, November 17 & 18, 2017

This course introduces the participants to various aspects of soft tissue grafting and periodontal plastic surgery. Topics covered will include autogenous connective tissue grafts (CTGs), autogenous free gingival grafts (FGGs), utilizing allograft materials from the market, pedicle flaps, etc. There will be two live demo surgeries by the Course Mentors on their patients along with the opportunity to practice various grafting techniques on animal mandibles.

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Dr. Tassos Irinakis, DDS, MSc, Dip.Perio, FRCD(C), received his Specialty diploma and Master's degree at The University of British Columbia. Dr. Irinakis is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC. He served as the Director of the Graduate Periodontics & Implant Surgery program for nearly a decade. Dr. Irinakis is a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology and Oral Surgery journals and serves as a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Implant & Advanced Clinical Dentistry and the Journal of Clinical and Practical Implantology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a member of numerous professional organizations. He has conducted clinical research on Implants & Sinus Bone Grafting and has authored several scientific articles on these topics. He lectures nationally and internationally with focus on Advanced Bone Grafting and Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant Dentistry. He holds private practices in Vancouver and Courtenay, BC.

Farzan Ghannad, DDS, MSc, Dip.Perio, FRCD(C) is a certified specialist in Periodontics and received his Specialty Diploma and Masters degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed his dental degree in Heidelberg, Germany and has conducted research and published in the field of Implant Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Ghannad is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC and lectures nationally on all aspects of periodontal therapy, including soft tissue grafting, regeneration and implant dentistry. He practices in Vancouver, North Vancouver, BC as well as Saskatoon, SK.

Introduction to Dental Microscopy and Advanced Endodontics
Two-day Hands-On Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, November 18-19, 2017

A stimulating two-day course combining the most current technological methods for endodontics and the fundamentals of clinical microscopy for dentistry. Participants will focus on clinically relevant information that is needed to provide successful advanced procedures for restorative and endodontic procedures, and use that information as they perform their dentistry with the aid of the dental operating microscope (DOM). Participants will learn the requirements for incorporating the DOM into their daily dental practice and perform psychomotor skills including tooth preparations, endodontic access, instrumentation obturation, retreatment on extracted teeth. Novel Nickel Titanium rotary files, irrigation devices, and ultrasonic uses in endodontics will be presented.

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JEFFREY M. COIL, DMD., M.S.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.D.(C), F.A.D.I., received his undergraduate, dental and doctorate degrees from the University of British Columbia. He practiced general dentistry for eight years and was a Clinical Instructor in Endodontics and Periodontics, before obtaining his certificate in Endodontics at the University of Washington in 1993. Dr. Coil is a Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics. He serves as an editorial consultant for the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association and on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Journal of Endodontics. He is a past President of the Canadian Academy of Endodontics, and is a member of the British Columbia Society of Endodontists and the American Association of Endodonitists. Dr. Coil is the mentor of the Northwest Endodontic Study Club and Seminar, and is currently the Director of the Graduate Endodontics Program, Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Fundamental Principles of Periodontal Instrumentation
Full Day Course

Saturday, November 25, 2017

This full day seminar and hands-on clinical simulation session is intended for registered dental hygienists and will focus on improving fundamental principles of non-surgical periodontal instrumentation from knowledge translation to clinical hands-on activities. The session's activities will enhance your skill set and provide you the confidence to care for the more complex periodontal client.

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PENNY HATZIMANOLAKIS, RDH, B.SC, M.SC, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia involved in graduate (Perio) and undergraduate Dental (DMD) and Dental Hygiene Degree (DHDP) Programs. She chairs the DHDP Admissions Committee and is also a Faculty Advisor. She was awarded the Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award in 2012. As a researcher, she focuses on periodontal disease, the use of photodynamic/photodysinfection therapy, implants and oral self-care. She has published and co-authored in multiple journals and webinars. As a clinician, she has been practicing with a periodontal/prosthetic specialty team for the last 17 years. In addition, she created a consulting company, UpScale Consulting, to assist Dental Hygienists and their teams to achieve the highest standard of care.As part of the dental community, Penny has sat on the Organizing Committee for the Pacific Dental Conference since 2007 as a representative for the British Columbia Dental Hygienist Association. She also leads a study club, which is affiliated with VIP and The Seattle Study Club.

Clinical Hypnosis in Dentistry: Practical Rapid Induction Techniques for Dentists
6 hours of instruction

Saturday, November 25, 2017

This course will involve extensive hands-on opportunities for all participants. Hypnosis theory will be interspersed with formal inductions and opportunities for each participant to experience both performing and receiving trance inductions. During the afternoon, rapid induction techniques will be demonstrated and experienced in the UBC dental clinic, along with more traditional hypnotic inductions, directed specifically toward reduction of gag reflex, modification of pulse rate, adjusting comfort level with needle insertions, etc.

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LANCE RUCKER, DDS, FACD is the current President of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BC). Dr. Rucker has been a member of the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of British Columbia for 34 years, where he has taught clinical ergonomics, operative dentistry, and clinical hypnosis in both graduate and undergraduate programs. He has published articles in JADA, JDE, and the CDA Journal and has taught physicians, dentists, and other health care professionals in North America, Europe, and Asia how to use hypnosis with patients of all ages. This course will be led by Dr. Lance Rucker. As required and depending on the course numbers Dr. Rucker may be joined by his colleagues Dr. Wong and Dr. Kuttner of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BC).

NDEB Clinic Examination Candidate Orientation
Limited Enrolment

Wednesday, November 29 & Thursday, November 30, 2017

The University of British Columbia is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed, sponsored or supported in any way by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada. Test names and other trademarks such as "NDEB", "BNED", logos and design marks, and service marks are the property of the NDEB and not trademarks of the University of British Columbia.

The Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia is pleased to offer NDEB candidates a three hour orientation session to familiarize themselves with our Dental Clinic.

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January, 2018

Adventure & Learn Maui, Hawaii 2018

January 29 - February 2, 2018

Maui, Hawaii, Fairmont Kea Lani
Join us for this exciting, unique learning opportunity... not to be missed!

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Digital Dentistry – What You Need To Know About the What, How and Why

Dr. Jonathan A. Ng

Dr. Jonathan A. Ng, BMedSc, DDS, MSc, Dip. Pros., FRCD(C) is a Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Alberta and his Prosthodontic specialty at the University of British Columbia. His private practice is in Vancouver, Canada where Dr. Ng specializes in complex prosthodontic care and rehabilitation, which includes the surgical placement of implants, implant prostheses, as well as fixed and removable prostheses. Dr. Ng is also on staff as a Prosthodontist at the BC Cancer Agency treating medically complex patients. Dr. Ng works closely with the emerging technology and has written a thesis and published numerous articles on the topic of digital dentistry. As such, Dr. Ng offers a perspective of the current technology that is up-to-date and evidence based.

Aesthetics & Function of Ceramic Restorations

Dr. Chris Wyatt

Chris Wyatt, BSc, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C), Dip Pros, is a Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics and a Professor and Head of the Division of Prosthodontics and Dental Geriatrics at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. He has published numerous papers in the field of prosthodontics, implant dentistry, dental caries, and geriatrics. In 1998, Dr. Wyatt was the recipient of the Killam Teaching Award and is the 2009 recipient of the W.W. Wood Award for "Excellence in Dental Education." Dr. Wyatt is past President of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada and the BC Society of Prosthodontists, and is an active member of the Canadian Dental Association, British Columbia Dental Association, and the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. In addition to lecturing and providing continuing education courses on Prosthodontics within and outside of Canada, he enjoys treating patients with prosthodontic concerns in his private practice.

Endodontics: Contemporary Root Canal Instrumentation and Obturation

Dr. Jeffrey Coil

Jeffrey M. Coil, DMD, MSD., PhD., FRCD(C), FADI, FACD, is a Certified Specialist in Endodontics, and is the Director of Graduate Endodontics, at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. He received his undergraduate, dental and doctorate degrees from UBC, and his Graduate Endodontic training at the University of Washington. He is an editorial consultant for the CDA Journal and on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Journal of Endodontics. He is past president of the Canadian Academy of Endodontics, and mentors the Northwest Endodontic Study Club and Seminar.

February, 2018

Annual Ski Seminar at Whistler, 2018

February 8-10, 2018

Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, BC

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Single Implant Restoration: A Step by Step Approach

Dr. Nariman Amiri

NARIMAN AMIRI, DMD, MHI, CERTIFICATE IN PROSTHODONTICS, FRCD(C) is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in dentistry and is a board certified specialist in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa. Dr. Amiri is in full time private practice in his state of the art clinic in Vancouver, dedicated to Prosthodontics and Implant dentistry and as part time clinical professor for graduate and undergraduate clinics in the Department of Prosthodontics at UBC. Dr. Amiri is the organizer and principal mentor for two study clubs (Boundary Prosthetic and Treatment Options in Prosthodontics) and lectures extensively in meetings and societies including UBC Continuing Education.

Advances & Controversies in Endo You Should Know


Endo vs. Implants: To Save or Not to Save (Why and How)

Dr. Manor Haas

MANOR HAAS, DDS, CERT ENDO, MSC(D), FRCD(C) is a Certified Specialist in Endodontics who is extensively and passionately involved in continuing education (lectures and workshops) to general dentists and specialists. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and is on Staff at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry and the Hospital for Sick Children. He maintains a full time private practice limited to Endodontics and Microsurgery in Toronto. Dr. Haas has lectured internationally on nearly all aspects of modern Endodontics. He has never had any financial or proprietary interest in any endodontic product.

Palm Springs Dental Practice Transition Seminar & Golf Weekend, 2018

February 23-25, 2018

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa
Rancho Mirage, California

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Platinum Communication: Learn Five Simple steps to having complete control of your case presentations. Have your patients say "Yes" every time

WILSON J. KWONG, DMD, FACD, VDEC FOUNDER A graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC, Dr. Kwong has been practicing and teaching leading-edge dental techniques world-wide for over 28 years. A lecturer for Nobel Biocare and Ivoclar throughout North America, Dr. Kwong offers insights into Platinum case presentation, esthetic implant restoration, ceramics and bonding procedures. Dr. Kwong is also a recent recipient of a Fellowship with the American College of Dentists. Dr. Kwong's teaching method is practical, interactive and career changing.

A-Z of Building a New Dental Practice, the Do's and Don'ts

DAVOOD MORADI As president and CEO of David Mitchell Co. Davood continues to build a remarkable legacy in the general contracting world. David Mitchell Co. specializes in dental office remodelling and build-out.

You Had Me at Hello!

SANDRA HARVEY joined ExperDent Dental Advisors as VP Western Region. Sandra's extensive experience as a consultant and practice coach has proven to be invaluable to a dental team. Working closely with the principal dentist, Sandra helps to identify their goals and works with the team to achieve their best performance.

The Digitally Integrated Dental Practice

MIKE BROST joined Sinclair Dental in August of 2016 as the first National Director, Digital Dentistry. Prior to joining Sinclair he worked at the Aurum Group as Vice President of Sales, where he specialized managing a national sales organization as strategic initiatives for Aurum that included CAD/CAM systems and implants. Mike has always been a perpetual student of the industry as a whole, with a keen interest in digital solutions, restorative options, and comprehensive dentistry.

Dental Practice Transition Options

HOWARD KUTNER, LLB AND LLM (Masters of Business Law)

March, 2018

UBC Orthodontic Symposium, 2018

March 26-30, 2018

Fairmont Orchid, Big Island, Hawaii
Join us for this exciting, unique learning opportunity... not to be missed!

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Clear Aligners: The Evolution of Future Orthodontics


Interdisciplinary Treatment, Orthognathic Surgery and the Role of TADs in Clear Aligner Therapy

Dr. Sandra Tai

Sandra Tai BDS, MS, Cert Ortho, FCDS (BC), FRCD (C), was born in Aldershot, England. She received her graduate training in Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA and graduated with a Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree in 1990. Dr Sandra Tai is currently a practicing Specialist in Orthodontics in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Sandra Tai has been an Invisalign certified orthodontist since 2000 and is currently an Invisalign Top 1% Provider who has treated over 1,200 cases. She was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthodontics at the University of British Columbia since 1996, teaching in both undergraduate and graduate orthodontic programs. She is also the Coordinator of the Invisalign University Program. Dr. Tai has taught Invisalign at various universities internationally.

Rationale for 3D imaging in Our Practices: how can it improve patient care?

Dr. Lucia Cevidanes

Lucia Cevidanes DDS, MS, PhD has been a faculty in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, since July 2011. She was previously a faculty in the Department of Orthodontics at the UNC School of Dentistry. Dr. Cevidanes completed specialty training in 1994 and received PhD in 2003. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Her research interests include 3D imaging to solve difficult clinical problems in orthodontics, with particular interest in health and disease of the Temporomandibular Joints. She currently studies 3D outcomes of treatment approaches, including treatment for craniofacial anomalies and dentofacial deformities. She has both predoctoral and graduate clinical and didactic teaching responsibilities, serving as course director for six Orthodontic courses. She is the Predoctoral Orthodontic Clinic Director and see sees her own patients in the faculty associates practice. Dr. Cevidanes has published over 100 scientific papers on 3D imaging since 2003. Her work has been recognized by the American Association of Orthodontics Graber Award in 2005, the B F Dewel Award in 2006 for the best clinical papers in the AJODO, the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Wuhermann Award in 2011, and the 2014 American Association of Orthodontics Millo Helman Research Award.

Bruised, Broken and Bedeviled Teeth: Managing the Unexpected Dental Injury (Part 1 and 2)

Dr. Anthony DiAngelis

Anthony DiAngelis DMD, MPH is currently a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and chief emeritus of dentistry at Hennepin County Medical Center. He is a 1969 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and received an MPH from the University of Minnesota in 1976. Throughout his academic career, Dr. DiAngelis maintained a private practice in Minneapolis. He is a frequent guest lecturer both nationally and internationally. In 2006, he and his colleagues had the distinction of having their clinical research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, considered the leading medical journal world-wide, not typically known for publishing dental research. In 2007, the American Academy of Periodontology awarded him and his colleagues with The Clinical Research Award for the outstanding published manuscript of the year with direct clinical relevance and application to the practice of periodontics. In 2013, to mark its 100th anniversary, the Journal of the American Dental Association celebrated this milestone by spotlighting twelve articles that had had a significant impact on dental care and the dental profession over the preceding 100 years.

Continuing Dental Education at The University of British Columbia reserves the right to cancel courses if deemed necessary by low enrolment, instructor cancellation or other unforeseen issues. In case of course cancellation a full refund will be issued.