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Dr. Ariel J. Raigrodski, DMD, MS, FACP

Dr. Raigrodski

Dr. Ariel J. Raigrodski, DMD, MS, FACP is an Affiliate Professor at the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Washington. He maintains a private practice limited to restorative, implants and esthetic dentistry in Lynnwood, Washington. He is assistant editor of The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and a member of the editorial review boards of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, the Journal of Prosthodontics, and the International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Raigrodski is a graduate of the Hebrew Univer­sity in Jerusalem, Israel. He received his certificate in prosthodontics at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, where he also completed a fellowship in implants and esthetics, and an MS degree. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, a fellow of the International College of Dentists, and a member of many professional organizations. An author of numer­ous scientific articles and book chapters, his research is mainly clinical and focuses in all-ceramics, implants, and CAD/CAM technology. He is the author of Soft Tissue Management: The Restorative Perspective-Putting Concepts into Practice, which was published in 2015 by Quintessence Publishing. He lectures extensively both nationally and internationally and currently serves as the president of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics.


Dr. John A. Molinari, PhD

Dr. Molinari

Dr. John A. Molinari, PhD, is currently Director of Infection Control for THE DENTAL ADVISOR in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, where he served for 32 years as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. He has published over 500 scientific articles, reports, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. Dr. Molinari is also co-author of the text Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry. He has served as a consultant for the CDC, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, Council on Dental Practice, and regional hospitals.  Dr. Molinari also was Chairman of the State of Michigan Governor’s Risk Reduction and AIDS Policy Commission. In addition, he was the Infection Control section editor for The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of the American Dental Association, and contributed a monthly column for Dental Economics. He also served as a member of the Michigan Board of Dentistry. In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Molinari was inducted as an honorary member of the Michigan Dental Association, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and was a 2009 recipient of the ADA Golden Apple Award.   


Dr. O. Ross Beirne, DMD, PhD

Dr. Beirne

Dr. O. Ross Beirne, DMD, PhD is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington, School of Dentistry.  He served as Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2010. Dr. Beirne received his DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco, and his certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  He is a founding member of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Beirne is the recipient of the 2008 AAOMS/ADEA Gies Award for distinguished achievements in oral surgery, the 2013 University of Washington Bruce Rothwell Lifetime Teaching Award, the 2014 American Dental Society of Anesthesiology’s Heidbrink Award, the 2016 AAOMS Daniel Laskin Outstanding Predoctoral Educator Award, and the 2017 Washington State Dental Association UW Faculty of the year.  While continuing to be engaged in clinical practice and translation research, Dr. Beirne also devotes considerable time to clinical practice and teaching at the predoctoral, resident, and postdoctoral levels.


Dr. Liat Tzur Gadassi, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C)

Dr. Gadassi

Dr. Liat Tzur Gadassi, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C) is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. She completed her Dental degree Cum Laude at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, where she later pursued her Orthodontic specialty education.  Dr. Tzur Gadassi is a certified Canadian and Israeli specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics, currently practicing in the lower mainland. She is an active member in the Canadian, American and Israeli Associations of Orthodontics as well as the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. Dr. Tzur Gadassi has received numerous awards, including the UBC teaching award. Her teaching focuses on the clinical and interdisciplinary aspects of orthodontic care as well as Mixed Dentition and Early Treatment.