Midwest Perio Officers

Dr. Paul Luepke

Dr. Paul Luepke

President

Chair, Dept. Surgical Services
Marquette University School of Dentistry
1801 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Paul G. Luepke, D.D.S., M.S. Clinical Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department Surgical Sciences at Marquette University School of Dentistry as well as the director of the post-graduate program in periodontics which started June 1, 2016. Dr. Luepke currently lectures to the pre-doctorate, post-doctorate, local, state, national and international venues.

Dr. Luepke received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Monmouth College, dental degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his periodontal training (Certificate and Masters) from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Luepke is a Diplomate and board examiner of the American Board of Periodontology.

Dr. Luepke retired from the Navy in 2008 with the rank of Captain after 21 years of service. He also is an associate in a private practice in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Dr. Nabil Bissada

Dr. Nabil Bissada

President Elect

Case Western Reserve University
School of Dental Medicine
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-4905

Dr. Nabil F. Bissada is Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Director of the Postdoctoral Graduate Program at Case Western Reserve University. He earned his M.S.D degree in Periodontics and a certificate in Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis from the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Bissada has lectured extensively on the local, national and international levels. He has over 150 articles published in various peer-reviewed journals. The association between periodontal and systemic diseases is his current research interest, contributing to our present understanding of this correlation. Dr. Bissada has received several awards for his contribution to dental education and periodontal literature worldwide, which include the award for Outstanding Periodontal Educator from the American Academy of Periodontology. This award recognizes him as “an exemplary periodontal faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching and is an inspiration to students worldwide.”

 Dr. Megan Ratliff

 Dr. Megan Ratliff

Vice President

1775 Glenview Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025

Megan A. Ratliff DDS MS attended Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin as a dental scholar. This allowed her to complete both her bachelor in science and doctorate in dental surgery in just seven years. Following dental school, she attended the University of Louisville where she obtained her certificate in periodontology and masters in oral biology. Dr. Ratliff became a diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology following residency. In 2009, Dr. Ratliff won the Prestigious Billy M. Pennel Research Competition for her clinical research. In addition to her involvement with the Midwest Society of Periodontology, she also serves on the clinical innovations committee for the Academy of Osseointegration.

Gustavo Avila-Ortiz

Gustavo Avila-Ortiz

Secretary

University of Iowa
801 Newton Rd. Room S445 DSB
Iowa City, IA 52242

Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He earned his DDS and PhD degrees from the University of Granada (Spain). He also earned a MS degree and a Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and currently maintains a faculty practice limited to Periodontics and Oral Implantology in Iowa City, IA. Dr. Avila-Ortiz is the current director of the Graduate Periodontics Program and the Visiting Scholar Program in Periodontics at the University of Iowa. He is the past President of the American Association for Dental Research, Iowa section. He is also the 2011 recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation Teaching Fellowship Award and received the American Academy of Periodontology Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award in 2013. His clinical research is mainly focused on the understanding of the influence of local and systemic individual patient factors on healing dynamics following bone grafting, particularly in relation to therapeutic strategies for implant site development, such as alveolar ridge preservation and sinus floor elevation.

Dr. Darnell Kaigler

Dr. Darnell Kaigler

Immediate Past President

Darnell Kaigler Jr., D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Michigan (U of M) in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering. Dr. Kaigler currently teaches in the dental and graduate periodontics clinics and is co-Director of the predoctoral dental implant program at the U of M.  In addition to teaching, Dr. Kaigler also has an active, federally funded research program in which he mentors many students and research scholars. Dr. Kaigler’s research interests are in regenerative medicine, with a focus in using stem cells to regenerate craniofacial tissues including bone, gingiva, and tooth-related tissues (i.e. periodontal and dental pulp tissue).  He has a research laboratory and a clinical research program in which his group conducts clinical trials exploring cell therapies for craniofacial and oral tissue regeneration. In addition to his University related activities, Dr. Kaigler has maintained a strong commitment to serving his community by maintaining his clinical practice for 15 years within a multi- specialty dental group in his hometown of Detroit, MI. Dually trained as a restorative dentist and Board Certified periodontist, Dr. Kaigler’s clinical areas of specialization are in dental implant therapy, smile makeovers, and full mouth reconstruction. The unique multidisciplinary treatment team in which he participates has attracted patients from all over the State of Michigan.

Through his clinical work and research activities, Dr. Kaigler has earned numerous awards including: 1st dentist to receive the Career Award for Medical Scientists (from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund), Socransky Young Investigator Award (from the American Association of Dental Research), Chasens Teaching and Research Award (from the American Academy of Periodontology), two time winner of the Gies Award for the Most Outstanding Manuscript in Biomaterials and Biotechnology (from the Journal of Dental Research), and Most Outstanding Manuscript (from the Journal of Dental Education), Top Dentist (Hour Magazine), Top Young Clinician-Scientist (“Who’s Who in America”, 66th Edition).

Yusuke Hamada

Yusuke Hamada

Council Chair

Yusuke Hamada DDS, MSD graduated from Kyushu Dental University, obtained DDS. He completed his periodontal program at Indiana University School of Dentistry, and received MSD and certificate of Periodontics.

Dr. Yusuke Hamada is currently Clinical Assistant Professor, and Associate Program Director at the Department of Periodontology at Indiana University School of Dentistry, and practicing limited to periodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Hamada is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is involved didactic and clinical teaching in both pre-doctoral and graduate levels. He recently received AAP Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics in 2017. He enjoys teaching and conducting clinical research focus on the hard and soft tissue regenerative procedures. He is also mentoring graduate students for their thesis projects.

Ebone Jordan

Ebone Jordan

Council Person

Dr. Ebone Jordan is a born and raised Midwesterner who is proud to call Michigan home. She graduated from the University of Michigan, obtaining her degrees in biology (BS), dentistry (DDS) and periodontics (MS, cert.). During her education, Dr. Jordan held many leadership roles in student and professional organizations and was excited to take her involvement to the next level by joining the Midwest Society of Periodontology’s executive board. Dr. Jordan currently practices in a multi-specialty group practice in Milwaukee, WI.

Andre Paes Da Silva

Andre Paes Da Silva

Council Person

Dr. Andre Paes graduated from the Federal University of Ceara. He practiced dentistry and specialized in Periodontics in Ceara-Brazil. In 2001, he left Brazil to pursue further graduate education at the University of Toronto- Canada and received a Master’s and PhD degree from University of Toronto in the area of periodontal microbiology and inflammation. He completed the graduate periodontology program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Currently, Dr. Paes is the Clinical Co-Director of the Periodontics Graduate Clinic at the School of Dental Medicine at CWRU. Dr. Paes has been part of the training of a total of 20 residents who presently have a license to practice periodontics either in the US or elsewhere in the world. He has successfully completed the American Board of Periodontology examinations, being awarded the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Paes is a patient care provider in faculty practice since 2012. He has been providing periodontal and dental implant care to patients for the past 10 years in the United States.

Dr. Paes has mentored multiple residents with their master theses. He has published his own research mostly in the area of periodontal medicine in numerous journals. In 2017, Dr. Paes received two national awards, the 2017 Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics given by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), and the Nevins Teaching and Clinical Research Award given by the AAP Foundation.