Midwest Perio Officers

Dr. Megan Ratliff

Dr. Megan Ratliff

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

President Elect

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. Amar Katranji

Dr. Amar Katranji

Vice President

Dr. Amar Katranji has worked in private practice shortly after graduating from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for both his DDS and MS degrees. During his training, Dr. Katranji received the Michigan College of Dentists Student Award and the Ramfjord Award for Excellence. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology and keeps active in local and national societies. Dr. Katranji has worked with various companies to improve products prior to release and has special interest in digital workflows and techniques. He has lectured on surgical techniques and the business side of practice. He maintains busy practices in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor and is a Co-Director at Comprehensive Dental Institute.

Yusuke Hamada

Yusuke Hamada

Secretary

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.

Dr Albert Chan

Dr Albert Chan

Treasurer

Dr. Chan finished periodontal specialty training with a prestigious award, Sigurd P. Ramfjord Award for Excellence in Graduate Periodontics, at the University of Michigan in 2011. Since graduation, he has been teaching as a full-time clinical faculty at the University of Michigan. Currently he is the assistant program director of the Periodontics Graduate Program at the University of Michigan. His teaching interests are microsurgery and minimally invasive regenerative surgery. His research endeavor is to study ultrasound imaging for diagnosing periodontal and peri-implant diseases. His work has been generously supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards and other foundations/institutes, etc. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and conference abstracts/presentations related to periodontics and implant therapy. He received several other awards from the AAP, including Fellowship to the Institute for Teaching & Learning (2011), Abram and Sylvia Chasens Teaching and Research Fellowship (2011), Nevins Teaching and Clinical Research Fellowship, the AAP foundation (2013), Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics (2015) and AAP Sunstar Innovation Award (2018). In addition to serving the MSP, he is a co-chair of the AAP in-service examination committee.

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.

Dr. Jeff Wang

Dr. Jeff Wang

Council Person

Dr. Jeff Wang is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director for Predoctoral Periodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He obtained DDS degree in 2008 from Taipei Medical University in Taiwan. Later he graduated from Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) with a certificate in Periodontology and a Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree as a Presidential Scholar. He has received several recognitions, including the Educator Award (2015) and Bud & Linda Tarrson Fellowship (2016) from the AAP Foundation (AAPF), SUNSTAR Innovation Grant Award (2018), and the AAP Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics in 2019.

Dr. Wang has served in several regional and national committees, including Graduate Research Forum Committee and Program Chair for the MidWest Society of Periodontology (MSP) as well as Research Submission Committee for the AAP. Dr. Wang is a board-certified periodontist with an active faculty practice limited to periodontics and implant surgeries. He is passionate about developing novel approaches to synergize interdisciplinary care, especially with orthodontics. He is also conducting clinical trail on the treatment of peri-implantitis as well as translational research on host response and inflammation modulation for tissue regeneration.

Cassandra McKenzie, MA, DDS, MS

Cassandra McKenzie, MA, DDS, MS

Council Person

Cassandra McKenzie, MA, DDS, MS
6333 Long Ave. Suite 201
Shawnee, KS 66216
913.348.4774

Cassandra McKenzie completed her dental training at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she graduated as part of a select national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. After being accepted to all residency programs to which she applied, Dr. McKenzie decided to settle down in Kansas City. She completed her Certificate of Periodontics and Masters in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She is board certified in periodontology and dental implant surgery. She has also trained to provide Botox® for bruxism and orofacial pain through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

Dr. McKenzie remains active in education. Prior to dental school, she taught middle science in inner city Baltimore as part of Teach For America where she simultaneously earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins. She has provided hundreds of hours of continuing education for dentists and hygienists. She is currently in private practice in the Kansas City metro.

Dr. Nabil Bissada

Dr. Nabil Bissada

Immediate Past President

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. Timothy P. Walsh

Dr. Timothy P. Walsh

Executive Director

Dr. Timothy P. Walsh attended St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota and received a BA in Biology graduating in 1975. Dr. Walsh graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1979 and completed his residency in Periodontics in 1981 at the University of Illinois Dental School.

Dr. Walsh was President of the Illinois Society of Periodontists in 1992. He was President of the Midwest Society of Periodontology in 2001-2005. He became the Executive Director of the Midwest Society in 2018.

Dr. Walsh served as the District 4 Trustee for the American Academy of Periodontology from 2012-2018. He represented District 4 on numerous committees with the AAP during that time. He lives in Hinsdale, Illinois with his wife Cathy and is the proud parent of his 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

He is currently in private practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants in Berwyn and Westmont, Illinois.