Midwest Perio Officers Dr. Amar Katranji 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 President Elect 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 Vice President 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 Secretary 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. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz Past President University of Iowa 801 Newton Rd. Room S445 DSB Iowa City, IA 52242 Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz is the Endowed Philip A. Lainson Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He is the former director of the Advanced Education Program and the Visiting Scholar Program in Periodontics in the same institution. He currently serves as Associate Editor in the Journal of Periodontology and a Co-editor in Clinical Advances in Periodontics. Dr. Avila-Ortiz completed his DDS and PhD training programs at the University of Granada (Spain) before moving to Ann Arbor (USA), where he attained a MS degree and a Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Michigan. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Aside from being engaged in scholarly, teaching, mentoring and administrative activities, Dr. Avila-Ortiz maintains a faculty practice limited to Periodontics and Oral Implantology in Iowa City (USA). His research spans a variety of clinical topics related to periodontal and implant therapy, such as management of the extraction site, maxillary sinus augmentation and the application of digital technologies in clinical practice and research. Dr. Kelly Hill Treasurer Kelly Hill, DDS, MSD attended Indiana University School of Dentistry for her DDS and then continued at IUSD for her MSD and Certificate in Periodontology. While in dental school and residency, Dr. Hill won the AAP Dental Student Award, James E. Humphrey DDS Memorial Scholarship Award, Henry M. Swenson Award, and the Delta Dental Foundation Community Commitment Award. After residency, Dr. Hill became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Hill is currently in private practice in Elkhart, Indiana, where she resides with her husband and two children. 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. Sukirth M. Ganesan, B.D.S., Ph.D Council Person Dr. Ganesan is an Assistant Professor, Director of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics and the Visiting Scholar Program at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagle’s Diabetes Research Center and Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Before moving to the University of Iowa, Dr. Ganesan completed his Ph.D. and Certificate in Periodontics at the Ohio State University and a post-doctoral fellowship at NIDCR/NIH. His research program, funded by the NIH and several foundations, including Osteology Foundation and the American Cancer Society, investigates the mechanisms of host-microbial interactions in maintaining oral health in the background of systemic diseases such as Metabolic Syndrome. Dr.Ganesan is the recipient of several awards from the MSP, AAP, and AADOCR, including the Balint Orban Memorial Award, Clinical Research Award, AAP Foundation Teaching Fellowship, AAP Teaching and Mentoring Award, and Research Forum Award. In addition to his service to the MSP as the Research Forum organizer in 2021 and 2022 and program chair for the 2023 Annual Meeting, Dr.Ganesan also serves on the AAP Research Submissions Committee and AAP Foundation Teaching Fellowship Committee. Dr. Jeffrey Wessel, D.D.S., M.S. Council Person Dr. Jeffrey R. Wessel graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He then completed his postgraduate Periodontics residency training and Masters degree in Oral Biology at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Following completion of his training, Dr. Wessel began active duty service in the US Navy with tours at Naval Base Norfolk, Naval Medical Center San Diego and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he served as the Periodontics Residency Program Director for the Naval Postgraduate Dental School. He is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and former member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Periodontology representing both District 4 and District 8. He is currently in private practice in Cincinnati, OH and a part-time Clinical Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Hawra AlQallaf MSP Research Forum Chair Dr. Hawra AlQallaf is a clinical assistant professor at Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD). She has completed her bachelor’s in medical sciences followed by her dental degree from Kuwait University in 2009 and 2012, respectively. She then received her periodontal certificate and Master of Science in dentistry from IUSD in 2018. Dr. AlQallaf has also completed a restorative and digital implant fellowship with the department of Prosthodontics at IUSD in 2019. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. AlQallaf has received the Maynard K. Hine Award for excellence in dental research at her time in IUSD and several travel and research grants. She currently teaches clinical and didactic courses for both graduate and pre-doctoral students and continues patient care in the Faculty Practice at Indiana University. 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.