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Dr. Stappert Leads Periodontics Fellowship Program

Written by Adam Zewe

Christian Stappert, DDS, MS, PhD, Dr Med Dent Habil, has been named Director of the Implant Periodontal Prosthodontics Program in the Department of Periodontics. He assumed leadership of the program on March 15. Dr. Stappert joins UMSOD from New York University, where he served as Assistant Professor and Director of Aesthetics and Periodontal Prosthodontics in the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry associated with the Department of Biomaterials. He is an affiliated Professor (Dr Med Dent Habil) at the Department of Prosthodontics at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany.

Dr. Stappert was drawn to UMSOD by the university's stellar reputation, as well as Dean Stohler's strong emphasis on science and cutting-edge innovations. "I am excited to create a talented team of scientists and clinicians. This is a wonderful opportunity to build on what already exists to establish a new, outstanding program," he remarks. He takes the reins from Dr. Sylvan Feldman, who established the Fellowship Program about four years ago. Dr. Feldman will continue serving the fellowship in an active role.

The program, which typically includes four fellows, provides two years of intensive, interdisciplinary training for Periodontists and Prosthodontists. Periodontal residents gain experience utilizing prosthetics, while prosthodontic residents develop surgical skills, explains Department Chairman Mark Reynolds, DDS, PhD. "The program provides fellows with a stronger foundation in the interdisciplinary management of patients with more complex treatment needs," he states.

Dr. Reynolds seeks to improve the program's global reputation by admitting more international fellows. For Dr. Stappert, who has worked with international students at NYU, training residents who have different cultural backgrounds provides exciting challenges.

He also intends to intensify his own research focus at UMSOD. Dr. Stappert looks forward to bringing his in-depth knowledge of ceramic science and tissue science to the Department of Periodontics. Much of his research focuses on the growing area of biomaterials, a field which will play a prominent role in the future of both Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

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