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Clinical Excellence Day


The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Otago is proud to present its annual Clinical Excellence Day which highlights some of the most interesting and challenging clinical cases undertaken by our postgraduate students. In addition, several guest speakers will give presentations about achieving clinical excellence within their respective fields. 

Day: Thursday 6 July 2017
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Otago Museum
Cost: Free

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Guest Speakers

Jason ErasmusDr Jason Erasmus

BChD (South Africa,1990); MBChB (South Africa,1993); MChD Oral and Maxillofacial surgery (South Africa,1999)

Born and raised in South Africa, I attended Dental School at the University of Stellenbosch and received my BChD degree in 1990. After graduating from Dental School, I attended Medical School at the University of Stellenbosch and received my medical degree, MBChB in 1993. Staying on at the University of Stellenbosch, I completed my five-year Oral and Maxillofacial residency and received my Masters degree, MChD, cum laude in 1999.

I remained a part-time lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch and was involved with postgraduate teaching for 8 years. After completion of my implant training in Europe, I entered private practice in Cape Town in 2000, where I focused mainly on jaw reconstruction and dento-alveolar surgery, including bone grafting and dental implants.

Our family moved to Christchurch in 2007. I am currently the Clinical Director of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at the Christchurch hospital, where I practice the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including facial trauma, orthognathic surgery and facial reconstruction. I am a member of the head and neck cancer unit at the hospital and lecturer at the Otago University Medical School in Christchurch. Besides my public appointment, I am also in part time private practice at St Georges Hospital, in association with three colleagues.

I am particularly interested in jaw surgery to correct jaw deformities as well as reconstruction of the jaw to provide ideal bone for implant placement and esthetic replacement of missing teeth. I have lectured both nationally and internationally on topics pertaining to this field of surgery.

Prashant ZaveriDr Prashant Zaveri

MDS (Perio), MDS (Ortho), Dip. Clin. Dentistry (Perio)(Otago)

I completed my master’s degree in Periodontics (1986) and Orthodontics (1989) from Nair Hospital Dental College, University of Bombay. I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Periodontology from University of Otago with distinction in 2011.

I have a Private Specialist Orthodontic Practice in Auckland, New Zealand.Currently I am the NZAO representative to the Asia Pacific Orthodontic Society and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Foundation for Orthodontic Research and Education. I have worked as a Senior Consultant and a Certified Trainer and Facilitator for Quality improvement in Health care at Qimpro Institute, an affiliate of Juran International Inc. USA.

I have a keen interest in all types of sport and have qualified as a level II cricket coach through the Auckland Cricket Association, New Zealand. I am currently studying the Vedic Scriptures, Meditation and Sanskrit language.

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University of Otago Speakers

  • Professor Warwick Duncan
  • Associate Professor Jonathan Broadbent
  • Dr Ajith Polonowita
  • Sergio SalisDr Sergio Salis
    BDS, MDS (Otago), MRACDS (Prosthodontics), FADI

    I am currently in specialist practice restricted to Prosthodontics and am a part-time Senior Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Otago, with responsibility to the postgraduate programme for Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Discipline of Prosthodontics.

    Memberships include: NZ Dental Association, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, NZ Association of Prosthodontists & Restorative Dentists, Academy of Australian & New Zealand Prosthodontists, Australasian Osseointegration Society, International College of Prosthodontists and a current member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

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Draft programme for 2017

Time Presenter
10:00 Welcome - Professor Brunton, Dean, Faculty of Dentistry
Session Chair - Mauro Farella
10:05 Invited Speaker - Jason Erasmus
10:30 PG 1
10:40 PG 2
10:50 PG 3
11:00 Morning Tea
Session Chair - Alison Rich TBC
11:30 Invited Speaker - Ajith Polonowita
12:00 PG 4
12.10 PG 5
12:20 PG 6
12:30 Lunch
Session Chair - Nick Chandler TBC
1:30 Invited Speaker - Warwick Duncan and Sergio Salis
1:50 PG 7
2:00 PG 8
2:10 PG 9
2:20 PG 10
2:30 Invited Speaker - Prashant Zaveri
2:50 PG 11
3:00 PG 12
3:10 PG 13
3.20 PG 14
3:30 Coffee Break
Session Chair - Karl Lyons TBC
4:00 Invited Speaker - Jonathan Broadbent
4:20 PG 15
4:30 PG 16
4:40 PG 17
4:50 PG 18
5:00 Award of Ivoclar Vivadent prize to best student presenter and closing remarks (Mauro Farella)

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