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Clinical Excellence Day 2017


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: Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
Cost: Free

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The event is free, but please register your interest in participating, so we have your details for CPD, and for catering purposes. 

Registration for 2017 has now closed.

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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

Ajith PolonowitaDr Ajith D Polonowita

Head of Discipline Oral Medicine

Ajith graduated from Otago in dentistry and specialised in Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine from the University of Melbourne. He is a registered specialist in Australia and New Zealand and currently holds positions with board of Studies RACDS and Equivalence committee for AHPRA. He is also Academic Lead in Oral Pathology and Medicine at La Trobe University and Head of Oral Medicine at University of Otago. Ajith also has specialist Private services in Australia, Canterbury and Otago.

Ajith has published widely and also reviewer for many peer reviewed Journals.

Warwick DuncanProfessor Warwick Duncan


Professor Duncan's primary research activities involve the fields of Periodontology and Dental Implantology. His expertise is in the use of animal models for testing therapeutic strategies in these fields, including clinical, microbiological, histomorphometric, and radiomorphometric analysis of peri-implant, periodontal, and maxillofacial tissues.

He has international collaborations with universities and implant companies in Korea, South Africa, North America, and Switzerland. He is also involved in basic science and epidemiological research in the areas of clinical periodontics, dental implantology, forensics, and comparative anatomy.

Jonathan BroadbentAssociate Professor Jonathan Broadbent

BDS PhD PGDipComDent

Dr Broadbent's research interests include the epidemiology of dental caries, tooth loss, and periodontal disease. He has special interests in dental longitudinal research and inequalities in dental health.

Sergio SalisDr Sergio Salis

BDS, MDS (Otago), MRACDS (Prosthodontics), FADI

He is currently in specialist practice restricted to Prosthodontics and is 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.

Li MeiDr Li (Peter) Mei


Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago and a a registered specialist in orthodontics in New Zealand. He was previously based at the University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and West China School of Stomatology, Sichuan University, China.

His research expertise is in oral biofilm formation, bacterial adhesion, and enamel demineralization. He has a patent as the primary inventor (Oral biofilm collector). He is a member of several international professional organizations, including the IADR, European Orthodontic Society, New Zealand Association of Orthodontists, Chinese Orthodontic Society, American Association of Orthodontists and World Federation of Orthodontists. He has published over thirty-five original articles in peer-reviewed international journals, and serves as reviewer for various international journals. Peter has been the recipient of several national and international awards.

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10:00 Professor Alison Rich, Deputy Dean, Faculty Of Dentistry Welcome
Session 1 Chair - Professor Mauro Farella
10:05 Invited Speaker - Dr Ajith Polonowita White lesions - improving early diagnosis
10:25 Aravind Parachuru Venkata Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in a paediatric dental patient
10:35 Soo-Wee Ong Implant dentistry: a truly multi-disciplinary approach
10:45 Adlin Suhaimi Pre-radiation dental assessment: predicting the future
10:55 Sponsor Ivoclar Vivadent
11:00 Morning Tea
Session 2 Chair - Professor Darryl Tong TBC
11:30 Invited Speaker - Dr Jason Erasmus Nothing ever changes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  Yeah right!
12:00 Nurul Ibrahim Are the margins clear? - The use of intra-operative frozen section biopsies for a recurrent maxillary ameloblastoma
12:10 Victoria Kashchuk Biliary atresia: dental considerations and management
12:20 Fiona Firth Now you see it, now you don't! The interdisciplinary management of impacted maxillary canines
12:30 Presentation from KaVo Kerr
12:35 Lunch
Session 3 Chair - Dr Don Schwass
1:30 Invited Speaker - Dr Jonathan Broadbent Variation in dentistry
1:50 Nawal Abdul Rahman Lip squamous cell carcinoma: multiple biopsies and excision by lip shave
2:00 Osvaldo Gonzalez Interdisciplinary dental management of a special needs patient
2:10 Leonard Chia Coagulation: too much of a good thing?
2:20 Nina Scott Invasive cervical resorption
2:30 Invited Speakers: Professor Warwick Duncan & Dr Sergio Salis S.O.S - my implant needs rescuing!
3:10 Presentation from Dentsply
Session 4 Chair - Dr Joseph Antoun
3:15 Will Sew Hoy A case of missing lower premolars: to close space or not to close space?
3:25 Adil Al Kharusi Orofacial pain
3:35 Hitesh Navani Can we regrow dental pulps? Revitalisation of an immature permanent tooth - treatment challenges
3:45 Invited Speaker - Dr Prashant Zaveri Laser assisted soft-tissue management for orthodontic patients – a clinical perspective
4:15 Austin Kang Can we grow mandibles? Orthodontic management of a severe skeletal class II malocclusion
4:25 Invited Speaker: Dr Li Mei Clinical management of biofilm formation in orthodontics
4:40 Award of Ivoclar Vivadent prize to best student presentation
4:50 Closing Remarks

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