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Periodontics

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects periodontal tissues. These tissues include the gums, the periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone supporting the teeth. Poor oral hygiene, genetics and systemic disease (along with smoking) influence the occurrence of gum disease — a chronic condition that leads to tooth loss if left untreated, and affects a staggering 40% of the adult population in the United States.

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About Periodontics

Periodontics is the specialty of dentistry that encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the periodontal tissues that support and surround the teeth. The practice of periodontics is focused on prolonging the life of teeth with periodontal disease by utilizing resective and regenerative surgical approaches. Periodontics also encompasses the provision of surgical alveolar augmentation, surgical implant placement and mucogingival surgery for supporting and enhancing esthetic dental prostheses.

Education and Training

The Periodontics Certificate Program

The Periodontics Certificate is offered as a combined degree with a MS in Oral Sciences or a PhD in Oral Biology. This clinical program is well balanced with a research training program to train students for academic, research or clinical careers. Apart from research our program also involves teaching as an important component of training. The postgraduate students participate in mandatory tier-based teaching in predoctoral clinics during the 2nd and 3rd years of training.

The graduates from our program are serving as leaders in dental education in the United States as well as across the world. Graduates of our program have also received several generous awards and scholarships from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Foundation. Some of our notable award recipients in the recent past include:

  • Dr. Abhiram Maddi (Abram & Sylvia Chasens Fellowship 2012; AAP Teaching Fellowship 2016)
  • Dr. Srinivas Myneni (AAP Educator Award 2014)
  • Dr. Bin-Yan Wang (Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship 2010)
  • Dr. Giuseppe Intini (AAP Teaching Fellowship 2008)

Advanced Periodontics Fellowship Program

The Periodontics fellowship program is a one-year CE program offered as a post-certificate program that allows specialization in advanced implant surgery and mucogingival surgery. 

Our Faculty and Staff

The Periodontics division houses nationally and internationally recognized award-winning faculty. A majority of our faculty have received doctoral and post-doctoral clinical and research training and have DDS and PhD degrees. A majority of our faculty are also Diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology, making them highly qualified clinicians.

Full-Time Faculty

Stephen Abel

Associate Professor; Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Community and Professional Initiatives; Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2836

Email: sabel2@buffalo.edu

Sebastian Ciancio

Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3848

Email: ciancio@buffalo.edu

Robert Cohen

Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: rcohen@buffalo.edu

Abhiram Maddi DDS PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Periodontics And Endodontics

250B Squire Hall, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6182; Fax: (716) 829-6840

Email: amaddi@buffalo.edu

Robert Schifferle

Associate Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics; Department of Oral Biology

318 Foster Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2013

Email: res@buffalo.edu

Othman Shibly

Clinical Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: shibly@buffalo.edu

Lisa Yerke

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: lmyerke@buffalo.edu

Joseph Zambon

Dean, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

325 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2460; Fax: (716) 833-3517

Email: sdm_dean@buffalo.edu

Part-Time Faculty

Sebastiano Andreana

Associate Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862

Email: andrean@buffalo.edu

Robert J. Genco PhD, DDS

SUNY Distinguished Professor; Director of UB Microbiome Center

Department of Oral Biology & Microbiology & Immunology

121 Foster Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3113; Fax: (716) 645-3341

Email: rjgenco@buffalo.edu dnicosia@buffalo.edu

Joshua Grant

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: jpgrant@buffalo.edu

John Lazarus

Clinical Instructor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: jlazarus@buffalo.edu

Michael Levine

Clinical Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: mlevine@buffalo.edu

Isolde Rojas-Rudolph

Clinical Assistant Professor; Research Associate Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: isoldero@buffalo.edu

Eric Schroeder

Clinical Instructor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: es42@buffalo.edu

Volunteer Faculty

Michael Barnett

Clinical Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: barnett6@buffalo.edu

Talal Zahid

Clinical Instructor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: tmzahid@buffalo.edu

Staff

Michele Bessinger

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2885

Email: mbessing@buffalo.edu

Carmella Feroleto

Research Project Aide

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: cwillis@buffalo.edu

Paula Fischer

Project Coordinator for Rural Dentistry Program

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

114 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6240

Email: pmfische@buffalo.edu

Misty Garrett

Dental Hygienist

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

Squire Hall

Email: mistygar@buffalo.edu

Shirley Hammond

School-Based Program Dental Hygienist

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

Mobile Dental Unit

Phone: (716) 969-1076, (716) 560-5127

Email: sah25@buffalo.edu

Sandra Law

Dental Hygienist

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: sblaw@buffalo.edu

Michelle Moffitt

Adjunct Instructor; Dental Hygienist

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: mlmeyers@buffalo.edu

Barbara Sutton

Secretary 1

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: blsutton@buffalo.edu