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The Division of Periodontology produces graduates with advanced specialty training in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease, especially for patients who are medically compromised. 

Full-Time Faculty

Mohanad Al-Sabbagh, DDS, MS, Division Chief of Periodontology and Program Director of Graduate Periodontology
Samuel J. Jasper, DDS, MS, Program Director of Predoctoral Periodontology
Sue P. Humphrey, BS, MS, Associate Professor
Dolphus R. Dawson III, DMD, MS Assistant Professor
Pinar Emecen Huja, DDS, PHD, Assistant Professor
Jeffrey L. Ebersole, BA, PhD, Alvin L. Morris Professor of Oral Health Research, Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Director of the Center for Oral Health Research

Part-Time Faculty

Doug Neuman, DMD, MS
Justin Clemens, DDS, MS
Jerry Stovall, DMD
Tom Rubino, DDS
Neal Shepherd, DDS


Dr. Elliot Neuman
Dr. John  Ferrin
Dr. James Vellis
Dr. Nathan Johnson
Dr. Samer Faraj
Dr. Michael Piepgrass
Dr. Tyresia White

The program is a full-time course of study consisting of clinical, research, and didactic components.

The goal of the program is to prepare individuals for careers in either academic periodontology or private specialty practice.

Educational Emphasis

The didactic component consists of seminars and coursework in a variety of subjects including periodontal biology and pathology, periodontal therapy, implantology and biomaterials, management of medically compromised patients, conscious sedation, and epidemiology. A strong emphasis is placed on evidence-based decision-making and the program has a repository of evidence-based diagnostic and treatment protocols that are used in the delivery of patient care. Graduate students document and present their cases in a formal case presentation/treatment planning seminars.  The case analysis and defense exercises are patterned after the oral examination of the American Board of Periodontology.

In keeping with the philosophy of the College of Dentistry, the collegial atmosphere of the program encourages close contact with the faculty. The program has a rich heritage, and graduates have gone on to positions of importance in the specialty. During the 1960’s, the program was one of the most progressive and innovative in the country, and in the mid-1980’s was one of the first to offer formal coursework in implantology. This heritage of innovation continues as current graduate students are exposed to a wide range of therapeutic modalities, including regenerative therapy, implantology and sinus augmentation.

Clinical Experiences

The program is especially strong in the areas of management of medically compromised patients, implant surgery, conscious sedation, and cosmetic surgery. Residents place numerous implants, as well as performing sinus augmentations and a wide range of periodontal surgical procedures. There are numerous opportunities for multidisciplinary interaction with other dental and medical clinicians.

There is a rotation on anesthesiology, and all graduate students are required to become ACLS-certified.

Close cooperation with colleagues in other disciplines (orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, prosthodontics, otolaryngology, biomedical engineering) is encouraged, as are interdisciplinary seminars and educational opportunities.


The faculty of the Division of Periodontology includes six full-time periodontists, one dental hygienist, and an immunologist. Seminars are often given by faculty from specialties and healthcare disciplines (e.g., Oral Medicine and Radiology, Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, Otorhinolaryngology, Biomedical Engineering) also participate in educational seminars.


The Graduate Periodontics clinic is located on the fourth floor of the Dental Science Building. The clinic complex is state-of-the-art and well-equipped, and consists of nine treatment rooms, a sterilization area, and reception areas. Each treatment room has its own computer terminal, with access to our computerized risk assessment technology and images. The College has digitized radiology services (including a Cone-Beam CT unit). A large variety of other instruments and materials is available for use (e.g., Laser unit Periolase 7, piezosurgery unit).

Visiting Scholar Shadowing Program

The Visiting Scholar Shadowing Program is designed for applicants interested in a short continuing education rotation in clinical periodontology. This program does not lead to a Certificate of Proficiency or graduate degree.  A Certificate of Completion of the Visiting Scholar Shadowing Program is awarded.  The Visiting Scholar Shadowing Program is a continuing education program that can be arranged according to the applicant’s area(s) of interest.  The program can vary in length from one week to one month and can be extended on the discretion of the Graduate Program Director.  The program may involve clinical or basic sciences, teaching, research, or various combinations of those components.  Tuition will depend on the duration of study in the program.  Financial support is not available.