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Days of conferences


Prof. Hugo De Bruyn
Sessions Chairman

Session 1 :Anterior Aesthetics

Friday 14th October

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Prof. Pär-Olov Östman

Dr Pär-Olov Östman (DDS, PhD, MD) received his dental degree from the University of Umeå, Sweden. He holds a PhD from Dep. of Biomaterials, Institute for Surgical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden. He has been visiting Professor at Dep. Periodontology and Oral Implantology. Dental School University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences University of Ghent, Belgium and Visiting Professor Dental School University Hospital, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.  For the last 30 years he run a private practice in Falun, Sweden. He has authored several scientific articles both in oral pathology and implantology. He has lectured extensively in implant dentistry during the last 20 years. Currently he is also consultant for Southern Implants, South Africa.

Dr Stephen Chu

Dr. Stephen Chu, DMD, MSD, CDT, received his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and his master's degree in restorative dentistry and certificate in post-graduate Fixed Prosthodontics from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He subsequently obtained his dental technician certification in dental ceramics and ASMDT status at New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Chu is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Chu maintains a private practice limited to fixed prosthodontics, aesthetic, and implant dentistry in New York City.

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Dr Jean-Pierre Gardella

Dr. GARDELLA graduated from University of Aix-Marseille in 1985.
He then obtained his Diploma in Periodontology, in Implantology Implantology, Occlusodontology and in Medical-Legal Odontology. He is a former scientific vice-president of of the French Society of Periodontology and
of Oral Implantology. He is Past President of the French Society of Periodontology and Oral Implantology of the South-East.
Member of the EFP (European Federation of Periodontology),
Member of the EAO (European Association for Osseointegration), Member of the AAP
(American Academy of Periodontology) and Member of the AO (Academy of Osseointegration). Lecturer in the framework of the University Diplomas in Periodontology and Oral Implantology.
Author of numerous national and international conferences and Author of numerous national and international publications. He is the founder of the IAED (Institute for Advanced and Esthetic Dentistry): Center
of clinical training in Implantology. Private practice limited to Periodontics and Implantology (Marseille)

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Prof. Stefan Vandeweghe

Stefan Vandeweghe completed his studies in dentistry at Ghent University in 2006 and subsequently specialized in oral implantology. In 2010, he obtained his PhD with his thesis “Factors affecting bone remodeling around surface-modified Southern Implants”. From 2010 to 2011, Dr. Vandeweghe was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Malmö, Sweden, before he returned to Belgium, where he started his private practice. In addition, he continued his research at Ghent University, where he became Professor and Head of the department of Reconstructive Dentistry in 2017.


Dr Dominic O’Hooley

Dr O'Hooley qualified at Liverpool University in 1993 and after working in hospital dentistry, has been committed to private dentistry for over two decades.


Dr O'Hooley is considerably experienced at placing and restoring implants simultaneous with bone grafting, sinus lifting and aesthetically challenging cases. He enjoys pushing boundaries of conventional dental implantology and has been deeply involved in exploring the potential of the Southern Implants Inverta implant paradigm. He lectures nationally and writes extensively in the dental press, most recently focusing on the science of COVID-19 as it relates to dentistry.

Dr Joseph Choukroun

Joseph Choukroun completed MD from University of Montpellier, France 1979 and is a Specialist in General Surgery, Anesthesiology from the same university. He is also a Specialist in Pain Management from University of Strasbourg France. He is the Owner of Private Pain Clinic, Nice France. He is the President of SYFAC,  international symposium on growth factors. Collaborating with Dr Schlicher he is the Inventor of the PRF techniques: L-PRF, A-PRF and i-PRF. He is a Researcher working in Form Lab at University of Frankfurt. He is the author of several scientific publications and is recognized as a prolific International Speaker.



Friday 14th October


Prof. Craig Barclay

Prof Barclay qualified BDS in 1986 from Glasgow, and took up his current NHS consultant post at Manchester in 2002. He is a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Honorary Professor in Maxillofacial Rehabilitation, Associate Dental Postgraduate Dean for Specialist Training and Director of Education for Manchester Dental Education Centre. He has published over 50 refereed papers, written three books and has lectured both nationally and internationally on head and neck cancer and dental implantology. He was a past President 2009-2010 for the British Society of Prosthodontics (BSSPD), and past Director of the MSc implant programme at the University of Manchester. He is the chair of chairs of all Dental Intercollegiate Speciality Fellowship Examinations, and is currently a MRD Examiner. He has won two NHS North West Innovation Awards in 2008 and 2009 and was awarded a MAHSC Chair in June 2014 in the field of Maxillofacial Rehabilitation.

Session 3 : Digital Workflow

Friday 14th October

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Dr Michael Tang

Michael qualified from the Glasgow Dental School in 2002 and proceeded to train and work in a mainly National Health Service clinic. Soon after graduating he developed a special interest in oral surgery and dental implant treatments. He pursued further training with the attendance of commercial courses, being mentored by leading clinicians in the field, as well as in academic institutions. In 2012, he was awarded a Masters in Dental Implantology.
In recent years he acquired a particular interest in digital planning and placement of implants. He has used and explored different systems from guides assisting with pilot drilling only to fully guided systems, and from 3D printing his own guides to guides manufactured externally. Michael was an early adopter of the SIREAL Guided System. As well as receiving referrals, he also provides mentoring to less experienced colleagues. Michael is currently a Clinical Teacher for the University of Central Lancashire’s Masters of Dental Implantology Qualification.

Dr Marco Tudts

Dr Marco Tudts graduated as a dentist at the KULeuven in 1991. He then followed a postgraduate course at the same university in aesthetic and prosthetic dentistry, which he successfully obtained in 1994. For 12 years he worked part-time at the KULeuven as a consultant in aesthetic-prosthetic dentistry with special research topics in complex rehabilitation.


From 1996 to present he runs a multidisciplinary private practice, Cosmident, with a focus on complex rehabilitations of heavily mutilated dental situations. From 2000-2004 he followed an intensive international program at NY Montefiore Medical Center, which led to a Master of Science in Dentistry Implantology.


In 2008 he opened a Look over Shoulder Training Facility for dentists with specific interest in implantology, 3D technology, CAD/CAM and  3D guided surgery. He is the founder of the BIOMET 3D Guided Navigator system (2008), and is a key opinion leader for Ivoclar, Southern Implants, Straumann, as well as a Dentsply Sirona CEREC Certified trainer.

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Dr Pietro Ferraris

Pietro Ferraris graduated with Honour  in 1992 from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pavia, Italy. Four years later Postgraduate  in Oral Surgery and Prosthetic Dentistry at Pavia University and he worked for the Maxillo-Facial Department as Student’s Tutor till 2000. In 2001 worked as Associate Surgeon in Oro-Maxillo-Facial service at Asti’s Hospital. In 2002 started to work in private practice in his Clinics in Alessandria and Asti SorridiSubito® Clinics.

Session 4 : Full Arch Rehabilitation

Saturday 15th October

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Dr Rudi Mukherjee

Dr Mukherjee BDS PGCertEd (UK) qualified from Kings College London in 2008, and on completion of VT training in 2009 started his  training in dental implantology at the Tatum Institute in Birmingham. He has since completed numerous training courses related to dental and implant rehabilitation across the UK, Europe and USA. After spending several years in private practice, Dr Mukherjee joined EvoDental in 2016 as Clinical Lead for the London Clinic to focus solely on full-arch implant rehabilitation before becoming Clinical Director of the whole group in 2020. He has lectured nationally and internationally on subjects related to full-arch implantology including pterygoid implants and digital workflows.

Dr Riz Syed

Dr Riz Syed qualified in 1999 at the Royal London Hospital and has worked extensively in the Oral & Maxillofacial surgical department and numerous specialist surgical practices. He completed extensive postgraduate studies in both implant and restorative dentistry, and has trained in America, Europe, Brazil and South Africa in advanced soft and hard tissue management and oral plastic surgery. He has also trained at the Royal College of Surgeons. He is a visiting surgeon and regular consultant to numerous surgeries across the UK. After more than 17 years of providing full arch treatment, Dr Syed has established himself as one of the UK's leading surgeons in same-day teeth (all-on-X), Southern Implants zygomatic and Nazalus protocols. His practice includes sinus grafting and hard and soft tissue grafting. He lectures both nationally and internationally and continues to give training to hundreds of implant surgeons across the UK.

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Dr Philippe Khayat

Paris-Master of Dental Sciences and Certificate in Periodontal Prosthetics from the University of Washington, Associate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington.


-Responsible for the scientific literature review of the University Diploma of Implantology at the University of Paris VII.

-Active member of the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Dental Club of Paris, the Société Française de Dentisterie Esthétique and the Cercle Franco.

- Publications in French and international journals including the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, Practical Periodontics and Aesthetics.

Dr Giovanni Nicoli

Giovanni Nicoli graduated in 1997 from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Brescia Italy. Five years later he specialised in Maxillo-Facial Surgery. He then worked at the Maxillo-Facial Department of Spedali Civili  Hospital Brescia until 2008. In the same year he established a Maxillo-Facial service at Esine’s Hospital. During this period he continued to work in private practice in his clinics.In 2014 he founded  the brand SorridiSubito® Clinics.

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Dr Petros Yuvanoglu

Dr. Petros Yuvanoglu qualified as a dentist in 1995, receiving his dental degree Summa Cum Laude from Semmelweis University in Budapest, graduating with exceptional high grade, top of his class as valedictorian. In 1998 he completed his 3-year full time post-graduate Specialist Prosthodontist training at Tufts University, Boston, U.S.A. and was awarded his Certificate in the Dental Specialty of Prosthodontics, where currently he holds an appointment as adjunct faculty. 
Since 1999 he is in full time private practice as a Specialist Prosthodontist focusing on the prosthodontic rehabilitation of teeth and dental implants. He is a renowned key lecturer at numerous national and international dental congresses. He has been invited as a speaker at numerous prestigious organizations, including the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (AAED), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the Pikos Institute. 
In 2011 together with Dr. Costa Nikolopoulos, he established the “SameDay Dental Implants” Clinic in Dubai, U.A.E. which has been awarded the title of Branemark Osseointegration Center Dubai and Zaga-Zygoma Implant Center Dubai. 

Dr Costa Nikolopoulos

Dr. Costa Nicolopoulos BDS cum laude, FFD (SA) MFOS qualified as a dentist in 1984 receiving his dental degree “cum laude” from Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa. He received numerous awards including the Gold Medal of the Dental Association of South Africa for the most outstanding graduate. In 1990 he completed his 4-year full time postgraduate Maxillo-Facial & Oral Surgery training at Wits University and was awarded FFD (SA) MFOS from the College of Medicine of South Africa.

Since 1991 he is in full time specialist Maxillo-Facial & Oral Surgery private practice concentrating on immediate loading of dental implants.  To date he has placed over 40.000 dental implants.

In 2011, with Dr Petros Yuvanoglu, he established the SameDay Dental Implants Clinic in Dubai where he is also the co-director of the Branemark Osseointergration Center as well as the ZAGA Zygoma Implant Center-Dubai.

Dr Costa has been an invited speaker at numerous organizations, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), Academy of Osseointegration (AO) American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (AAED) ,

Osseodensification Academy as  as the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI ).

He is also a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology ( ICOI) .


Session 5 : Posterior Treatments

Saturday 15th October

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Dr André Hattingh

Dr André Hattingh graduated as a dentist from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1991.
From 1996 - 2000 he followed a 4-year postgraduate Master's degree in Periodontology and
Oral Medicine at the same faculty, which he achieved with distinction. In more recent years
he completed a PhD at Ghent University in Belgium. André is author and co-author of
numerous scientific publications and has lectured both nationally and internationally. He
currently works full time in his private specialist referral practice in Sevenoaks, Kent, United

Dr Stavros Eleftheriou

Dr Eleftheriou is a specialist in oral surgery in the UK and a specialist in maxillofacial and oral surgery in Cyprus. After his graduation from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, he continued his surgical training in Israel (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Rambam Healthcare Campus, Haifa). Following the completion of his surgical training he travelled to Europe and North America for further refinement of his surgical techniques in oral and maxillofacial surgery, facial plastic surgery and implantology. In 2003, he established his practice in Cyprus, offering oral and maxillofacial surgery, facial cosmetic surgery and implantology. Started in 2015, his UK practice focuses on advanced implantology and reconstructive oral surgery. His main areas of expertise are alveolar bone reconstruction and regeneration, the treatment of atrophic maxilla with implants, full arch immediate loading restorations and implants in the aesthetic zone. Dr Eleftheriou mentors, lectures, and gives training and serves as an instructor and key opinion leader for several implant, surgical instrument and biomaterial companies.


Dr Patrick Palacci

Exclusive practice in implant surgery, Doctor of Dental Surgery since 1975, graduate of the University of Marseille, graduate of the University of Boston in 1981 in periodontology and Consultant Professor in 1982.

Studies and research in implant surgery with Prof. Brånemark and creation of the Osseointegration Brånemark Center (BOC) in Marseille. He has written articles in international medical journals and 3 books on implant and prosthetic treatment. Awarded the NobelPharma Award 1995 for his work.

Mr Graham Blackbeard

CEO Southern Implants
Graham Blackbeard has developed and manufactured heart valves, artificial hearts, a variety of dental implant products, tempro-mandibular joint prostheses and orthopedic arthroplasties.
In 1987 he established Southern Implants (Pty) Ltd. After 35 years, this South African manufacturer of Dental Implants has become a significant force in the international market by way of credible clinical data supporting an extensive and innovative product range. 
He has given presentations at the Academy of Osseointegration and the World Congress of Oral Implantology. 
He has co-authored a number of International Dental Implant Publications.

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