Sean P. Edwards - Keynote Speaker!


Clinical Associate Professor of Dentistry, Associate Professor of Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry

Dr. Edwards received his dental degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He then came to the University of Michigan where he completed his medical degree and residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He then completed fellowship training in pediatric cleft and craniofacial surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. A second fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular surgery brought him back to the University of Michigan where he has since remained as faculty.

Professionally, Dr. Edwards is the Chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the Associate Chair for Research in the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His research has focused on cleft and craniofacial care and sleep disorders, their genesis and treatment. Dr. Edwards serves on many regional, national, and international committees, has served as a section editor for the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and reviews for many journals.

Nardy Casap - Breakout Session #1


Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel

After completion of his residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Hadassah Medical Center, he spent two years in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of California, San-Francisco.

Prof. Casap is a past chairman of the Israeli Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Israel chancellor of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is an active member of the Israel Dental Association Scientific Committee, Chairman of the Israeli Maxillofacial Professional Committee, and Chairman of the National Accreditation Committee for Dental Specialization Programs. 

Prof. Casap is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Quintessence International and numerous others. He has over 70 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. His main research interests are: orthognathic and craniofacial surgery, navigation surgery systems, bone reconstruction, bone morphogenetic proteins, endoscopic surgery and periosteal distraction.

Shahram Ghanaati - Breakout Session #2


Vice Director, Head of research laboratory FORM Head of Head and Neck Center of UCC (University Center for Cancer Diseases)

Medical Center of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Department for Oral, Cranio-Maxillofacial and Facial Plastic Surgery

Prof. Shahram Ghanaati has a triple doctorate in medicine, dentistry and science (MD, DMD, PhD) from the German universities Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz and Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. From 2007 to 2013, he successfully completed his residency at the Clinic of Oral, Cranio-Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt.

Today, he leads the Head and Neck Oncology section at the University Cancer Center, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt and is an Associate Professor at the Clinic of Oral, Cranio-Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery and a faculty member at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt.

Prof. Ghanaati has performed a series of translational studies (preclinical and clinical) with special focus on biomaterial-related cellular reaction and regeneration capacity. Since 2005, he has extensively studied the inflammatory pattern and regeneration capacity of biomaterials with respect to different physicochemical properties. He developed a biomaterial-based technique for extraoral skin regeneration which received 510 (k) in USA in 2017. Presently, he is a research consultant for the world’s leading manufacturer of biomaterials. In 2009 he founded the FORM-Lab (Frankfurt Orofacial Regenerative Medicine) and has lead it ever since.

Prof. Ghanaati preformed more than 80 lectures at national and international congresses and gave more than 40 courses and workshops on GTR & GBR in Implantology as well as on regenerative concepts and blood concentrates.

James C. Melville - Breakout Session #3


Associate Professor

Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral, Head & Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Dr. Melville earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and history from the University of California Santa Barbara and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2005.  He completed a General Practice Residency at the University of California San Francisco in 2006 and served as assistant professor there until 2007.  Dr. Melville then pursued and completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. After his surgical residency, Dr. Melville remained at the University of Miami to complete a two-year fellowship in maxillofacial head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstructive surgery 

Dr. Melville practices and teaches residents at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston Methodist Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

His primary interests include maxillofacial trauma, head and neck oncology, head and neck microvascular surgery, facial reconstruction, bone-grafting, tissue-engineering, medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw, and osteoradionecrosis of the jaw

Dr. Melville is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Fellow of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons, and American College of Surgeons. He acts as a reviewer for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery