Akihiko Yoshida, MDT, Japan
Master-Ceramists & Technician, Private practice
Technical instructor at Tufts University, Dept. of Post-Graduate Prosthodontics, in Boston.
Lecturer at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Executive Board member of SCAD.
Four-time Masterpiece Technician in the Japanese Quintessence of Dental Technology.
Lecture title: Dentist Technician Communications
Mr. Yoshida graduated from the Dental Technician School at Nihon University, and then successfully acquired a dental technician position at the Tanaka Dental Clinic in Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan. In 1991. Mr. Yoshida was appointed as Technical Instructor in the Department of Postgraduate Prosthodontics at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1994. He has also been named Adjunct Faculty for the Center for Esthetic Dentistry at the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry.
Stavros Pelekanos, DDS, MSc, Greece
Asst. Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Dental School, University of Athens
Lecture title: Treatment modalities in developing the transmucosal contour around implants. What is new?
Stavros received his undergraduate degree in Dentistry (D.D.S.) in 1991 from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. In 1993, he obtained his doctoral degree in Prosthodontics (Dr med. Dent) from the University of Freiburg (Prof. Dr. J.R. Strub), Germany. Following his professional training, Dr. Pelekanos established a private practice in Athens, oriented towards prosthodontics, implantology and aesthetic dentistry.
In 2002, he was appointed in the academic faculty at the Department of Prosthodontics, Dental School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, where he served as an Assistant Professor in Prosthodontics until September 2018.
Taiseer Sulaiman, DDS, PhD, KSA
Division Director of Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials
Department of Restorative Sciences
UNC School of Dentistry
Dr. Sulaiman received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Mosul in 2003. He was appointed as a full-time clinical instructor in the College of Dentistry, University of Mosul and lecturer at the AEGD program at the Dental Specialty Clinics (2003-05). After that, he moved to Ajman in the UAE where he was a clinical instructor and clinic group director at the Ajman University of Science and Technology.
In 2010, Sulaiman moved back to the US where he joined the Tokushinkai Dental Group in California as a dental advisor. Sulaiman earned a clinical certificate in Operative Dentistry and a PhD in biomaterial sciences through a combined program supported by UNC and the University of Turku, Finland. He has been recognized with the 2014 Teaching Assistant of the Year Award and has been active in pre-clinical and clinical teaching.