2024 Officers & Board of Directors
Dr Harjit Singh Sehgal
About Dr Harjit Singh Sehgal
Dr. Sehgal is an Associate Professor and co-director of Predoctoral Periodontics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Dentistry in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology (ABP) and serves as a board examiner as well as on various committees of the ABP and the AAP. Dr. Sehgal directs many periodontology courses and teaches both pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral residents. Dr. Sehgal has over 15 years of clinical and research experience. His current research is focused on clinical investigations of opioid prescribing behaviors, CBCT accuracy, electronic health records, dental quality measures and oral-systemic interrelationships. He serves as a reviewer for many scientific journals including Journal of Periodontology, Clinical Advances in Periodontics, Special Care in Dentistry and Journal of Dental Education. He is currently also working as the co-editor of a textbook on Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials in Dentistry. In addition to active participation in clinical research, Dr. Sehgal also maintains a cutting-edge dental practice limited to periodontics and implant dentistry in the OHSU Faculty Dental Practice.
Dr Giles B. Horrocks, DDS,MS
About Dr Giles B. Horrocks
Dr Horrocks graduated from the College of Dentistry at the University of Oklahoma and spent four years with the Indian Health Service as a general dentist. He completed his specialty training in Periodontology in the Department of Medicine and Surgery at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As the founder of Boulder Periodontics, he has a passion for delivering a world-class patient experience with expert clinical care. He is a key opinion leader for a variety of dental surgical companies. As a writer, his work has been published in the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, he has contributed to a chapter in Piezosurgery® Assisted Ridge Expansion (Quintessence), and also a chapter in Minimally Invasive Dental and Implant Surgery (by Wiley Blackwell). As an educator, he has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and lectures around the world on Advanced Piezosurgery® and Controlled Assisted Ridge Expansion.
Raised in a travelling military family, Dr Horrocks graduated high school in Germany and achieved the level of Eagle Scout. He successfully completed the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and also enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, golf, and raising his three teenage boys.
Dr W. Peter Nordland
About Dr W. Peter Nordland
Peter Nordland DMD, MS earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania, and his Doctorate in Dental Medicine at Temple University in 1979. Dr. Nordland then completed a General Practice Residency at the Gerry Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital and the Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Nordland enrolled in a heavily research biased master’s Periodontal Residency Program under Dr. Jan Egelberg. Upon entering private practice Dr. Nordland utilized his Loma Linda research and combined it with surgical knowledge to develop a new regenerative surgical procedure which he termed “The Connective Tissue Graft”. Dr. Nordland presented his novel surgical procedure to the Western Society of Periodontology and was soon presenting his new surgical procedure across the United States for nearly every dental school. As the popularity and success of the surgical technique grew, Dr. Nordland was asked to present his techniques for the American Academy of Periodontology and connected with Dr. P.D. Miller who was pursuing the predictability of root coverage. They met, compared surgical ideas, and decided to meet at every AAP meeting to continue to share ideas. Dr. Miller brought in a friend, Dr. Pat Allen who was also interested in soft tissue regenerative procedures. In 1987 the three decided to create an annual study group and invited colleagues who were interested and had also published on soft tissue regeneration. This elite group grew in popularity and invited colleagues from around the world to present new ideas for the purpose of group sharing and learning. Dr. Nordland wished to call the organization The International Society of Oral Plastic Surgeons whereas Dr. Miller favored Periodontal Plastic Surgeons. The name was changed to the International Society of Periodontal Plastic Surgeons and was led by Dr. Nordland for close to 30 years.
Dr. Nordland has continued to develop new instruments for microsurgery, publish original papers on Oral Plastic Surgery and has now taught in North, South and Central Americas, Asia, India, and Europe. Dr. Nordland has been on the editorial boards of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Nordland taught hands-on “Periodontal Plastic Microsurgical” Courses for 19 years at the Newport Coast Oral-Facial Institute and has been an Associate Professor of Periodontics at Loma Linda University for over 25 years. Most recently Dr. Nordland has written the chapter on “Periodontal Plastic Surgery” for the 5th Edition of Dr. Goldstein’s textbook Esthetics in Dentistry. Dr Nordland is on the Executive Council of the Western Society of Periodontology and the prestigious American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and will be president of the AAED in 5 years.
Dr Satish S. Kumar, DMD, MDSc, MS
About Dr Satish S. Kumar
Dr. Satish Kumar currently serves as a tenured Professor and Director of Periodontics at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH), A. T. Still University (ATSU) in Mesa, Arizona. As a full-time faculty member, Dr. Kumar spends most of his time providing surgical care at ASDOH. When he is not treating patients, he is supervising students, lecturing, pursuing research, and overseeing clinical operations and administration. Prior to joining ASDOH, Dr. Kumar served as a full-time faculty and provided patient care at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California and at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Kumar’s educational background includes advanced specialty training in periodontics, dental implant surgery, oral medicine, temporomandibular disorders, and orofacial pain, all at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kumar is a board- certified specialist and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, the American Board of Oral Medicine, and the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Kumar’s research training includes basic science research to understand oral carcinogenesis, clinical research design and management, and evidence-based health care. Dr Kumar is a Fellow of the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Leadership Institute and Fellow of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Kumar is a certified evidence reviewer by the American Dental Association (ADA) Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry where he taught the practice of applying best available clinical research evidence to patient care and served as a consultant to the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. He is a frequently invited speaker and provides continuing education courses in his areas of clinical expertise throughout the country.
Dr. Kumar has won many awards for his efforts in education as well as research including American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Foundation’s Educator Scholarship, AAP’s Balint Orban Memorial Award for Clinical Research and American Academy of Oral Medicine’s Lester Burket Memorial Award. Dr. Kumar has published 75 original articles, reviews, critical summaries, and book chapters. Dr. Kumar is a member of many professional organizations including ADA, AAP, and Western Society of Periodontology (WSP). He serves on numerous committees at his institution (ATSU-ASDOH) and national professional organizations including AAP, AAP Foundation, and ADEA. He is a peer reviewer for high impact scientific journals in dentistry and medicine and served as an invited editorial contributor in Practice Update Clinical Dentistry, an online resource for evidence summaries from latest published research in dental journals.
Dr Bobby Birdi DMD, Dip. Perio, Dip. Pros, MSc, FRCD(C), FACP, DABP
BC Perio Dental Health & Implant Center 501 - 777 W Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 4J7,Canada
About Dr Bobby Birdi
Dr. Birdi received his DMD with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan. He then moved to Minnesota to pursue post-graduate specialty training at the University of Minnesota
in both periodontics and prosthodontics. He is a Fellow and previous Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and a Diplomate of both the American Board of Periodontology, and the American Board of Prosthodontics. Dr. Birdi is one of the very few board certified dual specialists in periodontics and prosthodontics in North America, and the first specialist in the world to attain board certification in these two specialties in both the USA and Canada.
Dr. Birdi is also a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, a member of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada, and a member of the American Academy of Periodontology. Furthermore, he is a member of the board of directors for the Western Society of Periodontology.
He is a reviewer for the Journal of Oral Implantology, Clinical Advances in Periodontics, and the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI). He has recently been appointed to the board of The Journal of Clinical and Practical Oral Implantology.
Dr. Birdi has academic affiliations at the University of British Columbia and the University of Minnesota, where he is involved in research projects and clinical trials. Dr. Birdi also lectures internationally on perio-prosthetic implant therapy. Dr. Birdi also actively lectures both nationally and internationally in the fields of implant surgery and prosthetics, as well as esthetic dentistry.
Dr. Birdi is the co-founder of the Digital Dentistry Institute which is a learning organization for his fellow dentists. He is also currently practicing at the BC Perio Dental Health & Implant Centres in Vancouver. His practice focuses on comprehensive periodontal and prosthetic treatment with a major focus on esthetics and implant dentistry.
About Dr Alexandre-Amir Aalam
Dr. Aalam graduated with a DDS degree from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice (France). He, subsequently, specialized in Advanced Periodontics at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USA). Dr. Aalam is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology and a Fellow of the International College of Dentist. The French Society and the California Society of Periodontology awarded Dr. Aalam for his contribution to clinical research in the field of implant dentistry. Dr. Aalam is a Clinical Associate Professor at the USC School of Dentistry in the department of Advanced Periodontics. In 2012, Dr. Aalam was appointed as the USC dental school representative on the Board of Governor and in 2019 as a member of the Board of Counselor. He maintains a private practice in Los Angeles limited to Periodontics and Reconstructive Implant Dentistry. Dr. Aalam lectures and publishes in the field of dental implant and site development procedures.
About Dr Gerald Drury
A Chicago native, Dr. Drury earned a B.A. in psychology, a B.S. in dentistry, as well as a D.D.S. from the University of Illinois. He holds a master’s degree in physiology from the Medical College of Virginia. Having interned at the Northeast Florida State Hospital, he practiced general dentistry for four years in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. He then decided to specialize in Periodontics, earning the Certificate in Periodontics at LSU and a research award from the American Association of Dental Research. He still returns to LSU annually as an instructor for its Periodontal Board Review course.
Dr. Drury began what has become more than 36 years’ teaching at the USC School of Dentistry; for the first two years, he taught full-time, after which he has remained as Clinical Professor and Course Director on a part-time status, earning a teaching award from USC Post-Graduate Periodontics. Since 1980 he has practiced Periodontics and dental implants in Hermosa Beach, California.
Dr. Drury possesses a sterling history of leadership and service in his profession. Service for the American Board of Periodontology has included positions of past Director and former Chairman, as well as newsletter Editor. He has served as a trustee for the American Academy of Periodontology from 2012 to the present. For the California Society of Periodontists he has served as Periodontal Peer Review Chairman for nearly 20 years and also served as their president. In addition he is the recipient of their outstanding public service award. His work for the Western Society of Periodontology has included not only a past presidency, but also as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the Western Society of Periodontology. Dr. Drury is the Ethics Chairman for the Western Los Angeles Dental Society. Listed in Who’s Who in America, he has lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally.
Excellence in writing has been an important part of Dr. Drury’s service. A Certified Dental Editor, he also received a journalism award from the International College of Dentists. He is Periodontal Peer-Review Chairman for the California Dental Association. Additionally, he has written scores of original articles.
About Todd Goldman
Todd Goldman has worked in the dental industry for some 30 years. He has been a consultant for many associations inside and out of dentistry and has been a publisher for those 30 years. Some of his current and past clients include The American Academy of Periodontology, The Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, The Chicago Dental Society, The Academy of General Dentistry, Florida Medical Association, The American Library Association, The National Association of Health Underwriters and the United States Tennis Association. Mr Goldman has overseen the complete overhaul of numerous dental associations, meetings, dental journals and publications during his three decades in the dental field. Goldman Association Management has been featured in Tradeshow Week for its expertise for twice growing the AGD Annual Meeting into the fastest-growing medical meeting in the US (1995 and 1997). In that light, he has literally generated tens of millions of dollars for dental associations in his career.
In the first 18 months of management of the WSP, GAM has grown the WSP by 40% in the first year alone and currently has taken the WSP from 4 team sessions a year to 18 for 2022. Along with event growth sponsorship has grown from non-existent to over 250K for 2021 alone.
Goldman Association Management will manage all aspects of the Western Society of Periodontology and all members are welcome to contact him at any time. As well, they manage the Oregon Society of Periodontists, Arizona Society of Periodontists, Washington State Society of Periodontists, Rocky Mountain Society of Periodontists and Inter-mountain Society of Periodontists.
Todd Goldman grew up in Miami, is a graduate of the University of Miami in Political Science, and has lived in the Tampa Bay Area with his wife (Deb) and four children for the past 29 years.
In the first 18 months of management of the WSP, GAM has grown the WSP by 40% in the first year alone and currently has taken the WSP from 4 team sessions a year to 15 in 2017. Along with event growth sponsorship has grown from non-existent to over 100K in just 18 months.
Goldman Association Management will manage all aspects of the Western Society of Periodontology and all members are welcomed to contact him at any time. As well, they manage the Oregon Society of Periodontists, Arizona Society of Periodontists and Inter-mountain Society of Periodontists.
Todd Goldman grew up in Miami, is a graduate of the University of Miami in Political Science, and has lived in the Tampa Bay Area with his wife (Deb) and four children for the past 24 years.