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McGill University - Faculty of Dentistry
Your news at the heart of your Faculty of Dentistry / Issue 67 / June 1st, 2016

"You are not the leaders of 'tomorrow', you're leaders today. Congrats @McGillU graduates. #McGillGrad2016"
 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 31 May 2016, 9:22 AM


Dear colleagues, 

I am writing to you on the day after yet another wonderful graduation ceremony for the Faculty. Fourteen graduate students and 34 dental students graduated in the big tent yesterday and then we had a fabulous “family” get-together to celebrate all these graduates in a more intimate fashion for lunch at the Ritz. On top of this, we celebrated 16 dental students receiving their licenses from the ODQ and multiple prizes for students and three teaching awards. As is always the case, the day was a wonderful celebration involving graduating students, their families and members of the Faculty. For all this, I would like to say a big thank you to all the professors contributing to the teaching of our dental and graduate students and all the support staff helping make our teaching programs happen. I would also like to say a big thank you to those who organized and ran yesterday’s events, including Michelle Dion, Patricia Bassett, Assunta Pompeo, Rosemary Cooke, Maria Palumbo and Nikoo Taghavi – due to your work, the day was a great success for all who participated. 

I am very proud to be part of our Faculty and I want to thank you for that. 

Paul Allison 
Dean, Faculty of Dentistry

Student Awards


Santana Rooyakkers, Hyun A Kim, Kevin Hong, Erica Abbey

Dr. Santana Rooyakkers

DR. A.W. THORNTON GOLD MEDAL, highest overall standing in the four years of the undergraduate program 

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ORTHODONTISTS AWARD, exceptional interest in the development of the oro-facial complex 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN ENDODONTICS, highest level of achievement related to endodontics 

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF DENTISTS - OUTSTANDING STUDENT LEADER AWARD, outstanding scholastic performance and demonstrated leadership

Dr. Jessica Couto

DR. JAMES McCUTCHEON MEDAL, outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship and professional achievement throughout the four years  

ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY’S SENIOR DENTAL STUDENT AWARD, academic scholastic balance between clinical and didactic basis courses of study and outstanding attributes conducive to exceptionally fine doctor-patient relationships 

CANADIAN ACADEMY OF RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY AND PROSTHODONTICS SCHOLAR AWARD, highest standing in the disciplines of both Operative and Prosthodontics

Dr. Marika Arnold

CANADIAN ACADEMY OF PERIODONTOLOGY BOOK PRIZE, outstanding in the field of periodontology  

DR. PAUL A. MARCHAND and MAURINE McNEIL MARCHAND PRIZE, highest degree of professionalism in patient management

Dr. Erica Abbey

DR. A. GERALD RACEY PRIZE, excellence in oral and maxillofacial surgery  

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY AWARD, most promise in pediatric dentistry 

DR. ANDRÉ CHAREST PRIZE, highest standing in oral and maxillofacial surgery 

DR. SOO KIM LAN PRIZE IN DENTISTRY, outstanding graduating student who is entering a Residency Program

Dr. Ravinder Kaur

PRIX MICHELINE-BLAIN – ACDQ PRIZE, serving the interests of colleagues throughout the university years

Dr. Ryan Campbell 

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEONS DENTAL STUDENT AWARD, outstanding performance in undergraduate study and clinical training in the area of oral and maxillofacial surgery and anesthesiology

Dr. Elsey Mota

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL RADIOLOGY AWARD, special interest and accomplishment in oral and maxillofacial radiology

Dr. Mathieu Savoie

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PROSTHODONTISTS PREDOCTORAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, awarded to an outstanding graduating student for excellence in prosthodontics. 

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY’S SENIOR STUDENT AWARD OF RECOGNITION, for excellence in the academic and clinical aspects of the DMD program



Ryan Campbell, Natalie Gai-Yum Liu, Stephen Wong, Jessica Couto, Janick Decoste

Dr. Hyun A Kim

DR. J.K. CARVER AWARD, second highest overall standing in the four years of the dental undergraduate program 

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ORAL BIOLOGISTS – ORAL BIOLOGY AWARD, high academic achievement with particular    emphasis placed on achievement in basic science courses.

Dr. Kevin Hong

DR. A.L. WALSH PRIZE, meritorious achievement in oral medicine throughout the clinical years 

McGill ALUMNAE SOCIETY PRIZE, excellence and high academic standing   

DR. MARVIN AND MANDY WERBITT AWARD IN PERIODONTICS, outstanding personal initiative and a strong academic standing in periodontology throughout the four year undergraduate program 

THE 3M ORAL CARE STUDENT CLINICAL AWARD,   excellence and superior aptitude in the use of conservative restorative materials in the final year of the clinical undergraduate program 

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PERIODONTOLOGY STUDENT AWARD, highest level of academic and clinical achievement related to Periodontics

Dr. Fatima Hennous

DR. W.G. LEAHY PRIZE, meritorious achievement in clinical dentistry throughout the clinical years

Dr. Anthony Rossi

CANADIAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD, outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship, character and humanity

Dr. Janick Decoste

PRIX D’EXCELLENCE JEAN ROBERT VINCENT, exceptional commitment to geriatric dentistry

Dr. Kristi Stefanison

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL PATHOLOGY AWARD, aptitude and achievement in oral and maxillofacial pathology 

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY AWARD, special interest and achievement in community dentistry and dental public health

Dr. Karim Rafla

PRIX DE L’ACADÉMIE DENTAIRE DU QUÉBEC – PRIX DE PROFESSIONNALISME, outstanding qualities of respect for others, compassion and dedication and initiative in providing oral health care to the community

Dr. Negaar Nadji

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF IMPLANT DENTISTRY UNDERGRADUATE DENTAL STUDENT AWARD, awarded for the most interest, academically and clinically in implant dentistry


Graduate & Teaching Awards

Dr. Mark Keboa (Graduate Award)

SHAHROKH ESFANDIARI GRADUATE AWARD, awarded for social equity, diversity and community service

Dr. Shahrokh Esfandiari (Teaching Award)

THE HOWARD S. KATZ EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD, superior teaching at the undergraduate level in the Faculty of Dentistry


Dr. Bob Clark (Teaching Award)

W.W. WOOD AWARD, excellence in Dental Education

Dr. Sara Behmanesh (Teaching Award)

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PERIODONTOLOGY OUTSTANDING TEACHING AND MENTORING IN PERIODONTICS AWARD, commitment to excellence in providing education in the full scope of clinical periodontics, and relaying that enthusiasm to students

Graduate Students


Dr. Ashwaq Al-Hashedi

“Decontamination of titanium dental implants using physical methods”

Dr. Huaifa Zhang

“Oxygen delivery scaffolds for tissue engineering”


Dr. Kelvin Afrashtehfar

“Knowledge translation for treatment planning in restorative and prosthetic dentistry”

Sandrine Couldwell

Dr. Azam Fayezi Sisi

 “Surface characterization of ti implants following contamination with biological fluids and effects of various chemical reagents on implant surface contamination”

Dr. Amal Gaber

 “Rural-urban differences in oral health-related quality of life”

Nicole Seo

 “The characterization of human salivary organoids grown in serum-free, low attachment culture” 

Dr. Fahad Siddiqui 

“Access to oral health care for persons who are d/Deaf in Montreal: a focused ethnography” 

Dr. Elham Vakili 

 “The impact of mandibular 4 mini dental implant supported over-denture on patient’s satisfaction and quality of life”



Dr. Haissam Dahan

“Comorbidities in a temporomandibular disorder patient population”

Dr. Nuha Hawas

“Towards effective oral healthcare management and provision: A mixed methods study on quality within academic dentistry in the UAE”

Dr. Zohreh Khavandgar

“Sphingomyelin phosphodiesterase 3, a critical regulator of bone and tooth mineralization”

Dr. Seung Hwan Lee

“Microglia and macrophages in different types of chronic pain”


Dr. Amarjot Singh

2016 DMD Graduates

Dr. Erica Abbey 

Dr. Daniel Abramov 

Dr. Marc Al Khoury 

Dr. Marika Arnold 

Dr. Natalie Arshat 

Dr. Amel Bouzid 

Dr. Hélène Bélanger 

Dr. Ryan Campbell 

Dr. Gabriel Cernica 

Dr. Hsuan-Yin Chu 

Dr. Cherry Man Ka Chui 

Dr. Jessica Couto 

Dr. Janick Decoste 

Dr. Heidi Gaied 

Dr. Fatima Hennous 

Dr. Kevin Hong 

Dr. Ravinder Kaur 


Dr. Hyun A Kim 

Dr. Ritu Anjali Kumar 

Dr. Natalie Gai-Yum Liu 

Dr. Meghann Lussier 

Dr. Mahroo Mofarrahi 

Dr. Elsey Mota 

Dr. Negaar Nadji 

Dr. Uyen Minh Pham 

Dr. Karim Rafla 

Dr. Santana Rooyakkers 

Dr. Anthony Rossi 

Dr. Kristin Sani 

Dr. Mathieu Savoie 

Dr. Amirhossein Haghayeghi 

Dr. Ezra Sebbag 

Dr. Kristi Stefanison 

Dr. Stephen Wong 

Congratulations 2016 graduates!

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