FDI World Dental Congress 2023: Meet six of our highlighted speakers

30 March 2023

This article was first published in the ADA’s News Bulletin, April 2023.

This year’s FDI World Dental Congress will, reflecting the well-run nature and quality of its predecessors, feature a high-quality main scientific programme (MSP) offering more than 220 sessions, and 175+ hours of valuable CPD content over four full days of unparalleled professional learning. The intent, notes former ADA President and Chair of the Scientific Programme Division, Dr Hugo Sachs, is to deliver a programme that “gives a very broad hands up on many, but not all the trends in dentistry”.

Major areas of content to be covered include both cutting-edge innovations, especially those of a digital nature and what Dr Sachs refers to as “the bread-and-butter aspects of dentistry”. The array of topics that will fall into either of these two key categories will be presented by a highly credentialled array of presenters from Australia and internationally.


Professor Bill Scarfe (USA)

A graduate of the University of Adelaide School of Dentistry (1982), Professor Scarfe was awarded Fellowship in the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (1986). Following the completion of a certificate in Dental Diagnostic Science and a Masters from the Graduate School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1992, Prof. Scarfe joined the faculty at the University of Louisville. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, the current Scientific Editor of the Oral Radiology Section of Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, and Oral Radiology, and he is on the Editorial Board of Angle and the Australian Dental Journal.

A past Treasurer of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and past Vice President of the International Association of Dento- Maxillofacial Radiology, Dr Scarfe has published extensively on cone beam computed tomographic (CBCT) imaging including recent consensus statements on general, implant, endodontic and orthodontic use guidelines. He has presented internationally as well as nationally and is active in research on the clinical applications of CBCT imaging.


– The ABCs of panoramic radiology (dento-radiology)

– Hiding in plain sight: the significance of radiographic incidental findings (dento-radiology)


Dr Georgios Romanos (USA)

A Professor of Periodontology/Director of Laser Education at Stony Brook University, New York, Dr Romanos is a Professor of Oral Surgery in Germany who is fully trained in periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery (Germany and USA). Board Certified in Oral Surg./Implant Dent. in Germany; Diplomate by the Am. Board of Periodontology; Past President of the Acad. of Osseointegration (AO) Foundation and Implantology Research Group (IADR); Fellow of Am. Assoc. for Dental Res., Int. College of Dentists, AO, ICOI, ITI Foundation, Pierre Fauchard Acad.; Am. Soc. for Laser Med. and Surg., Great of NY Acad. of Prosthod., Int. Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics and Am. College of Dentists.

He has global educational/research activities and served as Visiting Professor in Brazil, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, and USA. He is the author of more than 450 publications, editor, and co-editor of seven books; lectured in more than 50 countries (more than 700 presentations worldwide), as well as the recipient of many scientific awards.


– Dental implants – risk management, maintenance and managing complications (symposium)

– Strategies against peri-implantitis: from treatment planning to long-term healthy tissue conditions (implants)

– Laser applications in soft tissues for the general practitioners (oral surgery)


Professor Tara Renton (UK)

A specialist in oral surgery dentist with a particular interest in trigeminal nerve injuries and pain, Prof. Tara Renton has, in collaboration with IoPPN KCL and Imperial College, Tara established an international leading programme of trigeminal nerve injury and orofacial pain research. Tara leads the Kings Health Partners Orofacial Pain Service seeing over 2000 OFP patients a year and she co-edited the BDA clinical manuals for Oral Surgery Books I and II. She is on the editorial boards for British Society of dental hygienists and therapists and Dental Update and associate editor for Journal of orofacial pain and headache.

Tara is an elected member of the RCS England FDS Board, in addition to being an invited member of the National Advisory Board for Human in Dentistry (NABHFD). Tara has set up two patient facing websites – a patient lead initiative resulted in the development of the Trigeminalnerve.org.uk, a website advising both patients and clinicians in preventing and managing iatrogenic nerve injury in relation to dentistry and a website for patients with chronic trigeminal pain (orofacialpain.co.uk).


– Dental implant related nerve injuries (oral surgery)


Dr Filippo Cardinali (Italy)

Graduate summa cum laude in Dentistry at the University of Ancona in 1992, Dr Filippo Cardinali is an active member of the Italian Society of Endodontics. Certified Member of the European Society of Endodontology, Associate Member American Association of Endodontists, and a Gold Member of StyleItaliano Endodontics, Dr Cardinali is the co-author of and contributor to several endodontics books. In the Italian Society of Endodontics, he held the positions of Coordinator of the Cultural Committee (2012-2015), Assistant Editor of the Italian Journal of Endodontics (2014-2015) Treasurer (2016-2018); Secretary (2019) and Vice-President of the Society (2021-2022). He is currently the President Elect of the Society (2023-2024) and speaker at national and international hands-on courses and Congresses.

Dr Cardinali is engaged in private practice, concentrating mainly in endodontics and restorative dentistry and author of publications on journals of national and international sector.


– Preventing and managing iatrogenic misshapes during the shaping of the root canal system (endodontics)

– Cold hydraulic condensation with pre-mixed bioceramic sealers in daily practice: from science to techniques and clinical outcomes (endodontics)

– Trigeminal pain – review of pain: differential diagnosis and management (orofacial pain)


Professor Jonathan Clark (Australia)

The inaugural Lang Walker Family Foundation Conjoint Professor and Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Sydney and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Professor Clark AM is the Director of Head and Neck Cancer Research at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and the Director of Translational Research at the Royal Prince Alfred Institute of Academic Surgery. Professor Clark is one of Australia’s leading academic head and neck cancer surgeon with over 300 peer review publications, 18 book chapters and $25 million in competitive and philanthropic research funding.

His expertise in the areas of metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and oral cancer is internationally recognised, where his research has changed the management and staging of both cancers. In recognition of his contributions to head and neck surgery he has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and an Honorary Member of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS).


– Jaw reconstruction with a focus on digital planning for dental rehabilitation and point of care manufacturing


Professor Ove Peters (Australia)

Obtaining his postgraduate education in endodontics at the University of Zurich and at UC San Francisco, Dr Ove A. Peters joined The University of Queensland School of Dentistry in 2020 as the professor of endodontics where he is now also the convener of postgraduate programs. Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, Dr Peters has wide-ranging research expertise and has published more than 180 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, related to endodontic technology and biology, as well authoring two books and contributing to several leading textbooks in endodontics.

Dr Peters has received, among other awards, the Hans Genet Award of the European Society of Endodontology and more recently the Louis I. Grossman Award of the American Association of Endodontists. He is also a Fellow of the International and American Colleges of Dentistry. Outside the root canal he is married to Christine (also an endodontist), he is a father of three and an avid road cyclist.


– Vital pulp therapy for permanent teeth: current guidelines for clinical practice (Endodontics)

– A restoratively driven path to endodontic excellence (Endodontics)

Launching VIP registration

Enhance your FDIWDC23 experience with our new VIP registration option, offering a range of exclusive benefits over the four-day programme.

This tailored package includes tickets to additional events, VIP seating, printed documents, dedicated registration staff, welcome pack and much more.


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