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Dr. Jin Kim chairs 2016 ICOI Summer Symposium, coming to San Diego, CA

ICOI symposium heads to sunny San Diego

by Craig Johnson, ICOI Executive Director

Known for its ideal weather conditions, the seaside city of San Diego, Calif., will host the International Congress of Oral Implantologists’ (ICOI) Summer Symposium this August. The venue will be the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel, a stone’s throw from Old Town of San Diego. The theme for this meeting will be “Implant Dentistry as a Team Sport: Together, We can Achieve More.”

The program was designed by the Scientific Program Chair, Dr. Jin Y. Kim, of Los Angeles. In the words of Kim: “The ICOI Summer Symposium will focus on looking at implant dentistry as a team sport: the synergistic potential that can offer the best dentistry possible, when talents come together with interdisciplinary team approach.”

The faculty for this symposium is composed of international clinicians and academicians as well as laboratory technicians.

The first day will feature a full afternoon podium devoted to “Young Implantologists.” Fast becoming a highlight of ICOI meetings, this afternoon session on Thursday, Aug. 25th, will showcase the fresh ideas and talents of our younger practitioners. Event planners encourage everyone to attend this important session.

On Thursday morning, we are proud to present a number of sponsored pre- symposium workshops, beginning with our gold sponsor, Keystone Dental, which with Dr. Robert Walinchus will present a hands-on course on guided implant surgery.

A wide range of silver sponsors will provide something for everyone. For example, BioHorizons and Dr. Frank La Mar will offer options for full-arch treatment. Dr. Bruce Baird and Comprehensive Finance will show attendees how to double daily productivity. Dentis and Drs. Jin Kim and Amr H. Elkhadem will conduct a hands-on course for guided implant placement. Drs. Randolph Resnik and Carl E. Misch will take an in-depth look at full-arch implant solutions for Glidewell Laboratories. Lending Club Patient Solutions and Dr. Ara Nazarian will provide a protocol for computer-guided implant reconstruction from case presentation to final delivery.

Impladent, with the help of Drs. Timothy Kosinski, Robert Miller and Adj. Prof. Maurice Valen, will cover “Predictable and Cost-Effective Bone Graft Composites: From Socket Preservation to Advanced Surgical Concepts in Bone Regeneration.”

Park Dental Research will call upon Drs. Ronald Bulard, Ady Palti and Kenneth Judy to conduct a hands-on course on the use of narrow ridge implants (NRI). Dr. Avi Schetritt will demonstrate for Salvin Regenerative a simple and predictable method of lateral ridge augmentation using the guided bone regeneration concept. With all of these courses being held on Thursday morning, there is ample opportunity for delegates to select a course to meet their needs.

Starting at 1 p.m. Thursday will be the Young Implantologists Program, featuring speakers such as Drs. Lincoln Harris, Ken Yoshida, Dmitry Shumovskiy, Joseph Field, Delia Tuttle, Raquel Zita Gomes, Adrian Mora and Alexandre Amir Aalam.

Following this program will be the welcome reception in the exhibition hall where delegates can relax with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, catch up with colleagues, take advantage of product discounts offered at the meeting by our exhibitors and experience and discuss presentations made by our tabletop and poster participants.

Friday and Saturday will be devoted to our main podium faculty including, in order of their appearance on the program, the following international speakers: Dr. Jin Kim, Dr. Gianmarco O’Brien and Mr. Mark Tillman, CDT, Dr. Luca Dalloca, Dr. Davide Farronato, Dr. Dirk Dudeck, Dr. Alvaro Ordonez, Dr. Gregori Kurtzman, Dr. Amr Elkhadem, Dr. Dong-Seok Sohn, Dr.Homa Zadeh, Dr. Abdelsalam Elaskary, Dr. Alan Fetner, Dr. Henriette Lerner, Dr. Tony Daher, Dr. Alexandro Vivas-Rojo, Dr. Cleopatra Nacopoulos and Dr. Radoslaw Jadach.

In addition to the general sessions for doctors and laboratory technicians, there will be a full 2½ day program for auxiliary staff members sponsored by the ICOI’s component society, the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries (ADIA). Doctors are encouraged to bring their hygienists, dental assistants, front office staff and implant coordinators to this symposium.

For more information on this symposium, ICOI encourages readers to visit our website at

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