Update in Dentistry 2022: Outside the Box

Presented by: Dr. Karl Cuddy, Dr. Brian Rittenberg, Dr. Bruce V. Freeman, Dr. Izchak Barzilay, Dr. David Chvartszaid, Dr. Deepika Chugh, Dr. Nadia Marchese and Dr. John Zarb

RCDSO Expiry Date: August 31, 2025

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RCDSO CE Points: 6, Category 1

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  • Dr. Karl Cuddy BSc, DDS, MD, MSc, FRCD(C)

    Attending Surgeon, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sinai Health System & Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto
    Assistant Professor and Director of Education and Maxillofacial Trauma, Graduate Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

    Dr. Karl Cuddy was raised in Burlington, and studied at McMaster University where he received his BSc prior to starting professional and graduate studies at Western University and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.  He completed his studies in dentistry and medicine, receiving DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and MD (Doctor of Medicine) degrees.  Hospital-based residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was completed over 6 years through the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, London Health Sciences Center and St. Joseph’s Healthcare London.

    Additionally, Dr. Cuddy completed a MSC in Pathology, studying tumor markers in cysts and tumors of the jaws.

    Following residency, Dr. Cuddy furthered his training as a fellow in Advanced Craniomaxillofacial Surgery and Trauma through the Head and Neck Institute, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Portland Providence Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, USA.  In addition to providing patient care at The Davis Clinic for Oral and Facial Surgery, Dr. Cuddy works as an Assistant Professor and Director of Education and Maxillofacial Trauma at the University of Toronto with the graduate training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  His research interests include the use of technology to improve patient outcomes in orthognathic and craniomaxillofacial reconstructive surgery, including for patients with defects and deformities acquired through trauma, congenital anomalies or tumours of the head and neck.

  • Dr. Brian Rittenberg B.A., D.D.S., M.Sc., F.R.C.D.

    Division Head, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    Sinai Health System/Mount Sinai Hospital

    A Toronto native, Dr. Brian Rittenberg graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1992 with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. He then completed his Dental Degree, specialized training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Masters in Bone Biology at the University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital in 2003.

    Since starting his practice, Dr. Rittenberg enjoys teaching dental interns and residents at Mount Sinai Hospital, where he has also cultivated an interest in the surgical management of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders. He is also an attending surgeon in the Regional Treatment Centre for Temporomandibular Joint Reconstruction there.

    In addition to having a special interest in the surgical management of TMJ disorders, Brian enjoys practicing all facets of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, including the removal of wisdom teeth, the placement of dental implants, the evaluation and surgical treatment of pathology (diseases of the mouth) and corrective jaw surgery.

    Dr. Rittenberg has also served as a line officer and ultimately president of the Ontario Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, is involved with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (the national licensing body for all dental specialists) and is a fellow of the ITI – International Team for Implantology.

  • Dr Freeman

    Dr. Bruce V. Freeman DDS, D.Ortho, MSc

    Dr. Bruce V. Freeman is a native of Toronto. He is an honours graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto where he was recognized with numerous awards for his clinical and academic achievements. He then completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York. Dr. Freeman then returned to the University of Toronto where he received his Diploma in Orthodontics and taught in the undergraduate dental clinic. Subsequent to this he completed his Master’s of Science degree in the field of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain.

    Dr. Freeman is a staff clinician in the Facial Pain Unit within the department of Dentistry at Mount Sinai Hospital where he is responsible for the management of patients with complex facial pain disorders in addition to participating in the education of the hospital dental residents and specialty dental residents from the University of Toronto dental faculty. He also participates in research initiatives within the department which have yielded publications in the European Journal of Neuroscience, Pain, Brain Research and Neuroimage.

    Dr. Freeman lectures on the topics of temporomandibular disorders and facial pain at the dental faculty and to various professional organizations. He also lectures extensively to the residents of orthodontic programs in Canada and the United States about orthodontics, in particular, the use of self-ligating orthodontic appliances.

    Dr. Freeman is a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario in addition to the Ontario Association of Orthodontists, Canadian Association of Orthodontists and American Association of Orthodontists.

    Dr. Freeman most recently sat on the board of Open Studio, a comprehensive artist-run centre for contemporary printmaking practice, providing multi-faceted services, programs and information to artists and the public alike. As a national organization, Open Studio offers affordable and equal access to printmaking facilities, programs and services for artists from across Canada and abroad. Dr. Freeman currently works with Venture Sinai, which helps fund  investigators conducting research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

  • Dr. Izchak Barzilay

    Dr. Izchak Barzilay D.D.S., Cert. Prostho., M.S., F.R.C.D.(C)

    Dr. Izchak Barzilay received his DDS from the University of Toronto in 1983, a Certificate in Prosthodontics from the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, NY in 1986, and a MS from the University of Rochester in 1991. He is currently Head of the Division of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario.

    Dr. Barzilay’s credentials include: CEO Build Your Smile Dental Foundation, Toronto, ON; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Prosthodontics of the Eastman Department of Dentistry, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; Professor, George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology – Toronto, ON; Associate in Dentistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON; Vice Chair Board of Directors – Royal College of Dentists of Canada, Toronto, ON; Past – President of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada: Past President American Prosthodontic Society: Past President – Ontario Study Club for Osseointegration.; Advisory Board – International Society for Digital Dentistry; Publication reviewer for Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, and is in private practice limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry in Toronto, ON.

    He has published on various topics including immediate implants, bonding plastics to various metals and other material and implant related topics. He has been awarded the Tylman Award (American Academy of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics), Prosthodontics Research Award (International Association for Dental Research), Buonocore Award (American Association for Dental Research Rochester Chapter), the Essay Award (American College of Prosthodontics), the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants-Best Paper-1996, the A.B. Hord Master Teacher Award (University of Toronto) and the Division of Prosthodontics 2007 Alumni Award (University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center). Dr. Barzilay holds fellowships in the Academy of Prosthodontics, Academy of Osseointegration, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Canada, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Academy of Dentistry International and the International College of Dentists.

  • Dr. David Chvartszaid

    Dr. David Chvartszaid DDS, MSc(Prostho), MSc(Perio), FRCD(C)

    Prosthodontist and Periodontist, Department of Dentistry, Mount Sinai Hospital
    Dentist-in-Chief, Department of Dentistry, Baycrest Hospital
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

    Dr. David Chvartszaid [pronounced shwarts-zaid] is a double specialist in Prosthodontics and Periodontics with a history of professional leadership and a strong commitment to patient care. Dr. Chvartszaid is the director of the MSc/Specialty Program in Prosthodontics at the University of Toronto and is the dentist-in-chief at Baycrest Hospital. Dr. Chvartszaid is the associate editor of the Ontario Dentist journal, an examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) and National Dental Examining Board (NDEB), and the vice-president of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada. At the international level, Dr. Chvartszaid serves as the scientific co-chair of the 2019 meeting of the International College of Prosthodontists in Amsterdam and as the reviewer for several international specialty journals.

    Dr. Chvartszaid’s education includes hospital residencies in New York city and dual specialty training at the University of Toronto where he also completed two master’s degrees. His research focuses on optimizing implant treatment outcomes. Dr. Chvartszaid lectures extensively nationally and internationally on various topics related to prosthodontics, periodontics, and implant dentistry. In the last few years, Dr. Chvartszaid has lectured in Chile, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and all across Canada and the US.

    Dr. Chvartszaid’s specialty practice successfully merges prosthodontic, implant surgical and periodontal approaches to address the patients’ needs. His diverse clinical practice includes patients from all over Canada with difficult-to-treat or difficult-to-diagnose dental challenges.

  • Dr Deepika Chuch

    Dr. Deepika Chugh B.SC., D.D.S., M.SC., F.R.C.D. (C)

    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry
    Staff Oral Pathologist, Department of Dentistry, Sinai Health System

    Dr. Chugh educates undergraduate and graduate dental students in the discipline of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine. She is involved in clinical teaching within the Faculty’s clinics and the Department of Dentistry at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is also an oral examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

  • Dr. Nadia Marchese DMD, MSC, FRCD(C)

    Instructor in the Faculty of Dentistry
    Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
    Department of Dentistry, Mount Sinai Hospital

    Nadia received her dental degree from Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Upon graduation from dental school, she was a resident at the Mount Sinai Hospital and is currently on staff. Nadia has successfully completed and obtained her specialty degree in Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology from the University of Toronto. Her main area of interest and research is in oral lymphoma and she has presented her research at the American Academy of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology conference.

  • Dr. John Zarb

    Dr. John Zarb B.A., D.D.S., M.Sc. (Prostho), F.R.C.D (C)

    Dr. John P. Zarb earned his DDS at the University of Detroit Mercy in 1995. Upon graduation, he completed a one year General Practice Residency at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, followed by graduate prosthodontic training at the University of Toronto, earning his MSc in 2002. Dr. Zarb is a staff Prosthodontist at Mt Sinai Hospital in Toronto and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health. He has been involved with surgical and prosthetic implant dentistry education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Zarb joined Barrie Prosthodontics in 2003. He is a Fellow and examiner of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, a Fellow in the Academy of Dentistry International, a Fellow in the Academy of Prosthodontics, and a former Director of the American College of Prosthodontists.

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We live in a world of rapid innovation, new developments, and also unforeseen and stressful changes. Dental treatment approaches are constantly evolving and being targeted to more complex clinical situations. Dentists have to be able to adapt to change and think ‘outside of the box’, in order to meet these challenges. Learning new approaches is just one aspect of maintaining clinical excellence; dentists also need to focus on wellness in order to be the best clinicians they can be.

The 5th Update in Dentistry Symposium will focus not only on innovative and contemporary ways of managing routine and complex dental problems, but also on stressful and difficult situations many clinicians have been or are experiencing – burnout. Experts from the Department of Dentistry at Mount Sinai Hospital will cover an eclectic mixture of topics that include restorative, endodontic, surgical and periodontal techniques, management of patients with special needs, and clinician wellness.

Through active participation in lectures and interactive workshops dentists, dental specialists, dental specialty residents and dental hygienists will be introduced to new perspectives and creative ideas, while still adhering to basic and important treatment principles that are integral to excellence in patient care.


After active participation in the educational session, participants will:

  1. Recognize a spectrum of clinical situations that present greater complexity in dental management
  2. Learn about contemporary approaches to the management of routine and complex maxillofacial and dental cases and be able to critically assess these approaches
  3. Review strategies useful in the management of patients with special needs
  4. Learn about the impact of burnout on clinician wellness
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