Lawrence Ashman, DDSDirector TMD and Orofacial Pain Clinic
Dr. Ashman is the Director of the TMD and Orofacial Pain Clinic, and Program Director of the Advanced General Dentistry Education Programs in Orofacial Pain at the University of Michigan. In his role, Dr. Ashman provides patient care, supports the educational needs of the dental students, and assists in related research projects. Dr. Ashman earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Michigan in 1973. For years, he has given outstanding service to the department as a dedicated teacher, mentor, and role model. Dr. Ashman is an American Board of Orofacial Pain diplomat and a member of numerous other professional societies.
Sharon Aronovich, DMD, FRCD(C)
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Aronovich is the assistant program director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program. He obtained his dental degree from McGill University, GPR training at Fletcher Allen in Burlington Vermont, residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Hospital of Saint Raphael/Yale-New Haven Hospital, and a fellowship in Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has private practice experience at Connecticut Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.
He will be performing dento-alveolar surgery (including third molar extractions and implants) and outpatient anesthesia at the dental school's Oral Surgery clinic three half days per week.
His adult and pediatric hospital practices include reconstructive bone grafting, implantology, orthognathic surgery, pediatric maxillofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate, surgical management of TMJ disorders, pathology, trauma, and sleep apnea.
Stephen E. Feinberg, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Chair & Director of Research
Dr. Feinberg maintains his clinical activities and also has an active NIH-funded research program in tissue engineering. His main project is in the ex vivo development of a human full-thickness oral mucosal tissue that is suitable for intraoral grafting procedures. The long-term objective is to produce a "smart" transduced oral mucosal graft that will be used for reconstruction of major oral defects secondary to oncologic resection, traumatic events or developmental disturbances. The graft would act both as a material for reconstruction and as a repository for in situ transmucosal delivery of recombinant growth factors or cytokines. The goal is also to establish expanded cultures in an enriched population of oral mucosa progenitor/stem cells using only physical and pharmacological means under chemically defined conditions that will be the foundation for our advances into cell replacement therapy. His next step is to perform a FDA-approved Phase I/II clinical trial through the UM General Clinical Research Center in 2006. Dr. Feinberg's other area of research is in the development of 3-dimensional biomimetic scaffolds for tissue engineering of bone and/or cartilage for reconstruction of the temporomandibular joint.
Christos A. Skouteris, DMD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Christos A. Skouteris is a graduate of the University of Athens School of Dentistry. He completed a three-year training program in Oral Pathology at the same University that led to a PhD degree and a six-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - Presbyterian University Hospital in the USA. He served as Teaching Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, as Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Maxillofacial Surgery of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as Visiting Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, as Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Crete School of Medicine, and as Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Athens School of Dentistry. Dr. Skouteris' clinical interests include oncologic, TMJ, orthognathic, trauma, secondary alveolar cleft repair, and minimally invasive cosmetic maxillofacial surgery.