AAP Foundation Student Ambassador Program

The AAP Foundation works with periodontal program directors across the country to identify second- or third-year students to serve as AAP Foundation Student Ambassadors. These Student Ambassadors host a lunch program for their fellow residents, and present a PowerPoint presentation about the Foundation. The Foundation provides a budget for lunch, the PowerPoint, and supporting materials. If you’re interested in becoming a Student Ambassador, please contact Dana Camacho, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special thanks to our Student Ambassador Sponsor, A-Titan Instruments. A-Titan will be presenting details about their special student program at select schools.

2022 AAP Foundation Student Ambassadors:

  • Harvard University: Justin Tomack
  • Indiana University School of Dentistry: Halide Namli
  • Loma Linda University: Thaer Alqadoumi
  • Louisiana State University: Lauren Langlois
  • Marquette University: Ajitesh Singh
  • Medical University of South Carolina: Waleed Alkakhan
  • Naval Postgraduate Dental School: Meredith Swisher
  • New York University: Sejndi Rusi
  • Ohio State University: Nerea Robles
  • Rutgers School of Dental Medicine: Morgan Atanasio
  • Saint Louis University Health Science Center: Michelle Hickey
  • Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center, Baylor College: Stephanie Bowers
  • Tufts University: JP De Guzman
  • University at Buffalo: Maryam Razmi
  • University of Alabama: Lincoln Nguyen
  • University of California Los Angeles: Ana Bujila
  • University of California San Francisco: Trung Nguyen
  • University of Colorado: Colleen Leong
  • University of Illinois at Chicago: Orlando Abreu
  • University of Iowa College of Dentistry: William Burns
  • University of Kentucky: Samer Sabbagh
  • University of Louisville: Katelyn Fleming
  • University of Maryland: Kristen Yant
  • University of Michigan: Larissa Steigmann
  • University of North Carolina: Teebok Choe
  • University of Oklahoma: Shiyamali Sundararajan
  • University of Pennsylvania: Allison Rascon
  • University of Pittsburgh: Anu Viswanathan
  • University of Rochester: Catherine Gagnon
  • University of Southern California: Mylea Wilson
  • University of Texas Health Science Ctr at San Antonio: Julia Shelbourne
  • University of Washington: Rika Takada
  • VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System: Matt Comfort
  • VA Medical Center New York: Ferris Elhein
  • Virginia Commonwealth University: William Porzio

The mission of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation is to improve the periodontal and general health of the public through increasing public and professional knowledge of periodontal diseases and their therapies, stimulating basic and clinical research to generate new knowledge, and enhancing educational programs at all levels to create opportunities in periodontal education and practice.

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Past Award Winners Update

Congratulations to Fatemeh “Flora” Momen-Heravi, DDS, PhD, (2017 Educator Scholar, 2018 Dr. D. Walter Cohen Teaching Award Recipient) assistant professor of dental medicine at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, who was named the 2020 recipient of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship. The award provides early-career women researchers in the field of oral biology with financial support for training and research activities that will advance their academic careers. Read more here.

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