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 2017-2018 Student Ambassador Sponsor, A-Titan Instruments. A-Titan will be presenting details about their special student program at select schools.

Current AAP Foundation Student Ambassadors:

  • University of Alabama, Katie Martin

  • Augusta University Dental College of Georgia, Cherilyn Kasperian

  • Boston University, Lorena Corzo

  • University of California Los Angeles, Diana Sedler

  • Case Western Reserve University, Amer Azzam Shatta

  • Columbia University, Khashayar Kordbache Changi

  • University of Florida, Christian Alvarez

  • Harvard University, Livia Valverde

  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Taylor Whitney Newman

  • Indiana University School of Dentistry, Justin Villanueva

  • University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Marian Antonious

  • Loma Linda University, Yvette Carrillo

  • Louisiana State University, David Long

  • University of Maryland, Veronica Guy

  • University of Michigan, Ann Decker

  • University of Missouri Kansas City, Arora Kirandeep

  • University of North Carolina, Megumi Williamson

  • Nova Southeastern University, David Garazi

  • Ohio State University, Elizabeth Nesmith

  • University of Pennsylvania, Howard Yen

  • University of Pittsburgh, Sayuri Yoshizawa Smith

  • University of Rochester, Eric D'Silva

  • Stony Brook University, Zev Lazarus

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Jeffrey Penner

  •  Tufts University, Samar Shaikh

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Amy Reichert

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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.