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9th Annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium

9th Annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium: Pediatric Dentistry & Medicine—A Dynamic Synergy

Friday, September 18, 2015

Are you looking for the latest information on the pediatric oral-systemic linkage? Are you familiar with current protocols for the oral health management of pediatric stem cell transplant patients and children with bleeding disorders? Are you challenged by the increase in autism spectrum patients in your practice?

During the 2015 Feigal Symposium, experts in the fields of pediatric dentistry, medicine and autism education will share current insights on providing oral health care to children with special health care needs. You will receive clinically relevant updates on the connection between oral health and systemic health in children, along with dental treatment recommendations for children with bleeding disorders and those undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. In addition, you will be shown useful interventions to help patients with autism spectrum disorders achieve optimal oral health.

This program is funded in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Mayclin Dental Studio, Inc.


You will leave this continuing dental eduction program better able to:

  • recognize common oral hard and soft tissue lesions associated with systemic and cutaneous diseases in pediatric patients.
  • recognize important questions that help connect oral findings with general health problems.
  • assess patients for possible bleeding disorders prior to dental treatment.
  • identify therapies to control bleeding when treating a child with a significant bleeding disorder. 
  • manage the oral health of the pediatric stem cell transplant patient before and after transplantation.
  • apply effective strategies to support the oral health of patients with autism spectrum disorders.
Who Should Attend

This clinically focused course is designed to benefit pediatric dentists as well as general dentists and dental team members who treat children.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures and discussion.


Marcio da Fonseca, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Director of Oral Health for Special Needs Children, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry; Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. da Fonseca has extensive clinical experience in dental care for medically compromised children and adolescents.

Catherine M. Flaitz, D.D.S., M.S., a dual trained pediatric dentist and oral and maxillofacial pathologist, holds the combined appointment of Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry at The Ohio State University and Chief of Dentistry, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Flaitz has an adjunct appointment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Head and Neck Oncology. She maintains an active consultation service treating children and adolescents with a wide range of oral lesions and complex medical conditions. Dr. Flaitz is board certified in oral and maxillofacial pathology and participates in the surgical pathology service.

Margaret Heisel Kurth, M.D., Medical Director of Children’s Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders, Children’s of Minnesota, Minneapolis from 1992-2014. Dr. Heisel Kurth joined the hematology/oncology program at Children’s of Minnesota in 1982. Her areas of interest include pediatric bleeding disorders, bleeding disorders in women, and pediatric thrombosis.

Jody Van Ness, M.Ed., CEO of Eye Box Tools, providing a product line, professional training, coaching/consulting and resourcing to address the needs of individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Jody holds an autism certificate and is Mom to an adult son living with autism. She has served as Executive Director of a charter school focused on the needs of individuals with ASD, and as a psychoeducational consultant for a regional center for autism.

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