14th Annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium: Out-of-the-box Thinking in Pediatric Dentistry

The advancement of pediatric dentistry is our collective responsibility. Together we encourage innovation, support up and coming pediatric professionals, and achieve high standards of ethical care—all while maintaining a happy and healthy dental team. To move the needle forward, spend the day in the comfort of your home or dental office and consider practical and avant-garde approaches to pediatric dental care.
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Learn How To

  • Summarize the oral health consequences of substance use among youth
  • Identify characteristics and risk factors for addiction in children
  • Discuss the drivers of addiction and the unique aspects of addiction in adolescents
  • Consider the harmony among periodontal and airway health, jaw structure, and the face
  • Assess the link between potentially misdiagnosed ADHD and sleep apnea
  • Analyze the use of appliances to grow jaw structures three-dimensionally
  • Examine the benefits of early orthodontics, including breathing function for children impacted by seasonal allergies, asthma, and enlarged adenoids and tonsils
  • Analyze different types of dental developmental defects, their prevalence, and resources to aid in diagnosis
  • Discuss how dental and medical teams can address issues related to general oral health care, orthodontics, perio-prosthetics, and patient psychosocial impact
  • Obtain the correct diagnosis for developing an optimal treatment approach
  • Consider available and emerging therapies
  • Integrate non-surgical and surgical treatments for managing developmental dental defects into your practice
  • Describe why jargon is used and why it is problematic
  • Recognize the seven types of jargon that are used in clinical practice and provide examples of each
  • Identify jargon-heavy clinical scenarios and suggest modifications to improve clarity

Training Methods

Illustrated lectures, panel discussions, case studies

Credits and Fees




6 hours

Minnesota Credits

6 Fundamental Credit Hours

Includes CORE Subject Area:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Ethics
  • Patient Communication



8:30 AM to 3:45 PM

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Jon Ebbert, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. His primary appointment is as a Consultant within the Division of Community Internal Medicine, where he also serves as the Associate Chair of Analytics and Quality. Dr. Ebbert completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Minnesota and his residency with Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. His research focuses on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through the treatment of substance use and abuse. 

Marianna Evans, DDS, is a full-time practicing orthodontist, periodontist, and dental implant surgeon. After completing her advanced education in Moldova, Dr. Evans pursued an additional dental degree and advanced certificates in orthodontics and periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Evans serves as a Clinical Associate at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Orthodontics and has developed several orthopedic and plastic surgical techniques within her specialties. 

Michael Pitt, MD, is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Pitt completed his residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University's Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. With a background in global health education and international project implementation, he is the Co-Director of Global Health Education for the Division of Global Pediatrics, helping to lead the pediatric global health track. He is an Associate Program Director for the University of Minnesota Pediatric Residency. An award-winning magician who has performed internationally since the age of 8, Dr. Pitt leads workshops on how to incorporate magic into the physical exam to ease anxiety, build rapport, and increase diagnostic yield.

J. Timothy Wright, DDS, MS, received his DDS degree from West Virginia University and completed his specialty training in pediatric dentistry and Master of Science Degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the Distinguished Bawden Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and has served as Pediatric Dentistry Department Chair. Dr. Wright is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, edited two texts, and authored 24 text chapters. 

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  5. Type in your first name and last initial, if prompted. Provide your email, if requested.
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Certificates of Completion

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If you do not receive your certificate within 5 days of the program, email cdeumn@umn.edu. 

Additional Details

About Dr. Robert J. Feigal

Dr. Feigal was a Professor, the Director of the Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry and Chair of the Department of Preventive Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He received his DDS degree, a PhD in oral biology, and a certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Minnesota. After 15 years on the dental school faculty, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the Samuel D. Harris Professorship in Dentistry in 2000, and also served as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Facilities & Planning.

During his distinguished career, Dr. Feigal trained more than 120 specialists in pediatric dentistry. These graduate students were the pride of his professional life. His research interests focused on caries management, sealants, and behavior guidance techniques in pediatric dentistry. A Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, he lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia; and published more than 70 articles and book chapters.

The University of Minnesota established the annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium honoring Bob's ongoing contributions to the field of pediatric dentistry. Fortunately, he was able to attend the first two symposia before his death. Bob was not only a dynamic teacher but an ever-willing co-learner of life.

Committee & Supporters

Thank you to the Feigal Lectureship Directors Group for their leadership and incredible kindness. Members include:

Soraya Beiraghi, DDS, MS, MSD
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Adena Borodkin, DDS, MS
Golden Valley Kids
Dr. Borodkin serves as the Chair of the committee.

Richard Baylon, DDS
Baylon & Beinlich Pediatric Dentistry

Archana Mani, DDS
Metro Dentalcare Children’s Dentistry

Daniel Raether, DDS, MS
Camp Smile

Gayathri Sambasivan, DDS
Dentistry for Children and Adolescents

We appreciate the generosity of the donors to the Robert J. Feigal Lectureship Endowment for their support of the 2020 Symposium and new continuing education offerings in support of pediatric dental innovation.

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