13th Annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium: Out-of-the-box Thinking in Pediatric Dentistry

11th Annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium: Clinical Updates in Children's Dental Care

Friday, September 20, 2019

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, we need to think outside of the box.

The 13th Annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium features dental and medical professionals who see things differently. Our first presenter, Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD, will discuss evidence-based alternatives to traditional pediatric anxiety pain management. Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH, an avant-garde Harvard innovator, will give you insights on the growing number of HPV-related cancer cases and provide new tools to communicate vaccination strategies with patients and families. San Diego-based pediatric dentist and researcher Jacy Stauffer, DMD, will share current research and care recommendations on pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (POSA). And finally, with an eye toward addressing provider mental and physical health, leading Mayo physician Roberto Benzo, MD, will conclude the program with a focus on mindfulness and address the reality of clinician burnout and anxiety.

Learn How To

  • Evaluate current research on pain management among pediatric patients
  • Assess the benefits of mind-body pediatric care—including imagery, hypnosis, biofeedback, yoga, music, virtual reality and aromatherapy
  • Review the importance of nitrous gas in pediatric dentistry
  • Interpret data detailing HPV-related cancer, vaccines and risk factors
  • Take a matter-of-fact approach to discussing HPV prevention with patients and families
  • Discuss the HPV connection to oropharyngeal cancers
  • Review the responsibility of dental providers as it relates to HPV and risk reduction: provider education detailing signs and symptoms, patient education regarding prevention and vaccination as well as HPV vaccination
  • Screen patients to rule out or diagnose POSA
  • Refer pediatric POSA patients to medical colleagues
  • Play an active role on a multidisciplinary POSA care team, collaborating among various medical and dental professionals
  • Discuss research regarding the impact of burnout, anxiety and depression among clinicians
  • Examine data from Mayo’s Mindful Breathing Laboratory regarding the benefits of mindfulness and participatory health
  • Consider effective conditions that may inspire behavior change and influence physical and mental health outcomes

Training Methods

Lecture, discussion, case studies, research analysis

Our Program

Advanced Analgesia in Pediatric Dentistry: From Myths, Magic, and Morphine to Multimodal Modalities
Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD

Oral HPV Infections and the Role of the Pediatric Dental Professional
Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH

A Review of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Role of the Dentist
Jacy Stauffer, DMD

Mindfulness: Addressing the Reality of Clinician Burnout, Anxiety, and Depression
Roberto Benzo, MD

Meet Our Experts

Roberto Benzo, MD, is an Associate Professor at Mayo Medical School and the founding Director of the Mindful Breathing Laboratory. Dr. Benzo completed his Master of Science in Epidemiology at Harvard, his medical degree at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina, and fellowships and residency programs at the Medical University of South Carolina and West Virginia University. His primary research focuses on a participatory model of care where providers and patients become self-aware of their behavior, ultimately impacting health outcomes. Current projects include cell phone-based monitoring and motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based interventions and device-guided slow breathing techniques.

Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD, is the Medical Director of the Department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Friedrichsdorf received his MD from the Medical University of Lübeck, Germany, completed his pediatric residency at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany, and undertook his fellowship in Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is board certified in pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and trained in hypnosis. Dr. Friedrichsdorf has presented more than 700 lectures about pediatric pain medicine and palliative care in 27 countries on all six continents and has a track record of research and publications in the field, including contributions to more than 20 books.

Jacy Stauffer, DMD, is an Attending Pediatric Dentist with San Ysidro Health in San Diego, California, where she serves as a full-time Attending with the pediatric dental residency partnership with NYU Lagone Dental Medicine. She completed her dental degree at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, her general practice residency at Rhode Island Hospital and her pediatric residency at Lutheran Medical Center in New York. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Her clinical interests, research and presentations focus on pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, dental/medical management of pediatric patients with special health care needs and hospital-based pediatric dentistry.

Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He also holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor in Oral Medicine at Harvard School of Dental Medicine where he serves as Program Director for the Oral Medicine Residency Program. His clinical and research interests include the treatment of oral mucosal diseases, salivary gland disorders, potentially malignant disorders of the oral cavity and oral toxicities from cancer treatment. 

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. In addition, he 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:

Adena Borodkin, DDS, MS
Golden Valley Kids

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

Richard Baylon,  DDS

Baylon & Beinlich Pediatric 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 2019 Symposium and new continuing education offerings in support of pediatric dental innovation.


  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one week (five working days) before the program. If you cancel less than one week prior to the program, a $50 processing fee will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions and parking

Directions & Map

University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic, by Delta Dental of MN
701 25th Avenue South
Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55454


Detailed parking information will be sent prior to the course.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Graduate Minneapolis, located directly across the street from the Dental School. To reserve your room at the special Continuing Dental Education rate: 

  • Call the Graduate Minneapolis, 612-379-8888, and ask for in-house reservations. Tell the reservationist the dates of your stay and that you want a room under the reservation for "Continuing Dental Education." Ask the reservationist to enter your name for one of the rooms at the special Continuing Dental Education rate.
  • If you are outside the United States or do not wish to call, please email ssommervold@graduateminneapolis.com with the dates you intend to stay and ask to have your name entered for one of the reservations under “Continuing Dental Education.”


$315 dentist

$185 senior citizen dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental assistant

$165 second and each additional dental therapist, hygienist or assistant


6 hours

Minnesota Credits
6 Fundamental Credit Hours
Includes CORE Subject Area:

  • Patient Communication


8:30 AM to 3:45 PM


Continuing Education & Conference Center
Room 135
St. Paul Campus

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