12th Annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium: New Horizons in Children’s Dental Care

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Advance your clinical skills and engage in insightful discussion focused on advancements in pediatric dentistry. Our four presenters will provide advanced knowledge on the state of stem cells in oral health, advancements in dental pulp tissue engineering, ethical decision making in diagnosis and treatment planning, up-to-the-minute information on anesthesia, and an invitation to participate in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded dental homes project.

Learn How To

  • Analyze stem cells in oral health and disease
  • Assess the function of dental pulp stem cells
  • Scrutinize stem cell transplantation in the treatment of necrotic immature permanent teeth
  • Recognize increasing over-diagnosis trends in dentistry and inappropriate use of dental technology for treatment
  • Evaluate and discuss multiple options for treatment of dental decay that do not involve the irreversible destruction of teeth
  • Evaluate the benefits of Kovanaze: a needle-free local anesthetic
  • Analyze general anesthesia and the developing brain: what does the research say?
  • Integrate general anesthesia safety: avoid pitfalls, patient selection, and AAPD guideline updates
  • Identify and manage obstructive sleep apnea through oral appliances, surgical movement of the jaw, and new hypoglossal stimulation methods
  • Understand how 3D analysis will expand the scope of clinical practice and take dentistry to the next level 

About Dr. Robert J. Feigal

Dr. Robert J. Feigal was a professor, as well as 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. There, 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.

Training Methods

Lecture, discussion

Meet Our Experts

Jeffrey Camm, DMD, is a board-certified pediatric dentist. He graduated from New Jersey Dental School and did his pediatric dental residency at the Medical College of Virginia. He retired after 20 years in the United States Air Force as a Colonel, where he was the Chairman of Pediatric Dentistry at the Air Force’s largest residency program. He was also the Pediatric Dentistry Consultant to the Military Surgeon General. Dr. Camm has published over a dozen articles on pediatric dentistry, has been awarded the Gordon J. Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award and is currently in private practice in Fircrest, Washington. His editorial on “Creative Diagnosis” has appeared in multiple dental journals and he has been interviewed by Fox News, Mother Jones magazine and Money magazine on the topic.

Jacques Nor, DDS, MS, PhD, is the Donald Kerr Endowed Professor of Dentistry and serves as Chair of the Department of Cardiology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He has joint appointments as Professor of Otolaryngology (Medical School) and Professor of Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering) at Michigan. Dr. Nor serves as Chair of the Oral Dental and Craniofacial Sciences National Institutes of Health (NIH) study section, and has been the principal investigator for several NIH grants. He has served as the Co-Director of the University of Michigan Head Neck SPORE, funded by the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Nor is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and recently became Fellow of the American Association for Dental Research. He received the Distinguished Scientist Award and the William J. Gies Award from the International Association for Dental Research. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Dental Research and a member of several editorial boards. His research interests are in the study of the pathobiology of cancer stem cells in the head and neck, squamous cell carcinoma and salivary gland cancer, as well the studies of mechanisms regulating dental pulp stem cell fate.

Juan Martin Palomo, DDS, MSD, is a tenured professor, the Orthodontic Residency Director, and the Craniofacial Imaging Center Director at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Palomo’s contributions to craniofacial imaging, informatics, and airway analysis have been recognized through medical and dental research awards, national and international presentations, and numerous peer-reviewed publications. He is the past chair and current member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) Committee on Technology, member of the AAO Council on Scientific Affairs, their Foundation Planning Awards Committee member, the AAO representative for Image Gently, and the Associate Editor for the Techno Bytes section of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He is a board-certified orthodontist, an Angle Society member, and an active member of both the Orthodontics and the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Associations.  

Mana Saraghi, DMD, is a board-certified dentist anesthesiologist and the dental anesthesiology residency program director at Jacobi Medical Center. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from New York University, graduating summa cum laude and being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  She then pursued her graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She completed her anesthesiology residency at the Jacobi Medical Center, in affiliation with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City. After completing residency, Dr. Saraghi spent several years in private practice, providing anesthesia services for her fellow dentists in the office setting as well as holding teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania and St. Barnabas Hospital. Dr. Saraghi provides sedation and anesthesia to a diverse patient population that includes both children and adults, especially those who are dental phobic and medically compromised.  

Committee & Supporters

Thank you to our diligent committee members for your leadership and incredible kindness: 

Daniel Raether, DDS, MS - Camp Smile

Angela Wandera, BDS, MS - Dr. Angela Wandera & Associates

Richard Baylon, DDS - Baylon & Beinlich DDS Pediatric Dentistry

Adena Borodkin, DDS, MS - Laganis Pediatric Dentistry

Brian Grove, DDS, MS - Metropolitan Pediatric Dental

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

We appreciate the generosity of the donors to the Robert J. Feigal Lectureship endowment for their ongoing support of the Symposium. Lectureship funding this year will support resident attendance.


  • 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

Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Moos HS Tower is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street SE.

Get directions to Moos Tower and the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in the Washington Avenue Ramp. The Washington Avenue Ramp is located at 501 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

You will need to push the button on the stationary box in order to receive a parking slip and activate the gate. Detailed instructions for exiting the ramp will be provided during the program. Parking charges will be billed to Continuing Dental Education.

If the ramp is FULL or EVENT PARKING is in place, please inform the attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference in the School of Dentistry.

PLEASE NOTE: If you park anywhere besides the Washington Ave. Ramp, you will be responsible for the parking fees.

The Graduate Minneapolis hotel guests only: If you are staying at the Graduate Minneapolis (formerly the Commons Hotel), we encourage that you make parking reservations directly with the hotel. We cannot validate parking for overnight stays. Validated parking is only available during course hours.


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.”

Link to a list of hotels near campus


$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
1 fundamental
1 core (Patient Communication)
4 core (Diagnosis and Treatment Planning)


8:30 AM to 3:45 PM


Continuing Education & Conference Center
Room 135
St. Paul Campus

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