news No. 5 October 2001

President's Message

Greetings to all our members and best wishes for a wonderful Summer. Last November we commemorated the new millenium for GPSO with an outstanding meeting. Dr. Ghafari inspired us all by selecting Dr. Richard McLaughlin to present a two day course at the Union League in Philadelphia. Dr. McLaughlin's beautiful work and well-conceived information on Intra-Arch and Inter-Arch Treatment Mechanics gave all of us some things to think about. My thanks to Dr Ghafari for his work in orchestrating this landmark meeting. We appreciate the support you all expressed in your attendance. We are grateful to 3M Unitek and Mr. Dean Exas for their support of our 2000 meeting.

This year we are looking forward to hosting Dr. David Sarver for our November 7th meeting. Those of you who have heard Dr. Sarver speak in the past know that you are in for an innovative performance. For those of you who have never heard him, don't miss this year's meeting. We are back to a one-day meeting on Wednesday but are also entertaining moving the meeting to a new venue. Everyone seemed to enjoy the Union League spacious and gracious surroundings. We hope to be able to provide that again this year either at the League or a similar facility. Your suggestions and comments are welcome. Please mark your calendars to attend our November 7th meeting.

In order to provide a more comfortable environment for our annual meeting and insure a tasty fare we are anticipating some increase in the course participation fee. Traditionally we have always billed this as "dues". Likely we will simply eliminate the "dues" and charge only for the course participation. The By-laws allow us flexibility in this matter. We believe that our continuing education fee is quite a bargain even at $140.
We feature top-notch speakers and provide documentation for your continuing education requirements. As always, we welcome your suggestions for speakers and meeting facilities.

The GPSO board is dedicated to providing top quality continuing education to the orthodontists of our tristate area. It is an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with each other and with the orthodontic residents within our region. We look forward to seeing all of you at our November meeting. Keep in touch by visiting us at our web site:


Connie Greeley

Orthodontic residents at Temple University

Orthodontic residents at Temple University must complete a MS thesis for their certificate.
Class of 2000 have produced the following titles:

Dr. Brian D. Amy
Internal marketing and novel clinical technique introduction effects on orthodontic practice growth.

Dr. John C. Slattery
Development of the laser scan craniofacial imaging and animation system.

Dr. Timothy M. Pierce
An exploratory study of oscillating physical perturbation effects on chick calvarial osteoblasts with a novel device to apply tensile forces.

Dr. Tanya Stavisky
Osteoblast response to physical perturbation in the presence of alendronate sodium.

Dr. Gregory Garn
Does the institution where orthodontic education is received be the portent of success.

Dr. Dimitra Charalambopoulou
The role of TGFß1 and ß3 in calvarial bone cell differentiation.

University of Pennsylvania UPDATE

On Tuesday, May 22, 2001, the 2nd-year postgraduate orthodontic residents presented their research projects to the faculty.

The presentations were as follows:
Dr. Seong Ho Han -
Transverse Growth of Maxilla and Mandible in Low-, Average-, and High-Mandibular Plane Angle Untreated Caucasian Males

Dr. Vincent Mongiovi -
Craniofacial Groowth Changes in Class I Subjects with High, Average, and Low Mandibular Plane Angles: A Longitudinal Cephalometric Study

Dr. Adena Goldman
Evaluation of Dental Tipping and Rotation From Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion

Dr. S. Dovid Friedman
Effects of Microetching, Acid Treatment and Silane on the Shear Bond Strength of Rebonded Mechanically Retentive Ceramic Brackets

Dr. Carol Weinstein
Correlation Between Condylar and Craniofacial Asymmetry in Children Between 8 and 15 Years Old

Dr. David Hufham
Sandblasting As A Means of Residual Resin Removal After Debonding: An In Vitro Study

Dr. Thomas R. Bietsch
FGF/FGFR2 Signaling in Calvarial Bone Cell Survival and Craniosynostosis

The faculty chose the 2001 Postgraduate Orthodontic Research Award presented at graduation from the aforementioned candidates. The co-winner of the 2001 award went to Drs. Seong Ho Han and Vincent Mongiovi.

In memoriam Barnie Swain

Printed in: Eastern Component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists

In our hearts

Brainerd Swain's stature in Orthodontics is great, permanent, and well documented. The orthodontist knew where he stood. His umbrage on fellow Anglers is also felt in his lasting personal image: an articulate, unassuming, polite, and original man. Original because of his creativity (Siamese the bracket), but also because of his audacity to change (Begg the bracket for the Siamese innovator, and then, if edgewise again, adjusted for the straight wire).

As educator, the consummate clinician spent endless time on detail (accurate position of brackets, precise taking of photographs), and rewarded of his own money the resident who kept the best legible record. Attention to detail in orthodontics, attention to feelings in daily encounters: a true generator of smiles was he, the eminent professor who could wear a musical tie that cheered patient and resident. An act of love, in countless innocent and gentle gestures, even in his cherished collection of trains.

Swain entered the Hall inhabited by the likes of Angle. Our hearts Barnie entered, and in dear memory still occupies.

Orthodontic Residency Program at Albert Einstein Medical Center

I am pleased that the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists (GPSO) has offered us the opportunity to present information pertaining to the orthodontic residency program at Einstein Medical Center.

Albert Einstein Medical Center's Orthodontic Residency Program continues to be proud of the accomplishments of the Program's residents. During the Middle Atlantic Society's 48th Annual Session in Washington, DC, two of our residents, who have since graduated , received the prestigious William Kress Memorial Award for Outstanding Resident Research. The two residents, Drs. Rick Fritz and Chuck Gemmi, were recognized for their research "Maxillary Arch Evaluation and Analysis of two Different Perinatal Managements for Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Patients." Following the receipt of the Kress Award, Drs. Fritz and Gemmi presented a summary of their research findings.

The current third year residents, Drs. Phu Le, Sherri Salvatore and Craig Scott, are also actively engaged in three individual research projects and will present their findings to the faculty in the spring. All were initiated in their first year. Their studies relate to orthodontic materials and techniques and when complete, hopefully will be published.

Faculty accomplishments also should be noted. This Year, three of our faculty members successfully completed the Phase III Clinical Examination of the American Board of Orthodontics and were granted diplomate status. The faculty members are Drs Mark McDonough, Harold Middleberg and Martin Weinstein. Drs. Mc Donough and Middleberg are also graduates of our residency program. In the Middle Atlantic Society region where six orthodontists received diplomate status this year, three (50%) were Einstein Faculty. This makes us very proud.

Dr Ross (Rusty) Long, Jr., a faculty member who is also Director of Orthodontics and Research at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, has been elected President of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association for 2001-2002. He has been a long-standing member of the ACPA and this appointment is well deserved. Congratulations! He also served as the advisor for Rick Fritz's and Charles Gemmi's research projects and presented the research outcomes at the 9th Annual International Congress on Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies in Goteburg, Sweden. Dr. Long also presented the research findings at the University of Copenhagen just prior to the International Congress.

Lastly, we were saddened by the death of Dr. Maxwell S. Fogel this past February at the age of 88 who with Dr. Jack Magill was a founder of our orthodontic residency program in 1964. With the passing of Max Fogel, we not only lose a mentor, colleague, friend and innovator, but also a connection to our orthodontic past is lost. He knew and personally interacted with "giants" in the field who are no longer with us such as Tweed, Strang, Wylie, Salzmann, Steiner, Broadbent, Oliver, Johnson, Bull, Begg, Lewis, Jaraback, and Swain to name just several. This professional and personal connection and his reminisces were an important part of the educational experience for residents and faculty alike at Einstein. He was a creative and inspirational clinician and educator whose enthusiasm for our specialty never waned. We will miss Max Fogel.

We look forward to continued program success and further opportunities to report to the GPSO membership.

Alan J. Borislow, DDS
Chairman and Program Director

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