Coronavirus — Livestream Series


Turning Fear into Respect for the Virus

Presented by Drs Gene Ranieri and Eric Pulver
Monday, May 18, 2020
Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Office Managers and Assistants

This presentation will walk us through the new routines, new technologies, and new opportunities that have emerged from this pandemic. This “new normal“ can not only provide a safer environment for our patients, staff and communities, but at the same time provide a unique leadership opportunity for the dental team in their respective practices.

Dr Gene M. Ranieri received his doctorate of dental surgery from Loyola University in 1975. He completed a general practice residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He returned to Loyola University for his specialty residency in periodontics, which he completed in 1979. Dr Ranieri has been in private specialty practice since that time and over thirty years in Northwest Indiana.

Dr Ranieri has been a professor at Loyola University School of Dentistry, University of Oregon Health Science Center, and Indiana University Northwest, and is currently adjunct professor at Indiana School of Dentistry, where he has lectured in the doctorate and post-doctorate programs for the last 10 years. He is the founder and director of Dental Study Club of Northwest Indiana, an affiliate of Seattle Study Club. This study club provides ongoing continuing education for its 50 members. He also directs two affiliate study clubs which provides continuing education for new dental graduates and over 70 dental hygienists in Northwest Indiana.

Dr Eric Pulver received his bachelor degree of science in biology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and his doctor of dental surgery from the University of Toronto in 1989. Dr Pulver trained as a hospital-based general practice resident at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto. He then furthered his studies as a clinical fellow in the Osseointegration (dental implant) Unit, Dept. of Prosthodontics, at the University of Toronto under Dr George Zarb. He received his diploma in oral and maxillofacial surgery from Northwestern University Dental School in 1995.

Dr Pulver has served as an assistant professor at Northwestern University Dental School. He is a past director of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Michael Reese Hospital where he was responsible for resident education. Dr Pulver has served as a member of the Craniofacial Cleft Lip & Palate Team with the Shriner’s Organization. He held the position of clinical associate professor and chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Medical Centers from 1999-2006. Dr Pulver was the team oral and maxillofacial surgeon for the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League from 1996-2006.


PPE, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truths About the Worldwide Supply Chain

Presented by Richard Cohen
Monday, May 4, 2020

The global supply chain for personal protective equipment is under pressure like never before. We know you must be thinking about it as you plan to reopen your practice. Rick Cohen, managing director of Benco Dental, discussed the following:  

  • Where are the world’s N95s? Are KN95s acceptable substitutes? What about worldwide supply of Level 3, 2, and 1 flat earloop masks?
  • How did the worldwide PPE supply chain function pre-COVID? How does it function today? How will it function in the future?
  • Is it true that state governors are seizing dental PPE for acute care? What can we do about that?
  • What about price gouging? Why have prices doubled, tripled, and more, and when will we get back to pre-COVID pricing?
  • When will the worldwide market for PPE normalize? When will American dentists and staff have enough PPE?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Its Effect on Dental Pain Management

Thomas Viola and Seattle Study Club
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Management of acute odontogenic pain is accomplished with the use of opioid analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, and, occasionally, cannabis. However, the respiratory depressive effects of opioid analgesics, the anti-inflammatory effects of NSAIDs, the potential hepatoxic effects of acetaminophen and the immunosuppressive effects of cannabis might actually worsen the progression of, and the comorbidities associated with COVID-19 infection. This webinar will explore the rationale for the continued use of these agents in the management of odontogenic pain in patients who are at risk for or who have been infected with COVID-19.


Leslie Fang, MD, PhD

Coronavirus and the Dental Professional

Dr Leslie Fang and Seattle Study Club
Thursday, March 19, 2020 and Thursday, March 23, 2020

The two livestreams with Dr Fang were enormously successful. There were thousands of participants from beginning to end. These webinars provided essential information for every dental professional.

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