Biomedical Engineering

Athanasiou Lab Postdoc Joins AVDC Examination Committee

Dr. Boaz Arzi, a postdoctoral fellow in the Athanasiou Lab, has been invited to join the Examination Committee of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). The AVDC is the specialist certification organization in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery in North America. He will join the committee that administers the examination taken by veterinarians seeking board certification in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery.

Dr. Arzi was born in Israel and in 2002 graduated from Szaint Istvan University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. He returned to Israel to become a partner in a small animal veterinary hospital in Haifa, where he completed five years of intensive clinical practice devoted mostly to trauma surgery and orthopedics. He graduated from residency training in Dentistry and Oral Surgery, at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis and became board certified by the AVDC in 2012. In the summer of 2010, he joined the Athanasiou Lab as a postdoctoral fellow, working on bioengineered fibrocartilage spectrums and their surgical applications. He also maintains a clinical appointment as a staff veterinarian at the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Last spring, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on a successful surgery Dr. Arzi performed to repair a Springer Spaniel’s rare birth defect that combined a cleft palate with a bifid nose. The procedure was one of the first of its kind.

Dr. Arzi recently passed his board examination in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery. About three weeks later, he received an invitation to become a member of the committee that administers the exam. Committee members write the questions then administer and grade the exam. Held each spring in Las Vegas, the exam takes place over three, 9-10 hour days. It consists of two theoretical components and one practical component. “It’s a tough exam,” he says.

Dr. Arzi will finish his postdoc in July and move into project scientist and staff faculty positions in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. He will continue his collaboration with the Athanasiou Lab.

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