From 2009-2011, Dr. Avila-Ortiz was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2011 and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Periodontics and director of the periodontics graduate program.
Dr. Avila-Ortiz is the course director for Periodontic Methods I. He lectures in the periodontal curriculum for D2, D3 and D4 students and periodontal residents.
He teaches in the undergraduate periodontal clinic, the Department of Family Dentistry's undergraduate comprehensive care program, and also in the periodontal resident clinics. He is involved in patient care within the collegiate intramural practice.
Dr. Avila-Ortiz's research interest is focused on alveolar bone, including understanding of healing dynamics based on local and systemic individual patient features, analysis of site specific factors that determine bone quality, evaluation of therapeutic strategies to prevent alveolar ridge resorption after tooth loss, and implant site development techniques, in particular sinus floor elevation.
1: Barwacz CA, Avila-Ortiz G, Allareddy V, Tamegnon M, Hoogeveen K. An overview of U.S. predoctoral dental implant programs and their directors. J Dent Educ. 2015 Mar;79(3):265-77. PubMed PMID: 25729020.
2: Avila-Ortiz G, De Buitrago JG, Reddy MS. Periodontal regeneration - furcation defects: a systematic review from the AAP Regeneration Workshop. J Periodontol. 2015 Feb;86(2 Suppl):S108-30. doi: 10.1902/jop.2015.130677. PubMed PMID: 25644295.
3: Recker EN, Avila-Ortiz G, Fischer CL, Pagan-Rivera K, Brogden KA, Dawson DV, Elangovan S. A cross-sectional assessment of biomarker levels around implants versus natural teeth in periodontal maintenance patients. J Periodontol. 2015 Feb;86(2):264-72. doi: 10.1902/jop.2014.140354. Epub 2014 Sep 30. PubMed PMID: 25269523; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4394381.
4: Murgueitio R, Dussan J, Rios H, Avila-Ortiz G. Visual labels to facilitate hygiene around implant-supported complete fixed dental prostheses. J Prosthet Dent. 2014 Dec;112(6):1588-90. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2014.05.026. Epub 2014 Aug 22. PubMed PMID: 25156096.
5: Avila-Ortiz G, Elangovan S, Kramer KW, Blanchette D, Dawson DV. Effect of alveolar ridge preservation after tooth extraction: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Dent Res. 2014 Oct;93(10):950-8. doi: 10.1177/0022034514541127. Epub 2014 Jun 25. Review. PubMed PMID: 24966231.
6: Anamali S, Avila-Ortiz G, Elangovan S, Qian F, Ruprecht A, Finkelstein M, Allareddy V. Prevalence of the posterior superior alveolar canal in cone beam computed tomography scans. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2015 Jan;26(1):e8-12. doi: 10.1111/clr.12318. Epub 2013 Dec 19. PubMed PMID: 24351131.
7: De Buitrago JG, Avila-Ortiz G, Elangovan S. Quality assessment of systematic reviews on alveolar ridge preservation. J Am Dent Assoc. 2013 Dec;144(12):1349-57. PubMed PMID: 24282264.
8: Kelly JT, Avila-Ortiz G, Allareddy V, Johnson GK, Elangovan S. The association between periodontitis and coronary heart disease: a quality assessment of systematic reviews. J Am Dent Assoc. 2013 Apr;144(4):371-9. Review. PubMed PMID: 23543691.
9: Avila-Ortiz G, Wang HL, Galindo-Moreno P, Misch CE, Rudek I, Neiva R. Influence of lateral window dimensions on vital bone formation following maxillary sinus augmentation. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2012 Sep-Oct;27(5):1230-8. PubMed PMID: 23057039.
10: Elangovan S, Avila-Ortiz G, Johnson GK, Karimbux N, Allareddy V. Quality assessment of systematic reviews on periodontal regeneration in humans. J Periodontol. 2013 Feb;84(2):176-85. doi: 10.1902/jop.2012.120021. Epub 2012 Apr 17. Review. PubMed PMID: 22509753.
Dr. Avila-Ortiz attended the 2009 ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) and is the recipient of the 2011 Teaching Fellowship from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. He is also a member of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the Midwest Society of Periodontology (MSP), and an international member of the Spanish Society of Periodontology (SEPA), as well as a founding member of the Spanish College of Oral Implantologists (SCOI).