The 51st Annual Moyers Symposium
The University of Michigan

March 2-3, 2024

Artificial Intelligence: What Should Clinicians Know?

The Moyers Symposium has a long history of debating the evidence behind clinically relevant topics, including issues related to digital dentistry and orthodontics. Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the ability of a computer or computer-controlled machine to perform complex tasks that historically only a human could do, such as reasoning, decision making, or problem solving. Given the potential and actual impact of AI on patient care, health care workflow and communications, for the 2024 Moyers Symposium we have invited speakers from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom have expertise and experience in Artificial Intelligence. An introductory talk on Artificial Intelligence will be followed by speakers who will present important information on how AI can be used to enhance patient care, including the use of machine learning and natural language processing as well as benefits and risks associated with the use of AI in healthcare. A keynote talk will be presented by Dr. Chuck Friedman (Chair, Department of Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan, Medical School) on how AI can be utilized to create learning health systems to improve efficiency and efficacy of patient care.

In addition, the 48th Annual International Conference on Craniofacial Research (the “Presymposium”) will be held on the Friday before the Moyers Symposium, on March 1, 2024 in the Rackham Amphitheatre, located on the 4th floor of the Rackham Graduate School Building. The Presymposium conference will feature presentations by speakers and time for discussion of presented topics on orthodontic technologies, biomedical advances, treatment outcomes, and relevant craniofacial research. A Presymposium Reception will be held outside the Ampitheatre in the Rackham Building immediately following Presymposium talks on Friday. Posters with presenters will be at this Presymposium reception. You are encouraged to attend both the Presymposium and Symposium meetings.

The Moyers Symposium honors Dr. Robert E Moyers, the former chair of the Department of Orthodontics and founding director of the Center for Human Growth and Development, an interdisciplinary research unit on the Ann Arbor campus. In addition to the speaker talks, we hope you will join us at our University of Michigan Alumni and Friends Reception, to be held at the nearby Graduate Hotel in Ann Arbor on Saturday evening.


Saturday, March 2, 2024

8:30 am Registration -  Rackham Auditorium, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The University of Michigan
9:15 am Introductory Remarks:
Dr. Jacques Nor,
Dean, School of Dentistry,
Dr. James A. McNamara, Brief History of the Moyers Symposium
Dr. Nan Hatch, Chair, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
9:45 am Dr. Rogerio Castilho, DDS, MS, PhD,
Associate Professor of Dentistry, University of Michigan
An Overview Artificial Intelligence from a Clinician’s Perspective
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Keynote Address,
Dr. Chuck Friedman, PhD
Chair, Department of Learning Health Sciences Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Medical Education Professor, Schools of Information and Public Health University of Michigan
Using AI to Create Learning Health Systems on a Local and National Scale
11:45 Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm John Morton,
Director of Research and Technology Align Technologies
Using AI for Clear Aligner Optimization.
2:15 pm Kaan Orhan, DDS, MSc, MHM, PhD,
Dean, Faculty of Dentistry Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey
Artificial Intelligence Application in Dentistry: Imaging and TMJD Diagnosis.
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Dr. Jonas Bianchi,
Assistant Professor, Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific
AI for predicting surgical outcomes
4:15 pm Panel Discussion (speakers from day one talks)
4:45 pm Adjournment
5:15 pm Reception for University of Michigan Alumni and Friends (all attendees are welcome) Graduate Hotel of Ann Arbo  

Sunday, March 3, 2024

8:30 am TBD
9:25 am Short Break
9:35 am Dr. Jay Patel, BDS, MS, PhD,
Assistant Professor College of Public Health & Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University
Using Natural Language Processing for Clinical Notes and Diagnostic Imaging.
10:20 am Dr. Lucia Cevidanes, DDS, MS, PhD
Professor Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan
Clinical Decision Support Systems in Orthodontics: A Review of Data Science Approaches
11:05 am Panel discussion (all Symposium speakers)
11:30 am Adjournment



The Horace H Rackham School of Graduate Studies is located at 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109.



The trip between the Detroit Metro Airport and Ann Arbor takes about 20-30 minutes.

Taxi costs around US$ 50. They usually take 3 people (it is not necessary to make reservations for the taxi).

The most economical option is to take a shuttle.

Another alternative (a bit more expensive) is to take the Metrocar Services. The driver will wait for you at the baggage claim, pick up your bags, and bring you to Ann Arbor (they generally take up to 3 people).


Due to the effect of the Great Lakes, the weather in Ann Arbor can vary widely in March. Temperatures can range from 30°F at night to 65°F midday. The 5-year daily high average is 52°F. Precipitation can range from light snow to thunderstorms. It is best to come prepared for cold nights and cool-to-mild days.


The Symposium, which began in 1974, honors Dr. Robert E Moyers. Dr. Moyers chaired the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics (1953-1966) and later was the Founding Director of the UM Center for Human Growth and Development (1964-1980). The Center was established as a university-wide interdisciplinary unit to better understand childhood growth and development.

Under his leadership, the Center gained international prominence not only for interdisciplinary research in craniofacial biology, but also in developmental biology, nutrition, public health, morphometrics, anthropology, linguistics, and pediatrics.

Author of the textbook, Handbook of Orthodontics, Moyers was elected to the Royal College of Surgeons in London (1955). He received the profession’s highest award, the Albert H. Ketcham Award (1988) and was posthumously inducted into the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry’s Hall of Honor (2004).

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