The 50th Moyers Symposium and the Centennial Celebration of Orthodontics at Michigan

The 50th Annual Moyers Symposium will be held in Ann Arbor on March 3-5, 2023.

2023 is a big year for Orthodontics at the University of Michigan. We will host the 50th Moyers Symposium with a 3-day event that features 17 outstanding speakers from around the nation and world. We know that many topics in orthodontics have varying viewpoints and perspectives, even among the experts. The Moyers Symposium has always been a place for presentation of clinically relevant evidence, and lively discussion by speakers and attendees. This 50th Moyers Symposium is anticipated to be educational, spirited and fun, in traditional Moyers Symposium fashion (as ever).

Three keynote lectures will be presented, one at the start of each day. The first will be provided on Friday morning by Dr. Peter Buschang (Gaylord Endowed Chair in Orthodontics and Regent’s Professor, Texas A&M University), who will speak on the influence TADs in orthodontic care, including the introduction of a novel promising new design. On Saturday morning, Dr. Lucia Cevidanes (Graber Endowed Professor, University of Michigan) will provide her expert perspective on the influence that 3D imaging has had on the practice of orthodontics and what she anticipates in our future. Dr. Ambrosina Michelotti (Editor of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research and Professor of Orthodontics, University of Naples) will provide historical perspective and up to date evidence on optimal management of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) in orthodontic patients on Sunday morning.

2023 is also the Centennial Year of Orthodontics at Michigan. Yes, we have been in this game for 100 years! To celebrate, we will host an evening reception at “The Big House Skyboxes” on Saturday evening for UM Alumni and Friends, including Moyers Symposium attendees. This will provide an additional opportunity to network, interact with speakers, and enjoy time with classmates, colleagues and friends. We do hope you will join us.

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 University of Michigan campus.


Friday, March 3, 2023

8:00 am Registration
Rackham Auditorium, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The University of Michigan
8:30 am Introductory Remarks: Dr. Nan Hatch, Lysle E. Johnston Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan
9:00 am Keynote Address: Dr. Peter Buschang, Gaylord Endowed Chair in Orthodontics, Director of Research in Orthodontics and Regent’s Professor, Texas A&M University
The Influence of TADs on Orthodontic Practice and Introduction of a Novel TAD Design.
9:50 am Break
10:20 am Dr. Bella Shen Garnett, Private Practice, San Francisco, CA
Clear Aligner Technique from an Expert Perspective.
10:50 am Dr. Moe Masoud, Associate Professor in Orthodontics, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Howard University
Optimizing Clear Aligner Therapy Using Tunnel Attachments.
11:20 am Break
11:50 am Dr. Christian Groth, Private Practice; Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Michigan
Clear Aligner Adjuncts: 3D Printed Metal Appliances.
12:20 pm Dr. Sebastian Baumgaertel, Clinical Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University
TADs - Bridging the ‘Science - Practice’ Gap.
12:50 pm Lunch (on your own)
2:50 pm Dr. Ron Hathaway, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Dr. Ross Long, Director Emeritus and Head of Research, Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, PA
The Americleft Project.
3:20 pm Dr. Marilia Yatabe, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Michigan
Innovations in Craniofacial Care: A Future with Ultrasound?.
3:50 pm Dr. Tom Kluemper, Division Chief of Orthodontics, University of Kentucky
Interdisciplinary Treatment: Can We Teach What We Practice?
4:20 pm Panel Discussion
5:00 pm Adjourn/Reception – Rackham Building, 4th floor Assembly Hall (complimentary)

Saturday, March 4, 2023

8:15 am Registration
Rackham Auditorium, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The University of Michigan
9:00 am Introductory Remarks: Drs. Nan Hatch and Jim McNamara
9:30 am Keynote Address: Dr. Lucia Cevidanes, Graber Endowed Professor, University of Michigan
The Impact of 3D imaging on Orthodontics.
10:20 am Break
10:50 am Dr. Ching Chang Ko, Vig/Williams Endowed Chair of Orthodontics at Ohio State University
When Artificial Intelligence Meets Digital Orthodontics.
11:30 am Dr. Hera Kim Berman, Browne Endowed Professor and Associate Clinical Professor, University of Michigan
The Orthodontic Metaverse.
12:10 pm Lunch (on your own)
2:10 pm Dr. Hugo De Clerck, Private Practice, Brussels; Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina
Mandibular Lengthening by a Bone Anchored Herbst Appliance.
2:50 pm Dr. Lorenzo Franchi, Professor and Dean, University of Florence, Italy
Early treatment of Class III malocclusion: a 30-year perspective
3:30 pm Break
3:50 pm Dr. Carlos Flores-Mir, Professor, Orthodontic Program Director & Director of Graduate Studies, University of Alberta, Canada
Class II management: It Shines Like Gold, but is it?
4:30 pm Panel Discussion (speakers from day one talks)
5:00 pm Adjournment
6:00-9:00 pm U of M Orthodontic Program's Centennial Celebration - Jack Roth Stadium Club Michigan Stadium (complimentary)

Sunday, March 5, 2023

9:00 am Dean welcoming remarks
9:10 am Keynote Address: Dr. Ambrosina Michelotti, Editor of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research; Professor of Orthodontics, University of Naples Federico II
Orthodontics, Malocclusion and TMJ Pain: Where is the association?
10:00 am Break
10:20 am Dr. Jeff Nickel, Associate Professor and Program Director, Oregon Health Sciences University
Life Cycle and Mechanobehavior of the Temporomandibular Joint
11:00 am Brent Ward, Professor and Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry, University of Michigan
Surgical Reconstruction in 2023 – Returning Form and Function
11:40 am Panel discussion (all Symposium speakers/Sunday symposium speakers)
12:10 pm Adjournment


2023 marks the University of Michigan Orthodontic Program’s Centennial Anniversary.

In 1923, the University of Michigan, College of Dental Surgery became the first dental school to offer graduate training in orthodontics leading to a Master of Science degree. In 1928 the school name changed to the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. In 1938, construction began on the Kellogg building, which was built specifically for postdoctoral graduate dental education. UM Orthodontics has remained in this location since that time. Our program has a long and storied history that has led to our honored traditions and continuous focus on excellence in orthodontic education, patient care and research. Today we continue to work hard to graduate residents with the array of skills needed to become a master clinician. Lots of fun stories to share, including your own. This will be a great time to catch up with classmates, reconnect with faculty, and make new friends!

We will be holding events in celebration of this 100th year anniversary over the 2023 Moyers Symposium weekend, including an evening University of Michigan Alumni and Friends Reception at “The Big House” on Saturday, March 4th. Please plan to join us for what should be a fun and lively event.


Centennial Celebration Stadium Parking: Parking will be available at the stadium at lots SC 35 (Champions North) & SC 36 (Buffalo Lot) off of E. Keech Ave (See Link Below). Please enter off of Main St. and E. Keech Ave. There will be parking attendants at this lot, make sure you tell them you are with the Orthodontic Centennial Celebration. To enter the Jack Roth Stadium Club, walk across the street to Gate 9, there will be Stadium Staff at this door for directions. For those with mobility issues, there will be a golf cart bringing people from the lot to Gate 9. For directions to lots, please use the link HERE.



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 Moyers Symposium began in 1974 in honor of Dr. Robert E Moyers. A dental student mentee of Dr. Moyers, Dr. Verne Primack (DDS 1956), with his wife Naomi, initially established and sponsored the first interdisciplinary Robert D. Moyers Symposium on Craniofacial Growth and Development. 

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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