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; and one by Dr. Ravi Pendse (Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of Michigan) on the benefits and challenges of incorporating AI in health care and society.

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, University of Michigan
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 of Artificial Intelligence from a Clinician’s Perspective.
10:30 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, BSE
Director of Research and Technology, Align Technologies
Advancements in Clear Aligner Treatment.
2:15 pm Kaan Orhan, DDS, MSc, MHM, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Dentistry Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey
Artificial Intelligence Applications in Dentistry: Imaging and TMJD Diagnosis.
3:00 pm Break
3:20 pm Keynote Address
Dr. Ravi Pendse, PhD

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Office of the President and Professor, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
Generative Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges.
4:20 pm Panel Discussion (speakers from day one talks)
4:50 pm Adjournment
5:00 pm Reception for University of Michigan Alumni and Friends (all attendees are welcome) Graduate Hotel of Ann Arbor

Sunday, March 3, 2024

8:30 am Dr. Jonas Bianchi, DDS, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific
Empowering Clinicians: Harnessing AI and Data-Driven Tools in Orthognathic Surgery.
9:15 am 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 for Automated Information Extraction.
10:20 am Dr. Lucia Cevidanes, DDS, MS, PhD
Professor,  Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan
AI as the Game Changer in Orthodontic Decision Making.
11:05 am Panel discussion (all Symposium speakers)
11:35 am Adjournment


Friday, March 1, 2024

Location: Rackham Ampitheatre, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The University of Michigan

7: 30 am - 8:30 am Registration Opens
8:00am - 8:10am
Welcome – Nan E. Hatch, Chair - Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
Session 1
8:10 am - 8:30 am Le Nguyen, Computing and Information Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology
  Introduction to artificial intelligence - what it is and what it isn’t.
8:30 am - 8:50 am Dr. Divakar Karanth, Department of Orthodontics, University of Florida
Detection and quantification of external root resorption using machine learning.
8:50 am - 9:10 am Dr. Selene Barone, Department of Orthodontics, University of Catanzaro, Italy 
Orthognathic surgical precision: the role of AI and computer-assisted surgical simulation.
9:10 am - 9:30 am Dr. Mohammed Elnagar, Department of Orthodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago
 Evaluation of AI-driven remote monitoring technology for tracking tooth movement and reconstruction of 3D models during orthodontic treatment.
9:30 am - 9:50 am Panel Discussion: 1st Session Speakers
9:50 am - 10:10 am Break
Session 2
10:10 am - 10:30 am Dr. Felicia Miranda, Department of Orthodontics, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Alveolar bone defect severity in cleft lip and palate: an AI assessment.
10:30 am - 10:50 am Dr. Luis Arriola, Department of Orthodontics, Cientifica del Sur University, Peru
Influence of impaction characteristics of the maxillary canine on the duration of active orthodontic traction.
10:50 am - 11:10 am Dr. Chenshuang (Monica) Li, Department of Orthodontics, University of Pennsylvania
 NELL-1 – CNTNAP4 as a novel ligand-receptor pair shared by bone and brain.
11:10 am - 11:30 am Dr. Kathryn  Preston, Department of Orthodontics, A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry
  A craniofacial orthodontist’s perspective on cleft education.
1:30 am - 11:50 am Panel Discussion: 2nd Session Speakers
11:50 am - 1:20 pm LUNCH
Session 3
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm Dr. Spyridon Papageorgiou, Clinic of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Center of Dental Medicine, University of Zurich
Welcome to the jungle: Myths and controversies on airways, sleeping disordered breathing, and the orthodontist’s role.
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm Dr. Thikriat Al-Jewair, Department of Orthodontics, State University of New York at Buffalo
Unraveling sleep breathing disorders: The mandibular movement monitoring role in diagnosis and treatment.
2:10 pm - 2:30 pm Dr. Claudia Mattos, Department of Orthodontics, Fluminense University, Brazil
The future of airway image diagnosis: Insights through AI.
2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Panel Discussion: 3rd Session Speakers
2:50 pm - 3:10 pm Break
Session 4
3:10 pm - 3:30 pm Dr. Silvio Bellini, Department of Orthodontics, SENAC University, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Orthodontic retention: What do we know?
3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Dr. Nicholas Shirey, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan
Comparison of mechanical properties of 3D printed and thermoformed orthodontic aligners.
3:50 pm - 4:10 pm Dr. Elizabeth Hatfield, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Michigan
Navigating specialization and beyond in TMD & Orofacial Pain
4:10 pm - 4:30 pm Dr. Tarek ElShebiny, Department Of Orthodontics, Case Western Reserve University
Incorporating artificial intelligence into everyday orthodontics.
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Panel Discussion: 4th Session Speakers, All Speakers and Participants
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Poster Session and Complimentary Social Reception


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Rogerio Castilho DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Castilho is an Associate Professor at the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, and the Associate Chair for the Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Radiology at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Castilho is funded by the NIH, and he focuses on translation research to improve healing of burned patients through the modulation of signaling pathways involved in cellular migration and proliferation. Dr. Castilho has also explored epigenetic modifications in head and neck cancers including salivary gland tumors that can be pharmacologically targeted using new emerging epi-drugs.

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Dr. Charles Friedman, PhD

Dr. Charles “Chuck” Friedman is the Chair of the Department of Learning Health Sciences and the Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Medical Education at the University of Michigan Medical School, as well as a Professor of Information and of Public Health. Dr. Friedman is focused on building a Learning Health System, a health system that can continuously study and improve itself, at the University of Michigan and in the state. Throughout his career, Dr. Friedman's primary academic interests have intertwined biomedical and health informatics with the processes of education and learning.

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John Morton, BSE

John Morton received his degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1977). He obtained a firm foundation in orthodontic biomechanics as Director of Research with colleague Dr. Charles Burstone at the University of Connecticut, Department of Orthodontics researching and developing the principles of Segmented Arch Treatment, Variable Modulus Orthodontics, and Differential Moments. He has been a consultant for the National Institutes of Health, universities and orthodontic corporations throughout his thirty-year career in orthodontic biomechanics. John joined Align Technology in 2007 and presently holds the position of VP, Technology Fellow. John’s team at Align is dedicated to improving clear aligner treatment and the predictability of the Invisalign system.

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Dr. Kaan Orhan, DDS, MSc, MHM, PhD, BA, Dr. Hc

Dr. Orhan is a distinguished expert in Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, serving as Dean and Professor at Ankara University's Faculty of Dentistry in Turkey. His research spans Health Sciences, Engineering, and Technology, earning him widespread recognition in the field. Notably, he received the "Innovative Dentist of the Year" award in 2020 for his work on Artificial Intelligence Applications in Dentistry. Dr. Orhan has played significant leadership roles in the European Academy of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology since 2008 and is elected as the president of the International Association of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology for the term 2025-2027. With over 400 international publications and multiple honors to his name, he is celebrated as a leading innovator and academic in the realm of dentomaxillofacial radiology.

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Dr. Ravi Pendse, PhD

Dr. Pendse has served as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer since Aug. 1, 2018. He provides university-wide leadership and strategic direction for information technology. He has extensive experience as a successful and collaborative university leader, most recently as Brown University’s vice president for computing and information services and chief information officer. He has also been a professor, researcher, teacher and advisor to students.

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Dr. Jonas Bianchi, DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Bianchi is an Assistant Professor of Orthodontics at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He earned his master's and PhD degrees from the State of Sao Paulo University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on innovative applications of data science, artificial intelligence tools, and advanced 3D imaging assessments. He collaborates with prestigious institutions such as the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina on NIH-funded projects. In his clinical teaching, Dr. Bianchi employs evidence-based approaches and a wide range of treatment techniques, including segmented mechanics, aligner therapy, straight-wire methods, TADs, 3D printed appliances, and orthopedic appliances.

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Dr. Jay Patel, BDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Patel is an Assistant Professor at the College of Public Health & Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University. Dr. Patel’s research focuses on developing and implementing health information technology to improve patient care and outcomes. He has developed clinical decision support systems and learning health systems using electronic health records (EHR), administrative data, social media data, and social determinants of health to predict the risk of diseases before disease initiation and progression. He has also developed clinical natural language processing (NLP) methods to extract information from big social media data and EHR data.

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Dr. Lucia Cevidanes, DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Cevidanes is the Thomas and Doris Graber Endowed Professor of Dentistry and Predoctoral Orthodontics Director at the University of Michigan. She has actively served in the NIDCR Data Science Working Group over the past 2 years. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Her work has been supported by the NIH and the AAOF. Her interests include Artificial Intelligence-based Clinical Decision Support systems and 3D Imaging to solve difficult clinical problems, studying current and new treatment approaches and technical procedures, and for predicting treatment outcomes for dentofacial deformities.



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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