Dr. Abeer Alhadidi recently became the first graduate from the UNC Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Master of Science program to earn the Ph.D. degree in oral and maxillofacial radiology from the King’s College London Dental Institute through a cooperative program with the UNC School of Dentistry. The cooperative program, established in 2011 by Dr. Don Tyndall, professor and director of radiology in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the UNC School of Dentistry, is designed to allow master’s level graduates of the UNC radiology program to obtain a Ph.D. in oral and maxillofacial radiology through the King’s College London Dental Institute.
“Dr. Alhadid’s research project represents the collaborative efforts of the Departments of Orthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences at UNC, and the collaboration between two institutions, UNC and King’s College,” said Tyndall. “This type of collaborative effort is critical in improving the care we provide patients.”
Alhadidi’s dissertation, “The use of 3D image analysis in the diagnosis and treatment planning of corrective surgery for mandibular asymmetry patients,” focused on three dimensional cone beam CT imaging as an analytical tool in assessing the efficacy of surgical and orthodontic treatment planning and treatment results for correction of dentofacial anomalies. This pioneering work will enable surgeons and orthodontists to plan corrective treatment strategies more effectively.
Currently, Alhadidi is an assistant professor at the University of Jordan Faculty of Dentistry in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine and Periodontology in Amman, Jordan. Alhadidi graduated from the UNC School of Dentistry in 2010 with a Master in Science.