Advanced Education, Orthodontics, Students

Orthodontics Residents Earn Southern Association of Orthodontics Research Awards 

Catherine Campbell, DDS, Ivette Landrian, DDS, JP Zermeno, DDS, and Phillip Hamilton, DDS, all third-year residents in the UNC-Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry orthodontics graduate program, won resident research awards from the Southern Association of Orthodontics (SAO). They were recognized for their research at the SEO Annual Meeting in November.  

“We are incredibly proud of Drs. Campbell, Hamilton, Landrian and Zermeno for their accomplishments in research and recognition by the SAO,” said George Blakey III, DDS, Raymond P. White Distinguished Professor, and chair of the Division of Craniofacial and Surgical Care. “Their commitment to excellent research not only advances the orthodontic profession, but strengthens their abilities as clinicians.” 

Campbell’s research, “Understanding factors influencing orthodontist career decision-making” aimto understand the factors important to orthodontists across career stages and their impact on job satisfaction and earning potential. Campbell hopes the research will illuminate what motivates resident decision-making and provide critical information to assist in advising on career choices.  

Landrian’s research, “Management of traumatically luxated permanent teeth: a retrospective study,” seeks to compare different methods of repositioning teeth after trauma or injury, including orthodontic repositioning, digital repositioning, and mixed treatment, and determine which method is most effective. 

Hamilton’s research, “Comparison of open bite closure outcomes: Clear aligner vs. skeletal anchorage posterior intrusion treatment of anterior open bite,” compares different treatment modalities used to treat anterior open bite and determine the mechanism of open bite closure.  

Zermeno’s research, “Comparison of Regional Superimposition Techniques: Accuracy and Precision of Methodologies” studies different methods of monitoring skeletal and dental changes over time.  

“The mission of the Adams School of Dentistry is to become the global model for oral health education, in care and discovery. The accomplishments of these orthodontic residents demonstrate that they and their faculty mentors are living this mission,” said Associate Dean for Research, Shannon Wallet, PhD.  

“These residents are using the art and science of discovery and multidisciplinary approaches to improve the clinical care for their patients. I am significantly impressed with the breadth and depth of research being performed by our orthodontic community. The acknowledgement by the Southern Association of Orthodontics for the stellar research performed by these four residents speaks not only to their accomplishments, but to the caliber of our graduate program and their faculty mentorship. 

Founded in 1921, the SAO has approximately 2,500 members in all categories, and is the second largest of the regional (constituent) associations of the American Association of Orthodontists.  

The mission of the SAO is to support its members through promotion of the specialty of orthodontics dedicated to quality patient care, continuing education and political advocacy.  

The SAO represents members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana (east of the Mississippi), Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.