Speakers

Dr. Kenneth Tilashalski and Dr. Thomas Viola  

Dr. Kenneth Tilashalski and Dr. Thomas Viola

Kenneth R. Tilashalski, D.M.D. (“Dr. T”) is quite unique in that he has earned specialty certificates in both oral & maxillofacial pathology and endodontics. He is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, and also holds an appointment at the School of Medicine. He is also currently interim director of the endodontic residency program.

After receiving his D.M.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Tilashalski completed both of his residencies along with an American Cancer Society fellowship at the University of Alabama. Prior to promotion to associate dean, Dr. T served as director of the urgent care & treatment planning clinics, chair of diagnostic sciences, and director of academic affairs.

Dr. T is a clinician and treats both endodontic and oral medicine/pathology patients. Always generous with his time, he serves as a consultant to the practicing dental community. He works with the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama in a variety of capacities including as an expert witness in the recent defense preventing non-dentists from providing teeth-whitening services. In addition, he is an avid researcher with interests in smokeless tobacco, smoking cessation, mucocutaneous diseases, and endodontic treatment outcomes.

Dr. T is passionate about educating dental health care professionals. He lectures extensively nationally and internationally in the areas of infection control, oral pathology, oral medicine, and endodontics. He is the director of courses in each year of the dental curriculum at UAB including the postdoctoral residency programs. Through his command of the material, Dr. T has gained a reputation as one of the dental school’s most popular professors. He was honored as a recipient of the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for his practical, high-energy, and entertaining style.

Thomas A. Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P., is a board certified pharmacist and has been in community practice for over 30 years. He received his pharmacy degree and specialty training from St. John’s University in New York. Throughout his career, Tom has been appointed to serve on many national committees involved in pharmacotherapeutics, disease state management, medication safety and pharmaceutical care. In addition, Tom also serves as a consultant pharmacist in the state of New Jersey, where he specializes in the medication therapy management of high-risk pediatric and geriatric patient populations.

Beyond his practice of the profession of pharmacy, Tom also serves the professions of dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting as a clinical educator, published writer and professional speaker, in the areas of oral pharmacology and local anesthesia.

As an clinical educator, Tom is a member of the faculty of ten dental professional degree programs and he has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. Tom is also a member of the faculty of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s National Board Exam Review and has presented numerous board exam review courses for recent graduates. In addition, Tom is a recipient of the 2012 New York State Dental Hygienists' Association Award and the 2016 Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists' Association Award for his contributions to the advancement of the profession. Tom has also been recognized as a leader in the presentation and administration of local anesthesia certification programs for dental hygienists in several states.

As a published writer, Tom is well known nationally and internationally for his online webinars on pharmacology, pain management and local anesthesia. Tom is also well known for his contributions to several dental professional journals, including General Dentistry, AGD Impact, Access Magazine and RDH Magazine. In addition, Tom has served as a contributor, chapter author and peer reviewer for several dental pharmacology textbooks and national board exam review books.

As a professional speaker, Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses, nationally and internationally, and has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for correlating pharmacology concepts to the every day practice of dentistry. Through his informative, humorous and engaging seminars, Tom provides an overview of the most prevalent oral and systemic diseases, the most frequently prescribed drugs used in their treatment, pertinent dental therapeutic considerations and strategies for implementing effective patient care plans. Tom is a featured presenter for Seattle Study Clubs and, in addition, has presented seminars to sell-out audiences at the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, the Greater New York Dental Meeting, the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, the Yankee Dental Congress, and the Symposium of the International Dental Professionals of Switzerland.

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