Dr. Hamid Shafie has been the director of postdoctoral implant training at Washington
Hospital Center Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery since 1998. He is also the
President and Chief Knowledge Officer of the American Institute of Implant Dentistry, a
not for profit teaching institution in Washington, DC. His areas of interest in implant
dentistry are immediate load, tissue engineering, and advanced full mouth
reconstruction. He is recognized by peers for his insight, critical thinking, and innovative
approaches to implant education for hospital based oral and maxillofacial surgery
Dr. Shafie is one of the leading advocates of cross industry adaptation. He pioneered the
implementation of operational excellence and lean methodology in oral surgery and
implant practice in 2014. He constantly researches the most successful features of
industries outside of dental and oral surgery in order to use them as inspiration to
enhance the patient experience, improve efficiency, and optimize the services provided
by oral surgeons. His most recent efforts in cross industry adaptation have been focused
on transforming analog oral surgery practices into fully digital operations. Currently, he is
Co-founding editor of Selected Readings for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Shafie has actively disseminated the methodologies used at
Washington Hospital Center nationally and internationally, lecturing in 35 states and 30
countries. He is also the author of two text books on the subject of implant dentistry
published by Wiley-Blackwell. Currently, he is sitting on the Board of Visitors as an
advisor to the dean of the College of Dentistry of the University of Maryland.
Over the next 20 years, 3D printing is likely to have a greater impact on implant dentistry than all future clinical innovations combined. Despite this, many surgeons have continued to struggle to integrate 3D printing into their daily workflow. This is because many surgeons consider 3D printing as a new piece of equipment rather than as an opportunity to create value for patients and referring dentists. During this course, we will discuss techniques for successfully leading, planning, and executing a 3D printing initiative.
Within implant dentistry, digital workflow is the utilization of digital technology to standardize daily practice operations. Digital Transformation, however, goes beyond the scope of traditional digital workflow, and refers to the cultural transformation a practice must undergo in order to reap the benefits of this new technology. Digital transformation requires rethinking the products and services of a practice, rather than just its operations.