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Ashraf Fouad, B.D.S., D.D.S., M.S.


Dr. Fouad obtained his DDS, Certificate of Endodontics and MS at the University of Iowa. He served as Assistant then Associate Professor of Endodontology at the University of Connecticut Health Center from 1992 – 2004,  and as Chair of the Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at the University of Maryland, since 2005. Dr. Fouad has published over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters, over 110 abstracts, and edited and co-authors the textbooks: Endodontic Microbiology and the fifth edition of Endodontics: Principles and Practice. He is a Diplomate and Past President of the American Board of Endodontics, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Endodontics. He has lectured widely in the U.S. and internationally, and his research interests include: endodontic molecular microbiology, effectiveness of antibiotic therapy. dental pulp regeneration, endodontic treatment outcomes and the pathogenesis and healing of periapical lesion in the host with normal and compromised systematic health.

Contact information

Dept of Endo, Schl of Dent, UNC
1098 First Dental Building Clb
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450
Phone: 919-537-3403
Fax: 919-537-3408

Available Sessions

  • Use of Antibiotics in Endodontic Treatment
    Topic: Pharmacology
    Learning Objectives:
    • Describe the evidence available for the use of antibiotics during endodontic treatment.
    • Describe the problems of indiscriminate use of antibiotics.
    • Understand the mechanism of action and effectiveness patterns of commonly prescribed drugs.
    • Describe the available data on the intracanal use of antibiotics.
    • Review the novel trends with respect to the use of antibiotics.

    The use of antibiotics during the treatment of endodontic pathosis is quite prevalent among dentists and endodontists. This session will discuss the available objective data on the use of antibiotics to manage endodontic patients. Both systemic and local applications will be reviewed. Recent advances in the use of antibiotics and newer medications will be addressed.

    One half-day lecture.

  • Endodontic Microbiology and Host Response
    Topic: Microbiology, Inflammation & Immunology
    Learning Objectives:
    • Discuss the complexity of the Endodontic microflora.
    • Discuss the various host immunological processes involved in pulpal and periapical pathosis.
    • Discuss the interrelationship of endodontic pathosis and systematic disease.

    Endodontic disease is a microbial disease, that involves a large number of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Knowledge in this area has expanded dramatically in the past decade due to major advances in the technologies used in microbiological research. At the same time, numerous host factors are involved in the response ti the microbial disease. Both local and systematic factors modulate the clinal presentation of the disease, as well as the immediate and long-term response to treatment. This session would describe these issues, and outline their relevance to clinical endodontics.

    Half-day or full day lecture.


Dr. Fouad has no proprietary, financial and/or personal interest pertaining to his presentation to disclose.

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