Dr Verdugo received the top award bestowed by the Italian Scientific Research Committee, L'Albero del Sapere or "Tree of Knowledge" given yearly, throughout the world, to young researchers for significant achievements in science, sponsored by the President of the Italian Republic, Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Catholic University of Sacro Cuore, Italian Society of Oral Surgery & Implantology and Italian Society of Osseointegration. The 2010's focus was "Evaluating Diagnostic and Therapeutic procedures in the Oral-Implant-Restorative field with particular attention to their Social aspect". In years past, recipients have included researchers in the field of agriculture, nuclear energy, natural sciences, and medicine. First time the award was given to a researcher in the field of Periodontology and to a U.S. recipient.
Fernando Verdugo, DMD, PhD PERIODONTAL & DENTAL IMPLANT SURGEON DIPLOMATE IN PERIODONTOLOGY & DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY
AMERICAN BOARD OF PERIODONTOLOGY
Doctor of Medical Dentistry with Honors in Periodontics and Anatomical Pathology since 1993
Dr. Fernando Verdugo has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology since 2003. Board certified periodontists achieve their Diplomate status after completion of written and oral examinations to demonstrate evidence of high degree of knowledge, skill and experience in the science and art of Periodontology. Dr Verdugo is dedicated to the practice of evidence-based periodontal and implant therapy.
Dr. Verdugo’s PhD research work entitled “Intramembranous Osseous Transplants: factors influencing transplanted bone volume and donor site repair. Developing Safe Antimicrobial Protocols” focused on intraoral autogenous bone transplants for jaw reconstruction and was defended in September 2011 obtaining Magna Cum Laude with “Doctor Europeus” special mention.
He is a national and international lecturer in topics related to Human bone biology and repair, dental implants, peri-implant disease, bone transplantation, bone microbial contamination/decontamination, oral microbiology and soft & hard tissue reconstruction
He currently conducts research on the above topics and has published numerous articles in scientific peer-review journals: Journal of Periodontology, Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research, Clinical Oral Investigations, Archives of Oral Biology, International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry, International Journal of Immunopathology & Pharmacology and Gerodontology.
At the present moment, Dr Verdugo is engaged in private practice in Periodontics & Dental Implants in California. He teaches and serves as visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy and as a consultant Periodontist at the VA Hospital, Greater Los Angeles, Healthcare System. He also lectures at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and VA Hospital, in Los Angeles, for the advance residency programs.