Drs. Barry Pass and Martin D. Levin to Speak at National Institues of Science and Technology

The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) will host a seminar titled “Analyses of Dental Remains from 1607 Jamestown, Virginia using Micro-CT Imaging, SEM-EDX/Raman Spectroscopy and Paleobotany” on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. NIST forensic scientists and other guests will attend.

Presenters: Barry Pass, DDS, PhD, Howard University; Martin D. Levin, DMD, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract: The first English settlement in North America was established in 1607, at Jamestown, VA. The first casualty in Jamestown was a 15 year old boy, the apparent victim of an Indian attack. His excavated remains show an arrow head at the thigh, broken left collarbone, and anterior mandible with Ellis Type III fracture of mandibular left central incisor, with significant periapical pathological bone resorption. The objectives of this multidisciplinary study are to elucidate the nature and chronology of odontogenic cause(s) of mandibular pathosis evident in 1225B skeletal remains, and analyze contents of fractured teeth root canals to assist assembling a corporeal and physiological history. This case presentation will impact the forensic and archeological communities by demonstrating how evidence-based science and technology can improve efficiency, quality, accuracy, reliability, and functional excellence in forensic sciences.


Dr. Barry Pass is presently Professor of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology in the Howard University College of Dentistry and Graduate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has a PhD in physics, a DDS, completed post-graduate training in oral and maxillofacial radiology, and maintains a referral practice in that dental specialty. His past research interests were centered on using electron spin resonance in dental enamel for human radiation dosimetry of unintended exposures to ionizing radiation. Cohorts that he has studied include military participants of atomic weapons testing during and after WWII and victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Dr. Pass also maintains research interests in dental diagnostic imaging and is currently involved in forensic radiographic and spectroscopic studies of skeletal remains from the 1607 Jamestown Fort in Virginia.

Dr. Martin Levin is in private practice limited to endodontics in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He is Adjunct Professor of Endodontics and Chair of the Dean”s Council at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as Co-Chair of the Joint Special Committee on the Use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography, American Association of Endodontists and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Dr. Levin is currently appointed to the AAE?s Special Committee to Develop an Outcomes Consensus Conference. He is a contributor to the “Pathways of the Pulp,” and “Ingle’s Endodontics,” as well as the author of numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Levin earned his degree in dental medicine and completed his endodontic training at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

Dr. Levin to Present at the Society for Historical Archaeology

Dr. Levin examining the root canal of specimen JR 1225B in the Department of Biomedical Engineering lab at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

The Society for Historical Archaeology has invited Martin D. Levin, DMD and D. Joshua Cohen, MD to present a lecture at their annual meeting, SHA 2017 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology to be held on January 4-8, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. The title of the presentation is “A Detailed Analysis of the Dentition of Jamestown’s First Settlers.”

The lecture will highlight the work of archaeologists and an interdisciplinary team of researchers who are studying the skull and dentition of a 15-year-old boy (JR1225B) who appears to have been the victim of a battle with Native Americans during the initial settlement at Jamestown in 1607. Specimens recovered from the boy’s teeth and jaws yield clues about diet and other aspects of daily life in the 17th century.

Detailed study of the remains began with the morphological and temporal study of the skull and teeth using cone-beam computed tomography, intraoral radiography, micro computed, scanning electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. The exposed root canal of the mandibular left central incisor and carious lesion provides a unique repository of particulate matter in the oral cavity and the associated intra-alveolar periapical lesion.

This research shows how advanced technologies can be used to characterize aspects of life and the disease state of skeletal remains.

Dr. Levin to Lecture at the 10th World Endodontic Congress

CBCT Sceen Capture

Dr. Levin, Adjunct Professor of Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, will present a keynote lecture and pre-congress workshop at the International Federation of Endodontic Associations in Cape Town, SA, 10th World Endodontic Congress.

His pre-congress workshop will highlight limited field of  view CBCT in Endodontics.  “In  endodontics, the region of interest is generally small and pre-­determined, favoring the selection of limited field of view (FOV) CBCT scans with lower x-­ radiation exposure, smaller volumes  to be interpreted and increased resolution.  All radiographs require careful and complete analysis because they may contain  findings that  affect the health of the patient. This hands-­on program will present a systematic method for navigating and documenting high resolution, limited FOV scans using multiple  clinical cases.”

Dr. Levin to speak at the Oregon Dental Conference, 2016

CBCT sagittal view for Oregon Denatl Conference, 2016

Dr. Levin has been invited to lecture at the Oregon Dental Conference to be held in Portland, WA on April 7-9, 2016. Dr. Levin will address the conference on the use of CBCT in Endodontics and will base his program on the current literature. Central to his lecture are the limitations of intraoral radiography: compression of 3D structures, geometric distortion, magnification and the misrepresentation of structures. CBCT allows for the 3D assessment of odontogenic and non-odontogenic lesions, root canal morphology, revision treatment, root and alveolar fractures, resorptive lesions, anatomy prior to surgery and outcomes.

Drs. Mischenko and Jong Invited to Speak at ZCZ Study Club

CBCT Sceen Capture

Drs. Anastasia Mischenko and George Jong will address the ZCZ Study Club on the use of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) in endodontics. This program will emphasize the benefits of 3D assessments over conventional 2D imagining of endodontic lesions.  The lecture will use case studies to illustrate the effect of periapical disease on supporting structures and proximal tissues.

Foreign Delegation of Dentists Attending the American Dental Association Annual Meeting Hosted at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Root Canal Specialists


Dr. John Olmstead, past President of the American Association of Endodontists, escorted 15 dentists from overseas for a lecture and office tour at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Root Canal Specialists. These dentists were attending the American Dental Association annual meeting being held in Washington, DC. Among the countries represented were Italy, Germany, Japan, Philippines, Jordan and Brazil.

University of Pennsylvania Groundbreaking for Evans Building

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The University of Pennsylvania held a groundbreaking ceremony on November 4, 2015 to commemorate the start of the renovation of the Evans Building at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Robert Schattner was honored for his contribution to the Evans Centennial Campaign to restore the building. Dr. Levin participated as a member of the Board of Overseers and Chair of the Dean’s Council. Dr. Amy Guttman, President of the University of Pennsylvania, participated in the ground-breaking ceremony.

Textbook in Endodontics Updated with CBCT Cases Submitted by Drs. Levin, Mischenko and Jong


Cohen’s Pathways of the Pulp” was released for distribution today, marking publication of the 11th edition of this world-renown textbook in endodontics. Dr. Martin D. Levin joined Drs. Madhu and Uhma Nair in the authorship of the new chapter on cone beam computed tomography. Drs. Mischenko and Jong  contributed unique cases illustrating various sections of the book. Copies of the text are available through Elsevier.

American Association of Endodontists Annual Session 2015

Dr. Martin D. Levin lectures at the American Association of Endodontists "To the Point" program.

Dr. Martin D. Levin lectures at the American Association of Endodontists “To the Point” program.

Dr. Levin presented a lecture at the American Association of Endodontists 2015 Annual Session in Seattle titled “CBCT: A Short Guide to Flatten the Learning Curve.” In this lecture, Dr. Levin discussed the importance of diagnostic radiographs and image-guided treatment in endodontics (root canal therapy). High-resolution CBCT scans now allow three-dimensional assessment of odontogenic and non-odontogenic lesions, root canal morphology, revision treatment, root canal alveolar fractures, resorptive lesions and anatomy prior to surgery. Dr. Levin explained the advantages of CBCT imaging in light of recent research and highlighted the important patient benefits of this technology.

Additionally, on May 8, 2015, Dr. Levin led a well-received presentation “Using a New Biocompatible Polymeric Obturation Material that Expands on Water Sorption: How to Precisely Seal Round and Oval Shaped Canals in Three Dimensions without Compaction.”

Dr. Martin D. Levin is in private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Levin is currently Chair of the Dean’s Council. He speaks nationally and internationally on advanced imaging technologies such as cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and clinical techniques.

Dr. Levin is credited with helping to pioneer the use of high-resolution cone beam computed tomography in endodontics. Through his published work and lectures, he has shown that 3D radiographic images of the jaws are significantly more accurate than conventional imaging.

In 2010, he served as Co-Chair of the Joint Special Committee on Cone Beam Computed Tomography of the American Association of Endodontists and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.  He is a contributor to numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed research publications and was listed in Washington Magazine’s “Best Endodontists.”

Dr. Levin earned his degree in dental medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972, with honors. After completing his post-doctoral residency in endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, and a member of the College of Diplomates. For more information on Dr. Martin Levin or Bethesda-Chevy Chase Root Canal Specialists, visit www.endocc.com.

International Federation of Endodontic Associations

Dr. Levin will address the 10th World Endodontic Conference of the International Federation of Endodontic Associations on June 6, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. The meeting, co-sponsored by the Endodontic Society of South African and NOMADS, will feature speakers from many member countries. Dr. Levin will conduct a pre-session workshop on cone beam computed tomography and a session highlighting recent advances in tomography relating to endodontic assessments.

More information about the conference can be found at http://www.ifeaendo.org/