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BIOMET 3i Announces 11th Winner of Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship in Advanced Implant Surgery

Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Palm Beach Gardens, FL – (5/6/2014) – BIOMET 3i and the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation are pleased to announce that Dr. Tapan N. Koticha is the winner of the 11th annual Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship in Advanced Implant Surgery. The Lazzara fellowship was established as a tribute to the numerous significant contributions made by Dr. Richard J. Lazzara to the field of implant dentistry.

The fellowship is intended to provide educational and clinical expertise that reflects the most current techniques in implant dentistry. The AAP Foundation Lazzara Fellowship provides a stipend for the Fellow as well as funds to offset the hosting institution’s overhead and administrative costs. It is a 12-month fellowship that takes place at the student’s training institution. It may begin upon the completion of the Fellow’s periodontal training program or when the Fellow starts the last six months of his/her periodontal program.

Dr. Koticha is undergoing his periodontal program studies at the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry, where he has been widely praised for his professionalism, innovative thinking and leadership ability. Dr. Koticha has already published in numerous journals including the Journal of Periodontology, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, and Implant Dentistry.

“We congratulate Dr. Koticha on this prestigious accomplishment,” says BIOMET 3i President, Bart Doedens, “and we look forward to his future accomplishments in the field of implant dentistry. BIOMET 3i is proud to be associated with this prestigious fellowship and we thank the AAP Foundation for the opportunity to partner in its offering.”

Dr. John Kobs, President of the AAP Foundation adds, “The AAP Foundation is grateful for the support of BIOMET 3i, and we truly value our ongoing partnership. Together, we are helping the specialty’s best and brightest to achieve more than ever in the field of implant dentistry.”

About BIOMET 3i

BIOMET 3i, a division of Biomet, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of dental implants, abutments and related products. Since its inception in 1987, BIOMET 3i has been on the forefront in developing, manufacturing and distributing oral reconstructive products, including dental implant components and bone and tissue regenerative materials. The company also provides educational programs and seminars for dental professionals around the world. BIOMET 3i is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with operations throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For more information about BIOMET 3i, please visit or contact the company at (800) 342-5454; outside the U.S. dial (561) 776-6700.

About the AAP Foundation

The AAP Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity and the only organization of its kind designed exclusively to serve the community of periodontal caregivers and patients. It was organized by the specialty's leaders to benefit patients served and enhance the quality of care given, and is supported by members of the Academy, corporate partners, grateful patients, and state and regional periodontal societies. The mission of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation is to improve the periodontal and general health of the public through increasing public and professional knowledge of periodontal diseases and their therapies, stimulating basic and clinical research to generate new knowledge, and enhancing educational programs at all levels to create opportunities in periodontal education and practice.

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