Dr Hilt Tatum
Job Title: Dentist
Professor Tatum has more than 38 years of clinical and academic experience in Oral Implantology. He has led the development of contemporary dental implantology by originating and popularising procedures such as bone expansion (1970), autogenous bone grafting (1971), sinus lift (1974) and sinus graft (1975). He has pioneered predictable techniques for bone enhancement by a combination of bone expansion and closed interpositional segmental osteotomies thereby avoiding unpredictable onlay bone grafting techniques. His innovative approach avoids unnecessary complications related to bone grafting procedures and associated costs. He designed the first titanium root form system in the world to be given FDA marketing approval. He is well known for his excellent presentations and has delivered more than 2000 lectures in many countries. He was the Chief of Oral Surgery and subsequently the Director of the Implant Residency Programme (1990-1995) at Edward White Hospital in Florida. He is a Clinical Professor in Periodontology and Oral Implantology at the Temple University Dental School, an Associate Professor of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Implantology, University of Lille Medical School and the Co-Director of the Implant Maxi Course, University of Puerto Rico. He has lifetime membership of the UK Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) and is senior advisor to the British Society of Oral Implantology (BSOI). He is a past president of the American Board of Oral Implantology and has been awarded numerous prizes and fellowships in recognition of his services to Oral Implantology. In 2004, he was awarded the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by Jacques Chirac, President of France, for his services to dentistry.