​A Center for Implant Dentistry Education and Research
New York Implant Institute

Cleopatra Nacopoulos DDS, MSc. PhD.

Al Panjali DDS, MSc. DICOI

President & Course Director

Dr. Stephen Wallace is a 1971 graduate of Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry with a Certificate in Periodontics. He was on the faculty of the New York University Department of Implant Dentistry for 17 years attaining the academic rank of Associate Professor. He is currently an Associate Professor at Columbia University Department of Periodontics. He is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and a Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration, currently serving as co-chairman of the Academy of Osseointegration committee for hands-on educational courses.

Dr. Wallace’s time at New York University is divided between clinical teaching and human clinical and histologic research. He has helped develop the world’s largest data base on sinus augmentation surgery. He has performed research studies on products from the world’s leading manufacturers of implants and bone regenerative materials and is presently involved in research utilizing pdgf-bb and BMP-2 in sinus augmentation surgery.

Dr. Wallace lectures at home and abroad on issues relating to dental implantology and periodontics. He is the author of an evidence-based review of the sinus augmentation procedure published in the Annals of Periodontology and more than 30 journal articles and textbook chapters. He is co-editor, along with Dr. Tiziano Testori, of a text book on sinus elevation surgery recently published by Quintessence that is now being published in 8 languages. In addition to his faculty appointment, Dr. Wallace maintains a practice for Periodontics, bone regeneration and implant dentistry in Waterbury, CT.

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Dr. Panjali is a graduate from New York University. He received his post graduate training in dental implants from Germany 1992. In 2004, he continued his training in Implant Dentistry at New York University and has a Master's Degree in Oral Implantology, Goethe University, Germany.

Dr Panjali is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and Diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He has published several articles on immediate placement, and grafting procedures and serves as a board member in American Academy of Oral Implantology. He is an active member of several dental organizations and has been lecturing on Dental Implants nationally and internationally since 1996.

He has evaluated several leading implant systems and presents a versatile approach with innovative surgical techniques, providing a non-invasive conservative treatment in everyday dentistry. He has assisted in developing surgical instruments that have made surgical procedures easier for both dentists and assistants. Over the years, he has been developing surgical techniques which make immediate placement more predictably. He has successfully completed clinical trials of Immediate Placement in infected sockets and has developed a predictable protocol to achieve excellent results. He is  the founder of "no drill osteotomy" technique for surgical implant placement.

He owns and operates an active private practice in Watertown, Syracuse as well as in midtown Manhattan, with emphasis on Implant Dentistry.

1. Full mouth rehabilitation with Immediate implant supported restorations.
2. Implant placement in infected sites.
3. Tissue regeneration in maxillary anterior teeth.
4. Soft tissue management around Dental Implants.
5. Short Implants in immediate cases.
6. Implant abutment connections.

 Cleopatra Nacopoulos was born in Athens Greece
Bachelor of Science in Biology, GANNON University USA, 1985
Graduated from Dental school of Athens University in 1991
Master degree in Oral Biology 1998
Master degree in Periodontology 1998
Associate faculty member of Athens University until 1998
Certificate Master Degree of SOLA Academy, in Vienna University 2005
Trained on facial aesthetics with the use of fillers and growth factors, in Beverly Hills California, 2007
PhD, Laboratory for Research of the Musculoskeletal System, School of Medicine, University of Athens, Greece, 2015.
PostDoc research, Laboratory for Research of the Musculoskeletal System, School of Medicine, University of Athens, Greece, 2015
Aesthetic Medicine MSc, Queen Mary University London, 2015
Scientific collaborator for the Research of the Musculoskeletal System, School of Medicine, University of Athens
Published many scientific papers in GBR with the use of P.R.P., P.R.F., LPRF. i-PRF & A-PRF, Implants, Laser and Aesthetic Medicine 
Co-author of “Platelet Rich Fibrin in Regenerative Dentistry: Biological Background and Clinical Indications”, Wiley 2017 
Lectures in many conferences and participates in many hands on courses for implants, growth factors, facial aesthetics and laser
President of WAUPS Greece and WAUPS Aesthetica, Vice President of HELSOLA
Certified educator, trainer and coach of PRF

Private clinics in Athens and Tripolis Greece limited to Periodontics, Microsurgery, Oral Implantology, Laser and Facial aesthetics

Prof. Dr.Shahram Ghanaati

MD.,DMD., PhD.

Dr. Akseizer has been in private practice for over 40 years in Syosset, NY.  He has lectured on technology and laser dentistry at many major dental meetings including the Greater New York, Chicago Mid-Winter and National AGD.  He is a trainer on Lasers in Dentistry for Sirona and advisor on computer technology to several major dental companies.  He has published more than a dozen articles on hi-tech dentistry  and served for over 5 years as chair of the Technology and Web Use council for the AGD. He is a Past President of the NYSAGD and Past National Trustee for the AGD.  He has served as Vice Regent for the Academy of Dentistry International.  He is a recipient of the AGD distinguished service award for contributions to the profession.  He is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, Fellow in the American College of Dentistry, Fellow in the International Congress  of  Oral Implantologists, Fellow in the Academy of Dentistry International, Certified by the Academy of Laser Dentists and member of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  He has incorporated implant restoration and placement as a core service in his general practice.

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Dr. Barnhart received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Grove City College in northwestern Pennsylvania and his DMD degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. Upon completion of school he began practicing dentistry as an officer in the US Army and remained on active duty for nine years. During his time on active duty he completed an Advanced Education Program in General Dentistry at Fort Lewis, Washington, was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and obtained his Certificate of Endodontics at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Dr. Barnhart’s last assignment was Fort Drum, NY where he served as the Chief of Endodontics.  Dr. Barnhart is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and has presented numerous lectures on endodontics.  He is currently an attending for the dental residencies at both Upstate Medical University and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York.

Dr. Barnhart maintains partnership with Endodontic Specialists, a group endodontic practice, where he focuses on Non-surgical and Surgical endodontics as well as exodontia, grafting and implantology.
Dr. Barnhart and his wife, Kristen, have four young children. He enjoys a number of activities including skiing, running, playing guitar and digital photography.

Dr. Shahram Ghanaati has a triple doctorate in medicine, dentistry and science (MD, DMD, PhD) from  Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz and Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. Germany. He has a degree of Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is leading the Head and Neck Oncology section at the University Cancer Center, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. He is an Associate Professor at the Clinic of Oral, Cranio-Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery and a faculty member at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. He is the Chief Senior Physician and Deputy Director of the Clinic.

Dr. Ghanaati is oncological plastic reconstructive surgery and implant surgery for head and neck cancer patients and carries out clinical teaching and histological research. He is an international speaker and lectures extensively on understanding tissue regeneration, the inflammatory pattern during biomaterial-based tissue regeneration and the use of PRF in dentistry and maxillofacial surgery. 

He has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and achieved an H-index of 20 (Web of Science) together with currently more than 250 impact points and has  a series of translational studies (preclinical and clinical) with special focus on biomaterial-related cellular reaction and regeneration capacity.  He has extensively studied the inflammatory pattern and regeneration capacity of biomaterials with respect to different physio-chemical properties. He has performed research and accompanied the development of over 10 biomaterials from bench to the clinic and received 510 (k) in USA for developing a biomaterial-based technique for extraoral skin regeneration.

Dr Ghanaati is a spokesperson of the German chapter of YSF (Young Scientist Forum) of the ESB (European Society for Biomaterials) and he has received the Isiah Lew Memorial research award from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry in recognition of his important contribution to research in dental implantology.  

Presently, he is a research consultant for the world’s leading manufacturer of biomaterials.

Dr. Stephen Akseizer DDS MAGD


Dr. Joseph Choukroun

Dr Choukroun is the International speaker and Inventor of PRF

Dr. Stephen Wallace

Dr. Brian Barnhart DDS

Dr. Choukroun completed his degree in medicine in 1979, University of Montpellier, France. Then, in 1981 he specialized in General Surgery, &  Anesthesiology from, University of Montpellier, France. He continued his study in Pain Management in 1986, University of Strasbourg, France.

 Dr. Choukroun is  the owner of Private Pain Clinic, Nice France. He is Inventor of the PRF techniques: L-PRF, A-PRF & i-PRF and is President of SYFAC, international symposium on growth factors. He is well published in some the most respected international Journals.