John A. Molinari, PhD
John A. Molinari, PhD
Management of infectious disease with antibiotic therapy is well established in dental medicine. Dental practitioners routinely utilize chemotherapeutic drugs for prophylaxis and treatment of maxillofacial infections. Advances continue to emerge in the areas of microbial detection and antibiotic formulation, management of patient infections should include an appropriate medical history, an understanding of the etiology of infection and a comprehension of the application of available antibiotics. Upon completion of this course the participant should be able to explain the roles of antibiotics in the treatment of orofacial infections and for pre-procedure prophylaxis. The appropriate use of specific antibiotic classes against mycotic and viral infections will also be considered. The participant should also gain an understanding of how a microbial population can become resistant to an antibiotic. The potential hazards and limitations of antibiotic therapy will also be discussed in light of possible adverse reactions affecting patient responses.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should understand that virtually every chemical, drug and dental material employed in the dental office has been known to induce allergic reactions in both clinical personnel and patients, that certain allergic reactions are directly observable in the oro-facial tissues and that practitioners will be treating patients who may suffer from allergic conditions. The clinician should be prepared for the potential hazards these individuals present during dental treatment. Comprehension of the classes of hypersensitive reactions, clinical manifestations, and principles associated with development and treatment of allergies are thus required for the effective management of patients. Discussion will also include immunological mechanisms and manifestations of allergic reactions associated with latex products, as well evolving prevention strategies. This course will consider the multi-faceted aspects of clinical hypersensitivity reactions, and the participants should be able to apply the principles discussed to clinical situations and patient histories encountered.
Dr. John Molinari received a B.A. in Biology from St. Vincent College and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburg School of Dental Medicine. He is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. He has published over 300 scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. Dr. Molinari is also co-author of the text Practical Infection Control in Dentistry, with the 3rd edition scheduled for publication in 2009. His activities also include serving as a consultant for the CDC, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, Council on Dental Practice, and hospitals in the Detroit area in the areas of infectious disease and infection control. Previously, he was the Project Coordinator for the governmental Health Resources and Services Administration Task Force on AIDS and Dental Education, as well as Chairman of the American Association of Dental School's Curriculum Advisory Committee on Bloodborne Infectious Diseases. Dr. Molinari also was appointed and served as Chairman of the State of Michigan Governor's Risk Reduction and AIDS Policy Commission. He has been the infection control section editor for The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry and a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of the American Dental Association. In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Molinari was inducted as an honorary member of the Michigan Dental Association, the International College of Dentists, and the American College of Dentists.