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Dr. Kirby Skavdahl’s gift aids Perio training

Kirby-Skavdahl“Dentistry made a lot more sense to me after I went through periodontics training,” says Dr. Kirby Skavdahl (Class of 1979), who has practiced periodontics in Kennewick in Washington’s Tri-Cities area since 1982. “I liked the underlying concepts of periodontics, such as medicine, pharmacology and systemic disease, and I was also intrigued by the surgical procedures.”

Having found the key that helped him unlock the full scope of dentistry, he now wants to share it with today’s students: He’s making a $250,000 planned gift to the School of Dentistry to support periodontics training in the pre-doctoral program.

“It seems that somewhere it would be really good to emphasize that something’s going on under the gum tissue,” Dr. Skavdahl says.

After earning his DDS, Dr. Skavdahl went to Medical College of Virginia, where he obtained his periodontics certification in 1982. He chose MCV for periodontics training largely because both the department chairman, Dr. Kent Palcanis, and the graduate program director, Dr. Howard Dorfman, were graduates of the UW periodontics program.

“It seems that students coming out of the UW have a better understanding of periodontal concepts than other dentists,” Dr. Skavdahl says.

“I hope my gift helps others see and know the importance of the periodontium, and know what can be done to achieve long-term health in a damaged periodontium,” he says.