Dr Gustavo Avila Ortiz obtained a DDS degree and completed his PhD at the University of Granada (Spain) before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he completed an MS degree and a Certificate in Periodontics at the University of Michigan. He has over 10 years of experience as an educator and has worked to advance the profession as a member of numerous institutional committees and scientific organizations; he is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He was a faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, where he was the Phillip A. Lainson Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics. Dr Avila Ortiz serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Periodontology and Co-Editor for Clinical Advances in Periodontics, the official journals of the American Academy of Periodontology. He has authored more than 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals as well as several book chapters. Aside from being regularly engaged in scholarly, administrative, and continuing education activities in different academic institutions, Dr Avila Ortiz maintains a private practice limited to periodontics and implant dentistry at Atelier Dental in Madrid, Spain.