Kelvin Ian Afrashtehfar

Kelvin Ian Afrashtehfar

Assistant Professor
Ext: 6305

Dr. Kelvin Afrashtehfar is a Canadian dental specialist with a dual academic affiliation, the Ajman College of Dentistry and the Universität Bern Reconstructive Dentistry Department. His postgraduate clinical specialization includes Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry. Thus, he encourages dental students to pursue clinical excellence. His Canadian and Swiss research training resulted in 3 degrees. Dr. Kelvin Afrashtehfar has been granted multiple prestigious American and Canadian research grants and awards. He participates as an Editorial Board Member for The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Among the several academies and colleges where he is a Fellow, the ITI and the RCDC are highlighted. His current research focuses on evidence-based dentistry and dental education. His work environments focus on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Dental implant companies interested in conducting university-based clinical research may approach Dr. Afrashtehfar.

Education
  • FRCDC (Fellow in Prosthodontics), Collège royal des chirurgiens dentistes du Canada
  • Doctorate in Implant-Prosthodontics (2020 QS Dentistry Rank = 9)
  • M.S.D., Department of Oral Health Sciences (2020 QS Dentistry Rank = 24)
  • M.Sc., Department of Restorative Dentistry (2021 QS Global Rank = 31)
  • PG Diploma in Reconstructive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Canada (2020 QS Dentistry Rank = 24)
  • Implant Dentistry Fellowship (2020 QS Dentistry Rank = 9)
  • PG Certificate in Dental Implantology, Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel
  • PG Advanced Certificate in Clinical Education, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • PG Certificate in Higher Education Teaching, National Autonomous University of Mexico (2020 QS Education Rank = 50)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, Latin American University
Experience
  • Principal Applicant, AU ITI virtual learning campus - AU is the first dental school in MENA with an ITI virtual campus
  • International Examiner, ITI Diploma in Implant Dentistry - ITI Board of Studies
  • ITI Fellow, Canadian Section - Fellows form the core of the ITI and play an active role in shaping the future of implant dentistry
  • Former ITI Scholar, University of Bern School of Dental Medicine in Switzerland (Under the mentorship and supervision from Oral Surg. Chairman: Prof. Dr. D. Buser; Prosth. Chairman: Prof. Dr. U. Brägger; Guest Prof: Prof. em. Dr. U. C. Belser). "zmk bern has the best record concerning the further development of Scholars. The postdoctoral training aims to transfer the comprehensive spectrum of implant therapy." - D. Buser
  • Top Ten Expert in Dentistry in the UAE in 2021: https://expertscape.com/ex/dentistry/c/ae
  • Top Three Expert in Prosthodontics in the UAE: https://expertscape.com/ex/prosthodontics/c/ae
  • Top Three Expert in Advanced Implant Dentistry in the UAE: https://expertscape.com/ex/dental+implants%2C+single-tooth/c/ae
Teaching Area
  • DDS clinical and pre-clinical courses (undergraduate dental education)
  • Higher specialization certificate courses (continuing dental education)
  • Treatment planning seminars (postgraduate dental education)
  • Advanced clinical courses (postgraduate dental education)
  • UG Course Co-Director "Clinical Dentistry I" (9th Semester DDS/BDS Program)
  • UG Course Co-Director "Geriatric Dentistry" (9th Semester DDS/BDS Program)
  • UG Course Co-Director "Clinical Dentistry II" (10th Semester DDS/BDS Program)
  • Internship Consultant in Prosthodontics (DDS Internship Program)
  • PG Course Instructor "Esthetic Dentistry" (1st Semester MSRD Program)
  • PG Course Director "Biomaterials" (1st Semester MSRD Program)
  • PG Course Director "Seminars in Fixed Dental Prostheses II" (3rd Semester MSRD Program)
  • Invited Speaker, Dental Implant PG Programme, University of Melbourne
Research
  • Scientific Team Member of a Swiss Dental Institution globally ranked #9 in 2021 (Sources: https://www.rege.zmk.unibe.ch/ueber_uns/team/wissenschaftsteam/index_ger.html and https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2021/dentistry)
  • Ongoing transnational collaborations with research teams in Canada, Switzerland, Iran, Italy, and Saudi Arabia
  • Author of 200+ articles
  • High author-level metric (h-index) in the Prosthodontics field
  • Supervisor (Principal Investigator) of undergraduate student research projects
  • External Reviewer of reports, theses, dissertations, grant proposals, and presentations for research competitions, viva-voce defenses, and indexed journals with an impact factor
  • Internal Examiner of undergraduate student research projects
  • Co-supervised five master theses and a doctoral dissertation
  • Reviewed 500+ manuscripts
  • RESEARCH FOCUS:
  • Critical thinking
  • Digital dentistry
  • Dental education
  • Esthetic dentistry
  • Evidence-based dentistry
  • Implant dentistry
  • Reconstructive dentistry
Publications
Conference Presentation
  • 2021 Webinar speaker - American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) Annual Meeting, USA
  • 2021 Invited speaker - DLS International Dental Conference - BDA, Bahrain
  • 2020 Webinar speaker - Faculty of Dentistry, University of Hong Kong, China (2020 QS Dentistry Rank = 4)
  • 2020 Webinar presenter - Faculty of Dentistry, Canada (2020 QS Dentistry Rank = 24)
  • 2019 Invited speaker - ITI Study Club, Vevey, Switzerland
  • 2018 Invited speaker - Pacific Dental Conference, Canada
  • 2018 Participant presenter – American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Annual Meeting, Canada
  • 2017 Invited speaker - ITI Study Club, Vevey, Switzerland
  • 2017 Invited speaker - Monastir, Tunisia
  • 2016 Invited speaker - Mansoura International Dental Congress (MIDC), Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
  • 2016 Participant presenter (3 oral presentations) – European Prosthodontics Association (EPA) Annual Conference, Halle/Salle, Germany
  • 2016 Invited speaker - Faculty of Dentistry, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada (2021 QS Global Rank = 118)
  • 2015 Invited speaker - College of Dentistry, Rabat University, Rabat, Morocco
  • Full conference list available upon request ***
Memberships, Awards and Honors
  • Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry (Q1, IF 3.426)
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Q2, IF 3.390)
  • ITIF – Fellow, International Team for Implantology
  • FADI – Fellow, Academy of Dentistry International
  • FIADFE – Fellow, International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics
  • FRCDC (Pros) - Fellow in Prosthodontics of The Royal College of Dentists of Canada/Collège royal des chirurgiens dentistes du Canada. The RCDC "was established [...] to promote the high standards of specialization in the dental profession and to recognize properly trained dental specialists." There are only three Canadian Fellows in all dental specialties in the whole UAE. Statement verification: https://rcdc.ca/fellowship/membership-register/?location=United+Arab+Emirates
  • EPA Recognised Specialist in Prosthodontics, European Prosthodontic Association (Europe)
  • Specialist Certified [No: 460], Mexican Oral and Maxillofacial Rehabilitation Council (Prosth. equiv.), Mexico (North America)
  • FCGDent - Fellow, College of General Dentistry, England (UK)
  • MFDS RCPS(Glas) – Membership, Faculty of Dental Surgery - Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom)
  • FDTEd RCSEd – Fellow, Faculty of Dental Trainers - The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom)
  • FDS RCSEng – Fellow, Faculty of Dental Surgery - The Royal College of Surgeons of England (United Kingdom)
  • FGDP(UK) - Fellow, Faculty of General Dental Practice, England (United Kingdom)
  • FICR(UK) - Fellow [No: 2155], Institute of Clinical Research (UK)
  • Candidate, DGI - Certification of the Tätigkeitsschwerpunkt (Expertise) Implantology, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Implantologie (DGI), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Implantologie im Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferbereich (Germany)
  • Affiliate Member, RCSIre – Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (United Kingdom)
  • Member, RACDS – Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, Australia (Oceania)
  • Member, DDS – Digital Dentistry Society
  • Member, EPA – European Prosthodontic Association
  • Member, ACP – American College of Prosthodontists
  • Member, APS – The American Prosthodontic Society
  • Member, APS - Australian Prosthodontic Society
  • Member, APC – The Association of Prosthodontists of Canada
  • Member, AAMP – American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • Member, EAO – European Association for Osseointegration
  • Member, SSOI – Swiss Society for Oral Implantology (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für orale Implantologie) - Read the story at: https://www.ajman.ac.ae/en/news/au-faculty-dr-kelvin-afrashtehfar-accepted-as-member-of-highly-coveted-swiss-society-for-oral-implantology
  • Member, SSGS - Swiss Society of Gerodontology and Special Care Dentistry
  • Member, ECG - The European College of Gerodontology
  • Member, IFDEA – International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations
  • Member, IADR – International Association for Dental Research