Kelvin Ian Afrashtehfar

Kelvin Ian Afrashtehfar

Assistant Professor
Ext: 6305

Originally from Montreal, Dr. Kelvin Afrashtehfar is a Canadian dental specialist with dual academic affiliation. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Sciences Department at Ajman University, UAE, and an Associate Researcher in the Department of Reconstructive Dentistry and Gerodontology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. His postgraduate clinical training includes a specialty in Prosthodontics and a subspecialty fellowship in Implant Dentistry. His fellowship mentors were Prof. em. Dr. U. Brägger, Prof. em. Dr. D. Buser, and Prof. em. Dr. U. Belser. This experience permits him to encourage students to pursue clinical excellence, develop their critical thinking skills, and work systematically at a satisfactory level of accuracy and become more efficient. His research training totals 3 degrees from Canada and Switzerland. His research supervisors were Prof. Dr. F. Tamimi, Prof. em. Dr. U. Brägger, Dr. R. Bryant, and Dr. S. Abi-Nader. This strength allows him to provide students the experience of conducting sound research. Dr. Kelvin has been granted multiple prestigious American and Canadian awards. His publications are frequently referenced in oral presentations by Journal Editors. Dr. Kelvin participates as an Editorial Board Member for high reputable journals in oral rehabilitation, such as The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. He is an ITI Fellow and a Fellow-Elect in Prosthodontics of The Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC). Up to date, Dr. Kelvin holds an international record of having lectured in every continent. Most notoriously, Dr. Kelvin is a Scientific Team Member of a Swiss University, which is listed as #9 in the QS World University Rankings for Dentistry. His current research focuses on implant surgery, digital technologies, aesthetic dentistry, evidence-based dentistry, and clinical dental education. He ensures that his work environments focus on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. High-achieving self-motivated students interested in acquiring research experience to boost their CV can contact Dr. Kelvin via email for setting up an interview.

Education
  • FE RCDC (Fellow-Elect in Prosthodontics), The Royal College of Dentists of Canada / Collège royal des chirurgiens dentistes du Canada
  • Doctorate in Implant-Prosthodontics, Universität Bern, Switzerland (2020 QS Dentistry = 9)
  • M.Sc. in Craniofacial Sciences, Department of Oral Health Sciences, Canada (2020 QS Dentistry = 24)
  • M.Sc., Department of Restorative Dentistry, McGill University, Canada (2021 QS Global = 31)
  • PG Diploma in Reconstructive Dentistry and Prosthodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Canada (2020 QS Dentistry = 24)
  • Implant Dentistry Fellowship, Universität Bern, Switzerland (2020 QS Dentistry = 9)
  • PG Certificate of Training in Dental Implantology, Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel, Germany
  • PG Advanced Certificate in Clinical Education, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland
  • PG Certificate in Higher Education Teaching, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico (2020 QS Education = 50)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, Latin American University, Mexico
Experience
  • He was one of the three principal applicants for facilitating AU to become the first dental school in MENA with an ITI virtual learning campus.
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)
  • External modular programme (implant privilege mastership)
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)
  • Author of 200+ articles, of which at least 50 are listed in PubMed
  • Author-level metric (h-index) of 8 in JCR Clarivate, 9 in Publons, 11 in Scopus, and 13 in Google Scholar
  • 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
  • Digital workflow for full-arch immediate implant placement using a stackable surgical guide fabricated using SLM technology. J Prosthodont. 2021 (Q1)
  • Aesthetic parameters and patient-perspective assessment tools for maxillary anterior single implants. Int J Dent. 2021 (Q2)
  • Clinical performance of zirconia implants: A meta-review. J Prosthet Dent. 2020 (Q1)
  • Reliability of interproximal bone height measurements in bone- and tissue-level implants: A methodological study for improved calibration purposes. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2020 (Q1)
  • Performance of a repair service set for the retrieval of fractured abutment screws: A pilot in vitro study. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2019 (Q1)
  • In vivo and in vitro comparison of internal and marginal fit of digital and conventional impressions for full-coverage fixed restorations: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2019 (Q2)
  • Prevention and management of cheek and/or tongue biting related to posterior implant-supported fixed dental prostheses (ISFDPs). J Prosthodont. 2019 (Q1)
  • A safe holder for adjusting indirect prostheses: The silicone cube technique. J Prosthet Dent. 2018 (Q1)
  • A modified technique for the intraoral assessment of static occlusal contacts. J Prosthet Dent. 2018 (Q1)
  • Clinical assessment of fractured implant abutment screws: The Bernese silicone replica technique. J Prosthet Dent. 2018 (Q1)
  • Failure rate of single-unit restorations on posterior vital teeth: A systematic review. J Prosthet Dent. 2017 (Q1)
  • Evidence-based dentistry for planning restorative treatments: barriers and potential solutions. Eur J Dent Educ. 2017 (Q2)
  • Lay preferences for dentogingival esthetic parameters: A systematic review. J Prosthet Dent. 2017 (Q1)
  • Failure of single-unit restorations on root filled posterior teeth: a systematic review. Int Endod J. 2017 (Q1)
  • More information at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=Afrashtehfar+KI+%5Bau%5D ***
  • More information at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kelvin_Afrashtehfar ***
Conference Presentation
  • 2020 Webinar speaker - Faculty of Dentistry, University of Hong Kong, China (2020 QS Dentistry = 4)
  • 2020 Webinar presenter - Faculty of Dentistry, Canada (2020 QS Dentistry = 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 = 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)
  • Associate Editorial Board Member, The Open Dentistry Journal (Q2, IF 1.318)
  • Editorial Board Member, Microorganisms (Q4, IF 4.128)
  • ITIF – Fellow, International Team for Implantology
  • FADI – Fellow, Academy of Dentistry International
  • FIADFE – Fellow, International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics
  • FE RCDC (Pros) - Fellow-Elect 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."
  • 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)
  • MFDTEd RCSEd – Membership, Faculty of Dental Trainers - The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom)
  • MFDS RCSEng – Membership, Faculty of Dental Surgery - The Royal College of Surgeons of England (United Kingdom)
  • MFGDP(UK) - Membership, Faculty of General Dental Practice, England (United Kingdom)
  • MICR (UK) - Membership [No: 2155], Institute of Clinical Research (UK)
  • 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, 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, IADR – International Association for Dental Research
  • Member, IFDEA – International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations
  • Top reviewers in Cross-Field (Top 1% of reviewers), Global Peer Review Award – Publons (Web of Science Group), 2019
  • Top reviewers in Clinical Medicine (Top 1% of reviewers), Global Peer Review Award – Publons (Web of Science Group), 2019
  • Top reviewers for Clinical Medicine (Top 1% of reviewers) Global Peer Review Award – Publons (Web of Science Group), 2018