Auspiciously the First Seminar of the APO 2015-17 term at the Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas February 23, 2015 was honored by the presence of the World Federation of Orthodontists in the person of WFO President Roberto Justus himself to personally extend an invitation to APO members to the upcoming 8th International Orthodontic Congress September 27-30, 2015 in London, United Kingdom, get updates about the APO/PBO, and to share and deliver a 4 topic series of lectures in this Special Orthodontic Symposium that included the subjects of:
A. How to Minimize the Iatrogenic Effect from Orthodontics of:
- Periodontal deterioartion/damage
- White Spot Lesions (WSL) and bracket bond failures
- Apical root resorption
B. Methods to achieve excellence in orthodontic treatment (based on American Board of Orthodontics standards)
Pres. Justus was accompanied by his wife Dr. Yolanda Justus, an Endodontist and the transcontinental and transpacific route from Mexico City to Manila took 28 hours for them. Historically one may recall how the Iberian commerce traversed the Acapulco-Manila galleon route. His visit coincides with APO’s charter membership in the WFO. 20 years ago on May 14, 1995 in San Francisco, USA in the same Herbst Theatre building where the United Nations charter was created in 1945. The APO then under Dr. Ester Banting was amongst 68 national and regional orthodontic societies that signed the charter that established the WFO. Under Pres. Justus the number has since reached 110 member organizations with almost 12000 fellows from around the world. The prestige and honor of APO’s membership in this international organization cannot be understated.
The WFO has reached out to its future membership waiving student membership dues to orthodontic graduate students while enrolled in accredited programs allowing them access on-line to the Journal of the WFO and discounts to international congresses and seminars of member countries. The love for orthodontics was seen by the strong presence of the residents and faculty from the Centro Escolar University and the University of the Philippines but also from the soon to be accredited graduate programs from the Manila Central University and the University of the East.
After prayers and an impromptu singing of the National Anthem led by Dr. Cynthia Quismundo, announcements and the APO Updates were given by Pres. Diana Lim followed by the PBO Updates by Chair Marianne Hernandez. The Philippine Board of Orthodontics was recognized by the World Federation of Orthodontists and during the February 2010 7th WFO International Orthodontic Congress in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Linda Galang represented the PBO during the WFO Committee on National and Regional Orthodontic Boards meeting there, so appropriately she gave the introduction of Pres. Justus who graduated in 1965 both from the National Autonomous University of Mexico School of Dentistry with his dental degree with honors and simultaneously, also from the School of Sciences as a Physicist. He went on to obtain his Certificate in Orthodontics and MSD from the Univ. of Washington in 1968.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) since 1990 and recertified in 2001; Professor of undergraduate orthodontics, Technologic Univ. of Mexico since 1973; Professor and Director of Research, Graduate Dept. of Orthodontics, Intercontinental University since 1990; Founder and examiner of the Mexican Board of Orthodontics since 1998; Associate Editor of the World Federation of Orthodontists’ Gazette 2001-2010; Examiner/Consultant of the ABO Clinical Exam since 2002; President of the College of Diplomates of the ABO, 2003-2004; President of the Foundation of the College of Diplomates of the ABO, 2004-2005; and President of the World Federation of Orthodontists, 2010-2015. He received ABO’s “2011 Dale B. Wade Award”; was the “2012 Kokich-Shapiro Visiting Scholar”, Univ. of Wash., Dept. of Orthodontics; and received AAOF’s “2013 Louise Ada Jarabak Memorial International Orthodontic Teachers and Research Award”. He has published twenty eight scientific papers in orthodontic and research journals, chapters in 3 orthodontic textbooks, 2 guest audio presentations for Practical Reviews in Orthodontics (Oakstone Medical Publishing), 3 CD-ROM lectures for AAO´s Online Learning Program and, was the Guest Editor of the March 2010 issue of the journal Seminars in Orthodontics.
His 50 years in orthodontic education and position to globally, see it all, was reflected in his generous sharing of clinical pearls on orthodontic and orthopedic treatment based on biologic principles emphasizing evidence-based practice, excellence in finishing, long-term stability and ethical integrity of the highest degree.
WFO President Roberto & Dr. Yolanda Justus
It’s More Fun in the Philippines means it’s Even More Fun with APO/PBO and Drs. Roberto and Yolanda Justus saw a bit of the Philippines from their tours of Spanish Intramuros and the megacity of Metro Manila, they sampled the cuisine of local fine dining and had a chance to go out of town to the world famous beaches of Boracay and Tagaytay with the world’s smallest active volcano, Taal.