Journal of Oral Implantology June 2013 - (Page 291)
Congratulations to Duke Heller, DDS, MS—Pioneer,
Teacher, and Mentor
lfred ‘‘Duke’’ Heller (DDS, 1962, MS,
1974, The Ohio State University) was
honored in Chicago, Ill, at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s
Central District meeting on Friday,
June 7, 2013, for his contributions to Implant
Dentistry. Duke helped pioneer Implant Dentistry
in the 60s when it did not have the support of
academia or organized Dentistry. Duke has been a
trusted colleague, mentor, and friend to many of us
for more than 30 years. He has been and is still an
achiever and teacher.
Dr Heller realized early that the dental profession
was not successfully meeting patients’ functional
and esthetic desires with conventional prosthetics.
Following 10 years of implant placement in general
practice, he returned to endodontic specialty
training to do research in implant dentistry. His
involvement with implant research enables him to
advance and develop the field of implant surgery.
Duke has completed two US Food and Drug
Administration studies associated with dental implants and bone grafting materials. He has also
published several articles, three of which appear in
Journal of Oral Implantology.1–3
He realized that education was the foundation
to making implant dentistry mainstream. He founded the Midwest Implant Institute (MII) in 1980 to
facilitate the advancement of implant education for
Dental Specialists and General Practitioners. Many
of us, including myself, received our implant
education from Duke and several other excellent
instructors (eg, Jack Hahn, Craig Cooper) at MII.
Duke centered his teaching on a foundation of
presenting material from introductory level to the
most advanced in implant surgery and related
prosthetics. To make the education have take-home
value, Duke would supervise students performing
surgery on their own patients. He used his famous
‘‘Step by Step’’ technique for teaching surgical
techniques. I have fond memories of my staff and
me referring to ‘‘Step by Step’’ sheets that we would
make and hang on the operatory wall for reference
while performing surgery. Duke helped bring
Implant Dentistry to academia by teaching handson dental implant surgery postgraduate continuums in eight American dental colleges.
Duke went beyond traditional education when
he also founded ‘‘Transforming Dentistry,’’ which
provides help to the dental community for profession-related stresses.
Implant Dentistry salutes Duke Heller for innovation, dedication, and most of all for sharing his
time and talents.
May Duke and his wife, Wanda, enjoy life,
grandchildren, and good health in the coming
James L. Rutkowski, DMD, PhD
Journal of Oral Implantology
1. Heller AL, Heller RL, Cook G, D’Orazio R, Rutkowski J. Soft
tissue management techniques for implant dentistry: a clinical
guide. J Oral Implantol. 2000;26:91–103.
2. Heller AL, Heller RL. Clinical evaluations of a porous-surfaced
endosseous implant system. J Oral Implantol. 1996;22:240–246.
3. Driskell TD, Heller AL. Clinical use of aluminum oxide
endosseous implants. J Oral Implantol. 1977;7:53–76.
Journal of Oral Implantology
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Journal of Oral Implantology June 2013
Congratulations to Duke Heller, DDS, MS—Pioneer, Teacher, and Mentor
In Vitro Analysis of Resistance to Cyclic Load and Preload Distribution of Two Implant/ Abutment Screwed Connections
Mandibular Implant-Supported Overdenture: An In Vitro Comparison of Ball, Bar, and Magnetic Attachments
An Exploratory Study on Assessment of Gingival Biotype and Crown Dimensions as Predictors for Implant Esthetics Comparing Caucasian and Indian Subjects
A New Approach to the All-on-Four Treatment Concept Using Narrow Platform NobelActive Implants
Regular and Switching Platform: Bone Stress Analysis With Varying Implant Diameter
Comparison Between Immediate and Delayed Laser-Treated Implants Surface With Switching Platform: A Clinical Retrospective Study
Effect of a Multiporous Beta–Tricalicum Phosphate on Bone Density Around Dental Implants Inserted Into Fresh Extraction Sockets
The Effect of Varying Implant Position in Immediately Loaded Implant-Supported Mandibular Overdentures
Bone Regeneration Around Immediate Implants Utilizing a Dense Polytetrafluoroethylene Membrane Without Primary Closure: A Report of 3 Cases
Socket Preservation and Sinus Augmentation Using a Medical Grade Calcium Sulfate Hemihydrate and Mineralized Irradiated Cancellous Bone Allograft Composite
Implant Placement and Immediate Loading With Fixed Restorations in Augmented Sockets. Five-Year Results. A Case Report
Immediate Placement and Provisionalization With Buccal Plate Preservation: A Case Report of a New Technique
Clinical Importance of Recipient Site Characteristics for Vertical Ridge Augmentation: A Systematic Review of Literature and Proposal of a Classification
Postextraction Implant in Sites With Endodontic Infection as an Alternative to Endodontic Retreatment: A Review of Literature
Letter to the Editor
Journal of Oral Implantology June 2013