Dr SM Balaji invited Dr Stefan Ihde during his recent visit to Chennai for a tour of Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital. Dr Ihde is acknowledged as the father of modern Basal Implantology and is the founder of the International Implant Foundation (IF) that is based in Munich, Germany.
Dr Ihde was in Chennai for the 4th International Conference on Cortical Implantology (ICCI) that was held at the Hyatt Regency in Chennai. He was accompanied to the 4th ICCI by Dr Antonina Ihde, Dr Alexander Lazarov, Dr Lukasz Palka among others from the International Implant Foundation.
The team from the International Implant Foundation headed by Dr Stefan Ihde visited Dr SM Balaji at his hospital and was given a guided tour of the facilities. They joined Dr SM Balaji on ward rounds and met with a patient who was undergoing mandibular distraction through distraction osteogenesis at the hospital. The team expressed their satisfaction at having visited the hospital. Dr Stefan Ihde and Dr Antonina Ihde were the recipients of the excellent hospitality of Dr SM Balaji at the end of the visit.
Dr SM Balaji was invited to the opening ceremony of the 4th ICCI as an honoured guest of Dr Stefan Ihde and the International Implant Foundation. He interacted with dignitaries like Padmashree Prof Shadab Mohammed, Dean, King George Medical University, Lucknow who were present at the function. The conference had many scientific sessions and was a resounding success.