GDIA Fellowship is established by the Board of GDIA Credentialing Committee to pursue our core values, “to strive for excellence in Implant Dentistry and to better serve the community”. By acquiring the basic eligibility requirements of GDIA Fellowship, each applicant will demonstrate that learning is not a light task, but a lifelong exercise. However, maintaining the core values as a lifelong discipline requires collaboration of like-minded professionals who are committed to sharing the highest level of meaningful education in Implant Dentistry. Our Fellowship Credential will help you become involved with many dedicated clinicians and become the leader and expert in Implant Dentistry.


All applicants must meet the basic eligibility requirements for Fellowship.

  1. 1. GDIA Community Membership
    1. An Active GDIA member in good standing
  2. 2. Submit TEN (10) completed implant cases, including restoration
    1. List TEN (10) completed, full implant cases including both surgical and restorative procedures
      1. Full mouth reconstructive surgery and restoration may be submitted as two separate cases; one surgical and one restoration (*only in the case of full mouth reconstructive surgery)
    2. All cases must include Pre- & Post-operative x-rays and clinical/surgical photographs of cases. Please submit as much data as possible, with documents such as pre-, surgical, post-clinical photographs, CT scans, treatment plan, laboratory work data, and/or patient consent forms. All clinical images/radiographs/panoramas/CBCT must be diagnostic (clear, well-visible images)
    3. Submit the Case Presentation Form (2a) and additional documents (2b, 4a) in ONE file. We will only be accepting electronic submissions.
      1. Organization is key and submission through Powerpoint or Keynote is highly recommended (all files must be orderly numbered and labeled for trouble-free evaluation)
      2. Dropbox/Google Drive is permissible as long as it is clearly organized and orderly numbered and labeled
  3. 3.Total of ONE HUNDRED (100) hours of Continuing Education Units
    1. Minimum of 50 CEUs (50 hours) from any GDIA courses (prior to applying for Fellowship)
      1. Participate in at least ONE (1) of the GDIA Live-Patient Surgical Training Programs - GDIA 101 (25 CEUs) - GDIA 201 (34 CEUs) - GDIA 301 (34 CEUs)
    2. Minimum of 50 CEUs of implant education
      1. Provide documentation of completion of 50 CEUs (50 hours) from ANY implant education within the past five (5) years
  4. 4. Additional Materials
    1. Submit up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  5. 5. Ceremony Participation/Exit Interview
    1. Applicant must participate in the Fellowship Ceremony. The Fellowship Ceremony will take place at ONE (1) of the following GDIA affiliated events
      1. GDIA Fellowship Summit
      2. GDIA Live-Patient Surgical Training Program
      3. GDIA Global Symposium
      4. GDIA & DENTIS Affiliated Conferences (if available)
    2. Applicant must either present an oral or poster presentation at one of the events listed above. If not these two, a viva voce (exit interview) will take place where you will be ultimately defending your cases.
  6. 6. ALL SUBMISSIONS must meet the requirements below
    1. All submissions must be in proper chronological order. Make sure all documents and files are presented/displayed in a way in which the reviewer can feasibly review your cases
    2. All submissions must be turned in at least 2 months (60 days) prior to exit interview


Fellowship Application Fee: $450 (USD)

The fee must accompany every application for Fellowship and is paid at the time the application is submitted. The fee covers a portion of the cost of reviewing and processing the application and is not refundable. No application will be processed without the fee.

Application Deadline

Completed application must be submitted 12 weeks prior to the date of the Fellowship Ceremony.

Award Date

Fellowship is awarded at the Fellowship Ceremony, which is held once every year at either the GDIA Fellowship Summit or GDIA Symposium. Please check for more details.

*GDIA Fellows will be acknowledged with a Fellowship Certificate and Pin during the Fellowship Ceremony.

Fellowship Maintenance Requirement
  1. All GDIA Fellows are required to maintain GDIA Community Membership and are required to attend at least ONE (1) GDIA Symposium or GDIA Fellowship Summit every THREE (3) years.
  2. All GDIA Fellows are required to accumulate 100 CEUs (100 hours) or more of implant education within the first FIVE (5) years after becoming a GDIA Fellow.


  1. First, the applicant must make the payment fee of $450 for reviewing and processing the application. Applicant may either pay the fee online (by clicking the “JOIN NOW” button below) or provide the card payment information on the application form.
  1. Applicant must download the application form, fill it out, and send it to our office by either emailing it to, faxing it to our office at 323-617-4145, or mailing it to 6 Centerpointe Drive, Ste. 600 La Palma, CA 90623 (please select one SEND-IN option). Applicant must send in all other additional materials listed in the “Requirements” Section.

GDIA Membership & Credentialing Department

Cameron Torabi, DDS, MICOI, FICOI, FCII
Chair, GDIA Credentialing Committee

Tony Daher, DDS, MSEd, FACP
Co-Director, Global Dental Implant Academy

Arash Hakhamian, DDS
Chair, GDIA Membership Committee

Ellie Kim
Manager, Continuing Education Program

Jin Y. Kim, DDS, MPH, MS, FACD
Co-Director, Global Dental Implant Academy

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