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Honouring Professor Benito Gerolamo Miotti MD



Dr Antonio M Miotti

Posted by Antonio Maria and Francesca Ada MIOTTI | 15 November 2010

Prof. Benito Girolamo Miotti left us on October 22nd , 2005.
Benito was born in the ancient fortified town of Cittadella, near Padova, on April 7th ,1923. He was married to Maria Luisa and they had two children, Francesca and Antonio.
His Curriculum is as follows:
1947 Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Padova.
1948 Honorary Clinical Assistant in Oral Surgery at Beretta Institute of Bologna.
1949 Specialization in Dental Surgery at the University of Bologna.
1950-1957 Honorary Clinical Assistant in Orthodontics at Beretta Institute of Bologna;
Since 1950 Visiting Assistant and/or Professor at the Orthodontic Department of USA Military Base in Munchen, at the Institutes of Dental Surgery of Utrecht and Leiden, Vienna, Innsbruch and Graz, London, Paris, Madrid, Moscow, Leningrad, Pittsburgh and New York.
1957 Head of the Department of Orthodontics of the Institute of Dental Surgery of the University of Padova.
Professor of Dental Surgery and Orthodontics, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Padova.
1968 Founder Member of the Italian Society of Orthodontics (SIDO).
1969-1992 Professor of Orthodontics, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Padova.
1975 Specialist in Orthodontics at Cagliari University.
1975 Founder of the School of Orthodontics of the University of Padova.
1975-1995 Head of the School of Orthodontics of the University of Padova.
1978-1979 President of the Italian Society of Orthodontics (SIDO).
1980-1981 Head of the Institute of Dental Surgery and of the Department of Dental Surgery, University of Ferrara.
1982-1988 Head of the Institute of Dental Surgery, University of Padova.
1983-1995 Head of the Postgraduate School of Dental Surgery, University of Padova.
1983-1995 Head of the Department of Dental Surgery, University of Padova.
Professor at the Schools of Plastic Surgery, Emergency Surgery and Casualty, Pediatrics, within the University of Padova.
1983-1995 Professor of Dental Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Padova.
1984-1988 Professor of Orthodontics, School of Dental Surgery, University of Padova.
1992 President of the European Orthodontic Society (EOS).
Before his research projects in Orthodontics, he developed many experimental studies in Biology, Microbiology, Dental Surgery, Periodontology, Oral Surgery, Prosthetics, and he also produced relevant studies on the History of Dental Surgery.
In Orthodontics, his major contributions were on diagnostic methods and cephalometric analysis, growth and development of the craniofacial complex, with a genetical approach, on the aetiology and epidemiology of malocclusion and their prevention. Important were his electromyographical studies of masticatory function, histological studies on bone sutures and applied forces, also on experimental models, and on the analysis of jatrogenic lesions during orthodontic treatment. Of utmost importance were his analysis of orthodontic appliances, especially functional ones, and some modifications in their design for which he was called in many international seminars.
At the beginning of the seventies, Prof. Miotti had also developed some interesting experimental studies on animal models for orthopaedic gradual and controlled elongation of the mandible after osteotomies. He was the first to describe such technique, and he suggested its clinical application on humans twenty years before the now well known “distraction osteogenesis” was applied.
Teaching had a major role in his every day life and he always offered his pupils an open and generous dialogue, to give them a complete formation, thus also becoming for them a Master of Life.
Prof.Benito Miotti definitely left his print with his daughter Francesca, also a Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Padova, Head of the School of Orthodontics, Member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO), President of the European Federation of Orthodontics, president-elect of the European Orthodontic Society, and his son Antonio, Head of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery – Center of Reference for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Skeletally Based Malocclusions of the Regional University Hospital of Udine, Clinical Professor at the University of Padova, National Coordinator of Consultants Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Benito Miotti loved arts in all its forms, enjoying classical music and paintings, and he also was an accomplished watercolour and oil painter. He enjoyed sports activities too, such as sailing, skiing, hunting and travelling, not just as a tourist but as an explorer of different areas and cultures.

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