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Posted by Antonio Maria Miotti | 1 July 2013

In Memoriam: Professor Francesca A. Miotti

Prof. Francesca A. Miotti, died April 22, 2013, at the age of 61. Like her father, Benito Miotti, Prof. Miotti was born in the beautiful medieval castle town of Cittadella, Italy, near Padova, on June 30, 1951.
From 1988 until her death, Dr. Miotti was a Professor of Orthodontics at the School of Dentistry, Postgraduate School of Orthodontics at the University of Padova in Padova, Italy. She was also the director of the Postgraduate School of Orthodontics, a Professor of Community Dentistry and a Professor of Orthodontics for the postgraduate course in Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Padova. As a long-time teacher, Dr. Miotti was devoted to her students. Her teaching and academic life played a major role in her everyday life, and she spent considerable time with her students, offering an open dialogue on many subjects.
Prof. Miotti, herself, was a lifelong student. She earned her degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1976 from the University of Padova. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Orthodontics from the University of London in 1979. In 1980, she earned her Specialization in Dental Surgery, followed by her Specialization in Orthodontics in 1981, from the University of Padova. In 1986, she earned her Diploma in the History of Medicine at the University of Padova.
In 1986, she was awarded National Accreditation as Head of the Department of Dental Surgery. Prior to her appointment as a Professor of Orthodontics, she had served as a Lecturer in Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry at the University. From 1991 to 1999, she served as a Professor of Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry at the Postgraduate School of Paediatrics at the University of Padova. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Miotti was a Professor of Dentistry and Maxillofacial Orthopaedics at the Postgraduate School of Plastic Surgery at the University of Padova. During her career, she also served as a Visiting Scientist and Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto in 1981, 1990 and 1998, as well as a Visiting Scientist at the University of Stockholm Orthodontic Department, Karolinska Institute in 1988.
Dr. Miotti held numerous leadership appointments within the University of Padova, serving as a Member of the Office for Foreign Affairs, the Dean’s Council of the Faculty of Medicine and the Committee for Education in the Dental School, among many other committees. Within the Venetian community, she was a Consultant in Orthodontics at the District General Hospital Cittadella and the District General Hospital Padova for several years.
In addition to her devotion to teaching, Dr. Miotti was involved in numerous orthodontic organizations throughout her career. From 2000 to 2010, she represented orthodontists from Europe while serving on the WFO Executive Committee. As a long-time supporter of the WFO and its mission, she was involved with several planning committees for the International Orthodontic Congress (IOC), the official meeting of the WFO that is held every five years. Most recently, she was the co-chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the 7th IOC that was held in 2010.
“Prof. Miotti was the only person within the WFO who was initially and continuously involved with the scientific committees of the International Orthodontic Congress since it was reinstituted in 1995,” said Dr. William DeKock, secretary-general of the WFO. “She was always a vital part of the group and the planning process. Prof. Miotti spent many hours recruiting and organizing the faculty for four different IOC meetings, which contributed greatly to the success of each IOC. She was highly dedicated to the WFO and will be greatly missed.”
Along with her work on behalf of the WFO, Dr. Miotti was President-elect of the European Orthodontic Society (EOS). Her 2014-15 presidential term was to conclude during the 91st EOS Congress in Venice, Italy. Prof. Miotti had served as Vice President of the European Federation of Orthodontic Specialists Associations since 2002, and was also a member of the Council of the Società Italiana di Ortodonzia (SIDO) where she was responsible for international affairs. In addition, she had served as a member of the SIDO Scientific Committee that planned the organization’s annual congresses. She had also been involved with the planning of scientific programs for many other international orthodontic meetings.
Accreditation and recognition of the orthodontic specialty were important to Dr. Miotti. She was the Italian representative on the international project that established the European Orthodontic Quality Assurance System (EURO-QUAL). She served on the Comitato Intersocietario di Coordinamento delle Associazioni Odontostomatologiche Italiane (CIC) for the identification of the guidelines in Orthodontics within the new accreditation system. In addition, she was a Consultant to CESPER (Centro Studi per la Formazione e la Ricerca in Pediatria Territoriale) for the continuous education and accreditation of the General Practitioner in Pediatrics in the Venetian region. Prof. Miotti had also been the expert on professional recognition within the Technical Assistance Information Exchange Office (TAIEX), the Commission Office, the Phare Programme, the EU Directorate and the General Enlargement (Bruxelles). She was also a Member of the Interdisciplinary Study Group on Oral Health within the Italian Ministry of Health and Chair of the Commission on the Training of Orthodontic Specialists in Europe.
Dr. Miotti was the author of more than 255 publications, 205 of which were in refereed publications. She was a member of several editorial boards, including those for Ortognatodonzia Italiana, Minerva Ortognatodontica, the Journal of Orthodontics, Progress in Orthodontics, Clinical Orthodontics and Research, and the Hellenic Orthodontic Review. She also served as the Associate Editor for Progress in Orthodontics and was a referee for several scientific journals.
Throughout her career, Dr. Miotti thoroughly devoted herself to her projects and interests. Her passion, enthusiasm and commitment inspired and guided those with whom she worked.
“Professor Miotti had a passion for Orthodontics and the people with whom she shared the specialty,” said Dr. Lee Graber, past president of the WFO. “Bright, engaging and multilingual, Francesca was able to relate with fellow academics, students and colleagues around the world. Her love for orthodontics began as she saw her father practice as an orthodontist, and, initially through him, she began her service as a volunteer leader. Outside her profession, she was fond of the arts, participated in sports and was always willing to experience something new and different. She was extremely devoted to her family and friends. Her multiple talents were admired and appreciated by those with whom she worked, and thus she was in ever-increasing demand nationally, regionally and internationally. Professor Miotti loved her work, and the many who benefited loved her for it.”
She is survived by her mother, Maria Luisa Miotti, and her brother, Prof. Antonio Miotti, a Maxillofacial Surgeon, Orthodontist and Head of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Center of Reference for Diagnosis and Treatment of Skeletally Based Malocclusions at the University Hospital S. Maria della Misericordia in Udine, Italy.
(modified from www.wfo.org)

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