Together Again Changing Lives, One Smile at a Time

This article is reprinted with permission from The Virginia Home’s fall newsletter. Jeffrey Levin, D.D.S., began volunteering with The Home in the spring of 2021. Dr. Levin owned a prominent private dental office in the West End of Richmond and retired earlier this year. Serving as a clinical professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School […]

Study: Many Medicaid-enrolled women in Virginia weren’t aware of dental pregnancy benefits

Though Virginia enacted comprehensive dental care coverage for pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid in March 2015, a significant portion of this population remained unaware of the benefit even years later, according to a study by researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. Recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health, a survey of […]

VCU Dental Care and CHoR team up with Glen Lea Elementary School to keep kids healthy and in the classroom

When a student sees the school nurse for a stomachache, tooth pain or other non-emergency medical situation, parents are often asked to pick them up and come back with a note from the doctor. This means kids miss school and adults lose time from work or other responsibilities. A new program between Children’s Hospital of […]

Success starts with admissions

VCU School of Dentistry’s Interview Days provide a window to the next four years for prospective Doctor of Dental Surgery students VCU School of Dentistry recently completed its final fall Interview Day for 2021, an exciting process during which Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) applicants visit the school for a mix of orientation and interviews. […]

‘That is a brilliant idea’: Faculty and students are creating dental supply kits for Afghan refugees

A group at the VCU School of Dentistry has put together over 100 bags of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash that will be distributed to refugees at Fort Lee. After the August withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Omar Abubaker wanted to find out how one of his students, Nadia Abdul-Ghafoor, a native of Afghanistan, was […]

Diversity Dialogues: Native American, American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month 2021

Written by Dr. Carlos Smith, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at VCU School of Dentistry Native American, American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month, often referred to as National American Indian Heritage Month, is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. […]

VCU Pediatric Dental Clinic receives interior design award

The VCU Pediatric Dental Clinic located in the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) Children’s Pavilion was recently awarded an Interior Design Excellence Award by the Virginia/West Virginia Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Completed in January, the clinic brought VCU Dental Care’s downtown pediatric dental care under the same roof as […]

Around the periodontal department…

by Sharon Lanning, D.D.S. (cert. ’99/D) professor and chair Staff update This summer we said goodbye to two superb members of our clinical team. Charlene Chambers, former clinic manager, is assuming the role of full-time grandma. Austin Thomas, former surgical assistant, is pursuing his goal of becoming a dental hygienist. We appreciate their devotion to […]

Spotlight: new periodontal faculty

Drs. Luciano Andrada, Amirreza Ghassemi, and Rafael Siqueira attended the School of Dentistry’s first annual new faculty retreat on Aug. 19, 2021. They were greeted by Interim Dean Clara Spatafore. New faculty, across all departments, enjoyed hearing about a number of topics including the use of technology in teaching, how to get involved in clinical […]

Periodontal graduate program updates

by Thomas C. Waldrop, D.D.S., M.S. (D.D.S. ’73/D) Congratulations to the Class of 2020! I am proud to acknowledge Jill Beitz (D.D.S. ’15/D; MS ’20/D), Peter Lee (M.S. ’20/D), and Denver Lyons (D.D.S. ’17/D; M.S. ’20/D) as new diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology. The Class of 2021 graduation reception was held on July […]

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