Increasing access to care through service learning with the Johnson Health Center

Contributed by Janna Laverdiere, D.M.D., dentist at Johnson Health Center, and Michelle McGregor, R.D.H., B.S., M.Ed., director of community and collaborative partnerships at VCU School of Dentistry Every week, two VCU School of Dentistry dental students travel to Johnson Health Center (JHC) clinics in Lynchburg, Va., to provide care under the direction of Janna Laverdiere, […]

Department of Periodontics announces graduate program leadership changes

Rafael Amorim Cavalcanti de Siqueira, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D, has been named director of the Graduate Program in Periodontics, succeeding longtime director Thomas Waldrop, D.D.S., M.S. Additionally, Amirreza Ghassemi, D.D.S., M.S., will serve as director of the Graduate Periodontics Clinic, where he will advance clinical education and operational processes within the graduate clinic.

VCU School of Dentistry faculty members earn ‘prestigious’ diplomate certifications

Two VCU School of Dentistry faculty members have earned board certification and are now diplomates of the National Boards for their respective dental specialties, a pinnacle achievement in dentistry.

Lyndon Cooper receives lifetime achievement award from the American College of Prosthodontists

VCU School of Dentistry Dean Lyndon Cooper, D.D.S., Ph.D., was presented the Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) on Saturday, November 5. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed at the highest level to the welfare of the ACP and the specialty of prosthodontics, dentistry, science and health professions. […]

MCV Foundation awards $4M to VCU to advance student DEI on health sciences campus

The MCV Foundation has announced it will award $4 million over four years to Virginia Commonwealth University to recruit highly qualified students from underrepresented backgrounds to the university’s five health sciences programs, including the School of Dentistry.

VCU School of Dentistry receives NIH funding for collaborative research to improve children’s oral health

Shillpa Naavaal, B.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., was recently awarded two National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants aimed at reducing oral health disparities in children.

VCU scientists pinpoint druggable target in aggressive breast cancer

A collaborative research effort between VCU’s Massey Cancer Center and School of Dentistry has zeroed in on a new therapeutic target for an aggressive form of breast cancer with limited treatment options.

Recapping VCU School of Dentistry’s third-annual Inclusive Excellence Week

VCU School of Dentistry's third-annual Inclusive Excellence Week took place Oct. 17 - 21. The week of in-person and virtual events presented speakers highlighting a variety of topics such as care for the marginalized and the impacts of housing policies on health outcomes.

VCU researchers contribute to Virginia Health Catalyst Summit

On Friday, October 7, Virginia Health Catalyst held their annual summit at the Westin Hotel in Richmond, VA. The event brought together organizations and individuals from around the state who share a responsibility and commitment to advancing equity in oral health. The theme was “building community, improving health,” and representatives from VCU School of Dentistry […]

Heather Tuthill to be installed as new president of the Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association

Heather Tuthill, M.P.H., B.S.D.H., R.D.H, will be installed as the 2022-2023 president of the Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association (VDHA) later this month. Tuthill is the senior dental hygiene clinical coordinator for the Dental Hygiene program at VCU School of Dentistry.

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