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Akinkugbe and Brecher named Revere Scholars

Recognizing outstanding achievements of junior faculty

 

RICHMOND, VA – Aug. 27, 2018 –  Aderonke A Akinkugbe, B.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., assistant professor, Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach, and Erica A. Brecher, D.M.D., M.S., assistant professor, Pediatric Dentistry, have been named Revere Scholars at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

Revere Scholars exemplify the highest standards of the oral health profession as modeled by James H. Revere Jr. (D.D.S. ’65), former instructor, interim dean, fundraiser, mentor and friend to the school for more nearly 50 years.

“Congratulations to Dr. Akinkugbe and Dr. Brecher on their professional accomplishments and outstanding service to our school,” says David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S., dean of the VCU School of Dentistry and associate vice president for health sciences, faculty affairs. “The selection process was rigorous and I am proud to announce this well-deserved recognition.”

The Revere Scholars program, funded by the Dr. James H. Revere Jr. Professorship for Faculty Excellence, an endowment fund, recognizes outstanding achievements of junior faculty members at the rank of assistant professor and provides funding for their research and scholarly efforts.

“Dr. Revere taught, advised and mentored several thousand students in their chosen career, a career that he truly loves,” says Sarrett. “It is through the generosity of these former students that this award in his name has been made possible.”

Spearheading the efforts to make the professorship fund possible were fellow alumni James C. Burns (D.D.S. ’72; Ph.D. ’80) and John A. Svirsky (D.D.S. ’73; M.Ed. ’79).

Revere Scholars are appointed for a term of four years.

About the VCU School of Dentistry

Founded in 1893, the VCU School of Dentistry educates practitioners capable of meeting the oral health care needs of the communities they serve. The school provides opportunities for selected qualified individuals to study dentistry, advanced dental specialties, and dental hygiene under most favorable conditions and in accordance with the standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

May 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 Newsletter

Honoring a long-time leader at Delta Dental of Virginia

Student scholarship helps retain best and brightest

RICHMOND, VA – April 4, 2018 – Through a $50,000 scholarship gift, Delta Dental of Virginia is honoring one of its own and improving access to dental care.

The George A. Levicki, D.D.S., Scholarship at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry memorializes Levicki’s service as the dental benefits carrier’s president and CEO. After more than three decades with the Roanoke-based company, Levicki retired in 2017.

“This scholarship will be just one more enduring legacy of Dr. Levicki,” said Laura Thomas, chair of the Delta Dental of Virginia board of directors. “By investing in the education of Virginia dental students, we are increasing the likelihood that our best and brightest will stay right here to help improve and protect the dental health of Virginians,” said Thomas.

The national average for dental graduates’ educational debt is over $250,000. On average, a dentist leaves VCU slightly more than $200,000 in debt. While VCU graduates incur lower than the national average in debt, they are still faced with this financial burden. Many new dentists choose to practice in areas with opportunities for competitive salaries and greater earning potential due to their indebtedness. Those decisions often help further the gap between service providers and those who need access to oral health care the most.

“In some rural areas of Virginia, the dentist to patient ratio may be a low as 1-to-5,000,” says David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S., dean of the VCU School of Dentistry and associate vice president for Health Sciences, Faculty Affairs. “Through this gift, Delta Dental of Virginia is paving the way for more students to provide critical health care to underserved Virginians. That’s a legacy of which Dr. Levicki, a Virginia native from Wise County and one of our leading alumni, can be very proud.”

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Seventy-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org. For more about the VCU School of Dentistry, please visit www.dentistry.vcu.edu.

About Delta Dental of Virginia

Delta Dental of Virginia is a member company of the Delta Dental Plans Association, the nation’s largest, most experienced dental benefits carrier providing dental coverage to more than 75 million people in more than 139,000 groups across the nation. For additional information about Delta Dental of Virginia, visit www.deltadentalva.com.

Welcome, Class of 2020!

Welcome to VCU Orthodontics, Class of 2020!

Welcome to VCU Orthodontics, Class of 2020!

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Brickhouse named interim chair

Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D.

photo: VCU University Relations

BRICKHOUSE NAMED INTERIM CHAIR AT SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY

Research and policy strengths help eliminate barriers to oral health for the most vulnerable

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 7, 2017 – Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry Dean and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S., has named Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D., interim chair of the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach.

A member of the school’s faculty since 2003, Brickhouse is the Director of the Oral Health Services Research Core, part of the Philips Institute for Oral Health. She also leads the Oral Health in Childhood and Adolescence Core that is part of the university’s interdisciplinary iCubed initiative. This Core works to improve oral health in childhood and adolescence by identifying and eliminating barriers to the prevention and treatment of tooth decay in the Richmond area.

As interim Chair of the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach, Brickhouse leads research, policy, and health provider training efforts to improve oral health outcomes, to improve equity in patient care, and to align the dental profession with U.S. health care advancements.

She earned her dental degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and her pediatric dentistry specialty training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and completed a Dental Public Health residency at the North Carolina Oral Health Section in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Brickhouse specializes in research related to oral health disparities in vulnerable populations. Her most recent work examines the impact of Medicaid’s dental program reform on provider participation and behavior in addition to children’s utilization and cost. She has been awarded numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and over $3.2 million dollars in Health Resources and Services Administration training grants which support the development of interprofessional and social behavioral curriculum for dental students and residents. Her research explores oral health disparities in vulnerable communities and bridging new partnerships to improve access to care.

Brickhouse applies a wealth of academic, clinical, research, and policy experience in pediatric dentistry and population oral health to her work at the VCU School of Dentistry. She also serves as children’s oral health policy expert at the community, state, and national levels.

 

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Seventy-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org. For more about the VCU School of Dentistry, please visit www.dentistry.vcu.edu.

 

 

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Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D.

photo: VCU University Relations

MEDIA CONTACT:

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VCU School of Dentistry

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Congratulations to Kim Isringhausen

Kim Isringhausen, B.S.D.H., R.D.H., M.P.H., assistant dean for Community and Collaborative Partnerships (photo: courtesy of ADEA)

ISRINGHAUSEN NAMED ASSISTANT DEAN AT SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 14, 2017 – Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry Dean and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S., has named Kim T. Isringhausen, B.S.D.H., R.D.H., M.P.H., assistant dean for Community and Collaborative Partnerships.

Isringhausen joined the faculty at VCU School of Dentistry in 1995. For seven years, she served as director of the Division of Dental Hygiene and as director of Service-Learning Programs for both dental and dental hygiene students. In 2011, she led the creation of a new department in the School of Dentistry, the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach, and was appointed department chair in January 2012.

Isringhausen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from VCU School of Dentistry and was inducted into Sigma Phil Alpha, the national dental hygiene honor society. She continued her training and earned a Master of Public Health from VCU School of Medicine. Ms. Isringhausen also received specialized training through awarded teaching fellowships from the American Dental Education Association and VCU.

Currently, she is course director of a university designated service-learning course for fourth-year dental students. She also coordinates student involvement in community service, local and international outreach missions, and study abroad programs. She is the faculty advisor for the School’s Mission of Mercy projects.

Isringhausen serves on numerous committees in the school and the university. In addition, she holds membership in professional organizations including the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association, and the American Public Health Association. She holds board director positions with the American Dental Education Association and the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. She serves as Board Chair for the Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic.

Isringhausen’s teaching and leadership abilities have been recognized consistently by students and professional organizations. Some of her honors include the Dr. James H. Revere Jr. Outstanding Service Award, Excellence in Virginia Government Award (Public-Private Partnership Award), Women in Science, Dentistry and Medicine Professional Achievement Award, and Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration in Higher Education by the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Education in Higher Education.

About VCU and VCU Health
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Seventy-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org. For more about the VCU School of Dentistry, please visit www.dentistry.vcu.edu.

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October 2017 Newsletter

Department of Endodontics October 2017 Newsletter

M.S. in Oral Health Research

The VCU School of Dentistry plans to offer an M.S. degree in Oral Health Research starting in Fall 2018. The M.S. is a two-year program and is designed with two groups of students in mind.

For students who plan to apply to dental school, the non-thesis track focuses mainly on didactics including core courses and first year dentistry courses. Students will also undertake a small research project.

For students who are interested in research, the thesis track focuses on completion of a research thesis. Students will also take core didactic courses and electives in particular areas of interest (e.g. cancer, microbiology, immunology).

Please complete the inquiry form to express your interest in the program. You will then receive more information on the curriculum and on the application procedure.

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VCU Grad Endo Leaving Their Mark!

The VCU endodontic residents have kept very busy in the graduate endodontic clinic this year providing endodontic care and support for patients from within the VCU dental clinics along with patients from the Richmond area. But did you know…………….

1. Two of our residents, Dr’s Cyrous Ardalan and Eshwar Arasu were selected by the AAE Foundation for Endodontics to travel abroad to Jamaica to provide endodontic care to the Jamaican people. Traveling in October of this past fall, Dr’s Ardalan and Arasu met up with another mission team and provided endodontic care to many patients over the course of the week. With the use of a surgical microscope (loaned to the mission trip by Seiler), both residents provided a high level of care using modern equipment not typically seen in this part of the world. They were the second pair of endodontic residents to be selected by the Foundation for Endodontics in the Foundation’s new efforts at saving teeth in an area where extractions are frequently the treatment of choice. Both residents came away with a new perspective on how they might be able to use their skills to help others in impoverished areas of the world.

2. More recently, all eight of the endodontic residents attended the American Association of Endodontists annual meeting held in late April in New Orleans, Louisiana. Each of the residents made presentations during the poster clinics and table clinics at this meeting (3 research poster presentations and 3 table clinic presentations) and the table clinic presented by Dr’s Laura Garden and Megan Green placed in the top ten table clinic presentations thus winning an award and bringing some more recognition to VCU endodontics. Congrats to these two residents! The meeting provided some great speakers for the residents to listen to over the four day period and of course the evenings provided the opportunity for enjoying some good Cajun food and New Orleans style music. It provided a nice break from the rigors of a residency program.

3. What’s to come? In late May, Dr’s Husain Karashi and Eshwar Arasu will be traveling with myself to Guatemala City for a week where we will work with some Guatemalan endodontic residents providing surgical endodontic care at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin. This will be the first of what we hope to be an annual trip to provide our residents with an opportunity to increase their endodontic surgical experiences. Case information and radiographs will be shared ahead of time so that we can hit the ground running when we arrive. We will also have the opportunity to provide some lectures and discussions with our Guatemalan hosts during the week. This type of collaboration will help spread the dental care that is taught at VCU to our friends in need abroad.

So that is a glimpse into some of what the endodontic residents have been up to over the past several months. At the end of June we will see our second year residents graduate and they are headed in various directions – Dr. Arasu will be joining a practice in the Nashville, Tennessee area, Dr. Ardalan will be joining a practice in the New Orleans area, Dr. Riley Sturgill will be opening her own practice in Tennessee and Dr. Husain Karashi will continue on for another year here at VCU as an endodontic fellow faculty member. All four will do great as they head out on their own very shortly. The Department of Endodontics wishes the best of summers to you all!

March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

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