Author: nljohnson

Abdulmajeed, Naavaal named Revere Scholars

Aous A. Abdulmajeed, B.D.S., Ph.D., director of biomaterials and assistant professor, Department of General Practice, and Shillpa Naavaal, B.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., assistant professor, Department of Dental Public Health and Policy, 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 […]

A reminder to check on your African American & black friends, mentees and mentors. It’s a hard time.

This title of this blog entry is a message one of our students wished to post on a class social media page. The rest of this story has complicated points of view and resulted in hurt feelings and competing priorities. I am sad that what appeared to be a positive working relationship turned sour to […]

VCU Dental Care to reopen for dental appointments

“We are ready to serve you safely.” New safety and infection prevention measures in place to resume preventative, postponed, and non-emergent care VCU Dental Care is ready to resume preventative and postponed procedures for both pediatric and adult patients, such as placement of restorations and tooth replacements, gum treatments and cleanings, tooth extractions, cancer screening, and […]

Special fund helps students stay afloat

Making ends meet is a fact of life for most students across the country right now. But for VCU dental and dental hygiene students, particularly those expecting to begin their professional lives in a post-graduation world, times are particularly tough. “COVID-19. Hard to believe none of us knew this word six short months ago. It […]

Health expert on limiting coronavirus risk: ‘Get sleep, stay hydrated, wash your hands’

Here at the VCU School of Dentistry, we’re lucky to be one of less than ten dental schools in the country within a comprehensive academic medical center. As such, we’re poised to help keep our patients, students, faculty and staff well-informed about infectious diseases including COVID-19 – the fast-moving outbreak informally known as coronavirus. Learn […]

A New Year’s message from the endodontics chair: Dr. Clara Spatafore

Happy New Year! As my family will attest, I love New Year’s resolutions. I make them for myself every year, but I often make them for family members.  (Some have been more appreciative than others!) I could probably use the terms “accomplishments” or “goals,” but where is the fun that? As a driven endodontist, I […]

A message from John Svirsky, D.D.S., Class of 1973

As I think back on my 44 years in dental education and get ready to retire from Virginia Commonwealth University, and prepare to write the last chapters of my life, I can only think of how quickly it went by. It has been in the blink of an eye since I arrived at VCU in […]

New admissions dean – an endodontist!

Mary Pettiette, D.D.S., president of the American Association of Endodontists Foundation board of trustees, has been named dean of admissions at the VCU School of Dentistry. She comes to VCU from the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill where she most recently served as associate dean of admissions and student life. At […]

Welcome: Shawn McMahon

Please welcome Shawn McMahon, D.D.S., M.S., to the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences. An associate professor of orofacial pain, Dr. McMahon is a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. After graduation, he completed both AEGD and Advanced Clinical Dentistry training with the Air Force where he worked as a general dentist […]

Oral Diagnostic Sciences update

by Dr. Duane Schafer Out with the old, in with the new This familiar phrase became a part of the mainstream vernacular in 1976, with the introduction of the popular television show, Logan’s Run. In Logan’s Run, it is the year 2274 and anyone under age 30 lives a protected, sheltered life within the confines […]