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Funding Opportunities

All NIDCR funding opportunities can be found at 

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/NewsAndFeatures/ENewsletters/CurrentNews/

New Opportunities

NIDCR

NIDCR Small Grant Program for New Investigators (R03)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-348.html

16 Oct 2015, 16 Feb 2016

This NIDCR Small Grant Program for New Investigators supports basic and clinical research conducted by scientists who are in the early stages of establishing an independent research career in oral, dental, andcraniofacial research. This R03 grant mechanism supports pilot or feasibility studies and developmental research projects with the intention of obtaining sufficient preliminary data for a subsequent investigator-initiated Research Project Grant (R01) application. Clinical trials of any phase will not be supported by this FOA.

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

 John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation Basic Cancer Research Fellowship

http://www.aacr.org/Funding/Pages/Funding-Detail.aspx?ItemID=6#.Ve7fHPlVhBd

10/7/2015

The Fellowship is open to postdoctoral and clinical research fellows working at an academic, medical, or research institution who have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past three years at the start of the grant term. The research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research.

AACR Basic Cancer Research Fellowships

http://www.aacr.org/Funding/Pages/Funding-Detail.aspx?ItemID=8#.Ve7fg_lVhBd

10/7/2015

The fellowships support the Fellow working on a mentored basic cancer research project. Research projects may be in any area of basic cancer research. At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2016, applicants must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past three years and work under the auspices of a mentor at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.

AACR Anna D. Barker Fellowship in Basic Cancer Research

http://www.aacr.org/Funding/Pages/Funding-Detail.aspx?ItemID=5#.Ve7f8_lVhBd

10/7/2015

This fellowship provides funding to support the Fellow while working on a mentored basic cancer research project. The research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research.

NCI

NCI Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (NCI Omnibus R21)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-340.html

October 10, 2015

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) funding opportunity supports the development of new research activities in all areas of cancer research. The R21 mechanism is intended toencourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of cancer research (biomedical, behavioral, or clinical).

AADR

 View All 2015 IADR/AADR Awards & Fellowships Deadlines

http://www.iadr.org/files/public/15Awards.pdf

American Cancer Society

http://www.cancer.org/research/applyforaresearchgrant/granttypes/postdoctoral-fellowships

 01 Apr 2015; 15 Oct 2015

 These training and career development awards support the training of cancer researchers at a variety of early career levels and disciplines. This award is to support the training of researchers to provide initial funding leading to an independent career in cancer research (including basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services and health policy research).

American Academy of Otolaryngology

AHNS Pilot Grant

http://www.entnet.org/content/centralized-otolaryngology-research-efforts-core-grants-program#AHNS

15 Dec 2015; 15 Jan 2016

The purpose of this award is to support basic, translational, or clinical research projects in head and neck oncology. Clinical or translational research studies are strongly encouraged and should be specifically related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, outcomes, or pathophysiology of head and neck neoplastic disease.

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

AACR NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research

http://www.aacr.org/Funding/Pages/Funding-Detail.aspx?ItemID=48#.VbJpYflVhBd

These Grants represent a new AACR funding initiative to stimulate highly innovative research from young investigators. This grant mechanism is intended to promote and support creative, paradigm-shifting cancer research that, because of its very nature, may not otherwise be funded through existing channels. It is anticipated that the projects funded through this mechanism will have the potential to lead to major breakthroughs in the field. It is expected that these grants will catalyze significant scientific discoveries and help talented young investigators gain scientific independence.

The proposed research must represent a highly innovative approach to a major contemporary challenge in cancer research. The funded projects must have the potential to lead to groundbreaking discoveries in the field, and transform our understanding of the tumorigenesis process and/or our ability to treat, detect, or prevent cancer. The research can be in any area of basic, translational, or clinical science.

Letter of Intent 8/10/2015

Application 11/23/2015

Josiah Macy Jr Foundation

President’s Grants

http://www.macyfoundation.org/apply/presidents-grants

 OPEN CALL

 The Foundation strives to foster innovation in health professional education and to align the education of health professionals with contemporary health needs and a changing health care system. President’s grants usually align with the foundation’s priority areas.

– Interprofessional education and teamwork
– New curriculum content
– New models for clinical education
– Education for the care of underserved populations
– Career development in health professions education

NCI

Collaborative Research in Integrative Cancer Biology (U01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-184.html

18 Jun 2015; 13 Nov 2015

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage new research into integrative cancer biology by fostering collaborations between investigators currently supported through the Integrative Cancer Biology Program (ICBP) and those currently unaffiliated with the ICBP. These collaborative projects should leverage the existing expertise and resources from within the ICBP research community and combine those with new approaches, technologies or methods to address compelling cancer questions. Therefore, the proposed research projects must involve partnerships between investigators currently supported by ICBP and investigators currently unaffiliated with the program. Applications that focus on projects which neither involve integrative cancer biology research, nor expand individual ICBP investigators’ research by adding additional expertise, resources, or approaches, or without affiliation to existing ICBP personnel, are not appropriate to this FOA.

NCI Small Grants Program for Cancer Research (NCI Omnibus R03)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-007.html

28 Oct 2015 26 Feb 2016 29 Jun 2016 28 Oct 2016

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA), issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports small research projects on cancer that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.

NIDCR

Establishing Outcome Measures for Clinical Studies of Oral and Craniofacial Diseases and Conditions (R01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-302.html

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support the development of well-founded outcome measures, including establishing their reliability and validity, for clinical studies of those with oral and craniofacial diseases and conditions.

5th February, June October until September 2018

Establishing Outcome Measures for Clinical Studies of Oral and Craniofacial Diseases and Conditions (R21)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-298.html

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support the development of well-founded outcome measures, including establishing their reliability and validity, for clinical studies of those with oral and craniofacial diseases and conditions.

16th March, June, October until 2018

Novel or Enhanced Dental Restorative Materials for Class V Lesions (R01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DE-16-007.html

The intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate research on the development of novel or enhanced dental restorative materials for Class V lesions that demonstrate superiority in clinical service life over the currently used restorative options. The requirements of Class V restorative materials (those placed within the gingival third of the exposed tooth) are complex, due to the unique material characteristics required by the oral environment and the complications hindering dental treatment in this region.  For these reasons, this FOA encourages research that will produce fundamental improvements in Class V restorative dental materials

August 29th 2015

Immune System Plasticity in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Complex Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases (R21)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-193.html

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research projects to elucidate the role of immune system plasticity in health and in the pathogenesis of dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases. The goal is to advance knowledge of the immunological basis of dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases, and to develop tools and technologies for precise modulation of the immune system to restore or maintain health. The expectation is that new knowledge derived from this research will facilitate development of novel immunomodulatory therapies to prevent disease onset or reverse disease progression.

16th March, June, October until 2018

Immune System Plasticity in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Complex Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases (R01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-192.html

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research projects to elucidate the role of immune system plasticity in health and in the pathogenesis of dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases. The goal is to advance knowledge of the immunological basis of dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases, and to develop tools and technologies for precise modulation of the immune system to restore or maintain health. The expectation is that new knowledge derived from this research will facilitate development of novel immunomodulatory therapies to prevent disease onset or reverse disease progression.

5th February, June October until February 2017

Short-term Mentored Career Enhancement Award in Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research for Mid-Career and Senior Investigators (K18)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-039.html

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for short-term mentored career enhancement (K18) awards in dental, oral and craniofacial research with a focus on behavioral and social sciences, and genetic and genomic research. The intent of this K18 program is to provide mid-career or senior investigators with short-term training in the theories, tools, methods or approaches of another scientific area, in order to enhance their existing research program. Two categories of candidates are targeted: (a) established dental, oral, and craniofacial research investigators who seek training with investigators from another field, in order to enrich their existing dental, oral and craniofacial research program; and (b) established investigators in other fields who seek training with dental, oral and craniofacial research investigators in order to facilitate the introduction of dental, oral and craniofacial research into an existing research program.

12th February, June October until 2018

NIDCR Dentist Scientist Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-057.html

The purpose of the NIDCR Dentist Scientist Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented independent dual degree dentist scientists and to provide NIDCR research support that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers.  This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding dual degree dentist scientists from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions by providing support for two years of mentored training and three to five years of independent research.  The option for five years of independent (R00) support is available to accommodate clinical specialty training at no more than 25% effort.

12th February, June October until January 2017

Building Genetics and Genomic Knowledge about Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases and Disorders (R01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-347.html

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)is to encourage research into dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases and disorders for which there is evidence for genetic heritability but for which we do not have a strong understanding of the genetics/genomics of the disease or disorder. Applicable areas of investigation include identification of promising areas of the genome, and characterization and elucidation of the function(s) of genetic variants that affect disease risk in humans. The ultimate goal of these studies will be to drive development of effective diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive approaches.

5th February, June October until January 2018

NIDCR Small Research Grants for Oral Health Data Analysis and Statistical Methodology Development (R03)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-120.html

November 16 through September 8, 2015

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support meritorious research projects that involve secondary data analyses of existing oral or craniofacial database resources, or to develop needed statistical methodology for analyzing oral and craniofacial data using existing oral or craniofacial databases.

NIDCR Clinical Trial or Biomarker Clinical Validation Study Cooperative Agreement (U01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-059.html#sthash.3YiMmhZ1.dpuf

This FOA issued by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) will support investigator-initiated Phase I, II, III or IV clinical trials, stage 1-4 behavioral or social intervention trials, or biomarker validation studies that require prospective collection of clinical outcomes and clinical specimens through the cooperative agreement funding mechanism

Establishing Behavioral and Social Measures for Causal Pathway Research in Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Health (R21)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-144.html

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to encourage the establishment of measures of specific behavioral or social phenomena that can be used to test causal hypotheses about behavioral and social contributors to dental, oral or craniofacial diseases. This announcement encourages the development and testing–or the adaptation and testing–of two types of measures: 1) measures of the health behaviors, social interactions, community characteristics, built environments, etc., targeted by behavioral or social interventions to improve oral health; and/or 2) measures of the hypothesized moderators and mediators of a behavioral or social intervention’s effect. Regardless of the type of measure being developed, applications should establish reliability and validity of the measure, and demonstrate acceptability of using the measure with the target population. Note that this announcement does not support the conduct of clinical trials, consistent with the NIDCR policy for acceptance, peer review, and funding of clinical trials

16th March, June, October until 2017

NIH

Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/PA-files/PAR-13-055.html

October 5 through January 8, 2016

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages investigators to submit research grant applications that will identify, develop, evaluate and refine effective and efficient methods, systems, infrastructures, and strategies to disseminate and implement research-tested health behavior change interventions, evidence-based prevention, early detection, diagnostic, treatment and management, and qualityof life improvement services, and data monitoring and surveillance reporting tools into public health and clinical practice settings that focus on patient outcomes.

Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

R21:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-054.htmlR03:

R03: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-056.html

October 16 2015,January 8, 2016)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages investigators to submit research grant applications that will identify, develop, evaluate and refine effective and efficient methods, systems, infrastructures, and strategies to disseminate and implement research-tested health behavior change interventions, evidence-based prevention, early detection, diagnostic, treatment and management, and quality of life improvement services, and data monitoring and surveillance reporting tools into public health and clinical practice settings that focus on patient outcomes.

Sunstar Foundation for Oral Health Promotion

World Dental Hygienist Awards

http://www.sunstarawards.com/HowToEnterDentalHygienistAward.html

The Sunstar Foundation has established the World Dental Hygienist Awards to recognize dental hygienists who have made significant contributions to dentalhygiene science or to patients, the community and the generalpublic.

The World Dental Hygienist Awards are presented every three years to a person or group chosen by an independent Selection Committee.

Award categories and Selection Criteria:

  1. Research Category – The entry may include both quantitative and qualitative analyses that provide important new insights that contribute to the body of knowledge in dental hygiene. The winning entry in this category is chosen by the Selection Committee from unpublished, original research papers.
  2. Activity/Project Category – The entry should provide details of the activities that have made a key contribution to patients, the community or to the general public. The positive impact of the activities on the health of a significant number of individuals should be empirically demonstrated. This Award is open to individuals as well as groups of dental hygienists who have made notable accomplishments in any area of oral health promotion, including counseling,education, innovation, prevention and treatment. Measurable outcomes that demonstrate improved health must be provided.
  3. Student Research Category – The entry may include both quantitative and qualitative analyses that provide important new insights that contribute to the body of knowledge in dental hygiene. The winning entry in this category is chosen by the Selection Committee from unpublished, original research papers.
  4. Student Activity/Project Category – The entry should provide details of the activities that have made a key contribution to patients, the community or to the general public. The positive impact of the activities on the health of a significant number of individuals should be empirically demonstrated. This Award is open to individuals as well as groups of student dental hygienists who have made notable accomplishments in any area of oral health promotion, including counseling, education, innovation, prevention and treatment. Measurable outcomes that demonstrate improved health must be provided.

Open now until 31 Dec 2015
World Perio Research Award

http://www.sunstarawards.com/HowToEnterWorldPerio.html

The Sunstar Foundation is pleased to announce this call for research papers on “The Relationship between Periodontal Diseases and Systemic Health” in collaboration with four prestigious journals in the field ofperiodontal research: Journal of Periodontology, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Journal of Periodontal Research, and Journal of Dental Research. These papers will be eligible to receive the Sunstar Foundation World Perio Research Award. In this way, the Foundation hopes to promote further research advances in oral health and systemic health. Research papers on basic science in periodontal disease including laboratory animal studies, epidemiology and pure technology innovation may be accepted. However research on commercially available products or on product concepts nearing launch will not be accepted for these awards. Further, no clinical trials of product testing are eligible.

 

 

 

Chief Graduation Ceremony – 2015

The Department’s 2015 Chief Graduation Ceremony was held at the Boathouse at Rocketts Landing.

Dentistry professor continues research to fight gum disease, associated conditions

Sinem Esra Sahingur  DDS
S. Esra Sahingur, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Esra Sahingur, associate professor, Department of Periodontics, for her grant award of $1.9 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the cause of periodontitis and search for new options for prevention and treatment.

Read more at VCU News.

Transfer Interest Form

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November 2014 Newsletter

Department of Endodontics Newsletter: November 2014

Welcome, Class of 2017!

The Department of Orthodontics welcomes it’s incoming residents!

 

New Class of 2017 Photo (1) copy

Danielle E. Easterly (’15 VCU)

Natalie R. La Rochelle (’15 UCSF)

David H. Lindsey (’15 UCLA)

Jason L. Porter (’15 CU)

 

 

Whitecoat Ceremony Registration

For each guest, please provide an email address, if available.  An invitation will be emailed to each guest.

The deadline to register guests was Friday, Jan. 16.

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Staff updates

Ryan Brown was born and raised in Richmond, Va., and has been married to his beautiful wife Tiffany for six years with three children: Dakota, 5; Teagan, 3; and Connor, 16 months. Brown is the clinic manager for the Department of Endodontics. He has been with the VCU School of Dentistry since 2010 and with endodontics since April 2012. He manages the day-to-day operations of the graduate clinic and the overall flow of the clinic to ensure the best care for VCU patients. He also assists chairside with the residents during root canal treatments. He loves all things dental but has a special place in his heart for endodontics.

Brown received all of his training here at the VCU School of Dentistry, as this is a second career for him. He went to school to be a machinist and was a machine mechanic for 10 years.

In the graduate endodontics clinic, the team provides quality root canal treatment with eight residents as well as a wealth of full-time and part-time faculty delivering many years of endodontic knowledge. They treat between 24 and 36 patients each day, four days a week, as they service all the departments in the dental school. The team also has a presence at the Mission of Mercy Project in Wise, Va., where they treat underprivileged patients who normally could not afford endodontic care. Go, Team Endo!

Trey Hall is from a little town in southern Virginia called Scottsburg. He moved to Richmond, Va., in 2007. He got interested in dentistry after visiting his family dentist and seeing how he really helped people who were ashamed of their smiles. Hall spoke with his dentist about the profession and decided to try it out.

He attended J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and received his CDA as well as X-ray certification. After graduating, he came to work at the VCU school of Dentistry. In March 2012, he started working in the Department of Endodontics and has been here ever since. Being at the school, he has learned a lot about root canals and patient management.

Ana Y. Vargas is from Costa Rica. She found her passion for dentistry in Costa Rica when she worked as a dental assistant for an endodontist for one summer as a part-time job. When she came to the United States, she continued to love dentistry and decided to pursue a certificate as a dental assistant while working in public health with a general dentist, where she gained a great deal of experience. Afterward, she worked in pediatric dentistry where it’s impossible not to feel like a kid again. She learned a lot of different procedures and treatments like oral sedation as well as general anesthesia, and she now has an Anesthesia Assistant Certification.

Now, Vargas is happily working in endodontics, which she loved from day one. She has learned how to take CT scans and is amazed by the procedures and surgeries as well as all the different things that she continues to learn every day from faculty and residents.

Sarah Seckman is from Midlothian, Va. She originally became interested in dentistry at a young age through the inspiration of her family dentist, a well-known artist whose paintings you may have seen spread throughout the hallways of the VCU School of Dentistry and other VCU buildings.  She started out wanting to pursue art school but shifted her focus to dentistry after a neighbor was diagnosed with cancer and hearing that their mutual dentist, Dr. W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. (D.D.S. ’70) had given her a full mouth restoration at no charge due to her teeth deteriorating from chemotherapy treatment. He simply wanted to reduce some of the stress she was undergoing at the time and help give her confidence. It was then that she knew she could balance both passions – being able to give back and implementing my creative side as well.

As a recent graduate from VCU with a B.S. in biology, Seckman began working in the Department of Endodontics in the summer of 2014 and has grown a deeper appreciation for the specialty, considering that she was not exposed to many root canals from working in general private practices in the past. Working with microscopes and cone beams gives a huge advantage when working in millimeter lengths deep down in a canal that can hardly be seen. Not to mention manipulating X-rays to diagnose abnormal tooth anatomy or extra canals. She especially enjoys assisting with complicated cases, children and patients with special needs and loves seeing what may start off as a negative experience end positively and changing someone’s perception on the way they view dentistry. Root canals have a bad reputation associated with pain, but working in endodontics has been one of the most positive and rewarding opportunities for Seckman. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with the Virginia Dental Association and attending MOM projects and spending time with her three-year-old son, Ben.

New faculty in endodontics

Ginny East_DDS_EndodonticsDr. Virginia East (D.D.S. ’85, Endodontics ’87) is from the great state of New York. She was a pioneer and attended Villanova University the first year they accepted female students. She moved to Virginia and graduated from the VCU School of Dentistry in 1985. She had two children in dental school completed a certificate in endodontics in 1987. At that time, you had to wait five years before you were eligible to take your boards.  East was board certified in endodontics in 1993. She practiced with Dr. Richard Hill in Richmond, Va. A year later, East opened a private practice in Richmond, Va., and worked there from 1987 – 2009. She loved her time in private practice and came to the dental school and taught part-time in the predoctoral clinic for five years.Life is what happens when making plans. East had a sports injury and later sold her practice. She was able to have a new surgical procedure performed in California, which allowed her to return to dentistry. She joined the endodontic faculty at the VCU School of Dentistry in 2012. East continues to teach full-time and enjoys teaching the general dentists of the future to do endodontics well. She finds it interesting to come back to her alma mater and see the changes that have occurred in the school. It has become a very culturally diverse place.

East is excited about the opportunities that are available in other areas of VCU as well. She currently is working with the VCU School of Engineering and VCU Innovation Gateway on projects related to endodontics. She enjoys traveling, camping in the Airstream and playing with her grandchildren.

Garry Myers_DDS_Endodontics

Dr. Garry L. Myers comes to VCU from Olympia, Wash., where he was a private practitioner in endodontic. After completing a degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, he received his D.D.S. from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio dental school in 1985. Myers then left his Texas roots and entered the U.S. Air Force where he served as a dental officer for the next 13 years with assignments in Virginia, California, Texas, Nevada and Alaska. During his Texas assignment, he completed a residency program in endodontics at Wilford Hall Medical Center in 1991 and, despite the distractions of living in Las Vegas for the next four years, Myers was able to successfully complete the requirements to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics in 1994.

In 1998, Myers left the USAF to enter private practice in Olympia, Wash., where he practiced for the next 16 years. In 2007 he began teaching part-time at the University of Washington dental school in Seattle working with the endodontic residents one day a week, which quickly became his favorite day of the week. Myers was actively involved with the Washington State Association of Endodontists where he served as president from 2006 – 2007, and this evolved into his participation at the AAE level where he has served on a variety of committees, represented District VI on the Board of Directors and currently serves as the secretary for the AAE. Myers and his wife, Doreen, relocated to Richmond, Va., where he joined the VCU School of Dentistry Department of Endodontics on a full-time basis in July 2014 as an assistant professor. With him he brings a passion for Texas Longhorn football, an interest in photography and a love for the outdoors, having volunteered for 16 years on the Iditarod trail and hiking all around Mount Rainier National Park.

Dr. Spatafore

Dr. Clara Spatafore was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., and attended West Virginia University where she received her undergraduate degree in medical technology. She then earned her D.D.S., M.S. and certificate in endodontics from West Virginia University School of Dentistry. Prior to attending the endodontics program at WVU, she was in private practice as a general dentist in Pittsburgh for three years. After her endodontics program, Spatafore served in the U.S. Navy and then as chairman at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Endodontics. She then practiced at Allegheny General Hospital for 16 years and maintained a private practice during that time in Sewickley, Penn.

Currently, she works part-time in private practice in Sewickley, Penn., and also serves as an assistant professor of endodontics and chair of the Department of Endodontics at the VCU School of Dentistry. She maintains hospital privileges and teaches at Allegheny General Hospital and is a clinical instructor at the WVU School of Dentistry.

Spatafore, a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, has been a member of the American Association of Endodontics since 1987. She has held a variety of leadership roles with the organization’s board, including president, president-elect, vice president and secretary of its executive committee as well as a director of the board, has served on several AAE committees and also serves on the Journal of Endodontics Scientific Review Board. Spatafore is a member of the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania and Western Pennsylvania Dental Associations and the American College of Dentistry. She lectures nationally and internationally in all facets of endodontics.

She and her husband, Philip Bartling, reside in Sewickley, Penn. and Richmond, Va.  They have four children: Daniel and his wife Lena are AEGD residents at the Bay Pines VA Hospital in Florida;  Matthew works for Cascades Resorts in Vail, Colo.; Justina is a first-year student at the Tufts School of Vetinary Medicine in Boston; and Alyssa a freshman at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

Part-time faculty at VCU

Here in the Department of Endodontics, we owe a debt of gratitude to the part-time faculty who volunteer at the school. Whether it is for a half-day once a month or one day every week, they contribute so much to the department, the residents and the field of endodontics. We appreciate their time and commitment. Here are just a few of the people that give their valuable time back to the school.

FinklerDr. Timothy J. Finkler (D.D.S. ’01, Endodontics ’11) was raised in Chester, Va. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Virginia Military Institute in 1990. In 2001, he received his D.D.S. from the VCU School of Dentistry. He followed dental school at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Va., for a two-year General Practice Residency.After time in private practice, he returned to VCU and joined the Department of Endodontics. In 2011, he received his certificate in endodontics and M.S.D. from the VCU School of Dentistry and retired from more than 20 years of service in the Virginia Air National Guard.In 2011, he joined Commonwealth Endodontics. He is the first endodontist to provide IV Conscious Sedation to patients in the greater Richmond area.Finkler currently resides in Glen Allen, Va., with his wife Kim and their four almost always perfect children. He enjoys sports, most any outside activity and spending time with his family and friends. Finkler finds teaching very rewarding and a great way to give back.  He has enjoyed teaching at the McGuire Hospital GPR and the VCU School of Dentistry general practice and endodontic departments.

photo_Madelyn GambrelDr. Madelyn Gambrel (Endodontics ’03) was born and raised in Bonham, Texas, a small town northeast of Dallas. She received a B.A. in Spanish from Baylor University in 1993 and graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio dental school in 1997. After receiving her D.D.S., she joined the U.S. Navy and served as a dental officer in Rota, Spain, until 2001. She then attended the VCU School of Dentistry, where she received her certificate in endodontics and Master’s degree in 2003. Upon graduation from endodontic residency, Gambrel moved to San Diego, where she completed her obligated service to the U.S. Navy in 2005. She then returned to Richmond, Va., in the fall of 2005 and joined Commonwealth Endodontics.

Gambrel is very active in the Richmond community and is a member of several local study clubs. She enjoys spending free time with her family, and her hobbies include attending live music concerts, movies, skiing, sailing, traveling and interior decorating.

Gambrel teaches at the VCU School of Dentistry because she loves interacting with the residents and giving them any advice she can to help guide them both clinically and professionally. The residents also help her stay current on the latest and greatest endo gadgets, technology and research.  So she learns a lot from them too!

DrJordanDr. Kalisha C. Jordan (D.D.S. ’05, Endodontics ‘11) received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She pursued a dental degree at the VCU School of Dentistry, graduating in 2005. Jordan continued her education with an AEGD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006.

Jordan practiced dentistry in Richmond, Va., from 2006 to 2007 and then joined the VCU School of Dentistry faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of General Practice. She taught from 2007 to 2009, after which she decided to specialize. Jordan received her M.S.D. in endodontics from the VCU School of Dentistry in 2011. She currently is in private practice in Williamsburg, Va., with Jordan Endodontics.

Jordan continues to teach at the school because she feels that giving back to the community and the specialty starts at the academic level. She, along with other adjuncts, devotes her time and experience to young endodontic residents, and they see that others care about their education and are committed to growth of the specialty of endodontics.

MartinezDr. Harold J. Martinez (Endodontics ’00) was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended Kansas State University and, in 1989, received dual B.S. degrees in exercise physiology and foods and nutrition. In 1995, he obtained his D.D.S. from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland Dental School. He continued his dental education as a Dental Officer in the U.S. Air Force where he completed an AEGD in 1996 while stationed at Barksdale A.F.B. in Louisiana. After serving two additional years as a general dentist in Tyndall A.F.B. in Panama City, Fla., he came to Richmond, Va., to attend the VCU School of Dentistry, where he earned his certificate in endodontics in 2000.

Since graduating from the endodontic program, Martinez has been in private practice with Commonwealth Endodontics and serves as a part-time clinical instructor with the Department of Endodontics at the VCU School of Dentistry. He genuinely enjoys teaching the residents in the graduate endodontic clinic and providing them with the clinical knowledge gained through his years in private practice.

Martinez lives in Short Pump, Va. with his wife, Conchy, and their two children. He enjoys sports and nutrition, baseball, traveling and spending quality time with his family and friends.

Dr. Vaughn Mayo graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1979. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy and completed a GPR at Balboa Hospital in San Diego in 1980. The GPR helped prepare him for assignments in Gulfport, Miss., Puerto Rico, Diego Garcia, and New Orleans. Following his military service, Mayo completed an endodontic residency  at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio.

Immediately after completing endodontic training in 1985, Mayo moved to Virginia Beach, Va., and practiced endodontics as part of a group for 24 years, including 17 years in practice with Dr. Rick Archer. Mayo started a solo practice, Mayo Endodontics in 2009.

In July 2010, with coaxing from Archer, Mayo joined the VCU School of Dentistry as an adjunct professor in the Department of Endodontics. He enjoys teaching and sharing his perspectives and experiences handling challenging endodontic cases with the residents. He find their intelligence and enthusiasm contagious. Working with them helps him stay current on research, literature, technology and provides a great break in the routine of a solo endodontic practice.

On the personal side, Mayo is married to Jill, and they have two children plus a yellow lab. Their son, Chet, is a fourth-year student at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, and their daughter, Katie, is a fourth-year engineering student at the University of Virginia. He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors and especially likes to fly fish and engage in archery activities including bow hunting. Mayo is active with All Saints’ Episcopal Church.

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Dr. Nick Schroeder (D.D.S. ’12), a 2012 graduate of the VCU School of Dentistry, is the current intern and will matriculate into the VCU School of Dentistry Endodontic Residency Program as a first-year resident in 2015. Schroeder is newly engaged to his fiancée Erica, and, during his free time from planning the wedding, he is either cooking or playing with his two dogs.

Dr. James Stanley (D.D.S. ’80, Endodontics ’91) is a native of Virginia and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., a Master’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors at the VCU School of Dentistry. He also completed a general practice residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Ill., prior to completing his endodontic residency at the VCU School of Dentistry in 1991. Stanley holds a faculty appointment as associate professor in the Department of Endodontics at the VCU School of Dentistry.

Stanley routinely takes continuing education courses so he can keep abreast of the latest endodontic advances. He introduced the use of advanced microsurgical endodontic techniques into his practice in the early 1990’s, one of the first in Virginia to do so. These techniques allow him to provide exceptional care, usually in a single appointment. Stanley is certified by the American Board of Endodontists. By taking the initiative to achieve Diplomate status, Stanley has gone beyond the endodontic specialty education and licensing requirements of the American Dental Society and the state Board of Dentistry. Stanley also has completed a comprehensive training program in implant dentistry offered through the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, Atlanta Institute for Advanced Education and American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Stanley, who has practiced endodontics for more than 20 years, remains an active member of several dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, the Lynchburg Dental Society, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Association of Endodontists.

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Dr. Ronald N. Vranas (D.D.S. ’96, Endodontics ’02) was born and raised in Mesa, Ariz. He attended the University of Arizona and received a B.S. in chemistry in 1990. In 1996, he obtained his D.D.S. from the VCU School of Dentistry.

After completing dental school, Vranas joined the U.S. Navy as a dental officer and completed an AEGD in 1997 while stationed with the marines at Parris Island in South Carolina. After serving three additional years as a Navy dentist at the Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan, he returned to the VCU School of Dentistry, where he earned his certificate in endodontics in 2002. Vranas has been with Commonwealth Endodontics since 2002.

He lives in Richmond, Va., with his wife of 22 years and their four children. Vranas loves teaching part-time as an adjunct professor in the Department of Endodontics at the VCU School of Dentistry and has been teaching since 2002. He loves meeting and teaching the new residents, learning their stories and watching their knowledge of endodontics grow during their time in Richmond, Va.

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Captain Terry D. Webb, Dental Corps, U.S. Navy, is currently the chairman of the Endodontics Department, program director of the Endodontics Residency Program and Specialty Leader for Endodontics to the U.S. Navy Surgeon General, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He received his D.D.S. from the University of Tennessee in 1992. After a brief private practice experience, Webb joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed at NDC, San Diego. From there he spent 28 months stationed onboard the U.S.S. Fort McHenry (LSD-43) in San Diego and Sasebo, Japan. After a three-year tour at NDC Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Webb entered residency training where he received his certificate in endodontics in 2001 from the Naval Postgraduate Dental School along with an M.S. from George Washington University. After tours at 2D Dental Battalion, 2D FSSG, 12th Dental Company Cherry Point, N.C., and NDC, Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., he joined the staff of the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in 2006. He has served as the endodontics residency program director since 2008. He is a fellow of the International College of Dentists, an associate professor at the Postgraduate Dental College of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Endodontics at the VCU School of Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

The reason why Webb sought out the additional educational experience with VCU was to gain experience with a civilian residency program and also to gain a better understanding of how an endodontic residency program operates with a university setting and a dental school it supports. He continues to volunteer at VCU because he believes in the philosophy of giving back and enjoys working with the residents in a clinical setting. He appreciates how valuable an outsider’s perspective can be and hopes to help the residents in the clinic as well as help the staff in any way.

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