Dean Lyndon Cooper receives Academy of Osseointegration’s William R. Laney Award

VCU School of Dentistry Dean Lyndon Cooper, D.D.S., Ph.D., accepted the William R. Laney Award at this year's annual meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration.

VCU School of Dentistry’s national prominence on display at ADEA Annual Session

A group of VCU faculty, staff and students pose for a group photo at the ADEA Annual Session

DEI and Ethics Director Carlos Smith wins inaugural ADEA faculty leadership award

Carlos Smith, D.D.S., diversity, equity and inclusion and ethics director for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, was honored at this year’s American Dental Education Association’s Annual Session with the inaugural Dr. Jeanne C. Sinkford Faculty Leadership Award. Jeanne Sinkford, D.D.S., Ph.D., became the first female dean of a U.S. dental school in 1975 […]

White Coat Ceremony celebrates transition from preclinical studies to dental care provider

One hundred and six Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) students and 18 Dental Hygiene (DH) students, accompanied by family, friends, faculty and staff, celebrated their transition to clinical care at the annual White Coat Ceremony on Feb. 24, 2023. Celebrating D.D.S. Class of 2025 and DH Class of 2024, this year’s White Coat Ceremony took […]

M.S. program helps Alexis Fakunmoju pursue her passion for research training on a path to dentistry

“‘Education is something that nobody can take away from you.’ I’ve heard that so many times from my dad, but he’s right,” said Alexis Fakunmoju, who is planning to graduate this spring in the first cohort of students in the oral biology track of the Microbiology and Immunology M.S. program jointly administered by VCU School […]

VCU School of Dentistry brightens kids’ smiles at annual oral health event

Nearly 80 children from Richmond and surrounding communities smiled a little brighter thanks to VCU School of Dentistry’s annual Give Kids a Smile event on Friday, February 17, 2023. Give Kids a Smile is a national movement started by the American Dental Association encouraging oral health care providers to offer a day of free dental […]

‘Exceptional dental students’ bring Charlottesville man to VCU School of Dentistry

Going to the dentist can be described as an uncomfortable experience for some. Others may even call it a source of anxiety. But for Jim Benedict, receiving dental treatment at VCU School of Dentistry has been very rewarding.

Study measures impact of Medicaid dental coverage for Virginia’s pregnant population

In 2015, Virginia began providing comprehensive dental benefits to pregnant Medicaid enrollees in an effort to eliminate a key barrier to dental care access. In the first study of its kind, researchers from the VCU School of Dentistry and VCU School of Business analyzed survey data to shed light on the policy’s impact on pregnant women.

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.

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