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)


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 and For more about the VCU School of Dentistry, please visit

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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

Root canal awareness week

Root Canal Awareness Week is May 7-13 2017! Join the American Association of Endodontists as we advocate for the valuable role that endodontists play on the dental team. Root Canal Awareness Week:

  • SUPPORTS endodontists as root canal specialists
  • EDUCATES patients about the benefits of root canal treatment
  • DISPELS myths about root canal treatment
  • BUILDS relationships with other dental professionals
I hope you enjoy the attached video.  Please share with your patients and colleagues.
The Department of Endodontics at VCU School of Dentistry is always available for your patient needs.  Thank you.

Root canal awareness week was also picked up by Newsweek.  Here is the article:

Black and Gold and You

Daniel M. Laskin, D.D.S., M.S. is featured in the VCU Development and Alumni Relations December newsletter.

July 2016 Newsletter

July 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

Incoming students

Congratulations on your upcoming matriculation into the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

As you are making preparations to start dental school, there are a number of important items we would like for you to be aware of prior to your arrival on campus.  We have set up a web site for the incoming students within the School of Dentistry’s student and faculty intranet.  You will find required information on the student and faculty intranet that you will need to read prior to coming to school.

The student and faculty intranet is password protected.  When prompted, you will need to enter your VCU eID and password.  If you have not set up your eID and password to access your VCU email, go to the VCU eID finder web site, supply your V number and birthday and click “find”.  Set a password for your eID and set your security questions.

Access the student and faculty intranet »

Hope you have a wonderful and fun filled summer.  We are excitedly looking forward to you becoming a part of the long-standing history and tradition of excellent dental practitioners representing the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

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