DDS and Dental Hygiene Clinics Reopening

Starting on Monday, July 6, we welcome our dental and dental hygiene students back to their clinical education. This marks a major milestone in the school’s return from the COVID-19 set back. We reopened safely in May with faculty and residents treating patients and are ahead of our original opening plan. We have instituted state-of-the-art […]

The Significance of June 19

As our nation must eliminate racial injustice and health inequity, there is no better time to look within ourselves, to pause and to learn about this important day in history. Our students say it best.  I am privileged to share their voice. _____________________________________________________________________________ Today is Juneteenth! It is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, […]

A Moment of Silence

With each passing day, we learn more about the experiences of our African American students and colleagues at the hands of law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and, yes, even within the VCU School of Dentistry. Both in and out of the dental school many are met with disrespect, prejudice, and injustice — particularly our […]

A reminder to check on your African American and 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 […]

Respect, Tolerance, and Inclusiveness in the School of Dentistry – Reprise and More

Dear School of Dentistry Community, Just steps away from your school, crowds of people converge daily to memorialize, commemorate and remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Marquez Arbery. At the same time, these crowds express their frustration and vent their anger as citizens of a world where all people are not respected, valued and […]

We’re Safer Than Ever

I trust everyone enjoyed a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day holiday and remembered our fallen warriors.  At this time of year, we must also remember our health care warriors and first responders. Dental health care workers and learners were sidelined in March, but I’m so pleased to announce that we have returned to bring oral health […]

Dr. Sharon Lanning appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Periodontics

Dr. Sharon K. Lanning completed her undergraduate degree from Canisius College, her Doctor of Dental Surgery from State University of New York at Buffalo, and her certificate in Periodontology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Lanning is currently a tenured, Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry and Core Faculty with the Center for Interprofessional […]

Dr. Iain Morgan appointed Interim Associate Dean for Research

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Iain Morgan has assumed the additional role as interim Associate Dean for Research in the School of Dentistry.  Morgan carried out his PhD work at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow, Scotland. He then moved to the lab of Dr. Peter Vogt, an eminent cancer researcher, […]

Associate Dean for Risk and Compliance Appointment

I am announcing the creation of a new administrative position of Associate Dean for Risk and Compliance. This position will provide strategic leadership, oversight, and management of compliance in the areas of safety & health, health records, and affiliation agreements and arrangements with external partners. The associate dean will ensure conformity with all university rules, […]

Fall happenings

Welcome Mary Pettiette, D.D.S., associate dean for admissions I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Pettiette, D.D.S., as associate dean for admissions and professor of endodontics. She will begin her duties in November. I want to thank the search committee, chaired by Clara Spatafore, D.D.S., M.S., for its diligent and thorough work in conducting a […]