With August comes students, orientations, classes and active hallways here at the VCU School of Dentistry. On behalf of the entire school, a hearty “Welcome!” to new students and residents, and a warm “Welcome Back!” to the familiar faces of future dental health care providers.
If you’ve seen the latest edition of The Dental Fill-In, it will come as no surprise that there’s excitement brewing here on campus. We’ve been given an opportunity to capitalize on a once in a century opportunity to build a patient care facility that is integrated with the primary and specialty care systems of VCU Health.
Thanks to the support and vision of Dr. Marsha Rappley, VP for Health Sciences, and a host of interprofessional leaders here on the MCV Campus, we’re on the forefront of a growing national trend to share knowledge, resources and facilities to improve patient outcomes.
In the not too distant future, a diabetic patient, for example, can receive his medical and dental care in one location. In one visit.
Stay tuned for more announcements about groundbreaking, construction and progress on this first-of-its-kind facility in the country.
Until then, take a look at the renderings of our new building, which will house entire floors dedicated to dental clinics for students, residents and faculty practices and much more.
Please join me in congratulating Iain Morgan, Ph.D., director of the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research. Dr. Morgan was appointed to the Edmund G. Brodie Research Professorship in July. In the words of VCU President, Michael Rao, Ph.D., in his congratulatory letter to Dr. Morgan, “In awarding you this endowed professorship, your professional peers and your colleagues at VCU are pleased to recognize your exemplary contributions to teaching, research and public service. You are an integral part of our vision to make a difference as a major research university. I am grateful for your commitment to improving the lives of people throughout the world.”
We’re all grateful for Dr. Morgan’s work.
I had the pleasure of being a part of the Department Chair Certification Program of The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute in July where I shared information about the role of chairs as academic leaders. It was an honor to participate. (Apparently, I did a good job!)
“David – Thank you for your outstanding presentation. [It] really set the tone for chairs to think of themselves within the broader context of VCU. We really appreciated your integration of major university themes, [which] was a nice addition to our other narrowly focused themes. Your reflection on your time as chair offered a valuable perspective of the need for mindfulness throughout the process and your advice to engage with the dean offered valuable lessons in building allies of support for their work.”— Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D., The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute director, and Amy Unger, VCU Faculty Personnel Administration, Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the university’s work to reverse the opioid epidemic, which has been declared a public health emergency in Virginia. In a series produced by VCU Public Affairs, Omar Abubaker, D.M.D., Ph.D., professor and S. Elmer Bear Chair, oral and maxillofacial surgery, shares a family tragedy in hopes of educating others.
Dr. Abubaker earned a graduate certificate in international addiction studies in May 2016 and was a keynote speaker at the Dental Schools Addiction Education Summit in Washington, D.C., last month.
Tegwyn Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of the Oral Health Services Research Core of the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research: Health Resources and Services Administration, Predoctoral Pediatric Training in General Dentistry and Dental Hygiene – Integrating Interprofessional Education and Social Behavioral Enhancements with a Pediatric Community Health Selective; National Children’s Oral Health, IQ Dental Supply Toothfairy Grant
Philips Institute for Oral Health Research:
Anthony Faber, Ph.D., assistant professor: American Cancer Society, novel targeted therapy combinations for fatal pediatric cancers; Foundation for Childhood Cancer, MYCN is synthetic lethal to ABT – 199 in MYCn – amplified neuroblastoma; Sarcoma Foundation, targeting EWS – FLI1 Ewing Sarcoma through a rational targeted therapy combination
Todd Kitten, Ph.D., director of biomedical sciences and professor: Intracellular Invasion by Streptococcus mutans, significance in disease
Janina Lewis, Ph.D., director of faculty advancement and professor: Metal-oxidative stress interplay in periodontal pathogen Prevotella intermedia
Yue Sun, Ph.D., assistant professor: A novel phosphoinositide- regulated pathway in Mig6 expression and HNSCC response to anti-EGFR therapy
Bradford Windle, Ph.D., associate professor: Novel Structures of the Human Papilloma Virus Genome in HNSCC
Ping Xu, Ph.D., professor: Drug development against a periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis
Aderonke Akinkugbe, B.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach
Rodney McDaniel (D.D.S.’08), assistant professor in the General Practice Department
Alaaaldin Radwan, D.D.S., M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Chunhao Li, M.S., M.D., professor in the Department of Craniofacial and Molecular Biology
Please join me in congratulating these colleagues for their significant research efforts.
Be sure to check backor more news, updates and information about your School of Dentistry.
Formerly known as The Dean’s Update, the Dental Fill-in is your go-to source of news highlights from your School of Dentistry.
Here’s what you’ll learn in this month’s edition:
Faculty News featuring awards, recognition and appointments such as Dr. Joan Pelligrini, dental hygiene, and Dr. Parthasarathy Madurantakam, general practice.
Program News including the May opening of our Urgent Care Clinic and the Department of Dental Hygiene’s move to the Department of General Practice effective July 1.
Alumni News from Lyubov Slashcheva (D.D.S.’16), Magdalena Llinas (D.H.’17), and a round up of senior awards, ceremonies and commencement comments.
It was a pleasure and privilege to serve as your Dean as you prepared for the next steps of your lives. Stay in touch.
VCU Dental Care opened a new Urgent Care Clinic (UCC), on Monday, May 22, in the Perkinson building. Designed for patients in pain who want to keep their teeth, the UCC targets new patients who do not want comprehensive care, but have a particular dental issue.
This new clinic gives patients an additional access point to VCU Dental Care and simulates the environment of a private practice dental office while providing “real life” experiences to VCU School of Dentistry students.
VCU Dental Care provides services by appointment and walk-ins are welcomed. Morning and afternoon appointments are available Monday-Friday.
Pictured with me at the ribbing cutting ceremony are Ryan Brown, lead dental assistant and clinic manager; Clara Spatafore, D.D.S., M.S., chair of the endodontics department and associate professor; Monica Bridgeforth, director of predoctoral, postdoctoral and private practice clinic operations; and Donnie Parris, director of clinical business services.
It’s all about taking care of patients who don’t have dentists but are looking for dental care. It’s also a great learning opportunity for our students and our residents. The clinic will help us move forward with our educational efforts while we provide access to quality dental care.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. William Dahlke as chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry effective May 1, 2017. Dr. Dahlke joined our school of dentistry in 2014. Following a national search for chair, Dr. Dahlke was selected to lead our mission in children and special-needs patient care, and education and research programs in pediatric dentistry. He replaces Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse who will now focus full-time directing the Oral Health Services Research Core, VCU Philips Institute for Oral Health Research and VCU’s iCubed transdisplinary core for Oral Health in Children and Adolescents.
Dr. Dahlke earned his dental degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and was honored to be inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. Following several years of practicing general dentistry and teaching at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, he continued his training in Pediatric Dentistry, also at UNLV. Dr. Dahlke then maintained a private practice in Las Vegas while also holding a faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at UNLV. He joined the VCU School of Dentistry in October 2014 and prior to this appointment as chairman, he served as Program Director of the postgraduate residency program.
I wish to thank Dr. Brickhouse for her eight years of service as chair and the search committee led by Dr. Fred Certosimo, for their outstanding work. Please congratulate and welcome Dr. William Dahlke as chair of Pediatric Dentistry at VCU School of Dentistry.
Check out my new Dean Update for the School of Dentistry. Let me know if you have news you want me to mention.
Thank you to all that volunteered for Give Kids a Smile Day! We provided care to 197 patients and provided approximately $82,809 worth of care. This included, but was not limited to, 114 fillings, 39 stainless steel crowns, and 75 extractions. This annual effort is led by Dr. Elizabeth Berry in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and includes support from the General Practice Department and other School of Dentistry specialty departments. “I wanted to especially thank the GKAS student coordinators that made this day possible. They will continue to work to provide dental homes to some of the patients seen last Friday” said Dr. Berry. Below are the awards given out for the day, please congratulate those awarded. “Thank you again to everyone for your cooperation for us to have this event” added Dr. Berry.
The American Dental Association provided great coverage in ADA News
Dear School of Dentistry Community,
Intolerance and bias comes in all forms such as religious, racial, sexual orientation or identity, age, gender, and educational or social status. It is important for us to demonstrate our exemplary character and values in all we do, to all we meet, and to all with whom we interact. As an academic and healthcare institution, intolerance should never find a home at the School of Dentistry. The expectation is all people that learn, work, and receive care at the School of Dentistry and VCU Dental Care are treated with respect and dignity, provided privacy of their health and personal information, and enjoy freedom of expression without fear of retaliation. This is my expectation and I ask that everyone join me in that expectation. The establishment and maintenance of a humanistic environment is everyone’s responsibility and each and every person must take ownership of ensuring a school culture of inclusiveness and tolerance.
According to the VCU Creed: Philosophy for a University Community
“Academic institutions exist, among other reasons, to discover, advance and transmit knowledge and to develop in their students, faculty and staff the capacity for creative and critical thought. At Virginia Commonwealth University, members of the community should strive to exemplify the following specific ideals in addition to other worthy ideals:
The VCU Code of Conduct is explicit and defines Real Expectations of all employees. Similarly, the VCU Student Code of Conduct sets expectations for students. All members of the VCU Community are required to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects credit upon the University community and to model good citizenship in any community.
As I stated last evening during the Dean’s Dinner with our student leadership, the deans in the dean’s office are there to help any student who feels they need to discuss any problem, including those related to respect and inclusion. In addition, these are resources available to student, staff, and faculty at VCU to discuss or assist you with these issues:
Division of Inclusive Excellence (http://www.inclusive.vcu.edu/)
University Counseling Services (http://www.students.vcu.edu/counseling/)
Wellness Resource Center (http://thewell.vcu.edu/
The VCU Dean of Students, Dr. Reuban Rodriguez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The VCU Student Assistance and Support Team (email@example.com)
Equity and Access Services and Title IX Compliance (http://equity.vcu.edu/)
VCU Employee Relations (firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-1510)
VCU Dental Care Employee Relations (828-8873)
VCU Ombudsperson (http://ombudsperson.vcu.edu/)
VCU Helpline (www.vcuhelpline.com)
VCU Employee Assistance Program (http:// www.anthemeap.com)
VCU Dental Care Employee Assistance Program (1-800-327 2255)
I welcome your thoughts on this message and the accompanying expectations. Please take a moment to view this short video of what your fellow VCU community members said “What does respect look like at VCU?”