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 […]

Respect, Tolerance, and Inclusiveness in the School of Dentistry – 2019

Dear School of Dentistry Community, I have posted a similar message in the past – about once per year – not necessarily on a schedule but when I sense a need. I am motivated to update my message when failures of respect, tolerance, or inclusiveness make there way to me. Intolerance and bias comes in […]

Summer updates

New dental clinics VCU Health’s new adult outpatient facility is coming out of the ground and floorplans for our dental clinics have been approved. Now comes the fun part where spaces become “reality” through the developmental design phase. All of our clinics with the exception of pediatric dentistry will occupy the eighth and ninth floors […]

Welcome Home Alumni and News Around the School

Welcome Home Alumni Reunion 2019 begins in just a few days, so we’re rolling out the red carpet for our alumni and looking forward to their visit. From Friday’s Golf Tournament, individual class parties, and school tours, to a Jamaica Project luncheon, the Bash from the Past and our 50-Year Memorial Service and Brunch, it’s […]

Farewell to Jim Burns

With much appreciation for his robust 47-year career in oral health and with my personal thanks for his friendship and guidance along the way, I am honored to pay tribute to Jim Burns. While we already miss him here at school, I have no doubt that he and his family – wife Karen and four […]

Celebrating the “First 100”

As Black History Month comes to a close, I’m especially proud to announce an upcoming celebration of accomplishments, achievements and trailblazing. The “First 100 Dentists of Color” Celebration Brunch on Saturday, April 27, at Richmond’s Black History Museum and Cultural Center, recognizes Erma Freeman (D.D.S.’77), the school’s first black female graduate. And because several of […]

Yearbooks and Social Media

Dear School of Dentistry Students, Staff and Faculty, We appreciate that there have been some informal discussions regarding events of this past week, which have cast public light on medical student behaviors, class yearbooks and the like. As President Rao affirmed earlier in the week with his university-wide communication, VCU has pride and commitment in […]