March Madness Update
VCU may not have made it to the Final Four this time around, but there’s plenty to celebrate here at the School of Dentistry on the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
ADEA GIES AWARD
I had the privilege of accepting a 2018 Gies Award presented at the ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Orlando earlier this month.
The Gies Awards, named after William J. Gies, Ph.D., honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.
For our work in partnership with the VDA to create the nationwide MOM Project movement, we were honored with the Gies Award for Vision – Public or Private Partner.
It was a bittersweet moment not only for the School of Dentistry, but also for the friends, colleagues and family of the late Carol Brooks, D.D.S., whose passionate care and vision for providing oral health access to those who need it most led to the creation of the first MOM Project in Wise, Virginia, in 2000. Today, MOM Projects take place across the nation.
Congratulations and appreciation to our dedicated faculty.
Michelle McGregor, R.D.H., B.S., M.Ed., director of dental hygiene, was selected for the ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Allied Dental Educators Fellowship. She will work alongside ADEA staff in Washington, DC, for a three-month assignment involving issues affecting allied dental education.
Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., M.Div, director of ethics curriculum, was selected as one of the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. The Forum is an initiative of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
I am pleased to report that the OMFS program came through the CODA accreditation site visit earlier this month in full compliance with no recommendations or suggestions.
Congratulations to the department and hospital leadership and in particular, to Dr. Robert Strauss, program director, and Dr. Omar Abubaker, chair.
Oral Health Services Research Core
Tegwyn W. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of the oral health services research core, has been selected as a 2018 Translational Research Fellow in the Office of Public Policy Outreach in the Wilder School.
Eser Tufekci, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., M.S.H.A., professor, is currently serving as President of the Virginia Association of Orthodontists.
Tom Koertge, D.M.D., Ph.D., has assumed the position of interim chair of the Department of Periodontics. Harvey Schenkein, D.D.S., Ph.D., is stepping down from the chairmanship but will continue as Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Periodontics. This change is part of a planned succession for the department and for Dr. Schenkein who will continue his NIH funded research for at least three years.
Dr. Schenkein joined VCU in 1978 as assistant professor of periodontics and microbiology and quickly rose to be an internationally known researcher and has been continually funded by the NIH. He was named the Paul Tucker Goad Professor in the School of Dentistry in 1993 and has served as our associate dean of research since 1986. Dr. Schenkein was appointed chair in 2003 and has served as both chair of periodontics and associate dean since then.
On behalf of the school and university, we thank Dr. Schenkein for his outstanding leadership, teaching, scholarship and service to our institution and profession. I appreciate Dr. Koertge’s leadership during this transition period and thank him in advance for his service.
The school’s research faculty members have won competitive federal and foundation awards to support their research work. Our ranking among schools of dentistry in total awards from the National Institutes of Health has improved from 42 to 24 of 48 dental schools receiving NIH awards. There are about 65 dental schools in the US so some receive no NIH funding.
VCU School of Dentistry NIH funding and rank among US. Schools of Dentistry
The total sponsored program awards (all external grant funding to support research and education) has risen from below $1 million per year to over $4.6 million.
If you haven’t seen the latest Dental Fill-In Vlog, be sure to take a look.
End of Year News
Though the calendar year is quickly coming to a close, I have a lot of news to share as we begin to slow down for winter break.
Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
Thanks to our entire team, led by Ellen Byrne, R.Ph., D.D.S., Ph.D., professor and senior associate dean, we came through the exhausting accreditation process with flying colors and no recommendations for improvement.
As you read through the following list of 22 strengths the accreditation team found in our departments, please take a moment to reflect on the excellent work done here at the school. I’m proud to represent such a talented group of professionals. Congratulations and thank you.
CODA 2017 STRENGTHS BY PROGRAM
Faculty that inspire interdisciplinary learning in diverse educational settings through service learning
Interprofessional education through the Interprofessional Education (IPEC) courses
Team-based patient care with new general practice integration
ADVANCED EDUCATION IN GENERAL DENTISTRY
Dedicated and committed program director
Interdisciplinary collaboration with oral pathology
Collaboration with pediatric dentistry with dedicated microscope in pediatric clinic
Preparation of residents for the specialty board examination
Comprehensive resident evaluation system that includes self-assessment
Efficient program director and full-time faculty members
Practice and business model with incentives and private office simulation
Paired residents share a dental assistant in team care delivery
Dedicated faculty with high clinical and educational standards
Department chair has implemented positive changes
Well-structured program with dedicated program director
High scores on the in-service exam – not a common finding in other programs
All graduates who have challenged the specialty board exam in the past five years have passed
Coordination of biomedical/behavioral sciences instruction with the Schools of Medicine & Allied Health Professions
Solid financial resources
Support to assist students with developing an appropriate family of patients
Lines of communications among faculty and staff that benefit the student learning experience
Comments regarding meetings with our students:
Proud of the clinical program
Listened to by the administration
Want more digital dentistry
Students work together to accomplish the program
Comment regarding meeting with junior faculty members:
Impressive junior faculty members
South Hill, Virginia, gets a new hospital
We recently took a hard hat tour of the new VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill where we saw the proposed space for their new dental clinic. Design is underway. This new hospital is first new medical facility in that area since 1954. We’re proud to be bringing greater access to oral health care to this region which includes northern North Carolina. This new Family & Specialty Dental Center will be a cooperative effort between the hospital and the School of Dentistry.
Touring the new dental clinic shell spaces in South Hill are W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital; Kim Isringhausen, B.S.D.H., R.D.H., M.P.H., assistant dean for Community and Collaborative Partnerships; Clara Spatafore, D.D.S., M.S., chair, Department of Endodontics; Bill Dahlke, D.D.S., chair, department of pediatric dentistry; Dean David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S. ; Brenda Palmore, assistant vice president, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, practice management and physician relations; Omar Abubaker, D.M.D., Ph.D., professor and S. Elmer Bear Chair, oral and maxillofacial surgery.
New Adult Outpatient Facility Update
With a few more meetings scheduled before the end of 2017, I’m happy to share that the new adult outpatient facility is taking shape. If only in the design stage. The architect and design firms have been meeting with us to learn more about our needs, our hopes for future patient care spaces and future dental clinics, and wish lists of collaborative spaces for enhanced learning opportunities. The space currently occupied by the Virginia Treatment Center for Children at the corner of 10th and Leigh Streets in downtown Richmond, will begin demolition soon. Be sure to stay tuned as I update you on construction dates and more.
Awards and Recognition
The annual ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 17, to recognize faculty promotions, to award the Dean’s Faculty Excellence recipients, and to celebrate this year’s student endowed scholarships. Congratulations to all award and recognition recipients. Well done!
There’s a wealth of knowledge and experience here at the school. From well-deserved promotions to special committee appointments and media features, there’s a lot to be proud of here at the VCU School of Dentistry.
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Omar Abubaker, D.M.D., Ph.D., professor and S. Elmer Bear Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, testified in November before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions. The full committee hearing, “The Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis: Perspectives from States, Communities, and Providers” is online for public viewing.
Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D., has been named interim chair, Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach.
The School of Dentistry, along with the Virginia Dental Association Foundation, has been awarded a 2018 William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. The ADEAGies Foundation award recognizes our creation of the MOM project, which kicked off in 2000. Since then, 95 projects have been conducted throughout the state resulting in more than $43 million in free dental services to more than 65,000 patients in underserved communities. To date, the MOM project model, created in Virginia, has been replicated in more than half of the U.S.. The award will be presented in March 2018.
Sarah Brusko and Stephanie Till, both Class of 2019, have been named Hinman Scholars. The Hinman Scholarship was established in 2016 through a $27,000 gift from the Hinman Dental Society.
Dan Laskin, D.D.S., M.S., professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was featured in The VCU Health System’s monthly eNewsletter, The Spirit.
Parthasarathy Madurantakam, D.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of General Practice, has been elected to the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. He is now a member of the Council’s evidence-based dentistry and seal subcommittees. In addition, he was one of four dental professionals from around the country invited to teach evidence-based dentistry at the University of Maryland’s annual Fall Faculty Retreat.
Garry Myers, D.D.S., graduate program director of the Department of Endodontics, is serving the American Association of Endodontics as 2017/2018 president.
Shillpa Naavaal, B.D.S., M.S., M.P.H, assistant professor, Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach, participated in a round table presentation at a November American Public Health Association meeting. Dr. Naavaal shared details of a study, now under journal review, involving, “current cigarette smoking and quit attempts by type of health insurance type” among U.S. adults ages 18 – 64. Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse, presented a poster at the same meeting.
Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., assistant professor, Department of General Practice and director of ethics curriculum, completed the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning in Atlanta.
Match Day – Phase I Results: Perio – Erin Block, VCU; Sara Holden, VCU; Nick Yesbeck, VCU; Pros – Clara Bergeron, University of Texas – San Antonio; Ortho – Owais Naeem, VCU; Jennifer Shim, VCU; James Dodd, Montefiore Hospital, New York; Graduated Students – Pros – Ahmad Alawadi, University of Texas – San Antonio; Ahmad Alkanderi, University of Texas, Houston; Carlos Blackmon, Florida.
The latest issue of Dentistry magazine is now available online.
Be sure to take a look at the latest Dental Fill-In on our You Tube channel.
I hope your holidays are restful and safe, and full of warmth and good times with family and friends.
New outpatient clinic approved
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.
Breaking News – New Outpatient Clinic in the Works
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.
Edmund G. Brodie Research Professorship
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.
Department Chair Certification
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
Welcome new faculty
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.
Introducing: The Dental Fill-In
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.
Congratulations to all of our 2017 graduates and residents who are now on their way to an outstanding career.
It was a pleasure and privilege to serve as your Dean as you prepared for the next steps of your lives. Stay in touch.
New Urgent Care Clinic now open at VCU Dental Care
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.
Dean’s Update #4 – April 28, 2017
- Dentistry Magazine
- Feature story on technology in dentistry and dental education
- Packed with faculty, donor, student, and alumni news
- VDA Board Meeting
- Brittany Field D4 – Student rep
- David Voth D3 – Student alternate
- Emergency opioid regulation affective 4/24
- Virginia Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Work Group
- Omar Abubaker a member
- Addiction education curriculum for Virginia health sciences schools
- Electric dental handpieces
- Bien Air presentation recently
- Class of 2017 yearbook
- PACME Awards
- CARITAS screenings
- Interprofessional care with medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry
- Oral Cancer Screening April 22
- 8th Annual Revere Lecture held March 33
- Deeb and Sompop on implants and digital dentistry
- ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program
- Year two roll out
- Research Day and Dental Investigator publication
- Swathi Devaki, D3 awarded the VCU International Student Scholarship for 2017
- VCU Faculty, Staff, and Retiree Make It Real Campaign
- Mike Tally promoted to assistant IT director
- Charles Thuku promoted to lead IT analyst
- Bill Dahlke appointed chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry
- Erica Brecher completed Boston Marathon
Dr. William Dahlke Appointed Chair of Pediatric Dentistry
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.
Dean’s Update #3 – March 29, 2017
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