Category: Deans blog

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.

 

News Roundup

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

Opioid Epidemic

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.

New Grants

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.

Respect, Tolerance, and Inclusiveness at the School of Dentistry – 2016

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:

  • To demonstrate academic and personal integrity.
  • To respect the rights and property of others.
  • To be open to others’ opinions.
  • To uphold academic freedom and freedom of intellectual inquiry.
  • To appreciate diversity and to value and learn from the uniqueness of each person.
  • To uphold the right of all persons to be treated with dignity and respect and to refrain from all forms of intimidation, harassment and illegal discrimination.
  • To demonstrate and respect intellectual courage in situations that demand it.”

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 (vcudean@vcu.edu)
The VCU Student Assistance and Support Team (safetycasemgr@vcu.edu)
Equity and Access Services and Title IX Compliance (http://equity.vcu.edu/)
VCU Employee Relations (emprel@vcu.edu 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?”

Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse Appointed Director of the Oral Health Services Research Core

I am pleased to announce the formal establishment of the Oral Health Services Research Core in the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research and naming of its first director, Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse.  The core’s mission is to conduct oral health services research and partner in strategic initiatives with the university, health system, and community to improve and integrate oral health into overall health and healthcare.  This is a critical area of research expertise that our school must develop to position ourselves for research and education in oral health services and public health dentistry.  Hardly a week goes by that I am not contacted with inquiries on access to care, dental workforce, dental graduates career choices, oral disease statistics, and dental insurance.   I am sure you have seen the headlines on the oral health crisis in America, doubling of hospital emergency department visits for dental problems, and declining dentist migration to rural and underserved areas.  Adults appear to be seeking dental care at lower rates and only 50% of children with public support for dental care have seen a dentist in the past year.

The rising cost of dental education and the national average educational debt of $250,000 of graduating dental students have negatively impacted the distribution of dentists and are fueling the development of alternative providers and practice models.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation recently announced it is implementing accreditation of Dental Therapy Programs.   The 2016 Virginia General Assembly adopted a bill to expand remote supervision of dental hygienist beyond the Virginia Department Health and into certain venues to increase access to preventive care for underserved populations.   The effectiveness of our current and future models of care delivery require ongoing study and assessment.

Over the past two years, Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse and I have conducted meetings and conference calls with researchers, academic leaders, leaders in the insurance industry, leaders in government agencies, and political people to understand the need and to create a vision for this research core.  There is so much that is needed to be learned regarding dental public health and dental services utilization, particularly in Virginia.   Additional exploratory projects are underway with the Chesterfield County Schools Systems and the VCU Health System’s Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, VA to bring needed dental services to underserved individuals.

With VCU School of Dentistry the only dental school in Virginia, we must become experts in oral health services and disparities research.   Dr. Brickhouse is being appointed full-time to lead the development of this initiative effective July 1, 2016 as a member of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.  Dr. Brickhouse will continue to serve as the Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry while we conduct a national search for a new department chair.

Dr. Brickhouse has served as department chair since 2010 and she led a number of key initiatives and has been recognized for her work.  These include:

PI of HRSA grant for VCU to receive $2.4 million grant to increase dental care access for underserved children and adolescents and to improve inter-professional training for pediatric dentistry students

Founding Chair of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition, a state-wide non-profit which strives to:

  • Change perceptions of oral health
  • Remove known barriers between people and oral health services
  • Build an effective oral health infrastructure by ensuring that Virginia’s dental health system can meet the needs of underserved populations
  • Under her leadership this organization secured over $1M in grant funding, contracts, and donations.

Established a relationship with Children’s Hospital of Richmond and VCU’s pediatric  dental program that led to integration of faculty support and resident patient care rotations at the Brook Road hospital practice.

Created the Pediatric Dentistry Board of Advisors and led the fund raising effort which resulted in the establishment of the Farrington Mourino Distinguished Professorship.

Serves as a member of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid) Dental Advisory Committee and established a data sharing agreement with DMAS to examine dental utilization in Virginia’s Medicaid program.

VCU Health’s representative to the Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee of Virginia (CHIPAC).

On-going collaborations with VDH Division of Dental Health related to their needs assessments, sealant programs, and courses for training dentists to treat patients with disabilities.

Chair for the Council of Scientific Affairs of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Jerome B. Miller For the Kids Award awarded by Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Foundation.

The Professional Achievement Award for Women in Dentistry, WISDM Virginia Commonwealth University.

Fellow of the Virginia Dental Association and Fellowship in the American College of Dentists

Served on the scientific advisory board of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, awarded Affiliate Site of the Year and received grant funded for five years to support community outreach and engagement.

VCU iCubed Program Trandisciplinary Core Team Member for Oral Health in Children and Adolescences

“Quote” from Sarah Bedard Holland-Executive Director of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition

“I applaud the VCU School of Dentistry for putting resources towards the oral health access issues and the future of oral health.  VCU is uniquely suited to address issues related to access, disparities and workforce; the Coalition looks forward to working collectively with the school and Dr. Brickhouse to seek solutions to improve oral health for all Virginians. Dr. Brickhouse has a long-standing, demonstrated commitment to furthering evidence-based solutions to complex oral health access issues. She is the perfect fit to lead this new initiative.”

The cores’ activities will include:

  • Analysis of health care claims data to understand the impact of healthcare reform and innovations in healthcare delivery, including a focus on solutions to dental workforce and oral health disparities among vulnerable, rural, and under-served populations.
  • Explore additional educational programs and curriculum for students in the area of dental public health.
  • Support the School of Dentistry’siCubed Core of “Transdisciplinary Oral Health in Childhood and Adolescence”.  This core supported by the provost’s office will promote diversity and inclusion in urban-focused research, creative activity and scholarship and focus on:
    • Broadening access to education for students of diverse backgrounds.
    • Creating an inclusive environment for diverse faculty.
    • Being a catalyst for connections within the university community and with the community at large.
    • Fostering innovative research and solutions to societal problems across boundaries.
  • Partner with local and national organizations (e.g. ADA, VDA, Virginia Oral Health Coalition, Virginia Health Care Foundation) to connect national data with state-level needs and initiatives.
  • Engagement in the broader university and health system to increase capacity for dental care to children and individuals in rural and underserved populations (e.g. South Hill).
  • Fundraising and Advocacy related to student pipelines for dental careers and support for clinical training opportunities and dental care for underserved populations (e.g. general assembly, middle schools, community foundations)
  • Representation of the school of dentistry and health system for children’s insurance and safety net programs. (e.g. Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee, DMAS Dental Advisory Committee, VDH, Virginia Oral Health Coalition)
  • Continue as PI of the school’s HRSA grant grant to increase dental care access for underserved children and adolescents and to improve interprofessional training for pediatric dentistry students. https://news.vcu.edu/article/VCU_receives_24_million_grant_to_increase_dental_care_access
  • The Director will lead the development of proposals to seek additional extramural funding to support the core’s mission.

 

 

2016 Student and Resident Research Fellowships and Faculty Mentors Selected

AD Williams Student Research Fellowships 2016

The purpose of this fellowship program is to expose promising students in the School of Dentistry to an active and productive research atmosphere, and to serve as an avenue for exploring options for a future academic and research career. This year’s fellowships have been awarded to:

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Alexander Fellowship Awards 2016

It is crucial that dentists, whether practicing or in academic careers, understand the role of research in dentistry and appreciate its impact on the changes that the profession will experience in years to come. The Alexander Fellowship program provides funds to postgraduate students in the School of Dentistry to pursue research activities while training. This year’s fellowships have been awarded to:

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VCU Give Kids A Smile A Huge Success

Last Friday a large host of students, residents, staff and faculty members contributed to our annual Give Kids A Smile event at VCU School of Dentistry.  Under the leadership of Dr. Liz Berry in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, preliminary data indicated over 200 children benefited from this event.  With the increased volume of patients, the entire Douglas and Pediatric Dentistry Clinics were full and busy way past 5 pm.  Faculty from the Department of General Practice jumped in with our entire pediatric dentistry faculty and residents to help these children go home and on the road to better oral health.  Students from all dental and dental hygiene classes volunteered in mass.  They even let me help out!  There are too many people to mention by name but you all know who you were and I appreciate your service, dedication, and hard work.   If you were there record a “Like”  or comment on SOD Facebook.

 

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Paul Dado Kim Earns Third Place the ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program

Paul Dado Kim (D 2018) participated in the ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program at the 2015 American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session which was held in Washington DC last weekend and won the 3rd place award in the basic science category. Kim’s study titled “TLR9-mediated inflammation triggers alveolar bone loss in experimental murine periodontitis” investigated the involvement of an innate immune sensor, TLR9, in the progression of periodontal disease utilizing a transgenic mouse model.  The results of the study showed that mice lacking TLR9 was protected against alveolar bone loss thereby identifying a possible new therapeutic target for periodontitis. “I am really happy to be part of this project. Our findings will hopefully be translated to the clinics to improve treatment outcomes,” said Kim.

A total of 61 students from each dental school across the country competed in the 56th ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program. “It was a great honor to represent VCU and came back home with an award among so many outstanding projects from all the different institutions,” said Kim. “I also would like to thank my mentor, Dr. Esra Sahingur, and the entire research team for giving me the opportunity to work in this project and for their continuous support”.

The results of this award winning study was published  in the journal Infection and Immunity last May; Kim, P. D., Xia-Juan, X., Crump, K. E., Abe, T., Hajishengallis, G. & Sahingur, S. E. (2015) Toll-Like Receptor 9-mediated inflammation triggers alveolar bone loss in experimental murine periodontitis. Infection and Immunity 2015; 83:2992-3002.

Congratulations to Paul Dado Kim!

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Dental Continuing Education Office Update

Dr. Perry Jones has been serving as our Director Continuing Education since 2011.  At the end of September, Dr. Jones will be stepping down as director but will continue as a part-time faculty member and continue to provide instruction in the continuing education courses he has been offering.  Under his leadership, much positive change has taken place including reorganizing the office as a branch of Dentistry@VCU, implementing a state-of-the-art management system for course registration and record keeping, and lowering the operating cost of the office.   Under Dr. Jones watch, and with the help of Dr. Laurie Carter, our ADA CERP accreditation was successfully renewed.  I am very thankful for his service and his willingness to step into this role at a time when many other changes were taking place in the school.   With Dr. Jones stepping down, the Office of Continuing Education will be reorganized with Ms. Pamela Flynn reporting to Ms. Kim Jacobs in the Office of the Executive Associate Dean, Ms. Rebecca Pousson.  Ms. Flynn has relocated to Wood first floor, room 102.  As required for CERP accreditation, the program has an advisory committee which we plan to expand.  The advisory committee’s role is to provide guidance on priorities for course offerings.  If you see Dr. Jones, please thank him for his service to our CE program as well as to our school.

August Faculty Development Programs: CODA Advanced Education Program Preparations, Dental Trauma Research, and Promotion and Tenure

I am pleased to announce the upcoming programs for Friday August 28th.  Dr. Janina Lewis, Director of Faculty Advancement, and I will conduct a session for new faculty members on the faculty promotion and tenure system and process in the School of Dentistry.  This will take place in Brown Conference Room (Perkinson 3114) from 2:20 to 3:30 PM.  A special announcement was sent to new faculty members previously but if you missed it please let Dr. Lewis know you would like to attend.

Also on Friday August 28th, we are fortunate to have Dr. Roberta Pileggi, Associate Professor, Chair, and Director of Graduate Endodontics & Associate Dean & Director for the School of Advanced Dental Sciences at the University of Florida College of Dentistry (UFCD) speaking to our faculty. Dr. Pileggi will be speaking in Perkinson 3121 on two topics.  From 2:20 to 3:30 she will be discussing CODA Advanced Education Preparation at the UFCD.  Following this session 3:40 PM, she will be speaking on Dental Trauma Research, also in Perkinson 3121.  Both sessions are open to all faculty members.  You can learn more about Dr. Pileggi at http://dental.ufl.edu/about/people/faculty/endodontics/roberta-pileggi/.

I personally enjoyed and learned much from program provided in July by the Behavioral Learning Team (BLT) from the School of Allied Health Professions last month.  The BLT faculty of Amy Armstrong, Laurie Cathers and Chris Wagner covered the array of topics our students will be learning in the new behavior sciences curriculum starting this semester.

As a reminder, under our new school schedule, Faculty Development programs are scheduled for the fourth Friday PMs of each month (except November and December for obvious reasons) and also the second Friday PMs in March, April and May.  Due to the international bike race, there will not be a program in September this year.

Looking ahead to October 23rd, the program will include ECHO 360 use, Exam Soft and setting up Blackboard and Banner Grade entry.

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