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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dean’s Update #4 – April 28, 2017

Featured Topics Dentistry Magazine Feature story on technology in dentistry and dental education Packed with faculty, donor, student, and alumni news http://www.dentistry.vcu.edu/alumni/publications/ VDA Board Meeting Brittany Field D4 – Student rep David Voth D3 – Student alternate Emergency opioid regulation affective 4/24 https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/dentistry/leg/EmergencyRegs_Opioids_042417.docx Virginia Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Work Group Omar Abubaker […]