Tag: David C. Sarrett DMD MS
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 of the new building.
The elevator shaft is out of the ground from the parking deck area and soon steel will be going up to create the framework of the building.
Be sure to visit our YouTube channel to see what it looks like in the latest edition of The Dental Fill-In vlog.
You can also track the construction progress and see a time-lapse video.
We’ve had some administrative changes this summer with the merger of the Departments of Prosthodontics and General Practice. Mark Barry (D.D.S. ’85) is now serving as interim chair of the combined departments.
There are a number of reasons we’re doing this and a lot of it has to do with the new way we’re teaching restorative dentistry, particularly the integration of CAD/CAM and digital dentistry and the way we need to evaluate the competency of our students in these areas. All in line with changing technology and the way dental practice and education is evolving. Whenever you merge groups together there’s always lots of tension that needs to be managed and we thank Dr. Barry for stepping up to the plate and helping the transition become a smooth one.
The research portion of our new strategic plan is complete and our next steps are to develop our service and educational components. We’ll be launching the complete plan in about a year.
New pediatric dentistry clinic
Our new pediatric dental clinic in the Children’s Hospital of Richmond Pavilion on the 6th floor has been designed and construction bids have gone out to get the work done. The clinic is expected to move in a year or so.
Good luck and welcome
Congratulations and the best of luck to our 2019 D.D.S. and D.H. graduates and to our residents who’ve completed their time with us.
Please join me in welcoming our new residents, who are already here, and our D.D.S. and D.H. students who just arrived this week.
We’re happy for all of you and wish you much success.
Congratulations to Frank Macrina, Ph.D., who was awarded the Presidential Medallion at the May VCU Commencement. We’re proud of Frank, a retired dental faculty member, who rose to direct the entire VCU research operation. It’s a real feather in our cap and we’re very proud of his dental school roots.
Don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel where you’ll find my latest vlog post.
Updates to close the calendar year
It’s been a busy time at the VCU SoD and it’s hard to believe the school year is halfway over.
Here are a few updates from around the School.
Patient experience is key for new clinics
Coming out of the ground at 10th and Leigh Streets is the new VCU Health Ambulatory Outpatient Clinic.
A new team of architects, space design, and work flow experts is working with us to make sure our patients’ experience is at the top of the planning list.
If you’re in the area, stop by the School and we’ll show you “the big hole in the ground” from which our new dental clinics will take shape.
At the moment, it looks like our Orthodontics and Faculty Practice clinics will move to the Perkinson Building while all others are making the move to Leigh Street.
Stay tuned for further updates and feel free to contact me at (804) 828-9184 should you have questions about our dental clinics in the new building or other matters related to the School.
Changing face of the MCV Campus
At the retirement announcement of the Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions, which is now the College of Health Professions, I’ve been serving as chair of the search committee to fill that key role. It’s been a pleasure.
It’s also been a pleasure to see their own new building come out of the ground, which houses all of their programs under one roof for the first time in the school’s history.
Clearly, the face of the MCV Campus is changing and the School of Dentistry and College of Health Professions are proud to be a part of this evolution.
Meetings around the world and back
Fall is usually a busy time for me and 2018 was no exception. Between ADA and VDA meetings, and our relationships with like-minded dental education institutions in China and Kuwait, it seems like I’ve been around the world and back.
I serve as an alternate delegate for the ADA representing Virginia, specifically District 16, which is made up of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. I traveled to Myrtle Beach to attend the District 16 caucus, where the meeting went smoothly.
Soon after, I attended the ADA’s annual meeting in Hawaii then headed off to the Stomatological Hospital in Qingdao, China, where I presented the latest news in U.S. dental education.
This relationship is part of our International Educational Exchange program with oversight by Ms. Kim Isringhausen, assistant dean for community and collaborative partnerships.
Recently, I returned from a visit to Kuwait where many of our alumni are practicing excellent dentistry. Nearly 100 Kuwaiti students have walked these halls here at the dental school over the years in preparation for their careers in oral health.
Students get a taste of organized dentistry
At the 16th District caucus in Myrtle Beach, I was happy to take two of our students to that meeting.
Here’s what they had to say about that experience:
From Brittany Henderson, Class of 2019
“Attending the 16th District Caucus was such a positive experience. Each delegate was welcoming and extremely knowledgeable. It was great being able to participate in discussions about issues currently impacting dentistry. I especially enjoyed hearing speeches from this year’s ADA president-elects. Thank you for the opportunity.”
From Liara Vinson, Class of 2020
“The ADA’s 16th District Caucus was nothing short of incredible. Seeing the various minds come together on topics that affect the dental profession and its patients was largely inspiring. As an ASDA member, having this exposure incited me to think beyond just my career as a dental student. Moreover, hearing what some of the concerns are on a larger scale has certainly opened my eyes to the bigger picture of dentistry. The need for ASDA members to become official ADA members post-doc is of great importance. We are the future of dentistry, and our involvement in the ADA is not only welcomed – it is strongly encouraged. I truly appreciate the members of the 16th District for welcoming me to this meeting, and I look forward to attending many more – as an ADA member, in the future. Thank you so much for the opportunity to gain insight and exposure to something like this.”
Dental care where it’s needed most
Providing access to dental care is critical to overall good health and I couldn’t be more pleased to announce the opening of the Family Dental Clinic at the new Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Virginia.
For the past four years we’ve been working to create this new dental clinic and to see it as part of a collaborative medical environment is outstanding.
Our own Natasha Grover (D.D.S.’17/D) is the inaugural director of the dental clinic. Congratulations Dr. Grover. We couldn’t be more proud.
Recognition for stellar service
Congratulations to Margaret Poland, manager of research administration and industry relations, who was named the 2018 Dorris Douglas Budd Award winner at the annual VCU recognition and awards ceremony.
Thank you for your service! We’re very proud.
Your career and your life is important to us. Please keep us up to date by submitting a class note. We’d like to hear from you. From this link, go to “Update Your Information” and tell us what’s been going on.
It’s not unusual to see our faculty, staff and students out in the community doing great things. Many of them are athletic and sports fans. Congratulations to those who ran in the 2018 Richmond Marathon and Half-Marathon.
- Erica Brecher
- Ronke Akinkugbe
- Tegwyn Brickhouse
- Janina Lewis
- Claire James
- Ross Blevin
- Erin Block
- Jacob Mirpanah
- Oonagh Loughran
As our calendar year comes to a close, I’m touched by the professionalism and dedication of our students, faculty and staff. Please enjoy your break and have wonderful holidays with those you hold close.
I know you’ll come back refreshed and ready for 2019.
Thank you for all that you do.
Don’t forget to tune in to my latest Vlog on YouTube: The Dental Fill-In where you’ll find more news from around the school, new building updates, and more. And if you’re not already subscribed to our YouTube Channel (dentistryatvcu) please do. You won’t want to miss a single video!
Student YouTube Stars
Speaking of our YouTube channel, I had the pleasure of chatting with many students as the school year hit the halfway mark. You can find those conversations on our YouTube channel, so tune in. See what they’ve been up to.
Back to School
Summer may be winding down here in River City, but at the School of Dentistry, things are in full swing for new and returning students, residents, faculty and staff.
Meet the D.D.S. Class of 2022
60 Virginia residents (more than half of the class)
12 states other than Virginia
16 countries of origin other than the United States
Total class size 95
Average age 24
Age range 21 – 40
African American 5.3%
Meet the D.H. Class of 2020
Out of state 1
Total class size 16
Average age 21
Age range 20-31
African American 3
Class of 2020 Dental Hygiene students hear from Kim Isringhausen, assistant dean for community and collaborative partnerships, during orientation week.
Pedo clinic progressing at CHoR
The new pediatric dentistry clinic in the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is on schedule to open next year.
In July, I gave visitors from the Cultural Ministry of Kuwait a hard hat tour of the new clinic, which has striking views of Richmond’s Old City Hall. Photo: University Relations, P. Kevin Morley.
Urgent Care Clinic relocates
The Urgent Care Clinic, which opened within the Douglas Clinic in May 2017, recently relocated to the first floor of the Wood building.
With me at the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the new Urgent Care Clinic are, left to right, Ryan Brown, practice manager; Charity Hunter, dental assistant; Dr. Steve Marinelli, oral diagnostic services; and Dr. Sameer Jain, clinic director.
Open wide. New mannequins, handpieces and sim units await students in the Woolwine Sim Lab.
July renovations in the Woolwine sim lab included the installation of 109 new A-dec sim units, new Frasaco mannequin heads, and Bien-Air electric handpieces. Thank you’s to Bien-Air for their donation totaling nearly $1 million for handpieces in Woolwine and in the grad endo and faculty practices.
Join me in celebrating the achievements of our recently promoted faculty.
- Susie Goolsby – From Assistant Professor Term – to Associate Professor Term
- Janina G. Deeb – From Assistant Professor Term – to Associate Professor Term
- Patrice Wunsch – From Associate Professor Term – to Full Professor Term
- George Deeb – From Associate Professor Tenure Track – to Full Professor Tenured
- Esra Sahingur – From Associate Professor Tenured – to Full Professor
- Chris (Chunhao) Li – From Professor Tenure Track – to Full Professor Tenured
Celebrating 15 years
I’m proud to share this news item from our celebration at the Free Clinic of Central Virginia marking 15 years of partnership.
Seated with Dean David Sarrett are Kim Isringhausen, asst. dean; Christina Delzingaro, Free Clinic CEO; Dr. Gus Petticolas, DDS, dental director; Wynn Burtner, Dental Clinic Coordinator; Second row: Carol Birce; Malissa Thomasson; Dr. Ryan Anderson, DDS; Dr. Daniel Grabeel, DDS; Ashley Milstead; Dr. Richard Zuchini, DDS; Dr. Joshua Binder, DDS; Third Row: Dr. Steve Hatch, DDS; Dr. John Salmon, DDS; Dr. Raj Guraya, DMD; Dr. John Dean, DDS; Dr. Keith Austin, DDS; Dr. Lewis Arthur, DDS; Dr. Dustin Reynolds, DDS; Dr. James Peery, DDS; Dr. Ronald Hendricksen, DDS; Dr. Lee Saunders, DDS; Dr. Daniel Savage, DDS photo courtesy of K. Jugar
The Free Clinic of Central Virginia and VCU School of Dentistry celebrated 15 years of partnership at a Dental Program Reception on Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Free Clinic in Lynchburg, Virginia. The event included remarks by Dr. David Sarrett, Dean of the VCU School of Dentistry, and recognition of VCU adjunct faculty appointments for the Dentist Mentors that volunteer at the Free Clinic.
Fifteen years ago, the Free Clinic of Central Virginia became the first of now 16 Service-Learning sites. The VCU School of Dentistry clinical service-learning program works with interested friends of the school to develop collaborative clinical service-learning sites that allow their senior dental and dental hygiene students to participate in community-based and private-practice clinical experiences. The clinical service-learning experiences provide opportunities to continue the development and integration of skills and professional judgment required of the entry-level practitioner in a real-world dental practice environment.
Since 1987, the Free Clinic Dental Services Program has provided essential dental services to low-income uninsured or underinsured adults. Using a Dental Mentor model, dental services are provided to patients who do not have dental insurance, or whose dental insurance does not cover the medically necessary service they are requesting.
In the Dental Mentor Model, services are primarily provided by fourth-year dental students and dental hygiene students from VCU and Howard University under the supervision and direction of 24 volunteer dentists who act as Dental Mentor/Professors. Last year, 166 dental students and dental hygiene students donated a total of 7,077 hours of service. Evening clinics are staffed by volunteer dentists. The total value of volunteer dentist and dental student time last year was over $298,000.
In 2017, the Free Clinic of Central Virginia provided 4,714 dental visits to 1,877 unduplicated patients at a value of $1,414,200. The dedication of hundreds of volunteer health care providers who give of their time enables every $1 raised to be the equivalent of $6 in necessary goods and services.
The Free Clinic of Central Virginia envisions a community where everyone has access to quality healthcare services. Its mission is to provide primary medical, dental, pharmacy, and health education services to those in Central Virginia who do not have the resources to obtain these basic health care services.
Don’t forget to tune in to my Vlog on YouTube: The Dental Fill-In where you’ll find more news from around the school, new building updates, and more.
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.
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.