FLORIDA-Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Romer Ocanto, assistant professor and predoctoral director of pediatric dentistry, has been named Chair of the department of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Ocanto began his tenure at Nova Southeastern University in 2001, coordinating required and electives courses on research methodology, community dentistry, pediatric dentistry, advanced cell microbiology, and evidence-based dentistry. In 2003 he was promoted to predoctoral director of pediatric dentistry. Prior to his tenure at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Ocanto was a faculty member at Creighton University School of Dentistry. He began his dental training at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Dentistry. He went on to earn an MS in dental public health and a CAGS in pediatric dentistry from Boston University. He completed a master in education and a dental public health accredited residency at the University of Florida. While at Creighton, he obtained his DDS. Dr. Ocatno's research focuses on oral health needs of disadvantaged infants and children, soci-cultural competence in health care, and critical thinking skills of graduate students.
ILLINOIS-University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Sahar Alrayyes was promoted to clinical assistant professor at the UIC College of Dentistry. Dr. Alrayyes, who fled Kuwait with her family during the 1990 Iraqi invasion, attended dental school at Northwestern University and came to the UIC College of Dentistry to study pediatric dentistry, earning a certificate in 2002. She began her tenure at UIC as a part-time faculty member in the department of pediatric dentistry. In addition to her faculty position, Dr. Alrayyes conducts research in preventive dentistry and prenatal care and practices in dental offices in Chicago suburbs.
Dr. Nanci L. Oliveira De Felippe has joined the department of orthodontics at UIC College of Dentistry as a visiting clinical assistant professor. In her new role, Dr. De Felippe is responsible for coordinating the predoctoral orthodontics courses, assisting and supervising the postgrad students in the orthodontics clinic, and seeing patients in the Dr. Allen W. Anderson Faculty Practice Clinic. Dr. De Felippe earned her DDS from the University of Brasilia in Brazil, and came to UIC to pursue a master's degree in oral sciences, with an interest in helping patients breathe better through their noses after orthodontic therapy. Her research on this topic won first prize at the 2005 American Association of Orthodontists Resident/Student Scholar Competition. Dr. De Felippe earned her MS in oral sciences and a certificate in orthodontics in 2005, and completed a Fellowship at UIC's Craniofacial Research Center.
MASSACHUSETTS-Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Donald B. Giddon (far left), was honored by the Harvard School of Dental Medicine by the creation of the Professor Donald B. Giddon, DMD, PhD, Behavioral Science Research Area Office and Conference Room on the top floor of the new 53,00-square-foot Research and Education Building at HSDM, the first new permanent building since 1906. Dr. Gibbon was honored for his achievements as a scientist, clinician, author, teacher, administrator, and staunch advocate for the profession of dental medicine, placing him among HSDM's most accomplished and generous alumni and faculty. Currently Dr. Gibbon serves as clinical professor of developmental biology at HSDM and clinical professor of community health at Brown University School of Medicine. Prior to his tenure at Harvard and Brown, Dr. Gibbon served as Dean of New York University College of Dentistry as well as professor of anesthesiology at the School of Medicine and Psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Gibbon is a contributor to numerous books, most recently Behavioral Dentistry, and the author of more than 150 articles, reviews, and abstracts on self-image, the psychophysiology of stress and disease, pain and the morphometric bases of the perception of normal and dysmorphic facial and body appearance. He was a driving force in the integration of behavioral sciences into medicine and dentistry and was a Fulbright Scholar.
MICHIGAN-University of Michigan
Dr. Stephen C. Bayne has been appointed chair of the department of cariology, restorative sciences, and endodontics. Dr. Bayne comes from the University of North Carolina, where he began his tenure in 1984. His most recent post was as section head of biomaterials, director of operative dentistry research, and professor of dentistry. While at UNC, Dr. Bayne was recognized with 21 Teacher Excellence Awards from his dental classes, the first SRG Mentor-of-the-Year Award, the prestigious Richard Hunt Award for teaching, the first UNC Distinguished Professor of Teaching Excellence Award to a dental faculty member, and the 2005 ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline-Sensodyne Excellence in Teaching Award. He is past-president of the Academy of Dental Materials, and served on the Executive Committee for 14 years. He has also been Chair of the ADA task force on posterior composites. He is currently president-elect of IADR and will cycle to President in 2006.
Dr. Charlotte Mistretta was appointed Associate Dean for Research and PhD Training. Dr. Mistretta joined the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as a senior research associate in 1972, moving through the ranks throughout her tenure. In 1991 she was appointed Professor in the department of biologic and materials sciences. She has served as the director of the oral health sciences PhD program since 1993. Additionally, Dr. Mistretta held positions in the Center for Human Growth and Development and the School of Nursing, and served as the interim director of the Center for Nursing Research (1985-1988). She was named the William R. Mann Professor of Dentistry in 2003. Dr. Mistretta is an outstanding researcher in the area of taste development and related areas of neurosensory and chemoreception phenomena. Dr. Mistretta earned both her MS and PhD degree in biological science from Florida State University.
WASHINGTON-University of Washington
Dr. Douglas Jackson, associate professor in the department of oral medicine, was appointed Assistant Dean for Educational Partnerships at the School of Dentistry. This position was made possible by a gift from Washington Dental Service to the UW School of Dentistry, which creates the Delta Dental/Washington Dental Service Endowed Professorship. This professorship will make possible new programs in research and education focused on oral health and susceptibility to oral diseases with the long-term goal of eliminating oral disparities in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Jackson is also the director of the UW's Pipeline, Profession & Practice: Community-Based Dental Education Program, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address oral health disparities, and is the Co-PI for the RWJF summer Medical/Dental Education Program (SMDEP). Dr. Jackson holds adjunct appointments in the departments of oral biology, pediatric dentistry, and dental public health sciences at the UW. He earned his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh and earned his master's degree in clinical research designe & statistical analysis at the University of Michigan, as well as PhD in oral bilogy from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Jackson also completed residency training programs in anesthesiology and chronic craniofacial pain at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Minnesota, respectively.
Dr. Rebecca Slayton was appointed graduate program director for the department of pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Slayton served as director of the Early Childhood Oral Health program in the department, as well as research director. She is also the Vice Chair of the Faculty Council at the UW School of Dentistry and serves as the Region 10 Head Start Oral Health consultant. Dr. Slayton serves as the District VI representative to the AAPD Council on Scientific Affairs, is a member of the Advisory Council for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and was editor of the Journal of Dentistry for Children for the past year and a half. Currently she is a co-investigator of an NICDR funded Genetics Education in Dentistry grant as well as co-investigator of a CDC-funded grant entitled "Effectiveness of Population-Based Interventions to Promote Oral Health." Dr. Slayton received her DDS and PhD degrees, as well as a specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry, from the University of Iowa. Her primary research focus has been on genetic predispositions to dental caries.