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Transitions, Appointments, and Awards - April 2012

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H. Berg, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Joel H. Berg Named New Dean at UW School of Dentistry

Joel H. Berg, D.D.S., M.S., will become the next dean of the University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry. Dr. Berg, who had been heading the school’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry as Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health,  will assume his new post on August 15, subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.

He will succeed Timothy A. DeRouen, M.S., Ph.D., who was appointed interim dean for the 2011-12 academic year after the resignation of Martha Somerman, D.D.S., Ph.D. Dr. Somerman left the deanship after nine years to become director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. 

Dr. Robert E. Barsley Named President of AAFS

Robert E. Barsley, D.D.S., J.D., a faculty member of the  Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, has been named president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He was sworn in at the group's annual scientific meeting in Atlanta. 

Dr. Barsley is head of the dental school's division of diagnostic sciences. He has been a consultant to numerous coroner offices in south  Louisiana  and is on staff at the coroners’ offices in  New Orleans  and in Jefferson Parish. He served in the dental section at morgues set up in St. Gabriel and Carville, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. The flooding caused by the storm, which killed more than 1,600 people in  Louisiana  and Mississippi, forced the evacuation of  New Orleans . 

More than 4,000 dentists attended the forensic academy's meeting last month in Atlanta. 

Dr. Barsley, serving a year-long term as president, will lead next February's scientific meeting in Washington, DC.

Dugoni School Faculty Honored with Medallion of Distinction Award

Drs. Boyd, Indresano and Shinbori (from left to right), 2012 Medallion
of Distinction Winners

More than 1,600 alumni and supporters of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry gathered in San Francisco for the 113th Annual Alumni Meeting held March 9-10, 2012. During the Alumni Recognition Luncheon, Robert L. Boyd, D.D.S., M.Ed.; A. Thomas Indresano, D.M.D.; and Dennis Shinbori, D.D.S.—all faculty members at the school—were awarded the Alumni Association's highest honor, the Medallion of Distinction. This recognition is given to recognize service, support, and dedication to the dental school, the Alumni Association, the profession of dentistry, or to society in general.

Dr. Boyd is Professor and Chair of the Orthodontics Department at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, a position he has held since 1996. In his time as leader of the Orthodontics Department, he has overseen the expansion of the residency class size to eight members, guided the clinic remodel, and facilitated the introduction of the Invisalign ApplianceTM into the clinic. Dr. Boyd is a published author, a global speaker in high demand, and a champion of dental research for both orthodontics and periodontics. He also holds the position of Dr. Frederick T. West Endowed Chair, and, as such, he is responsible for procuring the speaker for the annual Frederick T. West Lectureship, a continuing education program for orthodontics. 

Dr. Indresano is Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) at the dental school. He is the inaugural director of the school's OMFS program, which has become one of the most respected and competitive programs in the country. A strong leader for his department, Dr. Indresano has served as a mentor for numerous residents. The author of hundreds of publications, Dr. Indresano currently serves as president of the American Society of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons. He is responsible for numerous research grants at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

A member of the Class of 1975, Dr. Shinbori served as the 2012 Annual Meeting Program Chair. Currently Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Removable Prosthodontics, Dr. Shinbori has held the title of dental school faculty member for 37 years. He is highly active in organized dentistry, and this year is reprising his role as Chair of the American Dental Association Committee of Scientific Sessions, a position he held in 1993 and 1998. Dr. Shinbori also maintains a private practice in San Francisco. 

Dr. Richard E. Bradley, Past President of ADEA, Passes Away

Richard E. Bradley, D.D.S., M.S., who served as President of the American Association of Dental Schools (now ADEA) from 1977 to 1978, died on March 11, 2012. He was 86 years old. Dr. Bradley was awarded the Presidential Citation at the 2007 ADEA Annual Session in recognition of his service to the Association.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Bradley served in the United States Navy before attending Creighton University, followed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was awarded the D.D.S. degree. Dr. Bradley launched his 33-year teaching career in 1957, serving as an instructor at the University of Iowa until 1958, when he became Assistant Professor at Creighton University. He received his M.S. in periodontics from the University of Iowa the same year.

Dr. Bradley was appointed Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Nebraska in 1959. He quickly advanced to the positions of Associate Professor in 1962, Associate Dean of the College of Dentistry in 1967, and Dean in 1968.

After serving 12 years as Dean at the University of Nebraska’s College of Dentistry, Dr. Bradley was appointed Dean of Baylor College of Dentistry, where he served from 1980 until his retirement in 1990, when he was named President and Dean Emeritus. While Dean at Baylor, Dr. Bradley received two prestigious awards at the American Dental Association’s 2007 Annual Session. Dr. Bradley was also awarded the William John Gies Award, the highest honor the American College of Dentists can bestow, as well as the Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal, conferred upon him by the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Returning to his Nebraska roots, Dr. Bradley became Clinical Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in 1990. During his tenure, he established the University of Nebraska Foundation’s Dr. Richard and Doris Bradley Dental Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Bradley was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Section on Dentistry and Oral Health Science, and of the International College of Dentists.  In addition to being a member and serving as Past President of ADEA, Dr. Bradley was a member and former elected official of the American Academy Periodontology Foundation (Board of Directors, President) and of the American College of Dentists (Regent, Vice President, Foundation President). He was also a member of the American Dental Association; Sigma Xi, the scientific research society; and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society.

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