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Transitions, Appointments, and Awards - June 2012

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Canadian Dentist Elected President of AACD


Dr. Ron Goodlin

Dr. Ron Goodlin of Aurora, Ontario, took the helm as President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), during the AACD’s 28th Annual Scientific Session, which took place in in Washington, DC, May 2-5, 2012.

Dr. Goodlin is an accredited member of the AACD, and has been involved in the organization since 1997. Dr. Goodlin practices dentistry at Smiles Dental, located in Aurora, Ontario. In his free time, he is an amateur photographer and is working to open a dental clinic in Tanzania. His objective is to encourage dentists from Canada, the United States, and Europe to spend a day or two at the clinic as they pass through Tanzania during safari vacations, as well as to create an opportunity for dental students to visit and treat patients there.

“I am so excited about the upcoming year as President of the Academy,” Dr. Goodlin says. “Together, all of us at the Academy will make a great team, and I know we will accomplish a lot and have fun doing it!”

In addition to his work at AACD, he is President of the Toronto Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, is a cofounder of the Canadian Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and served as Editor of the Canadian Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry from 2000 to 2008. He remains the Associate Editor and is on the editorial boards of both Spectrum and Teamwork dental journals. He graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry in 1980. For more information, visit www.aacd.com, send an email to info@aacd.com, or call 800-543-9220.

Dr. Gerald Niznick to Receive 2012 Alumni of Distinction Award

A lengthy and successful career as a practicing dentist, entrepreneur, educator, and philanthropist has earned Dr. Gerald Niznick one of the highest honors in oral health in Manitoba, Canada. In recognition for outstanding contributions to oral health medicine, science, and education, Dr. Gerald Niznick is the 2012 recipient of the Alumni of Distinction award from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba.

Soon after securing his D.M.D. at the University of Manitoba in 1966, Dr. Niznick earned a D.Med.Sc. degree in prosthodontics at Indiana University. He went on to become recognized as an international leader in the field of implant dentistry. With 35 U.S. Patents to his name, he is also the founder and CEO of three highly successful implant companies: Core-Vent Corporation (1982), Paragon Implant Company (1997), and Implant Direct International (2004). In December 2010, a majority interest in Implant Direct was acquired by Sybron Dental Specialties with Dr. Niznick retaining a minority interest and continuing to serve as its President and CEO.

He has personally trained tens of thousands of practitioners in dental implant procedures and has received numerous awards, including Distinguished Educator and Research Awards from International College of Implantologists and American Academy of Implant Dentistry, two of the largest dental implant organizations, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Niznick has also contributed generously to oral health education and research. Most recently, he returned to Manitoba with a commitment of more than $500,000 in support of the Niznick Overdenture Program, targeting underserved and disadvantaged populations in the province. He will be presented with the award at the annual Alumni of Distinction banquet slated for September 28, 2012, at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg.

Dr. Daniel Haas to Head Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto

Dr. David Mock, the current Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, will complete his second term as Dean on June 30, 2012.

The University has announced that after an extensive search, Dr. Daniel Haas has been appointed as the next Dean as of July 1, 2012. Dr. Haas is currently Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. For more information, please see the announcement from the University.

Dr. Gary Reeves Appointed Dean of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry

After more than two years of service as Interim Dean, Gary Reeves, D.M.D., has been appointed as the Dean of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry.

Dr. Reeves took over as the school’s leader after Interim Dean Dr. Butch Gilbert stepped down in February 2010. Since that time, Dr. Reeves has provided effective leadership and earned the confidence and trust of the school’s faculty, staff, and students.

Dr. Reeves first came to the School of Dentistry as a student in 1980, after serving four years in the U.S. Army. Upon graduation and the completion of a general practice residency, he joined the faculty as an instructor in restorative dentistry in 1985. He has served as Professor of Care Planning and Restorative Sciences since 1996. Dr. Reeves served in Iraq in 2004 with the Mississippi Army National Guard, Dental Corps. More recently, he has overseen renovations for a state-of-the-art clinical laboratory on the fourth floor of the school. Dr. Reeves can be contacted at greeves@umc.edu .

Four Women Dentists Accepted to ELAM Program

Four women dentists were accepted into the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine for the 2012-13 class. ELAM is “the only program in the United States dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for positions of leadership at academic health centers.”

To be accepted into the program, each fellow must be nominated and supported by the dean or other senior official of her institution. Through the year-long fellowship, each fellow conducts an Institutional Action Project. These action projects are designed to address an institutional or departmental need. “We are extremely excited to see the impact these women will have on their institutions as they work through the ELAM curriculum and develop their action projects,” explains Diane Magrane, M.D., director of Drexel’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, which hosts the ELAM program. The projects the fellows conduct not only help them understand the challenges facing academic health centers and the skills a leader must possess to address these challenges, but also often result in concrete changes at their institutions.”

The four women faculty and their institutions are: Dr. Rinskje de Leeuw, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry; Dr. Caroline Helene Shiboski, University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry; Dr. Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, University of Michigan School of Dentistry; and Dr. Rebecca Lynn Slayton, University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Dr. Ove Peters Honored by American Association of Endodontists with Louis I. Grossman Award

Dr. Ove Peters (center) with Dr. Bill Johnson, Past President of the AAE (left), and Dr. John Olmsted, Chair of the AAE's Honors and Awards Committee (right).

The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry faculty member Dr. Ove A. Peters has been named as the recipient of the 2012 Louis I. Grossman Award from the American Association of Endodontists (AAE). The award annually recognizes one author for cumulative publication of significant research studies that have made an extraordinary contribution to endodontology. Dr. Peters was presented with the award at the Edgar D. Coolidge Luncheon, held during the AAE Annual Session in Boston on April 21, 2012.

Dr. Peters, Cochair of the Department of Endodontics and Director of Endodontic Research, is an internationally recognized researcher and educator. He is also one of the most sought-after speakers and lecturers in endodontics today, and he currently chairs the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee of the AAE. Additionally, he serves on the review panel and editorial boards of several prestigious endodontic journals including the Journal of Endodontics, International Endodontic Journal, and Endodontic Topics.

Dr. Peters has published extensively on subjects of compelling interest in clinical endodontics and on animal research exploring the molecular mechanisms of inflammation and disease. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers and abstracts and has presented numerous lectures nationally and internationally.


Dr. Ove Peters speaking at the Edgar D. Coolidge Luncheon.

“I think it is fair to say that none of us wake up and go to the lab, with the feeling that today, we will find something that earns us an award. If all things align and one receives such an award, this is immensely gratifying because it shows that our peers recognize the effort that goes into research,” says Dr. Peters. “For me it is important to also recognize that research is always a group effort and I feel that my mentors and collaborators should feel honored with this award just as much as I do.”

The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, represents more than 7,200 members worldwide. Endodontics is one of nine dental specialties formally recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAE, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. For more information about the AAE, visit http://www.aae.org.

Dr. Matthew Geneser Assumes Graduate Program Directorship

Dr. Matthew Geneser

Dr. Matthew Geneser, University of Iowa School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has assumed the graduate program directorship, effective October 1, 2011. He succeeded Dr.Rebecca Slayton, who was the Interim Graduate Program Director for the past three years. Dr. Geneser received his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2006 and his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from St. Joseph Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, in 2008.

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