Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, Georgia Health Sciences University, to Assume New Role
Connie L. Drisko, D.D.S., Dean and Merritt Professor at the Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) College of Dental Medicine, has announced that she will leave her leadership role as Dean effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Drisko oversaw an era of unprecedented growth at the state’s only dental school. She will remain on the college’s faculty.
“Dean Drisko has led the College of Dental Medicine through an extraordinary period,” said GHSU Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Gretchen Caughman. “Her skill and tenacity during a time of major curricula reform, increased class sizes, residency program growth, expanded local, state and international outreach, and a new state-of-art facility will be felt for decades to come. We are truly appreciative of her dedication, service, and outstanding contributions.”
Dr. Drisko became the college’s third dean in 2003. During her tenure, student enrollment has grown from 60 to 80 per class and residencies have increased from 34 to 47. By 2016, the college is expected to house 400 students, 78 residents, and more than 100 faculty members.
To accommodate such growth, Dr. Drisko directed the funding, design and construction of a $112 million, 5-story, 269,000-square-foot clinical facility, one of the largest of its kind in the country. Opened in 2011, the building houses 316 clinical operatories, the college’s eight residency programs, clinics for junior and senior dental students, simulation labs, an expanded faculty practice, the College of Allied Health Sciences’ dental hygiene program, and an operating room and recovery unit for outpatient surgery.
Dr. Drisko also transitioned the college’s curriculum to a coordinated Comprehensive Care model representative of dentistry in private practice, leading to better clinical training for students and better continuity of care from the patient’s perspective.
Under Dr. Drisko’s leadership, the college has twice received full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and has been nationally recognized for student diversity programs that prepare under-represented minority and low-income students for dental practice. GHSU students consistently maintain exemplary National Board scores and retention, on-time graduation, and licensure exam pass rates.
Dr. Drisko has chaired the American Dental Education Association’s Legislative Advisory Committee, is a longtime member of the ADEA Council of Deans and the ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees, and is a faculty member of ADEA’s Leadership Institute.
Dr. Drisko is a member of the American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations and the Georgia Society of Periodontists Executive Committee; a Diplomate and former Director and Chair of the American Board of Periodontology; and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Executive Leadership Academic Medicine program.
New Dean for the Naval Postgraduate Dental School
Captain Glenn A. Munro, D.D.S., M.B.A., became Dean of the Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) on June 18, 2011. Captain Munro relieved Captain Robert Taft at a ceremony in the NPDS administration office, in Bethesda, Maryland, on the campus of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The NPDS conducts advanced programs for dental officers that are designed to help the Dental Corps meet its need for officers who are fully qualified to practice, teach, and conduct research in dentistry. The programs offered are as follows:
- One-year fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics
- Two-year fellowship in orofacial pain
- Two-year residencies in comprehensive dentistry and endodontics
- Three-year residencies in oral and maxillofacial pathology, periodontics, orofacial pain, and prosthodontics
- One-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD-1) program
University of Manitoba School of Dental Hygiene Awards Alumna
Diane Girardin, R.D.H., E.P., has been named to receive the 2012 Alumni of Distinction award for the School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry. A member of the Class of 1972, Ms. Girardin has split her time between private practice and teaching at the school. Since joining the school’s staff in 1993, she has been the recipient of 20 teaching awards including three in the Most Inspirational Teacher category.
Ms. Girardin held terms as President for the Manitoba Dental Hygienists Association and the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and is a founding member of the University of Manitoba School of Dental Hygiene Alumni Association. Ms. Girardin will be presented with the Alumni of Distinction award at the Faculty of Dentistry and School of Dental Hygiene alumni banquet, slated for September 28, 2012, at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Canada.
Dr. Altman Named to American Board of Dental Public Health
An Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health professor has been named to the American Board of Dental Public Health. Donald S. Altman, D.D.S., D.H.Sc., M.P.H., M.B.A., M.A., will aim to streamline the board’s infrastructure while continuing its mission of protecting the public health. He was appointed to a five-year term as a diplomat of the profession. Eligible dentists must have an M.P.H. degree, complete a dental public health residency, and take a comprehensive oral and written exam. Dr. Altman has experience working for city and state health departments in Texas and served as Dental Director for the Arizona Department of Health. He is Associate Professor at Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and Chair of the Department of Public Health for A.T. Still University School of Health Management.
Dean Receives Oral Medicine’s Highest Academic Honor
Michael Glick, D.M.D., Professor of Oral Medicine and Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, has been presented with the highest academic award given by the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM), conferred at their 66th annual meeting in April 2012. Dr. Glick received the Samuel Charles Miller Award in recognition of his outstanding academic and clinical achievements—specifically his pioneering work providing dental management for patients with HIV/AIDS, as well as for patients with other medically complex conditions.
“Looking at previous recipients and knowing that this award is one decided upon by one's peers, I was both humbled and honored to be a recipient of the Samuel Charles Miller Award,” Dr. Glick says. “But this type of award is also recognition of all the great people I have had the pleasure of collaborating with during my career.” Dr. Glick is regarded as a leader in clinical dental care and oral medicine for medically complex patients.
AAOM President Martin S. Greenberg, D.D.S., Professor and Associate Dean of Hospital Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, praised Dr. Glick for his outstanding research and publications into the dental and oral management of patients with complex medical problems. “He has been an important role model for dentists and dental specialists and has guided his students and residents into careers in oral medicine and academic dentistry,” Dr. Greenberg says. “Dr. Glick highly deserves this honor.”
Dr. Glick, who became University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Dean in December 2009, is the Immediate Past President of the American Board of Oral Medicine and serves as the Editor of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). He has twice been the recipient of the ADEAGies Foundation’s First Place Editorial Award. He has also received the Edward B. Shills Entrepreneurial Education Award for his innovative, medicine-oriented approach to dental care. Dr. Glick has authored more than 200 journal publications and numerous book chapters, and he has co-edited several textbooks, including Dental Management of Patients with HIV and Burket's Oral Medicine: Diagnosis and Treatment, a standard, internationally recognized textbook. He serves on several national and global committees, including as Chairman of the Science Committee for FDI World Dental Federation.
Massachusetts Dental Society Names New President
The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) has named Paula K. Friedman, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.P.H., as its new President. She is one of five new officers elected at the recent MDS Annual Session in Burlington, Massachusetts. Dr. Friedman is a Professor of General Dentistry, Director of the Geriatric Dentistry Program, and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Her research focuses on increasing access to oral health care for underserved populations, including elders. She is an ADEA Past President and a member of MDS’s District Geriatric Committee.
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine Names Interim Dean
Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., has been named Interim Dean at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He will serve in this role as the search continues for a successor to Ira B. Lamster, D.D.S., M.M.S., who is stepping down as Dean after 10 years in that role.
Dr. Myers brings a wealth of academic, clinical, and administrative experience, as well as a deep familiarity with the Columbia University Medical Center, to his new responsibilities. He was appointed Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs at the College of Dental Medicine in 1991 and was named Associate Dean in 2001. He became Vice Dean for Administrative Affairs in 2011 and maintains an active practice in general dentistry. Dr. Myers has been a consultant to the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and is currently Vice Chair of the New York State Board of Dentistry. He also is Past Chair of the ADEA Section on Clinic Administration. Dr. Myers frequently lectures on clinical infection control and the relationship between systemic disease and oral health.
University of Mississippi School of Dentistry Appoints New Dean
After more than two years of service as Interim Dean, Gary W. Reeves, D.M.D., D.M.Sc., has been appointed Dean of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. Dr. Reeves took over as the school’s leader after Interim Dean Buford O. (Butch) Gilbert, D.M.D., stepped down in February 2010. He 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, Dr. Reeves 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, and more recently, has overseen renovations for a state-of-the-art clinical laboratory on the fourth floor of the school.
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Names New Dean
Leon A. Assael, D.M.D., C.M.M., has been chosen as the next Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Currently, Dr. Assael is Professor and Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, where he also serves as Medical Director of Hospital Dental Services and Director of the Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Since receiving his D.M.D. from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, he has held faculty and leadership positions at a number of universities. He was Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry from 1997 to 2003. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Connecticut from 1989 to 1997, serving as Chair of its Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 1994 to 1997 and as Associate Chief of Staff for the university’s health center, John Dempsey Hospital. From 1981 to 1988, he directed the Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He also has held faculty appointments at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University, The State University of New York), Columbia University, Marquette University, and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Assael is a prolific writer, teacher, and consultant. His professional service activities include chairing several committees for the American Dental Association, including the Council on Dental Education and Licensure, serving on the ADEA Council of Deans, and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Among his many honors are the 2009 Donald B. Osbon Award for Outstanding Educator, presented by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; the President’s Commission on Diversity Award of Excellence from the University of Kentucky; and White House recognition under the America's Promise Alliance for community projects promoting a healthy start for children in Kentucky.
University of Manitoba School of Dental Hygiene Awards Governor General Medal
The University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry, School of Dental Hygiene has announced that Carla Zamrykut of the Class of 2012 has been awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal. Ms. Zamrykut will receive the Governor General’s Bronze Medal for highest standing in a two-year diploma program for dental hygiene, art, and aboriginal focus at the University of Manitoba. First awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin, the Governor General’s Academic Medal has since become one of the most prestigious awards that a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive. Ms. Zamrykut will also receive the medal in Dental Hygiene and the Manitoba Dental Association Gold Medal, among other scholastic prizes.