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Transitions, Appointments, and Awards - August 2012

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Dr. Kenneth Kalkwarf Nominated as President-elect of the American College of Dentistry

Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., has been nominated as President-elect of the American College of Dentistry (ACD), after serving as Vice President of ACD recently. Dr. Kalkwarf is currently the President ad interim of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, after serving as Dean of the School of Dentistry. He also serves on the ADEA Council of Deans, previously served as 2006–07 ADEA President, and served with the ADEA Leadership Institute, ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education, and ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees. Dr. Kalkwarf is also Past Chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation and Past Chair, Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations. He is the recipient of numerous honors and distinctions.  

White Coat Ceremony Marks Students’ Transition into Clinical Experience  

The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently hosted its 15th annual White Coat Ceremony to commemorate students' transition into their clinical experience and recognize their role as health care providers. The symbolic event honored members of the D.D.S. Class of 2014, I.D.S. Class of 2014 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2013.


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 University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry students celebrate during the 15th Annual White Coat Ceremony


Almost 1,000 family, friends, and educators attended the event, which was held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, California, on July 14, 2012. Guests watched as each student received a white coat to symbolize their transition to the clinical portion of their dental education, when they begin working with patients, rather than in a simulation laboratory. Lindsey Robinson, D.D.S., President-elect of the California Dental Association; Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., D.D.S, Dean of the school; and faculty member Bruce Peltier, M.B.A., Ph.D., gave remarks to celebrate the milestone and to encourage students in their careers ahead.

John S. Greenspan, Ph.D., Recipient of the 2012 ADA Gold Medal for Excellence

John S. Greenspan, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry has been named as the recipient of the 2012 American Dental Association (ADA) Gold Medal for Excellence in Dental Research.

The ADA Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research was established in 1985 and is presented once every three years to honor individuals who contribute to the advancement of the dental profession or who help improve the oral health of the community through basic or clinical research. The honoree receives $25,000 and a gold medallion. Additionally, the recipient serves a three-year term on the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.   

New Director of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Appointed

Michael A. Kahn, D.D.S., has recently been elected to be a Director of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Kahn will serve for the next eight years in this capacity. He is the Immediate Past-President of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and presently is Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Kahn is also Laboratory Director of Tufts Oral Pathology Services and is Chair of the school's Outcomes Assessment Committee. Dr. Kahn is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has also served as Liaison for ADEA’s Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education and on ADEA’s Leadership Institute.

Dr.  Flavio Uribe Wins Orthodontics Professorship

Flavio Uribe, D.D.S., M.D.S., Director of the Orthodontic Clinic and Postgraduate program at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, has been awarded the Dr. Charles J. Burstone Endowed Professorship in Orthodontics.

“Dr. Uribe is one of the new leaders in the world of academic orthodontics, and is widely respected in his field. He shares that distinction with Dr. Burstone, who helped build our internationally renowned orthodontics program,” says R. Lamont MacNeil, D.D.S., M.D.S., Dean of the School of Dental Medicine.

Ravindra Nanda, B.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Division of Orthodontics, says, “In my 40 years in education, I have not seen such a well-rounded educator. Dr. Uribe is an excellent clinician, researcher, and teacher. He collaborates with many individuals from the basic and clinical sciences. He understands that the future of innovation comes through collaboration. Dr. Uribe is always searching for the next step, a new angle, a new application.”

Dr. Uribe earned a master’s of dental science and certificate in orthodontics from University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He became an assistant professor in 2002, program director in 2005, and associate professor in 2009. He says he stayed at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine because it offered an incomparable opportunity. “Staying at UConn was important because this department has been active in research and fostering an academic environment where many of the current leaders in the field—at the national and international levels—have trained,” says Dr. Uribe. Dr. Uribe divides his time among clinical care, research, and teaching. “I’m a clinician by training, with a great interest in basic science,” he says. “Innovation is bridging the basic sciences with clinical practice through translational research.”

Like Dr. Burstone, Dr. Uribe is a trailblazer: “We are also the only institution working on exciting surgical approaches aided by 3-D imaging to enhance tooth movement and expedite treatment times.” Funding from the professorship will be used to further Dr. Uribe’s work. “Orthodontic research, although important, is not a top priority for public funding agencies. Nonetheless, “there is a lot to be understood in the biology of orthodontics,” says Dr. Nanda, the Chair of Orthodontics. “The funding from this professorship ensures that we can continue answering important questions that remain unanswered in our field.”  

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Appoints Three New Department Chairs

The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine announces the appointment of leadership posts within three of its academic departments, and names new chairs within the school’s Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology, the Department of Orthodontics, and the Department of Pathology. All three appointments became effective July 1, 2012.


Anh D. Le, D.D.S., Ph.D., has joined the school as Norman Vine Endowed Professor of Oral Rehabilitation and Chair of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/ Pharmacology. Dr. Le comes to the University of Pennsylvania from the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, where she served on the faculty since 2004, most recently as Tenured Professor in the Division of Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Orthodontics. She earned her D.D.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992, and holds a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery and a Ph.D. in oral biology from there as well. Among her research interests are stem-cell therapy and osteonecrosis of the jaw. In her new role, Dr. Le will lead oral surgery both at the school and within the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia systems.


Chun-Hsi Chung, D.M.D., M.S., was named Chair of the Department of Orthodontics. Dr. Chung, who has served as Interim Chair since 2011, brings a depth of experience with the school and the department to this leadership role. After earning his D.M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1986, he completed his postdoctoral training there as well, and received his certificate in orthodontics and M.S. in Oral Biology in 1992. Dr. Chung first joined the school’s faculty in 1992. Since 2003, he has been Associate Professor of Orthodontics. Since 2010, he has also served as the Director of the school’s Postdoctoral Orthodontic Program. Presently, he is a Director representing the mid-Atlantic region on the American Board of Orthodontics and he serves on the Legal Committee and the Written Examination Committee of the Board as well.


Kelly L. Jordan-Sciutto, Ph.D. has become the Chair of the Department of Pathology. Dr. Jordan-Sciutto, who has served as Interim Chair since 2011, has been a member of the School’s faculty since 2001, and has been Associate Professor of Pathology since 2008. Dr. Jordan-Sciutto earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at Thomas Jefferson University in 1996. Her research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration associated with neuroinflammation during HIV infection. Within the University of Pennsylvania, she is also a member of the Center for AIDS Research, the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences, the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Group, and the Neuroscience Graduate Group. As of July 1, 2012, she also was selected as a member of the NeuroAIDS and Other End-Organ Diseases Study Section within the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review.

“Drs. Le, Chung, and Jordan-Sciutto all bring great skills and experience to these important leadership roles,” says Denis F. Kinane, B.D.S., Ph.D., Dean of the School of Dental Medicine. “We are extremely pleased to have them guiding the future growth and development of their respective departments.”

New Dental Hygiene Director Appointed at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Janet S. Kinney, RDH, M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, was named the new Director of the Dental Hygiene Program, effective September 1, 2012. She was named to the position after a national search. Ms. Kinney will succeed Wendy E. Kerschbaum, RDH, M.P.H., who directed the program for 24 years (1988 through 2012).


Ms. Kinney has been a clinical dental hygiene practitioner for more than 20 years in both the U.S. and Europe. She began her academic teaching career at the School of Dentistry in 2007 as an adjunct clinical lecturer. She earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan in 1983, a master of science degree in dental hygiene from the School of Dentistry in 2007, and a master of science degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the Department of Biostatics and Epidemiology, also in 2007.

During her teaching career at the School of Dentistry, Ms. Kinney has been extensively involved in all levels of the school’s dental hygiene education program, including directing several courses, engaging in special education projects, and conducting clinical research at the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research. At the Center for Oral Health Research, she is principal investigator on several projects that are focused on preventive therapies and oral diagnostics. Ms. Kinney has participated in workshops and continuing education courses at state and national levels on topics that include clinical research and periodontal disease assessment and treatment.

In addition to her classroom, clinical, and research work, Ms. Kinney has been nationally involved and recognized for her work in oral health research and dental hygiene. She has served as president of the Michigan Association of Dental Hygiene Educators, is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), has served as past president of ADHA’s Nu Chapter, and is a past secretary of the University of Michigan’s Dental Hygienists’ Alumnae Association.

William V. Giannobile, D.D.S., M.S., D.M.Sc., Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, which includes the Division of Dental Hygiene, says, “We look forward to Janet Kinney’s leadership in continuing the legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and dental hygiene education here at Michigan.”

Dr. Giannobile also expressed gratitude to Ms. Kerschbaum “who has served magnificently for more than four decades as a faculty member and director of the dental hygiene program since 1988. During this time,” he says, “Wendy has represented the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as an outstanding leader at local and national levels. Under her leadership, the dental hygiene program has maintained its standing as one of the top programs at both graduate and undergraduate levels.” Ms. Kerschbaum served on ADEA’s Board of Directors as Vice President for Allied Dental Program Directors from 1998–2000.

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