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Transitions, Appointments, and Awards - October 2012

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Colonel Priscilla H. Hamilton has been appointed as Chief of Army Graduate Dental Education and Dean of the Army Postgraduate Dental School

Colonel Priscilla H. Hamilton has been appointed as Chief of Army Graduate Dental Education and Dean of the Army Postgraduate Dental School. In this position, she becomes a member of the ADEA Council of Deans. She succeeds Colonel Robert Manga in these roles.    

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Colonel Hamilton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Science with high honors from The Pennsylvania State University. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and entered active duty as a Dental Corps officer. She also holds a Master in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University. She served on the American Board of General Dentistry (formerly the Certifying Board of General Dentistry) from 1995 to 2001, ending her term as President of the Board. 

Colonel Hamilton's service includes numerous command, staff and operational assignments. She served as the Dental Consultant to the Directorate of Combat Developments, AMEDD Center and School and as Deputy Dental Corps Chief and the Senior Dental Staff Officer for the Office of the Surgeon General. Colonel Hamilton's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (3 OLC), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC). She holds The Surgeon General's A designator and the Order of Military Medical Merit. She attained Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2011, she was named the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine's Distinguished Alumna, a Legacy Laureate for the University of Pittsburgh, and one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry in the US.  

Robert Uchin, D.D.S. to Retire as Dean of the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine

Dr. Robert Uchin has announced that he will be retiring as the Dean of the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Uchin’s began his service with the college in 1997 as an organizing Associate Dean. In August 2000, he became Dean of the College. He will return to the faculty at the school after he steps down as Dean. 

Dr. Chadwick Named Dean of East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine  

Dr. Chadwick

D. Gregory Chadwick, D.D.S., M.S., has been named permanent Dean of the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. "Dr. Chadwick has been a major force behind the School of Dental Medicine, so this appointment is richly deserved," says ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard. "More than any other single person, Dr. Chadwick saw the necessity and the value of creating a statewide dental school with 10 service learning centers. This is a national model for serving underserved populations."


Dr. Chadwick joined ECU in 2005 to lead the effort to obtain approval from the University of North Carolina system and the state legislature, as well as funding, to establish the school. He served from 2008-11 as Associate Dean for Planning and Extramural Affairs as the school began hiring faculty and staff and admitted its first class. Since August of last year, he has served as interim dean.

One of Dr. Chadwick's signatures on ECU's dental school is the community service learning centers. He championed the centers as a better way to prepare future dentists and dental residents to work in rural, underserved areas. ECU opened its first center this summer in Ahoskie and will open the second in Elizabeth City in the coming months. ECU has announced plans to build four others in underserved communities. Officials plan to build up to 10 centers across the state. 

A North Carolina native, Dr. Chadwick received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and served in the U.S. Naval Supply Corps for four years before entering dental school. After graduating from the UNC School of Dentistry, he practiced general dentistry in a community health center before entering his residency in endodontics. He earned a master's degree in endodontics from the UNC School of Dentistry in 1976 and practiced endodontics in his hometown of Charlotte for 30 years.

A diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, he served for 18 years as a part-time Clinical Professor at his alma mater and for 14 years as Chair of the Endodontic Section at Carolinas Medical Center, where he served on the faculty for more than 25 years. 

Dr. Wong Named Director of University of the Pacific’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program  

Allen Wong

 Allen WongD.D.S., FAAHD, EdD, has been named director of the University of the Pacific  Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program. Dr. Wong will be responsible for the overall management and development of the AEGD program's curriculum; outcomes measurement process; faculty and staff development; recruitment and evaluation; and budget. 

Dr. Wong has long-standing ties to University of the Pacific, having received his bachelor's degree, doctor of dental surgery and educational doctorate from the University. He also received his postdoctoral Advanced Clinical Experience Residency certificate and his Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate from the university.  He earned his fellowship from the American Association of Hospital Dentists and is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry.

He has been a faculty member at the Dugoni School of Dentistry for many years. In addition to his numerous faculty commitments, Dr. Wong also maintains a hospital-based private practice in San Francisco. He has been a champion for special needs patients, and has been instructing students on how to appropriately care for the vulnerable population of people with developmental disabilities for years. Dr. Wong has a genuine passion for giving back to communities both local and abroad, and frequently participates in community outreach events in the Bay Area and abroad.

"I am looking forward to working with the fantastic team of faculty, staff, and residents to produce a program that is world class in providing excellent dental care focused in prevention and delivered in a humanistic manner," said Dr. Wong.

The AEGD program is a one-year, American Dental Association accredited postgraduate residency in general dentistry providing advanced training and clinical experience. The core of the program involves treating patients requiring comprehensive dental care.

Dr. Sigurdsson Appointed Chair of the Quartararo Department of Endodontics at New York University College of Dentistry

Dr. Asgeir Sigurdsson, D.D.S, M.S., an internationally-known authority on the treatment of dental trauma and pulpal pain, has been appointed Chair of the New York University College of Dentistry’s (NYUCD’s) Dr. I.N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics.

Dr. Sigurdsson came to NYUCD from his native Iceland, where he maintained a private practice limited to endodontics, while also practicing in London, lecturing internationally, and maintaining academic appointments, including a position as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Endodontics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry (UNC).

In addition to his UNC appointment, Dr. Sigurdsson also recently served as an honorary clinical teacher in endodontics at the University College London Eastman Dental Institute, and as an honorary clinical associate professor at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Dentistry.

Dr. Sigurdsson is a past recipient of the American Association of Endodontists Edward M. Osetek Educator Award, and has served as President of the International Association for Dental Traumatology.

“With his strong academic and clinical background, Dr. Sigurdsson brings great potential for future achievements to his new post,” said Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, NYUCD’s Herman Robert Fox Dean.

ACP President Receives 2012 Hispanic Dental Association Women’s Leadership Award  

Lily Garcia

  The  American College of Prosthodontists  (ACP) announced that its President, Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, is the recipient of the 2012 Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) Women’s Leadership Award. “To receive recognition from my colleagues, who represent my cultural heritage and have experienced similar challenges to achieve excellence in our profession, is so special to me,” said Dr. Garcia. ”As advocates for strong dental education and best practices in oral health, we strive to improve patient outcomes.” 

Dr. Garcia is the first female Hispanic President of ACP.  She began her one-year term as President on November 2, 2011. This has been a year of national advocacy and collaboration among the dental specialty organizations, and Dr. Garcia has led a comprehensive strategic plan for the ACP’s future. Dr. Garcia is also Professor and Division Head of the Advanced Education and External Affairs in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio . Dr. Garcia was also the Vice President for the Council of Sections on the ADEA Board of Directors from 2008-11.

Now Accepting Nominations for ADEA Scholarships, Awards, and Fellowships

Attention students, educators, and institutions: ADEA recognizes achievement and distinction among its members through an awards program. Among the awards offered in conjunction with ADEA's corporate partners are student scholarships, awards for educators, and funding opportunities for various fellowships. Awards range from $1,000 scholarships to $15,000 in support of leadership development education or $15,000 stipends to pursue three-month fellowships in Washington, DC.

Visit ADEA.org now for
more about awards and how to apply. Self-nominations from individual members are accepted for many. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Seattle, Washington, March 16-19, 2013.

Ready to step up to leadership? Apply now for the ADEA Leadership Institute!

If you are ready to take on greater responsibility at your institution and want to learn more about the contemporary issues affecting dental education, apply to become an ADEA Leadership Institute Fellow. You and your institution will benefit from the training and perspective you will gain as you participate in programming on interpersonal, legislative, and administrative competencies.

In this unique program, fellows meet five times throughout the course of the year to explore leadership styles, emotional intelligence, organizational theory, team building, stress management, work-life balance, and strategies for leading change.

Applications are due on or before November 1, 2012, and four scholarships are available that provide financial assistance. To learn more about the ADEA Leadership Institute and to complete your application, please visit  www.adea.org/ADEALeadershipInstitute.

ADA Foundation Offers Grants for Domestic and International Dental Student Service

The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for two grants that support dental student outreach to underserved populations domestically and internationally. 

Dental student groups are invited to submit applications for either the Bud Tarrson Dental School Community Leadership Award or the Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award. Applications must be completed and submitted to the ADA Foundation by November 26, 2012.

For applications and award guidelines, visit adafoundation.org.

Howard Hugh Medical Institute Opens Application Process

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Competition System is open for applications to the Medical Research Fellows Program.  The program enables students at U.S. dental schools to participate in a yearlong, mentored, basic, translational, or applied biomedical research training experience at an academic or nonprofit institution, or at HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus near Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit  www.hhmi.org/medfellowships . 

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