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Transitions, Appointments, and Awards - December 2012

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Dr. Rotter Named SIU School of Dental Medicine Dean

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees appointed Bruce Rotter, D.M.D, M.S., as Dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) in Alton, Illinois. His appointment was effective November 9, 2012.

“Searches for highly qualified deans are extremely competitive, and we were fortunate to have our most qualified candidate already on campus,” Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Interim Provost Ann Boyle says. “Dr. Rotter possesses the range of experience in education, research, service, and administration to guide the School of Dental Medicine as it continues to excel.”

Dr. Rotter shared his fundamental educational philosophy: “The entire foundation of a properly run school of dental medicine must be based on a sound vision of educational quality. As chief educational officer, the dean must be the facilitator of that vision, constantly aware that providing educational excellence to our students is our primary mission.”

“The dental profession is encountering changes and challenges at a rapid pace, including rapidly evolving materials and technology, regulatory concerns, and access to care and workforce issues,” Dr. Rotter adds. “It is imperative that the dental school curriculum remain contemporary. It must be proactively assessed and revised based on the demands of the profession and the marketplace.”

An SIU SDM alum, Dr. Rotter was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for six years prior to serving as Interim Dean since June 2011. He joined the SDM faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1993, was named Associate Professor in 1997, and a Professor in 2009. During that time frame, Dr. Rotter created and administered one of the first implant fellowship training programs in the country.

Dr. Rotter earned his D.M.D. from SIU SDM in 1982. He achieved a certificate in general practice residency in 1983 at Ehrling-Bergquist U.S. Air Force Regional Hospital at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Rotter earned both a master’s degree, and an oral and maxillofacial surgery certificate in 1990 from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He achieved a fellowship certificate in 2000 from the ADEA Leadership Institute.

ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Award Program Held

DENTSPLY International assembled the 53rd Annual American Dental Association (ADA)/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Award Program and Reception on October 20, 2012. The awards program took place during the 2012 ADA Annual Session. Approximately 70 student clinicians participated in this year’s program representing research conducted across 36 countries.

The Student Clinician Research Program began during the centennial of the ADA in New York City in 1959 as a joint venture between DENTSPLY and the ADA. Harold Hillenbrand, D.D.S., then Executive Director of the ADA and Mr. Henry M. Thornton, then President of DENTSPLY International, initiated the first program to promote student research and participation in organized dentistry. DENTSPLY  

Three awards are presented in each category for first, second and third place. The scientific presentations are divided into two categories: Basic Science Research and Clinical Science/Public Health Research.

Students who present their research at their national research program become members of SCADA (Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association), an alumni association designed for former student clinicians. Members of SCADA serve as judges for future Student Clinician Research Programs held in conjunction with the ADA Annual Session and help mentor students. In addition to the student awards, SCADA grants fellowship funding to qualified members’ to help support their graduate education and presents a faculty advisor award annually to honor the efforts of faculty in their mentoring of student research. To learn more about SCADA and other awards granted, visit www.scadaresearch.org.


Dr. Greenspan Named Recipient of the 2012 ADA Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research

John S. Greenspan, BSC, BDS, Ph.D., FRCPath, Sc.D. [hc], FDSRCS [Eng], has been honored with the 2012 American Dental Association (ADA) Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research. Dr. Greenspan is a Distinguished Professor of Oral Pathology, Department of Orofacial Sciences, and Associate Dean for Global Oral Health, University of California, San Francisco (USCF), School of Dentistry.

“This award acknowledges Dr. Greenspan’s groundbreaking research in the oral aspects of AIDS and the role of viruses in oral lesions,” says ADA President William Calnon, D.D.S. “His findings have contributed greatly to our understanding of this disease and have very positively affected global health for many populations.”

Dr. John D.B. Featherstone, Dean of the UCSF School of Dentistry, nominated Dr. Greenspan for the Gold Medal Award. “I could go on and on with details of the contributions that Professor Greenspan has made to the profession of dentistry, to the oral health of the world and to health in general,” Dr. Featherstone wrote in his nomination letter. He “created an entirely new field of oral and dental science,” wrote Dr. Featherstone in nominating Dr. Greenspan.

Dr. Featherstone also noted in the nomination that Dr. Greenspan is founder of the field of oral AIDS research and the co-discoverer of oral hairy leukoplakia.” Dr. Greenspan’s elucidation of the nature, frequency, prognostic significance and etiology of oral HIV lesions and the discovery and exploration of hairy leukoplakia represent one of the most important scientific developments in the field of oral and craniofacial science in the last 30 years,” wrote Dr. Featherstone.

Dr. Greenspan’s work in the arena of oral disease in relation to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS is regarded as pioneering and seminal, to say the least. Along with his team of cohorts, Dr. Greenspan has blazed many trails in dentistry. Early in his career, Dr. Greenspan began a long association with UCSF School of Dentistry. In addition, he is also a Distinguished Professor of Pathology in the UCSF School of Medicine.

Dr. Greenspan’s core work in HIV/AIDS also continues to evolve with his involvement with the Oral HIV/AIDS Research Alliance, an AIDS Clinical Trials Group project that seeks to develop low-cost treatment for oral candidiasis, warts, and other lesions in the many cases of HIV oral disease that continue to occur.

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. Additionally, the recipient serves a three-year term on the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.

Indiana University’s New Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs Will Also Direct New International Dental Program

Melanie R. Peterson, D.M.D., M.B.A., a former University of Louisville professor and administrator who joined the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) faculty in 2011 as Director of Hospital Dentistry and the General Practice Residency, has been appointed Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University. She has also been named director of a new advanced-standing degree program for international dentists.

In addition to overseeing student admissions and managing an office that serves a dental and allied dental student population of more than 500, Dr. Peterson will develop, implement, and manage the International Dental Program (IDP) designed for foreign-educated dentists who wish to become licensed to practice in the U.S. The IDP will be tailored to individual student progress but will typically reduce the length of training from the four years required in the traditional dental program to two years for students who have already trained as dentists abroad. 

IUSD’s program will participate in the ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists. Up to 12 dentists will be accepted into the inaugural program, scheduled to begin July 1, 2013, and it is anticipated that 24 applicants will be accepted annually thereafter. IU’s traditional D.D.S. degree program accepts about 100 students annually.

Dr. Peterson is a past chair of the ADEA Section on Clinic Administration and an alumna of ADEA’s Leadership Institute and Drexel University College of Medicine’s Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine for Women program. She was the ADEAGies Foundation Education Fellowship recipient in 2006.

Four AADR Members Elected into the 2012 Class of AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced the names of the 701 newly elected 2012 AAAS Fellows. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum, which will take place February 16, 2013, at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. 

AADR congratulates its following members for being elected as AAAS Fellows:

Pamela K. Den Besten, D.D.S, M.S. , University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry: For distinguished contributions to the field of oral and craniofacial biology, particularly on the effects of fluoride on tooth enamel formation.

David H. Kohn, M.S.E., Ph.D., University of Michigan School of Dentistry: For distinguished contributions to the fields of biomaterials and biomechanics, with particular emphasis on the restoration of mineralized tissues and characterization of their mechanical function. 

Jacques E. Nör, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S., University of Michigan School of Dentistry: For pioneering research in the fields of vascular biology as it pertains to tumor neovascularization and therapy, and stem cell biology in dental pulp regeneration. 

No-Hee Park, D.M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry: For distinguished contributions to the field of oral cancer and dental education, particularly for oral carcinogenesis, viral infection, and cell aging. 

Visit the AAAS website to see the complete list of 2012 fellows.

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