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January 2011 Kudos

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Dr. Hinton Named Regents Professor at Baylor

Dr. Robert J. Hinton; photo courtesy Baylor College of DentistryDr. Robert J. Hinton, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Faculty Mentoring in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry, has been named a recipient of the Texas A&M University System Regents Professor Award. The award is given annually by the A&M System's Board of Regents in recognition of exemplary contributions to their university or agency and the people of Texas.

Dr. Hinton is a principal investigator for a four-year $630,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) R25 Oral Health Research Education Grant, considered a driving force behind Baylor's evidence-based dentistry initiative. Dr. Hinton coordinates the grant's multifaceted elements, including the development of curricular materials for students as well as seminars and training programs for the clinical faculty who will implement the concept of using current research findings to supplement patient treatment planning and oversees the Dental Scholars enrichment program for dental students considering academic careers.

Dr. Hinton completed his Ph.D. in biological anthropology and postdoctoral work in anatomy and craniofacial biology at the University of Michigan. He joined the Baylor faculty in 1983. He has served as President of the International Association for Dental Research's Craniofacial Biology Group and as a member of the American Dental Association's National Board of Anatomic Sciences Test Construction Committee.

Dr. Fatahzadeh Receives Outstanding Woman in the Field of HIV/AIDS Award

Dr. Mahnaz Fatahzadeh, an Associate Professor in Oral Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), received the Outstanding Woman in the Field of HIV/AIDS award at the Confronting the Crisis Conference in New Jersey. The conference is sponsored by the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network, which honors three New Jersey women who have made significant contributions in the field of HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Fatahzadeh is the lead dental faculty with the AIDS Education Training Center at UMDNJ and interfaces extensively with health professionals of various backgrounds, providing seminars, workshops, and clinical preceptorships to promote oral health in HIV-positive patients.

Dr. Zeller Named Commissioner for CCHIT

Dr. Gregory Zeller, Clinical Director of the electronic health record (EHR) implementation project at University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, was recently named a Commissioner for the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT). The CCHIT is an independent nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an official certification body for EHRs. The Board of Commissioners guides and approves the work of the voluntary work groups and staff as they develop certification criteria, inspection process, and policy for the nonprofit organization.

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