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ADEA Leadership Institute Class of 2012 Selected

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ADEA is proud to announce the selection of the 12th class of the ADEA Leadership Institute. The ADEA Leadership Institute, which began in 2000, is a year-long program to develop the nation's most promising dental educators to become leaders in dental and higher education. The Institute, unique to dental education, includes four phases throughout which Fellows undertake a variety of assignments designed to both guide and enhance their professional development. The Institute includes sessions in leadership theory, team building, communications, managing change, public policy, educational policy, legal issues, research, and budgeting and financial management. Fellows are faculty and administrators from allied, predoctoral, and postdoctoral dental education.

The Class of 2012 will be oriented at the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Diego, California. Fellows will then begin a self-study curriculum on organization theory and leadership in higher education in preparation for Phase I in the third week of June. This stage is designed to help Fellows develop personal and interpersonal competencies for leadership. Fellows conduct feedback assessments with peers, deans, and others from their home institutions to help them better understand how others view their leadership skills.

Phase II takes place in Washington, DC, in mid-September. This phase allows Fellows the opportunity to address legislative issues facing dental education on Capitol Hill. Phase III, occurring January 2012, addresses administrative skills required of effective leaders. The Fellows will conclude their participation in the ADEA Leadership Institute during Phase IV, which occurs in Orlando, Florida, at the 2012 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

Throughout the year, Fellows will carry out a project relating to a key issue in dental education. Fellows who share similar interests and aspirations work in groups mentored by the ADEA Leadership Institute Advisors: Dr. Lonnie H. Norris, Dean of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Dr. Cecile A. Feldman, Dean of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey New Jersey Dental School; and Dr. Brad J. Potter, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Colorado Denver School of Dentistry.

Fellows of the Class of 2012 are:

Dr. H. Eugene BrooksH. Eugene Brooks, D.D.S., M.B.A.
Dr. Eugene Brooks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver School of Dental Medicine. He earned his D.D.S. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his M.B.A. from Baker University in Kansas.

Dr. Brooks has won several awards, including the Rosa Parks Diversity Faculty Award in 2009, a President's Diversity Commendation in 2009, the 2009 American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership, and a Dean's Dental Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Appreciation in 2009.



Dr. Douglas BrothwellDouglas Brothwell, D.M.D., B.Ed., D.D.P.H., M.Sc.
Dr. Douglas Brothwell is currently Associate Dean (Academic) and Head of Community Dentistry at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry. He earned his D.M.D. and B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan. After 11 years as a general practitioner, Dr. Brothwell completed Dental Public Health specialty training in 1999 with D.D.P.H. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto. He joined the University of Manitoba in 1999, where he completed a certificate in quality management in 2006 and was appointed as Associate Dean (Academic) in July 2010.

Dr. Brothwell's teaching responsibilities include all aspects of dental public health including health care systems, prevention, evidence-based practice, geriatric dentistry, interprofessional education, and dentistry for special needs patients. He established a network of outreach dental clinics to provide service-learning opportunities for dental and dental hygiene students. Students currently participate in a five-week externship that provides access to care for an estimated 4,600 disadvantaged Manitobans.

Dr. Brothwell is actively involved in research regarding the relationship between oral and general health, including a current project to improve glycemic control (HbA1c) in aboriginal Canadians, smoking cessation services provided by dental professionals, and a RCT to reduce aspiration pneumonia for residents in long-term care.

The Interprofessional Education Liaison for dentistry and Chair of the Curriculum and Scholarship Committees, Dr. Brothwell also serves on other numerous committees. He also plays an important national role as the current President of the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry.

Dr. Daniel J. CaplanDaniel J. Caplan, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Daniel Caplan graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1988. After completing a general practice residency and several years in private dental practice, he obtained a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. In 1995 he joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and in 1999 was appointed Director of the Ph.D. program in Oral Epidemiology. 

In January 2008 Dr. Caplan started his current position as head of the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Caplan maintains clinical and didactic teaching responsibilities as well as a faculty practice in general dentistry. He has served as a reviewer on National Institutes of Health study sections and for several peer-reviewed journals. He currently is Chair of the Protocol Review Committee for the PRECEDENT Practice-Based Research Network and is a member of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the NIDCR's Practice-Based Research Network initiative. His research interests include outcomes related to endodontic treatment, decision-making in endodontics, relationships between oral and systemic diseases, and evaluation of diagnostic tests.

Dr. Bernard J. CostelloBernard J. Costello, D.M.D., M.D.
Dr. Bernard Costello is a Professor and Program Director in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He is Chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Costello also serves as a surgeon with the university's Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Children's Hospital and is Co-Director of the School of Dental Medicine Dentofacial Interdisciplinary Team. He is the Fellowship Director of the Craniofacial Surgery training program at the School of Dental Medicine. 

Dr. Costello earned his Bachelor's in Biological Science from the University of Scranton. He then achieved his D.M.D. and M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Following his internship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Costello was awarded the Craniofacial Fellowship at the Posnick Center for Facial Surgery.

Currently, Dr. Costello is Primary and Co-Investigator on several grants including Novel Synthetic Bone Craniofacial Regeneration, which is funded by the Department of Defense, and Bone Tissue Engineering Using Natural Materials, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. He has been a Principal Investigator of a study on craniosyntosis etiology. His primary research interests are in the area of craniofacial regenerative medicine.

Dr. Costello is a founding member of the Airway Treatment Center and Team at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and of the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center of Magee Women's Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the American College of Surgeons. He is currently on the executive council of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association. He also serves with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Every Child, Inc., a nonprofit that supports children in need.

Dr. Francis M. CurdFrancis M. Curd, D.D.S., D.M.D.
Dr. Francis Curd is the Director of Alumni Affairs and Public Relations and Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Dental Medicine. He is also the Chairman of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Co-Chair of Vice-Presidential Commission on Diversity and Inclusion for UNLV. He serves on numerous committees and was elected as a Fellow in the International College of Dentists in October 2006 and as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists in September 2007.

Dr. Curd received his D.D.S. and D.M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. Dr. Curd taught full-time at The Ohio State University School of Dentistry in the General Practice Dentistry department. He also taught full-time at Youngstown State University as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Department of Dental Hygiene Technology. Dr. Curd taught full-time at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine as Director of Quality Assurance and Assistant Professor in the General Practice Dentistry department. He operated a private dental practice in Youngstown and Cleveland, Ohio, before relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2006.

Dr. Curd is a consultant to the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners and is active in organized dentistry. Dr. Curd also helped establish a federally funded dental clinic in Youngstown, Ohio, for people who could not afford dental care.

Dr. Mark A. DellingesMark A. Dellinges, D.D.S.
Dr. Mark Dellinges is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (USCF) School of Dentistry. Dr. Dellinges is the Division Chair of Preclinical Simulation at UCSF School of Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and received the Dental Alumni Medal of Honor in 2007. His main area of interest is the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in dental education.



Dr. Suzanne K. FarrarSuzanne K. Farrar, RDH, M.S.H.C.M.
Prof. Suzanne Farrar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Biomaterials at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) School of Dentistry in New Orleans, Louisiana. She joined the faculty in 1997 and has served in various leadership positions throughout the dental school, including president of Faculty Assembly. She is currently Director of Clinical Staff and Patient Services. In 2004, 2006, and 2008, her students recognized her excellence as an educator by awarding her the school's "Golden Apple" award. In 2010, she was chosen to be a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national honor society.

Her broad background in dentistry includes hospital dentistry in Saudi Arabia, private practice in dental hygiene, clinical instructor in the LSUHSC Department of Periodontics, course director, clinic supervisor in the dental hygiene program, and lecturer for the course entitled "Principles for Management and Business Ethics."

In 2002 and 2010 Prof. Farrar was awarded "Outstanding Dental Hygienist of the Year" by the Louisiana Dental Hygienists' Association. She currently is the association's legislative chair, serving as a liaison between state government and the dental hygiene community. In 2010 she was appointed to the Louisiana Fluoride Advisory Board by Governor Bobby Jindal. She has also co-authored two textbook chapters in Comprehensive Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist and is a frequent contributor to the Journal of the Louisiana Dental Association. Prof. Farrar also contributes to the community service through the Special Olympics and the Mission to Honduras Dental Mission.

Dr. Douglas J. GouldDouglas J. Gould, Ph.D.
From The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Dr. Douglas Gould's scholarly interests in medical, dental, and allied health education lie in exploring and developing innovative teaching methodologies and tools that make the most of limited resources and qualified teaching faculty. Currently, Dr. Gould is developing learning tools including programmed learning materials, flash cards, exam preparation tools, and interactive guided multimedia programs. He has published a host of such tools with Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins publishers: Dynamic Human Anatomy (DVD), Clinical Anatomy for your Pocket (text), Clinical Anatomy Flashcards, Sidman's Neuroanatomy: A Programmed Learning Text 2e. Later this year, Thieme publishers will release his latest project, a first-of-its-kind programmable human anatomy dissector.


Dr. Darryl T. HamamotoDarryl T. Hamamoto, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Darryl Hamamoto is Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the Division of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis, and Radiology, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota (UMN) School of Dentistry. He earned his D.D.S. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed the general practice residency program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Hamamoto earned certificates in Oral Medicine from the University of Washington at Seattle and in Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain from UMN, where he also obtained a Ph.D. in Oral Biology.

In 2000, Dr. Hamamoto joined UMN and has directed a course on physical evaluation for first-year dental students since 2001. He completed a year-long UMN Bush Early Career Faculty Program, working in small and large groups to learn the principles and methods of effective teaching. Dr. Hamamoto chairs or serves on dental school, Academic Health Center, and university-wide committees, including the committee to establish the first dental school-based dental therapy training program in the United States. Since 2007, he has served as a Liaison to the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI).

Dr. Hamamoto has authored or co-authored publications in the areas of the acid-evoked pain, cancer-evoked pain, antihyperalgesic effects of cannabinoids, and glycemic control in diabetic dental patients. He has mentored minority high school, undergraduate, graduate, and dental students and dental specialty residents in both basic science and clinical research. Dr. Hamamoto has been awarded UMN Graduate School grants and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, and he is or has been co-investigator on five other NIH grants. Dr. Hamamoto serves as an ad hoc reviewer for national and international basic science and dental journals, including the Journal of Dental Education.

Dr. Thomas C. HartThomas C. Hart, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas Hart is Head of the Department of Periodontics and Director of Clinical Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry. He received his D.D.S. from Emory University School of Dentistry and earned a certificate in Periodontics and a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Hart has held academic faculty positions at the Eastman Dental Center, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry. He has served as Clinical Director and Chief of the Human Craniofacial Genetics Section of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Intramural Program.

Dr. Hart has been active in clinical and basic science research for 20 years. He has published in dental and genetics literature and lectured nationally and internationally. His work has been funded primarily by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Dental Research, and the American Society of Human Genetics.

Dr. Lisa ItayaLisa Itaya, D.D.S.
Dr. Lisa Itaya is an Associate Professor and Group Practice Administrator at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. She received her D.D.S. degree from Pacific in 1998 and a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) in 2000. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Profession Education and Leadership from the University of the Pacific Benerd School of Education. Dr. Itaya joined the Department of Dental Practice as a full-time Assistant Professor at Pacific in 2000. She served as faculty of the AEGD clinic and became Clinic Director in 2005. In 2008, Dr. Itaya transitioned to Director of Emergency Services until 2010, when she became a Group Practice Administrator.

Dr. Itaya is an active member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the San Francisco Dental Society, and Special Care Dentistry. She has served on numerous committees at the local and national levels. Dr. Itaya has contributed to the university's Institutional Priorities Committee and Faculty Grievance committee as well as twice chaired the dental school's Faculty Council. She has been a member and hearing chair of the CDA's Judicial Council and has served in leadership of the American Association of Hospital Dentists and the ADEA Section on Postdoctoral General Dentistry. She is also a site visitor for the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dr. Itaya has lectured and authored papers on the subjects of patients with special needs and cultural competency in dental education. She is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Margaret JergensonMargaret Jergenson, D.D.S.
Dr. Margaret Jergenson, Associate Professor of Oral Biology at Creighton University School of Dentistry, received her dental degree from Creighton in 1982. After several years in private practice, she returned to the university in 1993 as a faculty member in the Department of Oral Biology. Since 1996, she has served as the Course Director of General Gross Anatomy and Head and Neck Anatomy. Dr. Jergenson was appointed Chair of the Oral Biology Department in January 2001 and has served on numerous committees within the university and School of Dentistry.

Dr. Jergenson has held leadership positions on the Faculty Council and the Rank and Tenure Committee at Creighton, as well as the Epsilon Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. With her strong involvement in the basic science preparation of dental students, she has a particular interest in the academic program of the school. She currently serves as the Chair of the Committee on Curriculum and has served as ADEA CCI Liaison for Creighton since 2006. She is currently the Secretary of the ADEA Anatomical Sciences Section and recently completed a one-year administrative internship under the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Terry F. LanphierTerry F. Lanphier, D.D.S., M.B.A.
Dr. Terry Lanphier received his D.D.S. and M.B.A. from Creighton University and has maintained a private practice in the Omaha, Nebraska, area. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, joining the Creighton faculty in 2000. His primary teaching responsibilities include clinical oral surgery for junior and senior dental students and assisting with the pain control class for sophomores.

Dr. Lanphier is the Chief of Dentistry for the Nebraska Department of Corrections, overseeing seven dental clinics throughout Nebraska. He has integrated this with his faculty position to provide externships for senior dental students within the Department of Corrections.


Dr. Luis P. LeiteLuis P. Leite, D.M.D., M.S.
Dr. Luis Leite is Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Leite received his D.M.D. from MUSC College of Dental Medicine. He first joined the faculty at MUSC in 1990 as Head of the Oral Radiology Section after completing his training and earning a Master of Science degree and certificate in oral and maxillofacial radiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He served in that capacity for four years until transitioning to his orthodontic education. He earned his certificate in orthodontics from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1997 and returned to MUSC as Director of Undergraduate Orthodontics. He was named department chair in 2004. Dr. Leite is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and maintains a private practice in orthodontics through the Dental Faculty Practice program at MUSC.

Dr. Kathy L. MarshallKathy L. Marshall, D.D.S.
Dr. Kathy Marshall is an Assistant Professor at Howard University College of Dentistry. She is currently the Clinical Director and Predoctoral Coordinator for the Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. She is a graduate of the ADEA/ AAL Institution for Teaching and Learning and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. She has been in private practice in Maryland for over 10 years and a member of the American Association of Orthopedics, National Dentists Association (NDA), and American Dental Association.

Dr. Marshall was the Inaugural Editor of Bison Smile, the Howard University College of Dentistry alumni magazine, and has served as Moderator of the NDA Annual Convention Faculty, Administrators' and Practitioners' Forum. Dr. Marshall is also advisor to Howard's student ADEA group and an active member of the ADEA Postgraduate/Graduate Education and Orthodontics Sections.

Dr. Lillian M. MitchellLillian M. Mitchell, D.D.S.
Dr. Lillian Mitchell is currently the Director of Fixed Prosthodontics and the Faculty Development Officer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Liaison for the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI). At UAB she is actively involved in teaching prosthodontics, implantology, case-based education, and geriatrics at all levels of the curriculum.

Dr. Mitchell is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry and completed residencies at the Veterans Administration Medical Centers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Buffalo, New York.

The UAB Center for Aging recognized Dr. Mitchell with the Faculty Teaching Award in 2010 for her work in interprofessional training in geriatrics. Recently she received a grant to help establish the UAB Geriatric Oral Health Center, which evolved from a project begun during the UAB Geriatric Education Center Faculty Scholars Program in 2008. Currently, Dr. Mitchell is participating in the UAB Health Leadership Academy 2010-11 and will be honored by the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics in 2011 with the Claude R. Baker Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching Pre-Doctoral Fixed Prosthodontics.

Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Mitchell maintained a private practice limited to prosthodontics for 17 years in Trenton, New Jersey, and served as New Jersey State Section President of the American College of Prosthodontists.

Dr. Tae-Ju OhTae-Ju Oh, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. T.J. Oh received his D.D.S. from Seoul National University. Following seven years of general dentistry practice, he came to the United States for postdoctoral education in prosthodontics and periodontics at the University of Michigan. Dr. Oh received his M.S degree and certificate in Periodontics at the University of Michigan in 2001. Since then, he has been serving as a full-time faculty at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Currently, Dr. Oh is Clinical Associate Professor and Co-director of the Predoctoral Implant Program and maintains a private practice limited to periodontics and implantology. He is a Diplomate of American Board of Periodontology and International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), the recipient of 2007 Bud and Linda Tarrson Award by the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, and recipient of 2007 Educator Award by the American Academy of Periodontology in recognition of Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics.

Dr. Oh's main activities include serving University of Michigan Institutional Review Board as a member and dental consultant (2004 to 2009); providing editorial service for many dental journals such as Journal of Periodontology, Journal of Dental Research, International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, and Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science; performing clinical research with a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals; and teaching and mentoring dental, dental hygiene, and postdoctoral students in didactic and clinical courses and thesis committees at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Dr. Jeanne C. PanzaJeanne C. Panza, D.M.D.
Dr. Jeanne Panza earned her D.M.D. degree in 1990 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She completed her residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and practiced in a general dental practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the next 10 years. In September 2000 Dr. Panza began teaching at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in the Oral Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Emergency clinic.

Dr. Panza accepted a full-time position as Assistant Professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology in October 2001.  Four years later she was asked to serve as the Assistant Dean for Clinic Affairs, the position she currently maintains.

A member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and the Oklahoma Dental Association, Dr. Panza also served as Past President for the Oklahoma Association of Women Dentists. She is proud to have been involved in a number of community service projects through the university, which include the Smiles for Success Program, the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy Project, and the Give Kids a Smile Campaign.

Dr. Scott PhillipsScott Phillips, D.M.D.
Dr. Scott Phillips is an Associate Professor in the Department of Care Planning and Restorative Sciences at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. After receiving his degree from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, Dr. Phillips completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis, Tennessee. He briefly worked in private practice in Southaven, Mississippi, before returning to the University of Mississippi as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Phillips is a 2010 Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. 

Dr. Phillips is the Director of preclinical simulation suites and the school's coordinator of educational technology. He has also served on numerous committees for the university, including the school representative for the faculty senate. He is currently the Practice Administrator for University Dentists, the school's faculty practice. Additionally, Dr. Phillips is the South/Midwest Regional Director for the Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators (CODE) and has previously served as an officer for the ADEA Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials Section.

Dr. Andre V. RitterAndre V. Ritter, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Andre Ritter is an Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Dentistry. He received his dental degree from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil, and a M.S.D. degree from UNC. Dr. Ritter also has certificates in Operative Dentistry from UFSC and UNC. He is actively involved in clinical and laboratory research, particularly in the areas of biomaterials and caries risk assessment and management. He also maintains a part-time intramural practice devoted to restorative and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Ritter has published several journal articles, research abstracts, and book chapters. He is a member of several dental organizations, including the American and International Associations for Dental Research, the European Caries Organization, and the International College of Dentists. Dr. Ritter has presented many scientific papers and continuing education courses regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Tara E. SchaferTara E. Schafer, D.M.D., M.S.
Dr. Tara Schafer, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly Medical College of Georgia) School of Dentistry, has a dual appointment in the Department of Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Schafer earned her D.M.D. and M.S. degree in Oral Biology from the Medical College of Georgia and has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry since 2008.

As the Interim Chair of a small clinical department, Dr. Schafer has a variety of responsibilities beyond administration. She works closely with the pediatric dentistry residents, both as a clinical teacher and as a research mentor. Dr. Schafer also serves as Director of the predoctoral pediatric dentistry curriculum, including preclinical and clinical courses.

Dr. Schafer serves on numerous committees at the departmental, school, and university levels including the school's Recruitment and Admissions Committee. She is a member of regional and national organizations including the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She served previously as an abstract editor for Pediatric Dentistry and currently serves on its Editorial Board.

Dr. Ronni A. SchnellRonni A. Schnell, D.M.D., M.A.G.D.
Dr. Ronni Schnell is a Clinical Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and the Director of Predoctoral Removable Prosthodontics at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. She is also a partner at The Classic Smile, a private dental practice in Medford, Massachusetts.

Dr. Schnell received her dental degree from the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and has attained Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. She is a Past President of the Alumni Board of the Goldman School and remains a director on the board. 

Dr. Schnell lectures at local, regional, and national meetings on complete and partial dentures and root and implant retained overdentures. She serves on numerous college and university committees including Faculty Council, Council on Ethics and Professionalism, Applied Strategic Planning and Curriculum Committees, and she chaired the Task Force for the Implementation of the Electronic Patient Dental Record, which went "live" at the Goldman School in September 2010 after completing a comprehensive conversion.

Dr. Songtao ShiSongtao Shi, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Songtao Shi became interested in craniofacial biology and its relationship to human anomalies early in his clinical career. This interest prompted several years of additional training to obtain his scientific and clinical qualifications. His accumulated knowledge and experiences from working in a variety of settings at institutions and hospitals has provided him with the fundamental basis for establishing a scientific research program that emphasizes mesenchymal stem cells and their clinical relevance.

Dr. Shi's laboratory and collaborators were the first to identify mesenchymal stem cells from a variety of orofacial and skeletal tissues, including dental pulp, baby tooth, periodontal ligament, root apical papilla, oral gingival, and tendon. They also identified stem cell niche for bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells and benign tumor stem cells for human diseases. Dr. Shi has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in a variety of scientific journals regarding his research.

Dr. Robert SpearsRobert Spears, M.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Spears is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Director of Student Research at Baylor College of Dentistry. He is also a member of the ADEA Council of Faculties. Dr. Spears received his M.S. in Anatomy and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Baylor. His research focus is on how the nervous and immune systems interact during pain and inflammation, with particular emphasis on TMJ.

Dr. Spears is Baylor's representative to the ADEA Council of Faculties and also serves on the ADEA Commission for Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI). He served as the American Academy of Dental Research (AADR) National Student Research Group Faculty Advisor from 2001 through 2010 and is currently serving the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) as a Commission Consultant Site Reviewer for Basic Sciences.

The State Anatomical Board Representative and an Accreditation Site Reviewer for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Dr. Spears also serves on the Curriculum and Admissions Committees at Baylor. He was awarded a Teaching Fellowship from the Harvard Macy Institute's Program for Educators in the Health Professions and received the American Association of Anatomists Basmajian Award. He was awarded the Baylor College of Dentistry Teacher of the Year award in 1997 and 2006.

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