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Dr. Jane Weintraub Named New Dean of UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Jane A. Weintraub has been appointed as the new Dean of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She was selected after a national search, and her appointment was approved by the University's Board of Trustees at the end of January. She begins on July 1, 2011.

Until her transition in July, Dr. Weintraub remains the Lee Hysan Professor of Dental Public Health and Oral Epidemiology and Chair of the Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health Division at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry. She joined the faculty in 1995 after serving as a faculty member at UNC for seven years.

Dr. Weintraub's research has helped shape scientific guidelines regarding sealants and fluoride that have become part of mainstream dental and public health practices. She is principal investigator and director of the Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO), which focuses on preventing early childhood caries, a condition that disproportionately affects young children from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2008, this National Institutes of Health-funded center received an additional seven years of funding totaling $24.4 million - the biggest grant in the UCSF School of Dentistry's history.

A past president of both the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) and the International Association of Dental Research's behavioral sciences and health services research group, Dr. Weintraub was also one of the scientific editors and contributing authors for the first Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health. In 2009 she received the International Association of Dental Research's H. Trendley Dean Distinguished Scientist Award for her work in oral epidemiology and dental public health, and in 2010 she received the American Dental Association's Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.

Dr. William Kohn Joins Delta Dental

Dr. William G. KohnDr. William G. Kohn, former Director of the Division of Oral Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, has joined the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA) as its Vice President of Dental Science and Policy. "With states trying to figure out health care reform, this is an important time for our country," said Dr. Kohn. "As more children gain access to dental coverage, my hope is that increasing numbers of parents will see the importance of oral health and will seek care themselves."

Prior to becoming the Director of the Division of Oral Health at CDC, Dr. Kohn served as the division's Director for Science, where he was responsible for assuring the scientific integrity of all division scientific and public documents, including the 2003 Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, for which he was the lead author.

A 1978 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Dr. Kohn served for three years in the U.S. Navy in a hospital-based general practice residency and then as a dental officer in Adak, Alaska, before returning to Illinois and operating a private dental practice for two years. Following a desire to return to Alaska, Dr. Kohn moved to Fairbanks where he directed the Interior Alaska Native Alaskan Dental Program for six years.

Dr. Kohn left Alaska for an oral medicine and public health management residency at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Over his seven years at NIH, he conducted basic and clinical research studies, served as the science transfer coordinator, directed the hospital dental program and oral medicine residency program, and served as the Deputy Clinical Director for the Institute.

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