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Transitions, Appointments, and Awards - July 2013

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Dr. Ronald Dailey Appointed Dean, LLU School of Dentistry

Ronald J. Dailey, Ph.D., Executive Associate Dean at the Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Dentistry, has been appointed by the University Board of Trustees to serve as the School’s fifth Dean, effective July 1, 2013. He will replace Charles J. Goodacre, D.D.S., M.S.D., who has served in that position since 1994.

Richard Hart, M.D., Dr.P.H., President and CEO of Loma Linda University Health, announced the appointment. “After a careful search process, Dr. Dailey’s name was selected for presentation to the University’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Dailey’s long track record makes him an obvious choice for dean and our board confirmed that recommendation. I am delighted to welcome Ron into that position.”

Dr. Dailey was first employed by the School of Dentistry in June 1975 as an instructor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, while completing a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology at Walla Walla College.

In July 1978 he was promoted to Assistant Professor, and became Director of Admissions and Student Affairs; in 1986 his title changed to Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs.

On September 30, 1993, Dr. Dailey was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the same year that he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, which focused on a re-analysis of the relationship of psychomotor and perceptual skills to student performance in dental school.

With the acquisition of his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Higher and Professional Education from USC in 1994, Dr. Dailey was promoted to Associate Professor, Department of Dental Educational Services. A year later (September 1995) he was named the Department’s Chair, a position he maintains.

One of the more meaningful accomplishments of Dr. Dailey’s teaching and administrative career has been writing, with LLU Professor of Biostatistics Jay S. Kim, Ph.D., a ground-breaking textbook, Biostatistics for Oral Healthcare, published by Blackwell Munksgaard in 2008. M. E. Munn calls the book the “first solid biostatistical text completely devoted to oral health research.”

Among the honors Dr. Dailey has received is his honorary membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon—a society that was established in 1914 at Northwestern University Dental School in Lincoln, Nebraska, to promote and recognize scholarship and character among students of dentistry. He was also selected for Teaching Excellence awards in 1986 and 1987, and for the School of Dentistry’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001.


Dr. Christian S. Stohler Appointed Dean of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Columbia University has announced the appointment of Christian S. Stohler, D.M.D., Dr.Med.Dent., as the new Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, effective August 1, 2013. Dr. Stohler, a renowned expert on pain management and jaw disorders, joins Columbia University after a decade as Dean of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore.

Dr. Stohler succeeds Ira B. Lamster, D.D.S., M.M.Sc. , who stepped down in 2012 after leading the school for more than a decade through a series of important educational, clinical, and research developments.

While at the University of Maryland, Dr. Stohler elevated the School of Dentistry’s global prominence in academics and patient care and oversaw an expansion that made it the largest public dental school in the nation. Dr. Stohler strengthened clinical instruction by updating the curriculum and engaging 200 volunteer practicing dentists to teach real-world dentistry. The campus itself bears his mark. He led construction of fully digital academic and clinical facilities on the downtown Baltimore campus and at a smaller facility in Perryville, Maryland. He also oversaw the introduction of dental services to the Health Center on the College Park campus.

Before joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Stohler spent more than 20 years at the University of Michigan, where he established himself as a leader in research and teaching. He was a Professor and Director of Research at the School of Dentistry, a Research Scientist at the Center for Human Growth and Development, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences. The University of Michigan awarded him its Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Stohler is deeply committed to advancing dental care through research. He helped lead work funded by the National Institutes of Health on the genetics, endocrinology, and neurobiology of the human response to pain, particularly in patients with the common jaw joint disorder known as TMJD (temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder). He is a prolific and widely cited scholar, having authored more than 120 articles and book chapters.

Dr. Stohler received his D.M.D. from the University of Bern in Switzerland, where he also earned his Dr.Med.Dent. in hematology, as well as certificates in oral surgery and prosthodontics. He holds an honorary doctoral degree of philosophy from Nippon Dental University in Tokyo.

Among his many honors, he is a recipient of the Jerome M. & Dorothy Schweitzer Research Award from the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics and the Horace Wells Merit Award from the Connecticut State Dental Association. He also has been honored by the National Dental Association, the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the international dental honor society. Dr. Stohler chaired the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and is a fellow of the American College of Dentistry and the International College of Dentistry.


ADA New Investigator Award Deadline

The American Dental Association (ADA) is accepting applications for the 2013 John W. Stanford New Investigator Award. Applications are due September 30.

The ADA created the Award in 2011 to encourage new dentists and dental students to conduct standards-based research and standards development. Dental students and dentists who earned their dental degrees no earlier than 2008 are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit an original research report that could be published and an explanation of how the research incorporates current dental standards and/or contributes to dental standards development. Applications can be downloaded at www.ADA.org/dentalstandards. The ADA will announce a winner in December.

The winner will receive airfare and a two-night hotel stay to present the award-winning research report in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the March 2014 meeting of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 106 on Dentistry.

John W. Stanford, Ph.D., who died in February 2011, was a 40-year ADA employee and one of the ADA Standards Programs’ most vital figures, having played a major role in standards setting and development. The ADA credits Dr. Stanford with establishing its current standards program.

The ADA has played a key part in the development of dental standards since 1928. Expert volunteers from the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group develop national and international dental standards.

More information about the ADA Standards Administration is available online.

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