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Transitions, Appointments, and Awards: Mid-July 2013 Update

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Dr. Lefebvre named Interim Dean of Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine

Carol LefebvreCarol Lefebvre, D.D.S., M.S., Vice Dean of the Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine, has been named the Interim Dean. Dr. Lefebvre will serve while a search process is underway to replace the former Dean, Connie L. Drisko, D.D.S. Dr. Drisko, who served as Dean for a decade, stepped down in June 2013.

“It’s the start of a new journey for the College of Dental Medicine,” Dr. Lefebvre says. “The College of Dental Medicine has a strong core and a bright future. We have achieved amazing growth already, and we can be proud of the 40-year history we have of educating dentists for the state of Georgia and in regions beyond our state borders. There is no doubt we have some challenges ahead of us, but I’m looking forward to keeping us moving in an upward direction.”

Dr. Lefebvre has several goals in mind, including more effective internal and external communication, strengthening faculty and staff development and engaging students via social media.

A Professor of Oral Rehabilitation and Oral Biology, she has also served the college as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Faculty Affairs. Dr. Lefebvre received her D.D.S. and M.S. degrees in Prosthodontics from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Also a researcher, she is the co-principal investigator on the $6.2 million Nobel Biocare/GRU Center of Excellence grant, a research, clinical and educational grant related to implants and esthetic dentistry. She served as Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry for nine years after serving four years as the Associate Editor.

Dr. Lefebvre is a recipient of the College of Dental Medicine’s Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Faculty Member Awards. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics; a Fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics, American College of Prosthodontists and Pierre Fauchard Academy; and a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Phi Kappa Phi and the Hinman Dental Society.

She was a fellow in the 2005–06 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program, and was recently honored by the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, which named their Scientific Poster Award in honor of her tenure as Editor.


Dr. Farmer-Dixon Named Interim Dean at the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry

Cherae Farmer-Dixon, D.D.S, M.P.H., has been appointed Interim Dean at the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. Dr. Farmer-Dixon has been serving as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the Dental School at Meharry where she is Professor in the Department of Dental Public Health.

She succeeds Janet Southerland, D.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D. Dr. Southerland is stepping down from her position as Dean and returning to the faculty at Meharry.


Dr. Reynolds Named Interim Dean at University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Mark Reynolds, M.A., D.D.S., Ph.D., has been named Interim Dean of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Dr. Reynolds takes the reins from Christian S. Stohler, D.M.D., DrMedDent, who began his tenure as Dean in 2003 and oversaw considerable growth in the school’s facilities and academic capabilities.

A distinguished academic dentist, Dr. Reynolds joined the University in 1996 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Periodontics. Since 2001, he has served as Director of the Advanced Dental Education Program in Periodontics. In addition, he has served as Chair of the Department of Periodontics since 2005.

Dr. Reynolds’ passion for periodontics is evident in his more than 200 scholarly publications and numerous affiliations with professional organizations. In recognition of his expertise, he was elected to a six-year term as a Director of the American Board of Periodontology, where he works to establish examination tools and shape the direction of periodontics.

His emphasis on developing basic and clinical research has resulted in a significant increase in the number of peer-reviewed publications by department faculty. Dr. Reynolds has been committed to creating a cutting-edge program in periodontics, creating curricula in advanced surgical microscopy, periodontal regeneration and dental implants with the latest emerging technologies.

Dr. Reynolds assumed his new role on July 15 and will serve as Interim Dean of the School of Dentistry until a national search is concluded and a new Dean has been named.


The University of Texas Health School of Dentistry at Houston Names New Associate Dean and Chair

WaljiMuhammad Walji, Ph.D., has been named Associate Dean for Technology Services & Informatics at The University of Texas (UTHealth) School of Dentistry at Houston.

Dr. Walji, who is also an Associate Professor and Director of Informatics, joined the UTHealth School of Dentistry faculty in 2007 in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences. He earned a B.S. in biology from The University of Texas at Dallas, followed by a master’s degree and doctorate in health informatics from UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics.

He has been actively involved in biomedical informatics research, both locally and on a national level. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, Health Information Management Systems Society, the American Dental Education Association and the Consortium for Oral Health Research and Informatics.

Dr. Walji is the principal investigator on a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, to develop a patient safety system for dentistry. He is a co-investigator on another NIDCR-funded project to refine and enhance a dental diagnostic terminology and user interface in electronic health records. He has also served as principal investigator of a National Library of Medicine grant to develop an inter-university oral health data repository for electronic health record data that will allow end-users to directly explore and extract information to support their specific research or decision-making needs.

Nikola AngelovNikola Angelov, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., has been selected as Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene at UTHealth School of Dentistry.

A native of Macedonia, Dr. Angelov has had a career as a dental educator and researcher for 20 years. He most recently served as a Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Director of the Predoctoral Periodontal Program at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.

Dr. Angelov earned his D.D.S. and master’s degree in periodontology and a Ph.D. in oral pathology and periodontology from Saints Cyril and Methodius University, where he was also a clinical dentist and faculty member. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in oral infection and immunity with NIDCR before joining the Loma Linda faculty in 2004 and eventually rising to full professor.

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