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Transitions, Appointments and Awards: Mid-August 2013 Update

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Dr. Licari Appointed Dean of the Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine

Frank W. LicariRoseman University has appointed Frank W. Licari, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.B.A., as the new Dean of the College of Dental Medicine. He will assume the role on November 1.

“Dr. Licari brings an impressive level of experience in dental education to Roseman University,” says Mark A. Penn, M.D., M.B.A., Chancellor of the Roseman University–South Jordan campus. “With his background in accreditation, academic affairs, clinical operations and private dental practice, we believe he will be an ideal fit with the Roseman educational philosophy, helping the D.M.D. program continue to succeed and grow in the future.”

Dr. Licari joins Roseman with more than 20 years of experience in dental education at both public and private universities, most recently as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and professor at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine–Illinois. Prior to that he served in a variety of administrative and faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, including his recent position as Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and previously as Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Patient Care and Clinical Education and Chief Risk Management Officer. He also served as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education and Patient Care at Marquette University School of Dentistry. 

“I am truly humbled and honored to become dean of a dental school that is innovative and focused on excellence and service. I’m looking forward to working with the students, faculty and staff at Roseman University to make the College of Dental Medicine-South Jordan an outstanding institution,” says Dr. Licari. 

After graduating from dental school Dr. Licari maintained a busy private practice in Illinois for 10 years, and has taken an active role in both university and public health service throughout his career. Dr. Licari looks forward to being engaged with Roseman’s community partners to enhance dental education for students, and to deliver quality dental care to patients. 

He is a member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, American Dental Education Association and American Association of Public Health Dentistry. He has been recognized for his achievements in dental education with awards that include the Pierre Fauchard Certificate of Merit, memberships in Delta Omega and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, as well as Fellowships with the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

“Roseman University is excited to welcome Dr. Frank Licari into this important role leading the College of Dental Medicine as it continues to grow and serve the community,” says Roseman University President Renee Coffman, Ph.D. “We appreciate the hard work of the administration, faculty and staff who participated in the search committee to identify the most highly qualified candidate as the new dean.” 

Roseman CODM, Utah’s first dental school, recently enrolled its third class of D.M.D. students in the four-year program. The D.M.D. program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of initial accreditation.

“It has been my pleasure to work with the faculty, staff and students at the College of Dental Medicine these past seven months. They have done an exceptional job, working as a team during this transition phase, positioning the dental program well to move into the future with Dr. Licari as the new dean.” says Dr. Penn. 

ECU School of Dental Medicine Announces First Research Dean

Sharon M. GordonSharon M. Gordon, D.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., has been named Associate Dean for Research and Chair of Foundational Sciences at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine (ECU SDM). Dr. Gordon is the first person to hold this position. 

Dr. Gordon currently serves as the Director of Graduate Research and Training at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore, MD. Prior to her tenure as professor at University of Maryland, she served as an intramural scientist and directed research training at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

For more than two decades, first at NIH and then at the University of Maryland, Dr. Gordon has focused on workforce development with special emphasis on research training for clinicians. Her research interest is injury and interaction of the inflammatory response and nervous system in pain and wound healing.

Dr. Gordon’s experiences align well with the ECU SDM’s philosophy. She uses an interdisciplinary team approach in research and teaching, as exemplified by her work to create an NIH-funded case-based educational program of pain management using an inter-professional approach to diagnosing and managing pain. She uses her clinical research and educational experience to teach students about the relationship between patient care and research. 

Dr. Gordon will remain active in her role with NIH and professional organizations, serving on NIDCR’s grants review panel evaluating research training and career development applications and as the National Faculty Advisor for the National Student Research Group of the American Association of Dental Research as well as board member of the American Dental Association Student Clinician Awards—ADA/Dentsply. 

D. Gregory Chadwick, D.D.S., M.S., Dean of the ECU SDM, says, “Dr. Gordon’s strong research, general dentistry and public health background uniquely qualify her to serve as our first Associate Dean for Research and Chair of Foundational Sciences. We are extremely excited to have Dr. Gordon join East Carolina University’s research team and lead the dental school’s research effort on our campus and in communities across North Carolina.” 

At ECU SDM, Dr. Gordon will develop research and research training that ties together the foundational sciences with research that is clinically and community-relevant.

Dr. Niessen Appointed Dean of Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine

Linda C. NiessenLinda C. Niessen, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.P.P., has been appointed Dean of the College of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University effective October 1. Dr. Niessen succeeds Dr. Robert Uchin, who will return to NSU CDM as a faculty member.

Dr. Niessen currently serves as Clinical Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the Texas A&M University’s Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Niessen recently served as Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for DENTSPLY International, Inc. where she oversaw the global clinical education and professional relations activities for this worldwide dental equipment and consumables company.

Dr. Niessen is a diplomat of the American Board of Dental Public Health and the American Board of Special Care Dentistry and has provided dental care to medically complex patients in VA Medical Centers in Maryland and Texas. Her research interests include geriatric oral research and education, epidemiology of oral diseases in older adults, and oral health public policy. Dr. Niessen has more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored a textbook titled, “Geriatric Dentistry: Aging and Oral Health.” During her tenure as Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry, she initiated advanced education programs in dental public health and geriatric dentistry as part of the Baylor partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Dr. Niessen has served as President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, past President of the American Association of Women Dentists, past President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and serves on the Board of Regents of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Niessen’s commitment to the profession and dental education has been recognized in her receipt of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the American Dental Education Association Presidential Citation. 

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