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Transitions, Appointments and Awards - October 2013

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Dr. Goldberg of Case Western Reserve University Receives Achievement Award

Dr. Jerold GoldbergJerold S. Goldberg, D.D.S., Dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine (CWRU SDM), has been awarded the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) Achievement Award.

Dr. Goldberg received the award for his contributions to the CWRU SDM, including development of innovative dental education programs. The award was presented at the Callahan Celebration of Excellence in September, held in conjunction with the ODA Annual Session.

“Dean Goldberg has been a real difference maker at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. He has consistently supported innovative changes for both the University and the School of Dental Medicine,” says Ronald L. Occhionero, D.D.S., Associate Dean of Administration at CWRU SDM. “Additionally, he has been an active force in dentistry and for ODA initiatives and is well deserving of the 2013 Achievement Award of the Ohio Dental Association for his many accomplishments.”

Dr. Goldberg received his D.D.S. from CWRU SDM in 1970 and then went on to complete his training in oral and maxillofacial surgery there. In 1974, he joined the CWRU faculty.

“I really enjoyed the idea of changing experiences for hundreds of thousands of people,” he says. “You can change patients’ experiences one at a time, but if you change curriculum, you can influence so many people over a lifetime.”

Dr. Goldberg became Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1985, served as Interim Dean of CWRD SDM in 1997 and was then appointed as Dean about a year later. He also served as Interim Dean of the School of Medicine and Interim Provost. 

Under Dr. Goldberg’s leadership, applications have grown, the number of faculty members has tripled, research funding has seen a dramatic increase and the school’s budget increased by 300%. Dr. Goldberg also was involved in overhauling the school’s curriculum to emphasize a “culture of enquiry.” 

“I’ve spent my whole life at this university; it’s what I’m all about,” Dr. Goldberg says. “The thing that makes me happiest is I really feel we are populating the profession with really talented, caring, good people.”

Throughout his career, Goldberg has taught at the predoctoral and doctoral levels, conducted research and private practice. 

“Dr. Jerry Goldberg has led the CWRU School of Dental Medicine with extraordinary leadership,” says Ronald P. Lemmo, D.D.S., who has held several academic positions at CWRU and is the American Dental Association Treasurer. “Under his administration, the school has re-created an outstanding research program and developed its curriculum as an innovative and visionary exemplar for the future of dental education. His legacy at the school will impact students and alumni for generations to come.”

Dr. Goldberg will be stepping down from his position as Dean next year; he plans to remain involved in the school.

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