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Dr. John Stamm Named Interim Dean at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry

Dr. John StammDr. John Stamm was appointed Interim Dean of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Dentistry at the end of May 2010. He replaces Dr. John N. Williams, who was named Dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry (see following story).

Dr. Stamm was previously Dean of the UNC School of Dentistry from 1989 to 2004, and led the school in the planning and construction of both Tarrson Hall and a patient simulation laboratory. A national search is under way for a new dean under the guidance of Dr. Barbara Rimer, Dean of UNC-Chapel Hill's Gilling School of Global Public Health.

Dr. John N. Williams Begins New Appointment at Indiana University

Dr. John N. WilliamsDr Lawrence I. GoldblattDr. John N. Williams, former Dean at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, began his new appointment as Dean of Indiana University (IU) School of Dentistry on June 15, 2010. He is the ninth person to hold the position in the 131-year history of IU's dental school.

Dr. Williams follows Dr. Lawrence I. Goldblatt, who resigned at age 65 as required by the university. Dr. Goldblatt will return to the school's full-time faculty as a Professor of Oral Pathology after a one-year administrative leave. A dental graduate of Georgetown University, Goldblatt first came to IU in the 1970s to pursue a master's degree in oral pathology. He served on IU's faculty and in other administrative dental school posts for the next 20 years, leaving in 1994 to become Dean at Case Western Reserve University. He returned to IU to accept the deanship in 1997.

Prior to joining UNC's faculty in 2005 as Dean, Dr. Williams served on the dental faculty at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry for nearly 20 years and was Dean from 1999 to 2005. He earned both his dental and business degrees from the University of Louisville and is currently ADEA Vice President for Deans.

Dr. Da Fonseca Named Post-Graduate/Residency Program Director at UW

Dr. Marcio Da FonsecaDr. Marcio Da Fonseca has been named the new Post-Graduate/Residency Program Director in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry. Dr. Da Fonseca was previously the Director of Impatient Care at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and succeeds Dr. Joseph Kelly, who was serving as Interim Director.

"Dr. Da Fonseca brings much expertise, experience, and talent to the position and is a nationally recognized advocate for oral care for patients with special health care needs," said Dr. Joel Berg, Chair of Pediatric Dentistry at UW. "I am convinced that he brings the right mix of clinical, teaching, research, and administrative skills to do an outstanding job."

Dr. Da Fonseca completed dental school in Brazil, a master's degree in pediatric dentistry at the University of Minnesota, a fellowship in pediatric dentistry at The Children's Hospital in Denver, and a fellowship in oral medicine at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He has served on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Michigan; and The Ohio State University.

Dr. Cyril Meyerowitz to Step Down at EIOH

Dr. Cyril Meyerowitz will step down as Director of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health (EIOH) at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in 2011. He agreed at the creation of the Institute in 1999 to end his leadership in 2011. Dr. Meyerowitz will remain active as a URMC/EIOH faculty member and researcher, while maintaining his leadership on a national level. Under his leadership, Eastman expanded its community service programs, dramatically improving access to care by establishing sites throughout the region and improving clinical services.

"Dr. Meyerowitz provided 10 years of inspirational leadership for Eastman after its merger with the university in 1998 and was instrumental in establishing the new Institute," said university President Joel Seligman. "We are grateful for his unprecedented contributions to our patients and the medical center. He leaves Eastman Institute for Oral Health well poised for a very bright future."

"It has been a privilege and honor to lead Eastman Dental Center and then Eastman Institute for Oral Health over the past decade," Dr. Meyerowitz said. "The University of Rochester, with its strong commitment to EIOH, is fertile ground for innovation and leadership in dental education, research, and clinical care. I look forward to a smooth transition to new leadership of one of the premier dental academic institutions in the country."

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