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UIC COD Welcomes New Faculty in Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry

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Carmen Graves, D.D.S., M.Sc., M.S.

Carmen Graves, D.D.S., M.Sc., M.S., has joined the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC COD) as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics.

“I participate in the clinical instruction and supervision of the predoctoral students,” she explains. “I help them recognize the different conditions and diseases that affect the oral cavity, arrive at an appropriate periodontal diagnosis and set treatment plan goals that accommodate the patients’ needs.”

Dr. Graves notes that she “Would like to help form future generations of professionals who feel very confident and capable in providing excellent care to their patients.

“Also, I treasure the relationship between a mentor and a student,” Dr. Graves continues. “I myself have had the opportunity to work with excellent clinicians and mentors during all my formative years as a student. I still maintain multiple mentors and they keep selflessly guiding me through the years. They are invaluable to my professional success. I hope to become like one of those mentors to my students, someone whom they can always reach for any clinical questions or professional advice.”

Dr. Graves is originally from Peru and earned her D.D.S. from Universidad Andina del Cusco and her M.Sc. in periodontics from Universidad de San Martin de Porres, both in her home country. She also earned an M.S. in Oral Biology and a certificate in periodontics at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, and served as Chief Resident and as a teaching assistant while there. 

In Peru, Dr. Graves “participated in multiple outreach oral health campaigns to less-privileged communities, and would love to continue doing that here.”

Sharif Mohammad, D.D.S., M.S.

UIC also welcomes Sharif Mohammad, D.D.S., M.S., who recently joined the Department of Restorative Dentistry as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He brings experience from a variety of dental schools.

Dr. Mohammad received his D.D.S. from the Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland. He also completed a general practice residency in Poland. He performed a U.S. general practice residency at Forum Western Reserve Health Dental Services in Youngstown, OH, and then moved on to the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry (UCLA SOD), where he completed a fellowship in geriatric dentistry. Dr. Mohammad then did his specialty training in prosthodontics while also earning a M.S. in Dentistry at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry (ULSD).

Dr. Mohammad has worked as a part-time Assistant Professor at ULSD and as a Clinical Instructor at UCLA SOD. As a researcher, he has focused on the clinical applications of biomaterials. The Journal of Dental Research and the Journal of Dental Biomaterialshave published his research articles.

“Dr. Mohammad will be teaching in the pre-patient care and clinical predoctoral program, including the predoctoral implant, fixed and complete denture programs,” says Stephen Campbell, D.D.S., M.M.Sc., Professor and Head, Department of Restorative Dentistry. 

“My goal is to excel in my position as an educator and faculty member of the college,” Dr. Mohammad says. “To make a difference and help students with understanding dental procedures in a way that makes sense to them.” He noted that he plans on “assisting in the implant and denture clinics. I have interests in new dental technology, implant dentistry and high-quality aesthetic restorations.”

Courtesy of William Bike, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

Published on March 14, 2018

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