ADEA Leadership Institute Class of 2017

The ADEA Leadership Institute is designed to support the nation’s most promising individuals at academic institutions in becoming leaders in dental and higher education.

ADEA Leadership Institute Fellows are selected from a competitive pool of applicants and participate in the year-long educational experience that prepares them for expanded roles in their institutions and the profession. Fellows emerge not only with the knowledge and skills necessary for their careers but with greater self-understanding and deeper personal vision.

Profiles of the 2017 ADEA Leadership Institute Fellows follow. 

Shawn AdibiDr. Shawn Adibi received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 1993. After graduation, he entered into private practice in Oklahoma City. He completed a preceptorship in Implant Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1995 and Parenteral Conscious Sedation training at New York Medical College in 1997. He practiced dentistry for many years in Oklahoma City and the Edmond, Oklahoma, area before moving to Houston in 2001. He continued postgraduate training from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry for Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain in 2008.

Dr. Adibi served as a provider for the Harris County Hospital District from 2002 to 2004. He received recognition for serving America’s underserved communities as a member of the National Health Service Corps and received a certificate of appreciation from the Department of Health and Human Service for his dedication to children of Texas. He joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry in 2005 to fulfill his long-time desire of becoming a dental educator. He received his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Health Science Education in 2012.

Currently, Dr. Adibi is an Associate Professor in the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health, where he teaches diagnostic sciences. He is the director for several clinical courses. He has become an academic fellow of American Academy of Oral Medicine and has completed the Health Educators Fellowship program at the University of Texas.

Dr. Adibi is Councilor of the ADEA Section on Oral Diagnosis/Oral Medicine and Chair-elect for the Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis. He has published manuscripts on the subjects of laser dentistry, oral pathology and oral radiology, and created several online continuimg education courses. His research interests include oral medicine and educational research.

Veeratrishul AllareddyDr. Trishul Allareddy is an Associate Professor at The University of Iowa School of Dentistry & Dental Clinics (UI COD). He joined the UI COD faculty in 2008 after completing his residency there and having spent more than a year as a consultant to a private imaging company. He is currently the Program Director for the Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the Director of Radiology at the School of Dentistry. He serves on several collegiate, university, national and international committees. He is currently the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (AAOMR) representative to Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM). He is the Co-chair for working group 22 (Dentistry) of the DICOM Standards committee, where he also serves on the Leadership, Outreach and Educations Committee and is Co-chair of the Standards and Codes Committee for AAOMR. He is also one of the co-authors for the next National Council on Radiation Protection report in Dentistry, which serves as a guideline for most state bureaus of Radiological Health. He is a reviewer for nine peer-reviewed journals in dentistry and radiology. His main expertise and interest is in the use of technology in dentistry. His research areas are related to reduction of the radiation dose to the patient, health care outcomes, dental education, big data sharing and the role of advanced imaging in the oral and maxillofacial regions as it applies to dentistry. 

Kim AustinDr. Austin received her D.D.S. degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in 1987. To enhance her clinical skills, she did a general practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. Upon completing that program in 1988, she returned to Washington, DC, where she was an associate in two private practices. After a year and a half, she returned home to California where she continued as an associate in private practice. She eventually became the Center Dentist for the Los Angeles Job Corps organization, a company devoted to providing career choices for socioeconomically disadvantaged young adults ages 16 to 24.

In 1993, Dr. Austin was accepted into the advanced periodontal residency program at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Upon completing the residency program, she was invited to teach in the pre-doctoral program. She was a part-time clinical instructor for eight years before accepting a full-time position as assistant professor of clinical dentistry. In June 2015, Dr. Austin was promoted to Director, Pre-doctoral Periodontics.

Dr. Austin is the Course Director for the D2 Perio Module, a yearlong course that introduces and immerses second-year dental students in periodontal principles and practices. She teaches periodontal instrumentation to first-year advanced periodontal residents; this course spans three trimesters as well. Dr. Austin also teaches a course to second-year dental hygiene students on the introduction to periodontal surgical procedures. 

Dr. Austin serves on various committees in the dental school, including the Student Professional Performance Evaluation Committee, of which she is the Chair. This committee has an academic and an ethical component. She is also a member of the Admissions Committee and the Diversity Committee. 

Dr. Austin is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, which has honored her for outstanding teaching and mentoring; the American Dental Education Association; and the National Dental Association.

Dolores CannellaDr. Cannella graduated Summa Cum Laude from Long Island University (1999) and stayed on to earn a Master’s degree in General and Experimental Psychology (2002). She continued her education at Stony Brook University, where she was awarded a Master’s degree (2004) and Ph.D. (2007) in Social and Health Psychology. Dr. Cannella joined the faculty at the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 2007 and was appointed as Director of Behavioral Sciences and Practice Management in the Department of General Dentistry in 2008. In addition, she holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and the Graduate Program in Public Health. Dr. Cannella was promoted to Associate Professor with continuing appointment in 2014 and served as the Acting Chair of the Department of General Dentistry (2014-2015). Currently, she serves as Associate Dean for Education at the School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Cannella’s teaching and research interests focus on the utilization of social psychological theories to investigate adaptation to chronic illness, stress and coping, and the promotion of health behaviors. She serves as the Project Coordinator on a 2015 HRSA-funded initiative to develop patient-centered interprofessional health care delivery teams to improve access to health promotion and disease prevention services to geriatric and medically complex adults.

Gabriel ChuDr. Chu received his D.D.S. (1989) from the Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, and his Ph.D. (1999) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, where he also completed his postdoctoral training in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently the Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor of the Department of Biomedical and Applied Sciences at the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD). He also holds adjunct appointments at the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedic Surgery at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. 

He is currently the Graduate Program Director for the Graduate Dental Materials Program and the Course Director of the dental material course for first-year graduate students in Prosthodontic, Operative Dentistry and Dental Materials programs. He also co-teaches in the dental materials courses for D1 students. In his role as the Associate Dean for Research, he has delineated focused research areas at IUSD through funding analysis with the purpose of developing strategic plans for research and providing targeted supports for research faculty. On the campus level, he serves on the Council of Associate Deans for Research, Faculty Council Research Affairs Committee and Faculty Council Graduate Affairs Committee. 

Dr. Chu’s research focuses on understanding tissue-biomaterial interaction and on developing strategies to enhance regeneration in large bone defects through the use of biomaterials, growth factors, and stem cells. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, foundations, and private industries. He has published more than 70 papers and co-authored three US patents. 

Dr. Chu is currently a member of the American Association of Dental Research, American Dental Education Association, Society for Biomaterials and an honorary member of the Theta Theta Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society.

Mahnaz FatahzadehDr. Fatahzadeh obtained her B.Sc. and D.M.D. degrees as well as her General Practice Residency certificate from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry, where she practiced general dentistry for a number of years. She completed her Oral Medicine fellowship and M.S.D. degree at Rutgers. The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine (RSDM), where she holds a faculty appointment as a professor of Oral Medicine and as an attending at the University hospital. Dr. Fatahzadeh is a diplomat of American Board of Oral Medicine and Director of pre and post-doctoral oral medicine training as well as Oral Mucosal Diseases Clinic at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. 

Dr. Fatahzadeh is an inductee to New York Academy of Medicine Stuart D. Cook, M.D., Master Educators’ Guild and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. She has served on the National Resource Committee of the AIDS Education Training Center and was the recipient of the Outstanding NJ Woman in the field of HIV/AIDS award in 2010. 

Dr. Fatahzadeh has a special interest in the evaluation and management of oral mucosal disorders, including oral cancer, and has been involved with lecturing and publication in this area. She has served as the chair of NY/NJ Oral Cancer Consortium, a member of New Jersey Oral/Oropharyngeal Cancer Work Group and Director of the annual Oral Cancer Screening program at RSDM.

Dr. Fatahzadeh has been a strong advocate for interprofessional education and communication aimed at improving patient care. She has interfaced with health professionals of various disciplines, providing seminars, workshops and clinical preceptorships to highlight the connection between oral and systemic health and to educate medical professionals about the importance of oral health in primary care.

Brent FungDr. Fung currently serves as Assistant Dean for Curriculum Integration at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine (WU CDM). His responsibilities include developing and overseeing the dental curriculum as well as teaching in the simulation and patient clinics. His current areas of interest include CAD/CAM dentistry, sleep apnea, clear orthodontics and technology integration in dental education.

After receiving his D.D.S. from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in 1995, he immediately joined the faculty and continued there for 17 years. He was the preclinical Course Director for operative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, and dental materials. He also mentored clinical students as a Group Practice Director during his tenure.

Dr. Fung has maintained private practices in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Santa Monica.

Dr. Fung has been the recipient of multiple excellence in teaching awards, including the Pierre Fauchard Academy Teacher of the Year Awards from both institutions. He is the Past President of Omicron Kappa Upsilon – Beta Zeta Chapter. He serves as Co-deputy Director of Delta Sigma Delta – Alpha Pi Chapter.

Theresa GonzalesDr. Gonzales recently retired from the United States Army Dental Corps after a long and distinguished career in active federal service to this Nation. Most recently, she was a nominative selection as the Director of Strategic Communications for the Army Surgeon General. She has commanded formations in Europe and the United States. Prior to her successive command selections, she served as Director of Orofacial Pain Management and a Staff Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. Dr. Gonzales graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Chemistry and received her D.M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards School of Dental Medicine (MUSC CDM). She began her military career at Fort Jackson, SC as a resident in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. She then completed a residency training program in oral and maxillofacial pathology in 1992 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. In 2006, she completed a two-year fellowship in Orofacial Pain at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and completed an M.S. in Health Care from George Washington University in Washington, DC. 

From 1994 to 1998, Dr. Gonzales taught in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at Texas A&M Univesity Baylor College of Dentistry. During her tenure, she was nominated at least three times as “Teacher of the Year.” Dr. Gonzales has earned Fellowship status with the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the American Board of Orofacial Pain. She holds Diplomate status as well as with the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of forensic Medicine. She is a Fellow of both the American College and International College of Dentists. Dr. Gonzales’s diverse professional background includes tours as staff assigned to Oral Surgery in Hanau, Germany; Force Dental Surgeon; Multinational Peace Keeping Force in El Gorah, Egypt; Chief, of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center; and William Beaumont Army Hospital and Darnall Army Hospital.

She has authored over 50 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and was the recipient of the International College of Dentists Award for Excellence in Research. She has received the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Surgeon General’s “A” Designator for clinical excellence. Currently, she is a Professor of Oral Pathology and the Director of Orofacial Pain Management at MUSC CDM.

Jeffrey HicksDr. Hicks is a Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry. He has served as Director of multiple clinics, as faculty in predoctoral and advanced dental education programs and has been director of residencies in Advanced Education in General Dentistry and in General Practice. He also served 11 years as Chair of the Department of Hospital Dentistry at University Hospital in San Antonio.

He has been a consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) for 25 years. He is now serving his second term as member on the CODA Postdoctoral General Dentistry Review Committee. 

Dr. Hicks has served as grant reviewer and eligibility panel member for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for multiple HRSA funding cycles. He has received nine funded HRSA grants and over $10 million in funding for his department and dental school, including as Co-Principal Investigator of his School’s Hispanic Center of Excellence and Principal Investigator of the School’s Faculty Development Program.

Dr. Hicks served as Board member of the Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) and is now Vice-President for that organization. He will ascend, in the next two years, to the positions of President-Elect and President of SCDA. 

Dr. Hicks indulges in international dental mission trips, including traveling annually to Guatemala with the Open Wide Foundation. In this cause, he delivers care and trains general dentistry residents in the care of patients with developmental disorders.

Bruno JhamDr. Jham is Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois. Upon obtaining his D.D.S. degree in Brazil, Dr. Jham pursued a certificate and an M.S. degree in Oral Medicine. He then completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and obtained a Ph.D. in Oral and Experimental Pathology, both at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Dr. Jham teaches courses in Oral Pathology and sees patients with oral lesions and oral manifestations of systemic diseases. In addition to his administrative, teaching and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Jham also conducts research in the field of oral cancer. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. 

Hera Kim-BermanDr. Kim-Berman is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Graduate Orthodontic Program Director at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (U-M SOD). She is an attending orthodontist with the Craniofacial Team at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan. She received her D.D.S. from Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and Orthodontic and Masters of Medical Science degrees from Harvard University. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, with over 20 years of experience in private practice and dental education. Prior to her tenure at U-M SOD, she held positions as an Associate Professor and Graduate Orthodontic Clinic Director at West Virginia University School of Dentistry. She served as the head of Orthodontics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She was an active member of the Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center. 

Dr. Kim-Berman’s current teaching responsibilities involve orthodontic and pediatric graduate residents as well as the advanced education craniofacial fellow. Her clinical and research interest is in the treatment of cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies and utilizing new technologies to further dental education.

Keith KirkwoodDr. Keith L. Kirkwood is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department Oral Health Sciences at the  at Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine (MUSC CDM), where he is also Associate Dean for Research and Director for the MUSC Center for Oral Health Research. Dr. Kirkwood completed his Certificate in Periodontology and earned his Ph.D. in Oral Biology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before moving to his current position in 2008, he was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is Principal Investigator in several grants from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) focused on understanding innate immune signaling involved inflammatory periodontal bone loss and oral cancer progression. He is also Co-Director for the NIDCR T32 training grant called “T-COHR: Training in Craniofacial and Oral Health Research.”  

Dr. Kirkwood has served on several NIH review panels and is currently serving as a permanent member for the Oral Dental Craniofacial Sciences review panel. He has also served as President of the International Association for Dental Research Pharmacology/Toxicology/Therapeutic Group. He has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including a National Research Service Award from NIDCR, the Tarrson Fellowship Career Development Award from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, two-time recipient of the IADR/GSK Innovation in Oral Care Award, and the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology Research.

Ching-Chang KoDr. Ko has been associated with academic biomechanics and clinical orthodontics in various capacities over the last 20 years. He had served as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Oral Biology, Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and is presently Professor and Program Director and Vice Chair of the Department of Orthodontics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry (UNC SOD). He is an established biomaterial/biomechanical scientist and American Board of Orthodontics Certified. Dr. Ko has contributed more than 100 publications to the scientific literature, which include original research articles and chapters in books. He has been awarded with National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research research funds to develop new biomaterials and to study orthodontic biomechanics. Dr. Ko received the B.F. Dewell Memorial Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation in 2007, and has lectured nationally and internationally. He has mentored more than 10 Ph.D. students and 15 Master’s students. He has been a member of many associations and societies, including AADR, AAO, ORS, ASME, ASCer, and Biomaterials. He has served as the reviewer for various orthodontic and biomedical research journals and the ad-hoc member of National Institutes of Health study sections, the Taiwanese NHRI bioengineering study section, and the external grant reviewer for Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He maintains a faculty clinical practice at UNC SOD. Since 2006, he has worked on combining tooth movement with engineering sciences to develop a new educational and research era in Orthodontics. He wants to become a leader of tomorrow in this unique combination of academic disciplines.
Ariande LetraDr. Letra holds a D.D.S., with a certificate, an M.S. in Endodontics, a Ph.D. in Oral Biology and a fellowship in Human Molecular Genetics. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Endodontics, University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD), where she also holds the position of Director of Endodontic Research. She is a member of the Center for Craniofacial Research at UTSD, and an adjunct faculty at the UTHSC Medical School Pediatric Research Center. Before joining UTSD, Dr. Letra served as Assistant Professor of Oral Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Letra’s research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying complex oral traits in humans, from craniofacial anomalies such as cleft lip/palate and dental anomalies, to inflammatory conditions of endodontic origin such as apical periodontitis. Dr. Letra has published several peer-reviewed articles in the field of endodontics and human genetics.

Nicholas MakhoulDr. Makhoul is a dual degreed and boarded Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with sub-specialization in maxillofacial oncology and microvascular reconstructive surgery. He received a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Alberta in Biochemistry, a D.M.D. at McGill University Faculty of Dentistry (McGill FOD) and an M.D. at the University of Michigan. He completed his residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as a fellowship in maxillofacial oncology and microvascular surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Makhoul is the head of the department of Dentistry and OMFS at the McGill University Health Centre, Assistant Professor and Director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with the McGill FOD as well as a practicing academic maxillofacial surgeon.

Dr. Makhoul is largely involved in maxillofacial translational research, particularly as it applies to regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Additionally, he has a specific interest in computer-assisted surgery and virtual planning of complex maxillofacial reconstructive surgery. He has presented nationally and internationally on the above subjects and has chaired several academic meetings in the fields of maxillofacial reconstructive surgery research and tissue engineering.

Keith MaysDr. Mays is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences, Division of Prosthodontics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. 

Dr. Mays earned a B.S. from Morgan State University, and then went on to earn a D.D.S. from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He then completed a one-year General Practice Residency at the University of Michigan Hospital and Clinics. He received a certificate and an M.S. in prosthodontics from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD). He also practiced general dentistry as an associate, and co-owner of his own practice, and has maintained a faculty practice while in academics. 

Dr. Mays has served as the Division Director of Prosthodontics at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, as well as, the Assistant Director of the General Practice residency at the UMSOD. He has served as Course Director for several prosthodontic courses, seminar coordinator for general practice residency, and a prosthodontic faculty member in clinic and pre-clinic. His academic career has also included student advising, private faculty practice, university and community service, and service to dental organizations. Dr. Mays currently serves as a member of the ADEA Annual Session Planning Committee and the Policy Research Advisory Committee, a member of the National Dental Association Subcommittee on Research, as well as other task force and committees within organized dentistry. 

Dr. Mays has several research interests that relate to improving patient outcomes and improving pedagogical methodologies. His clinical research interests are focused on improving oral motor function, specifically investigating compensatory movements of the tongue and jaw during speech, swallowing and mastication. His educational research interests involves investigating the use of CAD/CAM as an assessment tool in preclinical dental education, self-assessment as a feedback elements that promotes lifelong learning, and enhancing community based dental experiences for students. Dr. Mays has written manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and presented his research finding at national meetings. He also is an active reviewer for peer-reviewed journals. 

Dr. Mays is an active mentor for students and student organizations. He has served as the Faculty advisor for the Student National Dental Association. He has served as a committee member for Master’s students working on theses for dental specialty training. He is a member of the American Association of Dental Research, American College of Prosthodontics, American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, International Association of Dental Research, the National Dental Association, and the Minnesota Dental Association.

Elmer NewnessDr. Newness is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Patient Management and serves as Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry (UDM SOD). He has taught clinical responsibilities to dental students and serves as faculty facilitator in essentials of clinical practice, dental rounds, and developing communications skills. Dr. Newness has served in the dental student laboratory simulation courses; as a clinical group leader in the third- and fourth-year dental clinics; clinical faculty in new patient screening, emergency clinic, and the AEGD clinic; and served in the summer enrichment program since joining UDM SOD in 2013. He has guest lectured at various study clubs, volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Society/ASDA student dental clinic and has served as a table clinic judge at the Ohio Dental Association annual session for several years. His professional interests include evidence-based dentistry, practice management and ethics. Dr. Newness received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toledo, a D.D.S. from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, a general practice residency certificate from Western Reserve Care/Northside Medical Center, and an M.B.A. from University of Phoenix. Dr. Newness joined UDM SOD in 2013. Prior to teaching at UDM SOD, he owned a private general dental practice in Northfield Center, OH for 15 years; served as a clinical faculty and course director at Youngstown State University Department of Dental Hygiene and as attending faculty in the GPR Program at Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, OH.
Cynthia PetrieDr. Cynthia S. Petrie is the Chair of the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry (UMKC SOD) and holds the title of Dr. George Tanaka Hawaii Professor of Restorative Dentistry. She earned D.D.S. degrees from the University of Athens School of Dentistry and UMKCSOD. In 2000, she completed a residency in Graduate Prosthodontics at UMKC SOD and received a Certificate in Prosthodontics and an M.S. in Oral Biology. Dr. Petrie has completed more than 1,000 hours of continuing education and has over 30 published articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed dental journals. As a UMKC SOD faculty member, Dr. Petrie earned tenure in the Department of Restorative Dentistry in 2006 and has been teaching dental students the principles of prosthodontics in clinic and didactic courses since 2000. She has maintained a faculty practice limited to prosthodontics since 2001. Dr. Petrie is active in several professional organizations. She is the Missouri President for the American College of Prosthodontists and a Past President of the OKU Rho Chapter. She serves on the Test Construction Committee for the American Dental Association National Dental Board Examination. Dr. Petrie is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Prosthodontics and Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists.

Joanne PrasadDr. Prasad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (Pitt SDM). She received her dental degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 1995, and completed a general practice residency in Burlington, VT, in 1996. Subsequently, she completed a training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, Flushing, NY. She has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology since 2002.

Dr. Prasad joined the faculty of Pitt SDM in 2005 and teaches within the predoctoral and dental hygiene curricula. As Course Director of five courses, and a guest lecturer in several others, she lectures on a variety of topics in histology, general and systemic pathology, oral and maxillofacial pathology, anatomy and physiology. At the graduate level, she teaches residents in oral pathology.

Since assuming the role of Director of Quality Management and Improvement in 2014, she has worked to elevate the quality of care provided at her institution. Recently, she has focused her attention on ways to enhance interpersonal skills and empathy in dental providers, including humanities-based learning. She currently sits on the school’s Accreditation Steering Committee and Curriculum Committee.

Her research interests vary broadly from topics in oral pathology to health disparity. She has authored and co-authored several articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and has reviewed for the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology. She lectures to local groups and residency programs on a variety of oral pathology-related topics.

Dr. Prasad is a recent Fellow of the ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders and is currently pursuing a M.P.H., along with a Certificate in Health Systems Leadership and Management, at the University of Pittsburgh.

Susan RowanDr. Rowan is the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Restorative Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC COD). She is a 1984 graduate and has 26 years of experience as a clinical educator at the UIC COD. Dr. Rowan has served as a Pre-patient Care and Clinical Instructor, and as a Course Director in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. In addition to her teaching role, Dr. Rowan practiced general dentistry for 28 years as a part-time associate in a private practice in Oak Lawn, IL. Since 2006, she had been Managing Partner and Clinic Coordinator for the Monet Group Practice Clinic in the predoctoral student adult comprehensive care program, and in 2013 was appointed to the role of Clinical Dean. 

Dr. Rowan has been a Fellow in the Scholars for Teaching Excellence Program in the UIC Department of Medical Education and has served as President of both the College Alumni Board Association and the Sigma Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. She has served on numerous committees, including the UIC Faculty Senate, Executive Committee serving as Vice Chair, Curriculum Committee, Subcommittee on Student Promotion, Admissions Committee, Discipline Committee, University Compliance Committee, and the UI Health Plus Clinical Leadership Team. She is the recipient of the Dr. Irwin B. Robinson President’s Leadership Award and the Dr. E. Lloyd DuBrul Faculty Achievement Award, and has co-led the UIC COD “We Care We Count” fundraising campaign. Along with her duties as Clinical Dean, Dr. Rowan is currently coordinating a $21 million infrastructure renovation capital project at the UIC COD.

Arlene SanchezDr. Sanchez is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Institutional Assessment Office at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine (UPR SDM). She received her D.M.D in 1992, worked as a general practitioner and, in 2003, earned a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration at the School of Public Health from the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Sanchez participated in the 2008 ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning Phase I and II and successfully completed the 2014 Pathway Program Dental Educator Certificate conducted by AAL and the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and the Gladys Bernerd School of Education. 

Currently, Dr. Sanchez is the Course Coordinator for the Third Year Comprehensive Clinic, Clinical Applications on Dental Skills, and Fundamentals in Public Health Administration. She was elected in 2010 and 2015 to the Medical Sciences Campus (MSC) Steering Committee for the report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Sanchez currently chairs the UPRSDM Curriculum Committee and Institutional Assessment Committee and serves in the Academic Progress Committee, Advanced Placement Admission Committee and Administration Committee. She also represents UPRSDM in the MSC Institutional Assessment and Council of Integration and Educational Planning. 

In 2006, Dr. Sanchez collaborated with the Puerto Rico Department of Health for the creation of oral cancer protocols and a bill in the Puerto Rican Legislature for the implementation of the Law 66, which regulates smoking practices in public places in Puerto Rico. Since August 2008, she has participated as coordinator in the MSC Title V proposal, with the purpose of expanding educational opportunities for and improving the academic attainment of Hispanic students. In the Title V proposal, she was also appointed Assessment Leader for the implementation of an assessment platform for the six Schools and Deanships of the Medical Sciences Campus. Dr. Sanchez is the Project Director of 2015 HRSA federal grant titled “Pride Project-Puerto Rico Innovation in Dental Education: Beyond the Limits of Traditional Learning.” The main purpose of this project is to shape UPR SDM predental students to become primary care dentists with the empathy and skills to provide the adequate care to underserved populations, while integrating community based interprofessional education.

Daniela SilvaDr. Daniela Rodrigues Silva is originally from Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil. She earned a D.D.S. at the Federal University of Goiás in 1986. She completed her first residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Castelo Branco, São Paulo, Brazil in 1989, and later on completed a Certificate and Master’s degree in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2002. Dr. Silva owned a pediatric dentistry private practice in Goiânia, Brazil, from 1987 to 2000 and had a part-time faculty position in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dentistry of Anápolis, Goiás, Brazil from 1990-2000, where she was awarded the “Teacher of the Year” for three consecutive years. Dr. Silva joined the University of Florida College of Dentistry in August 2004 and was the Residency Program Director of the Gainesville and the Naples programs until July 2011; when she joined the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry as an Associate Clinical Professor and Residency Program Director in the Pediatric Dentistry Section.

Dr. Silva is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and serves as a consultant for the ABPD Oral Clinical Examination. She is also a Board Member of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry.

Sotirios TetradisDr. Tetradis received a D.D.S. from the University of Athens, Greece in 1990, and a certificate in OMF Radiology and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Connecticut in 1996. He then pursued postdoctoral studies at the Harvard Institute of Medicine. In 1998, Dr. Tetradis joined the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry (UCLA SOD) as an Assistant Professor. Currently, he is a professor and the Chair of the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and serves as the Advisor of the D.D.S./Ph.D. combined degree program. He is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist and practices at the state-of-the-art imaging facility at the UCLA Oral Radiology clinic. Since he joined UCLA SOD, Dr. Tetradis leads an active NIH-funded research group that investigates the effects of growth factors, hormones and cytokines on the function and differentiation of bone cells, as well as the cellular and molecular mechanisms of antiresorptive-related osteonecrosis of the jaw. Dr. Tetradis is active in several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, the American Association for Dental Research and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
Sherry TimmonsDr. Timmons received a D.D.S. and Ph.D. in Oral Science from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics (UI COD). She became a faculty member in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine in 2002. Dr. Timmons teaches predoctoral students in the Oral Diagnosis Clinic; treats general dentistry and oral medicine/head and neck pain patients within the faculty practice and is the Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Graduate Education Program. She is also the UI COD Health and Safety Officer.