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Dr. Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch Named First Woman Dean of IUSD

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Murdoch-Kinch PhotoCarol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, D.D.S., Ph.D., has been named Dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) at IUPUI, subject to formal approval by the IU Board of Trustees.

When Dr. Murdoch-Kinch assumes her role on July 1, 2019, she will be the 10th person and first woman named dean in the school’s 140-year history. She succeeds John N. Williams, Jr., D.M.D., M.B.A., who will step down as dean on June 30, 2019.

“We are delighted to welcome Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch to the leadership team and specifically to our school of dentistry at IUPUI,” says IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar, Ph.D. “Dr. Murdoch-Kinch brings world-class experience and dedication to preparing the next generation of dental professionals in Indiana.

Dr. Murdoch-Kinch previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Dr. Walter H. Swartz Professor of Integrated Special Care Dentistry at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (U-M SOD). She was also a Clinical Professor in the school’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry. Dr. Murdoch-Kinch’s work at U-M SOD included multidisciplinary clinical research in oncology; a hospital-based oral medicine referral practice, where dental and medical residents co-treated patients with oral manifestations of skin diseases; and educational research on curriculum, dental school climate and engaged learning. Dr. Murdoch-Kinch is no stranger to IUSD, having received a clinical certificate in Dental Diagnostic Sciences in 1991 and Ph.D. in 1996. Her dissertation involved clinical research on gene expression of Crouzon Syndrome in families.

As Indiana’s only dental school, the IUSD is dedicated to offering a learning environment that brings together teaching, research and community service in preparing the finest dental professionals, a mission in which Dr. Murdoch-Kinch believes.

“As a proud alumna of IU, I am eager to serve the school of dentistry, the university, the state of Indiana and the dental profession in this new role. The school’s mission and core values resonate deeply with my own in the education of the finest dental professionals, the promotion of ground-breaking research, and the cultivation of innovative practices to advance oral health and overall health,” says Dr. Murdoch-Kinch.

Dr. Murdoch-Kinch also attended the University of New Brunswick and received her D.D.S. from Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry. 

Published on March 13, 2019

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