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Dr. Gary Chiodo Receives Full Term as Dean of University of Washington School of Dentistry

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Gary ChiodoGary T. Chiodo, D.M.D., who became Interim Dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry (UW SOD) in August 2018, has been named Dean and will serve a full five-year term. The appointment was confirmed by the UW Board of Regents this month. 

Mark Richards, Ph.D., UW Provost and Ana Mari Cauce, Ph.D., UW President, decided to make the appointment after conducting a survey of the school’s faculty, staff and students. The survey also went to members of the school’s alumni and volunteer boards.

Dr. Chiodo will serve at least the remainder of a standard five-year term. He will also be appointed Professor, Clinical Dental Pathway.

Dr. Richards, who called the survey feedback “overwhelmingly positive and constructive,” says, “President Cauce and I believe that Dr. Chiodo has demonstrated the leadership needed to maintain the School of Dentistry’s quality while keeping it on a course of fiscal stability. Using the input from the survey, I look forward to working with Dr. Chiodo to align key priorities in his capacity as dean.”

Dr. Chiodo came to UW SOD from Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry (OHSU SOD), where he was Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Community Dentistry. From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Chiodo was Interim Dean at the OHSU SOD.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the School of Dentistry team going forward,” Dr. Chiodo says. “Although much remains to be done, we have made tremendous gains in the past 18 months. The COVID-19 outbreak has confronted us with challenges unlike any we have seen in our lifetimes. However, when I look at our faculty, staff, students, alumni and dental community, I know that there is no place I would rather be and there is no team with whom I would rather work.”

Dr. Chiodo obtained a B.S. in biology from Portland State University in 1974 and a D.M.D. from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1978. He earned a certificate in health care ethics from the UW School of Medicine in 1992 and spent two decades practicing at a Portland public health dental clinic that treated the majority of identified HIV-positive persons in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Courtesy of Steve Steinberg, Director of Communications, University of Washington School of Dentistry 

Published on April 8, 2020

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