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Dr. Nadeem Karimbux Named Dean of TUSDM

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Nadeem Karimbux, D.M.D., M.M.Sc., an accomplished dental educator, researcher, clinician and leader, has been named the seventeenth Dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM).

Dr. Karimbux has been the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Periodontology at TUSDM since 2012. His career spanning more than 25 years has focused on dental education research, and clinical care. Dr. Karimbux will assume his new role on July 1, 2019.

“Tufts University is committed to preparing students to meet challenges now and in the future—especially in the rapidly changing field of health care,” says Tufts University President Anthony P. Monaco, M.D., Ph.D.. “In Nadeem Karimbux, we have identified a leader and mentor who shares that commitment, who has deep experience in dental education, clinical care and research, and who is driven to provide our dental students with all they need to provide the best care.”

At TUSDM, key themes of Dr. Karimbux’s leadership have been integration, collaboration and interprofessional education. He has been instrumental in moving TUSDM from a discipline-based approach to an integrated curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and collaboration across all four years of primary dental education. 

Dr. Karimbux’s academic career has centered on dental curriculum design and the scholarship of effective teaching and student learning. Prior to coming to Tufts, he was Assistant Dean for Dental Education at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), where he led extensive curriculum changes. At HSDM, he also held roles as the school’s Director of Predoctoral Periodontology and Program Director of the Advanced Graduate Education Program in Periodontology.

He is the editor of the Journal of Dental Education (JDE) and has served on the American Dental Education Association Council of Faculties, the editorial review board of the JDE, and in editorial and advisory roles at the Journal of Periodontology, MedEdPORTAL®, and Carranza’s Clinical Periodontologytextbook. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the Oral Health Integration, Workforce and Practice section of the upcoming 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.

Dr. Karimbux has been honored with numerous awards during his academic career. He has received the G.W. Teuscher Award from the American Society of Dentistry for Children, the Periodontal Educator Award from the American Academy of Periodontology, and distinguished faculty awards from HSDM. In 2010, he received the Presidential Citation from the American Dental Education Association and in 2015 the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service at Tufts.

Born and raised in Nakuru, Kenya, Dr. Karimbux received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his D.M.D. from HSDM. He also earned a M.M.Sc. in Oral Biology and Graduate Certificate in periodontology from HSDM.

Dr. Karimbux will succeed Huw F. Thomas, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., who has served as Dean and Professor of Pediatric Dentistry since 2011. Dr. Thomas remains at the school as a professor.

Adapted from the original article which appears on TuftsNow

Published on June 12, 2019

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