D.M.D., D.M.Sc., has been named Dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry (UAB SOD) following
a national search. His appointment will begin in July 2019. Dr. Taichman will
be the school’s ninth dean.
Dr. Taichman joins
UAB SOD from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where he was
Associate Dean for Research and the Major Ash Collegiate Professor in the
Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine. He received his D.M.D. from the
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, his D.M.Sc. and a
certificate in periodontology from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and
he engaged in postdoctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of
“I very much look
forward to joining a university with such a highly ranked academic medical
center at its core with a shared vision for continued excellence,” Dr. Taichman
says. “I foresee many possible collaborations for the UAB SOD with other parts
of the university and its medical center, and I am eager to serve our students,
faculty, staff and alumni in the years to come.”
UAB President Ray
Watts, M.D., credits the search committee led by UAB Provost and Senior Vice
President for Academic Affairs Pam Benoit, Ph.D., for identifying Dr. Taichman
as the next leader of the school of dentistry.
“I applaud Dr.
Benoit and the committee for leading this nationwide search that yielded a
strong candidate pool,” Dr. Watts says. “As the only dental school in the state
of Alabama, I am confident that Dr. Taichman will help propel continued growth
and visibility of UAB SOD, furthering the school’s distinct history in its
research, education and clinical arms that make a tremendous difference in our
research has focused on identifying the molecular mechanisms that regulate how
bone marrow functions in both health and disease and how marrow relates to
tissue regeneration and cancer stem cells. He has authored more than 120
peer-reviewed publications in the fields of bone biology and hematology.
Dr. Taichman has
also published scholarly articles in leadership training for oral health
professionals. He developed and directed for nearly 10 years the University of
Michigan School of Dentistry Scholars Program in Dental Leadership, a program
focused on the leadership development of dental and dental hygiene students.
succeeds Michelle Robinson, D.M.D., M.A., who has served as Interim Dean.
“We are very
grateful for the leadership of Dr. Robinson during the transition period,” Dr. Benoit
shares. “She has vigorously continued the forward progress of the school
throughout her time as Interim Dean.”
Linda Gunter in the UAB Reporter.
on January 9, 2019