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California Northstate University Launches School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Leon Assael Selected as Founding Dean

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California Northstate University (CNU) has announced the launch of its School of Dental Medicine. The university provides the programs of an academic health center to the Sacramento and northern California region. CNU currently has professional degree programs in allopathic medicine (M.D.), pharmacy (D.Pharm.) and psychology (D.Psych.), and is home to the baccalaureate-level College of Health Sciences. The university has pioneered, through the College of Health Sciences, a matrix for health professions career pathways, with six- and seven-year combined bachelor of science/M.D. programs and a curriculum designed to address the sciences and the social science needs of holistic future health leaders. 

The School of Dental Medicine will focus on socially conscious patient care, patient-centered care with a primary dental care model, oral health care workforce development for underserved communities, common education of the oral health care team, interprofessional education, and collaborative clinical education and practice models. CNU is committed to addressing the cost of dental education as it has for its other health professions programs.

Leon AssaelThe Founding Dean is Leon A. Assael, D.M.D., CMM, Immediate Past Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors and Professor and Director of Community Based Education at University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry (UCSF SOD). Dr. Assael will join CNU in November 2018. He is a graduate of Columbia University, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), Vanderbilt University (residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery) and University of Kentucky Gatton School of Business (CMM).

Dr. Assael is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has served as full-time faculty at five dental schools in his 40-year career: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine as Residency Program Director and Chair; University of Kentucky College of Dentistry as Dean; Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Dentistry as Head of Hospital Dentistry and Chair; University of Minnesota School of Dentistry as Dean; and UCSF SOD.

Published on November 14, 2018

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