ADEA Leadership Institute Class of 2018

The ADEA Leadership Institute is designed to support the nation’s most promising individuals at academic institutions in becoming leaders in dental and higher education.

ADEA Leadership Institute Fellows are selected from a competitive pool of applicants and participate in the year-long educational experience that prepares them for expanded roles in their institutions and the profession. Fellows emerge not only with the knowledge and skills necessary for their careers but with greater self-understanding and deeper personal vision.

Profiles of the 2018 ADEA Leadership Institute Fellows follow. 

Khanh “Connie” P. Chu, D.D.S., M.A.Ed.Dr. Chu is the Assistant Dean of Clinical Education at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH). She obtained her dental degree in 1986 from the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. After several years of practicing general dentistry, Dr. Chu returned to her alma mater for a certificate in prosthodontics. Subsequently, she completed two additional fellowships in gerontology and dental research with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Chu is a graduate of the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning and ADEA/AAL Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program. She completed her Master of Arts in education with a focus on dental education at the University of the Pacific. Dr. Chu has also been serving as a liaison for the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI).

Dr. Chu is actively involved in teaching at all levels of the curriculum, including prosthodontics, geriatrics and comprehensive care general dentistry. She has been a Prosthodontics Consultant with the Phoenix Indian Medical Center since 1997. Her commitment to the public health arena is reflected by her humanitarian missions of mentoring students and residents to provide interdisciplinary health care to the underserved at the local, national and international platforms. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and received the ASDOH Alumni Tribute Award in 2017. Dr. Chu is active with state and national licensing organizations, serving as consultant for the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners and the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments. Dr. Chu holds memberships in Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the American Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontics, the Special Care Dentistry Association and the American Association for Dental Research.

Tracy de Peralta, D.M.D., Ph.D., M.Clin.Ed.Dr. Tracy de Peralta is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Curriculum and Assessment Integration at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. 

Dr. de Peralta earned a B.S. from the University of California at Davis and went on to earn a D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1995. She completed her Ph.D. in oral biology at the University of Duesseldorf, Germany, in 2004. She earned a master’s degree in clinical education from the University of Plymouth in the U.K. in 2013. While in the U.K., Dr. de Peralta served as the Associate Director of Clinical Dentistry, having an active role in development of a new dental school curriculum at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. 

Currently, Dr. de Peralta works to integrate the University of Michigan’s novel Wolverine Pathways program within the predoctoral clinical curriculum, promoting and developing student professional identity and assisting in their clinical competency development. She provides oversight to the Pathways Steering Committee for the mission of development and sustainability of this program and ensures its visibility within the greater academic community. Furthermore, Dr. de Peralta is responsible for overseeing the development of a standardized approach to clinical competency across the predoctoral clinical curriculum and collaborates with the Director of Pre-Doctoral Clinical Education to develop an assessment framework and remediation processes for this purpose.

Dr. de Peralta’s current research and teaching focus involves curriculum and assessment development in clinical dentistry, where both simulated and clinical learning environments have been utilized. An integrated and comprehensive approach has been used to provide students with a holistic vision of their dental patient. Her educational research has particularly focused on multisource assessment involving student and expert assessors providing feedback, generating a unique opportunity to use reflective practice to refine clinical skillsets.

Deborah A. Dilbone, D.M.D.Dr. Dilbone is a Clinical Associate Professor currently serving as the Interim Chair of the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Divisions of Operative Dentistry, Prosthodontics and General Dentistry. 

She also serves as the Course Director for Dental Anatomy and the Stomatognathic System and is the Chair of the Curriculum Committee. She is a liaison for the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education and serves on the Practitioner Advisory Committee for the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network’s South Atlantic Region. She is an active member of many local, state, national and international dental organizations, including the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the International Association for Dental Research and Omicron Kappa Upsilon.

Dr. Dilbone earned her dental degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1993 and began teaching part time shortly thereafter. She gradually increased her teaching time before leaving her general dentistry practice and joining the faculty in the Department of Operative Dentistry. She has served as the Division Director of Operative Dentistry, as course director for many operative clinical and preclinical courses and in college governance.

Dr. Dilbone is passionate about education and works diligently to improve the educational experience and learning outcomes of students. Her research interests focus on education, cariology and improving overall health assessments of patients.

O. Fields Farrior, D.M.D., M.S.Dr. Farrior is the Associate Dean of Clinical Education and Patient Care and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine. He received his D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2008 and his M.S. in medical education and leadership from the University of New England in 2016. 

Dr. Farrior’s teaching responsibilities have included directing didactic courses in treatment planning, local anesthesia and clinically serving as a Group Practice Leader in the UNE Oral Health Center’s comprehensive patient care clinic. In the past, Dr. Farrior served as scribe on the Faculty Assembly and as a member of several committees. Currently, he serves as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and the Dean’s Executive Council and as the Chair of the Clinical Operations and Patient Care Committee. He also serves as an ADEA CCI Liaison.

In addition to ADEA, Dr. Farrior is a member of the American Dental Association, Maine Dental Associate, Greater Portland Dental Society and Academy of General Dentistry.

Natasha M. Flake, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S.D.Dr. Flake is an Associate Professor and the Director of Predoctoral Endodontics in the Department of Endodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry (UW SOD). She is Director of the Endodontic Clerkship and Chair of the Clerkship Directors Committee at the School of Dentistry, where she holds the Robert J. Oswald and David L. Pitts Endowed Professorship in Endodontics. Dr. Flake earned a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Missouri, a D.D.S. from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland, a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Maryland Graduate School and an M.S.D. and certificate in endodontics from the UW SOD. Her research interests include the mechanisms of nociception, pain and analgesia, as well as regenerative endodontic outcomes. Dr. Flake has been honored locally and nationally for her teaching, having received the ADEA/ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Junior Faculty Award, the Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award from the UW SOD and the Edward M. Osetek Educator Award from the American Association of Endodontists. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Endodontists. Dr. Flake is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, and she practices endodontics one day per week in private practice in Seattle, Washington. 

Des Gallagher, D.D.S., M.A.Dr. Gallagher is an Assistant Professor and Group Practice Leader (GPL) in the Department of Dental Practice at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (Dugoni School) in San Francisco. 

As a GPL, Dr. Gallagher is involved in the daily patient management and competency development of 40+ students as they progress through the clinical component of the D.D.S. program. He is the Course Director for the Emergency Care course and coordinator for faculty and student experience, and he codirects the Patient Management and Clinical Judgment course with the other GPLs. He one of the faculty lecturers for Evidenced Based Dentistry and is the lead for the student clinical application. He currently serves on various committees, including the Strategic Planning, Competency Writing Group, and is the current Chair of the Dental Faculty Council. Dr Gallagher is a presenter for AAL’s Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, a professional development program designed specifically for faculty members at Dugoni School. 

He earned his dental degree from the University of Wales College of Medicine School of Dentistry in 1994 and began his military career in Germany as a resident in a general dentistry and anesthesiology program. During his seven years of active service, he undertook several operational tours, including command and leadership of combined medical/dental assets. After military service, he established a dental office and undertook a two-year diploma in clinical dentistry at Trinity College Dublin School of Dentistry before joining the faculty as a part-time Clinical Instructor. In 2012, he joined Dugoni School as a full-time GPL. In 2015, he completed his M.A. in dental education with the University of the Pacific Benerd School of Education and AAL. Dr. Gallagher is a California Dental Board Examiner for Portfolio Licensure and is an Examiner for the License in Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Dr. Gallagher has been the recipient of an excellence in teaching award from the Associated Student Body. He has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

Joseph Gambacorta, D.D.S.A native of Buffalo, NY, Dr. Gambacorta graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (UB SDM) in 1993 and completed a general practice residency at Millard Fillmore Hospital in 1994. Dr. Gambacorta began his career in education as a Clinical Instructor at UB SDM in 2002, along with working in private and community practice. In 2012, he was appointed as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry.

In his role as faculty director of Buffalo Outreach and Community (BOCA), a UB SDM organization initiated by dental students and dedicated to providing care to underserved populations, he has led students on international and domestics missions to Ghana, Senegal, Tonga, Fiji, Vietnam, Dominican Republic and Appalachia. Most recently this brought him to Chios, Greece, in a collaborative effort with Remote Area Medical (RAM) to establish a clinic that provides access to dental services to those impacted by the refugee crisis. 

He has also worked extensively with the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA), American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX), educators and students from various institutions on the development and implementation of the Patient Centered Curriculum Integrated Format (CIF) Exam for dental licensure.

Dr. Gambacorta is President of the University at Buffalo Dental Alumni Association and Chairman of the Council on Membership and Communication for the Eighth District Dental Society and the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA). He resides in Buffalo with his wife Charlotte and children Sarah, Patrick, Nicholas and Claire.

Niko Geurs, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Geurs is Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry (UAB SOD). He received his dental degree at the Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1992. He completed his advanced training in periodontology and his master’s degree in Clinical Dentistry at UAB SOD in 1995. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He is actively involved in the didactic and clinical teaching in periodontology and implantology. He served as Director of the periodontology curriculum for eight years and Director of the advanced training program in periodontology for 10 years at UAB SOD. His research interests include periodontitis and systemic health, regeneration, implant site development and dental implantology.




Tanya Marie Gibson, D.D.S.Dr. Gibson, a native of Cleveland, OH, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry (UMKC SOD). She graduated from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in 2001 and completed her residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 2004. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. 

Currently, Dr. Gibson is the Chair of the ADEA Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Section, Treasurer of the American Association of Women Dentists, Vice President of the Rho chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon and a member of the Colgate Dental Educators Advisory Board. 

Her teaching responsibilities include providing the general, systemic and oral pathology curriculum to predoctoral students, advanced education dental residents and allied dental health students. Dr. Gibson is an ad hoc reviewer for Head and Neck Pathology and has published a number of manuscripts in peer reviewed journals.

She maintains an active practice in diagnostic surgical and clinical oral pathology and provides oral and maxillofacial pathology continuing education programs on a local, regional and national level. 

An active member of the community, Dr. Gibson is a member of the Leadership Advisory Council for RUBIES Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to mentor first-generation female college students. She is also a regular guest speaker at the UMKC Dental Explorer Post Program and the UMKC Admissions Enhancement Program—programs aimed at recruiting and enhancing the application of potential dental students.

Riki Gottlieb, D.M.D, M.S., FAGDDr. Gottlieb serves as Assistant Dean for Admissions and an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry (VCU SOD) in Richmond, VA.

Dr. Gottlieb earned her B.Sc. and D.M.D. degrees from the Hebrew University Faculty of Dentistry. Following graduation, she practiced general dentistry in a private practice in Jerusalem and later earned an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) certificate at VCU SOD. Dr. Gottlieb was a part-time faculty member at the Hebrew University Faculty of Dentistry and then a full-time faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine prior to joining the faculty at VCU SOD. Dr. Gottlieb has served as the inaugural Director of both the International Dentist Program and the Virtual Reality Simulation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University and currently serves as Assistant Dean for Dental Admissions. Dr. Gottlieb completed a Master of Science degree in clinical and translational sciences under the Office of Research at VCU. Her research interests include the use of technology in dental education, caries detection and prediction and assessment of dental student performance. She is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD) and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), where she actively performs as a member of the Self Instruction Committee. Dr. Gottlieb maintains a private practice in general dentistry at VCU SOD’s Faculty Practice.

Y. Natalie Jeong, D.M.D., M.A.Dr. Jeong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). She earned her D.M.D. and her certificate in periodontology from (TUSDM). She is a Diplomate of and board examiner for the American Board of Periodontology. She earned her M.A. in dental education from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Gladys School of Education, and AAL. 

Dr. Jeong joined the faculty at TUSDM in 2000 and teaches within the predoctoral and postdoctoral curricula. She serves on various committees in the dental school, including the Curriculum Committee, Research Committee, Advanced Graduate Education Committee and Outcome Assessment Committee. She has been the recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award for outstanding teaching and mentoring. Dr. Jeong serves as the President of Massachusetts Periodontal Society. In addition, she maintains an active private practice limited to periodontics and implant surgery in Lincoln, MA.

She has participated in several development courses offered by ADEA/AAL, such as the Institute for Teaching and Learning, Pathway Program Dental Educator Certificate, the Summer Program for Emerging Leaders and the Compass Program for Academic Advancement. She serves as an ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition submission reviewer and a manuscript reviewer the for Journal of Dental Education. Her primary research interests vary from topics in guided bone regeneration to clinical faculty development.

Kelly S. Kennedy, D.D.S., M.S.Dr. Kennedy is an Associate Professor-Clinical and the Associate Program Director for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry (OSU COD). She received her D.D.S. in 2004 from the OSU COD and subsequently completed her residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery and master’s degree in dentistry in 2008, also at OSU COD. 

Dr. Kennedy joined the faculty of OSU COD in 2008 and teaches within both the predoctoral and graduate curricula. She is a predoctoral course director and gives guest lectures in the areas of medical management of dental patients, surgery and pharmacology. Dr. Kennedy’s predoctoral educational interests include the management of medically compromised dental patients and in-office medical emergencies. Her teaching style relies on the flipped classroom, small group teaching and simulation. At the graduate level, she teaches evidence-based medicine, surgical-orthodontics and interdisciplinary implant dentistry. Dr. Kennedy was awarded The Larry J. Peterson Young Educators Award in 2011, which highlights an educator who has “demonstrated unusual enthusiasm for teaching.” 

Dr. Kennedy has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS) since 2010. She was appointed as an oral board examiner to the ABOMS in 2016 and is currently serving as section editor for the written examination. In addition, she serves as Chair of the OSU COD Faculty Council and is the President-elect of the Ohio Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. She also serves the College of Dentistry as the curriculum committee block manager for oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS)/Dental Anesthesiology, as an Academic Progress Committee member and as an appointed member to the Strategic Planning Task Force.

Dr. Kennedy is involved in maxillofacial regenerative medicine and tissue engineering research, for which she has received funding as both Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PI. From these projects, she has authored and co-authored several articles published in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, she is involved in surgical-orthodontic research as it applies to quality of life outcomes, for which she serves as a Research and Masters Committee Advisor to OMFS and orthodontic residents.

Amid her various teaching and service commitments, Dr. Kennedy remains devoted to patient care, maintaining a busy clinical practice at both adult and pediatric Level One trauma centers. As the Surgical Codirector of the Dentofacial Program in the Division of Orthodontics at OSU COD, she is able to stoke her main clinical interests in orthognathic surgery and virtual surgical planning.

Hera Kim-Berman, D.D.S., M.M.Sc.Dr. Kim-Berman is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Graduate Orthodontic Program Director at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (U-M SOD). She is an attending orthodontist with the Craniofacial Team at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan. She received her D.D.S. from Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and her orthodontic and Master of Medical Science degrees from Harvard University. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, with over 20 years of experience in private practice and dental education. Prior to her tenure at U-M SOD, she held positions as an Associate Professor and Graduate Orthodontic Clinic Director at West Virginia University School of Dentistry. She served as the head of orthodontics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She was an active member of the Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center. 

Dr. Kim-Berman’s current teaching responsibilities involve orthodontic and pediatric graduate residents as well as the advanced education craniofacial fellow. Her clinical and research interests are in the treatment of cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies and utilizing new technologies to further dental education.

Robert T. Kramer, D.M.D.

Dr. Kramer received his D.M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1991. He was the founding owner and managing partner of a large group practice in Harrisburg, PA, for 17 years, where he was named a “Top Forty Under 40” and served as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Dental Association before relocating to Phoenix, AZ. Dr Kramer currently serves as a Director of Preclinical Faculty at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona. He is a Fellow and former Regent of the International Colleges of Dentists and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.






María A. Loza-Herrero, D.M.D., M.S., FACPDr. Loza-Herrero is a Professor in the Restorative Sciences Department at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine (UPR SDM). She earned her D.M.D. degree from UPR SDM. In 1996, she completed her prosthodontics certificate and a M.S. in oral biology at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. In 2000, she became Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontics, recertifying in 2008 and 2016. Since 1997, she has owned her private practice limited to prosthodontics and geared towards cosmetic and implant dentistry.

Dr. Loza-Herrero has been Prosthodontics Section Director and Program Director of the Prosthodontics Postdoctoral Program at UPR SDM. In 2006, she became an alumna of HERS, the Academic Management Institute of Women in Higher Education. She served as a CODA Site Visitor for postdoctoral programs in prosthodontics and in 2015 was a Fellow of the Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods at the University of Washington School of Dentistry.

Currently, Dr. Loza-Herrero is the Dental Implant Coordinator at UPR SDM, represents the School of Dental Medicine at the Medical Sciences Campus Academic Senate, participates as Fellow of the ENACT-PCOR at the University of Pittsburg and stays active in several professional organizations. As a UPR-SDM faculty, she has been teaching preclinical and clinical courses to dental students, graduate prosthodontics residents and general practice residency (GPR) residents at the University of Puerto Rico hospital. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles and abstracts and participates in continuing education courses.

Dr. Loza-Herrero is an active parent of two boys and lives with her family in Puerto Rico.

Mary MacDougall, Ph.D.Dr. Mary MacDougall, the James R. Rosen Chair in Dental Research, is the Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Institute of Oral Health Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry (UAB SOD). She earned her Ph.D. in craniofacial biology at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry and her B.A. in biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, Revelle College. In 1986, she joined the faculty at the USC School of Dentistry as a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology. In 1993, she was appointed an Associate Professor at the dental school faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA). In 1998, she was promoted to Professor with tenure, and in 1999, she became the dental school’s first Associate Dean for Research. In 2005, she was awarded the Presidents Council Chair in Dental Research. In 2005, she joined the faculty of the UAB SOD, where she holds the James R. Rosen Chair in Dental Research. In 2012, she became the founding Director of the school’s Global Center for Craniofacial Oral and Dental Disorders (GC-CODED). She is the Director of the UAB SOD’s NIDCR-supported Dental Academic Research Training (DART) program and serves as the founding Faculty Advisor for the UAB Predental Society. She has served as President of both the American Association of Dental Research (2005–2006) and the International Association of Dental Research (2013). Dr. MacDougall has received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Pulp Biology Research Award (2001), Mineralized Tissue Research Award (2005), AADR National Student Research Group Mentor of the Year Award (2003), the AADR Distinguished Mentorship Award (2011), the Burton C. Borgelt/SCADA Faculty Advisor Award from the Student Clinician of the American Dental Association (2012) and the IADR Distinguished Women Faculty Mentor (2017) award. She is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Dr. MacDougall’s research centers on the molecular mechanisms associated with tooth formation, dental tissue-specific cytodifferentiation, extracellular matrix formation, tooth stem cells and tissue regeneration as well as related human genetic dental diseases. Her research has been continuously funded by the NIH/NIDCR since 1985, with total career federal funding in excess of $20 million. Her research has been featured in several publications, including Reader’s Digest and Men’s Health, as well as several TV programs, including Discovery Health Channel’s The Painless Dentist.

Eric Mediavilla, D.D.S.Dr. Mediavilla is currently the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM). He also serves an Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Mediavilla is the Director of the Adolescent Dental Clinic and a codirector of the Transition Clinic, which guides dental students through their first patient experiences. Dr. Mediavilla is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award for teaching excellence. 

Dr. Mediavilla is a leader of the CU Dental Student Success Team, coordinating how to address individual and class needs and aspirations of the student body. He is a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, the Admissions Committee, the Diversity Committee, the Student Performance Committee and the Scholarship Committee which he currently chairs. 

Dr. Mediavilla received his dental degree from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 2000 and completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Colorado Hospital in 2001. Following residency, Dr. Mediavilla pursued private practice interests as an associate and owner dentist for 12 years. During his time in private practice, he volunteered as a part-time clinical instructor in the Department of Oral Diagnosis and as a GPR attending at the University of Colorado. Dr. Mediavilla maintains membership in the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, and he is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Belinda Nicolau, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.Sc.Dr. Nicolau is an Associate Professor at the McGill University Faculty of Dentistry. She obtained her D.D.S. from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil, and her M.Sc. in dental public health from Barts and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, U.K. Dr Nicolau completed her Ph.D. degree in epidemiology and public health at University College London, London, U.K., under the supervision of dental public health icon Professor Aubrey Sheiham. After a brief stint with Professor Paul Speight also at University College London, Dr. Nicolau pursued a postdoctoral fellowship with Professors Paul Allison and Eduardo Franco at McGill University, Canada. In 2005, Dr. Nicolau took a faculty position as an Assistant and then Associate Professor at INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, after which she moved to McGill University in December 2011. 

Dr. Nicolau’s main research interests lie in the field of oral epidemiology; specifically, she studies the aetiology of chronic oral diseases, including oral cancer and oral inflammation, using epidemiological and life course approaches. As Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Life Course Oral Epidemiology, she leads a comprehensive research program investigating the causes of chronic oral diseases and their potential links with major chronic diseases. 

Dr. Nicolau is currently the Director for the Linear and Logistic Regression in Health Science course and co-directs the Applied Mixed Methods in Health Research course. She is also the Director of the Division of Oral Health and Society and serves on the school’s Faculty Tenure Committee and the McGill University Academic Policies Committee.

Herminio Perez, D.M.D.Dr. Perez is the Director of Student & Multicultural Affairs at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. He earned a BS degree from the University of Puerto Rico and a D.M.D. degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine (RSDM). He completed a General Practice Residency and a Chief Residency program at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, where he became an Attending and Site-Supervisor. To further his education, he completed a one-year certificate in aesthetic dentistry from New York University College of Dentistry and later earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in health sector management from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Silberman College of Business.

He serves as Course Director of the Introduction to the Dental Profession, a course that has been crafted to introduce dental students to the history, attitudes, ethical principles and responsibilities of the profession. Recently, Dr. Perez developed a Patient Simulation Series, which exposed second-year dental students to diverse cultural and ethnic scenarios while helping them develop effective communication skills. In addition, he has an active role in preclinical instruction for first- and second-year students. As an advocate of interprofessional education, he has developed training for facilitators based on the core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Perez has several research interests that relate to improving the experience of dental students during their academic years. For over a decade, Dr. Perez has been a mentor for many students, residents and young dentists. 

Dr. Perez has been an active member at the American Dental Education Association. He has also served as Chair of the Student Affairs/Financial Aid Section (AFASA) and currently holds the position of President-elect of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).

At RSDM, Dr. Perez serves on various committees, including Student Academic Performance, Post Accreditation and Admission Committee. Also, he is Chair of the Community Advisory and Multicultural Affairs.

Anitha Potluri, B.D.S., D.M.D., M.D.Sc.Dr. Potluri is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (Pitt SDM). She completed her dental degree in India and her D.M.D. at Pitt SDM. She completed her residency training in oral and maxillofacial radiology and Master of Dental Sciences program at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in 2004. She was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) T-32 training fellow for two years, until 2006. She has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology since 2005. Dr. Potluri joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 as an Assistant Professor and currently is the Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology division and for the international advance standing admissions program. She is a mentor and advisor for several residents and students. She serves on several collegiate, university and national committees. She is currently the Chair of the Image Gently campaign for the Pediatric Alliance dentistry division. She is the Chair for the predoctoral education committee for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR). She is also current Councilor for the ADEA Section on Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Dr. Potluri has authored book chapters and published in peer-reviewed journals. She is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals in dentistry and radiology. Her main expertise and research interests include radiographic pathology, characterization of features, radiation protection and policy, advanced imaging modalities, applications, advancements and their role in dentistry.

Jeffery Price, D.D.S.Dr. Price is a Clinical Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore, MD, and is board certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and a visiting faculty member at the Spear Education Center in Scottsdale, AZ. Before entering oral and maxillofacial radiology, Dr. Price practiced general and adult restorative dentistry in Hendersonville, NC, for 24 years. While in practice, Dr. Price completed the continuum at the L.D. Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL; in addition, he attained his Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry as well as Diplomate status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Price is currently the North American Director for the International Association of Dento-Maxillofacial Radiologists; the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology; a Senior Editorial Board Member for Implant Dentistry, the journal of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists; and a reviewer for the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and other journals.

Robin Reinke, D.D.S., M.P.A.Dr. Reinke is an Assistant Professor in Residence and Assistant Dean for Clinical Services at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine (UNLV SDM). She received her D.D.S. from the University of Washington School of Dentistry (UW SOD) in 1990 and maintained a general dentistry private practice in Federal Way, WA, until February 2012. While in practice, she earned her M.P.A. with distinction from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Federal Way, WA. Dr. Reinke was Affiliate Faculty at the UW SOD from 2009 to 2012. Since graduation, she has been active in organized dentistry, serving on the Board of Directors, Peer Review Chairperson and State Delegate. Dr. Reinke served eight years on the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission and was the Chairperson from 2003 to 2004. She also serves as a licensing examiner for both the Western Regional Examining Board for Dental Licensing and the Central Regional Dental Testing Service. Becoming an ADEA member while still in private practice, Dr. Reinke completed the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning in 2009. She also is a Fellow of the 2015 ADEA Emerging Academic Leaders program.

At UNLV SDM, Dr. Reinke is Course Director for Patient Records/HIPAA, Advanced General Dentistry Seminar and Regional Board Review courses. She was a clinical Team Leader prior to her administrative appointment in 2016 and continues to mentor students for treatment planning and patient management. She is the Quality Assurance Officer for the dental school and serves on numerous committees, including the Curriculum 2018 Task Force, Instrument and Materials Committee and Health and Safety Committee. Dr. Reinke is UNLV SDM’s representative to the Consortium for Oral Health Research and Informatics (COHRI). In this capacity, she has collaborated with Harvard University School of Dental Medicine in a number of research projects. She has received grant monies from the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation to continue to conduct her own research on oral health literacy. In the community, Dr. Reinke volunteers her time in dental clinics serving disadvantaged women and children.

Dr. Reinke received the 2016 Omicron Kappa Upsilon–Charles Craig Teaching Award for teaching innovation. She also received the UNLV SDM Team 2 Outstanding Clinical Faculty award in 2013. In her spare time, Dr. Reinke loves to travel and has been to all seven continents. She also has an interest in penguins and has a goal to see all 17 species in their natural environment; she has seen 10 so far.

Cristiano Susin, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.Dr. Susin is currently appointed as Associate Professor at the Department of Periodontics, Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University (DCG at Augusta). He also holds joint appointments at the Department of Oral Biology and the Graduate School. Since joining DCG at Augusta, Dr. Susin has been the Codirector of the Laboratory for Applied Periodontal and Craniofacial Regeneration, which focuses on explaining critical biologic events and devising clinical concepts for oral wound healing and alveolar bone augmentation. The laboratory has evaluated several biomaterials and biologics in small and large animal models, with industry funding totaling over $5 million. In 2011, he was appointed as the founding Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Craniofacial Research, which provides a dedicated environment for clinician scientists, basic scientists and graduate students to perform clinical and translational craniofacial and oral health research. Since receiving his Ph.D. in oral epidemiology in 2004, he has had a major role in designing and conducting large human trials, including clinical studies on the treatment of aggressive and chronic periodontitis and systemic effects of periodontal treatment. Dr. Susin has also conducted population-based studies focusing on risk factors for caries, tooth loss, dental trauma and periodontitis in children and adult populations. Dr. Susin has coauthored over 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed, indexed dental and medical journals and has presented internationally on topics focusing on oral epidemiology, clinical research and periodontal/craniofacial regeneration. His work has been cited over 1,800 times, and his H-index has recently reached 25.

Juan F. Yepes, D.D.S., M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Dr.P.H.Dr. Yepes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry and an attending at Riley Children Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. He is also an adjunct clinical Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Yepes is a dentist (D.D.S.) and a physician (M.D.) from Javeriana University at Bogotá, Colombia. In 1999, Dr. Yepes moved to the United States and attended The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics, where he completed a fellowship in oral radiology in 2002, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he completed a residency in oral medicine in 2004. In 2006, he completed a Master in Public Health, and in 2011 a doctoral degree in public health, both with emphasis in epidemiology at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. In 2008, Dr. Yepes completed a residency program in dental public health at the University of Texas, Baylor College of Dentistry. Finally, Dr. Yepes completed a residency program and a master’s degree in pediatric dentistry at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 2012. 

Dr. Yepes is board certified by the American Boards of Pediatric Dentistry, Oral Medicine and Dental Public Health. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Oral Medicine, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Dental Education Association and American Dental Association. Dr. Yepes is a member of the editorial board of the journals Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology. His teaching interests are in the areas of oral radiology and pathology in children as well as dental protocols for management of medically compromised children. His research interests are in the areas of epidemiology and health services.