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Journal of Dental Education

Interim Dean Keith Mays, DDS, stressed the importance of a collaborative, comprehensive approach to oral and overall health in a recent Perspectives piece.

The article appeared in the January issue of the Journal of Dental Education, the American Dental Education Association’s peer-reviewed, monthly publication.

Dean Mays wrote the piece to call attention to the role of oral health practitioners, like those educated at the School of Dentistry, in promoting overall health and in preventative care.

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MSc Eng

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MSc Eng will be inducted into the 2021 cohort of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the organization announced this week.

Uncovered: Minnesota's Dental Emergency

“What would it take to make dentistry painless for all Minnesotans?” asked the narrator of a TPT documentary that aired this weekend.

Uncovered: Minnesota’s Dental Health Crisis documents the breakdown in oral health in the state and explores the role of Critical Access Dental providers in delivering preventive and emergency oral health care to Minnesotans on Medicaid and without insurance.

The documentary, produced by AppleTree Dental, features expertise from Director of Dental Therapy Karl Self, DDS, MBA, among others.

Judith Buchanan in laboratory

Judith Buchanan, PhD, DMD, MS, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Buchanan was the School of Dentistry’s first female Interim Dean. Her tenure was lasting and her impact continues to be seen on the School of Dentistry to this day.

A Message from the Dean

A message from Interim Dean Keith Mays, DDS, MS, PhD to the School of Dentistry Community

Integrity begins with you.

I have a niece who thinks she is my daughter and forces me to check in with her when traveling. Don’t tell her, but I like that part of her. She and I regularly text one another, and some time ago she responded with “SMH.” I had to visit the urban dictionary.
“Shaking My Head.”

Digital Grand Rounds

A series of webinars held by the School of Dentistry’s Continuing Dental Education department will examine dental research and practice in the context of key diversity, equity and justice issues. The free series, open to the public, will host three webinars throughout the Spring semester. 

Hiwet Ephrem

For more than a century, the professional and academic discipline of dental hygiene experienced numerous changes and evolutions with many more to come, including the declaration of October as National Dental Hygiene Month.

One person on the forefront of these changes is School of Dentistry clinical professor Hiwet Ephrem, MSDH, RF. While she’s been a faculty member at the School of Dentistry since 2000, her inspiration came two decades earlier working as a dental hygienist in a small North Minneapolis clinic.

School of Dentistry

Dr. Susan Buck-Wischmeier was named director of the School of Dentistry’s Outreach Division, effective June 8, 2020. She has served in a faculty role at the school since 2013 and as a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Outreach since 2017. She is a graduate of Colorado College and earned a DDS degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1996.

Mark Herzberg, DDS, PhD

School of Dentistry Professor Mark Herzberg, DDS, PhD, became president of the American Association for Dental Research this spring. The AADR has more than 3,100 members in the United States united by their interest in advancing dental, oral and craniofacial research to improve health.

Herzberg has been active in AADR for more than three decades, serving as chief editor of the organization’s journal, the Journal of Dental Research, for 11 years. 

Gary Anderson, DDS, MS

Dean Gary C. Anderson, DDS, MS, will step down from his role as dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry this month after three and a half years. He was named interim dean in November of 2016 and permanent dean in March of 2018. 

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