Faculty

Remembering Maria Pintado

The School of Dentistry mourns the passing of Maria Pintado, associate professor emeritus in the Department of Restorative Sciences and Division of Biomaterials. She passed away peacefully on the evening of April 30, 2021.

The University of Minnesota was a large part of Pintado’s life. After moving to California from Ecuador in high school, she completed an associate of arts degree and a certificate in dental assisting education in 1972.

Beloved educator

Nelson Rhodus, DMD, MPH

Nelson Rhodus, DMD, MPH, director of the division of oral medicine, received a number of accolades recently in recognition of his distinguished work with oral medicine and oral cancer.

Rhodus was elected to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, became an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for the Philippine Dental Association, all within one week.

OACA Interprofessional Internship Program Fireside Chat

Interim Dean Keith Mays joined an Office of Academic Clinical Affairs fireside chat for interprofessional interns in April, along with Laura Molgaard, DVM, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Bobbi Daniels, MD, associate vice president for Clinical Affairs.

Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc

Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc, is a recipient of the 2021 President’s Award for Outstanding Service, President Joan Gabel announced in April.

The University of Minnesota President's Award for Outstanding Service was established in 1997 to recognize faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments and service units. Such service must have gone well beyond the regular duties of a faculty or staff member, and demonstrate unusual commitment to the University community.

Pandemic-Driven Disruptions in Oral Health. 10 Transformative Trends in Care for Older Adults

The Gerontological Society of America has released a toolkit and publication on COVID-19 and oral health care for older adults featuring expertise from Stephen Shuman, DDS, MS, professor and director of the oral health services for older adults program in the department of developmental and surgical sciences and dental faculty for the University of Minnesota’s HRSA-funded Minnesota Northstar Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.

Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc

Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc is passionate about what she does. Even more, she’s passionate about shaping and empowering the next generation of professionals in her field. That’s why she’s not only an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Primary Dental Care. She’s also giving forward for School of Dentistry students.

2021 Graduation Announcement

Interim Dean Keith Mays sent the following message regarding graduation celebrations for the School of Dentistry Class of 2021 to all faculty, staff, and students this week.

Professor of the Year Gary Anderson, DDS, MS

Gary Anderson, DDS, MS, was named University of Minnesota School of Dentistry 2020 Century Club Professor of the Year during Research Day on March 5, 2021.

Interim Dean Keith Mays introduced the honor during the 17th annual and first virtual Research Day. "One of the things that is special about Gary, in addition to his broad intellectual knowledge, he has a capacity to relate to people on a human level which is so important as a senior leader," Mays reflected. 

Research Day

The School of Dentistry’s 17th Research Day required innovation, creative thinking, and adaptability to pull off—and those same traits quickly became themes of the day’s presentations.

Temporomandibular Pain

A paper authored by Eric Schiffman, DDS, MS, was the second most-cited article in dentistry in 2020, according to Scopus data (Asiri et al., Preprints, 202102002).

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