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Columbia University CDM Welcomes New Interim Dean

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Roseanna Graham, D.D.S., Ph.D.

In January 2024, Roseanna Graham, D.D.S., Ph.D., Columbia University College of Dental Medicine’s (Columbia CDM) new Interim Dean, welcomed the CDM community to Alumni Auditorium to share reflections on her time as a student and faculty member at CDM as well as her vision for the future of the school.

Katrina Armstrong, M.D., the Chief Executive Officer of Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences, introduced Dr. Graham, noting that the medical center is “deeply committed to the dental school” and that she could not imagine a “better set of hands to guide the school through its next phase.”

Dr. Graham is Chair of CDM’s section of Cariology and Restorative Sciences and Director of the college’s Division of Operative Dentistry. A graduate of CDM, she completed a general practice residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and earned a master’s and a Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education, Teachers College.

Dr. Graham acknowledged Columbia CDM’s most recent former deans and the impact they have had on the school: Melvin Moss, D.D.S.; Edward Zegarelli, D.D.S.; Allan Formicola, D.D.S.; Ira Lamster, D.D.S., M.M.Sc.; and Christian Stohler, D.M.D., Dr.Med.Dent. She credited Marlene Klyvert, Ed.D., who served in a number of capacities at Columbia CDM, with igniting her passion for dental education and for helping to create and administer CDM’s dual degree program with Teachers College. Dr. Graham was the first graduate of the program.

She went on to recognize the important role that the faculty, students and staff have at the Columbia CDM, adding that she is looking forward to continuing its tradition of “learning, discovery, opportunity and growth.”

Both Drs. Armstrong and Graham shared their regard for Dr. Stohler, Columbia CDM’s outgoing dean, and his decade of stewardship. Dr. Armstrong praised the college’s “outstanding trajectory” and noted that, under Dr. Stohler’s tenure, Columbia CDM strengthened its leadership in dental education and clinical training. Columbia CDM’s curricular offerings have been transformed through a variety of initiatives and new programs, most notably, the Center for Precision Dental Medicine, a 15,000-square-foot space for high-tech learning that opened in 2017. During his tenure, Columbia CDM established the Center for Dental and Craniofacial Research, expanding its collaboration with the School of Engineering and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Stohler will remain a member of the Columbia CDM faculty.

Published on February 14, 2024

Courtesy of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

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