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Transitions, Appointments, and Awards - June 2013

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Dr. Noel J. Aymat Named Acting Dean of the University of Puerto Rico

Noel J. Aymat, D.M.D., FAAPD, J.D., has been appointed Acting Dean of the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine. He succeeds Dr. Humberto Villa Rivera, who remains on the faculty of the school. 

Dr. Aymat completed his D.M.D. at the University of Puerto Rico, and a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University Presbyterian Medical Center. He holds a J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico, receiving the Grand Faculty Award for the highest academic index.  Among his experiences in academics, Dr. Aymat has led accreditation efforts as Pediatric Dentistry Advanced Program Director. He secured three Health Resources and Services Administration grants to improve academic programs in maternal and infant oral health care, special needs populations, and Head Start advocacy. He is a member of the Puerto Rico Society of Pediatric Dentists, Inc., and the Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Puerto Rico. He has served as president of both organizations. In addition, he is a member of ADEA, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Puerto Rico Bar Association.

Dr. Aymat has published several articles and authored a book, “Legal Aspects of Dental Practice in Puerto Rico.” As an attorney, he has served and counseled students in special education cases.

University of Washington Names Dr. Thomas Dodson Oral Surgery Chair

Joel H. Berg, D.D.S., M.S., has announced that Thomas B. Dodson, D.M.D., M.P.H., of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine has accepted an appointment to Chair the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry,. His appointment will begin September 1, 2013, pending affirmation by the University of Washington Board of Regents. Dr. Dodson will also become the School of Dentistry’s Associate Dean of Hospital Affairs, Dean Berg announced.

Dr. Dodson, who is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard, is also Attending Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Director of the Center for Applied Clinical Investigation in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.


“I am thrilled that Dr. Dodson has accepted this exceptionally important position for the School of Dentistry,” Dean Berg says. “His experience and talent in the many skills needed for this role will give us the leadership required to create the premier Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.”

Saying he was delighted to be joining UW, Dr. Dodson added, “I am impressed by the caliber of the people I’ve met and the enthusiasm everyone has for delivering the highest quality in patient care and education.” 

“As the sole Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery academic program in the area, we need to be viewed as the OMS provider of choice for the most complex cases, as well as a resource for the broader community of oral surgeons,” he says.

Dr. Dodson received both his D.M.D. and M.P.H. at Harvard. He completed his oral surgery training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). After residency training, he completed a dental public health residency and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellowship in dental clinical epidemiology at UCSF. He has also served on the dental and public health faculties at Emory University in Atlanta, and serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 

Dr. Dodson is an active researcher with more than 100 journal articles to his credit. He has conducted influential work on assessing risk factors for complications following third molar (wisdom tooth) extraction and implant placement. Other interests include evaluating risks and repair of nerve injury, management of giant cell tumors, and bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws. 

He has won the Harvard Distinguished Senior Faculty Award and has twice won the Daniel M. Laskin Award for most outstanding article published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 

Dr. Robert Handysides Named Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Robert Handysides, D.D.S., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Endodontics, has accepted an appointment to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Dentistry.Handysides

A native of Canada, Dr. Handysides arrived at LLUSD in 1989 with a B.S. degree in zoology from Andrews University, and earned his D.D.S. degree with the School of Dentistry’s class of 1993. After a short period of time following graduation in the Department of Oral Surgery, he returned to Canada to establish a solo practice in Kingston, Ontario.

Dr. Handysides returned to Loma Linda in 1999 to earn a Certificate in Endodontics that he completed in 2001 from the school’s advanced specialty education program in endodontics. After completion of this program, Dr. Handysides served the Department of Endodontics in a variety of roles, including Course Director, Lecturer, Clinical Educator, and Researcher.

In 2007, Dr. Handysides was added to the LLU Faculty of Graduate Studies as Associate Professor, and in 2008 was promoted to Associate Professor with the Department of Endodontics. One of his capstone moments in endodontics came in November 2008 when he completed his board certification to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontists.

Dr. Handysides has authored or coauthored a number of peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters in endodontics and dental education. He has also presented numerous continuing education seminars both nationally and internationally, enjoying the various cultures and customs of the places he has visited.

In his pursuit of lifelong learning, and to deepen his educational background, Dr. Handysides embarked on the pursuit of an Ed.D. in Higher Education at the University of Southern California in 2011.

Dr. Barry Rayter Caps Career with Prestigious Award

A lifetime of dedicated service to the profession has earned a provincial practitioner one of the highest honors in Manitoba oral health. Barry Rayter, D.D.S., has been named the Alumni of Distinction recipient of 2013 for the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry and the University of Manitoba Dental Alumni Association.

Since graduating as a member of the Class of 1964, Dr. Rayter served the community as a general practitioner for more than 45 years, all the while being actively involved in the administration of the profession through its provincial association.

Upon leaving private practice, Dr. Rayter joined the academic staff at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry, assisting and teaching in several areas including the emergency clinic. He became a mentor and confidant to many students who would go on to become practitioners in the field.

Underscoring his voluntary commitment to the university, Dr. Rayter has also lent his generous support to several capital campaigns and is the benefactor behind a student bursary. He maintains his involvement to this day, as a member of many committees, councils and advisory boards at the institution.

Dr. Eli Eliav Named Director of Eastman Institute for Oral Health

Eli Eliav, D.M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., has been named Director of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Vice Dean for Oral Health within the School of Medicine and Dentistry. A widely published expert in oral medicine and orofacial pain, Dr. Eliav has been serving as the Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Director of the Center for Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain, and is the Carmel Endowed Chair in Algesiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School. His appointment begins on September 1, 2013.

Eli Eliav

“Dr. Eliav’s demonstrated leadership abilities, combined with his extensive academic, clinical, and research experience make him a perfect fit to lead the entire oral health enterprise within the medical center,” says Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Among many career highlights, Dr. Eliav has a longstanding history of gaining support from the National Institutes of Health, as well as funding for industry research and service grants. He has served on the editorial and scientific boards for several major journals, presently serving as Editor-in-Chief of Quintessence International, which provides vital information and special reports on clinical and research advances related to all dentistry disciplines.

“When I was a resident in Jerusalem in the early ‘90’s, I heard great things about Eastman and its excellence in postgraduate education, research, and clinical care,” says Dr. Eliav. “I would have never believed it if someone told me then that one day I would be director of this fine institution. I’m excited about what the future holds for Eastman Institute and the Medical Center.”

Dr. Eliav earned his dental and post graduate degrees and completed his residency training in oral medicine at Hebrew University in his native Israel. He then completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research related to pain and neurosensory mechanisms. He joined the New Jersey Dental School as an Associate Professor in 2004.

“Eli’s career path as an academician, researcher, and clinician make him an outstanding choice to continue the momentum that the Eastman Institute for Oral Health has gained through its recent clinical re-engineering initiative and other efforts to expand and enhance its education, clinical, and research programs,” says Mark B. Taubman, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, who served as Chair of the search committee.

“The blend of teaching, research, and clinical components with Eastman Institute presents unique challenges, and Dr. Eliav has addressed them by offering a solid vision for Eastman, with some innovative and exciting ideas to maximize our potential in all three areas,” says William Calnon, D.D.S., acting EIOH Director and President of the Eastman Dental Center Foundation Board.

Dr. Colin Dawes Honored by Canadian Dental Association

One of the longest serving, most successful and well-recognized professors at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry has received one of the premier awards in Canadian oral health. Colin Dawes B.Sc., B.D.S., Ph.D., has been named a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA).

Colin Dawes

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the dental profession, the dental community, and oral health of Canadians along with outstanding service over a number of years. Dr. Dawes was presented with the award at the CDA Annual General Meeting in April 2013.

For nearly 50 years, Dr. Dawes has been a leading research scientist within the Department of Oral Biology. He has conducted much-heralded research that has earned the attention and admiration of the profession throughout the world, and he has given invited lectures in 27 different countries. In particular, his work in the realm of salivary research has brought the University of Manitoba international renown and earned him several awards.

Dr. Dawes secured degrees in physiology and dentistry from Manchester University before earning his Ph.D. at the University of Durham. He joined the Faculty in 1964 following a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has since gone on to enjoy a long and illustrious career as one of the most celebrated researchers in his field. In addition, he was Editor of the Journal of Dental Research from 1983–93.

His influential body of work culminated in 2005 when the Salivary Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research presented Dr. Dawes with the Salivary Researcher of the Year Award, recognizing his many years of dedication and expertise in the field. That same year, Dr. Dawes was named Prof. Emeritus at the University of Manitoba.

A Manitoba Dental Hygienist’s Commitment to the Underserved Results in Alumni Honor

A long-time practitioner in community oral health has been named the recipient of the 2013 Alumni of Distinction award from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry School of Dental Hygiene. Ms. Pattie Moore has spent a career dedicated to community oral health and public service and, because of these efforts, has been selected for one of highest accolades in Manitoba oral health.

“This kind of dedication speaks volumes and really sets a great example for those who will soon become members of our profession,” says Joanna Asadoorian, RDH, Ph.D., Director of the School of Dental Hygiene. “Dental hygiene is far more than just cleaning teeth; it’s about a long-term commitment to promoting health for the public we serve.”

Ms. Moore has spent over 30 years in the field as a full-time public health dental hygienist with the City of Winnipeg Health Department and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. In that capacity, she has worked on many first-of-its-kind outreach initiatives, including the Machray School Project that reduced decay in at-risk, inner-city children from 90% to under 10%. Ms. Moore has also worked as a speaker and researcher on oral health care for disadvantaged communities.

“Pattie’s career is an excellent example of the impact that a dental hygienist can have on a community,” says Cindy M. Isaak-Ploegman, RDH, M.Ed., B.A. President of the University of Manitoba School of Dental Hygiene Alumni Association. “It goes beyond the operatory and the clinic and reaches into the lives of those who are in need of help.”

Ms. Moore will be formally presented with the award at the Faculty’s annual Alumni of Distinction Awards Banquet and Celebration in September 2013 in Winnipeg. A co-production of the Faculty of Dentistry and School of Dental Hygiene and their respective alumni associations, the annual autumn event is a salute to oral health excellence in Manitoba.

ELAM Names New Class of Fellows

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine announced the selection of its 2013–2014 class of fellows. This is the 19th incoming class for ELAM, the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions.

Upon completion of the one-year fellowship in May 2014, the 54 members of this class will join a community of highly accomplished leaders. Over 800 alumnae around the world serve in a variety of leadership positions including department chairs, research center directors, deans, and college presidents as well as chief executives in health care and accrediting organizations.

“The alumnae are key to the success of ELAM’s mission,” says Diane Magrane, M.D., Director of Drexel’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, which supports the program. “I am pleased to hear how, in many of our medical, dental, and public health schools, the alumnae are not only in strong leadership positions, but also are collaborating to prepare and support their school’s fellow as she enters this intensive year of on-the-job study. In this way, the school makes the most of the investment in its faculty members’ ELAM participation.”

Each fellow is supported by the dean or other senior official of her institution in her nomination for the program and continued mentorship. One aspect of this relationship is the curricular requirement to conduct an institutional action project, developed in collaboration with the senior leadership. These action projects are designed to address a strategic institutional priority. Dr. Magrane explains, “The fellows’ projects not only help them understand the challenges facing academic health centers and the skills a leader must possess to address these challenges, but also often result in concrete, positive changes at their institutions.”

ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first women’s medical school and a predecessor of today’s Drexel University College of Medicine.

The Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) is soliciting proposals to test the feasibility, reliability, and validity of two e-measures in dentistry. The DQA wants to study care continuity and sealant use. Through these proposals, the DQA aims to establish a sustainable, cost-effective process for e-measure validation and identify existing resources that can be used to validate additional measures in the future. E-measures are based on data from an electronic health record.

For more information and to view the request for proposal, visit here. Investigators who are interested in applying should email a letter of interest to Krishna Aravamudhan, Senior Manager for the Office of Quality Assessment and Improvement at the American Dental Association (ADA), at aravamudhank@ada.org. The letter is optional but encouraged so the DQA can effectively plan the review process. All proposals must be submitted by June 30, 2013.

The DQA was established by the ADA to develop performance measures for oral health care. Formed in 2008 through a request from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it is comprised of multiple stakeholders from across the oral health community who are committed to the development of consensus-based quality measures. For more information on the DQA, visit the ADA website.

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