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Transitions, Appointments, and Awards - March 2013

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Dr. Terri Dolan Steps Down as Dean at the University of Florida College of Dentistry

After serving for 10 years as the Dean of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H., has announced her intention to step down at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year. Boyd Robinson, D.D.S., M.Ed., Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Interim Chair of the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, will serve as Interim Dean. A national search for a successor to Dr. Dolan will begin shortly.

Under her leadership, the past decade has been a period of great growth for the College of Dentistry despite the challenging economic conditions facing the state and nation. An established national leader in oral health research, the college also is well-recognized for the quality of its Doctor of Dental Medicine, graduate, and dental specialty academic programs, and for its strong commitment to improving oral health and access to dental care throughout Florida. 

Dr. Dolan has served on the College of Dentistry faculty since 1989. She previously served as an Associate Director of a joint medicine and dentistry Geriatric Fellowship Program, and as the Associate Dean for Education. She was appointed Interim Dean in 2002 and Dean in 2003.

During the past decade, the college has remained in the top 10 of all U.S. dental schools for NIH/NIDCR support and is an internationally recognized leader in basic, translational, and clinical oral health research. Recognized as a strong advocate for dental education, Dr. Dolan is proud that the University of Florida is the third largest “feeder school” for dental candidates to all universities in the United States. This reflects the strong positive collaboration between the College of Dentistry, the campus pre-professional advisors, and the various pre-professional organizations on the University of Florida campus. The college is also engaged in dental student recruitment and outreach throughout the southeastern United States, and developed a Summer of Learning program to assist in the recruitment of disadvantaged students to the dental profession.

Dr. Dolan also set the stage for the transformation of the College of Dentistry Gainesville facility through the completion of a visioning and master planning exercise as the first step in the transformation of the facility into one that will better support the mission of the college. She especially appreciates the university funding of the master planning project.

Dr. Madeline Monaco Appointed to Penn Dental Medicine Board of Overseers

The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine) announces the appointment of Madeline Monaco, Ph.D., M.S., M.Ed., to its Board of Overseers, approved by the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees for a three-year renewable term. 

Dr. Monaco is Senior Director of Global Scientific and Professional Affairs with Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Products Worldwide. Prior to Johnson & Johnson she held leadership, teaching, and research positions within Pennsylvania State University, the U.S. government, Cornell and Columbia Universities, and Kraft Foods Inc.

“Madeline brings an impressive and unique perspective on research, public health, and the role of industry to support these. She will tremendously complement the existing talent on the Board,” says Dr. Denis Kinane, Morton Amsterdam Dean of Penn Dental Medicine. In her Board role, she is eager to help engage Johnson & Johnson in possible collaborations in research and public programs, already working with Penn Dental Medicine and Penn’s Leonard David Institute of Health Economics on developing a review of oral care public health strategies. 

Dr. Laureen Zubiaurre Appointed Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at Columbia University 

Effective January 1, Laureen A. Zubiaurre, D.M.D., M.S., became the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM). She succeeds Martin J. Davis, D.D.S., who retired at the end of 2012.

Dr. Zubiaurre, who assumed the position of Associate Dean for Predoctoral Admissions two years ago, has done an outstanding job. Her office will continue to be responsible for all items associated with the predoctoral admissions process and will now assume the responsibilities of student affairs. These include Student Health Services, Global Initiatives, organization and production of CDM Dean’s letter of recommendations, student issues, and liaison activities with student organizations.

Dr. Titus Schleyer to Lead Biomedical Informatics at Regenstrief Institute

Titus K. L. Schleyer, D.M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., an internationally respected leader in the rapidly advancing field of health care informatics, has been named to lead the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute.
Titus Schleyer

Dr. Schleyer joins the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is Associate Professor of Dental Public Health and Founding Director of the Center for Dental Informatics in the School of Dentistry, as well as Co-Director of the Biomedical Informatics Training Program in the School of Medicine. He is the most published author worldwide in the field of dental informatics. 

A pioneer in biomedical informatics, Dr. Schleyer has been conducting research since 1989, leading seminal studies on clinical computing, electronic dental records, Internet applications, and workflow and human-computer interaction in dentistry. His research on dental computer applications has been primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health. In 2009, he was elected to the American College of Medical Informatics, a select group of individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics.

“I have known of the Regenstrief Institute, learned from its work, and admired its prominence in informatics research and implementation since my days as a student in Europe,” Dr. Schleyer says. “Coming to Regenstrief to direct the Center for Biomedical Informatics is more than a dream come true. As a researcher and a clinician, I look forward to leading Regenstrief’s informaticians as we develop innovations to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.”

The Regenstrief Institute is a distinguished medical research organization dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare and is a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Medical Informatics. The Institute is the home of internationally recognized centers of excellence in medical and public health informatics, aging, and health services and health systems research.

Dr. Schleyer will be the third Director of Regenstrief’s Center for Biomedical Informatics. He will also serve as Co-Director of Translational Informatics with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. 

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