News @ Tufts Dental

April 2012

News@TuftsDental is distributed via email each month to dental school faculty, staff, students and friends. We welcome your suggestions and story ideas. Contact the editor, Mary-Ellen Marks, at Thank you!

In This Issue:

Town Hall Meeting

President Anthony P. Monaco led a Town Hall meeting in Merritt Auditorium on April 26. The president shared some preliminary observations on the forthcoming university-wide strategic planning process, spoke of the need to work collaboratively on research projects across traditional disciplinary and school boundaries, and emphasized the progress and work of the councils on Diversity and Sustainability. An attentive audience of faculty and staff asked many questions, with inquiries ranging from the health-care reform act and impacts on teaching hospitals, to the cost of higher education and the likelihood of a student debt crisis and the research competitiveness of the United States on the global stage.

The meeting was followed by tours of the school’s research labs and presentations by Pamela Yelick, on stem cell research; Athena Papas, on caries research and dry mouth; Ronald Perry, on clinical and materials research; Paul Stark, on the research of graduate and postgraduate students; and Eileen Doherty, on undergraduate student research.

Schweitzer Fellow Targets Oral Health Education

Jenny Citrin, D14, is one of four Tufts health sciences students selected as Boston Schweitzer Fellows for 2012-13. Originally founded in 1940 to support Albert Schweitzer’s medical work in Africa, the yearlong fellowships are designed to develop leaders in service who are dedicated to addressing the unmet health needs of underserved communities.

Citrin is developing iSmile, a program to encourage prevention of dental disease through fun and nontraditional oral health education. With mentoring from Tufts dental and nutrition students, high school students from the Josiah Quincy Upper School in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood will develop the interactive, Internet-based education module on dental health, specifically the dietary causes of cavities, for 5- to 11-year-olds. Serving as community and peer educators, the high school students will then mentor their lower-school counterparts in healthy behaviors. Citrin’s fellowship is supported by DentaQuest Foundation.

Legislative Advocates

Practicing dentists and dental students from across Massachusetts gathered at the State House on April 11 for Beacon Hill Day, an annual event where they learn about issues affecting the profession and provide input to state legislators.

Participants met with their respective state senators and representatives to discuss the importance of oral health and issues in dentistry. The main focuses this year were to prevent dental health insurance companies from limiting fees for non-covered services and to restore MassHealth funding for adult dental care – issues that are part of current state budget deliberations.

Dental insurance companies are seeking to cap how much a dentist can charge for procedures not covered under an insurance plan or those provided after a patient has reached the annual maximum expenditure under a plan. The move would force dentists to shift those costs to other patients and increase fees for self-pay patients, most of whom are elderly on fixed incomes, to recover that lost revenue.

Tufts participants included faculty members David Leader, Harish Gulati, Sheldon Sullaway and Aram Mirigian and Alayna Corden, D14, Jennifer Kusner, D13, Denise Tong, D13, Emily Joseph, D13, Jaskaren Randhawa, D14, Seonha Park, D14, and Jenny Citrin, D14.

The group also met Massachusetts Dental Society leaders, including current president Charles Silvius and immediate past president John Fisher. Leader and Tong met with staff members in the offices of State Sen. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose, and Rep. Christopher Fallon, D-Malden.

Interim Directors of Periodontology

James Hanley, interim chair of periodontology, has appointed Timothy J. Hempton interim director of periodontology and Charles E. Hawley as interim assistant director.

Hempton, an associate clinical professor, has been a faculty member at Tufts for 22 years and has served as the department’s assistant program director since 2000. He received his D.D.S. from Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and a certificate in periodontology from the Milwaukee Veterans Administration Medical Center and Marquette University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a fellow of the American College of Dentists.

Hawley, a clinical professor at Tufts since 2002, received his D.D.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. from the University of Illinois School of Dentistry and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He served on the faculty at Maryland for many years, as a professor of periodontology and oral biology and as program director for the Advanced Education Program in Periodontology. A diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Hawley is also a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

Here & There

Jinkun Jake Chen (general dentistry) is the 2012 recipient of the IADR Academy of Osseointegration Innovation in Implant Sciences Award.

Jonathan Garlick (oral and maxillofacial pathology) gave the keynote speech, “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Scholarship and Learning: The Future Is Now,” at Tufts University’s 16th annual Graduate Research Symposium on April 13. Garlick was also an invited speaker at a meeting of the Tufts Pre-Medical Society on March 8. His topic was “Personal, Professional and Interprofessional Paths to a Caring Profession.”

Daniel Gonzalez, D15, was honored on April 12 at the 20th anniversary celebration of Breakthrough Cambridge, a year-round, tuition-free academic program that serves middle and high school students. Gonzalez participated in the program for two summers while in middle school. He says his admiration for his Breakthrough Cambridge role models helped instill a desire to pay it forward. Last summer, he was a counselor in Noble and Greenough’s Upward Bound program, teaching biology to low-income high school students from Lawrence and Boston.

Richard S. Harold, assistant clinical professor and Group 4 practice coordinator, has been appointed associate director of the oral diagnosis course. He presented two lectures at the 2012 Yankee Dental Congress: “Prescription Writing for Dentists” and “Dentistry and the Law-A-Day in the Life of Your Dental Office.” He gave a lecture on “Ethical Guidelines for Prescription Writing” at the annual meeting of the American College of Legal Medicine, held in New Orleans in February. His article, “Prescription Writing for Dentists: Ethical and Legal Guidelines,” appeared in the winter 2012 edition of the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Ronald Perry (prosthodontics and operative dentistry) has been reappointed to Tufts Health Sciences Campus Institutional Review Board for a three-year term that began on April 1.

Morton Rosenberg (oral and maxillofacial surgery) gave a presentation titled “Ten Minutes to Save a Life: Preparing Your Office and Team for a Medical Emergency” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists in Boston on April 20.

Yun Saksena (prosthodontics and operative dentistry) has been appointed to the faculty advisory board of Tufts’ Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, which assists faculty across the university in promoting teaching innovation and offers professional development opportunities. If you have ideas for teaching needs at the dental school, please email Saksena was elected secretary of the American Dental Education Association Special Interest Group on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, a forum in which members learn and build upon the experiences of their peers. If you’re interested in joining the group, contact Saksena.

Travel to Vietnam

You’re invited to join the Tufts Travel/Learn program for an excursion to Vietnam from October 21 through November 5. Starting in Hanoi, the trip includes visits to scenic Ha Long Bay, the acclaimed Cham Museum, the colorful village of Hoi An and the imperial capital Hue.

You’ll cruise the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and explore the tributaries and floating markets of the Mekong River Delta. The trip ends in Saigon, with a visit to Reunification Palace. A post-tour extension to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, in Cambodia, is also available. The trip is priced from $3,695 per person, based on double occupancy. To avoid the disappointment of a sold-out program, early registration is encouraged.

For registration and a complete list of the remaining 2012 trips, including Mongolia and the Black Sea, visit, or contact Usha Nand Sellers Ed.D., director of the Travel/Learn Program, at or 617.627.5323.

March 2012

News@TuftsDental is distributed via email each month to dental school faculty, staff, students and friends. We welcome your suggestions and story ideas. Contact the editor, Mary-Ellen Marks, at Thank you!

In This Issue:

Esther Wilkins Receives Gies Award for Dental Education

Esther Wilkins, D49, DG66, clinical professor emerita of periodontology, received the William J. Gies Award for Achievement by a Dental Educator on March 19, during the annual session of the American Dental Education Association in Orlando, Fla. The annual Gies awards recognize exceptional contributions to and support of oral health and dental education.

A member of the dental school faculty since 1966, Wilkins’ legacy is surely her textbook, Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, now in its 11th edition and often called the “bible of dental hygiene.” Read more about her extraordinary career.

Dean Emeritus Honored by ADEA for Distinguished Service

Lonnie H. Norris, DG80, dean emeritus of Tufts School of Dental Medicine, is the recipient of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes significant contributions to education, research and the ADEA. He was presented with the award during ADEA’s annual session in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month.

Norris has dedicated his career to teaching, research and patient care. He earned his D.M.D from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health before completing a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Tufts. He had been on the faculty since since 1980 and had served as dean from 1995 until he retired last summer.

“Dr. Norris has been a fantastic friend and a mentor to me and many other deans,” said ADEA President Leo E. Rouse, who is dean of the College of Dentistry at Howard University. “I could always count on him to give me sage advice, an unselfish opinion and a shoulder to lean on. And, when I missed the mark, he would say to me, ‘You tried it. Don’t be disappointed. Get out there and try again.’ “

Norris is a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, the American Academy of Dental Science and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. For ADEA, he has served as a commissioner on the Commission on Dental Accreditation, as chair of the ADEA Council of Deans, on the Board of Trustees for the ADEAGies Foundation and as an advisor to the ADEA Leadership Institute.

Dean Thomas Elected ADEA Vice President for Deans

At the 2012 ADEA Annual Session on March 19th, Dean Huw Thomas was elected ADEA Vice President for Deans and will serve a three-year term as representative of the Council to the ADEA Board of Directors. Dean Thomas previously chaired the ADEA’s Council of Deans and the Section on Dentistry and Oral Health Sciences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Thanks to All Who Participated in Bates-Andrews Day

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Guests

Thank you all for supporting this year’s Bates-Andrews Research Day. It was a very successful event, and we want to acknowledge not only the winners, listed below, but also all the students who participated and the many faculty who assisted with judging and mentoring our student researchers.

The commercial exhibitors provide the funding for this event. We appreciate their support and thank everyone who visited their tables. The artwork that graced the halls this year was supplied by Guilherme Valverde, Lisa Hilpl, Nour Khalil, Victoria Spindel, Judyth Lee, Angela Wang and Eva Lee Chow; thank you for that special touch. And thank you to Tori Saferin, who provided some “chocolate art” for a fun raffle. Special thanks go to our keynote speaker, Dr. Anne Tanner, who gave an excellent presentation on “Severe-Early Childhood Caries: Microbiota and Diet Revisited.”


Eileen Doherty, Director of Predoctoral Student Research
and Gerard Kugel, Associate Dean for Research

2012 Bates Day Winners

Best Postgraduate Poster Presentation (cash prize donated by Jess Kane, David Tesini and Nancy Jo Soporowski): David Ching, “Efficacy of the Dental Vibe Injection System for Pediatric Patients;” faculty mentor: Cheen Loo

Best Scientific Research Presentation by a Senior, Andrews Society Award (cash prize donated by Jess Kane, David Tesini and Nancy Jo Soporowski): Eunice Lee, “Effect of Chlorhexidine in Dentin Bond Using Total-etch and Self-etch Adhesives;” faculty mentor: Gerard Kugel

ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Award for Best Overall Predoctoral Table Clinic (travel to present research at 2012 ADA annual session): Ramesh Thondapu, “Evaluation of Bacterial Susceptibility to Disinfectants at the Dental Clinic;” faculty mentors: Addy Alt-Holland and Ronald Perry

Second Place for Predoctoral Table Clinic (cash prize donated by Jess Kane, David Tesini and Nancy Jo Soporowski, and travel to present research at Greater New York Dental Meeting): Courtney Michelson, “Shear and Tensile Strength of Silk Coatings on Titanium Surfaces;” faculty mentors: Gerard Kugel and David Kaplan

Third Place for Predoctoral Table Clinic (cash prize donated by Jess Kane, David Tesini and Nancy Jo Soporowski, and travel to present research at Greater New York Dental Meeting): Arpan Desai and Victor Mai, “Peptides Derived from Leptin Inhibit Prostate Cancer Signaling;” faculty mentor: Paul Leavis

Research Committee Award for Basic Science Research: Alayna Corden, “Neutralizing Antibodies against AAV 2, 4, 5, 12, and BAAV in Sjogren’s Patients: Implications for Gene Therapy;” faculty mentor: John Chiorini, NIDCR

Massachusetts Dental Society and ASDA Public Health Award (cash prize donated by the Massachusetts Dental Society): Erica Stutius, “Oral Health Considerations: Developmentally Disabled Adults Treated under General Anesthesia;” faculty mentor: John Morgan

Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Hilde Tillman Award (cash prize donated by OKU): Diego Camacho, James Koehler and Jessica Silva, “Retrospective Evaluation of Implant Failure Predictors at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine;” faculty mentors: Paul Levi and Eduardo Marcuschamer

Procter & Gamble Traveling Fellowship Award (travel award donated by Procter & Gamble): Catherine DeFuria, “Flexural Loading Strength of Provisional Restorative Material;” faculty mentor: Gerard Kugel

Dr. Chad Anderson Family Award for Innovative Methodology and Research Design (cash prize donated by Chad Anderson): Nicolas Freda, “Shear Bond Strength of Self-adhesive Resin Cements (Lithium Dissilicate/Zirconia) to Dentin;” faculty mentor: Masly Harsono

Multicultural Award for the Advancement of Dental Research (travel award donated by Kistama Naidu): Shruti Pore, “E-Cadherin Loss Promotes Squamous Cell Carcinoma Development through Dab-2 Down-regulation;” faculty mentor: Addy Alt-Holland

Oral Health Disparities Award: Chris Choi, “Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: Medication Utilization and Untreated Caries;” faculty mentor: John Morgan

Bates Student Research Group Peer-reviewed Award: Daniel Gonzalez and Diego Camacho, “Evidence-based Recommendations Regarding Bilingual Youth Prevention Programs for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinomas;” faculty mentor: Aidee Herman

Interim Chair of Periodontology

Dean Huw Thomas has appointed James Hanley, the school’s associate dean for clinical affairs, interim chair of the Department of Periodontology while a search is conducted for a permanent department head.

Hanley received his postgraduate certificate in periodontology from Tufts in 1979 and his D.M.D. from Tufts four years earlier. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and practiced in Concord, Mass. for 26 years. Hanley has held a faculty appointment in periodontology since 1979. Prior to his promotion to assistant dean in 2005, he served as director of the Periodontal Clinic Administration.

Hans-Peter Weber, professor and chair of prosthodontics and operative dentistry, is leading the search committee that will present its recommendations for a new chair to the dean. Please direct any candidates for the position to him.

Search for Chair of Orthodontics

Mark Nehring, professor and chair of public health and community service, is chairing the committee that will identify a new chair of the Department of Orthodontics to succeed Barry Briss, who recently informed the dean of his intention to step down. Briss plans to remain with the school as a full-time faculty member.

Faculty and others who know of suitable candidates for the post should bring them to Nehring’s attention.

Faculty Notes

Stanley Alexander (pediatric dentistry) presented a seminar titled “An Exercise and Application of Evidence-based Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Clinical Practice” at the third annual International Conference of King Abdulaziz University March 12-15. Attendees included faculty, students and clinicians in the Middle East.

Aidee Nieto Herman (periodontology), faculty advisor to the Tufts chapter of the Student Hispanic Dental Association, reports that she and some of the students participated in community-based activities to celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month. They provided oral health screenings for 47 children at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury and for 38 preschoolers at the Wang YMCA in Chinatown. Herman participated in a panel discussion about women in dentistry at Boston University.

Morton Rosenberg (oral and maxillofacial surgery) received the Horace Wells Award, recognizing achievement in dental anesthesiology, from the International Federation of Dental Anesthesiology Societies during a combined meeting with the American Dental Society of Anesthesia on March 2 in Hawaii.

Paul Stark (general dentistry) has been promoted to professor, contract track, effective March 1, 2012.

February 2012

News@TuftsDental is distributed each month via email to dental school faculty, staff, students and friends. We welcome your suggestions and story ideas. Contact the editor, Mary-Ellen Marks, at Thank you!

In This Issue

Robert H. Kasberg to lead Admissions and Student Affairs

Robert H. Kasberg Jr., the assistant dean for student affairs at Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) for seven years, will join Tufts on March 1 as associate dean for admissions and student affairs. He succeeds Mark Gonthier, who was promoted to executive associate dean last summer.

Kasberg was selected after a national search that also included on-site interviews with key stakeholders at the dental school. Associate Dean James Hanley chaired the search committee.

Prior to his most recent position at IUSD, Kasberg was the school’s director of admissions for three years. From 1996 to 2002, he was assistant dean of the Graduate Office at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he received his undergraduate degree. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University,

A native of Indianapolis, Kasberg is a U.S. Navy veteran. He spent six years in the Peace Corps, working with tribal Filipinos on the island of Mindoro and is fluent in four Filipino languages. He also worked for the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. During his time at IUSD and IUPUI, he developed strategies for recruiting African American and Latino students.

At Tufts, Kasberg will oversee the Office of Student Affairs, which encompasses Admissions, Student Records/Registration, Student Affairs and Financial Aid. He will also serve on Dean Huw Thomas‘ senior leadership team.

#1 in Student Research Abstracts

Tufts is top-ranked among dental schools for the number of student abstracts accepted for the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research. Forty-nine abstracts were chosen for the meeting, which will be held in Tampa, Fla., in March. The school will receive $300 for its student research group during an awards ceremony on March 22.

Search Begins for Academic Affairs Dean

Maria Papageorge, professor and chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery, will lead the search committee that will make recommendations to Dean Huw Thomas on candidates for the position of associate dean of academic affairs to succeed Nancy S. Arbree, who is stepping down on September 1.

Other members of the committee are Robert Amato, Luis del Castillo, Meghann Dombroski, Jonathan Garlick, Paul Leavis, Michael Thompson, Kevin O’Dea, Jesse Punch, D13, Kathryn Ragalis, Aruna Ramesh and Wanda Wright.

Although the search process is confidential, members of the dental community are invited to share their thoughts on the characteristics they value for this position with any committee member.

News from Yankee Dental

Thomas F. Winkler III, D66, a Tufts trustee emeritus and clinical professor of endodontics, received the District One Distinguished Service Award from the International College of Dentists during the organization’s annual luncheon on January 27, held in conjunction with the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston.

All five New England dental deans–Huw F. Thomas of Tufts, Bruce Donoff of Harvard, Jeffrey Hutter of Boston University, R. Lamont MacNeil of the University of Connecticut and James Koelbl from the University of New England–attended, as did Lonnie H. Norris, dean emeritus of Tufts.
Winkler is a former chair of the Board of Advisors to the dental school and continues to serve on the board.

That evening, more than 1,000 alumni, friends and family attended the traditional Yankee Dental reception, hosted by the Office of Dental Development and Alumni Relations.

On January 28, Inga Keithly, president of the class of 2012, received the American College of Dentists Senior Student Award. Keithly was named a Tufts-Schweitzer Fellow in 2011 and partnered with Boston Health Care for the Homeless to establish a walk-in dental clinic at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. After graduating this spring, Keithly will serve as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy.

In the Yankee Dental student poster session contest, another member of the class of 2012, Eunice Lee, won the predoctoral category for her project, “Effects of Ethanol-wet Dentin Bonding to Total-etch and All-in-One Adhesives.” Also presenting posters were Catherine DeFuria, D12, “Flexural Loading Strength of Provisional Restorative Material,” and Courtney Michelson, D14, “Shear and Tensile Strength of Silk Coatings on Titanium Surfaces.”

Glickman Library Dedicated

The periodontology library on the 12th floor of the dental school has been named for former longtime faculty member Irving Glickman, D38, known as the “father of periodontology.”

The Glickman Library was dedicated on January 25, during a ceremony attended by Glickman’s widow, Violeta Arboleda, DG51, and other family members and guests. Terrence Griffin, D71, DG75, associate professor and chair of periodontology, spoke at the dedication, as did Glickman’s children, Alan R. Glickman and Denise F. Glickman, and faculty member Paul A. Levi Jr., D66, DG71, who led the fundraising campaign to name the library for his former teacher and mentor.

Glickman was appointed to the dental faculty in 1941, and was the founding chair of the Department of Periodontology, serving from 1948 until his death in 1972. He wrote the classic text on the specialty, Clinical Periodontology.

“When people talked about Tufts, they always talked about periodontics, and that’s because of Dr. Glickman,” Levi says. “He really helped put Tufts on the map.”

Team Players

The Oral Medicine team of Kristina Hatzipetrou, Samantha Keck, Shankeertha Sundaralingam and Elizabeth Tzavaras are the recipients of the dental school’s inaugural Team Excellence Award, created to recognize achievement by a team or work group that exceeds the parameters of daily job requirements.

“Patients often come through the clinic at a critical point in their lives,” wrote Pamela Corrado, the assistant director of dental research affairs, in nominating the team. “Many [patients] are suffering from chronic, and in some instances, life-threatening diseases. These women treat each and every patient with kindness and compassion. The office is usually flowing with cookies, candy and flowers, all from grateful patients,” she wrote.

The team was recognized at the dean’s holiday lunch in December, and then again at a private lunch on January 11 with Dean Huw Thomas, Executive Associate Dean Mark Gonthier and the selection committee.

A Tradition of Service

The Tufts chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) is a model of active citizenship–from participating in the six-mile Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk last fall to organizing a food drive to benefit the Pine Street Inn before winter break.

And that’s just for starters. Members served meals to homeless veterans at the Arlington Street Church, educated Girl Scouts about careers in dentistry and even helped them sell their cookies to raise money for uniforms. Closer to home, they’ve provided group tutoring and help sessions for first- and second-year students preparing for their practicals in the preclinic.

This spring, the chapter plans to host mentoring sessions, during which upperclassman will talk with underclassman about what to expect in their next year of dental school, to help second-years transition into clinic and to assist third-years in preparing for graduation. AAWD will host a panel discussion to advise predoctoral students on the residency and job application process. The chapter will also encourage all students to do some spring cleaning in March and donate clothes to a local shelter.

Faculty Notes

Peter Arsenault, an associate clinical professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry, has been selected as a fellow in the ADEA Leadership Institute for 2012-13. Since 1999, more than 200 fellows from predoctoral, allied and advanced dental education have participated in the institute, a year-long program designed to develop the most promising individuals at academic dental institutions as future leaders in dental and higher education.

Brijesh Chandwani has been promoted to associate clinical professor of general dentistry.

George Maloney has been promoted to clinical professor of general dentistry.

Alfred Rich has been promoted to associate clinical professor of pediatric dentistry.

Roya Zandparsa has been promoted to clinical professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry.

Travel & Learn

Join Tufts dental alumni, family and friends for a cruise of the Black Sea, the bridge of two continents, September 9-17. Aboard the Silver Wind, you’ll sail to Istanbul, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine and visit the seaside retreats of emperors, czars and commissars.

This Tufts Travel/Learn itinerary is enhanced by incentives, including free air and the special price, from $5,148 per person, based on double occupancy. To secure the preferred cabin category and avoid the disappointment of a sold-out program, early registration is suggested.

For a complete list of 2012 trips and itineraries, visit For more information, contact Usha Sellers, director of the Tufts Travel-Learn Program, at 617.627.5323 or

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