Dr. Cheen Loo was recently appointed by Dean Huw Thomas to serve as the Interim Chair for the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. She assumed the role on July 1.
Dr. Loo took on oversight of the department after Dr. Stanley Alexander, the former Chair, left Tufts to direct a new orthodontics program in New York and Massachusetts under the Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Loo says she’s enjoying her new role and responsibilities.
“Everything has been pretty smooth,” she said. “We have really great faculty, and the students are terrific.”
Before she took over as Interim Chair, Dr. Loo was an Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Director of the department’s postdoctoral program. This new position provides her with a broader perspective of pediatric dentistry’s role within the school.
“I have a better sense of how our department interrelates with the rest of the school and the university at large,” she said. “We work very closely with Public Health and Community Service, and there are definite ties with the rest of the university through inter-professional education as well.”
Dr. Loo was born in Malaysia, and moved to Australia when she was a teenager. She received her dental degree and Ph.D. from the University of Sydney and her M.P.H. and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Boston University. She received her D.M.D. from TUSDM in 2010. In addition to her work in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Loo is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She has authored multiple professional articles on microbiology, early childhood caries and autism. Her prior work at TUSDM made her a good candidate for this position, according to Dean Thomas.
“Dr. Loo, who currently serves as Graduate Program Director in the Department, has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Chair,” he said, “and we are confident that the department will benefit from her leadership during this transition.”
Dr. Loo has worked at Tufts since 2006, and says her long professional relationship with the other faculty has made it easier to lead.
“I believe this has been a pretty easy transition for the faculty,” she said. “We know each other very well, as we’ve worked together for so many years.”