News at One Kneeland: January 2017

Three faculty members honored

Hilde Tillman, D49, clinical professor emerita of public health and community service, was awarded a Dean’s Medal, and Esther Wilkins, D49, DG66, a clinical professor of periodontology emerita, was posthumously awarded the Dean’s Medal at a ceremony on December 16. Additionally, Athena Papas, J67, professor and head of the division of oral medicine, was named a Distinguished Professor, an honorary title reserved for a handful of senior professors at Tufts who have made exceptional contributions to their disciplines, their students and the university as teachers or scholars.

TUSDM leadership publishes implants textbook

A new textbook on implants hit the shelves in January. Nadeem Karimbux, professor and associate dean of academic affairs, and Hans-Peter Weber, professor and chair of prosthodontics, edited “Clinical Cases in Implant Dentistry,” a textbook presenting 49 clinical cases and academic commentary. The unique, case-based format supports problem-based learning, and promotes independent learning through self-assessment and critical thinking. Tufts Dental faculty members contributed many of the cases in the book. Order a copy of the textbook today.

Aiding the next generation of scientists

Naomi Rosenberg, Dean of the Sackler School, and Morton Rosenberg, D74, A09P, professor in oral and maxillofacial surgery, founded the Naomi Rosenberg, Ph.D., and Morton B. Rosenberg, D.M.D., D74, Fellowship, to aid young bioscientists. Read the full story on the fellowship.

Kyle Dunmire, D14, DG15: Dentist on Display

Dunmire’s decision to attend dental school was one of several pivots that have impacted his career path, leading him to his current position practicing dentistry at a non-profit organization in Keene, New Hampshire. Read Kyle’s story.

New externship site at Hillcrest

Hillcrest Dental Care, an affiliate of Hillcrest Educational Foundation, announced that they will be providing clinical training to students from the dental school in a five-week Community Service Learning Externship (CSLE) in Pittsfield and North Adams, Mass. Participating students will have the opportunity to learn from experienced dentists from the organization, including Andrew Budz and Marie Walsh, D82, MG15P. There are now 30 externship site options for dental students at TUSDM.

Food and tradition in Chinatown

The D20 class had the opportunity to take part in a traditional Chinese banquet on November 19. The banquet for first-year dental students is a tradition started by Paul Kwan, research assistant professor for the Tufts School of Medicine and course director for clinical anatomy. Billed as “Surviving Head and Neck Anatomy,” the banquet consists of 12 to 14 courses, including lobsters and Peking duck. This year 120 people attended the banquet, including Kwan and Robert Kasberg, associate dean of admissions and student affairs.

ADA news captures TUSDM faculty member

Mary Jane Hanlon, D97, assistant professor and interim associate dean of clinical affairs, was photographed during a reference committee hearing on Membership and Related Matters at the American Dental Association 2016 Meeting in Denver on October 21. Hanlon is the chair of the committee. (Photo by EZ Event Photography, courtesy ADA News. © 2016 American Dental Association) photo 

TUSDM student to run marathon on Tufts team

The Tufts Marathon Team, which runs with John Hancock in the Boston Marathon, announced the runners for this year’s team. Natalie Pinckney, D15, DG17, was one of only 35 Tufts community members selected to participate on the Tufts Boston Marathon Team. The Boston Marathon is set to take place April 17.   

International student program restructured

Under the guidance and leadership of Ronald Perry, DG99, professor and director of the International Students Program (DIS), the DIS curriculum has been restructured to accommodate a class of 30 students. On January 3, the DIS19 students joined the D19 class and began their experiences in several basic science classes and preclinical science classes. The school has invested in technology that will allow for lecture capture and simulcasting in several classrooms and spaces. Examinations and preclinical sessions will be scheduled separately. Robert Amato, D80, DG83, professor and chair of endodontics and interim assistant dean of postgraduate clinical affairs, and Rocio Saavedra, clinical instructor in pediatric dentistry, worked to ensure there will be minimal impact to the DMD preclinical experiences.

Presentations and Publications

  • The cover article of the December issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was “Prevalence of Substance Abuse Among Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residents from 2006 to 2015.” The study was authored by Pasquale Eckert, D17; Matthew Finkelman, associate professor of public health and community service and director of the Division of Biostatistics and Experimental Design; and Morton Rosenberg, D74, A09P, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  • The Journal of Dental Education published a study in their January issue by Sarah Pagni, instructor in the Division of Biostatistics and Experimental Design; Anna Bak, D17; Steven Eisen, associate professor in comprehensive care; Jennipher Murphy, educational technology senior administrator; Matthew Finkelman, associate professor and director of the Division of Biostatistics and Experimental Design; and Gerard Kugel, D85, SK93, professor and associate dean of research. The article, “The Benefit of a Switch: Answer-Changing on Multiple-Choice Exams by First-Year Dental Students,” is available here.
  • The December issue of the Journal of Dental Education published a study authored by Eileen Doherty, E91, assistant professor of prosthodontics and senior director of predoctoral student research; Nadeem Karimbux, professor of periodontology and associate dean of academic affairs; and Gerard Kugel, D85, SK93, professor and associate dean of research. The article, “Creation and Initial Outcomes of a Selective Four-Year Research Program for Predoctoral Dental Students,” is available here.
  • Jonathan Garlick, professor of diagnostic sciences and director of the Division of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering, was the keynote speaker at the New York Academy of Dentistry’s annual Gala at the Union League Club in New York City in December. The topic of his presentation was “Stem Cell Update: What Can We Do, What Should We Do?”
  • Anne Koch, senior fellow in the Division of LGBT Health at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and a professor of endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, spoke at Tufts University School of Medicine about LGBT issues in health care. Members of the Tufts Dental community were in attendance.

Awards and Honors

  • Peter Arsenault, D94, DG95, associate clinical professor of comprehensive care and division head of operative dentistry, will be inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Inventors during their Annual Conference in Boston. Arsenault holds several patents related to the dental field. He will be inducted during the conference on April 6. Fellows are chosen based on their contributions to innovation; they must have at least one patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and demonstrate a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions that impact daily life.
  • The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced in December that Charles Rankin, D79, DG86, D08P, DG11, professor and interim chair of comprehensive care, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of his employees serving in the Massachusetts National Guard and Reserve. Rankin received the award at Tufts Dental on December 8.
  • Leopoldo Correa, DG11, associate professor of diagnostic sciences, presented a lecture in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on November 19, and in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on November 25. During his presentation in Santo Domingo, he received a special recognition for his academic contribution to the dental school at Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU).

Faculty and Staff Updates

  • Gerard Cedrone was promoted in December to academic programming administrator in academic affairs.
  • Marcelo Suzuki, associate professor of prosthodontics, was appointed as assistant division head of predoctoral prosthodontics, effective October 1.
  • Thaisa Bordin was appointed as an instructor in predoctoral prosthodontics. Bordin started on November 1.
  • Hadi Gholami was appointed as an assistant professor in prosthodontics, effective November 15.
  • Berhanu Hibue started in late December as a central sterilization assistant.
  • Karim Tallou started in late December as a central sterilization assistant.