News@TuftsDental – January 2013

January 2013

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

In This Issue:

The First Match Day Celebration
The dental school hosted its first National Match Day celebration in Alumni Lounge on January 28 for members of the Class of 2013. The dental match for the graduating class occurs in two phases: Phase I results were released on November 28 for students who applied to orthodontics or dental anesthesiology programs. Phase II results, for students who applied to programs in oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry, advanced education in general dentistry and general practice residencies, were announced on January 28.

Hosted by Dean Huw Thomas, the event served to congratulate students who matched for a program or were accepted to non-Match programs. Approximately half of the D13 class applied to a postgraduate program, including residencies in the U.S. military. Appreciation goes to Associate Dean Nadeem Karimbux for taking the initiative in establishing this event.

A Bonanza of Abstracts

For the second consecutive year, Tufts School of Dental Medicine has been ranked number one by the AADR National Student Research Group for having the most student abstracts accepted for the 2013 annual session of the American, International and Canadian Associations of Dental Research, which will take place in Seattle, Wash., in March. Tufts students had 60 abstracts accepted for the meeting. In 2012, when Tufts also claimed the honor, there were 49 abstracts accepted.

Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series
Bill Hendricson, assistant dean for educational and faculty development of the Dental School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, gave a presentation on “Strategies for Assessing Students’ Progress Toward Competency” on January 9 as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series. He discussed how to assess individual competencies as well as overall readiness for general dentistry practice. Hendricson also talked about metrics for critical thinking skills and self-directed, lifelong learning. Hendricson, who has been involved in health professions education for 40 years, is a senior consultant for the Academy of Academic Leadership, a higher education consulting firm.

Interactive Teaching – Bring Your Own Device!
Brian Lukoff, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s School of Engineering & Applied Science, presented a Faculty Development Lunch & Learn workshop on January 10 on Learning Catalytics, a cloud-based software platform for interactive teaching and learning.

The software allows students to use such web-enabled devices as laptops, smartphones and tablets. Though similar to iClickers and other response systems, Learning Catalytics enables instructors to create an interactive environment that integrates real-time assessment with learning. The software grew out of research done by Eric Mazur, the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard, and is used in grades K-12 as well as in higher education.

Faculty & Staff News
Ahmed Afify, DI13, has been accepted into the advanced education program in prosthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Irina Dragan, who is in the combined master’s and periodontology programs, Courtney Michelson, D14, and Yusuf Bhatti, D14, have been selected as ADEAGies/AADR Academic Dental Careers Fellows, a year-long program that includes training, mentorship and hands-on experiences in research, teaching and other aspects of academic dentistry. Dragan’s mentor is Paul Stark (public health and community service), Michelson’s is Yun Saksena (prosthodontics and operative dentistry) and Bhatti’s is Wanda Wright (public health and community service).

Harish Gulati
(diagnosis and health promotion) gave an invited lecture and hands-on course on “To Post or Not to Post” at the 18th Alexandria International Dental Congress in Egypt on November 10.

Zuhair Natto
, a student in the combined master’s and periodontology programs, received the distinguished Arab Youth Award in scientific and research achievement for 2012 during the closing ceremony of the 10th annual Arab Youth Council for Integrated Development Conference, which took place November 19–22 at the Egyptian Opera House in Cairo.

Daniel Oreadi
and Morton Rosenberg (oral and maxillofacial surgery) are the authors of two chapters, “Initial Assessment of Medical Emergencies” and “Allergy and Anaphylaxis,” in a new Mexican dental and medical emergency textbook, Urgencias medicas en odontologia, edited by Pedro Gutierrez Lizardi and Hector Abraham Gutierrez Jimenez.

Pamela Yelick
, G89, director of the Division of Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics, was elected treasurer of the American Association for Dental Research for 2013–14. In recent months, she’s given invited talks at the VII Latin American Congress of Artificial Organs and Biomaterials in Brazil, the Sydney University Tissue Engineering Network Symposium in Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society, the Third TERMIS World Congress on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine in Vienna, the University of Tampere in Finland and the University of Helsinki in Helsinki.

Vangel Zissi (endodontics) has been named deputy registrar emeritus of the International College of Dentists.

Travel/Learn: Dalmatian Coast Cruise
The Tufts Travel/Learn program invites you to explore the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea on a cruise from June 20–28 that will include visits to preserved towns showcasing Greek, Roman, Venetian and Slavic architecture. Cost is $4,895 per person; cruise only, based on double occupancy.

For a complete list of 2013 destinations, including Cruising Alaska’s Glaciers and British Isles & Norwegian Fjords, visit or contact Usha Nand Sellers Ed.D., program director, at or 617.627.5323.


December 2012

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

In This Issue:

What Will Tomorrow’s Dental Students Need to Know?
Marsha Pyle, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, was the second speaker in the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series, which explores strategic issues at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. During her talk on December 4, Pyle talked about curriculum and community service.

In thinking about the dental school graduate of 2025, Pyle said Tufts needs to re-imagine what constitutes a “relevant” curriculum, that is, what do students really need to know? She believes that the future focus of health care will be on personalized medicine that will target each patient’s unique risk factors.

With the profession embracing such concepts as inter-professional education and evidence-based dentistry, Pyle said students will need to shift their orientation from memorization to critical thinking and from passive learning to discovery.

Oral Neglect in Our Nation’s Nursing Homes
Many nursing home residents are not getting proper oral health care, to the point that such neglect has become a public health issue, said Ralph V. Katz, D69, who has done research on institutionalized elders and dental care.

Katz, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology and health promotion at New York University College of Dentistry, made those comments at Tufts on December 18 in a talk titled “Oral Neglect in Institutionalized Elders (ONiIE): Attacking vs. Addressing This Public Health Issue.”

While the federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 mandated that nursing homes provide access to dental care so that elders don’t suffer from oral neglect, the legislation did not define what actually constitutes oral neglect, and therefore was unenforceable, Katz said. In a study that was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association in 2010, Katz and his colleagues arrived at a consensus definition of oral neglect: It “consists of 29 oral diseases and conditions, each of which has been associated with a diagnostic stage and a specified time period required to constitute neglect.” For more on the study, go to

First Students Enroll in New D.M.D./M.P.H. Program
Three students are taking classes in the school’s new combined-degree program, in which they will earn a D.M.D. and a master’s in public health in four-and-a-half to five years. More students are expected to enroll in January. The public health classes are offered through Tufts University School of Medicine.

Wanda Wright (public health and community service) and Jennifer Au (public health and community service) were instrumental in bringing the program to fruition.

Team Excellence Award
The Code Team is the recipient of the school’s 2012 Team Excellence Award, which recognizes team or work-group achievement outside of normal job parameters.

The team of Amy Vaz, Ramesh Ghimire, Andrea Janvier, Abdel Bouziane, Paula O’Brien, Tasha Medellin, Johnny Kent, Colleen Halloran, Ron Grady and Jennifer Jean-Mary (pictured below) was nominated by William Gilmore (oral and maxillofacial surgery), who wrote: “This is the team that nobody wants to see, but everyone is glad for the visit if the occasion arises, like the comic-book heroes, the Avengers … appearing as if by magic to attend to any and all emergencies.”

The Team Excellence Award was created as part of Tufts University’s Excellence at Work initiative, designed to make the university a desirable place of employment. The Code Team, each of whom will receive a cash award, was recognized at the dean’s holiday luncheon on December 14 and will be honored at a private lunch on January 10 with Dean Huw Thomas, Executive Associate Dean Mark Gonthier and the selection committee.

Faculty & Staff News
Marjan Askari, D09 (pediatric dentistry), became a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in August.

Jonathan Garlick (oral and maxillofacial pathology) presented a workshop on “High-impact Teaching: Civic Learning through Teamwork and Collaboration” at Tufts’ 26th annual University-wide Conference on Teaching and Learning, held at the dental school on December 12.

Melissa Kelly joined Tufts on December 17 as the faculty affairs officer in the dean’s office. In this new position, she is responsible for ensuring effective appointment, reappointment, promotion and tenure processes for 440 salaried and volunteer faculty and will be the school’s resource for all faculty-related issues. Previously, she worked for 10 years at Simmons College in a similar capacity in the dean’s office in the College of Arts and Science.

Carol Kumamoto (molecular biology and microbiology) was selected as a recipient of the School of Medicine’s 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award. She was director of the dental school’s course in infectious diseases for more than eight years.

After working as a temporary employee for several months, Eileen Mahoney has officially joined the dental school staff as the administrative assistant to Dean Huw Thomas and Mark Gonthier, the executive associate dean. She previously worked as the assistant to the president of Bentley University.

Mary-Ellen Marks has accepted a new position as academic affairs administrator in the office of the associate dean of academic affairs Nadeem Karimbux; she will continue to work closely with Dean Huw Thomas. In her new position she is responsible for writing student recommendations, overseeing the course evaluation process, managing the accreditation process and supporting key functions in Academic Affairs. Please stop by her new office, #1512B.

Morton Rosenberg, D74 (oral and maxillofacial surgery), was a lead faculty in the American Dental Society’s high-fidelity human simulation courses on “Response to Sedative/Anesthetic Urgencies and Emergencies,” which was held in Chicago on December 1. He also participated in the review course for moderate sedation providers on December 2, speaking on “Pediatric and Special Needs Patient Considerations” and presented programs to the anesthesia assistant courses on “Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen Sedation and Extremes of Age: The Pediatric and Geriatric Patient.”

Sam Ruth has joined Mark Gonthier’s office in the newly created position of special projects coordinator after working in Student Affairs, and, since July 2011, as interim assistant director of student registration and records, helping to support the development of the new university-wide Student Information System (iSIS).

Hans-Peter Weber (prosthodontics and operative dentistry) gave the keynote speech, “Dentistry on the Way in the Future: How New Technologies Are Changing Dental Treatment,” at the annual meeting of the German Dental Society in Frankfurt on November 10. He was a featured speaker at the ITI Middle East Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on December 7 and 8, when he presented lectures on “Contemporary Implant Treatment Planning: Conventional or Digital?”, “Implant Rehabilitation of the Edentulous Patient: Treatment Options and Protocols” and “Implant Restorations in the Esthetic Zone.”

Tufts Travel-Learn
The Tufts Travel-Learn program is offering two Iberian Peninsula trips for alumni, family and friends in 2013: a cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon from May 22–30 and an exploration of historic lodges in Spain and Portugal from June 3–17.

For more information about these trips and other 2013 destinations, including A Transatlantic Cruise and Treasures of Peru, visit or contact Usha Nand Sellers, Ed.D., director, Travel-Learn Program, at or 617.627.5323.


October 2012

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

In This Issue:

Why You Should Get Involved in the School’s Strategic Plan
Strategic planning is the process through which an organization envisions its future and develops the necessary action steps to achieve desired results. Tufts Dental School has a rich tradition of leadership in teaching and the scholarship of learning. Dental education is changing globally, and the school must continue to advance its reputation as an innovator by developing and implementing pathways for our students to become outstanding leaders in health care.

Dean Huw Thomas appointed a Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) in May, with the charge of fostering a culture of inclusiveness and enhancing team performance through open communication and clear milestones based on priorities that will be articulated in the final strategic plan document, called 2020 Vision! The SPSC has developed major initiatives to create a bold and dynamic strategic plan designed to advance and enhance Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

However, the strategic plan will not be effective unless it is integrated into the culture and daily activities of the dental school community. We want to engage every department and unit in helping us to develop action plans to achieve the goals of 2020 Vision! Your ideas and input are critical to the success of the strategic-planning process.

There are a number of ways you can learn more about this process and provide input:

Visit the strategic plan website:

And if you haven’t already, please take a moment to complete an online survey to provide feedback on the mission, vision and values statements as well as a preliminary list of strategic priorities developed by the SPSC. Go to

Participate in open forums and guest lecture series, “2020 Vision: The Future of Dental Education and Dental Practice,” on issues affecting dental education.

I would like to thank all the members of the SPSC, Dean Thomas, Executive Associate Dean Mark Gonthier, our strategic planning consultants Karl Haden and Josh Mintz, Eileen Mahoney and Samuel Ruth for their assistance, continued support and contributions to our 2020 Vision!

—Roya Zandparsa, Chair, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

The School of Dental Medicine Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Front row, from left: Paul Stark, director of advanced and graduate education; Cheen Loo, pediatric dentistry; David Leader, diagnosis and health promotion; Gina Terenzi, public health and community service; Aruna Ramesh, diagnosis and health promotion; Richard Doff, periodontology. Back row, from left: John Morgan, public health and community service; Kanchan Ganda, diagnosis and health promotion; Paul Leavis, course director, physiology; Marilyn Peterson, oral and maxillofacial surgery; Addy Alt-Holland, endodontics; Roya Zandparsa, chair; Zachary Levin, D14; William Gilmore, oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Memorial Service for Tufts Trustee Emeritus Thomas Winkler
A memorial service will take place at Tufts University on November 17 to celebrate the life of Thomas F. Winkler III, D66, who died on October 20 after a long battle with cancer; he was 71.

“Over the years, Tom served Tufts University and the School of Dental Medicine in many capacities, and he continued to be a champion through all of his affiliations as a trustee emeritus, advisor and friend,” said Dean Huw Thomas.

Winkler was a partner in Limited to Endodontics for more than 40 years. After graduating from Tufts School of Dental Medicine, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Corps for two years during the Vietnam War. He earned a certificate in endodontics from Indiana University in 1970. Winkler was active in the American College of Dentists, serving as president in 2011.

Winkler served as a trustee of Tufts University from 2000 to 2010, when he was named a trustee emeritus. In 2010, the Tufts University Alumni Association presented him with the Distinguished Service Award, its highest honor, and he also received the dental Dean’s Medal in recognition of 40 years of service to the school as a volunteer teacher, mentor and leader.

The memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. in Goddard Chapel, Packard Avenue, on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus.

Diversity Series
The dental school’s “Adapting to Diversity in Dentistry Series: Cross-Cultural Communication” continued on October 4 with a presentation by Nicole Holland, a practicing dentist and health communication specialist, who talked about how culture impacts health beliefs, health behaviors, and patient care. She also outlined strategies for enhancing cross-cultural communication in the clinical setting.

Holland, who holds a master’s degree in health communication from Tufts School of Medicine, was recently appointed to the ADA National Oral Health Literacy Advisory Committee and also serves on the board of directors of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

Mission to Zambia
John Morgan (public health and community service); Danielle Currier, D13; Vincent Trinidad, D13; Laura Rein, D13; Sama Abdul Aziz, D14; and John Winterle, D77, were part of an international health-care team that provided care to 950 people in Zambia for three weeks in August.

Morgan directs the Zambia project, now in its eighth year; it is a cooperative effort of Tufts School of Dental Medicine, the Dental Training School of the Zambian Ministry of Health and Options for Children in Zambia.

Light the Night
A team from Tufts Dental School participated in the Light the Night Walk on October 11, raising $3,200 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraiser. The Tufts team included Saleh Al-Kharsa, D13; Alexandra Bassett, D14; Sarah DeWolf, D13; Kristin Geer, D13; Alyson Golomb, D13; Hope Hanford, D13; Laura Hanson, D13; Sergio Ibarra, D15; Olympia Karacosta (diagnosis and health promotion); Aaron Klawiter; Ryan Kyle (staff); Mitzi Liu, D15; Christine Lee, D13; Britta Lundgren, D13; Gauri Madaan, D13; Jacqueline McGarry; Patrick McGarry (diagnosis and health promotion); Molly McKenna (staff); Aaron Mulyadi, D13; Nathan Oakes, D13; Matteo Sferlazzo, D13; Chase Saunders; Michelle Valpiani, D14; Derek Wirth, D13; Julianna Shamoon, D14; and Sheldon Sullaway (prosthodontics and operative dentistry).

Faculty News
Leopoldo P. Correa (diagnosis and health promotion) has been appointed a visiting professor at the University of Monterrey Dental School in Mexico. He gave three presentations in September: “Management of Sleep-disordered Breathing in Children and Adults,” at an international symposium on craniofacial anomalies in Monterrey, Mexico, on September 14; a talk at the Advanced Symposium in Dental Sleep Medicine in Madrid, Spain, on September 21–22; and a lecture on managing snoring and sleep apnea to the orthodontics department at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, also in Madrid.

Jonathan Garlick (oral and maxillofacial pathology) and Oliver Chen, a scientist in the Antioxidants Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, received a collaborative research grant for $105,000 from the American Pistachio Growers to study the effect of pistachio extracts and nutrients on UV sun damage protection and skin health.

Morton Rosenberg, D74 (oral and maxillofacial surgery), was the lead instructor for the American Dental Association Airway Rescue Course for Minimal and Moderate Sedation Providers, held October 16–17 at the ADA annual meeting in San Francisco. He was part of the working group that designed the rescue course, which uses high-fidelity, human-simulation scenarios.

Wide Open Tourney
More than 130 alumni and friends of the School of Dental Medicine gathered at the Wellesley Country Club on September 24 for the 30th annual Wide Open Golf and Tennis Tournament. The annual tourney, which is supported by dental alumni and corporate sponsors, raised $28,211 for the Student Loan Fund, bringing the fund’s 30-year cumulative total to $348,360.

Peiman Mahdavi, D91, DG94, and Derek Wolkowicz, D97, DG00, served as co-chairs of the event. Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco, Provost David Harris and Dean Huw Thomas attended.


September 2012

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

In This Issue:

Family Welcome Day
The eleventh annual Family Welcome Day for more than 500 students and their guests was held on August 27 at the Shubert Theatre. Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco greeted the entering students and their families. Dean Huw Thomas, Executive Associate Dean Mark Gonthier and Alumni Association President John Millette also welcomed the new students.

The members of the class of 2016 heard presentations on the academic and clinical aspects of the dental curriculum, research opportunities, public health initiatives and student services. Jeremy Plourde, Jennifer Kusner and Lauren Murphy, all D13, provided insight into the student experience. While the new students had orientation, their parents and family members enjoyed campus tours and listened to a panel discussion about supporting a family member in dental school.

General Dentistry Renamed
The Tufts Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee has approved renaming the Department of General Dentistry the Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion, effective September 1. The name change more accurately reflects the mission of the department, the opportunities it provides for interprofessional education and the concept of the group practices facilitating a more holistic approach to patient care. Charles Rankin has been appointed interim chair of the department.

Seminars in Dentistry
Seventy-four members of the Tufts Dental community attended the first in a series of six Diversity in Dentistry seminars September 5 in Merritt Auditorium. Guest speakers were Robert Russell, the Iowa state dental director, who spoke on “Oral Health Disparities and Poverty,” and Tom Delbanco, the Richard A. and Florence Koplow-James L. Tullis Professor of General Medicine and Primary Care at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who gave a talk titled “Through the Patient’s Eyes.”

Sixty-four faculty members attended a seminar on evidence-based dentistry September 4 in Alumni Lounge. Richard Niederman, director of the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry at the Forsyth Institute, noted that the evidence-based approach is “an integrated system for aggregating, distilling and implementing the best clinical evidence in clinical practice.”

Research Collaborators
Tufts School of Dental Medicine hosted the fifth annual summer meeting for the Consortium for Oral Health Research and Informatics (COHRI), a group of dental schools that uses electronic medical records to collaborate on research projects, standardize the way patient information is collected and share best practices. Since its inception in 2007, the group has grown to more than 55 members from 23 dental schools. The two-day meeting included keynote lectures, brainstorming topics for grant applications and committee work on caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA) protocols, quality improvement initiatives and educational research.

Mission to the Dominican Republic
Aidee Nieto-Herman (periodontology) led a humanitarian mission to the Dominican Republic in August, when the team provided care to 497 patients at the University of Pedro Henrique Urena (UNPHU). The mission was done in partnership with the Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association, led by Zuzana Mendez, DG97, DI08.

Other Tufts faculty who took part in the mission were Scott Lightfoot, Charles Millstein and Paul Trombly. Students who participated were: Julie Williams, Assal Assadi-Moghadam, Roz Najafabadi, Maryam Farag, Mona Salameh, George Sifain, Greg Josephsen, Daniela Urciuoli, Rachel Mckee, Rebecca Liu, Denise Tong, Marissa Alikpala, Carlin Weaver, Emily Joseph, Ellen Hoffman, Rona Hsu, Kane Ramsey, Cindy Ha, Michelle Webb, Andrew Tonelli, Courtney Michelson, Priya Vasa, Elyse Wagner, Daniel Gonzalez, Daniel Goodman and Yun Huang.

Tufts School of Dental Medicine has an exchange program with the Dominican university, and last summer three students from that institution came to Boston. The Tufts oral surgery department donated five dental chairs to UNPHU.

Employees of Distinction
Dean Huw Thomas hosted an ice cream social on September 7 in the Jaharis Courtyard to celebrate the School of Dental Medicine’s winners of a Tufts Distinction Award. The Dental Dispensary Team received the university’s Extra Mile Award for exceptional customer service. Team members are: Sandra Armand, Nadine Benjamin, Mariana Boci, Gary Bolles, Bashkim Braho, Marjana Braho, Paula Callahan, Annette Clooney, Renald Joseph, Nikolete Kasuli, Branden Kohlman, Mary Kyle, Kerline Jean Louis, Aeron L. Luy, Berthine Paul, Lediana Rami, Keri Rogers, Denny Tran, Nga Tran and Stephen Witkus.

The President’s Office and Human Resources sponsor this annual university-wide program to celebrate outstanding staff and faculty accomplishments outside of teaching and research.

Dental Legacies
The Office of Dental Development and Alumni Relations hosted its sixth annual Dental Legacy reception on August 26 at the W Hotel in Boston for incoming and current dental students with a family relation to a Tufts dental alum. More than 90 students and alumni gathered to celebrate the new school year.

Faculty News
Jake Chen (diagnosis and health promotion) is the recipient of the International Association for Dental Research 2012 Academy of Osseointegration Innovation in Implant Sciences Award. He was recognized at the association’s 90th general session in Iguaçu Falls, Brazil, in June. His research involves translational studies of bone diseases, particularly in osseointegration of bone implants. Chen’s research group published eight papers in professional journals last year.

Jonathan Garlick, director of the Division of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering, has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to develop new sources of stem cells that can accelerate wound healing in patients with diabetes. Garlick heads the collaborative research group, including scientists at Beth Israel Medical Center, Harvard University, University of Miami Medical School and Boston Medical Center, that will pursue the research. Garlick is the guest co-editor of a special issue of the journal Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine devoted to the ethics of stem cell science and its applications. The publication, which Garlick will co-edit with Sheldon Krimsky, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning in Tufts’ School of Arts and Sciences, will examine such issues as the ethics of research on embryonic stem cells, stem cell tourism and ethical issues raised by the use of induced pluripotent stem cells.

John Meade, D56, was honored by the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation in September for his 41 years of humanitarian service in Haiti.

“The Oral Health Status of 4,732 Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,” a study by principal investigators John Morgan, associate professor of public health and community service, and Paula Minihan, assistant professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts School of Medicine, appeared as the cover story in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. The research, which used electronic dental records, concluded that access to specialized dental care alone is not sufficient to meet these patients’ substantial oral health needs.

Rory O’Neill (periodontology) was recognized for 20 years of service to the dental school at the Faculty Recognition Luncheon on July 31.

Morton Rosenberg was the lead faculty for the Human High Fidelity Simulation and Airway Rescue Programs at the annual meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, held in San Diego September 12–15. He also gave two presentations: “Pharmacology for the Ambulatory Patient” and “Extremes of Age: Considerations for the Pediatric and Geriatric Patient.”

Tufts Travel/Learn Program
Asia has become a favored destination for travelers who want to go beyond the familiar. Join the Tufts Travel/Learn program on a trip to Myanmar February 5–9, 2013. Highlights include the city of Yangon, Kalaywa Tawa Monastery, the temples at Bagan and Inle Lake. An extension to Ankgor Wat is also available. The cost is $5,649 (includes air from Boston or New York) per person, based on double occupancy.

For a complete list of 2013 destinations, visit or contact Usha Nand Sellers, program director, at or 617.627.5323.

July 2012

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

In This Issue:

From the Dean
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Nadeem Karimbux, D.M.D., M.M.Sc., as associate dean for academic affairs, effective October 1. His academic appointment will be in the Department of Periodontology.

Dr. Karimbux is currently assistant dean for dental education at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he is also associate professor of oral medicine, infection and immunity and director of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontology. He was recently appointed editor of ADEA’s Journal of Dental Education.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. Maria Papageorge and the members of the search committee for an outstanding job in identifying excellent candidates for this position.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Karimbux to the Tufts family!

— Huw F. Thomas, Dean

Faculty Recognition Luncheon
Faculty members were honored for their years of service to the School of Dental Medicine during the 13th annual Faculty Recognition and Service Awards Luncheon, which took place on Tuesday, July 31, in the Alumni Lounge. Winners of this year’s teaching awards also were recognized.

Dean Huw F. Thomas gave the welcoming remarks, and Michael Thompson served as emcee. Christine Robertson organized the event. The luncheon was in honor of Thomas F. Winkler, III, in recognition of his exemplary service to Tufts University and its School of Dental Medicine.

This year’s honorees are:

5 Years
Addy Alt-Holland, Endodontics; Gabrielle DeMille, Public Health; Vasiliki Tsakalelli, Prosthodontics; Charles Ruff, Orthodontics; Martin Kaplan, Pediatric Dentistry; Natalie Hagel, Public Health; Shiow-Jiin Jaw, Pediatric Dentistry; Serena Kassam, Pediatric Dentistry; Kelsey Evelyn, Endodontics; Roderick Lewin, Oral Surgery; Leo Whitworth, Prosthodontics; Samer Khayat, Prosthodontics; Omar Ghoneim, Prosthodontics; Kathryn Dolan, Public Health; Hana Sadi, Public Health

10 Years
Abhayjit Bedi, DG00, DI02, Prosthodontics; Wai Cheung, DG02, DI06, Periodontology; Dean B. Cohen, D85, Prosthodontics; Charles E. Hawley, Periodontology; Michael Kahn, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology; David Leader, D85, General Dentistry; Wai Kee Lee, Prosthodontics; Aram Mirigian, Prosthodontics; Nooruddin Pradhan, DG93, DG94, DI06, Pediatric Dentistry; Allen Schneider, Prosthodontics; Mabi Singh, DG08, Public Health; Paul Vankevich, D81, General Dentistry; Eric Weinstock, D00, DG02, General Dentistry; Gui Hua Zhang, DI99, DG01, Orthodontics

15 Years
Murry Awrach, Periodontology; Dhirendra Bana, General Dentistry; Joanne Falzone, D80, Prosthodontics; Margaret Howard, D81, General Dentistry; Albert Intonti, D83, Prosthodontics; Meletia Laskou, DG95, DI01, Pediatric Dentistry; Tracy Maloney, J84, D88, DG93, Orthodontics; Walter Meinzer, DG82, Periodontology; Konstantinos Michalakis, DG93, Prosthodontics Charles Millstein, D62, Endodontics; Rory O’Neill, DG78, Periodontology; Deborah Tung, DG97, Endodontics

20 Years
David Bardwell, D85, Prosthodontics; Harold Gelb, D47, A78P, J83P, General Dentistry; Judith Goldstein, DI90, A99P, G04P, Prosthodontics; George Maloney, General Dentistry; Samantha Yamamoto, DG90, Periodontology

25 Years
Parviz Daryabegi, DG77, D97P, DG00P, Periodontology

30 Years
Carl Carlamere, Orthodontics

35 Years
Martin Barrett, D75A, Prosthodontics; Eugene Eagles, D65, Orthodontics; Ralph Fowler, Prosthodontics; Roger Galburt, Oral Surgery; Robert Kaplan, D76, Public Health; Joseph O’Donnell, DG74, Pediatric Dentistry; David Tesini, D75, DG77, G79, Pediatric Dentistry

40 Years
Noshir Mehta, DG73, DI77, J01P, A07P, General Dentistry

45 Years
Richard Sorbera, Oral Surgery; Vangel Zissi, D62, DG67, A02P, Endodontics

Teaching Awards
James Hanley, associate dean for clinical affairs and associate professor of periodontology, Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service; Hamasat Gheddaf Dam, assistant professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching; Kanchan Ganda, professor of public health and community service, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching; Peter Brodeur, associate professor of pathology, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching; Paul Leavis, associate professor of physiology, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching

Interdepartmental Research Day
The third annual Interdepartmental Research Day took place on June 28 in Rachel’s Amphitheater. Postgraduate residents in the departments of Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology and Orthodontics and master of science candidates presented their research. The winners of research prizes were:

First place ($1,000 prize): Sadeem Al-Mohareb, M.S. candidate, for “Effect of Chronic Alcohol Consumption on Periodontal Inflammation and Improvement by the Probiotic Lactobacillus Reuteri”

Second place ($650 prize): David Ching, Pediatric Dentistry, for “Efficacy of the Dentalvibe Injection System on Pain Reduction for the Pediatric Patient”

Third place ($350 prize): Suha Al-Tounsi, M.S. candidate, for “Effect of Fluoride Varnish, Sealants and Caries Infiltration in Reducing the Progression of Proximal Caries in Primary Teeth”

Here & There
Harish Gulati, associate clinical professor and group practice coordinator, gave a presentation on “A New Approach to a Collaborative Clinical Teaching Technique: An Integrated Group Practice Model” at a meeting of the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education in June in Chicago. Gulati was elected secretary for foreign-educated dental professionals at ADEA for 2012–13. He also was elected to the Leadership Institute Class of 2014 sponsored by the Massachusetts Dental Society. Gulati’s article, “Analysis of Patient Grievances in a Dental School Environment,” has been accepted for publication this fall in Journal of Dental Education.

Michael Kahn (oral and maxillofacial pathology) has published a book, Your Pocket-Size Dental Drug Reference (PMPH-USA Ltd., 2012). He was elected a director of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology for an eight-year term.

Ronald Kulich has been promoted to professor in the Department of General Dentistry.

Noshir Mehta (general dentistry) has achieved Diplomate status on the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Evangelos Papathanasiou (periodontology) gave a poster presentation, “Gingival Crevicular Fluid Levels of Interleukin-33 (IL-33), Thymic Stromal Lymphopoietin (TSLP), Interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and Interleukin-4 (IL-4) in Periodontal Health and Disease” at EuroPerio7, organized by the European Federation of Periodontology and held June 6–9 in Vienna.

Andreas Parashis (periodontology) gave an invited talk, “Supportive Periodontal Care and Treatment in Private Practice: Realities and Limitations,” at EuroPerio 7, organized by the European Federation of Periodontology and held June 6–9 in Vienna.

In Memoriam
Inger Marie (Nordback) Johansen, the widow of Dean Emeritus Erling Johansen, passed away in Nordli, Norway, on July 8 after a brief illness. She was active in the Tufts Dental community from 1979 to 1995, during her husband’s tenure as dean.

She founded and led the W Club (Women’s Club), which supported the dental school in spirit and raised funds for scholarships. She is remembered as a bright and charming woman with a well-developed sense of humor. She is survived by three sons, Erling Trygve, Erik Bjarne and Steven Douglas and daughters-in-law Eileen, Barbara and Gunn and grandchildren Erik Melaku, Elias Erling, ElliAnne Marie and Elisebeth Eileen.

June 2012

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2012 Graduates Urged to Serve All Segments of Society
“Whatever you do, do it with real emotional energy and vitality and passion,” Dean Huw F. Thomas urged the School of Dental Medicine’s 2012 graduating class in his first commencement address since arriving at Tufts last summer. Let those you treat know that dentistry is about “feelings, not just fillings,” he added.

Thomas commended the 179 students who earned their D.M.D. degrees, including 13 graduates of the International Student program and two in the Faculty Track International Student program, and 20 students who earned M.S. degrees for their commitment to excellence and their devotion to the underserved. He reminded them more than once during his address of the importance of supporting access to care for all segments of society.

At his first dental school commencement, Robert Kasberg Jr., associate dean for admissions and student affairs, echoed that theme, lauding the Class of ’12 for its record of service to the school, in the community and throughout the world.

Class president Inga Keithly captured the emotion of the day with a moving expression of personal gratitude to two of her friends and professional mentors, Elizabeth Greenberg Rooney and Rebecca Paglia, both D00, and a tribute to classmate Catherine Dahl. As its class gift, the D12s established a scholarship in honor of Dahl, who was diagnosed with breast cancer during her studies at the dental school and went on to become a leader, mentor and friend to many; Dahl was greeted with a standing ovation as she came on stage to receive her diploma and lavender doctoral hood.

Nancy Arbree, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry, was awarded emerita status upon her retirement, effective September 1.

This year’s recipients of teaching awards were announced in the Commencement program, although they will formally receive those awards at the Faculty Recognition Luncheon on July 31. The honorees are: James Hanley, associate dean for clinical affairs and associate professor of periodontology, Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service; Hamasat Gheddaf Dam, assistant professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching; and Kanchan Ganda, professor of public health and community service, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching. Peter Brodeur, associate professor of pathology, and Paul Leavis, associate professor of physiology, will receive the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching.

More than 100 dental faculty members and a few alumni family members participated in the ceremony, which took place on Carmichael Quad on the Medford/Somerville campus.

OKU Convocation
Twenty students were inducted into the national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, on May 18, at the Revere Hotel in Boston. The new members are: Anna Abrahamian, Alana Bednarz, Akiva Bersson, Gloria Chao, Jonathan Czerepak, Corey Decoteau, Mary Kathryn DeLoach, Adrina DeVitre, Jessica Dillon, Kevin Duong, Carolyn Ferrick, Bryan Foley, Shin Huh, Eunice Lee, Albert Lewicki, Marek Ogledzki, Gaurang Patel, Ramya Bhat Rao, Urvi Ruparelia and William Trahan.

J. Michael Hall, assistant professor, was inducted as an honorary faculty member, and Dean Huw F. Thomas gave the keynote address.

Allison Ferris received a scholarship award of $1,000, initiated by the XiXi Chapter, for embodying the OKU characteristics of scholarship, character and leadership. OKU also presented cash awards to Diego Camacho, James Koehler and Jessica Silva, all D13, who received the Hilde H. Tillman Award for their project “Retrospective Evaluation of Implant Failure Predictors at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine” at the school’s annual Bates Andrews Research Day in March.

Nicole Mahoney, D13, received the Basic Science Award for outstanding scholarship in the basic health sciences, and Dustin McCammon, D13, received the Dental Science Award for outstanding achievement in the dental health sciences.

Postgraduate Certificate Recognition Ceremony
For the first time this year, graduates of the school’s postgraduate certificate and fellowship programs were honored at a separate ceremony, held on June 9 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel. Previously, certificate recipients were recognized during Commencement in May.

Fifty-four students received their certificates as 350 family members, faculty and staff looked on. Peggy Newell, provost and senior vice president ad interim, offered a congratulatory address to the graduates. Executive Associate Dean Mark Gonthier served as emcee of the inaugural event, which included opening remarks by Dean Huw F. Thomas and the introduction of the program directors, who read the names of their graduating students as they crossed the stage to receive their certificates. The ceremony concluded with a reception and departmental graduation photographs. The Oral Surgery, Implant Dentistry, General Practice Residency and Periodontology programs all hosted graduation dinners following the reception.

Lecture Celebrates Endowed Chair Recipient
To celebrate the appointment of Mark Nehring as the Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professor in Public Health and Community Service and chair of the Department of Public Health and Community Service, a lecture was held on May 15 in Rachel’s Amphitheater. The keynote speaker was Caswell A. Evans Jr., associate dean of prevention and public health sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry; his lecture was titled “Access to Care, Health Disparities and Social Justice: Is the Profession Up to the Challenge?” A reception followed in Alumni Lounge.

Tufts Distinction Awards
The Dental Dispensary Team was honored during Tufts’ annual Distinction Awards ceremony on June 12, receiving the Extra Mile Award for exceptional customer service. Congratulations to: Sandra Armand, Nadine Benjamin, Mariana Boci, Gary Bolles, Bashkim Braho, Marjana Braho, Paula Callahan, Annette Clooney, Renald Joseph, Nikolete Kasuli, Branden Kohlman, Mary Kyle, Kerline Jean Louis, Aeron L. Luy, Berthine Paul, Lediana Rami, Keri Rogers, Denny Tran, Nga Tran and Stephen Witkus.

The President’s Office and Human Resources sponsor this university-wide program to celebrate outstanding staff and faculty accomplishments outside of teaching and research. “Advancing Tufts’ academic mission calls on the very best talents of all our faculty, staff and students,” said President Anthony P. Monaco. “The Distinction Awards are one important way we recognize exceptional contributions to this shared endeavor. I welcome the opportunity to honor individuals and teams who do so much for Tufts.” This year’s event took place in the Granoff Music Center on the Medford/Somerville campus.

Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service
Inga Keithly, D12, and Nicholas Gordon, D12, received the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service at a ceremony hosted by Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco on April 23 in Ballou Hall on the Medford/Somerville campus. Dean Huw F. Thomas gave closing remarks, praising the 15 award recipients from across the university for “truly exemplifying the Tufts spirit.”

National Prosthodontics Awareness Week
The Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry celebrated National Prosthodontics Awareness Week (NPAW) April 22–28, when the Postgraduate Prosthodontics Division offered free oral cancer and denture screenings. With the support of staff, faculty and residents, every available appointment was filled. Of the 100 patients seen, 32 were assigned to residents for treatment, and four were referred to oral pathology for additional screening. This year NPAW had the opportunity to work with the Division of Geriatric Dentistry in sponsoring visits to nursing homes, through the support of Hilde Tillman, Sujey Rodriguez-Lozano, prosthodontics residents and pre-doctoral students. Undergraduate students interested in a career in prosthodontics were invited to attend a lecture by Vincent Mariano and Rodriguez-Lozano on the topic “Choose Prosthodontics as a Career.”

Boston Perio Residents Share Their Expertise
Five students presented posters at the third Postdoctoral Periodontal Residents Meeting at Boston University on May 12. Ignacio (Nacho) Sanz Martin, a former resident in periodontology, launched the annual session in 2010 after he realized that Boston was home to three postdoctoral periodontal programs at major universities, and thought there should be a formal venue among students at Tufts, Boston University and Harvard to share their ideas. Tufts will host the 2013 meeting on April 27.

This year speakers from each school presented a research project and a clinical treatment procedure; the Tufts presenters were Mei-Hsuan He and Joseph Pechter. The Tufts poster presentations were given by pre-doctoral student Diego Camacho and perio residents Maha Qari, Hana Tenzer, Pinelopi Pani and Francesca Bonino.

Here & There
Nancy Arbree, associate dean for academic affairs, was honored by her alma mater, Georgetown University, with the Gustav O. Kruger Lifetime Achievement in Dentistry Award, given to an alum or faculty member of Georgetown University School of Dentistry who has demonstrated exemplary community or professional service in support of the dental profession. “In the true Jesuit tradition of ‘men and women for others,’ Dr. Arbree has devoted her professional career to the education of future dentists,” the award committee wrote.

Philip Koralishn presented a course on “Function of Occlusion in Everyday Practice” on April 25 at the Yankee Institute of the Massachusetts Dental Society in Southborough, Mass.

David Leader, Dartmouth practice coordinator, gave a talk on “Scleroderma and Oral Health” at the Scleroderma Educational Forum at the University of Connecticut Health Center on April 28. He spoke on “The Rainbow of Rheumatic Diseases & Oral Health” including sections on diagnosis and treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease and xerostomia, at the Rhode Island Mini Residency on June 23. His patient information article on implants for scleroderma patients appears in the Summer 2012 issue of Scleroderma Voice, the magazine of the Scleroderma Foundation. Leader was interviewed for an article on WebMD titled “8 Ways to Keep Your Mouth Healthy.” On June 22, members of the Massachusetts Dental Society, including Dani Currier D13, Jenny Kusner D13, Esin Trangaris D12, Janis Moriarty and David Leader met at Leader Dental Associates in Malden to thank Senator Katherine Clarke for her support of the Non-covered Services bill and Budget Amendment 605. Amendment 605 passed the senate and is in joint committee. If it stays in the budget, 605 will restore funding for anterior composite restorations for adults covered by MassHealth.

Eunice Lee, D12, is one of 10 dental students nationwide to receive an American Association of Women Dentists Colgate Research Scholarship, presented to junior or senior dental students who have shown academic distinction and excellence in research.

Aidee Nieto-Herman organized the Latin American Health Institute Oral Health Fair on April 20, with 14 student volunteers from Tufts and three volunteer dentists from the Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association. Nieto-Herman participated in a panel discussion on “Preparing for the Real World of Dental Practice” on April 25 in an event organized by the Massachusetts Dental Society and the Inclusion Task Force. Fifty attendees participated, including David A. Russell and Eric Weinstock.

Morton Rosenberg was one of the lead faculty members for the American Dental Society High Fidelity Human Simulation Program on “Assessment and Management of Medical Emergencies for Sedative/Anesthetic Providers,” which took place in Las Vegas in late April. He also participated in a panel on “Controversies in Enteral Sedation” and lectured in the Dental Assistant Course.

Mabi Singh has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Oral Medicine.

Marcelo Suzuki has been promoted to associate professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry.

April 2012

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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

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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

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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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