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TEAMING UP Community Partnerships
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We are truly appreciative of those who have stepped in early and hope that others will share the vision and add their support as well. In these uncertain financial times, it is difficult to think about giving back, but the profession has been good to all of us, and we hope you will factor that into your philanthropic planning.
It is all about partnerships and relationships. The “it” I am referring to is the core of our five-year investment in “friend-raising” and “fundraising.” We have been actively telling our story so all current and prospective stakeholders can join us in ensuring that the future of dentistry in Georgia is indeed a bright one. In our quest to maintain – and yes, further elevate – our level of teaching and the excellent skills of our graduates, we have requested your help in advancing our educational and clinical programs through volunteer teaching and financial support. You have responded very positively to these requests. We currently have 279 volunteer faculty who either come to Augusta to share their knowledge and expertise with our students or who serve as adjunct clinical faculty in many offsite public health and community clinic settings and private practices. The planning and design phase of the new building is nearly finished. Many of you – 529, to be exact – have already pledged or contributed generously to our building fund. That’s nearly 10 percent of practicing dentists in the state. Gifts and pledges of more than $2.9 million have been received to date, with the promise of more as we move closer to the reality of a new facility for the MCG School of Dentistry. We are truly appreciative of those who have stepped in early and hope that others will share the vision and add their support as well. In these uncertain financial times, it is difficult to think about giving back, but the
profession has been good to all of us, and we hope you will factor that into your philanthropic planning. Thanks also for the outstanding leadership and generosity of Georgia’s governor and General Assembly, our local delegation and our partners in organized dentistry in lobbying so hard for $75 million in much-needed state funding toward the total estimated building costs of $112 million. Recently, MCG received an unprecedented gift of $10 million from the city of Augusta and Richmond County to purchase and clear the 15-acre Gilbert Manor property for campus expansion, including our new dental school building. We plan to break ground next summer and look forward to sharing details of that momentous occasion with you soon. The building should be completed by summer 2011, with classes planned to begin later that year. The School of Dentistry has also received its largest gift ever, a $3 million pledge from the Woodruff Foundation to MCG’s new Georgia Health Sciences University Foundation. This is great news! Thank you for your commitment to MCG and especially to the School of Dentistry. We couldn’t have done it without you. By sharing your resources, you are also sharing our vision and shaping the future of dental education and oral health in Georgia.
Connie Drisko, D.D.S. Dean and Merritt Professor
Teaming Up: Community Partnerships
A Lasting Impression
D E PA RT M E N T S A Different Kind of Dentist
Dr. Philip Baker: Teaching Excellence
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PARTNERSHIPS Keep Goals Firmly Within Grasp BY PAUL A HINELY
A kindergarten girl with a braided ponytail focused intently as she brushed the teeth of a small, blue dragon with green horns and a mouthful of pearly whites. “Do you brush your teeth? What about the top ones? How about your tongue?” she heard in the background, as MCG dental students screened her classmates’ teeth at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ E.W. Hagler Unit. By brushing the dragon’s teeth, the children learned how to better brush their own teeth.
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“We want to get at these kids early from an educational standpoint and a prevention standpoint, because it’s a lot easier for us to prevent tooth decay than to treat it later,” said Dr. Tara Schafer, interim chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. That’s the goal of a School of Dentistry and Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta, Inc. partnership. The school will provide dental screenings at the clubs, treatment in MCG’s clinics, educational activities with the children and their parents and a Junior Dental League to promote dentistry as a career.
Strength in Numbers “You can always do more in partnership than you can alone,” said Dean Connie Drisko. “The advantage of our partnerships with other organizations and foundations is we can expand our mission out from these four walls and reach out to the community. “The Boys & Girls Clubs partnership allows us to improve access to care for children who likely wouldn’t receive dental care any other way,” she said. “Other partners, such as the Branan Foundation and Hinman Society, provide the school with funding so that we can make this happen.” continued
Senior dental students Jeni Kong (left) and Christie McCarley (right) and dental assistant Beth Willard (center) screen children at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta’s E.W. Hagler Unit Oct. 8. About 35 children were screened.
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Transportation and funding can impede access to care for children at the Boys & Girls Clubs, said Dr. Schafer. “We can screen these kids all day long, but getting them to our clinic for treatment has been a huge problem,” she added.
On a Roll The club’s proximity to MCG and its available transportation system alleviate that problem. Dr. Schafer and her team of students, residents and dental assistants plan to conduct the free screenings at the Hagler and Dogwood Terrace units at least once a semester. “Many of these kids aren’t going to the dentist regularly, so this could be the only check they’re getting. We’ll be able to tell a lot about their oral health from this one-minute screening,” said Dr. Schafer.
The club’s electronic tracking system, a card system that monitors everything from a child’s presence to his time spent in the computer lab, will be used to triage children for their follow-up dental care at the school’s clinics. Dr. Schafer said most of the kids are eligible for Medicaid or Peachcare, but if they’re not, funds are available to provide the treatment. The funding includes a grant from the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation. The foundation also provided many of the educational tools, including the dragon. Plans for a Junior Dental League are another aspect of the partnership. “This will hopefully entice some of the older kids to consider dentistry when they’re exploring their career options,” said Donna Strom, dean’s office manager and Boys & Girls Clubs board secretary.
The MCG dental school is doing everything we can to help take care of the community’s children. We really are a safety net for them.
–Dean Connie Drisko
MCG President Daniel W. Rahn addresses attendees at the 20th Annual Children’s Week Legislative Breakfast.
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High Expectations Another partnership is MCG’s affiliation with Healthy Start, a federally funded initiative to tackle infant mortality and perinatal health disparities. Its services include prenatal and infant health care, parenting education and family planning. Dental care is new to the program. “This new aspect of the program came about because of the recent
Dr. Marie Collins leads members of the Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc. on a tour of the dental school.
research linking periodontal diseases with low birth-weight and pre-term births,” said Vikki Pruitt, deputy director for the Augusta Partnership and project coordinator for Healthy Start. “When expectant mothers are in need of dental care, tooth extractions are all that Medicaid will cover,” said Dr. Marie Collins, chair of the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Dental Hygiene. “This program allows us to offer optimal dental care to these patients who may need more treatment, such as a root canal and a crown, rather than just the minimal level of care covered by Medicaid. “We feel that good dental health can be life-altering. It can improve the quality of life for our patients and their children,” Dr. Collins said. These kinds of parterships require financial partners as well. “The school’s financial partners expand our ability to touch more people, provide more care and improve access to care for the underserved, special-needs patients or those who can’t afford dental care,” said Dr. Drisko. continued
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In addition to the Boys & Girls Clubs, the School of Dentistry reaches area children through the Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc., which works with more than 100 local organizations and agencies to improve the lives of children and their families. The school sponsored the organization’s 20th Annual Children’s Week Legislative Breakfast Oct. 8. The event brought state legislators and community leaders together to discuss pertinent issues affecting Richmond County’s children and families. The issues and recommendations, developed during the organization’s Children and Families Agenda in May, covered health, education, family security and safety. For instance, Dr. Philip Hanes, chair of the Department of Periodontics, talked to attendees about the importance of oral health care during pregnancy. “The MCG dental school is doing everything we can to help take care of the community’s children. We really are a safety net for them,” Dr. Drisko said.
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A Generous Spirit The Mary Allen Lindsey Branan Foundation contributed $30,000 to support three of the school’s outreach and assistance programs – Cleft Palate Treatment, Augusta Barnyard Flea Market Screening Clinic and Give a Smile. n Through the cleft palate program, the Department of Orthodontics provides pre-surgical orthopedic treatment for infants with cleft palates. The nasoalveolar molding technique, which reshapes the gums, lips and nostrils, is cheaper than surgery and reduces the number of surgical procedures required. n Students and faculty staff the flea market clinic 40-45 weekends each year and screen almost 400 patients annually. The clinic reaches a diverse group of potential patients, many of whom haven’t seen a dentist in a long time. n Give a Smile, a program created and managed by students, provides partial funding for patients in the school’s student clinics who can’t cover the entire cost of their treatment.
The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society has partnered with the school by funding scholarships, an endowed chair and continuing education. n Throughout the years, the Hinman Society has provided more than $300,000 in scholarships. n A $500,000 gift was made to establish the Thomas P. Hinman Chair in General Dentistry. n The society’s sponsorship of the Thomas P. Hinman/ MCG Fellows program, which is in its sixth year, has brought world-renowned dental educators and clinicians to campus, Atlanta and other state locations annually. The school’s building fund has enlisted a number of new partners – 529 to date – including many alumni, state and local dentists and dental organizations. Local businesses are getting involved, as well. For instance, Augusta realtor Gwen FulcherYoung recently made a sizeable donation to the campaign. “We are so grateful to all our partners,” Dr. Drisko said. “Their commitment to oral health and the overall well-being of our community makes this a much better place for us all. Working together, we can accomplish so many great things.” n
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A Different Kind of Dentist
Clinical Center for Oral Medicine COMING UP: A new oral medicine residency program slated to begin in 2010 will be one of only nine in the nation. ON THE HORIZON: Dr. DeRossi and other researchers are testing the effectiveness of an alpha interferon lozenge to treat oral HPV lesions in AIDS patients.
ral medicine specialists are essentially dentists
who have little to do with teeth. Instead, they focus on everything else in the mouth, treating patients with TMJ disorders, Burning Mouth Syndrome, salivary gland disease and dermatologic diseases of the oral cavity, among others. In essence, they are physicians of the oral cavity. There are few such specialists nationwide and even fewer facilities that can treat patients with these types of illnesses. But now patients can be treated in the School of Dentistry’s new Clinical Center for Oral Medicine. The first and only accredited facility of its kind in the Southeast, the center is directed by Dr. Scott DeRossi, oral medicine specialist in the School of Dentistry. “We are the only center that has faculty and practitioners who are able to evaluate patients with complex disorders of the maxillofacial region in the full spectrum of the diagnostic sciences,” says Dr. DeRossi. “Patients travel from all over to be treated here, coming from North Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.” In addition to taste and smell disorders, atypical orofacial and tooth pain, canker sores and dry mouth, patients with complications from head and neck cancer or bone marrow transplantation therapy also can be treated in the center.
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LOTS OF SUPPORT: The center recently initiated a Dry Mouth and Sjogren’s Syndrome Support Group. Drs. DeRossi, Herman and Abdelsayed are working with patients to manage and improve their oral dryness and overall quality of life. In addition, Dr. DeRossi holds joint appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology and Department of Dermatology in the School of Medicine. “These departments have been very supportive of the Clinical Center for Oral Medicine and routinely work closely with the oral medicine faculty in the care of patients,” says Dr. DeRossi.
“We help manage the complications they may get, such as mouth sores or viral infections as a result of radiation or chemotherapy,” Dr. DeRossi says. “We also perform biopsies on all types of oral lesions, including precancerous and potentially cancerous lesions.” The center also is a site for a non-invasive cancer screening test called the Oral CDx Brush Biopsy, a painless way to get a cellular sample to determine any abnormalities in the mouth. “We’re also one of the few centers and the only one at MCG using advanced technologies for the evaluation of cancer using light, called a VELscope, which detects precancerous cells not visible to the naked eye,” says Dr. DeRossi. Joining Dr. DeRossi are Dr. Wayne Herman, oral medicine specialist, and Dr. Rafik Abdelsayed, oral and maxillofacial pathologist. They treat patients daily. n
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More than 50 scholarships were awarded to students
OKU Junior Certificates of Academic Achievement:
in Dentistry and Allied Health Sciences at the annual Welcome Back Ceremony Aug. 20.
Georgia Dental Association/ Georgia Dental Insurance Services: Erin Arnold
Hinman Dental Society Board of Trustees: David Ensley Perrice Murray Rebecca Paquin Military Scholarships:
Brian Bragassa Adam Doss David Ensley David Quintero Sasha Smith
National Health Service Corps Scholar: Kajuana Farrey
Dorothy C. Hearn Memorial Scholarship: Katie Hughes
Southwest Dental Society Scholarship: Amanda Davis
Alumni Association Scholarship: Dawnyetta Marable Leigh Ann Trotter
The Fisher OKU Scholarship: Ryan Cox Brent Herrin
United Concordia Scholarship:
Johnny Gosier Jonathan Johnson Tiffany Lewis Tani Rainford Joyce Roberts
Augusta Dental Society Scholarship: OKU Senior Certificates of Academic Achievement:
Stacey Arrington Jeffrey Rausch Erin Arnold Scott Carter Ryan Cox Amy David Ryan Davis Wellsley Gleim Sabina Gupta Eric Hall Brent Herrin Katie Hughes Carrie Klinger Laura Moss Garett Seeba Eric Sterett
OKU William S. Kramer Award of Excellence: Alpesh Patel
OKU Sophomore Scholarship Award: Evan Grodin Jason Minton Francesca Seta
Wilford R. Fussell Scholarship: Kathleen McWhorter Bott Southwestern District Dental Society Scholarship: Amanda Davis
Brian Bragassa Mark Causey Robert Crawford Amanda Davis Travis Fiegle Aubrey Hedrick Aksana Marshall Alaina Pancio Milin Parikh Alpesh Patel Will Smalley Sunya Sweeney
OKU Professionalism Award: Darron Alvord OKU National Board Part I High Score: Garett Seeba
Georgia Dental Society:
Kajuana Farrey Jekia Hester Dawnyetta Marable Jessica Montgomery Evaristus Okogie Bianca Starks
Emile T. Fisher Foundation for Dental Education in Georgia:
Mark Causey Ryan Davis Anthony Didato Ann Downer Eric Hall Aubrey Hedrick Paul Hinchey Christopher Kragor Erika Lentini Dawynetta Marable Aksana Marshall Emily Parks Thomas Pierce Eric Sterett Qiansha Tang Jaime Thomas Leigh Ann Trotter Anna Vu
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Emile T. Fisher Foundation for Dental Education in Georgia â€“ Dental Hygiene: Sally Barnes Erica Newton
Stan Hopkins Scholarship: Sabina Gupta
John McNamara Scholarship: Garett Seeba
Emile T. Fisher Scholarship:
David Hildreth Megan Lowe Jason Lee Arjun Patel Ashley Smith
School of Dentistry Faculty Scholarship:
Ryan Cox Evan Grodin Brent Herrin Jason Minton Alpesh Patel Francesca Seta
Dental Student Spouse Alliance Scholarship: Kenneth Bunn
Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society Scholarship:
McRae/Orrington Scholarship: Shaunta' Jones Grover C. Hunter Scholarship: Margaretta Watkins Eastern District Dental Society Scholarship: William Bennett Heather McHargue Simon Eisenberg Scholarship: Dr. Louvenia A. Rainge Scholarship: Thadeous Rowell Bertha S. Galin Scholarship: Bianca Starks
Ryan Cox Amy David Brent Herrin Garett Seeba Jack Bell Scott Carter Robert Crawford Christopher Lee Amy David Carrie Klinger
Congressman Charlie Norwood Scholarship: Darron Alvord
Faculty & Spouse Club Scholarship: Alaina Pancio
Pierre Fauchard Academy: Sabina Gupta
Thomas P. Godfrey Scholarship: Katie Hughes School of Dentistry Memorial Scholarship: Jose Navarro
R.V. Tucker Study Club of the South Student Excellence in Gold Technique Award: Scott Carter
School of Dentistry Class of 1973 Scholarship: Beth Rainwater
Dr. Gerald Loft and Beatrice Loft Scholarship: John Hansford
Michael R. Carr Scholarship: Joshua Whetzel Jeremy Wood Judson C. Hickey Memorial Scholarship: Mary Wolfe Goodchild & Goodchild Orthodontic Scholarship: Amy David James Hicks, Jr. R. Reppard Bennett Scholarship: Adam Doss John Haycock
Judson C. Hickey Student Research Award: Kajuana Farrey
Charlie Morris Continuing Education Scholarship: Katie Hughes
George Burnette Scholarship: Brian Bragassa Dr. Emmanuel Ngoh Award for Dental Hygiene: Evaristus Okogie Pat Patterson, Jr. Scholarship: Matthew Keller North Fulton Regional Hospital Volunteer Scholarship: Nadia Esfandiarinia
RESEARCH RECOGNITION Dr. Jonathan Yun, a graduate student of Dr. James Borke and a member of the U.S. Army Advanced Education Program in Periodontics at Fort Gordon, Ga., was a finalist in basic research for the Balint Orban Memorial Award at the 2008 American Academy of Periodontology meeting Sept. 8 in Seattle, Wash.
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MCG’s chapter of the American Student Dental Association brought home two national awards at the August ASDA Annual Session in Phoenix. In addition to the Ideal Chapter in Fundraising and the Ideal Legislative Grassroots Network chapter awards, they also received two honorable mentions for Ideal Chapter in Advocacy and Most Improved Chapter. Pictured are Jack O’Neill (from left), Ryan Fulchi, Darron Alvord, Mark Causey, Lauren Lee, William Bennett, Francesca Seta, Brian Bragassa, Chris DeLeon and Paul Trotter.
SNDA Supports Scholarship The Student National Dental Association raised money Sept. 30 for the Dr. Jimmy Walker Memorial Scholarship by serving Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits in the dental school lobby. The late Dr. Walker (’75) was a MCG faculty member and SNDA mentor. SNDA Representatives Dental Hygiene: Jessica Montgomery, Evaristus Okogie, Sergio Rowe, Tameika Wheeler Sophomores: Joidaz Gaines, Ismael Salvador, Bianca Starks Juniors: Shaunta’ Jones, Dawnyetta Marable Seniors: Kajuana Farrey, Joyce Roberts, Ron Smith, Margaretta Watkins
Students Build on Tradition School of Dentistry freshmen are continuing a charitable tradition established by their upperclassmen. They recently pledged $25,000 to the school’s Building Fund. “We are very proud of the generosity of our students and look forward to working with them to help them receive the best education possible as they prepare to become caring and competent oral health care providers,” says School of Dentistry Dean Connie Drisko. MCG President Daniel W. Rahn extended his congratulations, stating, “This is a wonderful demonstration of professional and institutional commitment that will serve to stimulate others to give as well.” Class President Ryan Bloomquist announced the gift at the school’s annual Family Day celebration in September. “The gift serves as a token of appreciation for the staff and faculty for all the work that goes into accepting and educating us, keeping tuition reasonable and maintaining and expanding a first-class dental school,” says Mr. Bloomquist. “It also sends a message to our patients that we are committed to the care we provide them, and it tells the dental community that we are committed to dentistry and to MCG.” Mr. Bloomquist says the class decided to donate $25,000 to equip one of the 300 student clinic operatories in the new dental school. “By equipping an operatory, our gift will be used on a daily basis as a learning tool for us and future students, and more importantly as a means of serving our patients,” Mr. Bloomquist says.
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Buccal Up for a Great Ride
Dental school is a great place to be.
That’s not something you might hear hanging around the hallway after a biochemistry test, but it’s the truth. You would have been hard-pressed to hear me say this after a week of working on four hours of sleep or spending all night adjusting the occlusion on my first denture set-up. But now, having made the transition to more patient care, dental school has become much more palatable. Most days, I even consider it enjoyable. Sitting in orientation less than two years ago, I thought how fortunate I was to be in dental school. At that point, I didn’t know what to expect, but one thing was clear: in the end I would be a dental professional, a reward worth almost any amount of work. Since then, dental school has proven to be quite a challenge. My classmates and I have experienced very uplifting times and equally difficult times. We continue to press on. With more than half our schedule now spent in clinic, it has become apparent how all the seemingly minute details pounded into our brains were for our own good. We may be students in title, but in the eyes of those who sit in our chairs, we are the experts. They look to us for answers and trust us with a very important aspect of their health. One of the first times I came to appreciate being pushed toward excellence in my preclinical classes was when I had to contend with a powerful tongue to cut the distal buccal margin of a crown preparation on number 19. At that point, I understood why it was so important for my hands to be ready, and my mind to be prepared, before the patient ever sat in my chair. Every treatment plan written, tooth preparation and impression brings us one step closer to graduation. The hundreds of hours spent in lectures and preparing for Part I of the National Board exam are now fading away as unpleasant, but necessary, parts of the process. The original goal, once far on the horizon, is clearly in focus. The path my colleagues and I have chosen, This issue introduces a new student voice to Word of Mouth. Jonathan is a member of the Class of 2010. He spoke at the although demanding, continues to 2007 White Coat Ceremony and the 2008 ceremony honoring lead us toward one of the finest body donors. We look forward to his contribution in future issues. professions in the world. To that end, dental school is, in fact, a great place to be. n
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facultyBITES n New Faculty
Dr. Ahmed Elmarakby has joined the Department of Oral Biology as an assistant professor, transferring from MCG’s Vascular Biology Center where he was an assistant research scientist. He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from MCG in 2004.
Dr. Jan Mitchell, associate professor of oral rehabilitation and director of the Advanced Education General Dentistry residency program, has been elected vice president of the ADEA Leadership Institute Alumni Association.
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Dr. Ranjitha Krishna
Dr. Anthony G. Mollica Jr
Dr. Ranjitha Krishna joins the Department of Periodontics as an assistant professor. She comes to the school from Indiana University where she completed her master of science degree in dentistry and certificate of periodontology. Dr. Krishna also holds a master’s degree in public health from Emory University.
Dr. Anthony G. Mollica Jr. joins the Department of General Dentistry as an assistant professor. Dr. Mollica, formerly a clinical/ didactic instructor at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, S.C., completed his training at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and is a past president of the South Carolina Dental Association and the South Carolina Academy of Dental Practice Administrators.
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n Service Awards These School of Dentistry staffers were honored during the 41st Annual Employee and Faculty Service Recognition Ceremony October 9 in the newly refurbished Natalie and Lansing B. Lee Jr. Auditorium. 20 years Pamela Bates Mercedes Fontejon Vanderlyn Haggard Molly Smith Angela Steen 25 years Mark Adams Martin Crean Paula Harwell Edwina Terrell 35 years Keith Volkmann
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n A Heartfelt Goodbye A drop-in retirement reception for Dr. Carol Lapp was held at the Student Center Sept. 30. Dr. Lapp began her MCG career in 1978 as a part-time technician in the Section of Metabolic and Endocrine Disease in the Department of Medicine. In the following 30 years, she advanced to associate professor in the Schools of Dentistry and Graduate Studies.
Dr. John R. Ivanhoe, 65, Professor Emeritus of the School of Dentistry, died Aug. 16. “He was a wonderful man and a tireless supporter of MCG,” said School of Dentistry Dean Connie Drisko. “He was a champion for the school in life and is a champion in death, as is evidenced by the family’s request that donations be made in his memory to the School of Dentistry Building Fund. John was the consummate gentleman and will be greatly missed.” Dr. Ivanhoe, a retired U.S. Army colonel, earned his dental degree from Loyola University and completed postdoctoral training at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontists and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry from 1999 until his death. He was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the 1992 sophomore class of the University of Nebraska School of Dentistry, where he received faculty membership with the Alpha Alpha chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. At MCG, he received a 1996 Outstanding Faculty Award and a 2004 Teaching Excellence Award. He received an American College of Dentists Professionalism Award in 1999. Dr. Ivanhoe was vice speaker of the American College of Prosthodontists’ House of Delegates from 1996 to 2000. He was a life member of the American Dental Association and a past president of the Kappa Lambda chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Survivors include wife Mary Alice Guidry Ivanhoe, daughter April Anne Ivanhoe Magill and her husband, Joe, and two grandchildren. To make a donation in his memory to the Building Fund, contact Dale Crail, development officer, at 706-721-8614. Dr. Gerald Loft, 85, died Nov. 8 in Atlanta. Dr. Loft was in private practice in Augusta for over 20 years until he became a founding School of Dentistry faculty member in 1973. His students remember him as a kind and fair professor. He retired in 1989 and moved to Atlanta in 2003. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, where he served as captain in the Dental Corps with the 74th Engineer Combat Battalion. He is survived by one daughter, one son, four grandchildren and a great-grandson. Donations may be made to the Beatrice and Gerald Loft Scholarship Fund, Medical College of Georgia Foundation, 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912.
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Dr. Baker Receives Teaching Excellence Award
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Growing up in Chicago, Dr. Philip Baker always enjoyed going to the dentist.
Now our approach to education has to be different, especially as a state institution, because we’ve invested so much in these students and we need them to finish their programs and go on to help people... we must show the students the influence that their professional lives can have on our society by our own actions. –Dr. Philip Baker
When he needed a crown restoration in high school, his dentist explained the procedure to him and he was hooked. Now, Dr. Baker is living his dream and inspiring future dentists to live theirs. For 30 years, he’s taught dental students and residents at MCG, the University of Florida and Loyola University, his alma mater. “I think teaching keeps you young,” says Dr. Baker, associate professor of oral rehabilitation in the MCG School of Dentistry. “It keeps you sharp because students often will come up with new ways of looking at things that you never imagined or a problem that you’ve never seen before.” In August, he received the school’s Teaching Excellence Award. The annual award is given to a faculty member nominated by colleagues and students based on knowledge, teaching skills and methods, professionalism and impact on students. “Dr. Baker is one of our unsung heroes,” says Dean Connie Drisko. “He’s worked quietly in the background for many years and he does it all with a smile. He makes the students comfortable, loves teaching and it shows.” Dr. Baker says the key is getting the students’ attention. “If you can engage the student early on, the rest is easy – all you’ve got to do is present the material. I’ve found it helps to approach the student as more of a potential colleague than a student. Students will jump in and help me with the new computer programs and we can get a relationship going because they’re teaching me while I’m teaching them,” Dr. Baker says. That’s different from his days as a dental student. He remembers the faculty being on a pedestal, and the burden fell on students to learn as much as they could and apply themselves. “Now our approach to education has to be different, especially as a state institution, because we’ve invested so much in these students and we need them to finish their programs and go on to help people,” says Dr. Baker. His teaching philosophy involves more than standing at a podium, lecturing about removable partial dentures or occlusion. He says the dental educator must also be a role model for his students. “We must show the students the influence that their professional lives can have on our society by our own actions,” emphasizes Dr. Baker. He has succeeded, says Dr. Emily Chen, instructor of oral rehabilitation, who nominated Dr. Baker for the award. “Dr. Baker has been a great mentor and role model, not just for students, but for junior faculty, as well,” Dr. Chen wrote in her nomination letter. “His overall attitude and the way he approaches dentistry inspires young professionals to follow in his footsteps.” n
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Dr. Philip Baker... ...came to MCG in 1998 from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He is chair of the School of Dentistry Student Affairs Committee, secretary-treasurer of the MCG Academic Council and its Executive Committee and is a member of the schoolâ€™s Curriculum Committee. ...is secretary and past president of the East Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Section of the American College of Prosthodontists. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and a member of the American Association for Dental Research, the American and Georgia Dental Associations and the International Association for Dental Research. ...earned his dental degree from the Loyola University School of Dentistry and a bachelorâ€™s degree in biology from Regis University. He completed his prosthodontics residency at MCG.
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‘Control Central’ Keeps Dental School Running Smoothly A cell’s nucleus serves as its control center and without it, a cell couldn’t function. The same can be said for the School of Dentistry’s business office. It serves as the school’s control center in many ways, functioning as a service hub for patients, faculty, residents and students. “We are the first people patients see on the way in and the last ones they see on the way out,” says Bill Bowers, manager of the business
office. “We set the tone for their visit here. And as such, we’re responsive not only to those external customers, but internal customers as well.” The business office is divided into four areas: registration, insurance, credentialing and collections/financial counseling. What happens in these areas, such as checking patients in and out, filing insurance and developing payment plans, is the “behind-thescenes” work that keeps the school
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“We are the first people patients see on the way in and the last ones they see on the way out.” –Bill Bowers Hazel Williams (from left), Acetra McWilliams and Orris Knight
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functioning as a business and educational facility, says Mr. Bowers. “So much of what we do is in the background, and many people don’t realize or focus on what is actually involved,” he says. “We are constantly looking at ways we can improve the process and make it more efficient. Our goal is to create a customer-friendly environment that will make the patient’s experience as pleasant as possible.” The business office works closely with the patient services department, which oversees the student teaching program. Patients interested in this program must apply through the business office. “The predoctoral program offers patients quality dentistry at an economical fee,” says Jennifer McNeill, manager of the patient services department. “It’s a great program that is not only cost-effective for patients, but an excellent teaching opportunity for students and residents.” The business office receives thousands of applications for this program a year. After each is evaluated and sorted, a faculty member screens the patient to assess his suitability for the program. Finally, the patient is
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DID YOU KNOW? assigned to a student or resident and a treatment plan is built. “There is quite a bit of coordination involved in a program like this, and the business office and patient services staff work very hard to make sure everything runs smoothly,” Ms. McNeill says. “It’s a tedious, but necessary and important process.” It’s a process that would unequivocally fall apart without the hard work of the staff, says Mr. Bowers. “The best thing about the business office is the people we have,” he says. “They’re really dedicated to what they’re doing.” n
The business office fields patient calls to the dental emergency clinic. This service is typically for people who do not have a regular dentist or for patients who have been affiliated with MCG’s predoctoral program and require emergency care. Low-cost screenings to evaluate patients for the student teaching program are held twice a day Monday-Friday.
A Master Arrives Paint brushes with horse-hair bristles and ceramic ovens aren’t typical tools for a dentist’s office, but in room 3130 of the School of Dentistry, they’re essential. Viet Tran, the school’s new master ceramist, uses these tools to create teeth. BY PAUL A HINELY
And not just any teeth. “A master ceramist creates highly esthetic, all-ceramic prostheses,” he says. “It’s all attention to detail, but you can’t miss the basics either. When you talk to someone at a conversational distance, the minute micro-esthetics I put into each tooth aren’t really seen, but they create the overall appearance, and that’s what counts.” Making each tooth is as much a science as it is an art. Mr. Tran considers the dozens of shades of powdered porcelain his paint and the tooth his canvas. To create the teeth, he first makes a diagnostic wax model, which is a mock-up of the patient’s new smile. He heats hard wax, similar to a dense candle, to mold each tooth. “It’s a template for the patients to see how their new teeth will feel and work,” says Mr. Tran. Once the wax version is approved by the patient and dentist, Viet makes the final product with porcelain. As he sculpts the teeth, he refers to models showing different shapes of teeth– squared, rounded and pointed.
Mr. Tran creates teeth by using a process known as “stacking” porcelain. He mixes porcelain powder with water and uses his horse-hair brushes to apply the porcelain, one layer on top of another. The process is repeated until it resembles a tooth from the core to the surface.
“I know what a tooth looks like, but just like famous artists who started by copying details of other artists’ work, I need models on hand to get an idea of a more squared look or a rounded edge. Once you’ve mastered how to copy a tooth, you can go from there and alter it how you want,” Mr. Tran explains. The tooth then is fired in an oven like a tiny piece of pottery. Throughout the process, working closely with the dentist is a necessity, and one reason Mr. Tran’s career is a good fit for him. It merges two of his passions – dentistry and art. As a biology major at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., Mr. Tran’s love for science led him to consider a career in dentistry. “I really liked dentistry, but didn’t think I would like working in the clinical setting,” he says. He tested the waters by working his way through college as a dental assistant. Mr. Tran also studied ceramics, pottery and sculpture, spending more time in the ceramics lab than the chemistry lab. When he decided not to pursue dentistry, a friend told him he should consider dental ceramics. “I didn’t see it, but he connected the two – the art and dentistry. I didn’t see what was possible as far as high-end esthetics,” he says. After earning a master dental ceramist certificate from the University of California Los Angeles Center for Esthetic Dentistry, Mr. Tran moved cross-country to Augusta for the unique opportunity at MCG. It’s rare for a master ceramist to work in a school setting, Mr. Tran says. Of the eight ceramists in his class at UCLA, he’s the only one who took a job in academia. The rest work in private labs. Mr. Tran’s position is part of a five-year, $6.2 million contract signed in 2006 between the school and Nobel Biocare. He will be a part of the new Center for Esthetic and Implant Dentistry, slated to open in the summer. “The Nobel Biocare contract has allowed for the new technology in my lab. The equipment we’re able to work with here is much more common in private, higher-end labs than in a school setting,” Mr. Tran says. “We’re on the frontier of what’s happening in dental esthetics.” n
BY AMY CONNELL
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School of Dentistry students made quite an impression on Evans High School football players. As they took the field for their first game of the season, the players wore new mouthguards, custom-made by a team of 30 dental students. “I love sports, and sports dentistry is something that’s cool to me,” says Brian Bragassa, a junior dental student who jumpstarted the project. “The combination of the two is where I got the motivation. And it’s a good way for a dentist to really reach out to the community.” Mr. Bragassa, community service chair for the MCG American Student Dental Association chapter, came up with the idea after shadowing a dentist in Athens who makes mouthguards for the University of Georgia football team. He was given permission to move forward with the project in January and pitched the idea to Russell Lee, the assistant football coach at Evans High. Mr. Bragassa got Coach Lee’s name from Dr. Frank Caughman, associate dean for patient services, whose son attends the high school. “Once I knew the team was interested, we worked to get supplies, such as impression trays, rubber bowls, gloves, alginate, model stone, etc., donated from the dental school,” Mr. Bragassa says. “We worked closely with Central Lab Supply at the school to collect enough supplies to make impressions for the players.” Sullivan-Schein Dental helped fund supplies, and with additional funding from School of Dentistry Dean Connie Drisko, the group was able to buy discounted mouthguard materials from Great Lakes Orthodontics in New York. Mr. Bragassa and a team of 18 dental students made their way to Evans High in June to collect impressions of the players’ mouths. Fifty-four impressions were transported to the dental school where a lab team led by junior students Travis Fiegle and Brandon Esco made stone models from the impressions. Eight students worked in the orthodontics lab to fabricate the mouthguards using a Biostar machine, an air pressure mechanism that evenly forces plastic into position. The hard work resulted in black mouthguards, each with a gold Evans logo on the front. “We came up with the design; we knew their team colors, and we told them what we were going to do,” says Mr. Bragassa. “We showed the team a demo first and made five or six practice mouthguards.” Mr. Bragassa, several dental students and Dr. Caughman delivered the mouthguards to the players in July on their first day of football practice. “They were all grinning; you could tell they were really excited,” Mr. Bragassa says. “Dr. Caughman was there checking every player to make sure the mouthguards fit properly. And Coach Lee was extremely appreciative of us.” Mr. Bragassa hopes to design mouthguards next year for a different high school. “We want other schools to have the experience, and when we decide on a school, we’ll start the project again in January,” he says. “It’s a lot of tedious work, but it’s worth it.” n
Administrative Team Patrick Arnett Brian Bragassa Leigh Ann Trotter
William Bennett Alpesh Patel
Impression Team Ben Allred William Bennett Sharla Bush Amanda Davis Shivane Gupta Brent Herrin Ashley Hill Dawnyetta Marable Courtney Shaw Mary Wolfe
Marc Allred Jonathan Bullard Mark Causey Adam Goldberg Zeyad Hassan James Hicks Bethany Loushine Alpesh Patel Brandon Whitworth
Lab Team Patrick Arnett Ryan Fulchi Jonathan Bullard Amy Camba Brandon Esco Ryan Fulchi Mayur Nayee Courtney Shaw Paul Trotter
William Bennett Chase Brooks Sharla Bush Mark Causey Travis Fiegle Ben Lyons Alpesh Patel Leigh Ann Trotter Daniel White
Photography Jonathan Bullard Faculty and Staff Dr. Frank Caughman Dr. Eladio DeLeon Shannon Dunn Dr. Carole Hanes
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Yearly Contributions Set Another Record It is always especially gratifying for us to take this time each year to say thank you for helping make your School of Dentistry a premier institution. For the second year in a row, a record has been broken. Last year, we topped the $1 million mark in contributions. This year, we almost doubled that! Our alumni and friends invested over $1.8 million in the school during fiscal year 2007-08. This is a tremendous achievement for a dental school that is only 40 years young. Once again, join us as we recognize and celebrate…celebrate the people who make us great…celebrate you. Thank you!
Development Team: Dale Crail (from left), Marta Gouge and Hayden Hutchison
$2,918,582.47 Building Fund gifts and pledges to date
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Dr. Emile Fisher Dr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Goldstein Dr. Walter Stewart AFTCO Associates Dr. Jimmy and Mrs. Wendy Cassidy Drs. Connie L. and Richard R. Drisko Dr. and Mrs. Alec Nazih Elchahal Dr. Wayne Hester Dr. Allen French and Dr. Ginger Kirkland Dr. Isaac F. Holton Jr. Dr. Paul Isler and Mrs. Martha Isler Dr. David Perry Dr. R. Steven Powell and Mrs. Deborah Taylor Powell, R.D.H. Dr. Mike Rogers Dr. Marie Schweinebraten and Dr. Chris McFarland Dr. Karyn L. Stockwell Dr. Barrett Trotter Atlanta Dental Study Club Georgia Dental Association Georgia Society of Periodontists Dr. George MacMaster Dr. Blake Collins Dr. Aubrey F. Hedrick Jr. Drs. James and Elaine Whitney School of Dentistry Alumni Association Dr. Dave C. Lee Dr. Bill Argo Dr. Leon and Mrs. Barbara Aronson Dr. and Mrs. Nelson Clements Dr. and Mrs. Edward J. Green Drs. Ken and Carol Leggett Dr. Edward H. “Chip” and Mrs. Nancy Mohme Dr. J. Gregory Morris Dr. Robert and Marianne C. Moss Dr. Stanley D. Satterfield Atlanta Business Bank D.D.S. Staffing Rhonda Mullins/Vista Pro Consulting Willeford Group, CPA School of Dentistry Class of 2012 Alliance of the Ga. Dental Association Dr. Joe and Mrs. Sharon Chafin Drs. Hugh and Anne Mazzawi Dr. Emmanuel C. Ngoh Dr. James W. Holland, Jr. Dr. Grant and Mrs. Shuishan Loo Dr. Patrick W. Powell Aegis Publications Dr. J. Alex and Mrs. Sandra Bell Drs. Frank and Gretchen Caughman Mr. Dale and Mrs. Pam Crail Dr. Kathryn R. Freedman Drs. Michael and Jill Golsen
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Drs. Philip and Carole Hanes Mrs. Jean C. Hickey Dr. and Mrs. John E. Horvath Dr. T. Howard Jones Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Jordan Dr. Victor A. and Mrs. Beth Koehler Dr. Paul E. Pafford Dr. Ben Z. Mibab Dr. Mark A. Retterbush Dr. Mark S. Ritz Drs. Matt and Page Smith Dr. and Mrs. Richard Sugarman Drs. Richard and Rebecca Weinman Dr. Michael R. Worthy Mrs. Gwen Fulcher Young American Dental Association/ADA Foundation Georgia Academy of Dental Practice MCG Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery School of Dentistry Class of 2010 Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society Dr. James Matthew and Mrs. Leigh Anne Mazzawi Dr. and Mrs. N. Tyrus Ivey Dr. Robert J. Michelich Dr. and Mrs. Clayton R. Davis Dr. Renee B. Parrish Dr. Andrew R. Allgood Dr. Kathy M. Brittingham Dr. and Mrs. Doug Clepper Dr. Timothy and Mrs. Tammy Fussell Dr. and Mrs. Steven R. Goldberg Dr. James A. Granade Jr. Dr. Greg and Mrs. Julie Griffin Dr. James E. Haddad, Jr. Dr. Robert W. Johnson Dr. Douglas and Mrs. Reeda Katz Dr. Phillip E. Koch Dr. Richard B. Liipfert Dr. Dale Madson Dr. Ronnie Mobley Dr. Robert H. Smith Dr. Steven B. Turner Dr. Jeremy R. Ward Eastern District Dental Society New Hampshire Dental Society Northern District Dental Society Dr. R. David Bradberry Southwestern District Dental Association Dr. Glenn Sosebee Western District Dental Society Mr. David Rainwater Dr. Susan J. Baker Dr. Daniel and Dr. Becky Carlon Mr. Mohammad R. Esfandiarinia Dr. Gino G. Saponari Dr. Michael O. Vernon
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Mr. Don Waters Dr. James B. Hall Dr. Ralph Cohen Dr. Brad Lipham and Mrs. Amy Stevens Lipham, R.D.H. School of Dentistry Class of 2011 Dr. James W. Dougherty Dr. Celia P. Dunn Dr. and Mrs. L. Maxwell Ferguson Dr. Wayne W. Herman Dr. Judson S. Hickey Dr. Patrick Yancey III Scientific Voice Cherokee Study Club School of Dentistry Class of 2006 American College of Prosthodontists â€“ Georgia Section Seattle Study Club of Atlanta Reserve Officers Association, Department of Georgia Dr. B. David Barrett Dr. Dara Barron Dr. Jim Boyle Dr. Jimmy L. Brock Dr. Ronald L. Burton Dr. J. David Carson Dr. Jeffrey A. Cauley Dr. David A. Causey Dr. J. Benjamin Deal Dr. James Fagan III Dr. John H. Ferguson Dr. Kevin B. Frazier Dr. Wade B. Hammer Ms. Julie Kerlin Dr. Malcolm Kling Dr. Thomas Lee Dr. Lawrence E. Marable Dr. Bruce A. Preston Dr. Hal S. Raper Dr. James Reynierson Dr. Richard A. Smith Dr. James R. Smouse Dr. George W. Thomas Dr. Paul Walls Dr. Marvin Winter American Association of Endodontists Foundation American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons American College of Dentists American Dental Political Action Committee Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates Procter & Gamble
529 Total Donors Numerous contributors at MCG Club Giving Levels
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS
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2007-08 The tremendous success and reputation that our School of Dentistry enjoys would not be possible if not for the hundreds of alumni, faculty staff, organizations, corporations, foundations and friends who give so generously to the school. At the conclusion of our fiscal year, it is always our pleasure to say thank you to everyone who invested in the school. Our 2007-08 fiscal year ran from July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008, and every gift, large or small, makes a difference.
President’s Club A LIFETIME OF GIVING The President’s Club is the highest honor accorded donors to the Medical College of Georgia. Members are recognized in perpetuity for cumulative lifetime giving to the School of Dentistry at the indicated levels. President’s Level
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the Honor Roll. If an error has been made, please accept our sincere apology and notify us immediately at 706-721-8614. We will publish a correction in the next issue of Word of Mouth.
Mary Allen Lindsey Branan Foundation Congressman Charlie Norwood Fund The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust Dr. G. Blake Collins Dr. J. Emmett Collins Dr. Marvin C. Goldstein Dr. Emile T. Fisher Georgia Dental Association Georgia Society of Periodontists Dr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Goldstein The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society Dr. and Mrs. Isaac F. Holton Jr. The Livingston Foundation Dr. George B. MacMaster Dr. and Mrs. James L. Orrington Procter and Gamble Dr. Robert I. Schattner Dr. and Mrs. Walter E. Stewart The Emile T. Fisher Foundation For Dental Education in Georgia Mrs. Rita Goldstein Wolfson
If you did not make a contribution last year, please consider us in your philanthropy for the coming years. Your support helps us sustain our pursuit of excellence.
n President’s Level: Lifetime donors of $50,000 or more n Founder’s Level: Lifetime donors of $10,000 to $49,999 n Partner’s Level: Annual donors of $1,000 to $9,999 and lifetime gift less than $10,000 n Loyalty Club
$500 to $999
n Aesculapius Club $250 to $499 n Century Club
$100 to $249
AFTCO Associates Alliance of the Georgia Dental Association American Dental Association and ADA Foundation Dr. Leon and Mrs. Barbara Aronson Atlanta Dental Study Group Dr. James T. Barenie Biomet-Microfixation Bisco Dental Ms. Mary W. Burnett Dr. and Mrs. Michael R. Carr Drs. Gretchen B. and W. Franklin Caughman Dr. and Mrs. Joe S. Chafin Coca Cola Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Max J. Cohen Dr. and Mrs. Ralph S. Cohen Colgate-Palmolive Company Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Comer Mr. Dale and Mrs. Pam Crail The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Dr. Connie L. Drisko and Dr. Richard R. Drisko Wilmer B. Eames Dental Study Group Editorial Council of the Journal of Prosthetics
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Dr. and Mrs. Wallace S. Edwards Dr. and Mrs. Alec Nazih Elchahal Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund First Union National Bank Dr. Allen French and Dr. Ginger Kirkland Mrs. Gwen Fulcher Young Dr. F. Michael Gardner Georgia Academy of Dental Practice Marvin C. and Rita Goldstein Philanthropic Fund Dr. and Mrs. Wade B. Hammer Dr. Aubrey F. Hedrick Jr. Dr. C. Wayne Hester Mrs. Jean R. Hickey Mr. and Mrs. James F. Hilliard Dr. and Mrs. John E. Horvath Dr. and Mrs. T. Howard Jones Dr. and Mrs. William M. Jopling Dr. Jeffrey W. Jordan Kappa Lambda Chapter of Omicron-Kappa Upsilon Dr. Kirk Andrew Kimmerling Dr. Suzanne R. King Dr. Dave C. and Cheryl S. Lee Dr. Gerald H. Loft Drs. Hugh and Anne Mazzawi Dr. James Matthew and Mrs. Leigh Anne Mazzawi MCG Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MCG Periodontics Alumni Association MCG School of Dentistry Alumni Association Dr. and Mrs. Dwight McLaurin Dr. and Mrs. Matthew McRae Jr. Dr. Ben Z. Mibab Dr. Michael H. Miller Dr. Edward H. and Mrs. Nancy Mohme Dr. Jeannie H. Moran Dr. and Mrs. David R. Myers Dr. Logan Nalley Jr. and Mrs. Dale M. Nalley Dr. and Mrs. Emmanuel C. Ngoh Dr. and Mrs. James L. Orrington Dr. and Mrs. David A. Owings Dr. and Mrs. Paul E. Pafford Pankey-Dawson Study Group Drs. David and Edna Pashley Dr. David and Mrs. Elizabeth Perry Dr. R. Steven Powell and Mrs. Deborah Taylor Powell, R.D.H. Dr. Michael E. and Mrs. Candice S. Pruett Dr. and Mrs. Michael B. Rogers Dr. and Mrs. George S. Schuster Drs. Marie C. Schweinebraten and Christopher McFarland Dr. and Mrs. Allen L. Sisk Dr. Karyn L. Stockwell Dr. and Mrs. T. Barrett Trotter Ultradent Products, Inc. United Concordia Dr. Willis J. Walker Jr. Drs. Richard and Rebecca Weinman Dr. and Mrs. John D. Welch Dr. and Mrs. Michael R. Worthy
President’s Level Congressman Charlie Norwood Fund Dr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Goldstein The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society
Founder’s Level Dr. Leon and Mrs. Barbara Aronson Atlanta Dental Study Group Mary Allen Lindsey Branan Foundation Drs. Gretchen B. and W. Franklin Caughman Dr. G. Blake Collins Dr. J. Emmett Collins Dr. Alec Nazih Elchahal Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Dr. Emile T. Fisher The Emile T. Fisher Foundation For Dental Education in Georgia Dr. Allen French and Dr. Ginger Kirkland Mrs. Gwen Fulcher Young Georgia Society of Periodontists Dr. C. Wayne Hester Dr. and Mrs. T. Howard Jones Dr. George B. MacMaster Drs. Hugh and Anne Mazzawi Dr. Ben Z. Mibab Dr. Edward H. and Mrs. Nancy Mohme Dr. David and Mrs. Elizabeth Perry Dr. R. Steven Powell and Mrs. Deborah Taylor Powell R.D.H. Dr. and Mrs. Michael B. Rogers Drs. Marie C. Schweinebraten and Christopher McFarland Dr. and Mrs. T. Barrett Trotter
Partner’s Level AEGIS Publications Alliance of the Georgia Dental Association American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery American College of Dentists American College Of Prostodontists-Georgia Section American Dental Political Action Committee Dr. L. K. Anderson Atlanta Business Bank Dr. Susan J. Baker Ms. Toni Baker Dr. Jeffery B. Ballard Dr. and Mrs. J. Alex Bell Jr. Dr. Peter N. Bougas Jr. Dr. R. David Bradberry Dr. Kathy M. Brittingham Dr. Jimmy L. Brock Dr. and Mrs. Richard S. Callan Drs. Becky and Daniel Carlon Dr. Stephen Carter Dr. and Mrs. James L. Cassidy Jr. Dr. Jeffrey A. Cauley Dr. and Mrs. Douglas P. Clepper Coca Cola Foundation
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Dr. and Mrs. Max J. Cohen Dr. and Mrs. Ralph S. Cohen Mr. Dale Crail and Mrs. Pam Crail Dr. J. Benjamin Deal Dr. Kevin J. Donly Dr. Connie L. Drisko and Dr. Richard R. Drisko Mr. Mohammad R. Esfandiarinia Dr. Maurice J. Fagan III Dr. David N. Faircloth Dr. Dana E. Fender Dr. John H. Ferguson Dr. Craig N. Fievet Dr. Kathryn R. Freedman Dr. and Mrs. J. Timothy Fussell Georgetown Dental School Class of 1960 Georgia Dental Association Dr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Godfrey Dr. and Mrs. Steven R. Goldberg Dr. and Mrs. James A. Granade Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Edward J. Green Dr. James E. Haddad Jr. Dr. James B. Hall Dr. and Mrs. Wade B. Hammer Dr. and Mrs. Travis E. Hampton Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey F. Hedrick Jr. Dr. Wayne W. Herman Mrs. Jean R. Hickey Dr. and Mrs. James W. Holland Jr. Dr. Mildred M. Hunt Dr. Kenneth K. Hutchinson Dr. and Mrs. Norman T. Ivey Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Johnson Dr. and Mrs. William M. Jopling Kappa Lambda Chapter of Omicron-Kappa Upsilon Dr. Douglas and Mrs. Reeda Katz Dr. Suzanne R. King Dr. Michael A. Knight Dr. Victor A. and Mrs. Beth Koehler Dr. Abbey J. Lee Dr. Dave C. and Cheryl S. Lee Drs. Ken and Carol Leggett Dr. Richard B. Liipfert Linder For Congress Dr. Grant and Mrs. Shuishan Loo Louisiana Dental Association Dr. Robert J. Loushine Dr. Felix T. Maher Dr. Waheed A. Malik Dr. Lawrence E. Marable Maryland State Dental Association Dr. James Matthew and Mrs. Leigh Anne Mazzawi MCG School of Dentistry Class of 2011 Dr. Kenneth J. Mello Dr. Michael H. Miller Dr. J. Gregory Morris Dr. Robert and Mrs. Marianne Moss Dr. Julian I. Murphey Dr. and Mrs. Michael J. Murray Dr. and Mrs. David R. Myers New Hampshire Dental Society Dr. and Mrs. Emmanuel C. Ngoh Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Osteomed Dr. Ronald E. Owens Dr. and Mrs. David A. Owings Dr. Henry E. Paris Jr. Dr. Renee B. Parrish Dr. Patrick W. Powell
Dr. Bruce A. Preston Quintessence Publishing Company Dr. Henry E. Rabun Jr. Dr. Louvenia A. Rainge Mr. and Mrs. David Rainwater Dr. Douglas R. Rakich Dr. Hal S. Raper Jr. Dr. Mark A. Retterbush Dr. Mark and Kathy Ritz Dr. Alan G. Sanders Dr. Gino G. Saponari Satilla Area Dental Society Dr. and Mrs. Stanley D. Satterfield Dr. and Mrs. George S. Schuster Scientific Voice Dr. Rico D. Short Dr. Jeffery R. Singleton Dr. Ched E. Smaha Mr. David E. Smith Dr. L. Travis Smith Dr. George N. Snelling, III Dr. Karyn L. Stockwell Dr. and Mrs. George W. Thomas Dr. Patrick B. Toms United Concordia Dr. Michael O. Vernon Dr. John W. Vollenweider Dr. Jeremy R. Ward Mr. and Mrs. Don L. Waters Dr. John T. Weaver Drs. Richard and Rebecca Weinman Dr. and Mrs. John D. Welch Dr. John D. Wells Dr. James and Elaine Whitney Willeford Group Dr. Thomas Williams Dr. Marvin R. Winter Dr. and Mrs. Michael R. Worthy Dr. Patrick H. Yancey III
Loyalty Club Dr. Sarabess Baumrind Dr. Celia P. Dunn Dr. Robert E. Ellis Dr. Kevin B. Frazier Dr. Varnell Gaines Dr. William D. Gates Georgia Academy of General Dentistry Dr. and Mrs. Douglas J. Giorgio Jr. Dr. William Glecos Dr. Carole M. Hanes Hawaii Dental Association Dr. B. Lee Hawkins International College of Dentists-USA Section Dr. James E. Kelley II Dr. James A. Merriman Dr. Michael L. Myers Northwest Oral Surgery Dr. David H. Pashley Dr. Kent H. Percy Mr. Corey Rex Peterson Dr. Judith W. Rosenquist SERDC/Dentac Dr. Mahmood Seyed-Mozaffari Dr. J. Matt and Page Smith West Atlanta Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery West Georgia Oral Surgery Associates
Aesculapius Club Dr. Worku Abebe Aiken County Dental Society Alpha Omega Foundation Mr. Darron Alvord Dr. Hal N. Arnold Atlanta Dental Supply Dr. Sidney M. Baggett Dr. Philip S. Baker Dr. Louis S. Belinfante Dr. Charles W. Brunson Jr. Dr. Michael M. Carson Dr. C. Celeste Coggin Lennard Mr. Martin F. Crean Dr. Clayton R. Davis John and Carla Durham Dr. Kenneth H. Farrar Florida Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Georgia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dr. Bradley K Greenway Dr. and Mrs. Gregory M. Griffin Dr. John W. Guinn III Dr. Philip J. Hanes Mr. John Haycock Dr. Van B. Haywood Henry Schein, Inc. Mr. Michael W. Hill Dr. David G Hochberg Dr. Richard L. Hoodenpyle Mrs. Gia Johnson Dr. Robert A. Lane Dr. Matthew S. Lawson Ms. Gail J. Lemon Dr. Joseph G. Looper Dr. Kaneta R. Lott Dr. J. Rodway Mackert Jr. Dr. Regina L. Messer Dr. Kara Keel Moody Dr. Thomas W. Moorman Mr. Ralph David Moses Dr. Rocky L. Napier Dr. William B. Nipper Jr. Northern District Dental Society Dr. Edward S. Parker Jr. Dr. Mehrdad Parsa Dr. Kevin D. Plummer Dr. and Mrs. James N. Powell Dr. Stephen N. Richie Rome Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Paul Schaner Ms. R. Natalie Sharp Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dr. Mark R. Stevens Dr. John W. Stockstill Dr. Rhoda Joyner Sword Mrs. Beverly Y. Tarver The Active Network Inc. Rev. Dr. Larry W. Townsend Dr. Sidney M. Williams Jr. Dr. Eugene F. Willis Mrs. Kathleen C. Winger Dr. Brian A. Womble
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Dr. Rafik A. Abdelsayed Dr. Dennis J. Abere Dr. Steven M. Adair Dr. James D. Allen Dr. Rosie Allen-Noble Dr. Robert Anthony Dr. William V. Argo Jr. Dr. Bruce E. Ashendorf Austell Dental Associates Tom and Chris Balachowski Dr. Jimmy S. Balkcom Dr. James T. Barenie Dr. Dara J. Barron Dr. John J. Beninato Dr. Janine J. Bethea Mr. William A. Bethea Mrs. Jamie Bittner Dr. John S. Blalock Dr. Gretchen G. Blanchard Dr. James L. Borke Dr. Alphee J.T. Bouffard Dr. Donald F. Bowers Mr. and Mrs. James Boyd Dr. Hank Bradford Dr. E. Jayni Bradley Mr. Brian F. Bragassa Dr. Laura D. Braswell Dr. Tammy L. Bregman Dr. Dana A. Brockington Dr. Donald F Brown Dr. J. David Brown Ms. Sharon D. Brown Mr. Jonathan L. Bullard Dr. Ronald L. Burton Ms. Sharla K. Bush Dr. W. Jerry Capps Dr. Robert H. Carpenter Jr. Dr. Daniel C. N. Chan Dr. Katherine S. Cooper Dr. Joseph L. Cowart Dr. David W. Croxton Dr. Hope T. Culpepper Dr. Stan M. Culpepper Dr. Leigh A. Cummings Mr. David R. Davenport Dr. Eladio DeLeon Jr. Dr. Phillip H. Durden IV April and George Dyson Elizabeth and Avola Callaway Foundation Inc. Dr. Henry Ferguson Dr. Thomas C. Field Dr. Lavonne K. Fore Dr. Robert M. Fryer Dr. Ray T. Gable Dr. Louis P. Gangarosa Sr. Dr. Lanny R. Garvar Georgia Dental Laboratory Inc. Dr. Eleanor A. Gill Dr. Jack M. Ginsburg Dr. Henry G. Goble Dr. C. Bruce Gordy Mr. Scott A. Goza Dr. David R. Graham Dr. Thomas Griffin III Mark and Renee Hackett Mr. Patrick D. Hackett
The Milton Antony Guild was established to ensure the university’s continued success through the support of alumni and friends. The guild, named in honor of MCG’s founder, recognizes donors who have generously provided or promised gifts to MCG through bequests, trusts and other life income gifts. Membership in the Milton Antony Guild also includes anyone who notifies MCG of the intent to support the university through a will, trust or life income gift.
School of Dentistry members:
Drs. Connie L. and Richard R. Drisko* Dr. Emile Fisher* Dr. and Mrs John Harden* Dr. and Mrs. John Horvath Dr. and Mrs. James Orrington
*Milton Antony Guild founding member
If you have remembered the school in your will or would like to learn more about gift planning, please contact Dale Crail, School of Dentistry director of development, at 706-721-8614 or Tony Duva, associate vice president for gift planning, at 706-721-1939.
Dr. Peter E. Harris Dr. Rhea M. Haugseth Mr. Franklin B. Henry Dr. Judson S. Hickey Dr. Ross H. Hill Ms. Jennifer Hilliard Dr. William W. Hinkle Dr. Daniel A. Hodges Dr. Edward A. Holmes III Dr. Treton Holt Dr. Robert P. Hortman Dr. Stephen D. Hsu Dr. Carroll Hughes Dr. Kelly W. Hughes Ms. Linda S. James Jenkins County Health Department Dr. Scott R. Jett Dr. Roy H. Johnson Dr. John P. Jopling III Dr. Mark W. Justice Dr. Solon Kao Dr. Barry H. Kaplan Dr. Thomas W Kauffman Kennestone Dental Group Kennestone North Dr. Karl F. Kinkel Dr. David Kurtzman Ms. April Lackman Chin Yeh Lee Dr. Carol A. Lefebvre Dr. John A. Leverett Dr. Steven Levy Dr. Phoeby K. Lewis Dr. Charles A. Lindsey Dr. Gerald H. Loft Dr. Jeffrey W. Lovin Dr. Robert N. Lowe
Mr. Benjamin W. Lyons Dr. Howard B. Marble Jr. Marietta Dental Associates Ms. Aksana Marshall Dr. Barton L. McGhee Jr. Dr. John R. Meek Dr. Roger A. Meyer Dr. Dale A. Miles Dr. Robert M. Miller Dr. Lorie Miller-Stevens Dr. Jan Karen Mitchell Ms. Sara Mitchell Dr. James B. Moncrief Dr. Donna T. Moses Dr. Marc Moskowitz Dr. Thomas F. Moynahan Michael and Gretchen Negles Dr. John P. Nei Ms. Brandi Allison Owen Paces Ferry Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dr. Fred A. Padgelek Dr. Paul E. Pafford A.K. Pancio Mr. Alpesh D. Patel Dr. J. Dan Patterson Dr. Ronald T. Peacock Dr. Robert A. Pearson Ms. Stephanie Perry Physicians Practice Group Dr. Gail V. Plauka Dr. Ronald J Polk Jr. Priest and Smith LLC Dr. Tri Quan Dr. James D. Quarles Ms. Helen Elisabeth Rainwater Mr. and Mrs. Neal H. Rainwater Dr. Christopher L. Rautenstrauch
Dr. Frederick A. Rueggeberg Dr. Lindsay W. Sammons Dr. William F Schroeder Dr. Michael H. Sebastian Dr. Sheila K. Shah Dr. Mohamed Sharawy Ms. Courtney Shaw Dr. Michael K. Shrout Dr. Harvey Silverman Dr. Dan H. Singley Ms. Erin H. Sitz Dr. Thomas M. Skafidas Mr. Will Smalley Dr. Barry P. Smith Dr. Jack B. Smith Dr. Susan T. Smith Dr. J. Don Spillers, Jr. Mr. Michael S. Stearns Ms. Dorothy Stirewalt Ms. Donna Strom Dr. John H. Taylor Dr. Kirk S. Taylor Dr. Bradford R. Thompson Dr. Douglas B. Torbush Ms. Leigh Ann Trotter Mr. Paul G. Trotter Dr. Richard E. Voigt Dr. Keith R. Volkmann Dr. Craig W. Walker Dr. Richard E. Walton Jr. Dr. John L. Wasdin Mr. Daniel West Dr. S. Bryan Whitaker Mr. Daniel W. White Dr. William B. Williams Dr. Clarence M. Worley Jr.
in History Mission and Vision
Dental School Faculty and Staff, Circa 1970 The mission of the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry is to educate dentists in order to improve overall health and to reduce the burden of illness in society through the discovery and application of knowledge that embraces craniofacial health and disease prevention. Its vision is to be a premier school of dentistry. MCG is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educational institution that prohibits Building for the Future: Our 2008 Annual Report insert features the architectural plans for our future facility.
discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam War veteran. The MCG School of Dentistry believes a diverse student body
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enhances the educational opportunities for all students and is beneficial to the
Vice President for Strategic Support: Deb Barshafsky
dental profession, the School of Dentistry
Dean, School of Dentistry: Connie Drisko, D.D.S.
and the state of Georgia.
School of Dentistry Publications Liaison: Donna Strom Director, Strategic Communications: Caryl Cain Brown Publications Editor: Christine Hurley Deriso Editor: Sharron Walls Design and Layout: P.J. Hayes Design Photography: Phil Jones Writers: Amy Connell, Paula Hinely and Sharron Walls ÂŠ2008 The Medical College of Georgia is the health sciences university of the University System of Georgia
Seventh Annual Dental Career Night
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The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation is contributing $3 million toward construction of the new School of Dentistry building, the foundation’s largest single gift to MCG.
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IV Sedation MCG School of Dentistry
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“This is great news for the school,” said MCG President Daniel W. Rahn.“This will demonstrate to other foundations and corporations, and to individuals, that we merit their support. The gift is contingent upon groundbreaking for the new building during the year 2009 and we are confident that will occur.” The Woodruff Foundation, named for the man who headed the Coca-Cola Company from 1923 until his death in 1985, is based in Atlanta. The foundation supports various charitable, scientific and educational activities, primarily in Georgia. More information will follow in the next issue of Word of Mouth.
Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry Office of the Dean, AD-1119 Augusta, Georgia 30912 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED
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23rd MCG/AAID Maxi Course in Implant Dentistry Atlanta Institute for Advanced Education
31st Annual Marvin Goldstein Lectureship Augusta Marriott Hotel Guest Lecturer: Dr. Cherilyn G. Sheets; Directed by Dr. Van Haywood
Dental C.E. with the Faculty MCG School of Dentistry
Clinical Advances in a Restorative Practice Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head, SC
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Community Partnerships ANNUAL REPORT EDITION Medical College of Georgia WINTER 08