LE T TERS
F r om t h e A l um n i A s s o c i at ion
It is with great honor that I assume the responsibilities of the alumni association board president of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD). Eighteen years ago, I completed my endodontics residency here after attending dental school at the University of Pennsylvania. I was offered a position to serve a dual role as both a full-time faculty member and the director of undergraduate endodontics at the School of Dentistry. I worked in that role for four years before starting my own private practice in Rockville, Md., while continuing to serve as a part-time faculty member. I’m a proud Marylander and UMSOD alum. I originally grew up in Tehran, but my father gave me and my five brothers an exceptional opportunity to attend college in America. The UMSOD represented the pinnacle of my educational experience, and I’ve been inspired to support the institution ever since. Whether it’s the outstanding contributions of our students serving the community
through clinical work or externships, or the forwardthinking research being published by our faculty, I’ve believed in the importance of supporting this institution in its mission to advance oral health. To further the school’s goals, I’ve helped initiate the Endodontics Alumni Molar Club as a way to fund endodontics residents through the purchase of state-ofthe-art equipment, providing scholarship money and paying for travel to and from courses as well as assisting in research projects. In addition, I’ve also established the Mohammad Behnia Scholarship Fund, in honor of my father, to offer opportunities for aspiring students to attend the School of Dentistry. As board president, I hope to inspire alumni of all ages to give back to the school as I have been able to do over the years. We have an amazing culture that brings in students and faculty from all nationalities and backgrounds to change the world for the better. I hope the stories in this issue motivate you to join this collective journey. Ali Behnia, DMD, ENDO ’98 President | Alumni Association Board of Directors
F r om t h e B oa r d of V i si t or s
This is an exciting and important time in the history of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. The school has embarked upon a strategic planning process that will guide educational activities, faculty and staff hires, patient care and capital improvements over the next five years.
This planning process also has challenged us to set ambitious goals that will place us on a trajectory of excellence for decades to come. I speak for all of us on the Board of Visitors when I say that it is our pleasure and privilege to be able to support Dean Reynolds and our talented faculty and staff in the implementation of this plan. We encourage you to join us in the advancement of the School of Dentistry by contributing your time and treasure to this great institution. With your support, the possibilities are limitless. Melvin F. Kushner, DDS ’66 Chair | Board of Visitors
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Published on Nov 29, 2016
Published on Nov 29, 2016
This issue of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry magazine covers the latest initiatives to provide care for uninsured and underi...