UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
RANDY GROVE OF CDS EARNS FIRST-EVER HONORARY DEGREE PRESENTED AT COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY COMMENCEMENT
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On the Cover
Randall B. Grove, Executive Director of the Chicago Dental Society, received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University—the first ever conferred at a College of Dentistry Commencement. See page 34.
Dean: Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD, Prosthodontics, UIC Distinguished Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org; Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs: Susan A. Rowan, DDS ’84, email@example.com; Associate Dean for Research: Lyndon F. Cooper, DDS, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org;
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Contents Page 6
Feature: Preferred Partners
Profile: Dr. Anne George
34 News 47 Calendar Page 24
Alumni Class News
Dean’s Message Energy, Strength, and Resilience are Hallmarks of College of Dentistry
Dear Alumni and Friends:
As I write to you today, Chicago has survived the Polar Vortex of 2019. The energy in the city remains vibrant, and I feel its energy each day as I ride the el to and from the UIC Campus. There is a strength and resilience among the people of Illinois, and I feel it within our College of Dentistry community as well. I find myself now in my fifth year leading your College and have seen many changes in the leadership team. This is normal (and a healthy transition), and as I prepared my “self-study” over the summer preceding my administrative review by the University, I found it a reflective time to see the strong and positive impacts on the cultural changes in the College that have occurred.
Strong Leadership We have a strong leadership team represented by the highest quality faculty leading the College. Dr. Susan Rowan, ’84, is the Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, a well-respected faculty member and previous Managing Partner (she is a blessing to me). Dr. Toni Roucka, ’90, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, is both a dentist and a nurse, bridging the Interprofessional needs of the College. We have Dr. Darryl Pendleton, our Associate Dean for Student Affairs, who now leads the entire UIC Urban Health educational program across all seven health science colleges. We have Dr. Lyndon Cooper serving as Associate Dean for Research, who since 2015 has doubled our NIH research funding and positioned UIC in the top five of NIH funded Colleges of Dentistry. Dr. Michael Harner (CPA, MBA, MA, EdD), is our Finance and Administration Dean, and is teaching our dental students as part of our comprehensive dental practice business management program, along with helping me in improving the financial position of the College. Dr. Caswell Evans has led a nationally recognized
program in service learning, changing the perspective of our students and opening eyes to a range of career opportunities. We have Mr. Mark J. Valentino, our chief Advancement officer and Associate Dean, who plays an invaluable role in fundraising and every faculty engagement, along with all of the excellent team members in our Advancement group. The College has a very strong and engaged set of department leaders embracing our Vision and Mission. We are committed to Changing the Future of Oral Health. This is now a team of department heads who are highly collaborative, supportive of each other, and work together to move the entire College in the right direction. This includes the recent recruitment of Dr. Sath Allareddy as the innovative and high energy Department Head of Orthodontics. We have the equally engaged, new Department Head of Restorative Dentistry, Dr. Lee Jameson, Loyola ’74. Many of you may remember Dr. Jameson as the previous Dean of Northwestern, someone who is focused on results, highly ethical and very supportive of working at a highly collaborative mode across all of the specialty programs in the College. We are making great changes and contributions to the College. Yes, there is more work to be done, and we can only accomplish our goals with your support. Thank you!
Facts and Figures
I do want to take a moment to highlight a few important facts about the College of which you may not be aware. First, the applicant pool to the dental and advanced educational resident programs is at an all-time high. We typically have more than
1,900 applications for our 70 dental student positions! Second, the College has a large demand for our clinical services, allowing us to expand by 30% since 2014 the amount of care our students perform. Third, the State of Illinois provides minimal operating support to the College’s budget (< 1%), but we have held student tuition increases to less than 1.5%. We have done this through a shift in funding the College through enhanced clinical revenues. More importantly, through multiple improvements in business operations, clinical services, scheduling and just a lot of hard work by many, we have been able to create a sustainable balanced budget (with a positive margin) for the first time in the College’s history. This is a testament to the staff, faculty, and students of your great College.
A Year of Success
Now, I’d like to highlight just a few things that have occurred this past year.
Honorary Doctorate for Randy Grove, Executive Director of Chicago Dental Society
The University of Illinois System converged the first honorary doctorate (Doctorate of Science) in the College’s history to Randy Grove in May 2018 at our graduation ceremony. Randy is the long-serving Executive Director of the Chicago Dental Society (CDS). Over his tenure at CDS, the society has grown significantly with its multiple branches and the wonderful annual Midwinter Meeting held each February. Under his leadership, CDS has expanded its service outreach to the underserved in the Chicago area and has established an outreach clinic supported by the CDS. The College was very proud to nominate Randy for this honor and thanks the CDS Board of Directors, along with Mr. Bill Bike in the College’s Office of Advancement, for their help in shepherding this nomination through the honorary degree process. (See page 34.)
Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgical Center
The College leadership and Dr. Marcio da Fonseca (Professor and Department Head of Pediatric Dentistry) have worked closely with multiple private foundations (Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, The Coleman Foundation, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, and others) to raise the private capital to build a much-needed Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) in the College. The Healthy Communities Foundation, the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation, the Bisco Charitable Foundation, and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous have lent helpful hands with support on the operational side through a grant for direct patient care. We are grateful to all of our funding partners.
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Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Board members Craig Grannon and Dr. Nancy Cozzi, and Dean Stanford, presenting an award to Dr. Mollie Rojas, ’16, when she was a student. Partnerships with such organizations help keep the College strong. Pediatric Dentistry serves a unique population of underrepresented minority children and special needs populations. The majority come to the clinic with multiple cavities, abscesses, and pain. The disease level per child is much higher in this population than any age matched sample from other areas of Illinois. Due to the high disease rates, medical history and complexity of care, the use of general anesthesia is critical to appropriate patient management. Consequently, our waiting list for OR space at the U of I Hospital ballooned in two years from 300 children on the waiting list to more than 1,300, necessitating action on the College’s part to figure out a new way. Combined with contemporary use of Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), engagement with a community hospital (St. Bernard’s), and a program of embedded social workers in the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic, with the support of the Fry Foundation, we moved to establish our own ASC to reduce costs, improve patient experience and outcomes, and to improve population health. The ASC will be a center on the first floor, located within the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This allows for the most efficient operation, cross-disciplinary support, and a reduction in duplication of services. We are planning two OR-like rooms and four conventional dental procedure rooms along with support facilities in a surgically accredited space. Again, this is a much needed space all privately supported though multiple grants to these foundations and the recognition of the role UIC plays in helping improve oral health across the State of Illinois. (See page 6.)
Dedication of Two Small Group Learning Rooms
In the spring, we were delighted to recognize the invaluable contribution to the College by two highly supportive alumni, Dr. Bill Hamel, ’83, and Dr. Michael Bond, ’83. The two
Dean’s Message adjacent rooms are named as the Dr. William B. Hamel III and Belinda G. Lutz-Hamel and Dr. Mike and Cherie Bond Small Group Learning Rooms. Their generous donations to the College helped us renovate two outdated conference rooms into contemporary spaces for dental students’ success. This includes the array of technologies needed for the casebased Small Group Learning model which has become an innovative success across the entire College. Thank you Dr. and Mrs. Hamel and Dr. and Mrs. Bond for your faith and trust in the College. (See page 11.)
Innovation With Clinical and Translational Research
The College has signed an innovative master agreement with Dentsply-Sirona to fund a range of clinical research projects, studies, and investigations. This five-year grant, funded to Dr. Cooper and myself, provides resources to expand on formal clinical trials around various forms of oral implant therapy. This support has placed UIC on the map as one of the most innovative and progressive Colleges of Dentistry, pushing the boundaries on clinical research to improve patient care. (See page 24.)
Digital Dentures—A Wave Of The Future?
Inaugural C.A.R.E. Event Connecting Our Recent Alumni
Recognizing that our recent alumni (those who graduated in the past ten years) desire to network and engage with the College in new ways, we developed the inaugural C.A.R.E. event in June. This brought vendors together with recent alumni in a trendy West Loop space (Blue Plate Catering), allowing for social and networking interactions. We also were able to provide fun raffles and giveaways and presented the C.A.R.E. Alumnus of the Year Award to Dr. Roshan Parikh, ’08. This was a fun event that plays an important role in engaging with and understanding the needs, wants, and desires of our young alumni. (See page 42.) These are just a few highlights of the strong innovations, leadership, care, and understanding that your College is providing to support the dental profession. The future of oral health is occurring here, and it all starts with a single spark. Please enjoy reviewing this edition of Vision magazine and consider through your generous donations to IGNITE: The Campaign for UIC. Doing so enables you to play a critical part of our future. Thank you! Sincerely,
We also have a research grant currently underway in our Clinical Research Center for the application of a digital denture workflow to improve both the technical and patient satisfaction of a high strength, highly esthetic, and efficient (cost reducing) approach to complete denture therapy. Again, this innovative clinical research is led by Dr. Cooper. (See page 28.)
Dr. Anne George, An Outstanding Innovator
One of the best parts of my job is to celebrate the innovative curiosity of the excellent faculty at your College. Dr. George, highlighted on page 30, demonstrates that your College is continuing to innovate in both basic discovery science and the fruits from applying this knowledge in improving clinical practice.
Clark M. Stanford, DDS, PhD UIC Distinguished Professor and Dean College of Dentistry
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THE CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY: A GIFT THAT PAYS YOU BACK! Creating a CGA is Easy
A CGA is a simple agreement between you and the University of Illinois Foundation for the benefit of the College. You transfer cash or marketable securities to the Foundation and the Foundation makes fixed payments for life to you or someone of your choosing. After all payments have been made, the Foundation will transfer the remaining value of your CGA to the College. CGA payment rates are based on age, just went up for the first time in six years, and (as the table shows) compare favorably in this time of low interest rates. To learn more about how a CGA can work for you, please contact Director of Gift Planning, Jason James Shuba, JD (312-413-3394 or email@example.com) for a customized illustration at no obligation. Rate shown is for a one-life annuity and is effective for August, 2018. Rates may change. The minimum age to start receiving payments is 60 and minimum gift amount is $10,000 in cash or securities. No commissions or fees are paid.
RATE AGE 9.5% 90+ 8.3% 85
ESTABLISHING A CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY (CGA) is a smart way to IGNITE the future of oral health while safeguarding your own future in the process. Not only does a CGA provide you with a secure source of fixed payments for life (a portion of which are tax-free), it also makes a significant impact on future generations at the UIC College of Dentistry.
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ORGANIZATIONS INVEST TO BUILD PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER 6
The gifts and grants will allow the College to serve more pediatric dentistry patients.
A consortium of community foundations and organizations have announced gifts and grants to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry to help in creating a Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgery Center with two General Anesthesia suites and four procedure rooms. The College has become the largest safety net for underserved children in Illinois, many of whom need dental care under general anesthesia. There currently is a wait list of over 1,300 children and special needs patients, representing a wait of two or more years because of limited access to operating rooms. The gifts and grants will allow the College to serve an additional 1,000 pediatric patients annually who require oral health services under general anesthesia, and an additional 1,520 pediatric patients who need to receive services under sedation. The critical shortage of dental operatories for children on Medicaid was identified in the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Delta
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Dental of Illinois Foundation, and Michael Reese Health Trust commissioned report, Oral Health in Illinois, released in December 2016. Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) provided a lead grant of $2 million to support this project. The center will be called the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgery Center and received the approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at its November 15 meeting. Additional partners in the project include the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation; the Coleman Foundation; and the Delta Dental Foundation Wisdom Tooth Award. Contributing to patient care were the Healthy Communities Foundation; the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation; the Bisco Charitable Foundation; and a donor organization which wished to be anonymous. Their support totaled $3.3 million. “Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease in the United States, disproportionally affecting minority, lowincome, disabled, and chronically ill children,” explained Bob Egan, Senior Program Officer Oral Health, Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. “Left untreated tooth decay can become excruciatingly painful, making it difficult to eat, sleep, or concentrate in school.” Young children and other patients with special needs often require sedation to have dental procedures done. Nearly one third of UIC dental patients have chronic health conditions. Ninety-seven percent of the children cared for at the College are at or below the poverty line and covered for dental care by Medicaid. “Far too many Illinois children don’t receive the dental care they need,” said Heather Alderman, President of the ILCHF. “This situation is unconscionable when you consider how treatable and preventable these diseases are.” “Delta Dental of Illinois and Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation believe every Illinois child deserves a healthy smile and good oral health,” said John Maples, President and CEO of Delta Dental of Illinois and Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation. “Oral health is integral to overall health, and it’s staggering how many children in Illinois have untreated tooth decay, especially when you consider it’s largely preventable.” He noted that his organizations are pleased to help provide dental professionals, faculty, and students at the College “with modern facilities to deliver high-quality, comprehensive dental care and oral health education to establish a lifetime of good oral health and overall well-being for all Illinois children.” The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation gift establishes the Dr. Richard P. Perry Surgical Suite in the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Pediatric Dentistry
Ambulatory Surgery Center. A 1968 alumnus, Dr. Perry served on the College faculty from 1971 to 2000, where he was Clinical Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry, Clinic Director, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. He received several Golden Apple Awards for Teaching Excellence. He has served on the Board of the Paul W. Clopper Foundation and Board of Dentistry of the State of Illinois Department of Registration and Licensure. He also was an Examiner for the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners and for the Central Regional Testing Services. “Dr. Richard Perry served on the Delta Dental of Illinois Board for nearly 20 years, holding the role of Chairman for two of those years,” Maples explained. “His oral health knowledge and business acumen were invaluable to Delta Dental of Illinois and our enterprise of companies. “Dr. Perry truly is dedicated to improving oral health as evidenced by his commitment not only to our mission of improving oral health in the State, but also to his many
patients and dental students over his 40-year career practicing dentistry and 29 years as faculty at UIC College of Dentistry,” Maples added. “We are all better for knowing and working with Dr. Perry. Clark McCain, Senior Program Office at the Coleman Foundation, discussed the grant his organization provided. “The intended impact of the Coleman Foundation’s Disabilities Program funding is that individuals with developmental disabilities will experience a higher quality of life and increased self-determination,” McClain said. “Dental services are difficult to obtain for this population as few providers accept Medicaid and fewer still can provide services in environments that are supportive of their special needs,” he noted. “To expand these services as well as to support a collaboration with Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation and other funders, the Coleman Foundation is proud to support the Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgery Center at the UIC College of Dentistry.”
Construction for the planned $3.3 million facility began in fall 2018 it will become operational some time in 2019. “On behalf of everyone at the UIC College of Dentistry, I want to express my deepest gratitude to these generous partners on these transformational grants and outright gifts that will allow us to create a state-of-the-science Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgery Center,” said Dean Clark Stanford. “The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgery Center will have a profound impact on the delivery of oral healthcare to children in Chicago and throughout the State of Illinois for generations to come.” “The ILCHF has been a wonderful partner to us for many years,” said Dr. Marcio da Fonseca, Head, Pediatric Dentistry. “They understood our needs and the needs of the children, and they decided to support us in building this Ambulatory Surgery Center, which is going to be here on the first floor in an area that we are going to renovate within the Department of Oral and
of oral health in youngsters often heads off other health problems.
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IGNITE Report Maxillofacial Surgery.” Dr. da Fonseca noted that the Ambulatory Surgery Center “will be a milestone for the College in many ways. “We will be delighted to treat children with general anesthesia, but also to be able to have our residents do part of their anesthesia rotations here with the anesthesiologist that we are going to hire.” The proximity of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, along with the anesthesiologist, “will really help us in case an emergency arises, allowing us to safely handle an emergency in both general anesthesia and sedation cases,” Dr. da Fonseca said. “The genesis of this collaboration between Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pediatric Dentistry at the College arose out of a common need to provide outpatient ambulatory general anesthesia to patients in a safe and efficient manner,” said Dr. Michael Miloro, Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. “We had been planning the renovation of this area of our existing clinic for nearly a decade, but financial constraints resulted in a delay in the execution of the plans, and we came to realize that this could be done in a more collaborative manner with Pediatric Dentistry.” He added that the physical location of the facility on the first floor of the College “will facilitate patient care due to accessibility.” Several medically compromised cases will still be seen at the UIC Hospital, Dr. da Fonseca noted. “We are extremely grateful for this partnership with the ILCHF and our other partners,” Dr. da Fonseca said. “We look forward to having this endeavor accomplished and serving the youngsters of this state.” Dr. Miloro agreed. “This major renovation project would not be possible without the generous support of a variety of generous donors who recognize the value and importance of providing high-quality, evidence-based, efficient, and effective dental and medical treatment to the pediatric patient population and those
individuals who are not able to receive care in a traditional hospital environment,” Dr. Miloro said. “I echo the gratitude of Dean Stanford and Drs. da Fonseca and Miloro in expressing the sincere appreciation to our community partners and funders, as well as the State of Illinois,” said Mark J. Valentino, Associate Dean for Advancement. “The incredible support of our funders will allow us to create a state-of-the-science facility that not only will have far-reaching impact for generations of patients and their families, but also shows the promise and excellence of IGNITE: The Campaign for UIC,” Valentino continued. “We consider IGNITE to be a transformational campaign like
no other, and the culmination of this effort speaks to that. We look forward to bringing all of our partners together upon completion of this project to publically recognize their incredible contributions to Changing the Future of Oral Health.” For additional information about: the Bisco Charitable Foundation, see www.bisco.com; the Coleman Foundation, see https:// colemanfoundationorg.presencehost. net/; Delta Dental of Illinois and the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, see www.deltadentalil.com; the Healthy Communities Foundation, see https://healthycommunitiesfdn.org; the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation, see www.oprfcf.org; and the ILCHF, see www.ilchf.org.
CHANGING THE FUTURE Dental disease is highly treatable and preventable if youngsters receive the oral healthcare they need.
IGNITE Report Fry Foundation Provides Grant for Needs Assessment, Social Work Component The Fry Foundation has provided a $75,000 grant to the Department of Pediatric Dentistry for a dual purpose. One is for the department to perform a community needs assessment, to determine families’ requirements, wants, and barriers concerning pediatric dental care. The other is to start a social work program known as “pCARES” (pediatric Counseling Advocacy Referral Education and Service) to support health equity and patients seen in the pediatric dentistry clinics. “The model was developed at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine,” explained Dr. Marcio da Fonseca, Head, Pediatric Dentistry. “They have been very successful with it, and we are adapting it.” The grant’s Principal Investigators (PIs) are Dr. da Fonseca and Dean Clark Stanford. “Through a needs assessment, we will be better able to understand who the people are who come to see us, what their needs are in terms of dental care for children, and what barriers they have encountered in trying to find dental care in Illinois and in coming to us,” Dr. da Fonseca said. “We want to understand all that so we can serve them better.” The department will perform the needs assessment survey in conjunction with the UIC Survey Research Laboratory at the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.
A social worker will be hired “to help increase access to care for these families and to help them with any leads the social worker may have so there is no interruption of care, facilitating all the processes and helping these families go through the system,” Dr. da Fonseca said. “For example, we have a lot of immigrant families who may not understand how Medicaid works, so the social worker will help them apply for Medicaid and help them keep their insurance up to date.” The social worker will interview families to see what needs they have, and “faculty, residents, and dental students will be able to refer patients to them when they have needs with which the social worker can help,” Dr. da Fonseca said. UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work also will provide master’s level students doing field placement
to work with the department’s social worker. “We are the largest provider of pediatric dental care in the State, so they will be very busy,” Dr. da Fonseca said. “They will help the families connect to the services they need in order to get them here.” And not only for oral healthcare, Dr. da Fonseca said, noting, “We want them to help families obtain medical care for children. That will be essential because we have a lot of families here who don’t have a medical home. We want to make sure the children receive holistic care.” The master’s level social work students will assist the lead social worker in interviewing and assessing families and connecting them with services they need. “It’s very unusual to have a social worker in dentistry,” Dr. da Fonseca said. “So we’re very excited; there is an enormous need for social workers here in the College. The populations that look for care in dental schools are often low-income, so they have a lot of barriers to accessing care. Social workers will be of tremendous help to them.” While Dr. da Fonseca and Dr. Stanford want the patients to benefit from the program, “we also want the dental students, the residents, and the faculty to learn how to work with a social worker,” Dr. da Fonseca said. “I think it will be very important for them to learn how the process works, and how important social work can be in a dental practice.” “We are pleased to be working
in partnership with the College of Dentistry to provide services that enhance the health and well-being of children and their families,” said Dean Creasie Finney Hairston of the Jane Addams College of Social Work. “Collaborative models of health care and service delivery show much promise for addressing both individual needs and
longstanding system issues. Students from social work, dentistry, and other health professions will also benefit from this model of interprofessional training.” The grant is for a one-year pilot program. Dr. da Fonseca and Dean Stanford plan on assessing the outcomes after that year. If the outcomes are good, they plan on
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applying for additional funding. Dr. da Fonseca noted that Dean Stanford plans on using pCARES as a pilot program, “to see how well we can integrate more social workers into the College to help our adult patient population as well. This is going to be very important for the College.”
Benefactors Provide Funding to Create Two Small Group Learning Classrooms Dr. Michael E. Bond, ’83, and his wife, Cherie, and Dr. William B. Hamel III, ’83, and his wife, Belinda, have made major gifts to create two new Small Group Learning classrooms. The two former Oral Biology and Periodontics conference rooms, Room 451 and Room 453, are now the Dr. Michael E. Bond and Cherie L. Bond, and Dr. William B. Hamel III and Belinda Lutz-Hamel, Small Group Learning Classrooms. They were dedicated on July 9. In Small Group Learning (SGL), student teams investigate, discuss, and collaborate on real-world patient cases reflecting clinical scenarios they will encounter throughout their careers. The approach is highly interactive, helps the students develop valuable critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and enables them to integrate knowledge of the basic, clinical, and behavioral sciences into oral healthcare. Beginning in 2002, the College began to change its curriculum from a traditional lecture format to SGL, and has achieved tremendous success. In recent years, since the full integration of SGL into the College curriculum, its students have achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on their board examinations, and rank in the top three percent of dental students in the U.S. and Canada. “The Bond and Hamel SGL classrooms feature computer, video, and sound technology that create a highly effective and interactive teaching and learning environment,” said Dean Clark Stanford at the dedication “Not only can our faculty provide improved presentations, but students can offer better patient care presentations. These rooms are crucial to improving our students’ learning experience.” Dean Stanford noted that the Class of 1983 always has been a particularly active one, and that “Dr. Bond’s and Dr. Hamel’s commitment is just the latest example of the
College being able to rely on the members of the Class of 1983.” The College community is “particularly grateful for these gifts as they help fund two of the key goals for the College as part of the University’s IGNITE campaign—support of students through redefining the model for student experience and success, and investing in infrastructure,” Dean Stanford explained. “These rooms will truly improve the student experience, and assure students’ success as well, while they promote active and collaborative learning— another of our IGNITE campaign objectives.” When discussing the IGNITE campaign, Dean Stanford shared that he often says that “we do not know what the dental profession will look like 100 years from now, but it will probably not look like anything we can conceive of at this time. The Bonds and the Hamels, through creation of these rooms, have created a legacy that will last into that future.” Mark J. Valentino, Associate Dean for Advancement, told the Bonds and the Hamels that their generosity will have effects beyond the two SGL classrooms. “Your gifts will inspire others to give as well,” he said. “That has proven true time and again during the College’s earlier campaigns as our alumni see their colleagues helping out the College and decide to create their own legacies as well.” Dr. Susan Rowan, Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, thanked the students for their patience during reconstruction of the two rooms and of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. “These rooms used to be where chairs went to die, and now they are two beautiful classrooms,” she said. “I’m proud of our students and all of the people at the College—they are resilient, and I know the students will enjoy these rooms.” Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences Dr. Blasé Brown, Loyola ’81, noted
Dr. Michael Bond, ’83, and Cherie Bond.
Dr. William B. Hamel III, ’83, and Belinda LutzHamel.
that the rooms’ “learning environments that are attractive, spacious, comfortable, with room to draw and express yourself, together with up-to-date technology such as Mondopads, help create ideal settings for student centered learning.” The College’s “making this kind of effort on behalf of learning with fundraising and construction of the rooms shows the College’s commitment to our students, which supports their efficacy and helps strengthen the bonds between students and the College,” he said. “Students also seem to have a higher level of motivation when interacting in these improved spaces.” Student Evan Fry noted how his D-2 class is “grateful for the generosity of the Bond and Hamel families to update the fourth floor Small Group Learning rooms. SGL is a vital component of the pre-clinical curriculum, and our class has seen the benefit of interactive case-based learning to master biomedical concepts.” The “innovative” SGL approach, “is one of the main reasons I decided to attend UIC for dental school, as it provides close interaction with experienced faculty and is a much more engaging way to learn than through lecture,” Fry explained. “Through SGL, I also develop closer relationships to my classmates, and we hold each other accountable in a manner that is similar to the team-based approach in healthcare today. These rooms are truly state-of-the-art and very conducive to student learning.” Student Viveka Patel said she remembered her SGL
group’s first day in one of the renovated rooms. “Every time a new member walked in, he or she would stop and remark about the positively changed atmosphere,” she said. “We are lucky to be part of an institution that has adopted evidence-based learning techniques to help students become better practitioners,” Patel added. “The renovation has transformed these rooms into spaces more conducive to learning and collaboration. Now the rooms are clean, free of clutter, freshly painted, and serve as a reminder that the UIC College of Dentistry values its students and their learning experience.” Dr. Bond reflected that “dentistry has been a great profession for me. It has continued to be challenging and rewarding throughout my practice career. We are able to make profound changes in people’s lives daily. At the same time, we are able to provide for our families comfortably. The training I received at the UIC College of Dentistry made this all possible.” Dr. Hamel has similar feelings. He noted that the main reason he and his wife made their gift was because, “dentistry has given me the life I have—to be successful in a self-employed business like dentistry with flexibility and freedom, to be able to earn a good living and take care of people. The profession has been wonderful to me.” Dr. Bond also noted the importance of private giving during the IGNITE campaign. “I feel that it is important to give back to perpetuate a great profession as a thank you for what it has done for
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IGNITE Report Students Evan Fry and Viveka Patel demonstrate the state-of-the-science technology in the Bond Room.
me,” Dr. Bond explained. “I challenge my colleagues to ‘pay it forward’ and get involved in the IGNITE campaign. Let’s keep the training and the profession at the high level that it deserves to be.” “It’s important to give back and it’s important to leave a legacy,” Dr. Hamel said. “The College gave me my start; they took a chance on me and accepted me as a student, so I wanted to do the right thing and leave a legacy to make things better for the next generation. “Sure, it feeds our egos to see the room named for us, but more importantly it sets an example for others that this is important to do,” Dr. Hamel said. “If dentistry has been good
Bond family members with College leaders.
to you, if you’ve been successful at it, then it’s important to pass that on and, as Dr. Bond said, pay it forward.” He noted that UIC and other universities increasingly rely on private funding, and so “all universities have had to change the way they do business,” Dr. Hamel concluded. “So it’s even more important that alumni support their alma maters and help them provide the quality education that they have been able to over the years.” To create a legacy gift during the IGNITE campaign, contact Valentino at (312) 413-7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Director of Development Bruno Mancari at (312) 413-3554 or email@example.com.
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BY ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP NAMED FOR DR. FRANKLIN S. WEINE
Dorothy Weine, wife of the late Dr. Franklin S. Weine, ’57, was pleased that Dr. Ronald Milnarik, ’67, Loyola Endodontics ’75, Clinical Assistant Professor, and his wife, Pauline, established the first endowed professorship in the Department of Endodontics and named it for Dr. Weine. “Frank would be honored by Dr. Milnarik’s establishment of the endowed professorship at the UIC College of Dentistry,” Dorothy Weine said. Endowed professorships allow the University to recruit and retain promising teachers and researchers from around the world and encourage them to innovate and expand their careers at UIC. Dr. Weine taught at both the UIC College of Dentistry and Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry, and he was one of Dr. Milnarik’s teachers at Loyola. “Ron went from being a student to being a friend,” Dorothy Weine said. “I remember one time when he called Frank to warn him of an impending tornado that was approaching our home in Olympia Fields. It was not surprising that he did something like that, because he is a caring person.” Dr. Milnarik explained that he and his wife provided the gift “because we wanted to support my dental school,
to honor Dr. Weine, and to further bring together UIC and Loyola alumni, since Dr. Weine and I had ties to both schools.” Dorothy Weine is proud that Dr. Weine is being honored at the UIC College of Dentistry. The College, Dorothy Weine said, “gave Frank the education he needed to learn about dentistry, so what he learned could be used to treat the people of the State of Illinois and internationally.” She added that “Frank would have been proud and grateful to know that his contributions to the study and treatment of endodontically involved teeth was being recognized by his school, and he would have been thrilled that Dr. Ron Milnarik thought so highly of him that he made a significant contribution to the UIC College of Dentistry for that school to establish the professorship.” For more information, to make a donation to the Weine Endowed Professorship, or for more information on the IGNITE campaign, contact Mark J. Valentino, Associate Dean for Advancement, at (312) 413-7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bruno Mancari, Director of Development, at (312) 4133554 or email@example.com.
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Honor Roll THE HONOR ROLL RECOGNIZES DONATIONS FROM JULY 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2018. I am excited about how IGNITE: The Campaign for UIC will impact the College of Dentistry over the next five years. I am excited how you—our alumni, friends, and partners—will feel after seeing your investments in UIC reap rewards. Through the success of IGNITE, the College of Dentistry will affect change at many levels. With this excitement comes a great deal of confidence. I know at the culmination of IGNITE: The Campaign for UIC, we will have transformational changes at the College of Dentistry. We like to say during the IGNITE Campaign that it all starts with a single spark. Each of our benefactors listed below is a spark that illuminates our pathway as we Change the Future of Oral Health. Thank you for your support and for all you have done for the dental profession! —Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD UIC Distinguished Professor and Dean
Honor Roll of Donors
We gratefully acknowledge the following alumni and friends for their generous support of the College of Dentistry between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
$250,000 and above Straumann USA LLC
$100,000 to $249,999
3M Unitek Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Healthy Communities Foundation Immunologic Therapeutics Limited Litowitz Foundation, Inc. Ormco Corporation QOL Medical, LLC
$50,000 to $99,999
American Orthodontics GC America Inc.
$25,000 to $49,999
Forestadent USA Inc. KLS Martin, LP Dr. Martin Kolinski, ’78* and Mrs. Catherine Kolinski Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. Osteology Foundation
$10,000 to $24,999
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons American Association of Orthodontists Foundation Dr. Michael E. Bond, ’83, and Mrs. Cherie L. Bond Dr. Alexander H. Chan, ’78*, and Mrs. Nancy Y. Chan Cosmedent, Inc. Crown Family Philanthropies Dentsply GAC Dentsply IH, Inc. Dr. Susan Edukutharayil, ’96, and Mr. James Edukutharayil Dr. Jerome Fein, ’51, and Mrs. Joy Fein Dr. Robert W. Glineburg* Dr. Bruce S. Graham and Mrs. Linda M. Graham Prevent Cancer Foundation
Rocky Mountain Orthodontics, Inc. Dr. Joel L. Schwartz and Mrs. Roberta L. Schwartz Dr. Clark M. Stanford and Mr. Alan Light Wound Healing Foundation
$5,000 to $9,999
Dr. Barry M. Cherny, ’90*, and Ms. Lauren Cherny Dr. Agnieszka Chruszczyk, ’09*, and Mr. Andrew Chruszczyk Dr. Cathleen P. Coyne, ’93 Dr. Tricia R. Crosby, ’04* Dentsply Sirona Dr. Seymour L. Gottlieb, ’58, and Mrs. Iris C. Gottlieb Dr. Gabriel D. Hostalet, ’00 Dr. Steven T. Kuhn, ’97*, and Mrs. Kathleen A. Kuhn Dr. Dennis R. Lamonte, ’02*, and Mrs. Gina R. Lamonte Dr. Frank A. Maggio, Loyola ’71*, and Mrs. Christine Maggio National Children’s Oral Health Foundation Dr. Dale C. Nickelsen, ’62*, and Mrs. Caren C. Nickelsen Dr. Indru C. Punwani Dr. Ahmed Ramaha*
Reliance Orthodontic Products, Inc. Dr. Thomas E. Resnick, ’71*, and Mrs. Barbara S. Resnick Prof. Lin Tao and Mrs. Renjie Chang The ACP Education Foundation Dr. Peter C. Wasilkoff, ’69*, and Mrs. Donna J. Wasilkoff
$2,500 to $4,999
Dr. Randy L. Bisping, ’82, and Mrs. Joy L. Bisping Dr. James H. Bryniarski, ’78 and Dr. Leona M. Hubatch Dr. Paul S. Burkey, Loyola ’83, and Mrs. Alisa F. Burkey Dr. Edward C. Collins, ’10, and Mrs. Amanda Collins Dr. James C. Davis, ’83 and Dr. Arlene M. Engert, ’83 Dentsply North America LLC Dr. Caswell Evans and Mrs. Arlene G. Evans Dr. S. Sol Flores, ’58* Dr. Michael B. Hagearty* Dr. William B. Hamel, ’83 and Mrs. Belinda Lutz-Hamel Dr. Jianjun Hao* and Dr. Lihong Lin*
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JULY 1, 2017 to JUNE 30, 2018 Illinois State Dental Society Foundation Dr. Bradford R. Johnson* and Mrs. Lizabeth Johnson Dr. Thomas S. Lightfoot, ’73 and Mrs. Maude E. Lightfoot Dr. Mulokozi Lugakingira* and Mrs. Kos Lugakingira Miracle Corners of the World, Inc. Dr. Ira A. Satinover, ’79*, and Dr. Luisa A. DiPietro, ’80* Dr. Tarkan Sidal* Dr. Stephen B. Towns, ’73, and Mrs. Jeanette Towns Mr. Adalbert L. Vlazny and Mrs. Clare C. Vlazny Dr. Ronald J. Waryjas, ’77* and Mrs. Maryann A. Waryjas
$1,000 to $2,499
Dr. Alex G. Alemis, ’85, and Mrs. Matina V. Alemis Align Technology, Inc. Mrs. Leonora S. Andria Dr. Bruce W. Allen, ’66, and Mrs. Edith J. Allen Arcolian Dental Arts Society Dr. Vincent J. Arpino, ’93*, and Dr. Tina Smith Arpino, ’93 Dr. Jmi L. Asam* and Mr. Robin Asam Dr. Zayneb E. Bahrani* Dr. Daya Bhat, ’08* Dr. Gerald M. Bieze, ’70, and Mrs. Sarah A. Bieze Dr. James W. Blackburn* and Mrs. Jennifer Blackburn Dr. William J. Bleecker, ’71, and Mrs. Ada M. Bleecker Dr. Bryan C. Blew, ’98, and Mrs. Michele A. Blew Dr. Andrew W. Browar, ’79*, and Dr. Taisa L. Szeremeta-Browar* Dr. Kurt E. Bruksch, ’82, and Mrs. Jeanne M. Bruksch Dr. Bruna d. M. Burgener* and Mr. Darren E. Burgener Dr. Rhonna L. Cohen, ’72, and Dr. Donald A. Chambers
Dr. Harry O. Channon, ’63*, and Mrs. Frances L. Channon Dr. Perry Danos and Mrs. Peggy Danos Dr. Michael G. Durbin, ’88*, and Dr. Renee P. Pappas, ’88 Dr. Jason A. Edwards* Dr. Scott A. Emalfarb, Loyola ’89 Dr. Leslie R. Farolan and Dr. Miguel J. Farolan Dr. Nona C. Flores Dr. Joseph R. Funderburk* Dr. Maria Theresa S. Galang, ’09*, and Mr. Allan D. Boquiren Dr. Paul L. Glick, ’70* and Mrs. Dyanne Glick Dr. Timothy R. Gresla* Dr. LeRoy S. Gurga, ’79, and Mrs. Janet L. Gurga Dr. Robert E. Haraden, ’98 Dr. Robert S. Heckler, ’76, and Mrs. Melinda F. Heckler Henry Schein Orthodontics Dr. Gary R. Herberger, ’78, and Mrs. Dale R. Herberger Dr. Stephen R. Hertzberg, ’70, and Mrs. Alice E. Hertzberg Illinois Academy of General Dentistry Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists Dr. Curtis R. Imel, ’76, and Mrs. Donna J. Imel International College of Dentists U.S.A. Section Dr. N. O. Jackson, ’71 Dr. Stephen T. Jagielo, ’82, and Mrs. Cindy S. Jagielo Dr. Donald S. Kaneoka, ’58 Dr. G. W. Knight and Mrs. Judy L. Knight Dr. Joel R. Korczak, ’81 Dr. Clarence G. Krebs* and Mrs. Beverly Krebs Dr. Benjamin A. Lin* Dr. Tony W. Liu, ’84, and Mrs. Sandy J. Liu Dr. Yi-Chen Liu* Dr. Gary W. Long, ’77, and Mrs. Gary W. Long
Dr. Matthew G. McKnight, ’11* Dr. Michael J. Mintz* and Mrs. Julie H. Mintz Dr. Milton M. Murasaki, ’66, and Mrs. Virginia Stein Dr. Charles R. Neach, Loyola ’70, and Mrs. Peggy D. Neach Dr. Jon D. Nickelsen, ’03 Dr. Daniel S. Nielsen, ’59, and Mrs. Alice R. Nielsen Dr. John Nowak, ’98*, and Mrs. Renee Nowak Dr. Joanne R. Oppenheim, ’89*, and Dr. Kenneth Kromash Orthodontic Alumni Association of Illinois Orthopli Corporation Dr. Jigneshkumar M. Patel, ’97 and Mrs. Rupal R. Patel PSM North America, Inc. Dr. William J. Quest* and Dr. Diane Johnson* Quintessence Publishing Company, Inc. Dr. Scott R. Rehm* Dr. David A. Reithel, ’55, and Mrs. Marie Reithel Dr. Toni M. Roucka, ’90, and Mr. Edmund A. Roucka Dr. Alan L. Rosenfeld, ’74, and Mrs. Janet S. Rosenfeld Dr. Susan A. Rowan, ’84, and Dr. Daniel A. Rowan Dr. D. Milton Salzer, ’68 Dr. Thomas A. Sarna, ’06*, and Mrs. Heidi J. Sarna Dr. Timmothy J. Schwartz, ’79, and Mrs. Christine A. Schwartz Dr. Jin-Moon Soh* and Mrs. Duckui Soh Dr. Daniel W. Steadman, ’82, and Mrs. Kathleen A. Steadman Mr. Maxie Suero and Mrs. Erlita D. Suero Sunstar Americas, Inc. The Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club Dr. Peter R. Vandersloot* and Dr. Lauren T. Phan* Dr. Stephanie M. Ward, ’01 Dr. Brian S. Wardell, ’08
Dr. Christopher S. Wenckus, ’71*, and Mrs. S. Elaine Wenckus Dr. Samuel S. Wexler, ’64, and Mrs. Charlene S. Wexler Ms. Barbara P. Wiley William Wrigley Jr. Company Dr. George R. Zehak, ’77, and Mrs. Maria Zehak
$500 to $999
Applewhite Dental Partners Dr. Shereen S. Azer* Dr. James K. Bahcall and Mrs. Amy R. Bahcall Bisco, Inc. Dr. Eugene S. Blair, ’50*+, and Mrs. Pauline Blair Dr. Joseph E. Canzona, ’69* Dr. Samuel J. Cascio, Loyola ’52 Carr Healthcare Realty, LLC Colgate Speakers Bureau Coltene/Whaledent Inc. Crosstex International Inc. Cutting Edge Practice, Inc. Mrs. Jayne Daniel Dental Arts Laboratories, Inc. Designs for Vision Inc. Dr. Joseph V. Discipio, Loyola ’52 Dr. Robert Druzinsky and Mrs. Renee M. Friedman Evaskus & Herzog, Ltd. Oral Surgery Associates First Midwest Bank Foundation for Modern Bioprogressive Orthodontics Geistlich Pharma North America, Inc. Gen. Ramon Farolan and Mrs. Penny Farolan GlaxoSmithKline Dr. Melvyn A. Golden, ’74 Henry Schein, Inc. Hu-Friedy Manufacturing, Inc. Dr. Mark J. Humenik, ’88, and Mrs. Mary E. Humenik Illinois Section of the American College of Dentists Illinois State Dental Society Dr. James H. Isaacson, ’71 Johnson & Johnson KaVo Kerr
JULY 1, 2017 to JUNE 30, 2018 KaVo Kerr Imaging Kettenbach LP Dr. Thomas J. King Jr., ’71, and Mrs. Maureen King Dr. Bennett Klavan, ’44 Komet USA LLC Dr. Thomas S. Kwong, ’08, and Dr. Chuandi Kwong Lang Dental Manufacturing Company, Inc. Dr. Julie A. Laverdiere-Beck, ’90*, and Mr. James Beck Dr. Cathy E. Longos* and Dr. Thomas J. Longos Dr. Weyland Lum* Dr. Richard P. Martino, ’64, and Mrs. Margot F. Martino Medical Protective Company Dr. Nuha M. Nakib Dr. Randa Nakib, ’16 Dr. John M. Nusstein, ’87, and Mrs. Tammie L. Nusstein Orascoptic Dr. Richard A. Pasiewicz, Loyola ’81 Premier Dental Products Co. Procter & Gamble Crest Oral B Dr. Russell P. Read, ’78, and Mrs. Judith Frey Dr. John C. Reed, ’90, and Dr. Isabelle Reed Dr. Stephen L. Rider, ’80, and Mrs. Karen S. Rider Dr. David P. Salomon* Salvin Dental Specialties, Inc. Schenck SC Dr. Robert Schmidt* Dr. Mia Myoungah Seo, ’14, and Christopher Chung Shofu Dental Corporation Southpoint Insurance Surgically Clean Air, Inc. SurgiTel Treloar & Heisel, Inc. Mr. Mark J. Valentino and Mrs. Carmen P. Valentino Voco America Inc. Dr. Stephen M. Weeks, ’89* and Mrs. Mary S. Weeks Dr. Scott A. Weiskopf* Dr. Joseph R. Wells, ’69*, and Mrs. Adele J. Wells Wells Fargo Practice Finance Dr. Bruce C. Wintersteen, ’81*, and Mrs. Carol L. Wintersteen
Dr. Richard L. Zimmers, ’57, and Mrs. Linda K. Zimmers
$1 to $499
Dr. Olubanwo O. Abejide, ’16 Academy Of General Dentistry Dr. Denis D. Anderson, ’69, and Mrs. Barbara A. Anderson Dr. Michael H. Anderson, ’80, and Mrs. Linda Anderson
Mr. Christopher Bevel Mr. William S. Bike and Ms. Anne M. Nordhaus-Bike Dr. Glenn M. Biven, Loyola ’63 Dr. Bruce E. Bloom, ’81 Dr. Mark D. Bollaert, Loyola ’76 Dr. Richard A. Bona, ’78, and Mrs. Mary P. Bona Dr. Calvin W. Borchardt, ’60 Brasseler USA
A gift from Drs. Martin L. Kolinski, ’78, Periodontics ’80, and Dr. Tricia R. Crosby, ’04, Periodontics and MS Oral Biology ’07, funded the Postgraduate Periodontics Resident Room. Dr. Marsha A. Babka, ’76, and Mr. Charles Goodman Dr. Richard L. Bailey, ’92, and Dr. Terese M. Bailey, ’92 Dr. Michael J. Barrows, ’73*, and Mrs. Susan K. Barrows Dr. Kurt A. Barth, ’97, and Mrs. Tracy L. Barth Dr. Scott D. Beallis, ’86, and Dr. Mojdeh Beallis, ’94 Dr. David R. Behringer* Dr. Robert A. Benny, Loyola ’67 Dr. Raymond B. Bersano, ’71, and Mrs. Martha V. Bersano
Dr. William M. Brennan, ’76, and Mrs. Mary N. Brennan Dr. William M. Brennan, ’04, and Mrs. Shaye L. Brennan Dr. Alan B. Bronstein, ’75, and Mrs. Emily N. Bronstein Ms. Virginia H. Buglio Dr. Terry A. Burke, Loyola ’74*, and Mrs. Sharon A. Burke Ms. Ashley L. Burton Ms. Irma Butler
Mr. Aquilino R. Cabanban and Mrs. Phoebe Cabanban Dr. Robert J. Cabay, Loyola ’86 Dr. Stephen D. Campbell and Mrs. Tara Campbell Ms. Deborah E. Carr-Woods Ms. Janice Y. Carter Dr. Robert F. Chorak, ’80, and Mrs. Marie L. Chorak Dr. Edward J. Chiera, ’90 Dr. Michael A. Christian* Dr. David M. Cohen, ’89, and Mrs. Barbara L. Cohen Dr. Vincent L. Conforti, ’72, and Mrs. Kathleen Conforti Dr. Michael Lee Conlon, ’75*, and Mrs. Patricia Egan Conlon Dr. Peter A. Contos, ’05 Dr. Philip M. Cook, ’06 Dr. Lyndon F. Cooper and Mrs. Lisa Cooper Dr. Ashley R. Coulter* Dr. Willard B. Cox, ’74, and Mrs. Anna R. Cox Mr. Brady M. Crook and Mrs. Melissa Crook Dr. Thomas A. Curry, ’84, and Mrs. Kathy M. Curry Dr. Todd A. Curtis, ’84 and Dr. Christine M. Curtis, ’86 Mrs. Alejandra Davidson Ms. Johnnie Mae Davis Dr. Sydney R. Demovsky, ’62, and Mrs. Dianne E. Young Dr. Lanette M. DiseraGeissler, Loyola ’87 Ms. Maria Dominguez Dr. James E. Donlan, ’57, and Mrs. Carol A. Donlan Dr. Deane E. Doolen, ’55, and Mrs. Ann B. Doolen Dr. Harold R. Dreebin, ’60, and Mrs. Reva Dreebin Dr. Gerald I. Drury, ’72 Dr. Michael A. Dunlap, ’92 Dr. Stuart M. Dunn, ’67, and Mrs. Cori Dunn Dr. Norman C. Eifler, ’57, and Ms. Ada J. Eifler Mrs. Judith A. Eisenmann Dr. Rebecca J. Egolf* and Mr. Dennis R. Egolf Dr. Norman L. Eskoz, Loyola ’79
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Honor Roll Dr. Angela M. Falcone, ’01 Dr. Richard M. Faner, ’70, and Mrs. Madiline S. Faner Dr. Curtis D. Fauble, ’88, and Mrs. Kathryn Fauble Dr. Robert F. Ferek, ’84 Dr. Johnathan J. Feehan, ’09 Dr. Donald C. Findlay, ’60, and Mrs. Judith R. Findlay Dr. John W. Fischer, ’79, and Mrs. Amy F. Fischer Dr. Bertram B. Fivelson, ’55, and Ms. Marcia Frankel Ms. Elaine Flanigan Dr. Jason F. Foreman, ’12 Dr. John S. Fox, ’84* Dr. George R. Frayn, ’80 Dr. James G. Frazier* Dr. James P. Frett, ’79, and Mrs. Jacqueline Frett Dr. Russell V. Fu, ’75, and Mrs. Judith A. Fu Dr. Gerald P. Gardner, ’87 Dr. M. Joel Gebhart, ’65, and Mrs. Carol A. Gebhart Dr. Kenneth W. Gehrke, ’82*, and Mrs. Theresa Gehrke Prof. Anne George Dr. Charles S. Greene, ’63, and Mrs. Myrna Greene Dr. Daniel M. Greising, ’90, and Mrs. Rebecca R. Greising Dr. Ann M. Grieve, ’84, and Mr. Douglas G. Grieve Dr. Jorge Carlos P. Griswold* Ms. Janette Guzman Dr. Christine L. Haag, ’86 Dr. Allan L. Hablutzel, ’82, and Mrs. Gail Hablutzel Ms. Fandah A. Hamdi Dr. Peter J. Hammes, ’08 Dr. Danny Hanna Dr. Shellie M. Harden, ’94 Dr. Wayne J. Harkness, ’71, and Mrs. Cheryl L. Harkness Dr. Michael D. Harner and Mrs. Eileen H. Harner Dr. Thomas A. Harris, ’82, and Mrs. Patricia Harris Dr. Robert W. Hawkinson, ’72*, and Mrs. Susan Hawkinson Dr. Rebecca S. Hausten, Loyola ’86
Dr. Benjamin C. Hoekstra, ’60, and Mrs. Judith Hoekstra Dr. Mark A. Hofmeister, ’82, and Mrs. Janet Hofmeister Dr. David Horberg, ’70, and Mrs. Judith B. Horberg Dr. Ralph E. Horton, ’61, and Mrs. Mary E. Horton Dr. Michael P. Hoyland, ’74 Dr. Thomas J. Hughes, ’80, and Mrs. Agnes A. Hughes Dr. Kenneth C. Hyten, ’66, and Mrs. Jane G. Hyten Mrs. Jennifer L. Jacobucci Dr. Donald P. Jelinek, ’57 Dr. Shufeng Jin Dr. Gregory J. Johnson, ’83, and Mrs. Lynne A. Hauter Johnson & Johnson Dr. Kenneth J. Jozwiak* and Mrs. Sharon R. Jozwiak Dr. Luljeta Jusufi, ’98, and Mr. James P. Sullivan Dr. Steven Kallman* and Mrs. Trudy Kallman Dr. Linda Kaste Dr. Louis Kaufman, ’95 Dr. George F. Kennedy, ’59 Ms. Gail Kipp Dr. Walter Y. Kitajima, ’68, and Mrs. Diana M. Kitajima Dr. Leonard I. Klayman, ’74, and Mrs. Marcy Klayman Dr. James C. Klein, ’60, and Ms. Yvonne J. Klein Dr. Kent L. Knoernschild and Mrs. Karen A. Knoernschild Dr. Dean J. Kokinias, ’90 Dr. Michael A. Kozek, ’92, and Mrs. Anne C. Kozek Dr. Richard F. Kraus, ’78* Mrs. Betty Kruchkow Dr. Robert S. Krueger, ’74, and Mrs. Patricia M. Krueger Dr. Annette M. Kugelmann* Mrs. Valerie J. Kuhl Dr. Jennifer C. Langner, ’95, and Mr. Thomas J. Langner Dr. Randall E. Lawson, ’85, and Mrs. Mary A. Lawson Dr. Halina T. Lech, ’94, and Mr. Christoph Stokowski Dr. Carol H. Lee, ’96
Dr. Irving J. Leonard, ’59, and Mrs. Marilyn M. Leonard Dr. Lawrence M. Le Vine, ’62 Dr. David B. Lewis, ’81, and Mrs. Christine Lewis Dr. Jack L. Lieberman, Loyola ’64, and Mrs. Marilyn Gordon Ms. Susan D. Lloyd Dr. Richard M. Loochtan, ’77 Dr. James E. Lupi* Capt. Cornelius T. Lynch Mr. Bruno Mancari and Mrs. Gina M. Mancari Dr. Thomas W. Mansfield, ’65, and Mrs. Susan W. Mansfield Dr. Mohamed S. Mansour, ’12 Ms. Cynthia Manzanarez Dr. Natanya Marracino* Dr. Linda Tiffin Mascorro, ’81 Dr. Gregory J. Matke, ’96, and Mrs. JoAnn Matke Dr. Theodore F. Mayer, ’82, and Mrs. Lisa D. Mayer Dr. Joseph D. Mazzola, Loyola ’83 Mr. Jeffery McCaster Dr. Donald B. McElroy and Mrs. Julie B. McElroy Dr. Alvin G. Medvin, ’59, and Mrs. Deborah R. Medvin Dr. Thomas J. Meyering, ’79, and Mrs. Lynn M. Meyering Midwest Dental Sleep Center LLC Dr. Robert J. Michet, ’78 Dr. Charles W. Miller* and Mrs. Dru A. Miller Dr. Edward M. Miller, ’69, and Mrs. Martha Miller Dr. Miloslava M. Miller, ’09, and Mr. Kevin R. Miller Dr. Ronald M. Milnarik, ’67, and Mrs. Pauline A. Milnarik Dr. Ronald E. Mizer, ’64, and Mrs. Gloria J. Mizer Dr. Todd A. Molis, ’74+ Mr. Francis L. Mon and Mrs. Lourdes G. Mon Mr. Daniel Moon Dr. Lee E. Moore, ’74, and Mrs. Rebecca J. Moore Dr. Denise C. Murmann, ’92 Dr. Scott R. Musil, ’83, and Mrs. Roseanne R. Musil
Dr. Laura M. Neumann, ’77, and Dr. Charles A. Neumann Dr. Linda O. Nikho and Mr. John D. Nikho Ms. Khatija Noorullah Ms. Nancy A. Norman Dr. Gerald M. Noskin, ’57, and Mrs. Shari C. Noskin Dr. Glenda E. Nuckols, ’78, and Mr. Larry D. Crosby Mr. Edgardo B. Ocampo and Mrs. Elvira A. Ocampo Ms. Ana Lisa F. Ogbac Dr. Steven T. Olson Mrs. Anna Panova Ms. Janet A. Parker Dr. Gilbert G. Parrott, ’89, and Mrs. Becky A. GaminoParrott Dr. Laura K. Pashkowsky Dr. Philip A. Patston Mrs. Deborah S. Pavlovich Dr. Claire N. Pescheret, ’14* Dr. Chad W. Peterson Dr. Andrew F. Petlak, ’79, and Mrs. Karen E. Petlak Dr. Robert L. Platt, ’75, and Mrs. Pauline C. Platt Mr. Joseph Porter and Mrs. Florine A. Porter Ms. Yunzhu Qian Dr. Robert E. Rada, ’85 Dr. Mary E. Rafter* Dr. Amsaveni Ramachandran Dr. Cindy R. Rauschenberger and Mr. Keith W. Rauschenberger Dr. Gerald Raybeck, Loyola ’79 Dr. Annmarie Redmond, ’13 Dr. Nijole A. Remeikis, ’59 Mr. Homer Resurreccion Dr. Peggy A. Richardson, ’97 Dr. Gary A. Rodgers, ’83, Mrs. Mary Rodgers Dr. Herbert N. Rosen, ’48 Dr. Ross E. Rubino, ’77, and Mrs. Terri Rubino Dr. Justin P. Salem, ’94 Ms. Maria Y. Santamaria Dr. Mark Sawyer, ’84, and Mrs. Marilyn K. Sawyer Dr. Steven B. Schroyer, ’89, and Mrs. Kathi S. Schroyer Dr. John P. Van Scoyoc, ’94, and Dr. Stacey K. Van Scoyoc, 95
Honor Roll Ms. Colleen P. Scroll and Mr. Joseph Scroll Dr. Melvin P. Sered, ’58, and Mrs. Hedy R. Sered Dr. Vaibhavi J. Shah, ’09, and Mr. Milap Shah Dr. Abraham J. Shapiro, ’44, and Mrs. Vivian S. Shapiro Dr. Kenneth G. Sherman, ’78, and Mrs. Janet S. Sherman Ms. Delores Shields-Lewis Dr. Bruce W. Shriver, ’67, and Mrs. Suzanne Shriver Dr. Gregory V. Sierminski, ’77, and Mrs. Kathy L. Sierminski Dr. Thomas Skiba, ’68, and Mrs. Joan R. Skiba Dr. Darryl R. Smith, ’88, and Mrs. Janice K. Smith Dr. Joseph A. Smith, ’64, and Mrs. Janet G. Smith Dr. Donald C. Sorensen, ’64, and Susan Sorensen Dr. Denise D. Sorpassa, ’88, and Mr. Robert S. Sorpassa Dr. Michael Spector Dr. Lindy A. Kona, ’89, and Dr. Bradley J. Stanciu, ’90 Dr. Paul H. Stines, ’63, and Mrs. Joan M. Stines Mr. Richard E. Swanson Dr. John E. Sylwestrak, ’76, and Mrs. Mary L. Sylwestrak Dr. Adam C. Szatkowski, ’02 Dr. Thomas J. Tax, ’68, and Mrs. Joanne C. Tax Dr. Walter Tatch* and Mrs. Diana Tach Mr. Jerry D. Thomas Dr. Michael A. Thompson, ’03* Dr. John A. Tomasino, Loyola ’82 Dr. Ronald E. Trapp, ’69, and Dr. Sue E. Trapp-Hamilton, ’71 Dr. Russell P. Umbricht, ’68, and Mrs. Margaret M. Umbricht Mrs. Maria Grace C. Viana and Mr. Marlos Viana Dr. Shawn M. Velez, ’04* Dr. Stephanie B. VidoniHartung, ’97, and Mr. Scott C. Hartung 20
Mrs. Shivya Vidhyarthi Dr. Daniel R. Vodvarka, ’72, and Mrs. Deborah J. Vodvarka Dr. Lawrence R. Voss, ’78, and Mrs. Marie C. Voss Dr. Richard E. Walton* and Mrs. Laura R. Walton Mrs. Robin J. Waner and Mr. Michael H. Iser Dr. Zachary Weiss Dr. Harvey A. Wigdor, ’76*, Mrs. Pamela Waltz Dr. Donna M. Williams Dr. Larry R. Wright, ’77 Prof. Christine D. Wu Dr. Jianchun Wu Dr. Richard H. Yamada, ’66, and Mrs. Mildred A. Yamada Dr. Rodney E. Yergler, Loyola ’84 Dr. Florian H. Zablotny, ’68, and Mrs. Gertrude J. Zablotny Ms. Lubing Zhang Mrs. Yan Zhao Dr. Kimberly A. Zizic, ’89, and Dr. Robert Salata, ’90 Dr. Elizabeth Zwemer-Larsen, ’50
Giving By Class Year Class of 1944
Dr. Bennett Klavan Dr. Abraham J. Shapiro
Class of 1948
Dr. Herbert N. Rosen
Class of 1950
Dr. Eugene S. Blair*+ Dr. Elizabeth Zwemer-Larsen
Class of 1951 Dr. Jerome Fein
Class of 1955
Dr. Deane E. Doolen Dr. Bertram B. Fivelson Dr. David A. Reithel
Class of 1957
Dr. James E. Donlan Dr. Norman C. Eifler Dr. Donald P. Jelinek Dr. Gerald M. Noskin Dr. Richard L. Zimmers
Class of 1967
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RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS ARE A CRUCIAL ELEMENT OF IGNITE: THE CAMPAIGN FOR UIC. 24
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Feature The College has signed a Preferred Development Partnership Agreement (PDPA) with one of the largest dental implant manufacturers, Dentsply Sirona Inc. Dean Clark Stanford noted that Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Associate Dean for Research and Head of Oral Biology, spearheaded “the discussions leading to this $1.6 million clinical research agreement between Dentsply Sirona and the College. The agreement outlines support for our Clinical Research Center, allowing formal clinical trials; investigator initiated studies; and related clinical and translational research activities.”
Dentsply Sirona, and predecessor companies DENTSPLY International and Astra Tech Inc., have a long history of partnering with the College. A significantly large gift in 2005 from Astra Tech helped establish a top clinical implant dentistry program at the College, resulting in better and more affordable patient care, a unique curriculum for students, and opportunities for practitioners to add clinical implant dentistry to their repertoire of skills. In 2011, the College and Astra Tech signed a sevenyear extension of their partnership that continued Astra Tech support of the College’s predoctoral implant programs in an expanded role. That same year, DENTSPLY International purchased Astra Tech.
Two years later, the College dedicated the DENTSPLY Implants Clinic in a partnership that included DENTSPLY International; the ProCare Dental Group, which established the ProCare Dental Group Implant and Innovations Center; and the Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation, which provided KaVo Kerr Group dental equipment and technology. In 2016, DENTSPLY International merged with Sirona Dental Systems Inc. to become Dentsply Sirona Inc. DENTSPLY International and later Dentsply Sirona has been the top sponsor of the College’s Clinic and Research Day for the last three years. Even before Dean Stanford in 2014 and Dr. Cooper in 2015 arrived at the College, they personally had decadeslong associations with the historical parent companies of Dentsply Sirona—Dr. Stanford at the University of Iowa, and Dr. Cooper at the University of North Carolina. “I had a 22-year research relationship with the company, and we had been performing state-of-the-science implant and bone regeneration studies with them at UNC, often in collaboration with a similar program being run by Dr. Stanford at Iowa,” Dr. Cooper said. “In fact, my moving to UIC was in part motivated by the potential opportunities for Dr. Stanford and me to continue cutting-edge research in the field of dental implants. It was our hope that we would engender support from Dentsply Sirona again.” “The company has had a successful research collaboration with Dean Stanford and Professor Cooper at their previous universities, resulting in many research
Astra Tech/Densply Implants has a long relationship with the College. Scott Root, President of Astra Tech, later Dentsply Implants North America, accepted UIC’s Corporate Partner Award from then-Chancellor Sylvia Manning in 2006.
Dr. Lyndon Cooper (right) thanking Joel Pluymert of Dentsply/Sirona. findings as well as scientific publications,” said Dr. AnnaKarin Lundgren, Director of Global Clinical Affairs for Dentsply Sirona. “In large and longstanding collaborations like this, the personal relationship is very important, and we have gotten to know Dean Stanford and Professor Cooper as dedicated, skilled, and knowledgeable researchers,” she continued. “Our collaboration has always been running very smoothly, in an open atmosphere. “Based on this outcome, we wanted to continue this collaboration when they relocated to UIC,” Dr. Lundgren said.
After negotiations among Dentsply Sirona, the College, and the University, the parties agreed on a five-year, $1.6 million agreement for the College “to conduct clinical and basic science research around dental implant therapy, digital workflow, and regeneration,” Dr. Cooper explained. “This is entirely synergistic with the growing strengths in regenerative sciences and wound healing in our dental school.” “These areas are identified by the company as important in which to perform research, and these also are fields in which Dean Stanford and Professor Cooper have extensive knowledge and competence,” Dr. Lundgren said. “By merging our areas of interest with their knowledge and experience, we aim for many new findings and increased knowledge to further develop these fields.” The agreement establishes “a financial foundation on which we can build our clinical research enterprise, in a forward-looking, progressive way,” Dr. Cooper said.
Dr. Lyndon Cooper and student Elizabeth Guirardo.
Dentsply Sirona is “currently in the process of identifying and defining different research projects to carry out under this partnership agreement,” Dr. Lundgren said. “The proper documentation of the treatment outcome of our products has always been a cornerstone of Dentsply Sirona implants,” she continued. “Clinical research and scientific documentation is time consuming, however, and one has to be educated in how to do this in a proper way. This time and such resources are most often found at dental schools.” Dr. Lundgren noted that while the company has collaborations with other dental schools, the collaboration with the UIC College of Dentistry “is one of the most extensive. So from our perspective, this collaboration is extremely important for us.” As for the College, Dr. Cooper said, “We will have the funds to fully support talented clinical research coordinators and staff in our recently built clinical research center, a 2,000 square-foot state-of-the-science clinic with five operatories and a translational molecular and cell biology lab. We have plans to place an entire digital dentistry laboratory within the center.” Dentsply Sirona’s financial support will “provide resources for any of the clinical research that we’ll do—the implants, the materials, the instrumentation, and anything related to the clinical trials,” Dr. Cooper said. “We’re truly appreciative of the trust and commitment that Dentsply Sirona has shown to the College of Dentistry and to the research team that we have here,” he added. “Going forward, Dentsply Sirona has indicated their commitment to continue their support of our academic programs by providing resources to keep our dental school on the cutting edge of implant education nationwide.”
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“By starting up this partnership collaboration at UIC, in Research partnerships are a crucial element of IGNITE: the University’s organizational structure we hope for a crossThe Campaign for UIC and the College’s goal of Changing departmental collaboration with input and insights from the Future of Oral Health. In a College document outlining different disciplines, which hopefully opens things up for its IGNITE campaign goals, one of the five objectives for new views and new learning,” Dr. Lundgren said. which the College will work to obtain resources during the Dr. Cooper agreed. “One of the things we want to do is campaign is “Partner for Innovation.” use our research capacity and expertise as one more tool to Under that objective, the document states, “We will better engage our community,” he said. “And that community enter into public/private partnerships where research includes other scientists, other health care professionals, and interests align. The combined expertise and resources allow most importantly, the community of patients. the College to pursue innovation, and the breadth of our “Oftentimes, care through clinical trials, when ethically specialties offers many entries for research pursuits. administered, provides patients with remarkably reduced “We arrange partnerships to be inclusive of clinical and cost treatment,” Dr. Cooper said. research faculty, uniting them in the pursuit of innovation “Secondly, this is one more part of a growing research and improved patient care. enterprise centered around the field of wound healing “Our Office of the Associate Dean for Research will play and regeneration,” he continued. “As the Associate Dean a key role in attracting and securing these partnerships, for Research, I have every intention and enhancing the clinical and of leveraging the Dentsply Sirona translational research enterprises resources to continue to build on our within the College. remarkable expertise in this field. “Inviting corporate partners to “IN LARGE AND “The third thing it does is assure introduce the latest technologies LONGSTANDING that our educational programs will be into our leading-edge curriculum so top-notch,” Dr. Cooper said. “Through that UIC is known as a place where COLLABORATIONS LIKE THIS, research collaborations, we’ll bring ongoing advances in treatments THE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP leading experts in the world of occur under the supervision of IS VERY IMPORTANT.” implants to the College, pollinating noteworthy faculty and research our faculty with their remarkable associates. ideas.” “Technology is our future. -DR. ANNA-KARIN LUNDGREN, A fourth advantage, Dr. Cooper The health and well-being of our DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL said, is that “we are integrated world depends on its continuous with the larger academy through advancement. So, we engage CLINICAL AFFAIRS FOR presentation of new knowledge ambitious, like-minded partners to DENTSPLY SIRONA underscoring UIC’s mission as a join us in supporting the populations global university.” we serve with tools and ideas Few other dental schools have motivating the innovation that such comprehensive programs in transforms.” dental implant research, Dr. Cooper The PDPA is reflective of that said, noting that within the Dentsply IGNITE objective. Sirona/UIC College of Dentistry “It is our intention to foster partnership, “remarkable oversight exists to protect the further support through the IGNITE campaign to assure University, the patients treated, and the company.” that the UIC College of Dentistry is the focus of activity The support of Dentsply Sirona as part of the College’s for wound healing and regeneration not only on the UIC research portfolio may enable the College “to leverage campus, but that we can be recognized worldwide for our support from foundations and from federal agencies such as achievements in these fields,” the National Institutes of Health,” he added. Dr. Cooper concluded. “It is our intention to multiply that productivity to “There are many opportunities for faculty, student, and underscore the enthusiasm and to redouble our efforts to postgraduate projects in this agreement,” Dr. Stanford noted. guarantee that the UIC College of Dentistry would be the “I congratulate Dr. Cooper and Dentsply Sirona on this place someone would turn to for new knowledge regarding wonderful opportunity for the College.” dental implant therapy,” Dr. Cooper said.
College, Ivoclar Vivadent Partner on Clinical Studies
The College, through the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, and Ivoclar Vivadent, a leading international dental company with comprehensive product and systems lines, are partnering on a clinical study that began in the summer of 2018 at the College and is expected to last for two years. The study is a “digital denture” trial, in which the College is evaluating clinicians’ responses to new technology, as well as patient comfort and satisfaction. “Ivoclar Vivadent is sponsoring this study, and there will be more,” explained Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Associate Dean for Research. “Both Dean Clark Stanford and I have long research relationships with this company. They sought our expertise in evaluating new technologies.” Dr. George Tysowsky, Senior Vice President of Ivoclar Vivadent agreed. “We’ve had very productive trials with Dr. Stanford and Dr. Cooper in the past, and we saw the UIC College of Dentistry as a center of excellence that could provide us with a quality evaluation and testing of the current proposed products.” Ivoclar Vivadent provided funding, materials, and technology. “We’re evaluating a protocol in which dentures are made by a fully digital process,” Dr. Cooper explained. “A technician through consultation with a dentist does designs in a three-dimensional environment to form the appropriate devices and final dentures to meet the patient’s functional and esthetic needs.” The field of digital dentures is changing so rapidly that “even as we were developing the protocol, there have been significant changes to the way we manufacture the dentures and therefore in the types of information we need to collect in the clinic,” he said. Working in the three-dimensional model, “the arrangements of teeth and the consideration of function offer many sizable advantages over the conventional way of making a denture with wax,” Dr. Cooper noted. “Our evaluations suggest that these dentures fit extremely well, are very durable, and meet the patients’ esthetic expectations.”
The researchers have been surprised that patients have been extremely interested in the technology, Dr. Cooper said. “Because our patient population is so diverse, I can envision what we learn from this study on digital denture technology will allow us to provide both very high-end, extremely detailed dentures and very economical dentures,” he added. “Our ability to produce economical dentures will allow us to reach a population who may not presently be able to afford good denture care, so that’s exciting.” The faculty working on the digital denture study are Dr. Ghadeer Thalji, Director of the Advanced Prosthodontics Program Digital Center of Excellence and Clinical Associate Professor; Dr. Fatemeh Afshari, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry; Dr. Stanford, and Dr. Cooper. Also involved in College research with Ivoclar Vivadent are Dr. Ameer Al Baroudi, Clinical Professor, Restorative Dentistry; Dr. Andrea Reale Reyes, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry, and Dr. Betti Shahin, ’18, Clinical Instructor, Restorative Dentistry. “We always run clinical trials to evaluate the clinical behavior and the long-term predictability of the results of these types of materials,” Dr. Tysowsky explained. “Evaluating clinical behavior is a critical factor to insure that materials work for patients worldwide.” The study is being performed in the Clinical Research Center. “It was built with National Institutes of Health funding and includes five state-of-the-science operatories,” Dr. Cooper said. “All equipment is new for excellent patient care. In addition, we have a complete cell and molecular biology laboratory to support our scientific pursuits.” “As a research technology company we value the reputation and the expertise of the College,” Dr. Tysowsky said. “We view it as a center of excellence for the ability to teach the technologies, as well as evaluate them, through proper research activities.” “We hope that the public looks out for postings for new research projects, which will give them access to highly trained and talented clinicians, avail them of the latest technologies, and permit them to attain dental care at a significantly reduced cost—sometimes even for free,” Dr. Cooper concluded.
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PROPHET, WITH HONOR B R O D I E P R O F ES S O R D R . A N N E G EO R G E P E R F O R M S PAT H B R E A K I N G R ES E A R C H BY WILLIAM S. BIKE
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Profile The ancient adage that a prophet is without honor among those most familiar to him or her is definitely not true in the case of Dr. Anne George, the College of Dentistry’s Allan G. Brodie Endowed Professor and Professor of Oral Biology. Certainly, Dr. George is a “prophet” when it comes to regenerative science, biomaterials, bioengineering, and stem cell biology. Externally, the pathbreaking research of Dr. George’s work has been recognized in a variety of ways. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health has funded her research for an incredible 23 straight years. She received an honorary degree from Paris Descartes University in France, an institution ranked among the top 75 universities in the world concerning clinical, pre-clinical, and health issues. Dr. George has earned the Distinguished Scientist Award for Pulp Biology and Regeneration from the International Association for Dental Research; the award was supported by Dentsply Caulk, a division of Dentsply International Inc. Dr. George and her team have published more than 137 research articles in such journals as Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Nature Materials, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and she has made more than 100 scientific meeting presentations and invited lectures around the world. UIC certainly understands the value of Dr. George’s research as well. Dean Clark Stanford called Dr. George “an amazing gem.” When the Willow Springs Foundation, run by the family of the late Dean Allan G. Brodie Sr., MS Anatomy ’34, PhD Anatomy ’40, former Head of the Department of Orthodontics and former Dean of the College, decided to establish the Allan G. Brodie Endowed Professorship and the Brodie Tooth Development Genetics and Regenerative Medicine Research Laboratory at the College, Dr. George was their and UIC’s choice to hold the Endowed Professorship and to direct the lab. In 2008, UIC’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research presented her with its Distinguished Researcher/ Researcher of the Year Award, conferred to only five UIC researchers annually. The College gave Dr. George a Faculty Research Award in 2014. This year, UIC named her a University Scholar, which honors faculty members for superior research and teaching, faculty who show “great promise for future achievements.” “Anne is internationally known for her pioneering work in protein regulation of biomineralization and regeneration,” said Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Associate Dean for Research and Head of Oral Biology. “It is gratifying to see her recognized systemwide for her efforts here in the College of Dentistry and the broader UIC community. With this award, we look forward to her leading UIC research faculty to greater successes in
biomineralization and regenerative sciences.” “This recognition represents the fruits of very hard labor,” said Elizabeth Guirado, a student in Dr. George’s lab. “The field poses many challenges and she has been very successful at tackling them. She truly deserves this recognition.” The translational research of Dr. George and her team, according to Dr. David Crowe, Professor, Periodontics, and former Interim Associate Dean for Research, has “made seminal contributions in the areas of biomineralization and odontoblast differentiation that have dramatically expanded our knowledge of craniofacial development.”
Dr. George and Her Research
Hailing from India, Dr. George earned her MSc in Organic Chemistry from the University of Saurashtra in 1978, and her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Madras in 1983. She then came to the United States and from 1988 to 1993 was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Northwestern University Dental School. At Northwestern, the head of her lab, Dr. Arthur Veis, had identified a protein abundant in dentin. Dr. George helped establish the dentin matrix protein’s DNA code, a protein “involved in the biomineralization process,” she said. Dr. George then joined the school’s faculty, earning a Teaching Excellence Award in 1999. After the Northwestern University Dental School closed in 2001, Dr. George came to the UIC College of Dentistry, where her research career really took off, in part thanks to financial support from the Brodie family and its Willow Springs Foundation, and from the NIDCR. “From then, on, the journey has been really fascinating,” she said. Dr. George’s research examines molecular mechanisms involved in the ordered mineralization of dentin. Her studies have focused on dentin mineralization as a model system because of its uniformity and metabolic simplicity relative to bone. She also holds a patent on fibrous protein fusions and use thereof in the formation of advanced organic/inorganic composite materials. “Each day we try to analyze and understand how nature makes uniquely shaped and functional calcified structures from sea shells, to invertebrate exoskeleton, to vertebrate bones and teeth, to name a few,” Dr. George said. She and her team have made critical discoveries about the production of dentin. Her laboratory has isolated primary odontoblasts, the dentin-making cells, and genetically modified them to create an odontoblast cell line through a process called immortalization. The odontoblast cells were absorbed onto a collagen membrane then implanted into
Dr. George with students Annette Merkel (left) and Elizabeth Guirado. experimental animals to determine their effects on dentin formation, she said. Instead of filling cavities with artificial materials, Dr. George and her team want to figure out how to make tooth cells regenerate dentin, which would be biocompatible and non-toxic, and provide a perfect fit, avoiding bacterial seepage that can happen in the seal between artificial materials and dentin. Along with improving cavity filling, Dr. George and her team would like to improve root canals by prompting cells to replace damaged tissue with natural dentin, keeping the pulp in place and the tooth alive. “Personally, I’ve had two root canals,” she noted. “Every time I go to the dentist, I feel like saying, ‘Can I just take some of my proteins and dump them in there?’” She and her team have identified, and also cloned, other dentin matrix proteins that play a role in dentin production: DMP1, DMP2, DMP3, and DMP4. DMP1 is not found only in dentin but in bone and some cancers, so Dr. George’s and her team’s research could have future implications for some cancer treatments. And because DMP1 also plays a role in bone formation, Dr. George and her team see possibilities for using a DMP1 compound to repair fractures and treat osteoporosis. “Understanding the physiological process of bone and teeth development is necessary to determine what causes pathological calcifications,” Dr. George said. “Besides genetic mutations, pathological calcifications are seen in breast cancer, kidney stones, vascular vessel calcification, dental plaque, etc. Therefore, understanding the normal process of mineralization is necessary for the treatment of pathological processes. Further, lost and damaged calcified tissues can be reconstructed if the natural process is understood.” She and her lab also are conducting research to
Dr. George (third from left) with her lab team, Elizabeth Guirado, Joseph Schlosser, Jaison Arivalagan, Annette Merkel, and Dr. Yinghua Chen. regenerate a whole tooth. “If you could take cells and combine them, implant them under human skin or where there is a supply of nutrients, you could grow a tooth, harvest it, and put it back, particularly if you could develop similar ambient surroundings that could help it grow,” Dr. George said. “Research helps us to understand the science behind tooth formation and repair,” she added. “UIC is a great research-oriented institution, and the College of Dentistry is as well.” “Her work on biomineralization and the role of ECM proteins such as DMP1 on nucleation of minerals to form mineralized matrices of bone and dentin solves many aspects of how complex structures such as teeth and bones are formed in nature and provides vital clues to enable control of these processes for human intervention to enhance repair and regeneration,” said Dr. Sriram Ravindran, Assistant Professor, Oral Biology. “Dentin formation, in particular, holds a lot of information about the regulation of biomineralization,” said Guirado. “Understanding this regulation more thoroughly will allow us to target degenerative diseases of the bone and craniofacial complex more efficiently.”
The Brodie family/Willow Springs gift was crucial to making Dr. George’s research translational. It allowed the team to study the basic science and garner understanding of molecular mechanisms at the beginning, and move on to applications, “so that humanity at large can reap the benefits of us knowing so much of the biological process,” she said. As an example of translational research, Dr. George noted, “Whatever new proteins that we discover for bone
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Profile and teeth formation, we try to design a strategy to develop Success, she said, “is gauged when the students and therapeutic agents using the newly identified targets to trainees who leave the portals of my lab succeed in clinical, regenerate lost tissues.” academic, and scientific arenas. I have been highly fortunate Dr. George’s accomplishments are an example of what to have great students and trainees who are enthusiastic and the College is trying to achieve during the IGNITE campaign. receptive to the scientific questions and try to discover and One of its goals is to Partner for Innovation: entering into understand the process of biomineralization. Each day we partnerships with foundations and other public and private try to unravel the mechanisms involved in understanding this entities where research interests align, and enhancing the process and we realize that a big chunk of the iceberg lies clinical and translational enterprises within the College. beneath the surface.” Dr. George’s partnerships with the Willow Springs It is “this unknown that keeps us going,” Dr. George said. Foundation and the National Institute of Dental and Dr. George’s colleagues and students appreciate her Craniofacial Research are examples of the types of commitment to them. endeavors the College hopes to expand upon, enhancing its “I have had Dr. George as a mentor for several years, clinical and translational research enterprises. and now as a colleague,” said Dr. Ravindran. “She has Likewise, during the IGNITE campaign, the College always been a pleasant person to work with, with a strong hopes to secure more endowed professorships like commitment to research.” Dr. George’s to attract and maintain faculty expertise and Guirado agreed. “She is always available,” Guirado said. allow expansion into new areas of research. “She is always enthusiastic about our projects and loves it “Endowments are the lifeblood of the highest quality when we show our own enthusiasm. She allows us to be institutions of higher learning,” Dean Stanford noted. “The independent, yet is ready to contribute her knowledge and IGNITE campaign will allow us to secure endowed chairs, experience at any time.” professorships, and fellowships enhancing the learning and “During the IGNITE campaign, we say there is a fire discovery of our most innovative and creative faculty.” inside of us—a motivation to reach beyond our recent The College’s long history of commitment to research, achievements to pursue new opportunities and to chase and its renewed commitment through its IGNITE goals, make dreams, no matter our place of heritage or circumstance,” the College a good place to perform research. “Take tissue Dean Stanford said. “Dr. George is a great example of that regeneration, one of the focuses of research at the College,” fire, that motivation, and that ability to achieve, and that Dr. George explained. “There are several investigators desire to achieve the IGNITE goal of beginning a new working on different tissue regeneration aspects. Therefore, journey of discovery with a boundless energy to do good in there is a good critical mass within the College.” the world.” Dr. Cooper said the College is particularly strong in For more about the IGNITE campaign or making a gift, regenerative medicine, and among the College’s IGNITE contact the Office of Advancement at dentadvancement@ goals are obtaining funding for a Center for Regenerative uic.edu, (312) 996-0670. Medicine and an Endowed Chair for its Director. “The administration at the College is very supportive of research and is willing to help see individuals succeed in their careers,” Dr. George said, who noted that outside funding “has helped me tremendously to be recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in matrix proteins responsible for mineralization.” Support of students and postdoctoral student researchers is another College goal during the IGNITE campaign. Dr. George noted that because of continuous outside funding, “many postdocs and research assistants could work on their projects for extended periods without breaks. This has been beneficial to their work being published in high-impact journals and developing their careers.” Members of the Brodie Family and Willow Springs Foundation.
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University Confers Honorary Degree to CDS’s Randall Grove The University of Illinois at Chicago conferred a Honorary Doctor of Science degree to Randall B. Grove, Executive Director of the Chicago Dental Society, at the College’s Commencement at the UIC Pavilion on May 12 (see related article, page 69). An honorary degree is the highest award conferred by the University. Honorary degrees are awarded for exemplary and extraordinary contributions to the scholarly or professional world, public service, or to UIC’s achievements and the ideals of its missions of teaching, research, service, and economic development. Executive Director of the Chicago Dental Society since 1989, Grove is responsible for the administration of the CDS, which is the largest component dental society of the American Dental Association; the annual CDS Midwinter meeting; and the society’s publication CDS Review. Grove’s was the first honorary degree conferred at a College of Dentistry Commencement. It was presented by Chancellor Michael Amiridis. Dean Clark Stanford had nominated Grove for the honorary degree. “Mr. Grove has dedicated his life to improving the lives of dentists and their patients,” Dean Stanford said.
“The mission of the Chicago Dental Society is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry, and to represent the interest of the members of the profession and the public that it serves,” Dean Stanford noted. “Under Mr. Grove’s leadership, the CDS has done a superb job of fulfilling its missions, and often worked hand-in-hand with the UIC College of Dentistry while doing so.” In his nomination of Grove, Dean Stanford cited Grove’s and the CDS’s exceptional work in providing Continuing Education and other services to College alumni and other dentists; improving the health of the public; and providing oral healthcare, education, and oral health literacy to the public. “I have had the privilege of working in the field of dental organization for some 40 years, and never even imagined having an honorary doctorate bestowed upon me,” Grove said. “I simply did my job with the support of truly excellent staff for nearly 30 years at the CDS.” He noted that, “it was truly an unexpected surprise to be told that this distinction was headed my way when then-CDS President Dr. Philip Fijal [Loyola ’86] made the
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Many Chicago Dental Society members joined Randall Grove at the post-commencement reception.
announcement at the December 2017 meeting of the CDS Board of Directors. He did so by first inviting the entire staff into the board room for the announcement. It was a very humbling moment.” Grove thanked Dr. Fijal, Dean Stanford, and Dr. Kevin Patterson of the CDS Finance Committee for their efforts “to convince the University that I was worthy of this great honor.” Dentistry has given him the chance to work with “many truly exceptional people from around the world,” Grove said, noting that he has “had the pleasure of working with UIC College of Dentistry Deans and faculty such as Dr. Allen Anderson, Dr. Bruce Graham, Dr. Clark Stanford, Dr. Indru Punwani, and Dr. Caswell Evans, to name only a few. Each has had a positive impact upon me that has made me a better administrator.” The same “is true for the many CDS officers, board members, branch leaders, and volunteers at all levels,” Grove said. “Organized dentistry is like family to me and the relationship and support that I have had with
the dental community has been exceptional.” Grove also thanked his wife, Ida, and his family “for their unquestioned support and in knowing that this is what I love to do.” His and the CDS’s relationship with the College are particularly meaningful for Grove. “Being able to help coordinate the UIC clinical professorships in dentistry granted by the CDS Board of Directors in 2006 with an endowment of $1 million was most rewarding,” he said. “Two excellent clinical professors were selected by the College to receive sustaining funding within the UIC College of Dentistry. And then to be able to follow that effort up with another $500,000 in 2009 for the designation of the Chicago Dental Society Endowed Fellowship Fund has helped to enhance the relationship between the College and organized dentistry here in Chicago. It has been a successful collaboration that I trust will endure long after my tenure.”
A large contingent of CDS officials and officials from other dental organizations attended the College’s Commencement to celebrate Grove receiving his honorary degree. The Chicago Dental Society held a well-attended reception at the Clubhouse Restaurant in Oak Brook, IL, on May 20 to honor Grove. CDS officials Dr. Fijal and Dr. Terri Tiersky, Loyola ’86, spoke, and thanked the College of Dentistry and UIC for conferring the honorary degree to Executive Director Grove. Nominations for honorary degrees are reviewed and must be approved, in succession, by the UIC Honorary Degree Committee; the UIC Senate External Relations and Public Service Committee; the UIC Senate Executive Committee; the UIC Senate; the UIC Chancellor; the University of Illinois President; and the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.
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News LIBERTY Dental Plan, Senator Patricia Van Pelt Recognize College With Center of Excellence Award The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry was recognized with a Center of Excellence Award by LIBERTY Dental Plan and Illinois State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-5th) on Sept. 19 at the College, which is located in Senator Van Pelt’s district. LIBERTY Dental Plan is a fullservice dental benefits company that has been providing dental services to Medicaid beneficiaries across the U.S. since 2008 and in Illinois since 2014, when the State of Illinois authorized the Medicaid dental managed care program. Liberty administers dental benefits for its Illinois medical plan partners including Harmony and NextLevel Health Plans. Under the leadership of its founding dentist, Dr. Amir Neshat, “LIBERTY is committed to providing quality dental benefits with a focus on total body care that will lead to happier and healthier lives for Illinois Medicaid members,” Dr. Neshat said. “LIBERTY is only able to administer quality oral healthcare through our partnership with Illinois dental providers,” Dr. Neshat continued. “We recognize that the best patient care comes from a network of local dentists who have proven their commitment to providing appropriate and timely care for the community they serve.” Over the past three years, LIBERTY has worked closely with community dentists who consistently have demonstrated their commitment and dedication to quality care and recognizes outstanding dental providers with its Center of Excellence Award.
LIBERTY selects Centers of Excellence through a rigorous evaluation process that includes reviews of office safety and compliance, appropriate delivery of dental services compared to regional utilization patterns, high member satisfaction which leads to loyalty and continuity of care, access and availability of appointments, and low member grievances and complaints. Judy Bowlby, LIBERTY Senior Manager of Government Programs, and Senator Van Pelt, who is Chair of the Illinois Senate’s Public Health Committee and also is on the Oversight Committee for Medicaid and Managed Care, presented the Center of Excellence Award to Dr. Clark Stanford, Dean of the College of Dentistry and UIC Distinguished Professor, Dr. Robert Barish, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for UIC, and other University and College of Dentistry personnel.
Dr. Stanford said, “The UIC College of Dentistry is honored to be recognized as a Center of Excellence by LIBERTY Dental Plan and Senator Van Pelt for our commitment and dedication to excellence in the delivery of oral healthcare to the underserved. This recognition is an affirmation of our commitment to Changing the Future of Oral Health. We are grateful for this recognition and for our faculty, students, and staff whose outstanding work have earned us this significant achievement.” “On behalf of our LIBERTY team, I wish to congratulate the UIC College of Dentistry and we look forward to a long and quality relationship to improve oral health and the lives of Illinois’s most vulnerable Medicaid population,” said Dr. Neshat. “Dental care is sometimes overlooked as a critical element in general physical health and
Dr. Robert Barish, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs; Dean Clark Stanford; Senator Patricia Van Pelt; and Judy Bowlby, LIBERTY Senior Manager of Government Programs.
Accepting a grant check from Dr. Susan Bishop (2nd from right) of the ICD were Janelle Wade, Dr. Patrick Smith, Dr. Caswell Evans, and Khatija Noorullah.
wellness,” said Senator Van Pelt. “Having excellent resources like the UIC College of Dentistry providing dental services to Medicaid beneficiaries in the district ensures we can bring a healthier, better quality of life to all communities.” “Harmony Health Plan is proud to honor these outstanding dental providers,” said Chuck Beeman, president of Harmony Health Plan. “Preventive and maintenance dental care is a key element of an integrated health delivery system that helps our members live better, healthier lives.” “Dental health plays an important role in the complete health of our members,” said Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, CEO of NextLevel Health. “The UIC College of Dentistry trains the next generation of dentists while playing the critical role of ‘dental safety net’ in the Chicago community.” The College serves as one of the largest dental Medicaid provider in the State of Illinois, providing 70,490 Medicaid appointments to patients enrolled in the State Dental Medicaid program in a year. Total
number of appointments for children on Medicaid (age 20 and under at time of appointment): 41,691. Total number of appointments for Medicaid patients 21 and older: 28,799. A total of 97.77% of the children treated at the College are on Medicaid.
International College of Dentists Provides Grant for Extramural Rotations The College recently received a grant from the International College of Dentists (ICD) to support travel expenses of seven students to perform extramural rotations at Salud y Paz in Guatemala or Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The College has sent students to these sites for extramural rotations for several years. “Each of these rotations offers different experiences for engagement in communities, and
provides opportunities for students to deliver culturally competent care to diverse and underserved populations,” said Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences. Salud y Paz includes the Susanna Wesley School for Mayan children in preschool and first grade. College of Dentistry students provide oral healthcare to approximately 50 youngsters. At Muhimbili, College of Dentistry students rotate through all of the university’s specialty dental clinics, providing care alongside local students and faculty, and they work with dental therapists to provide oral health education and care to indigent local residents. Accepting the check from Dr. Susan Bishop of the ICD were Janelle Wade, Program Coordinator: Dr. Patrick Smith, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences; Evans; and Khatija Noorullah, all of whom thanked Bishop for the ICD’s generosity.
Alumni Enjoy Reunion More than 210 UIC College of Dentistry and Loyola University Chicago dental alumni, spouses, faculty, guests, and dignitaries enjoyed an evening of reconnecting and awards on the evening of April 20 at the College’s Reunion Dinner at Carlisle Banquets in Lombard, IL. Organized by Ana Lisa Ogbac, Director of Donor Relations, the Reunion saw anniversary classes honored whose graduation year ended in a three or an eight, and five UIC and Loyola alumni also honored. Dr. Frank A. Maggio, Loyola ’71, UIC Periodontics ’75, was Head of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Reunion Committee and gave the welcome address. Dean Clark Stanford gave the greeting. Dr. William B. Hamel III, ’83, President of the UIC Dental Alumni Association, was Master of Ceremonies. Dr. Mark C. Baker, ’77, Endodontics ’84, University of California San Francisco GPR ’78, was granted the Dr. E. Lloyd Du Brul Faculty Achievement Award. Dr. Baker is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Endodontics and has been on the faculty since 1984. He has been part of the Endodontic Pre-Patient Care course for 33 years, serving as course director for 18. Dr. Denise D. Hale, ’88, received the Dr. F. William Towner Organized Dentistry Activity Award. Dr. Hale
is highly active with the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Dental Lifeline, and Chicago Dental Society. She is President of Dent-Il-Pac. Dr. Hale formerly taught at the Loyola School of Dentistry, and now is on the faculty of the UIC College of Dentistry. Dr. Terri S. Tiersky was conferred the Dr. Raffaele Suriano Award, which is given for important contributions to dentistry in the Chicago area on the part of a faculty member or alumnus of a Chicago-area dental school, reflecting the contributions of the late Dr. Raffaele Suriano, Dean of the Loyola School of Dentistry. Dr. Tiersky earned her DDS from Loyola in 1986 and her JD from John Marshall Law School in 1991. She is active with the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, and American Dental Association, and is on the Board of the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park. Dr. Keith E. Alley, DDS and MS ’68; PhD ’72 was named the Distinguished Dental Alumnus. Dr. Alley has had a distinguished career as a faculty member and administrator at Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, and the University of California-Merced. During his tenure at UC-Merced he was Vice Chancellor for Research, Dean of Graduate Studies, Executive Vice Chancellor, and Provost. Dr. William B. Hamel III, ’83, earned the Dr. Irwin B. Robinson
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Presidential Leadership Award. After serving as a member of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors, he served as PresidentElect in 2015-16 and President in 2016-18. On July 1, he became Immediate Past-President. As a former President, he holds a lifetime position on the Board. The 2019 Reunion will be held on Friday, April 26, at the Carlisle, 435 E. Butterfield Rd. in Lombard, IL. All classes whose graduation years end in a four or a nine will receive special honors. All UIC and Loyola alumni are invited to Reunion 2019, but to hold costs down, only members of class years ending in a four or nine will receive a formal invitation. The UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors has chosen the awardees for Reunion 2019. They are Dr. Michael A. Dunlap, ’92, Dr. E. Lloyd Du Brul Faculty Achievement Award; Dr. Gary R. Herberger, ’78, Dr. F. William Towner Organized Dentistry Activity Award; Dr. K. William “Buddy” Mopper, MS Pediatric Dentistry ’66, as Distinguished Dental Alumnus; and Dr. Joseph G. Unger, Loyola ’85, Dr. Raffaele Suriano Award. For additional information on the 2019 Reunion or to serve as a class representative, contact Jessica Mueller, Associate Director for Engagement and Participation at (312) 413-8479 or DentReunion@ uic.edu. Reunion 2019 Award Recipients: Dr. Michael A. Dunlap, ’92, Du Brul Award; Dr. Gary R. Herberger, ’78, Towner Award; Dr. K. William “Buddy” Mopper, MS ’66, Distinguished Dental Alumnus; and Dr. Joseph G. Unger, Loyola ’85, Suriano Award. 39
1. Class of 1958. 2. Dr. William B. Hamel and his wife, Belinda, with the Robinson Award. 3. Dr. Mark C. Baker with the Du Brul Award and Dean Clark Stanford. 4. Class of 1968.
5. Class of 1973. 6. Dr. Terri S. Teirsky with the Suriano Award, Dr. Hamel, and Dean Stanford. 7. Dr. Denise Hale addresses the crowd after receiving the Towner Award.
8. Dr. Keith Alley, the Distinguished Dental Alumnus.
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13. Loyola Class of 1983. 14. Alumni and guests shared smiles during the reception.
Alumni Show That They C.A.R.E.
UIC College of Dentistry DDS, DMD, and specialty alumni from 2000 to 2018 were invited to the inaugural C.A.R.E. (Connecting Alumni to Reignite and Engage) Networking Series reception. It was held on June 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Blue Plate Chicago on Fulton Street. More than 55 people attended. The C.A.R.E. Networking Series includes networking, social, and continuing education events for recent alumni. Dr. Roshan Parikh, ’08, felt the event was important for bringing recent alumni together. “I affectionately call it a changing of the guard,” he said. “Seeing what the founding father and founding mother alums did is simply wonderful, but now comes the time to start to put our own stamp on our future and the future of dentistry in the
greater Chicagoland area. I feel that every day, part of my job is to be a pied piper of sorts for the field of dentistry.” Dr. Marci V. Barnes, ’03, said, “I had a great time networking with UIC College of Dentistry alumni from all classes. It was a great opportunity to see what others are doing and a great testament to how vast and diverse the field of dentistry is.” She noted that she “would like to see more events like this,” Dr. Barnes said. “I believe it would foster relationships between the College and alumni, making a positive impact on the College’s support. It would also be a great benefit for existing students who attend such events.” Dr. Kristine L. Guliana, ’17, said, “The C.A.R.E. event was helpful
Dr. Roshan Parikh, ’08 (left), with Dean Clark Stanford and the C.A.R.E. Award. because it’s always nice to catch up with fellow dentists, especially when they are former classmates and see what everyone’s been up to. After events like this, I always feel motivated to go out there and do more for the communities I serve.” At the event, Dr. Parikh received the inaugural C.A.R.E. Award. Formerly called the Young Alumnus/Alumna Award, it is conferred to an alum who graduated no more than ten years before for humanitarian and philanthropic efforts; leadership in organized dentistry; accomplishments in research, education, writing, the military, access to care, public
services, or innovations in dentistry, or accomplishments that have benefitted the University or College. Dr. Parikh is a member of UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors, and serves on the Recent Alumni and Membership Committees. He is the founder and president of Chicagoland Smile Group. He has had Chicagoland Smile Group perform a public service with Mission: Veteran Smiles by giving free dental care to veterans and their families. Dr. Parikh mentors students at the College, and endeavors
to transition students and recent graduates into the world of practice—helping them focus on what the College teaches about compassionate and quality care. A particularly active alumnus, Dr. Parikh also has served as a judge at Clinic and Research Day, and has been very helpful to the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs in consulting with them on issues pertaining to recent alumni. “If someone told me ten years ago that our dental school Dean would present me with an award
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from my alma mater, the UIC College of Dentistry, in my hometown of Chicago, I would have laughed—I couldn’t have imagined it,” Dr. Parikh said. “Reality is when you get to work with an amazing team like ours at Chicagoland Smile Group every day, good things like this just seem to happen,” he added. “I’m blessed to work with such an amazing group of men and women, and I am truly humbled by this honor.” Dr. Parikh reflected on his alumni activities. “For me, being an active alum is something that comes naturally to me because of how much the UIC College of Dentistry has provided for me in such a short period of time,” he explained. “The return on investment in my DDS degree far surpasses any other investment I have made, and I believe that wholeheartedly.” Dr. Parikh noted that Chicagoland Smile Group, “with almost 110 dentists and dental specialists, has a lot of UIC alumni, so I spread the message to them quite a bit.” He would like to see recent
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alumni more involved in the College and its events. “Let’s blaze a new trail,” Dr. Parikh said. For more information, email DentEvent@uic.edu.
ISPD Honors Dr. Indru Punwani, Residents The Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists (ISPD) recently honored Dr. Indru Punwani, Professor Emeritus, Pediatric Dentistry, with a Certificate of Appreciation, and by making a $2,000 contribution to the Department of Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Indru C. Punwani Resident and Faculty Development Endowment Fund. Dr. Punwani served as the first Executive Director of the ISPD from 2000 to 2017. The ISPD honored him “for his tireless devotion to the progress of oral health for the children of Illinois, along with his national and international influence on pediatric dentistry.” He noted that “it has been my honor and privilege to serve” the ISPD as Executive Director. Five years ago, the ISPD named
its graduate student research award for Dr. Punwani. The award honors two pediatric dental residents from the State of Illinois for their excellence in dental research. This year, each recipient received a certificate along with a $500 prize to help defray their costs to attend a dental meeting to present their research. Applicants for the award each submitted his or her research abstract along with a personal statement about how the research process has enhanced the dental resident’s development as a pediatric dentist. This year, the ISPD conferred the Punwani Award to Dr. Sarah Duchaj of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and a 2016 DMD graduate of the College, and Dr. Risa Hurwich, a pediatric dentistry resident at the UIC College of Dentistry. Dr. Duchaj’s research is focused on the temporal effects of silver diamine fluoride. Dr. Hurwich’s research regarded a randomized trial on juice consumption. They presented their posters at the American Academy of Pediatric
Dr. Ashlee Vorachek, ’09; Dr. Sarah Duchaj, ’16; Dr. Indru Punwani, Dr. Risa Hurwich, and Dr. Generand Algenio at the Punwani Award presentation.
Dentistry’s annual session in Honolulu, HI, in May. “I am greatly humbled and touched” at the ISPD honors, Dr. Punwani said. To make a contribution to the College’s Punwani Fund, contact Director of Development Bruno Mancari at (312) 413-3554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OKU Members Welcome at Banquet Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), a national dental honor society that represents the highest achievements in dental scholarship, professionalism, and ethics, is seeking OKU members to come to the OKU Sigma Chapter’s annual banquet in Chicago in May. There, several members of the College’s Class of 2019 will be inducted into OKU membership. OKU membership “truly is the highest honor that someone early in the profession can receive in dentistry,” said Dr. Blasé Brown, Loyola ’81, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. Dr. Brown is Secretary-Treasurer of the Sigma Chapter. At the banquet, “OKU members get to mingle with other members and students who have been nominated to receive their OKU insignia,” explained Dr. Adriana Semprum-Clavier, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, Co-Director of the DMD Advanced Standing Program, and OKU member. “We do it only once a year, right before graduation, so it is a great time to celebrate and recognize our members and students’ academic excellence and achievements.” Dr. Semprum-Clavier is a former President of the chapter. Dr. Jamie Hofmeister, ’11, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry, is the current President.
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College of Dentistry OKU inductees from 2017, with Dean Clark Stanford and faculty. OKU officials are hoping inductees from previous years will come to the OKU banquet in May 2019. “Having practicing members come and give their support to the new inductees is important, because they are the role models and the examples of what we hope these new inductees will become in their careers,” Dr. Brown said. “Those members bring honor to the organization; knowing all that they have accomplished makes the event more special for the student inductees and their families.” For each new inductee and his or her guest, attendance at the banquet is free. The chapter, Dr. Brown said, also provides monetary awards at the College’s Clinic and Research Day and at the banquet. “So the larger the number of members we have supporting the chapter by attending the banquet and paying to attend, the more funds we have to offset some of those costs and the cost of the banquet,” he added, noting that an extra donation along with the ticket person would help support bringing the new inductees to the banquet. The top 20% academically of each year’s graduating class is
eligible for consideration for election to OKU, and a maximum of 12% may be elected. Active members, including faculty, vote on inductees, and winners must receive at least 2/3 of the votes. “So with a class of about 70, we can elect about eight students,” Dr. Brown said. Faculty who are nominated may also be elected, based on the contributions they have made to the profession through education or research. “We usually elect one or two faculty per year,” Dr. Brown explained. In addition, OKU elects honorary members who are not dentists but who have made significant contributions to the dental profession. “For example, Mark Valentino, Associate Dean for Advancement, and non-dentist faculty such as Dr. Alison Doubleday, Dr. Phil Patston, and Dr. Robert Druzinsky are honorary members,” Dr. Brown said. “I would like to encourage all OKU members to attend our annual dinner,” Dr. Semprum-Clavier said. “Attending the OKU annual dinner regularly, I find it is worth
it to take this time to meet with other members of our College and alumni with whom we rarely have the opportunity to have an enjoyable conversation,” she added. “It’s also enjoyable to meet students’ family members and learn about the nominees’ future plans.” “We are hoping for more alumni member participation as an opportunity to jumpstart more chapter activities outside of the College,” Dr. Hofmeister said. “For example, some members participated in the August Oral Cancer Foundation Walk for Awareness. We feel as a group that we can do more charitable things, and the banquet is a way to get people to think about becoming more active.” The banquet will be held at a date and venue to be determined. Contact the College’s Blanca Luna at email@example.com or (312) 996-7514 for more information. “I feel fortunate that I was elected to OKU upon graduation,” Dr. Brown concluded. “I’ll be at various presentations or seminars, hear someone be introduced and hear about their accomplishments, and it seems that what is held at highest esteem by dentists in the audience is when they hear that the person is a member of OKU.”
Alums Sought to Volunteer at CommunityHealth CommunityHealth, the largest volunteer-based free health clinic in the country, has had a long partnership with the College of Dentistry. That partnership, said Ava Zeligson, Manager of Volunteer Services at CommunityHealth, “allows us to work with dental students on a monthly basis, and we’re now looking to grow our reach into the alumni network. Each new volunteer dentist makes a tremendous impact on our
News ability to see patients.” Located at 2611 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago, the clinic has medical, dental, pharmacy, and mental health services and helps more than 8,000 low-income, uninsured patients “thanks in large part to the support of volunteers,” Zeligson shared. “Our on-site dental clinic is an essential part of the full-service medical home we offer, and we are very focused on building up our base of volunteer dentists and eager to engage with licensed UIC and Loyola alumni dentists.” The number of patients the clinic is able to treat, and the timeliness of scheduling appointments, is directly linked to the number of volunteer oral health providers engaged with the clinic. “Our wait time for dental sits at about five months now—down from a previous high of anywhere from eight-to-12 months—and we are committed to continue decreasing that number and increasing access for our patients,” Zeligson said. The scope of services includes cleanings, fillings, extractions, and periodontics. Facilities are “comparable to most modern dental offices,” Zeligson said. The clinic uses Dentrix for charting and digital x-rays. It features a dental assistant and volunteer assistants and Spanishand Polish-speaking interpreters. Volunteer scheduling is flexible. “We ask that all providers commit to a minimum of one, fourhour clinic per month for at least a year,” Zeligson said, noting that appointments are 45 minutes in length, and on average volunteers see five patients during a shift. CommunityHealth handles
administration so volunteer dentists can focus on patient care, which they find very rewarding. “On a few occasions I’ve had the opportunity to treat someone who has been in considerable pain, sometimes for days,” explained volunteer dentist Dr. Frank Gasior, ’91. “When the anesthetic kicks in and diminishes their agony, the look of gratitude and relief that comes over them is incredibly rewarding.” The care that the volunteer dentists provide is crucial to the patients’ well-being. “Were it not for CommunityHealth, patients would very likely go without care altogether,” Zeligson said. “Thanks to our volunteers, we are able to provide access to dental care, free of charge, at the clinic our patients already know and trust.” “I had a lot of pain before, and now it is gone,” a dental patient named Veronica explained. “I am so happy! I don’t have a job at the moment, so it would be hard for me to find another place like this.” Student dentists from UIC also participate. “Students from the College’s chapters of the Hispanic Student Dental Association and Student National Dental Association volunteer every fourth Saturday to provide free dental services,” explained Dr. Michael Dunlap, ’92, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry. CommunityHealth gave an award to the College in 2014 for its student-run dental program at the clinic. Dr. Dunlap works with the HSDA and SNDA at the clinic, and also previously served on CommunityHealth’s Board of
Directors. Dr. Patrick Smith, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences and the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, found that volunteering at CommunityHealth caused him “to shift my career focus from private practice to public health dentistry,” he said. Dr. Smith began by volunteering at the organization’s former Englewood dental clinic for several years, then joined CommunityHealth as its staff dentist at its Chicago Avenue clinic for two years before being hired at the College. He is back volunteering, and also serves on the organization’s Associate Board. “There is a lot of dental care delivered there—about 1,900 patient visits annually,” Dr. Smith said. “More volunteers can improve the patient experience and improve patient outcomes. At CommunityHealth, volunteers have the opportunity to develop the organization’s model of healthcare with the volunteers’ fresh ideas.” Other faculty who volunteer at CommunityHealth include Dr. Bliedy Escobar, Clinical Instructor, Dental Clinics; and Dr. Foteini Touloumi and Dr. Stephanie Ward, ’01, both Clinical Assistant Professors, Restorative Dentistry. Dentists interested in volunteering should contact Zeligson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 969-5923. Students interested in volunteering should contact Ashley Rodriguez of the HSDA at arodr29@ uic.edu.
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Calendar March 2019
20: Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Administration Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Times TBA. Email gpitchford@isds. org, log on to www.isds.org, or call (800) 475-4737.
8: Graduation and Awards Luncheon, Student Center West, UIC Campus. Email email@example.com or call (312) 9960485.
8: Omicron Kappa Upsilon banquet, Chicago. Call (312) 996-7514.
10-11: Anesthesia/Sedation Assistant Monitoring Clinical Certification Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Times TBA. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, log on to www.isds.org, or call (800) 475-4737. 13: Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants Course. UIC College of Dentistry. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Email gpitchford@ isds.org, log on to www.isds.org, or call (800) 475-4737. 26: Reunion, UIC College of Dentistry and Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry alumni. Years ending in “4” and “9” highlighted. Alumni Awards presented. Carlisle Banquets, 435 E. Butterfield Rd., Lombard, IL 60148. Email DentReunion@uic.edu or call (312) 996-0485.
11: Commencement. Program begins at 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. for general open seating. All graduates, family hooders, and faculty participants arrive at 11:30 a.m. UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave. Reception immediately following at UIC Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison St. Light refreshments provided. For more UIC College of Dentistry events, log on to https:// dentistry.uic.edu
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Research Study Shows Periodontal Disease May be Initiator of Alzheimer’s Long-term exposure to periodontal disease bacteria causes inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons in mice that is similar to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in humans, according to a new study from researchers at the College. The findings, which are published in PLOS ONE, suggest that periodontal disease may be an initiator of Alzheimer’s, which currently has no treatment or cure. “Other studies have demonstrated a close association between periodontitis and cognitive impairment, but this is the first study to show that exposure to the periodontal bacteria results in the formation of senile plaques that accelerate the development of neuropathology found in Alzheimer’s patients,” said Dr. Keiko Watanabe, Professor of Periodontics at the College and corresponding author on the study. To study the impact of the bacteria on brain health, Dr. Watanabe and her colleagues — including Dr. Vladimir Ilievski, UIC Research Assistant Professor and co-author on the paper — established chronic periodontitis, which is characterized by soft tissue damage and bone loss in the oral cavity, in ten wild-type mice. Another ten mice served as the control group. After 22 weeks of repeated oral application of the bacteria to the study group, the researchers studied the brain tissue of the mice and compared brain health. They found that the mice chronically exposed to the bacteria had significantly higher amounts of accumulated amyloid beta — a senile plaque found in the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients. The study group also had more brain inflammation and fewer intact neurons due to degeneration. These findings were further supported by amyloid beta protein analysis, and RNA analysis that showed greater expression of genes associated with inflammation and degeneration in the study group. DNA from the periodontal bacteria was also found in the brain tissue of mice in the study group, and a bacterial protein was observed inside their neurons. “Our data not only demonstrate the movement of bacteria from the mouth to the brain, but also that chronic infection leads to neural effects similar to Alzheimer’s,” Watanabe said. While the findings are significant for the scientific community, Watanabe said there are lessons for everyone. “Oral hygiene is an important predictor of disease, including diseases that happen outside the mouth,” she said. “People can do so much for their personal health by taking oral health seriously.” Additional co-authors on the paper are Drs. Paulina Zuchowska, Stefan Green, Peter Toth, Michael Ragozzino,
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Khuong Le and Haider Aljewari of UIC, and Drs. Neil O’Brein-Simpson and Eric Reynolds of the University of Melbourne. The research received much coverage in the media, including from United Press International, Dentistry Today, PsychCentral, Reader’s Digest, 360Nobs, Punnett’s Square, and WTTW.
Fighting Oral Cancer with the Power of Machine Learning The College’s Dr. Guy Adami and Dr. Joel Schwartz are harnessing the power of big data to change the landscape of oral cancer prevention. To do this, they are combining the latest advances in machine learning with one of the oldest functional food products in the world: green tea. With a team of oral science experts and computer scientists, Dr. Adami and Dr. Schwartz, Professors in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, aim to gain insight into how different people respond to the polyphenols found in green tea through the genomic analysis of molecules called RNAs. These polyphenols, also present in many other common foods and drinks, have been shown in animal studies to reduce the risk of cancer development and progression. “If we knew which people show the greatest response to drinking green tea and could apply it to cancer prevention, we could develop more effective treatments, or even personalized medicines,” said Dr. Adami. Using samples from the mouth, team members knew
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they were on to something because of noticeable changes in the kinds of bacteria found in the tea drinkers’ mouths. From these samples taken using a tool similar to a toothbrush, they analyzed RNA changes in cells from the tongue and gums. “With standard analysis methods, we couldn’t be sure the tea was doing anything to the cells because the variability in the data made it inconclusive,” said Dr. Adami. To solve this, Dr. Adami brought in a computational genomics expert, Dr. Saurabh Sinha, Co-Director of the Knowledge Engine for Genomics (KnowEnG) Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science. “What our KnowEnG center and platform does is turn big data into knowledge using a combination of data science and machine learning to enhance the analysis of genomics studies,” Dr. Sinha explained. Using the new cloud-based platform, the team was able to perform a much deeper analysis into how the polyphenols were interacting with human cells. They further enhanced those insights using the power of machine learning by integrating their small sample data with a much larger knowledge base about gene relationships and other bioinformatics developed over decades from a vast genomics research community. “After running the data through the KnowEng platform, it was like a light bulb turned on,” said Dr. Adami. “We could clearly see the effects of green tea on the cells lining the mouth.”. Polyphenols are a category of chemicals that naturally occur in many vegetables and fruits. They offer
several health benefits, including their role as antioxidants, which can combat cell damage, as well as their effects on reducing inflammation and helping to fight cancer. Green tea is rich in polyphenols and offers a number of other health benefits. However, its association with fighting cancer is yet to be well understood. Drs. Adami and Schwartz’s team analyzed the effects of green tea polyphenols on cells in the mouth and the genes they express for a better understanding of how they might prevent oral cancer. The study included 11 subjects and analyzed 360 microRNAs. Specifically, they wanted to know whether there were any microRNA differences between one group that had been drinking green tea for four weeks and another that did not. MicroRNAs often are selected for analysis in modern cancer research as potential diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets. They influence multiple processes that are relevant to cancer, such as cell proliferation, metabolism, differentiation, and migration. With traditional analysis methods, it was unclear if the green tea was doing anything to the cells because of data variability. Through a deeper level of genomics analysis, the team was able to clearly see how RNAs change in sync after drinking green tea, and how some people’s cells were more sensitive to green tea polyphenols than others. “The biggest ‘a-ha’ moment was when we saw the changes in the bacteria in the tea drinkers after just four weeks,” said Dr. Adami. “The deep genomics analysis let us detect changes in the RNA, while also ensuring we weren’t just seeing things that happened by chance.” The cloud-based KnowEnG is an analytical platform
that takes advantage of algorithms used successfully in other data mining endeavors, including Google’s search functions, but have not been previously applied to interpretation of genomic data. By placing their new results into the context of the Knowledge Network, biomedical researchers can produce a high-powered analysis of new genomic and transcriptomic datasets. “These studies were a great match for our computational genomics capabilities because our deep analysis methods could help answer questions that have eluded researchers for some time, and those answers may one day lead to improvements in how cancers, particularly cancers of the head and neck, are diagnosed and treated,“ said Dr. Sinha, who leads the KnowEnG platform. KnowEnG’s Knowledge Network combines a vast volume of prior data from multiple high quality public genomic information sources and integrates the information with new research data. This helps researchers better understand and identify the connection between genes and cells, how RNAs and miRNAs regulate cell activity, and disease progression in the context of a genomic study. The team is planning further research to better understand the significance of the RNA changes. “While the computational biological methods led us to identify changes in human oral cell RNA with green tea consumption, we do not know what these changes mean yet,” Dr. Adami said. There is certainly a need for such research that holds the promise of one day saving millions from a cancer diagnosis. In the United States, over 43,000 people will be diagnosed this year and over 9,000 will die from head and neck cancers. The disease is the sixth most common cancer type worldwide and remains a major cause of death and disability. Researchers at UIC continue to work on discoveries that may one day move humanity closer to cures and effective preventative measures. From tailored chemotherapy treatments to improved screening and preventative diets, there is significant promise for unlocking unprecedented medical precision. “In our center (KnowEnG) we are using similar genomics analysis to determine the right drug treatment for particular types of cancer, where there isn’t a clear answer as to which drug or dosage is best,” said Dr. Sinha. One day a quick mouth swab during a routine physical check-up may be able to generate a genetic data sample that could quickly lead to diagnosis and preventive treatment. From tailored chemotherapy treatments to improved screening and preventative diets, big data holds significant promise for unlocking unprecedented medical precision. “Every person is different, and we hope to one day use
those differences to help the ones who are suffering from cancers and other oral diseases,” said Dr. Adami. The Oral Medicine and Facial Pain Clinic at the College provides a broad range of diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment for the treatment of oral mucosal diseases, including oral complications of medical therapy including cancer treatment (i.e. chemotherapy and radiation therapy); oral changes associated with systemic diseases; salivary gland dysfunction and dry mouth; inflammatory conditions including mucosal auto-immune diseases; viral, bacterial and fungal infections; benign growths; diagnosis of oral cancer and pre-cancerous lesions; canker sores; bad breath; taste changes; ad oral manifestations of HIV. The clinic uses a multidisciplinary approach to expertly diagnose and treat these oral mucosal diseases. Call (312) 355-1222 or email email@example.com.
Drs. Ravindran, Gajendrareddy Earn NIH Regenerative Medicine Grant Dr. Sriram Ravindran, Assistant Professor, Oral Biology, and Dr. Praveen Gajendrareddy, Associate Professor, Periodontics, have earned a National Institutes of Health R01 grant of approximately $2 million in funding over five years from the National Institutes of Health to develop a better way to regenerate bone or tissues that have been lost to disease or injury. Currently, most treatments rely on the use of growth factors or other chemical agents to stimulate stem cells, which have the ability to grow into any type of cell in the body, to regenerate what has been lost. But this approach has many limitations, such as side effects and uncontrolled abnormal growths due to dosing and toxicity, which have caused complications and prevented regulatory organizations from approving the treatments for use in humans. “We need a replacement for growth factor-based interventions so that we can reduce side effects and advance these therapies to the bedside,” said Dr. Ravindran. “We need therapies that better mimic the body’s natural processes, so the body is better able to tolerate treatment.” Bone is the second most transplanted organ in the human body, after blood. Grafting and regeneration procedures are performed by health care providers to treat anything from complex bullet wounds and spinal injuries to gum disease. Drs. Gajendrareddy and Ravindran jointly run a lab at the College that develops biomimetic tools — those that mimic natural biology — for tissue regeneration. With this latest round of funding, they hope to evaluate and characterize the use of engineered exosomes — small vesicles in cells that carry cellular messages — as a safer and more clinically
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promising alternative to growth factors. “Our preliminary research has demonstrated that engineered exosomes may aid regeneration faster than growth factors, with fewer complications,” said Dr. Gajendrareddy, He noted that because exosomes are already used by the cell to carry messages, it makes sense to see if it is possible to amplify their function to predictably carry messages that stimulate stem cells. “Because these engineered exosomes mimic nature, we are not reinventing the wheel, we are just making the wheel go a bit faster, while better controlling the direction it travels,” Dr. Gajendrareddy said. Drs. Ravindran and Gajendrareddy will use the new funding to further develop their exosomes to be what they call functionally activated targeted exosomes, or FATE, and will evaluate the exosomes’ effectiveness in healing criticalsize skull defects in rodents. “We want to create exosomes that behave predictably — we want to control their function within the extracellular matrix in stimulating stem cells into specific, target cell types,” Dr. Ravindran said. “I think we are close.” “We hope to demonstrate promising bone regeneration with limited side effects, as a proof-of-concept,” Dr. Gajendrareddy said. “The end goal of this research is to develop new methods of treating bone and tissue loss that can help all kinds of injuries, in all kinds of settings.” In addition to more obvious uses — such as treating large skull fractures or bone loss due to gum disease — the researchers said other examples of potential applications of exosome-based regenerative medicine include the portable use of such therapies by the military to delay tissue loss until
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injured soldiers are transported to a medical facility, as well as prolonging the viability of hip and knee replacements to better match longer life expectancies. Dr. Chun-Chieh Huang, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oral Biology, contributes extensively to the research, and Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Associate Dean for Research and Head, Oral Biology, also is a co-investigator on the grant. The College is a research-friendly environment. Dr. Ravindran noted that, “The UIC College of Dentistry has an extensive and prestigious portfolio of mineralized tissue and tissue regeneration researchers. This research aligns with the overall regenerative research mission of the College and compliments other craniofacial and dental tissue regeneration work that is performed here.” Dr. Ravindran added, “I believe that this College has a supportive, collaborative, and conducive environment with experienced researchers guiding the development of new investigators and supporting innovative ideas.”
Team Led by Dr. Afsar Naqvi Earns NIH Grant to Study Herpesviruses A $2 million R01 grant from the NIH/NIDCR will help UIC researchers study how herpesviruses, and their underlying molecular mechanisms, contribute to increased inflammation in oral diseases, like periodontitis. The researchers, led by the College of Dentistry’s Dr. Afsar Naqvi, Research Assistant Professor, Periodontics,
Research will also study how manipulating the small molecules that help to regulate gene expression in the herpesvirus may aid health care professionals to diagnose and treat oral diseases. “Herpesviruses are unique in both their lifelong persistence in the human body and in their ability to encode viral microRNAs that not only alter their own genetic activities but their host cells’ functions as well,” said Dr. Naqvi. MicroRNAs are small molecules in cells that help to control how genes are expressed. “Herpesvirus encoded microRNA helps the virus to survive in multiple ways,” Dr. Naqvi said. “Because we see a correlation between herpesviruses and oral inflammation, we want to examine if viral microRNAs accumulate in inflamed oral tissues and if they impair the body’s immune responses.” Dr. Naqvi and his team will study the impact of the five most common herpesviruses associated with oral inflammatory diseases and quantify their microRNA and genome levels. “We want to identify the microRNAs that change when the tissue around the teeth becomes inflamed,” Dr. Naqvi said. The funding, which was awarded in July, will support this research for five years, during which time the researchers hope to uncover whether or not viral microRNA can be used as a biomarker to identify patients who may be more prone to oral inflammation and influence treatment decisions toward better outcomes. The research team will also investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms through which disease-associated herpesvirus microRNAs dysregulate host immune cell functions. “Understanding the way herpesvirus microRNAs affect oral inflammation may also help us develop better therapies and drug targets for common inflammatory conditions, not limited to those in the mouth, like periodontitis,” Dr. Naqvi said. Working with Dr. Naqvi on this research are UIC’s Dr. Deepak Shukla, the Marion H. Schenk Esq. Professor of Ophthalmology, and Dr. Salvador Nares, Head, Periodontics.
Study by Dr. Christine Wu Shows Value of Cranberry Products in Reducing Harmful Mouth Bacteria As parents try their best to insert healthy options into children’s’ snacking, dried fruits and fruit snacks are popular choices. A study by Dr. Christine Wu, Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, suggests that among raisins, dried bananas, and jelly candies (such as Gummi Bears), dried cranberries may be a better choice for reducing bacteria in the mouth or maintaining oral health. A recent study involving fifteen 7-to-11 year-old children 52
Dr. Christine Wu (right), with Dr. Christina Khoo and Dr. Inke Paetau-Robinson of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. suggests that consumption of cranberry products may represent a healthier alternative when it comes to oral health over other popular, sugary snacks, although more research is needed. Based on the study results, the dried cranberries (Craisins® by Ocean Spray) may have offered protection by helping to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth, unlike dried banana chips or raisins. This may be because cranberries contain unique polyphoenolic compounds, especially the proanthocyanidins that help prevent bacteria from sticking in the mouth and other areas of the body. The paper, “Does cranberry benefit oral health?” presented by Dr. Wu at the Nutrition 2018 conference in Boston, June 9 through 12 (poster 07-041), reported the effect of consumption of dried cranberries on oral bacteria in children’s saliva and the effect of drinking cranberry juice on acid production by dental plaque bacteria in adults. It was found that after consuming Craisins®, children’s bacterial counts in saliva reduced. However, a similar effect was not observed after consuming raisins or banana chips. In the adult portion of the study, “consumption of Gummi Bears candy or banana chips promoted a much higher amount of acid production by the plaque bacteria” than dried cranberries, according to the study. It is well known that plaque acids eventually dissolve enamel and leading to cavities. So less acid helps prevent cavities. “The use of foods in the prevention of oral diseases represents a novel and innovative approach in promoting human oral health and well-being,” said Dr. Wu. “The American cranberry has long been known to have many medicinal benefits,” she noted. “For example, cranberry juice has been a popular remedy for self-treatment of urinary tract infections, most likely because it may prevent E. coli from adhering to the urinary tract.” Initial laboratory experiments performed by Dr. Wu’s
research team found that children’s dental plaque bacteria grew slower and produced less acid when grown in the presence of cranberry juice, but not citrus juices. The plaque biofilm formed after exposure to cranberry juice was very loose and less “sticky,” and easily rinsed off with water. “Even cranberry juice with sugar affected the bacteria biofilm,” Dr. Wu said. “We believe that the polyphenol compounds in cranberry juice contributed to this inhibitory effect.” So Dr. Wu hypothesized that cranberry products and juice may work similarly in the mouth, and performed further human studies in children and adults. “We found that overall, cranberry foods and drinks may promote oral health by reducing bacteria in saliva, and reducing acid production by plaque bacteria,” Dr. Wu said. Co-authors included Drs. Evelina Kratunova, Clinical Assistant Professor; Wei Li, Research Associate, Shufeng Jin, Research Specialist; Ellen Huang, MS Oral Sciences ’15; and Lucas Carubia, MS Oral Sciences ’17. The team has also been funded recently by Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. for a study with Dr. Qian Xie, Assistant Professor, Endodontics, and student Gail Tischke to evaluate the efficacy of using cranberry juice extract as a root canals irrigant. “Based on what we found in the literature that cranberry juice extract affects the bacteria, Enterococcus faecalis is frequently associated with root canal/endodontic infections,” Dr. Wu explained. “During the process of root canal treatment, endodontists use irrigation solution to help get rid of the harmful bacteria, so we would like to see what happens when you irrigate the canal with cranberry juice extract versus the anti-bacterial chemicals.” Dr. Wu hopes that her studies “will eventually change peoples’ habits so they modify their diet and become more conscious about what they eat and understand more the connection between the mouth and general health,” she said. “We also want to help the general public understand the connection between sugar and systemic disease and to realize that there are alternative healthy snacks, such as dried cranberries versus jelly candies.”
Dr. Diana Cuesta earns ACPEF Research Fellowship Grant Dr. Diana Cuesta, resident in the College’s Advanced Prosthodontics program, was selected by the American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation (ACPEF) and the ACP Research Committee as a recipient of the ACPEF Research Fellowship Grant. Her grant application was
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entitled, “Effect of Implant Abutment Material, Ceramic Thickness and Luting Cement on the Color of Lithium Disilicate Crowns.” Dr. Cuesta is working on the research project under the mentorship of Dr. Ghadeer Thalji, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry. The current research on the topic of lithium disilicate (e.max) crowns, Dr. Cuesta said, “suggests that the color of underlying tooth structure – such as dark endodontically treated teeth or teeth with metal post and cores – can affect the color of the overlying e.max crowns. Therefore, it is expected that the color of different implant abutment materials, such as zirconia, titanium, and gold hue, will also affect the overlying ceramic color.” Her research aims to find which of these implant abutment materials results in the most clinically acceptable color outcome of lithium disilicate crowns, and whether the ceramic thickness or luting agent can be used to mask the underlying abutment color.
Dr. Russell Pesavento Wins Chancellor’s Translational Research Initiative (CTRI) Dr. Russell Pesavento, a College of Dentistry MOST (Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training) Postdoctoral Fellow and a researcher in the Center for Biomolecular Sciences at the College of Pharmacy, received the Chancellor’s Translational Research Initiative (CTRI) award for 2018-2019. The CTRI is offered to UIC faculty innovators by the UIC Office of Technology Management Dr. Russell Pesavento (right) (OTM), in partnership with received the CTRI Award. Dean the UIC Office of the Vice Clark Stanford is at left. Chancellor for Research and provides funding up to $25,000. “I am working on a series of compounds that limit biofilm growth on surfaces—specifically, the plaque you clean from your teeth that facilitate decay,” Dr. Pesavento explained. His research is directed toward developing chemical agents that adhere to the enamel surface and limit the degree to which bacteria can attach—the agents do not kill bacteria, but prevent growth on the surface. Overall, this method of prevention would result in less of an effect 53
Research on “healthy” bacteria of the mouth, as opposed to using traditional topically applied bactericidal agents. “To apply, the Principal Investigator [PI] has to have a patent application in place with OTM,” Dr. Pesavento explained. “I filed a patent application in March of 2018, so I was eligible. “The award of $25,000 is meant to help develop early phase technology so it becomes more commercially relevant,” he continued. “The goal is to accelerate early phase research to the next stage of development, which is referred to as a Proof of Concept, or POC, study. At the POC stage, additional funds are available as the research more closely approaches commercialization.” Dr. Pesavento thanked Dr. Michael Johnson, his research mentor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy; and from the College of Dentistry, Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Associate Dean for Research and Head of Oral Biology, and Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, and Head of the MOST program, “for helpful discussions in guiding the research.”
Student Annette Merkel Earns NIH Grant Annette Merkel, a dual degree (DMD-PhD) College of Dentistry student in the MOST (Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training) program, has received a competitive National Institutes of Health F30 award through the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The prestigious F30 is a fellowship grant for dual-degree students who aim to have careers as clinician-scientists. “During my first year of my PhD, I gathered preliminary data for my research project with the goal of applying to this Annette Merkel, with Dean Clark fellowship grant,” Stanford. Merkel explained. “The F30 is different than other NIH grants because a large portion of the application requires a proposal of how to integrate both the clinical training plan with research training during one’s education, as well as a future direction in how the fellowship award will benefit one’s career path. The application was
reviewed by experts in the field and scored over a few months.” In Merkel’s research project, “Endoplasmic Chaperone GRP78 Interacts with DMP1 to Function in Biomineralization,” she is aiming to understand the interaction of Glucose Regulated Protein-78 and Dentin Matrix Protein-1 and how they function in the differentiation of periodontal ligament stem cells and in mineralization. “This knowledge will give us a deeper understanding of biomineralization and lead to more reliable and effective ways of tissue regeneration,” she said. “My overall goal is to understand how the two protiens function together to ultimately provide a novel way to achieve bone regeneration with stem cells in the periodontium.” As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Merkel’s research was on the microbiome and the biomineralization of kidney stones. “Once I matriculated into the dual degree program, I knew I wanted to work with Dr. Anne George and expand my knowledge on biomineralization to bone and teeth here at the College.” Dr. George, the Dr. Allan G. Brodie Endowed Professor and Professor of Oral Biology, and Merkel developed her research project “that would both expand my knowledge and give me the proper training to become a dentist-scientist in the future,” she said. Merkel’s research is just a portion of the mineralization research underway at the College. “I hope to continue to learn from other researchers at the College and use what I discover to enhance that research,” she said. “By presenting my research nationally and internationally, I hope to help the profession by forming collaborations to find more innovative ways to achieve tissue regeneration.” The College is a great environment for Merkel, who noted, “The UIC College of Dentistry allows me to get trained as both a scientist and a dentist, which is an amazing opportunity to help patients directly and indirectly. “One of the best things about doing research here is the diversity of researchers in the building and their desire to always help one another,” she said. “If I cannot get an experiment to work or need additional help, I can ask my mentor, other members of my lab, or someone else in the building who is an expert in that area. It is truly a great place to be trained as a dentist and a scientist.” The funding Merkel will receive from the grant will be used for tuition and research. Merkel’s mentor is Dr. George. Her sponsors are Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, and Program Director of MOST; and Dr. Salvador Nares, Head Periodontics. Collaborators in her laboratory work are Dr. Yinghua Chen, Research Specialist, and Elizabeth Guirado, MOST student.
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President’s Message Dental Alumni Activity Offers Opportunity to Make a Difference Dear Alumni and Friends: The UIC Dental Alumni Association provides opportunities to make a difference, through engaging in events and activities to help you stay connected to friends, or by making a financial contribution to help the College and over 430 students on their way to become practicing dentists. As the largest oral health college and patient care provider in Illinois, the College continues to invest in clinical, research, and learning facilities to improve student and patient experiences. That is not without its challenges, however. Tuition and fees provide the largest share of the College’s funding (51%) and that is not enough to continue to build state-of-the-science facilities and enhance educational opportunities. Recently, the College began the IGNITE campaign, and many of the College’s alumni and friends, along with alumni from Loyola University, have stepped forward. It is wonderful to see this investment from alumni to help redefine the student experience, support faculty, enhance research initiatives, and strengthen community connection. I hope that you will join with us during IGNITE and find your passion for helping the College reach its goal of $37 million. This truly will be a transformational campaign like no other. Additionally, the College provides several events to engage alumni and friends. The Reunion takes place each April and brings together some 200 alumni to share dinner with old friends, reminisce with faculty, and celebrate anniversary years. We are working on re-instating the annual Golf Outing, which provides an afternoon of fun and fellowship with a portion of proceeds supporting the College.
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There are also several receptions throughout the year. Make sure you stop by the Virgin Hotel on Friday, Feb. 22, during the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting for the College’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. It’s a great way to meet Dean Clark Stanford, faculty and students, and fellow alumni and friends from UIC and Loyola. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Events are a terrific way to take a break from our daily schedules and enjoy the company of fellow alumni or meet new friends, and I welcome your attendance. If you are interested in becoming more engaged, please contact me directly, or reach out to the Advancement team. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Board Business The UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors has a new roster of officers. I am honored to be your President. Dr. Paul Burkey, Loyola ’83, MS Orthodontics University of Iowa ’85, is Vice President. Dr. Roshan Parikh, ’08, is Secretary-Treasurer. After two great years as President, Dr. William B. Hamel III, ’83, is Immediate Past President. In addition, two new individuals have joined the Board as Directors recently, Dr. Anthony M. LaPorte, ’12, and Dr. Daniel Rosales, ’17. We still have a few openings on the board, so if you or one of your colleagues are interested, please contact me. Board membership is a great way to network, learn more about the College and the state of dentistry, advise the Dean, have your opinions heard, and become involved in the College’s fun events. Come join us in Changing the Future of Oral Health!
President: Jon D. Nickelsen, ’03 Vice President: Paul Burkey, Loyola ’83, MS Orthodontics University of Iowa ’85 Secretary-Treasurer: Roshan Parikh, ’08 Immediate Past-President: William B. Hamel III, ’83 Dean: Clark M. Stanford, University of Iowa ’87, Prosthodontics and PhD ’92
(Through June 2019) Daniel R. Brunetti, ’11 Peter A. Contos, ’05 Shellie M. Harden, ’94 Anthony M. LaPorte, ’12 Daniel Rosales, ’17 (Through June 2020) Shandra Bundy-Smith, ’94 Manal Ibrahim LaVacca, ’93, Prosthodontics ’96 Robert J. Michet, ’78 Toni M. Roucka, ’90 (Through June 2021) Julie Laverdiere Beck, ’90, OMFS ’95 Ryan Tuscher, ’09
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Alumni Class News 1953
Howard Stone; his son Dr. Charles Stone; his granddaughter Dr. Brittany Stone Keck-Flory; and their threegeneration Mt. Zion, IL, practice were the subject of an article in the Herald & Review on Oct. 13.
Honors were given to Jayden Flores, who is attending the UIC College of Pharmacy, and Molly Flores, who is attending the graduate program at San Diego State University.
in the commencement, and the University’s granting of an honorary degree to Randy Grove of the Chicago Dental Society.
Michael J. Barrows, Endodontics ’77, MS Histology ’81, Frankfort, IL, and his service in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division were the subject of an article in the March/April CDS Review.
Myron Winer is an Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA.
David Trost, Taylorville, IL, and his Miles of Smiles practice, were honored at the Oral Health Forum of Heartland Alliance’s ten-year anniversary celebration with the Oral Health Forum Community ChampionImpact award. Dr. Myron Winer.
Robert E. Blagg, Charleston, IL, retired in September at age 90 after 60 years in practice. He was considered the third oldest person practicing dentistry in Illinois. He was the first dentist in Charleston to use a high-speed, air-driven handpiece. An article about his retirement appeared in the Charleston Journal Gazette & Times-Courier. S. Sol Flores, DMD Centro Escolar University, Philippines, ’44; Evanston, IL, gave the Memorial Day message at Hope of Calvary Church in Evanston, IL. He talked about World War II events, such as the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the Bataan Death March, the battle of Iwo Jima, General MacArthur’s return to the Philippines, and the Japanese surrender. His daughter, Nona C. Flores, Harvard ’74, PhD UIUC ’81, a former employee of the College, sponsored an event commemorating the sixth anniversary of her mother’s passing.
Dr. S. Sol Flores.
Ron Milnarik, MS Loyola ’77, Chicago, and James Bryniarski, ’78, Riverside, IL, paddled in the Riverside Regatta on July 28 in the DesPlaines River.
Dr. David Trost.
Dr. Ron Milnarik.
Rick Bona, Lansing, IL, celebrated the wedding of his daughter, Anna, on May 5. Dr. Anna Bona is a resident in emergency medicine at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. James Bryniarski (see Ron Milnarik, ’67).
Milt Salzer, Northbrook, IL wrote an article, “An Uplifting Day,” about the College’s commencement for the June/July issue of Illinois Dental News. He compliments the College’s diversity, its inclusion of families Dr. Jim Bryniarskiand Dr. Rick Bona.
Carlos Cojab, Pediatric Dentistry, visited the College in July with his wife, Rina, and sons, Chume, Eduardo, and Gabriel, travelling in from Mexico City, where they live. They were happy to find Dr. Cojab’s thesis in the Pediatric Dentistry library. Jim Frett, Mt. Prospect, IL, writes: “I wanted to make known the tremendous contribution to the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation 2018 Mission of Mercy (MOM) by the UIC College of Dentistry Class of 1979. The event took place on July 20-21 at the Bank of Springfield Convention Center in Springfield, IL. $1,013,568 of donated dental care was produced by over 250 Illinois dentists and 70 hygienists. The UIC Dental Class of 1979 was proudly represented by seven graduates! I can also state that all of them have participated in at least three MOMs over the years. They are: Jim Benz, dental triage; Spencer Bloom, Operative; Jim Frett, Co-Chair, MOM 2018; Jeff Kramer, oral surgery; Timm Schwartz, Co-Lead, operative, and Co-Chair, MOM 2014; John Williams, dental routing; and Kaz Zymantas, operative. I am very proud of my classmates who gave of their time and talents to better the lives of over 1,180 patients in the two-day event. Our motto for MOM 2018 was a statement by Abraham Lincoln: ‘With malice toward none, with charity for all.’ I believe we can all proudly say, mission accomplished!”
Larry Kolar, Park Ridge, IL, and his volunteering as a high school band booster were the subject of an article in the Jan./Feb. CDS Review. Mark Pescheret (see Claire Pescheret Foreman, ’14).
Susan Becker Doroshow, Skokie, IL, was installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association at the 2018 ADA meeting. Bill Hamel, Clarendon Hills, IL, recently became a grandfather for the first time with the birth of Philip James Hamel II, who entered the world weighing 7 lbs., 2 oz. and measuring 20 inches. His son and daughter-in-law are Philip and Josephine. Philip recently graduated from the Midwestern College of Dental Medicine.
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Denise Hale, Palos Hills, IL, and Alice Boghosian, Loyola ’85, Chicago, along with students Chad Silver, David Markiewicz, and Kelsey Maczko, traveled to Washington, DC, in April for American Dental Association/ American Student Dental Association Dentist and Dental Student Lobby Day. They met with members of Congress to discuss legislation pertaining to topics including opioid regulation and student loan repayment. More than 1,100 dentists and 300 students attended the twoday conference.
Dr. Denise Hale (far left) and Dr. Alice Boghosian (far right).
John S. Rutkauskas, Hinsdale, IL, in July was inducted into Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Dublin.
Dr. Bill Hamel.
Dr. Carlos Cojab (third from left).
Ivan Valcarenghi and Kathy Valcarenghi have joined Radiante’ DentalSpa, 360 Butterfield Road, Suite #230, Elmhurst, IL, as the cosmetic dentist and chief operating officer, respectively. Radiante’ is a natural and non-surgical integration of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and facial esthetics and health
Dr. John S. Rutkauskas (left).
Rapper/Dentist Dr. Jaha Howard Featured on CNN
CNN on April 13 reported findings of a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that the percentage of young people with dental cavities in the United States has dropped from 50% in 2012 to just over 43% in 2016, but that young members of minority communities continue to have the highest number of cavities, as well has the highest number of untreated cavities. The related video, more than three minutes in length, features a College of Dentistry alumnus, Dr. Jaha V. Howard, who earned his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 2009, and his MS in Oral Sciences in 2010, both from the College. Dr. Howard practices in Atlanta, GA. In the video, CNN Accent Health reporter Tomeka Jones noted that Dr. Howard “brings something extra to a dental exam. He likes to sing and rap about kids’ dental care.” The feature then shows Dr. Howard singing, Dr. Jaha Howard. using an oversized toothbrush as if it were a microphone, with lyrics including the phrase, “Brush ‘em again.” Jones said that Dr. Howard’s “unique style of dentistry helps him connect with young patients and makes their dental experience enjoyable.” “Oftentimes they work well with other kids but with grownups, if it’s not their teacher who they see in school, they can feel a little bit of ‘stranger danger’ or anxiety,”
Dr. Howard said. “So we want to make sure that we connect with them, have some fun.” The video then went on to show Dr. Howard putting at ease a three-year-old boy having his first visit to a dentist by singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Dr. Jaha Howard, Pediatric Dentistry ’09, MS Oral Sciences ’10, with his family.
Jones then quoted statistics about cavities, and Dr. Howard gave advice on maintaining healthy teeth, such as reducing sugary drink consumption, eliminating sticky sugary foods, and “teamwork brushing,” in which he recommends that grownups help kids brush together as a team. The video later had Dr. Howard singing another song, This Is How We Brush, and ends with him highfiving the three-year-old after a successful visit. For the video and related story, see https://www.cnn. com/2018/04/13/health/prevalence-of-cavities-study/ index.html. Reflecting his interest in bettering conditions for children, Dr. Howard on May 22 won the Democratic primary for the Cobb County School District school board. He was unopposed in the general election Nov. 6, and joined the board shortly thereafter. “It’s Georgia’s second largest school district,” Dr. Howard said. Dr. Howard’s website, which features interactive games, quizzes, and jokes for children, is https://www. atlantakidsmiles.com/.
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Marty Rogers, Endodontics ’96, Glenview, IL, received an award for his years of service on the Edgar D. Coolidge Study Club Board. Marty is Past President.
Gene Romo, Chicago, was the subject of an article in the July/ August issue of the CDS Review. Before graduating from the College and 1997 and joining the College’s Alumni Board, Gene was DJ Gino “Rockin” Romo, and the article talks about his DJ days. He also was honored at the Oral Health Forum of Heartland Alliance’s ten-year anniversary celebration with the Oral Health Forum Community ChampionCommunity Dentist award. It was presented by Randy Grove, Executive Director of the Chicago Dental Society.
2011 Arda Paylan (see Alice Boghosian, Loyola ’85). Christopher P. Zwiercan, Chicago, is married to Nicole La Ha Zwiercan, a graduate of the dental hygiene program formerly at the College. Nicole in July was crowned Transcontinental Mrs. USA Universe.
Dr. Richard Munaretto (left) and Dr. Marty Rogers (right). Dr. Christopher Zwiercan.
Manal Ibrahim LaVacca, Prosthodontics ’96, Naperville, IL, was interviewed on the Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics Blog on Oct. 5. The article was the first in the blog’s “Salute to the Women in Orthodontics” series.
Peggy A. Richardson, MS Oral Sciences ’00, Oak Lawn, IL, spoke at the Midwest Student Research Conference at the College on April 14.
2012 Jason Foreman (see Claire Pescheret Foreman, ’14). Dr. Gene Romo (left).
1999 John Tran, Beloit, WI, has joined the Beloit Area Community Health Center dental clinic.
2001 Richard Munaretto, Endodontics ’03, Lombard, IL, is the new President of the Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club.
Angela Lu, Orthodontics, MS Oral Sciences, Chicago, received the prestigious T. M. Graber Award of Special Merit from the American Association of Orthodontists in May. Her research project is “Orthodontic tooth movement in microRNA-29 sponge transgenic mice.” Dr. Tom Graber was a faculty member at the College from 1994 until his passing in 2007. Angela’s research mentor is Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan, Associate Professor, Orthodontics.
2010 Cristina T. Olarov, Endodontics ’14, Naperville, IL, attended the World Congress on Dental Traumatology in San Diego, CA, Aug. 15-18. Dr. Peggy A. Richardson (2nd from left).
Dr. Angela Lu.
Alumni Class News Christine Marijanovic has joined the dental team at Treasure Coast Community Health in Vero Beach, FL.
2014 Claire (Pescheret) Foreman, Orthodontics ’17, Champaign, IL, daughter of Marc Pescheret, ’82, Periodontics ’84, married Jason Foreman, ’12 on June 23, 2018. Jason Foreman also recently became a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.
Agata Skiba, Park Ridge, IL, is President of the North Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society. (See also Alice Boghosian, Loyola ’85.)
Farah Talib is with Zara Dental and Sima Dental in Houston, TX.
Scott Drucker, Periodontics, Chicago, was featured in Crain’s Chicago Business’s 20 in their 20s 2018. He and his brother, Jacob launched SupplyClinic.com, which offers 37,000 dental products from various manufacturers.
Zach Arquilla practices at the Salud Family Health Center in Ft. Lupton, CO. He was recently visited there by College faculty member Dr. Patrick Smith, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences.
2018 Shiloh Golden is an Orthodontic resident at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Arshad Mohammed, Chicago, has entered the Orthodontics program at the College.
Dr. Claire Pescheret Foreman and Dr. Jason Foreman.
Dr. Zach Arquilla (right).
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Loyola 1982 John Hagopian (see Alice Boghosian, Loyola ’85).
1983 Paul Burkey, Libertyville, IL, celebrated the graduation of his youngest son, Daniel, from Christian Heritage Academy high school. He now is at Wheaton College, studying biology. He also took his staff on a cruise to the Bahamas.
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Louis A. Imburgia, Park Ridge, IL, was quoted in an article in the July/ Aug. CDS Review about Randy Grove of the CDS receiving an honorary degree from UIC. Lou also met with new UIC College of Dentistry students during their orientation the week of Aug. 20.
Alice Boghosian, Chicago; John Hagopian, ’82, Elk Grove Village, IL; Arda Paylan, ’11, Skokie, IL; and Agata Skiba, ’14, Park Ridge, IL; were the subjects of an article on the American Dental Association blog New Dentist Now. The article talked about how Alice and her partner in practice, John, mentored Arda and Agata, inspiring them to apply to the College and to become dentists. (See also Dr. Denise Hale, UIC ’88).
Dr. Louis Imburgia (center).
Inducted into the International College of Dentists recently were Dr. Ricardo Y. Mendoza, Pediatric Dentistry ’99; Dr. Zakaria Messieha; Dr. Joanne Oppenheim, ’89, Pediatric Dentistry ’94; Dr. Paul A. Palliser, Loyola ’88; Dr. Renee P. Pappas, ’88; Dr. Sharon J. Perlman, ’90; Dr. Toni Roucka, ’90; Dr. Joseph Sperlazzo, Loyola ’86; and Dean Clark Stanford.
Dr. Paul Burkey (green shirt).
Phillip J. Fijal, Des Plaines, IL, was quoted in an article in the July/Aug. CDS Review about Randy Grove of the CDS receiving an honorary degree from UIC.
Loyola alumnus Dr. Frank Maggio (2nd from right) and Dr. Mary T. Lima from the Arcolian Dental Arts Society gave a lunch-and-learn presentation at the College. They are shown with Arcolian scholarship recipients Andrew Bertagna (left) and Jordan Franklin (right).
In Memoriam Dr. Todd Molis, Longtime Alumni Board Director Dr. Todd Molis, ’74, passed away on July 27 at age 71. He practiced in Burr Ridge, IL, before retiring. Dr. Molis was a former longtime director of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors. For many years, he served on the Board’s Golf Outing Committee. “I remember Todd as one person who would take the initiative and all the time it required to improve and advance the College and its alumni,” said Dr. Robert Ficek, ’62, longtime member of the Alumni Board. A member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology, he also had served as Deputy Coroner of DuPage County. His first wife, Judith, passed away in 2006. Dr. Molis is survived by his wife, Karen; son Dr. Marc Molis and his wife, Dr. Whitney Molis; son Dr. Ryan Molis, ’01, and his wife, Jillian; stepchildren Kelly Strumillo, Morgan Scarpino, and Brian Strumillo, and four grandchildren.
3, 2018, at age 84. “Dr. Cleall maintained the highest standards for his residents over his 20 years as department Head,” said Dr. Vince Arpino, ’93, MS Orthodontics ’96. “Dr. Cleall has contributed immensely to the field of Orthodontics and particularly to the University of Illinois at Chicago.” Dr. Cleall is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons Wayne and Dean, and their wives, Beth and Anne; and granddaughter Micaela. “He enjoyed his tenure at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry even during the turbulent years of budget cuts in the 1990s,” Patricia Cleall said. “His objective for the department was to have the students develop a high standard for clinical expertise and also an interest in research. He had a wonderful group of faculty members during his tenure.” She added that Dr. Cleall always said that “the one memorial he would like from his graduates is that when using techniques in treating a patient that they remember the instructor who taught him.” Dr. Cleall also enjoyed sailboat racing and exploring the western coast of Canada in his cruising boat.
1949 Dr. Todd Molis, ’74, second from left, at a College Golf Outing. He helped run the event for many years.
Former Head of Orthodontics, Dr. John Cleall, Passes Away Dr. John Cleall, who was Head of the Department of Orthodontics from 1974 to 1994, passed away on Dec. 64
Dr. Edgar D. Gifford, Franklin, MA, passed away on July 29, 2018, at age 100. He established the Gifford Scholarship Award at the College. He practiced in LaGrange, IL, until he was 81. He founded the Rotary Club of LaGrange in 1958 and was the club’s first
President. From 1981 to 1983, Dr, Gifford served as a member of the Board of Directors of Rotary International. He was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline. He is survived by his daughter, Anne, wife of Jerry Umbarger; son Dr. Blair Gifford and his wife, Ann; four grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. Memorials in his name may be given to the LaGrange Rotary Club Foundation.
1953 Dr. Kenneth B. Hoffman passed away in Detroit Lakes, MN, on June 8, 2018, at age 94. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; stepchildren Christi Swearingin, wife of Tom; Kevin Winans, husband of Betty, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
1954 Dr. Cyril O’Brien, MS Orthodontics, Silverton, OR, passed away on Jan. 13, 2015, at age 90. He was survived by children Dan, husband of Mary; Dave, husband of Joanne; Janet Meganck, wife of Rich; Margaret O’Brien; and Colleen Vedder, wife of Rich; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
1955 Dr. Paul H. Anders passed away on July 16, 2017, at age 95. Dr. Donald E. Holck, Santa Cruz, CA passed away on Aug. 1, 2016, at age 85. Dr. Mathew P. Samaras, Buffalo Grove, IL, passed away on May 10, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Alexandra; daughter Francine and her husband, William Hyde; Angela Wedoff and her husband, Robert; and two grandchildren.
Dr. Casmir P. Trelka Jr., Libertyville, IL, passed away on April 8, 2017 at age 88. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine; children Timothy; Mark, husband of Marti; Carolyn TrelkaRojas, wife of Robert Rojas, and six grandchildren. Memorials in his name may be made to the Wounded Warror Project, 230 W. Monroe St. #200, Chicago, IL 60606.
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Dr. John Maddrell, East Galesburg, IL, passed away Feb. 22, 2018, at age 85. He is survived by five children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to the Rescue Mission in Galesburg, IL.
Dr. William Brown, Arthur, IL, passed away on Feb. 23, 2018 at age 80. He is survived by his wife, Barb; four sons, Dr. Kenneth Brown; Kary Brown and his wife, Loretta; Kurt Brown; and Karl Brown and his wife, Lindsay, and three grandchildren. Memorials in his name may be made to the Navy League of the United States.
1958 Dr. Robert E. Hoehne, 90, of Minocqua, WI, passed away on Dec. 19, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Faye; four children; six grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. Memorials in his name may be given to Wounded Warriors or St. Jude Hospital for Children.
1959 Dr. Joseph Stachniak, Plano, TX, passed away on Feb. 21, 2018 at age 88. He is survived by four children and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity.
1961 Dr. J. Thomas Lanka, Broadalbin, NY, passed away on Jan. 28, 2018, at age 81. He is survived by his wife, Lenore; daughter Kathleen Lanka, daughter Karen Hedman and her husband Chris, son John Lanka, son Dan Lanka and his wife Katrina, and four grandchildren. Memorials in his name may be made to the Galway Public Library New Building Fund,
Dr. Robert C. Meyer, New Buffalo, MI, passed away on March 25, 2018, at age 86. His is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter Heidi Wilheim, wife of Chris; daughter Wendy Prym, wife of Dave; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
1964 Dr. Farel A. Rosenberg, Beverly Hills, CA, passed away in April 2017 at age 76. He is survived by his fiancé and life partner, Karen Gichtin.
Dr. Jeffrey David Austin of Florida passed away on May 6, 2018, at age 73. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; children Lyrah and Bryce; stepdaughter Annette Vee and her children; and two grandchildren.
1972 Dr. Nile Geoffrey “Bud” Scott, Orthodontics, of Pueblo, Colorado, passed away on Aug. 17. His survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter Kimberly, wife of Mike Egan; Dr. Brian Scott, husband of Anne, and two
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grandchildren. Donations in his name may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Pueblo.
1979 Dr. Joseph J. Kerwin Jr., Oregon, IL, passed away on May 6, 2018, at age 65. He is survived by his wife, Wendy; daughter Colleen; stepsons Scott Snyder and Brian Schelling, husband of Amie; and two grandchildren. Memorials in his name may be given to Prostate Cancer Research.
1987 Dr. Michael J. Zak, Park Ridge, IL, passed away on Dec. 29, 2017, at age 56. He is survived by his parents, Dr. David Zak, Loyola ’56, MS Ortho UIC ’63, and Mary Ann Zak; daughters Sierra and Marissa; girlfriend Margaret; former wife Lisa, and siblings Richard; Cheryl, wife of Cliff; Mark, and Tom, husband of Anna. Daughter Allison preceded him in passing. He was Past President of the Illinois Society of the Illinois Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and of the Polish Dental Arts Society. Memorials in his name may be made to the Illinois Mission of Mercy.
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Dr. James H. Perry, Verona, WI, passed away on May 20, 2018, at age 48. He is survived by his wife, Marie; and children Neil,
The UIC College of Dentistry and the UIC Dental Alumni Association cordially invite you to the 2019 Dental Alumni Reunion.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
THE CARLISLE BANQUETS 435 E. BUTTERFIELD RD. LOMBARD, IL 60148 Dr. K. William “Buddy” Mopper, Pediatric Dentistry ’66 Distinguished Dental Alumnus Award
Dr. Michael A. Dunlap, ’92 Dr. E. Lloyd Du Brul Faculty Achievement Award
Dr. Gary R. Herberger, ’78 Dr. F. William Towner Organized Dentistry Award
Dr. Joseph G. Unger, Loyola ’85 Dr. Raffaele Suriano Award
Celebrating UIC DDS, Specialty Degrees, and Loyola School of Dentistry classes ending in -4 and -9. Special recognition program will honore the 50th, 40th, and 25th anniversary years. For more information, please email DentReunion@uic.edu or call (312) 996-0485.
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Clinic and Research Day a Success Clinic and Research Day, held on March 7, 2018, provided a venue for students and postgrads to present their research achievements to their peers, faculty, alumni, and the community. The keynote speaker was Dr. Jacques E. Nör, professor and chair, cariology, restorative sciences, and endodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan. His talk was, “Therapeutic Targeting of Head and Neck Cancer Stem Cells.” “There were nearly 100 posters representing the work of hundreds of individuals in the College,” said Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Associate Dean for Research and Head of the Department of Oral Biology. “The quality of the clinical, translational research and basic research posters was inspiring both in terms of the scope of interests and the excellent quality of research and scholarship presented. We have a tradition of rigorously judging these posters and presentations to identify among these
excellent posters, truly outstanding efforts in several categories.” More than 45 dental products manufacturers and service providers were on hand to explain their products and services to students and residents. Gold-level sponsor was Dentsply Sirona. Titanium-level sponsors were Family Dental Care, Sunstar Americas, GC America Inc., and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program. Bronze-level sponsor was Shofu Dental Corp.
Clinic and Research Day SPONSORS Gold Level Dentsply Sirona Titanium Level Family Dental Care Sunstar Americas GC America Inc. Wrigley Oral Healthcare Bronze Level Shofu Dental Corp.
Student Activities Yangbasai Dong, shown with his mentor Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan, and Dean Stanford, earned the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Sigma Chapter Best Basic Science Award.
Clinic and Research Day Munaretto Dean Stanford presented Alexander Munaretto with the first place award for Case Reports.
Presentation Students explained their research to judges and members of the College community.
Dr. Jacques E. Nor of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor was the keynote speaker.
Amy Lewis, shown with her mentor Dr. Charles LeHew, and Dean Clark Stanford, won first place in the Post-Graduate Clinical Fellows, Clinical and Translational Sciences, competition.
On April 11, students and postgrads were honored for excellence in a variety of categories. The 2019 Clinic and Research Day will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, and alumni of the UIC College of Dentistry, Loyola University Chicago College of Dentistry, and other dental schools are invited to enjoy the day and earn Continuing Education credit. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Kimon Divaris, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Department of Epidemiology, School of Dentistry and Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina. His talk will be, “Scientific Advances Transforming Dentistry towards Precision Oral Health and Care.” Call (312) 413-1160 for more information.
Awards Granted at Graduation Luncheon Scholarship Awards Program
Students, faculty, benefactors, and guests enjoyed the Graduation Luncheon Scholarship Awards program on May 9. Awards were given to those students who exhibited clinical excellence and/or academic achievement. Awards also were presented to faculty for their commitment to their students and for exceptional teaching abilities. Dr. William B. Hamel, ’83, thenPresident of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of directors, hosted the event on behalf of the board. Dr. Clark M. Stanford, Dean, welcomed everyone present and recognized the commitment and dedication of the many hard-working students, and the benefactors who made the awards possible. Mark J. Valentino, who is Associate Dean for Advancement, was Master of Ceremonies.
Degrees, Certificates Conferred at Commencement
The College’s DMD, DMD Advanced Standing, and graduate students were conferred their degrees and certificates at the UIC Pavilion on May 12. Also at the College’s Commencement, the University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree to Randall B. Grove, Executive Director of the Chicago Dental Society (see related article, page 34). “The College of Dentistry and the University of Illinois at Chicago community sincerely congratulate you on this extraordinary achievement,” said Dean Clark M. Stanford to the graduates as he joined parents, families, and friends in extending best wishes to them. Dr. Susan Rowan, ’84, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, welcomed all attending and introduced the platform party, which included College administrators and approximately 115 faculty. Students in the processional were Marina Luna, who carried the UIC banner; Matthew Bernard, who carried the College of Dentistry banner; and John Tran, who carried the Graduate College banner. Marshals for the faculty were Dr. Toni Roucka, ’90, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Associate Dean for Research and Head of the Department of Oral Biology. The National Anthem was performed by student Vidarshana Srisnivasula. Alhareth Dhari, President of the DMDAS class, give the greetings from the graduates. Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis gave the greetings from the University. Dr. Stanford gave the keynote address. Conferred were 51 DMD degrees; 54 DMDAS degrees; two PhD degrees; 36 Master of Oral Sciences degrees; five certificates in Endodontics; three certificates in
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; nine certificates in Orthodontics; seven certificates in Pediatric Dentistry; three certificates in Periodontics; and eight certificates in Prosthodontics. The program also recognized several who had received degrees and certificates late in 2017: one PhD degree, 13 Master of Oral Sciences degrees; and one certificate in Periodontics. The event was run by the Office of Student and Diversity Affairs, Dr. Darryl Pendleton, Associate Dean, and staff members Angelica Alvarez, Braulia Espinosa, Carolyn Feller, Laura Macias, and Millie Mendez.
Students Receive White Coats
A total of 120 students, members of the DMD Class of 2022 and the DMD Advanced Standing Class of 2020, received their white coats, marking their eligibility to enter the patient care environment, on Sept. 27, 2018. Students begin seeing patients their first year under the College’s curriculum. The White Coat Ceremony celebrates the choice to pursue a life in service to the health of society. College deans and faculty members cloak students in their first white coat as a symbol of the trust bestowed upon them to carry on the healing profession of dentistry.
1. M ilica Mina Golubovich earned the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Scholarship Award and the Dr. Marshall W. Milnarik Scholarship. She is pictured with Dr. Ron Milnarik, ’67, Loyola Endodontics ’75, who established the Milnarik Scholarship, and Dr. Susan Rowan, ’84, Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. 70
2. Dr. Martin A. Dettmer, ’71, and Dr. Rowan presented the Robert Savage Memorial Award to Hany Reyad. 3. Jagdeep Dhall and Gayatri Satam earned the Dr. Kamlesh Amin Scholarship. Dr. Amin, ’83, is at left and Dean Stanford is at right.
4. Philip Canizzaro and Jasmine Liu received the Amy J. Cummins Scholarship from Abigail Cummins; Dr. Alan S. Weisz, ’76; and Dean Clark Stanford. 5. S tudents were all smiles at the Graduation Luncheon Scholarship Awards program.
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Student Activities Graduation Luncheon
6. D avid Gould (left) and Dean Stanford (right) presented the Dr. Gerson Gould and Mr. Sol H. Gould Memorial Scholarship to Ghaith Al Khuzaie, Nasim Lasemi, Eddy Romero Matos, Delna Skariah, and Brian Smith.
7. G reg Kuhfuss of Bisco Inc. (right); Dr. Marcio da Fonseca, Head, Pediatric Dentistry (left); and Dr. Rowan presented the Bisco Inc. Award for Pediatric Care to Matt Bernard. 8. D r. Ana Organ-Boshes received the Golden Apple Award from the graduating DMD and DMD-AS classes. She is shown with Joe Powers, DMD class President, and Dean Clark Stanford.
9. Dr. Val Vlazny (2nd from left) and Dr. Rowan gave Christian Caicedo Moreno and David Markiewicz the Adalbert L. Vlazny Award. 10. Dan Chapman of Dentsply Sirona and Dr. Rowan presented David Kurian with the Innovations in Implant Therapy Award from Dentsply Sirona. 71
Students clapped and cheered for their peers. Dr. Toni Roucka, ’90, Associate dean for Academic Affairs, was master of ceremonies. She introduced Dean Clark Stanford, who asked the students to “never forget that the reason we are here is to provide the very best in patient care.” Mark J. Valentino, Associate Dean for Advancement, then introduced representatives from organized dentistry. The first was Dr. Susan Bordenave Bishop, President, Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, who talked about what the ISDS Foundation does for students, such as “scholarships, awards for scientific research on Clinic and Research Day, and sponsoring the White Coat Ceremony.” She advised, “Always do what is best for the patient. You can never go wrong.” Dr. Louis A. Imburgia, Loyola ’84, President of the Chicago Dental Society, told the students, “You are committing yourself to providing the best care that you can. The white coat represents trust.” Dr. George Zehak, ’77, represented the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry and advised activity
in organized dentistry. “Get yourself involved, and I find the AGD to be a great place to do so,” he said. “When you have questions, the AGD can help. Membership brings you one step closer to success.” Dr. Roucka returned to the podium, representing the Illinois Section of the American College of Dentists as Secretary/Treasurer. She noted that the ACD is “was founded to elevate the standards of dentistry and to advance four core values: excellence, ethics, professionalism, and leadership in dentistry. Each step of the way those four core values will serve as your compass.” The final speaker from organized dentistry was Dr. Mary Starsiak,
Dr. George Zehak, ’77, of the IAGD and Dr. Louis A. Imburgia, Loyola ’84, of the CDS. Loyola ’84, who is Vice Regent, 8th District, Illinois College of Dentists. She noted that ICOD “provides humanitarian efforts throughout the world.” Students then received their white coats. Their names were announced by Dr. Priscilla Chang, ’07, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, and Dr. Adriana Semprum-Clavier, Clinical Director, Advanced Standing Program. Dr. Susan Rowan, ’84, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, led the faculty recognition, and Dr. Seema Ashrafi, ’93, MS Histology ’94, Periodontics ’99, presented pins. Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health
Sofia Thompson shows a wide smile Faculty and the Dean greeted every new after receiving her White Coat. White Coat recipient.
The UIC College of Dentistry’s Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA), winner of the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) Orgullo competition. Sciences, led the students in the Dentist’s Pledge. Dr. Roucka offered closing remarks. We invite you to become a 2019 UIC College of Dentistry White Coat sponsor and contribute to the success and journey of the next generation of UIC dentists. Please log on to https://dentistry.uic.edu/whitecoat-ceremony to learn more.
child actors, Selena and Gustavo Saucedo, who are family friends of Yvette Valencia, of HSDA, participate in the video along with HSDA’s Cybill Rodriguez. Another HSDA member, Aliaksandr Shabanovich, completed the videography and editing.” HSDA is using the video during community outreach events and has made it available to the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
HSDA Wins Orgullo Competition
Three College of Dentistry Students Chosen for Schweitzer Fellowships
At the 2017 Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM), the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry’s Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) was chosen the winner of the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) Orgullo competition, sponsored by Procter & Gamble and Crest Oral B. For the contest, students developed a video of about three minutes long demonstrating oral hygiene instructions, caries prevention, and nutritional counseling. The video beat out projects by six other dental schools’ students. “The 2017-18 HSDA Executive Board members collectively came up with the concept of the video and contributed to the script,” said Crystal Luna of HSDA. “We had two fantastic
The Chicago Area Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program, which provides yearlong fellowships to graduate health students for public service projects, awarded fellowships to College of Dentistry students Evan Fry, Bhavik Lakhani, and Viveka Patel. The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program is the local chapter of the Boston, MA-based Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. The program also is supported and administered by the Chicago-based Health & Medicine Policy Research Group. The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program is dedicated to
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developing a corps of emerging health professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs. Fry wants to conduct health education sessions for seniors with the theme of establishing consistent routines to maintain their overall wellbeing. “These sessions will be integrated with screenings of chronic conditions and oral health in order to ensure the seniors’ health needs are being met and positively impacted through the incorporation of healthy habits,” Fry said. “I will lead these programs at senior living communities and senior centers in underserved areas on Chicago’s West Side through a partnership with the Rush University Center for Health and Aging.” Lakhani proposes to create the Manu Project, in which he will organize and teach a series of oral health seminars at the Indian American Medical Association Charitable Foundation (IAMACF) at 2645 W. Peterson Ave. in Chicago for the South Asian immigrant population. “Through my project, I hope to raise awareness about the importance of oral healthcare and address the factors limiting the immigrant population in seeking continuous oral healthcare services,” Lakhani said. “My host site solely sees patients for primary medical care reasons and I hope to introduce the importance of oral health in managing various systemic diseases.” Patel’s community service project will initiate a holistic wellness and life-skills program for homeless youth at The Crib, 835 W. Addison St., the overnight youth shelter for The Night Ministry, which provides social services to adults and youth. “The program will strive to encourage academic achievement and build career skills through a tutoring/mentorship program,” Patel said. “It will also aim to increase financial literacy through simulation activities, and to provide oral health
Commencement 1. Many students were hooded by family members at Commencement. 2. Response from the graduates was from Joseph Powers, DMD class President. 3. Vidarshana Srisnivasula sang the National Anthem.
4. Graduates recite the Dentistâ€™s Pledge for the first time. 5. Carrying the banners during the recessional were Sumayya Hameed, UIC banner; Samir Hassan, College of Dentistry banner; and Tyler Ramir, Graduate College banner. 6. A huge crowd attended the post-Commencement reception.
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Student Activities 7. T hey came to Commencement as students, and processed out as dentists. 8. Several students, like Jessica Williams (center), also earned Urban Health Program hoods. 9. Graduates shared smiles with family members at the reception. 7
10. Randall Grove of the CDS is hooded by Chancellor Michael Amiridis and Dean Clark Stanford. 11. Dean Clark Stanford gave the keynote address. 12. Alhareth Dhari, President of the DMDAS class, give the greetings from the graduates. 9
Student Activities and systemic health education through workshops focused on giving the participants the tools and knowledge to sustain health habits for their future.” Fry, Lakhani, and Patel are three of the nine UIC students named Schweitzer Fellows in 2018. Each will receive $2,500 and provide at least 200 hours of service.
Albert Schweitzer Fellows (left to right) Viveka Patel, Bhavic Lakhani, and Evan Fry.
“Since 2007, with the exception of one year, the College has had at least one student accepted into this highly competitive and prestigious program,” said Dr. Caswell Evans, associate dean for prevention and public health sciences at the College. For more about the Schweitzer Fellowship Program, log on to www. schweitzerfellowship.org/chapters/ chicago/.
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IGNITE the Future with Your Estate Gift The UIC College of Dentistry is continually strengthened by the generosity of our dedicated alumni and friends. As you reflect on your own goals, we hope you’ll also consider making a deferred gift during the IGNITE campaign that will benefit the College after your lifetime.
These gifts are some of the simplest, most flexible, and popular methods of supporting the College in the future. They include naming the University of Illinois Foundation (Tax ID 37-6006007) for the benefit of the UIC College of Dentistry as a beneficiary in your will/living trust, retirement plan, or payable on death (POD)/transferable on death (TOD) bank account.
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Dr. Campbell with state-of-the-science equipment in, 1995.
NEWS Dr. Stephen Campbell Steps Down as Restorative Department Head after 26 Years of Making Smiles and Changing Lives After 26 years as Head of the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Dr. Stephen Campbell has returned to the faculty ranks as a Professor, engaging in teaching and patient care. “Following a long and distinguished career as Department Head of Restorative Dentistry, Dr. Stephen Campbell has decided to step down from this position,” said Dean Clark Stanford. “Thank you, Dr. Campbell, for all of your leadership of this great department!”
Teaching was always one of his most important jobs in Dr. Campbell’s philosophy, 2007.
Shortly after his arrival at UIC, Dr. Campbell oversaw the 1992 fusion of several departments with decades of history: the Department of Operative Dentistry, the Department of Removable Prosthodontics, and the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics. Although the merger of the programs had its share of challenges at the beginning, Dr. Campbell’s innovative approach and abounding energy resulted in transformational changes that elevated the new Department of Restorative Dentistry in the eyes of dental educators around the globe. In 2005 and 2010, during the Brilliant Futures Campaign, Dr. Campbell was instrumental in the College obtaining significantly large gifts from Astra Tech Inc. (now owned by Dentsply Sirona) to help establish one of the nation’s leading clinical implant dentistry programs. The predoctoral and specialty prosthodontics programs “have provided a large-scale patient care clinical outcomes database, which has generated numerous publications, with more to come,” Dr. Campbell said. Under Dr. Campbell, the Advanced Prosthodontics Program’s development of a comprehensive, integrated curriculum that incorporated all phases of dental implant care for patients with complex needs helped it grow from five active residents in early 2000
to a high of 27 by 2016. Almost 100 residents have completed the program during this period of growth, “providing a large group of knowledgeable and skilled specialty clinicians locally, nationally, and internationally,” Dr. Campbell said. While Dr. Campbell was Head of the department, the College dedicated the ProCare Dental Group Implant and Innovations Center and what is now the Dentsply Sirona Implants Clinic. It was Dr. Campbell’s “goal to establish a Center for both implant and innovative dental education as well as a venue where dentists could visit a national center—virtually a model—for dental education,” said Dr. Robert G. Brunetti, Loyola ’78, Chief Executive Officer of ProCare Dental Group P.C. “Dr. Campbell’s vibrant imagination and ever-reaching vision have now become realities and have not only shaped and set into motion the professional lives of so many but has truly established the College of Dentistry in a position of national leadership in dental education.” “Dentsply Sirona has shared Dr. Campbell’s vision, and we’ve grown together, through his work at the UIC College of Dentistry,” said Brian Bashaw, Director of Sales Training for Dentsply Sirona Implants North America. “Dr. Campbell leaves behind an exceptional legacy, and we are
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Dr. Campbell and Dr. Harlow onstage at an American College of Prosthodontists meeting, 2017.
excited to continue our work with the UIC community,” Bashaw noted. “Guided by Dr. Campbell’s insight and leadership, Dentsply Sirona Implants will remain a dedicated partner with the UIC College of Dentistry, as his notable contributions will impact dental education and patient care for many years to come. “ “With Steve’s support, planning and enthusiasm, UIC Advanced Prosthodontics became a nationally known leader for a comprehensive integrated curriculum that incorporated all phases of dental implant care in a patient-centered way,” said Dr. Kent Knoernshcild, Advanced Prosthodontic Program Director and Professor, Restorative Dentistry. “Under Steve’s leadership, UIC has stimulated national change across prosthodontic programs in areas such as dental implants, digital dentistry, and evidencebased decision making–to name only a few,” Dr. Knoernschild added. “Steve’s vision is not only changing Prosthodontics as a specialty, or the College of Dentistry, his vision is changing Dentistry as a whole.” Alumnus Dr. Rand Harlow, ’92, Prosthodontics ’97, who also is a Clinical Associate Professor, agreed. “The importance of Dr. Campbell’s contribution to implant dentistry during his tenure as Department Head cannot be overstated,” Dr. Harlow said. “Dr. Campbell
introduced implant dentistry into both the predoctoral and postdoctoral curriculums at UIC in the late 1990s. “The ground-breaking UIC Predoctoral Implant Program was initiated in 2005 and quickly became the national leader in predoctoral implant education,” Dr. Harlow continued, noting that in 2010, the program won the ADEA/Zimmer Dental Implant Education Teaching Award. “Likewise, the Advanced Prosthodontics Program has been a national leader in implant education for many years,” Dr. Harlow said. “Because of Dr. Campbell’s commitment to excellence in advanced implant dentistry, this program has emerged as the gold standard for prosthodontics program leadership in implant surgical and restorative education. Dr. Campbell’s brilliant contributions to implant dentistry are novel, historical, and farreaching to the United States as well as international communities.”
As digital dentistry evolved, Dr. Campbell helped lead its adoption into dental education—initially through the Advanced Prosthodontic curriculum in support of surgical and prosthetic care. Dr. Campbell subsequently developed the first comprehensive digital curriculum for pre-doctoral education and was involved in obtaining a $1.1 million
grant from Henry Schein Inc. in support of it. “Dr. Campbell has made significant impact on the initiation and development of a digital dentistry curriculum in our College and on a national level,” said Dr. Judy Yuan, Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Director of Predoctoral Implant Education. “Under his leadership and support for extensive faculty/staff/resident training, curricular planning, hardware and software integration, and support from practically all major companies at the frontier of this technology, the College has been able to offer fully integrated digital dentistry curriculum to both the predoctoral and advanced prosthodontics programs. We have become a creative force with a strong momentum in leading the way nationally.” “This recognized history of success has led to a $2.3 million digital multidisciplinary initiative with Straumann Dental Implants, which will support collaborative pre-doctoral and specialty level student learning and allow for a state-of-the-science digital facility that optimizes learning and patient care,” Dr. Campbell said. The College also recently extended a clinical support agreement with Dentsply Sirona that began with Astra Tech, which was acquired by Dentsply Sirona several years ago. It includes implant materials and digital scanning.
Faculty and residents with Dr. Campbell at an ACP meeting, 2016.
He has been involved in securing approximately $13 million in gifts for the department and the College. “Dr. Campbell has been an excellent partner in securing private support for the College of Dentistry,” explained Mark J. Valentino, Associate Dean for Advancement. “He has been a wonderful advocate for the College through the many relationships he created over the years with our corporate partners. Dr. Campbell worked collaboratively and enthusiastically to open the doors for extraordinary levels of philanthropy. “Just as important, Dr. Campbell positioned the Advanced Prosthodontics Program and the College as a whole to be recognized by dental implant industry leaders as the appropriate program to invest in bringing this level of technology and patient care into a dental school environment,” added Valentino. The corporate partnerships that Dr. Campbell facilitated to bring implant dentistry into the curriculum greatly benefitted the underserved patients at the College, who typically would not have been able to afford implant technology. “Because of his vision and his forging of corporate partnerships, our dental students are assured of hands-on clinical patient care experiences with dental implants and digital dentistry,” said Dr. Bruce
Graham, former Dean. “Moreover, our disadvantaged Medicaid-eligible patients have full access to optimal standard of care prosthodontics treatment, including implantsupported overdentures provided at almost the same fees as conventional dentures. His tireless efforts have permanently transformed the education of our students and the care that our patients receive.”
Dr. Campbell recruited more than 40 full-time faculty to the department and College. He is most proud of his role as faculty and resident advocate and mentor; there have been 14 department faculty promotions, five with tenure, in the past five years. “Dr. Campbell has been a remarkable mentor to many of us,” Dr. Yuan said. “His passion about dental education, our College, and our specialty is incredible and inspiring. His guidance in our careers and continuous support has helped many of us reach our full potential and exceed beyond our personal professional goals.” Under Dr. Campbell’s leadership, the department, faculty, and students have received dozens of teaching and research awards, including more than 50 major University and national awards over the past six years. Department residents have received 28 national recognitions during this
period, including a succession of finalists and winners of the American College of Prosthodontists’ John J. Sharry Award. Program residents, mentored by department faculty, have won this highly competitive competition three of the past five years, including Dr. Aram Kim, MS Prosthodontics ’14; Dr. Craig Sikora, MS Prosthodontics ’16; and Dr. Sara Chen, MS Prosthodontics ’18. They have placed as many as three finalists during each of these five competitions. The department under Dr. Campbell has also received the UIC Departmental Teaching Excellence Award, given to only one department at the University each year. Department faculty participated in and/or supported some 150 MS graduate student degrees. Dr. Campbell’s novel National Board Part II Mock Exam and review program have helped lead the College to top 6% performances nationally. He also participated in development of the College’s Allen W. Anderson Faculty Dental Practice, MS graduate degree program, Clinic and Research Day, comprehensive predoctoral clinic model, predoctoral dental implant and digital dentistry programs, laboratory quality assurance program, and DMDAdvanced Standing program. He also led the College’s Vision and Mission planning in 2015.
Dignitaries cut the ribbon on the ProCare Dentgal Group Implant and Innovations Center and Dentsply Implants Clinic, 2013.
“He not only provided valuable counseling when we started the International program” (now the DMDAdvanced Standing program), said Dr. Terry Parsons, ’82, former Director of the program “but he provided secure space for me to store hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment. His counsel was even more valuable when we were constructing the Faculty Dental Practice, as he helped design an efficient layout and even the décor.” Dr. Campbell served as Chair of the College’s 1997-99 Clinical Sciences Accreditation Steering Committee, and subsequently as Chair of the College accreditation process from 2004-07. During these accreditation reviews, the College of Dentistry Predoctoral and Advanced Prosthodontic Programs received no recommendations from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and were recognized with some 25 commendations.
Nationally and internationally, he has many accomplishments as well. Dr. Campbell introduced elastomeric fit checking for prosthetic restorations to the profession in the 1980s. He was instrumental in the rewrite of Commission on Dental
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A example of 3-D digital dentistry demonstration, 2017.
Accreditation (CODA) standards for predoctoral dentistry and prosthodontic specialty level care. Dr. Campbell served on CODA predoctoral and prosthodontic review committees for 12 years. The total reworking of the predoctoral accreditation standards from 2007 through 2010 “introduced a broad range of new expectations such as competence in evidencebased dentistry, oral cancer screening, the restoration of dental implants, and many other areas,” he said. As CODA Prosthodontic Commissioner from 2013 to 2017, he supported “the complete rewrite of the Advanced Prosthodontic accreditation standards, including the introduction of expanded implant learning expectations,” Dr. Campbell noted. He also introduced caries risk assessment and in-depth knowledge and competence related to applied digital dentistry to the specialty standards. Dr. Campbell helped lead the American College of Prosthodontics (ACP) task force that developed the digital dentistry curriculum and resources for predoctoral education, and supported the development of the first ever Glossary of Digital Dentistry Terms. “The initiative has a vision of accelerating the adoption of digital dentistry into our educational programs and institutions,” he
explained. “The model program is largely based on the College’s digital dentistry curriculum.” He also led and participated in the development of the 2018 ACP highlight publication, Defining Digital Dentistry: A Survey of Recent Literature. Six national and international prosthodontic organizations have had Dr. Campbell as their president, including the ACP and the American Board of Prosthodontists’ specialty certifying board. He is a pastrecipient of the ACP Educator of the Year Award and ACP Dan Gordon Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2015, he received the first-ever ACP Presidential Citation for his work with CODA. He also received the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics George Moulton Award, and was recognized with the ACP Education Foundation’s Founders Medallion Award. Dr. Campbell noted that he takes “great pride in the culture of excellence, commitment, and trust that was developed in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. It was the shared vision and commitment by each of the staff, faculty, and residents that led to all of these advancements. Dr. Ken Gehrke, ’82, Prosthodontics ’84, retired Clinical Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry, said, “Dr. Campbell’s support of department faculty has
Thumbs up at the ACP, 2017. been outstanding and is illustrated by his support and guidance of faculty pursuing professional advancement. Dr. Campbell played a significant role in creating a more ‘level playing field’ for those engaged in academic aspects of the curriculum as compared to those more heavily engaged in research in the successful pursuit of promotion. I am thankful for the support and guidance that Dr. Campbell has provided for me over the years in my development as an educator within the College and for encouraging my involvement with international prosthodontic and dental education organizations outside of the College.” Dr. Campbell has served the UIC College of Dentistry and Department
of Restorative Dentistry with an unwavering focus on educational strength and patient care excellence,” said Dr. Susan Rowan, ’84, Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and a former clinic Managing Partner. “How has he managed a growing department and PG Program, national and international recognition, spearheaded successful accreditation cycles, while also recruiting superior faculty?” Dr. Rowan asked. “Hard work, long hours, and unwavering determination for the UIC College of Dentistry to be the best that it can be. He has fostered growth in programs and people, and his legacy as a Department Head will be long-lasting.”
As for the future, Dr. Campbell noted, “I am staying actively engaged in organized dentistry, our College, department, and programs. I look to continue to support and contribute to our digital dentistry educational and patient programs, supporting our leading role, as well as supporting the didactic and clinical aspects of the Advanced Specialty Prosthodontics Program, and its national leadership role.” Personally, he is looking forward to his first grandchildren, as both his daughter and his son’s wife are expecting. Dr. Campbell is also looking forward to a little more sleep. “After 26 years of rising at 4 a.m., and being at the College between 5 and 6 a.m., sleeping in until 6 a.m. and having a more regular schedule sounds pretty good,” he said. “I treasure every moment of the past 26 years, including the early and long hours. Mostly because of all of the incredible individuals and the opportunity to work with them to make a difference for our College, and our communities,” Dr. Campbell added. “I am deeply thankful to all of the students, staff, and faculty who have been a part of this journey, and for all we have individually and collectively accomplished. Our relationships are ultimately the most important part of a life, and I have been blessed,” Dr. Campbell concluded.
Koa Umeke What do you give someone who had a huge impact on your life and career? Dr. Jmi Bassett, Restorative Dentistry ’08, suggested a koa umeke for Dr. Stephen Campbell, which has a great significance in Hawaiian culture. Once available only to Hawaiian royalty, koa umeke are given with something of meaning or value inside, for example, handwritten wishes of good luck from the givers, often to a person who had made a great contribution to an organization when he or she moves on to a new endeavor. Alumni presented it to Dr. Campbell at a celebration held in his honor. Dr. Campbell with his Koa Umeke.
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Dr. Lee Jameson Returns to College as Interim Head of Restorative Dentistry Dr. Lee Jameson has returned to the College as Interim Department Head of Restorative Dentistry, following Dr. Stephen Campbell stepping down as Department Head to return to the faculty. “I will provide transition leadership while a search committee reviews candidates for the next Head of the department,” Dr. Jameson explained. The College is engaging in a national search. “My goal is to promote the mission, goals, and high standards of the department and the College, as well as to provide a humanistic learning and workplace environment,” he noted. Dr. Jameson was a Clinical Professor of Restorative Dentistry at the College from 2007 to 2016. “It is great to return to the College and I thank everyone for your warm welcome back,” he said. Dr. Jameson earned his DDS, MS in Oral Biology, and Certificate in Prosthodontics from the Loyola University Chicago School of
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Dr. Robert Rada, recipient of the Jon Daniel Teaching Award, with Jayne Daniel and Lauren Daniel. Dentistry. He is a Board Certified prosthodontist. He was Dean of the Northwestern University Dental School from 1998 to 2001, after serving as the school’s Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry from 1992 to 1998. He had taught at the school since 1978. Dr. Jameson was the Attending Prosthodontist at Hines Veterans Administration Hospital from 1978 to 1996, and is a former President of Xi Psi Phi International Dental Fraternity, the Odontographic Society of Chicago, the American Prosthodontic Society, and the American College of Prosthodontics. Dr. Jameson also had a private practice in Palos Heights, IL, from 1976 to 2016.
Dr. Robert E. Rada Earns Jon Daniel Teaching Award Dr. Robert E. Rada, ’85, Clinical Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, has been named the 2018 recipient of the College’s Jon Daniel Teaching Award, which confers upon him the distinction of also being a Jon Daniel
Teaching Scholar. The Daniel Award is named in honor of the late oral biology faculty member Dr. Jon Daniel, who passed away in 2009. It is presented to one faculty member each year for his or her exemplary contribution to the education of UIC College of Dentistry students. Selection for the award is based upon the recipient’s ability to engage students’ interest, curiosity, and motivation to learn; challenge students to achieve breadth and depth in their understanding and excellence in their skills; support students in their learning by fostering clarity, meaningfulness, and confidence; and respond to student needs in ways that keep learning at the center of the educational enterprise. Dr. Rada is involved with thirdyear and fourth-year students “as the coordinator for the special care track,” explained Dean Clark Stanford. “Dr. Rada’s nomination cited his ability to instill confidence and motivate students and noted his patience, mentorship and ‘can do’ attitude. Dr. Rada’s commitment to the academic mission of our College and his dedication to expanding our knowledge of special care dentistry
Dean Clark Stanford (left) with Big 10 dental deans.
make him an outstanding choice for this award.” Dr. Rada was nominated by students Laurel Frausto, Gabija Revis, Gayatri Satam, Camilla Peralta-Sugano, and Melissa Villafane. “The students have accompanied me in numerous off-campus locations through a personal site agreement with the University of Illinois, as well as a negotiated affiliation agreement with Amita LaGrange and Hinsdale Hospitals,” he continued. “Students have been able to provide direct care to patients in my private practice and at various community sites. Many of these patients have special needs or are under intravenous sedation and general anesthesia in the hospital. “The students are performing procedures and caring for patients who are rarely seen in an undergraduate curriculum,” Dr. Rada noted. Dr. Daniel, who taught histology, was one of Dr. Rada’s teachers at the College when Dr. Rada was a freshman. Dr. Rada thanked the Daniel family “for honoring his memory and continually sharing with the College the importance of his commitment to caring, excellence, professionalism,
Sciences, served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee that developed the report—the fourth in a series focusing on the oral health of older adults. Dr. Evans was quoted in an article, “More Oral Health Care Is Needed for Elderly Adults,” in the July 19, 2018, issue of Pharmacy Times. He was the keynote speaker at the Oral Health Forum of Heartland Alliance’s tenth anniversary celebration in Chicago on Sept. 21. Dr. Toni Roucka, ’90, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, visited the South Shetland Island and Antarctica through a trip offered by the Shedd Aquarium. She made a presentation with Dr. Fred More of New York University at the American College of Dentists Special Ethics Course in October. Dr. Susan Rowan, ’84, has been promoted from Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs to Executive Associate Dean. In that role, she serves as the College’s chief executive officer and chief compliance officer. Dr. Rowan also was named a Member of the American College of Dentists. Dean Clark Stanford on June 4 met with the deans of the Big 10 dental schools in Rosemont, IL, to
collegiality, and continued growth throughout one’s life” through the Daniel Award. He also thanked Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences, and Dr. Susan Rowan, ’84, Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, for giving him the freedom to develop extramural student rotations and the special care dentistry track. Dr. Rada was presented with a plaque in recognition of his receiving the Daniel Award at the July College of Dentistry faculty meeting.
Administration Jennifer Bereckis has been promoted to executive director of clinical operations at the College. She will play an active role in preparing the College for the Commission on Dental Accreditation site visit in 2020, and focus on quality assurance, quality improvement, risk management, reporting systems, and assuring compliance with regulatory requirements for the College. A State of Decay, Vol. IV, has been released by Oral Health America. Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health
Dr. Toni Roucka, advertising the UIC brand on her hat in Antarctica. review academic progress and goals for their working consortium. He also was named a Member of the American College of Dentists. He was quoted in an article in the July/Aug. 2018 CDS Review about Randy Grove of the CDS receiving an honorary degree from UIC. Dr. Stanford was Chair of the 2018 Academy of Osseointegration (AO) Summit, which studied risk factors for predictable osseointegration. It was held in August in Oak Brook, IL. Dr. Stanford is Vice President of the AO. Dentistry Today wrote an article about it on Aug. 29. Dr. Robert Barish, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, interviewed Dr. Stanford on a video featured in the August online edition of UI Health News with Dr. Robert Barish. Dr. Stanford spoke about successes at the College.
Interdepartmental and Clinics Dr. Satish Alapati, Endodontics ’11, Associate Professor, Endodontics; Dr. Sahar Alrayyes, Pediatric Dentistry and MS Oral Sciences, ’02,
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Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry; and Dr. Evelina Kratunova, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, presented two posters at the World Congress on Dental Traumatology in San Diego, CA, Aug. 15-18. Dr. Alapati also did an oral presentation on “Bioactive Therapeutic Pulp Materials for Immature Teeth: Scientific Background and Clinical Relevance.” They also presented at the West Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society on Oct. 9. Several College of Dentistry faculty attended the International Association for Dental Research meeting in London in late July: Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry; Dr. Anne George, Professor, Oral Biology; Dr. Xianghong Luan, Associate Professor, Oral Biology; and Dr. Christine Wu, Professor, Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Robert Deaver, ’82, has returned to the faculty as a Clinical Instructor in the Brahms Clinic. Dr. Mathew T. Mathew, Research Assistant Professor, Restorative; Dr. Cortino Sukotjo, Associate Professor, Restorative; Dr. Qian Xie, Clinical Assistant Professor, Endodontics; along with Abhijith
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Dr. Christine Wu and Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, with Dr. Marcelo Araujo. Segu, Divya Bijukumar, Tina Trinh, and Manila Nuche Pradhan, published “Total Eradication of Bacterial Infection in Root Canal Treatment: An Electrochemical Approach” in ACD Biomaterials Science & Engineering, 2018, 4, 2623-2632. Dr. Sriram Ravindran, Associate Professor, Oral Biology, and Dr. Praveen Gajendrareddy, Associate Professor, Periodontics, have received approximately $2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to develop a better way to regenerate bone or tissues that have been lost to disease or injury. EurekAlert.com published an article about this on Aug. 14. Dr. Anne Koerber, Professor and Educational Assessment Director, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, and Dr. Charles W. LeHew, Research Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, published an article, “Timing of Case-Based Discussions and Educational Outcomes for Dental Students,” in the May 2018 Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Jasjot Sahni, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, and Dr. Charles Greene, ’63, Clinical Professor, Orthodontics, presented
Dr. Charles Greene with the AAOP President’s Award.
a poster, “Trigeminal Neuralgia secondary to Acoustic Schwannoma or meningioma: A Case Report” at the American Academy of Orofacial Pain meeting in April.
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Many faculty, residents, and alumni of the UIC Endodontics program attended and actively participated in the annual American Association of Endodontists meeting in Denver in April 2018. Dr. Mohamed Fayad, Endodontics ’00, Clinical Associate Professor; Dr. Christopher Wenckus, ’71, Endodontics ’74, Associate Professor Emeritus; and Dr. Brett Gilbert, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, all gave well-attended presentations. Five endodontics residents from the classes of 2017 and 2018 presented their research as a poster or oral presentation: Dr. William Cheng, Endodontics ’18; Dr. Sundeep Dhawan, Endodontics ’18; Dr. Manila Joshi-Pradhan, Endodontics ’17; Dr. Parth Nanavati, Endodontics ’18; and Dr. Ryan Pasiewicz, Endodontics ’18. Dr. Brad Johnson, Endodontics ’91, Professor and Department Head, completed a three-year term on the American
Dr. Evelina Kratunova, Dr. Satish Alapati, and Dr. Sahar Alrayyes.
Association of Endodontists Board of Directors and was elected to a three-year term as a Director of the American Board of Endodontics (2018-21). The UIC Endodontics alumni dinner was attended by over 50 alumni, faculty, and residents. Dr. Brad Johnson, Endodontics ’91, Department Head, was quoted in a June 21 Prevention.com article, “The Best Ways to Get Rid of a Toothache.”
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery recently attended the 100th American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Annual Meeting in Chicago, where the faculty and residents had six lectures, moderated five plenary and abstract sessions, presented five abstract and poster presentations, and had the winning poster at the meeting, “Pediatric Anesthesia Training: A Survey of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residents,” by Dr. Michael Lloyd, Resident; Dr. William Flick, Clinical Professor; and Dr. Michael Miloro, Head. Also there was a symposium on digital
Dr. Patrick Lloyd with Dr. Michael Miloro.
implant dentistry presented by Dr. Kent Knoernschild, Professor, Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Miloro and Dean Clark Stanford hosted an alumni reception in which 25 alumni from 18 states returned to Chicago to reunite with fellow UIC OMFS graduates. Dr. Nick Callahan has joined the faculty as Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Michael Han, Clinical Assistant Professor, gave a lecture at the Korean-American Dental Association of Chicago meeting in May, and made a poster presentation with Drs. Mohmedvasim Momin and Kyle Hresko at the AAOMS annual meeting in Chicago in October. Dr. Michael Markiewicz, Assistant Professor, spoke on the topics of pediatric and mandibular reconstruction at the 4th Congress of the Polish Association for CranioMaxillofacial Surgery, Oral Surgery, and Implantology/ 14th Trilateral Czech-Slovak-Polish Symposium on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, in May, 2018, in Poznan, Poland. Dr. Markiewicz became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, in October, 2018 Dr. Michael Miloro, Head, was the keynote speaker in Quito, Ecuador, at the Seminario
Dean Clark Stanford; Mike Greene, President of KLS-Martin; Dr. Daniel Laskin, MS ’52;, Dr. Michael Miloro, OMFS Head; and Thomas Martinez, KLS-Martin Regional Director, at the AAOMS meeting.
Cirugia Maxilofacial, La Escuela de Odontolgia de la Universidad San Francisco in March, and for The Ohio State University Morgan L. Allison Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH, on June 30. He was the sixth annual Edwin L. Granite Memorial Lecturer at the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, DE, in May. Dr. Alexis B. Olsson, Clinical Professor, is President of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for 201819. He was keynotes speaker at the AEEDC Dubai World OMFS Conference in Feb. 2018 and at the joint IAOMS-ACBID Congress of OMFS in Antalya, Turkey, in May 2018. He also was awarded Honorary Fellowship in the OMFS Society of Turkey. He spoke at the Congress of the European Association for Cranio Maxillo Facial Surgery in Germany in September. Published recently have been Drs. Han, Markiewicz, Louis Mercuri, Miloro, Momin, Alexander M. Munaretto, and Timothy S. Albright.
Department of Oral Biology Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Department Head and Associate Dean for Research, was quoted in a May 2 article on Cision PR Newswire, “Transformational Digital Dentistry Curriculum Released by the American College of Prosthodontists.” In August, he participated in the 2018 Academy of Osseointegration (AO) Summit.
Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences Dr. Guy Adami, Associate Professor, was named Research Faculty Mentor of the Year at the College. Dr. Blase Brown was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. Michael Colvard, Professor, is now in charge of the Oral Sciences degree program. In June, Class of 2021 Class Presidents Benjamin Richardson, Ren Xu, and Jake Dachman presented their class’s Golden Apple to Dr. Alison Doubleday, Assistant Professor.
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Dr. Doubleday and Dr. Anne Koerber, Professor and Educational Assessment Director, had an article, “Timing of case-based discussions and educational outcomes for dental students” published in the Journal of Dental Education, Vol. 82, No. 5. Dr. Jasjot Sahni, Clinical Assistant Professor, was named a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain.
Department of Orthodontics Dr. Sath Allareddy, Head, was appointed to the review panel of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation’s Rapid Assessment of Evidence Program. He also was appointed as Chair of the Big Data Task Force of the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan, Orthodontics and MS Oral Sciences ’11, Associate Professor, earned the Thomas M. Graber Award of Special Merit (Research) from the American Association of Orthodontists and the Biomedical Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. The department held a
Dr. Alison Doubleday, receiving a Golden Apple from Benjamin Richardson, Ren Xu, and Jake Dachman.
celebration recently honoring Dr. Atsawasuwan and Dr. Maria Therese Galang-Boquiren, MS Oral Sciences ’04, Orthodontics ’07, DDS ’09, Assistant Professor, for achieving tenure. Dr. Jennifer Caplin, MS Oral Sciences ’14, Orthodontics ’15, Assistant Professor, received the Robert E. Gaylor Teaching Fellowship Orthodontic Faculty Development Award from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. Dr. Mohammed Elnagar has joined the faculty as fulltime Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Maria Therese GalangBoquiren, Associate Professor, met with leaders of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)— Dr. Rolf “Buzz” Behrents, Editor, American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics; Dr. Mitchell Levine, Secretary/Treasurer, AADSM; Dr. Norm Nagle, Trustee, AAO; Dr. Rose Sheats, Director, AADSM; and Dr. Galang)—at the recent Children’s Airway Health Conference, an inaugural meeting of physicians and dentists held at the ADA Headquarters Aug. 24-25. Dr. Lawrence Golden, Clinical Assistant Professor, won the third 88
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place award for Orthodontic Cases at the 2018 University Challenge Invisalign Summit. The case was treated by Dr. Nisha Garg, ’16, (3rd year orthodontic resident) and supervised by Dr. Golden. Dr. Charles Greene, ’63, Clinical Professor, at the American Academy of Orofacial Pain meeting in April, received a lifetime achievement award, the AAOP President’s Award for Advancement of the field of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Budi Kusnoto, Professor and Program Director, presented at the 45th Asian Pacific Dental Student Association Congress in Malaysia. Dr. Christina Nicholas, Research Assistant Professor, earned the Biomedical Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. Drs. Jackie Rosen and Qingshang Li have joined the faculty as part time Clinical Assistant Professors. Dr. T. Peter Tsay, Professor, was invited to speak at the sixth annual Meeting of the Mongolian Association of Orthodontists at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Sept. 1 and 2. He also gave a five-day continuing education course to Mongolian orthodontists after the convention. He spoke at the “2018 Sino-US
Forum of Orthodontics” in Nanjing, P.R. China (Oct. 25-26, 2018).
Department of Pediatric Dentistry Most of the department’s secondyear residents presented their research findings at the AAPD annual meeting in Hawaii and the National Oral Health Conference in Louisville, KY. Dr. Sahar Alrayyes, Clinical Associate Professor, presented at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session in Hawaii in May. Dr. David Avenetti was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. Marcio da Fonseca, Department Head, was promoted to Professor. He gave presentations in Seoul, Korea; Tel Aviv, Israel; Jerusalem, Israel, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. He served as an external examiner for the first pediatric dentistry class at the Singapore National University in May, and as an external examiner for a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry thesis for a pediatric dentistry resident from the University of Adelaide School of Dentistry, Adelaide, Australia. In addition, Dr. da Fonseca has received
Dr. Brittaney Hill, Pediatric Dentistry, MS Oral Sciences, and MPH ’17.
six grants, two with Dean Clark Stanford. Dr. Brittaney Hill, Pediatric Dentistry certificate and MS in Oral Sciences ’17, has returned as a fulltime Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Hill also earned a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration as part of a federal Health Resources and Services Administration training grantsupported collaborative program between the College’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry and the UIC School of Public Health. The department hosted three residents and one fellow from the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Dankook University, South Korea, and a Fulbright Scholar from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr. Selma Jakupovic. Dr. Linda Kaste, Professor, participated in an AADR National Student Research Group Hands-on Workshop in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in March, and in a roundtable at the National Oral Health Conference, Louisville, KY, in April. Dr. Charles LeHew, Research Assistant Professor, spoke on sugar sweetened beverage consumption and health outcomes at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting in February.
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Dr. Indru Punwani, Professor Emeritus, was the subject of an article in the Hi India newspaper of Aug. 17, which wrote about his being honored by the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists. Dr. Sheela Raja, Associate Professor, was on Channel 2 CBS Chicago on Aug. 26 talking about the beginning of the school year and coping with anxiety. She appeared on CNN Sept. 22, discussing sexual violence. She spoke on trauma informed care in the National Webinar for the Uniformed Services University in May and presented a seven-hour CE course at the University of Minnesota College of Dentistry in February She also presented a poster on racism at the Society for Behavioral Medicine meeting in San Diego, CA. Erin Raymond, HRSA Grant Coordinator, co-authored a poster with Drs. Avenetti and da Fonseca, “Pilot Data Exploring the Impact of a Leadership, Advocacy, and Public Health Grant in a Pediatric Dentistry Residency at the National Oral Health Conference in Louisville, KY. Dr. Christine Wu, Professor, in June hosted four dental students from Guanghua School of Stomatology, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, when they visited
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the College for three weeks through an exchange program. The students were Qifan Liu, Jiayi Lu, Xueying Mei, and Yi Yu. Several scientific manuscript, books, and book chapters were published or are in press by Dr. Alrayyes, Dr. da Fonseca, Dr. Kaste, Dr. Kratunova, Dr. LeHew, Dr. Ian Marion, Dr. Raja, and Dr. Wu.
Department of Periodontics In May, A-4 Class Presidents Bhumi Dalal and Ahmed Hegazy presented their class’s Golden Apple to Dr. Seema Ashrafi, ’93, MS Histology ’94, Periodontics ’99, Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. Ashrafi received the 2018 Outstanding Educator Award from the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Luisa DiPietro, ’80, MS Histology ’82, Professor, Director of the Center for Wound Repair and Regeneration, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and her work on skin healing were the subjects of an article, “Luisa DiPietro Discovers Healing Skin’s Secrets,” in the April 2 American Association for the Advancement of Science newsletter. 89
Dr. DiPietro was named Scientific Director for UIC for the Chicago Biomedical Consortium. The CBC stimulates collaboration among scientists at UIC, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago, accelerating discoveries made at the three universities that will transform biomedical research and improve human health. Dr. Dwayne Karateew, Clinical Assistant Professor, participated in the 2018 Academy of Osseointegration (AO) Summit. Dr. Kevin WanXin Luan, Clinical Assistant Professor, was awarded an American Academy of Periodontology Foundation Scholarship to attend the 2018 Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) program, which imparts the skills of a master educator with the benefit of an enhanced postprogram experience. He also was named a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. In May, D-4 Class Presidents Chad Silver and Brian Havel presented their class’s Golden Apple to Dr. Luan. In August, he participated in the 2018 Academy of Osseointegration (AO) Summit. Dr. Luan received the Straumann Scholarship from the American Academy of Periodontology to attend the organization’s Annual Meeting Conference in Vancouver, BC, in October. Dr. Afsar Naqvi has been promoted to Assistant Professor in the tenure track (RT) His study of herpes viruses was the subject of an article on EurekAlert, Medicalnewser. com, and Phys.org on Aug. 1. Dr. Salvador Nares, Department Head, was promoted to Professor. Dr. Michael Schmerman was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor. He also was named a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Tolga Tozum, Associate Professor, Periodontics, lectured at the international meeting of the Turkish Dental Association in
late September in Ankara, Turkey. Almost 6,000 dentists and auxiliary staff from five different continents attended the meeting. Dr. Tozum’s talk was, “Soft and hard tissue advanced implant surgeries: What did I learn and teach during 20 years in practice?”
Department of Restorative Dentistry Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo was promoted to Professor. She is a Fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program. Dr. Robert Bara joined the faculty as Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Alice Boghosian, Clinical Instructor, is Treasurer of the Illinois State Dental Society. College of Dentistry students and faculty played an important role at the Illinois State Dental Society Mission of Mercy in Springfield in July. Faculty members included Dr. Alice Boghosian, Clinical Instructor; Dr. Rick Bona, ’78, Clinical Assistant Professor; Dr. James Bryniarski, ’78, Clinical Assistant Professor; and Dr. Denise Hale, ’88, Clinical Instructor. The statistics for the event were: $1,013,667.55 value of total dollar amount of donated care; 1,106 volunteers; 1,180 patient visits; 1,170 fillings; 1,321 extracted teeth; 683 cleanings; 152 partial dentures; 69 root canals, and 894 x-rays. Dr. James Bryniarski, ’78, Clinical Assistant Professor, is an American Dental Association Delegate. Dr. Kenneth Gehrke, ’82, Prosthodontics ’84, who recently retired as a Clinical Associate Professor, was named the recipient of the Department’s 2018 James W. Buckman Faculty Award. Dr. Rand Harlow, ’92, Prosthodontics ’97, Clinical Associate Professor, is a member of the Illinois State Dental Board. Dr. Kent Knoernschild, Professor, late in 2017 was elected
President of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Dr. Patricia Nihill, former faculty member, was named to the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Hall of Fame. Dr. Anna Organ, ’00, Clinical Assistant Professor, received Golden Apples from the D-4 and AS-4 classes. The DMD-Advanced Standing Class of 2020 in May awarded a Golden Apple to Dr. Adriana Semprum-Clavier, Clinical Associate Professor. Class Presidents Pheba Abraham and Misty Novakovic did the presentation. Dr. Betti Shahin, ’18, Clinical Instructor, received the Karl Halwass Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Denise Hale Sorpassa, ’88, is President of Dent IL Pac and an American Dental Association and Illinois State Dental Society Delegate. In May, D-3 Class Presidents Connie Woo and Chris McGue presented their class’s Golden Apple to Dr. Foteini Touloumi, Clinical Assistant Professor.
Office of the Dean of Prevention and Public Health Sciences Dr. Bruce Douglas was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.
Dr. Bruce Douglas.
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Case Study Timing is Everything Department of Orthodontics Faculty: Dr. Emiliya Taneva and Dr. Heekyoung Jo Residents: Dr. Rutger Stache, lead resident on study, and Dr. Angela Lu Patient: D.D. In orthodontics, just as in life, timing is everything. Proper planning and execution of a treatment plan help to ensure a successful outcome in the following treatment scenario. The importance of following a deliberate treatment sequence and interdisciplinary care is also discussed. The patient presented Dr. Rutger Stache. initially at 13 years of age with a class III malocclusion and impacted left maxillary cuspid. A functional shift was noted, which gave the appearance of a more prognathic mandible and more severe discrepancy than was present. Extraction of permanent teeth is avoided whenever possible. Cone beam CT imaging was utilized to visualize the orientation of the tooth and help plan an approach. In this case, the position and angulation of the impacted cuspid was distal to the lateral incisor and palpable on the facial aspect of the gingiva. The Figure 1: Initial. primary canine was also retained, and was acting as a temporary space holder in the maxillary arch. These factors indicated a more favorable prognosis for successfully erupting the permanent tooth. The mandibular Figure 2: CBCT. arch was relatively
well aligned with minimal crowding and would not require as much time in appliances as the maxillary arch. For this reason, only the upper arch was bonded at first. After leveling and alignment was completed, space was gradually made for the impacted cuspid using a nickel titanium coil spring. During this time, the patient was referred to the Department of Pediatric Dentistry clinic for extraction of the retained primary cuspid. Once sufficient space was present, the patient was referred to the oral and maxillofacial surgery department where she underwent a surgical exposure of the impacted cuspid. A gold eyelet and chain was bonded to the crown. Traction was started using a light nickel titanium wire as an overlay to gently extrude the cuspid. After coordinating the maxillary and mandibular arches, elastics were worn by the patient to help achieve maximum intercuspation and a stable class I occlusion. There are many components involved in arriving at a correct diagnosis. Incorporating a thorough exam, CBCT imaging, extraoral and intraoral photographs, and cephalometric analysis allowed for a successful non-extraction treatment plan. As evidenced by the patientâ€™s final smiling photo, she was very happy with her final result. This case highlights the importance proper planning and timing of treatment, as well as collaboration between other disciplines.
Figure 3: Progress.
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ISDS Courses for Dental Assistants and Hygienists Several Continuing Education courses, held under the auspices of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), are scheduled to be held at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, 801 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612. The ISDS is an approved provider of Continuing Education. For more information or to register, or for refund and cancellation information, email Gloria Pitchford at email@example.com, log on to www.isds.org, or call (800) 4754737.
Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Administration Course Credit: Six credit hours. Dates: Wednesdays, March 20, Oct. 2, Nov. 13. Times TBA. Instructor: Dr. Evelina Kratunova, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry. Fee: $295 ISDS member dentist staff; $525 non-member dentist staff. Prerequisite: Must be currently certified in CPR/BLS for healthcare providers, or its equivalent. A copy of your current BLS card must accompany registration form. This course is open to all qualified dental assistants for monitoring and dental hygienists for administering.
Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants Course Credit: Ten credit hours. Date: Saturdays, April 13, Sept. 14, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Instructors: Dr. Brian Caraba, ’95; Dr. Marta Demski, ’13; Jennifer Bereckis, RDH, Director of Clinical Operations. Fee: $495 ISDS member dentist staff; $850 non-member dentist staff. Prerequisite: Must be at least age 18, and a dental assistant for at least 1,000 hours.
Anesthesia/Sedation Assistant Monitoring Clinical Certification Course Credit: 12 credit hours. Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 2-3. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Instructor: Dr. William Flick, ’74, Clinical Associate Professor; Dr. Michael Miloro, Department Head, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Fee: $550 ISDS member dentist staff; $875 non-member dentist staff. Prerequisite: Current BLS certificate.
Local Anesthesia Credit: 32 credit hours. Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 10-11 and Oct. 9-10. Times TBA. Instructors: Dr. William Flick, ’74, Clinical Associate Professor; Dr. Michael Miloro, Department Head; and Dr. Thomas Skiba, ’68, MS OMFS ’77, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Fee: $1,045 ISDS member dentist staff; $1,100 non-member dentist staff. Prerequisite: Current BLS certificate.
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