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UIC College of Dentistry | Number 61 | Winter 2016
On the Cover
Student Nisha Garg, through her Schweitzer Fellowship, set up the College’s first-ever Veterans’ Screening Day at the College. See page 40.
Dean: Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD, Cert. Prosthodontics, UIC Distinguished Professor, email@example.com; Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Seema S. Ashrafi, DDS ’93, MS Histology ’94, Periodontics ’99, firstname.lastname@example.org; Associate Dean for Research: Lyndon F. Cooper, DDS, PhD, email@example.com;
Photo Credits Collection of Dr. Barry Booth: p. 14-16; Jeff Comber, University of Toronto: p. 3; Roberta Dupuis-Devlin, cover, p. 19 (top), 40-41; Tom Killoran Photography: p. 24, 26, 36; Ana Lisa Ogbac: p. 8 (top); UIC Photo Services: p. 5 (top), 13, 18, 21, 22, 42, 43, 44 (top); Collection of Dr. Stephen M. Weeks: p. 10-12.
Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences: Caswell A. Evans, DDS, MPH, firstname.lastname@example.org; Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs: Darryl Pendleton, DMD, email@example.com; Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs: Susan A. Rowan, DDS ’84, firstname.lastname@example.org; Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement: Mark J. Valentino, email@example.com;
Director of Advancement: Bruno Mancari, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Editor-in-Chief: William S. Bike, email@example.com;
Director of Donor Relations: Ana Lisa Ogbac, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Art Direction: Ana Lisa Ogbac; Design: Kim Arias Design, UIC Office of Publications Services;
Director of Advancement Communications: William S. Bike, email@example.com.
Writers: Sharon Parmet, VonJulius Wright.
Honor Roll Unavailable Due to Database Conversion The Honor Roll of Donors to the College of Dentistry for Fiscal Year 2015, covering July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, which was scheduled to appear in this Winter issue of Vision, was unavailable by press time due to an upgrade of University of Illinois Foundation technology systems. The Honor Roll will be published in some form once available. “Whether you have provided gifts to facilities or scholarships, you make a difference and truly change the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and patients,” said Dean Clark Stanford. “I sincerely thank everyone who made a contribution in Fiscal Year 2015. You are the reason we are changing oral health, forever!
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Contents Page 5
Feature: Custer’s Last Stand
Proﬁle: Dr. Barry Booth Helps Provide Smiles for a Lifetime
Alumni Class News
Calendar of Events
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Dean’s Message Transforming the College Into a New National Leader Dear Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students, and Friends, To all of the members of our UIC, Loyola, and Northwestern dental alumni, hello! I hope you all are doing well. I want to warmly thank all of the alumni from all three Chicago arealegacy Colleges of Dentistry being the core of a serious mission of science and research as this applies to the best in student education and patient care. In the past year, we have added Dr. Lyndon Cooper, DDS, PhD, to the College, a world respected Prosthodontist, educator, and researcher as our new Associate Dean for Research and Department Head of Oral Biology. (See related article, page 17.) This was done with a strategic intent. The future of Dentistry is the integration of science into clinical practice, and while UIC has made much progress in the past twenty years, we have a way to go. Dr. Cooper brings a robust boost to the basic science areas of the College, but also assists me in forging a new clinical research agenda transforming the College into a new national leader in the role(s) of primary medicine in the routine delivery of dental care. We can no longer hide in our operatories! Dr. Cooper is helping UIC to move the entire national dialog forward in regards to personal health and the role dentistry needs to play in this arena. We are also moving the vision forward in regards to our roll out of a new digital marketing presence. Chris Bevel joined us six months ago from FedEx Corporation, where he was in charge of digital marketing solutions for the company. (See related article, page 19.) In his short time here, he has made signiﬁcant changes to our public relations, marketing, and patient recruitment efforts. He has led a team to build a new sense of brand awareness and to showcase the value of UIC as a destination for the very best in oral health care. A new website and video backgrounds on the Colleges programs will shortly roll out this spring. Follow us at: dentistry.uic.edu/ or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/uicdentistry/ In this regard, the alumni may want to know that I do see patients on Fridays each week with an emphasis on
Prosthodontics and maxillofacial rehabilitation of craniofacial anomalies (especially Ectodermal Dysplasias). With the exquisite expertise of Dr. Michael Miloro in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we are creating state-of-the-science rehabilitations for young adult patients with advanced bone loss or atrophy. We are now having patients come to our faculty specialty clinics from all over the United States and the world. These patients, coming from California, Alaska, Florida, and New York along with Brazil, Europe, and recently, Asia, are all coming to UIC for the very best in oral rehabilitative care in our integrated dental specialty clinics. This care is occurring at both the post graduate level and with a rich set of talented specialist faculty within the College. This provides the best approach to provide integrated and coordinated specialty care in one setting, so patients don’t have to go to various ofﬁces around the city. We truly have a collection of the world’s best clinicians, research faculty and clinical educators in the world. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry is truly changing the world. We cannot do this without the vital and integral support of our talented staff and faculty, our wonderful students, and support from our campus leadership that agrees with our vision of the future. And, of course, the philanthropic support of our alumni and friends. The future of the very best in dentistry and oral health care is here, in Chicago, at UIC! If you want to know more, follow us on the UIC College of Dentistry Facebook site where you will see my “Smile of the Week,” a vital weekly update of the great happenings at the College. Thank you!
Clark M. Stanford DDS, PhD UIC Distinguished Professor and Dean College of Dentistry
Editor’s note: Dean Clark Stanford would like to share some case studies from the College with Vision’s readers. This case study is the ﬁrst to appear in Vision, with more to come in the future. Dean Clark Stanford continues to perform patient care and research. Shown is the sequence the Dean used to uncover Zygoma implants and conventional oral implants and conversion of dentures to provisional prosthesis. A.) Eighteen-year-old patient congenitally did not form teeth, Quad Zygoma implants were placed in maxilla in OMFS (Dr. Michael Miloro DDS, MD), uncovered three months later and abutments placed. B.) Diagnostic denture is adjusted by Dr. Stanford and converted to a ﬁxed prosthesis using abutment level coping with auto-polymerizing resin. C.) Diagnostic lower denture is then converted to a ﬁxed prosthesis with coping in place on ﬁve implants in the mandible and positioned to maintain Vertical Dimension of Occlusion in centric relation. D.) Completed screw-retained conversion prosthesis used to assess VDO, Occlusion, Phonetics, and Esthetics.
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Advancement Report College Creates A.C.E. Student Scholars Fund
Student Kirsten Frazier said, “Scholarships would really help those of us who want to give back by volunteering to serve the needy.”
The College has created the A.C.E. Student Scholars Fund, recognizing the Achievement, Commitment, and Empowerment of our dental students. “The dictionary deﬁnes an ‘ace’ as ‘a person who excels,’” said Dr. Darryl Pendleton, Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs. “That’s an appropriate description of our students if there ever was one.” The UIC College of Dentistry is the number one choice for most prospective dental students from Illinois. “They want to come here for many reasons,” Dr. Pendleton said. “We have a great location— the City of Chicago,” he explained. “We have a history unmatched by any other dental school. We offer an outstanding clinical education,
Dr. Darryl Pendleton, center, with students. He noted that more scholarship support would assure that the best students continue to choose to come to the College.
provided by superior faculty.” In just the past decade, the College has become a national leader in dental education—improving its curriculum to be contemporary, student-learning friendly, and framed within a context of clinical excellence and lifelong learning in a collaborative and supportive environment. Another important reason prospective students want to come to the College, however, is the students who already are there, according to Dr. Pendleton. “All of our students have outstanding academic credentials,” he noted. “With our top-tier students and exceptional curriculum, we have both an extremely high retention rate and an unparalleled National Board passage rate.” Since the inception of the DMD curriculum at the College, every class that has challenged a National Board examination, whether Part I or Part II, has had a 100% pass rate. Not only are students academically talented, but “we also can select students who have other great attributes and credentials, such as leadership ability,” Dr. Pendleton said. “So when they get here, they bring those attributes with them, and we let them know we want them to build on that, to take advantage of everything the College has to offer.” Those offerings include a thriving
research enterprise, community outreach opportunities, vibrant student organizations, and positive and productive relationships with
“WITH OUR TOP-TIER STUDENTS AND EXCEPTIONAL CURRICULUM, WE HAVE BOTH AN EXTREMELY HIGH RETENTION RATE AND AN UNPARALLELED NATIONAL BOARD PASSAGE RATE.” -DR. DARRYL PENDELTON
organized dentistry. Of course, potential students look at the economics of a dental education as well. “A talented student may want to come here, but he or she also may look at another school if it offers a scholarship,” Dr. Pendleton explained. “So we want to level the playing ﬁeld,” Dr. Pendleton said. “We want a student who wants to come to UIC to come to UIC. However, now more schools, particularly private schools, are including scholarships with their offer of acceptance. We haven’t done that at the College, but we want to.” Tuition and fees are running in
the $75,000 range annually, and average debt upon graduation is over $238,000. Student Kirsten Frazier noted that student debt affects more than the pocketbook; it affects practice and the ability to serve the underserved. As an undergraduate, she volunteered at community clinics. “I really would like to do that once I’m in practice,” Frazier said. “But when you have the kind of debt we do, you just can’t afford to volunteer when you need to be working six days a week to pay it off. “Scholarships would really help those of us who want to give back by volunteering to serve the needy,” Frazier said. “After years of addressing muchneeded infrastructure improvements to the clinical and instructional facilities, the College is increasing its focus on current-use student scholarship support,” explained Mark J. Valentino, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement. “Current-use scholarship gifts allow us to distribute every dollar raised to assist our students during the current academic year. “A.C.E. Scholarships are current use, so when our generous benefactors contribute to the fund, they know the students will beneﬁt from their contributions right away,” Valentino added. “It’s another way
Debt and Tuition on the Rise 2014 DDS Graduates *62 of 66 students borrowed *Average debt: $238,970
2014 Advanced Standing Graduates *All 39 students borrowed *Average debt: $224,105
DMD Student Cost of Education (Illinois Residents) 2015-2016 $69,872 per year
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Advancement Report the College and alumni and friends to join together to support our hardworking students and help alleviate their debt upon graduation.” “We want the best and brightest Illinois has to offer to not only stay in the state, but to come to UIC,” Dr. Pendleton concluded. “Because they add to the reputation, the tradition, the quality, and the legacy of UIC. And that beneﬁts the patients and the public.” To contribute to the A.C.E. Student Scholars Fund, contact Ana Lisa Ogbac at (312) 996-0485 or Bruno Mancari at (312) 413-3554.
Arcolian Dental Arts Society Generous to College of Dentistry The Arcolian Dental Arts Society was generous to the College at its Holiday Party at the Park Ridge Country Club on Dec. 1.
Dr. Frank Maggio, DDS Loyola ’71, Periodontics UIC ’75, President of the society, and Dr. Russell Spinazze, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery ’97, President-Elect, presented Dean Clark Stanford with a check in the amount of $2,000 to support the College’s Group Practice Clinic Renovation Fund. The gift will help introduce new technology into the Group Practice Clinics. “We supported the school not only because we realize the school needs ﬁnancial help at this time, but more importantly, because the future of the profession is being created at UIC,” Dr. Maggio said. Dr. Maggio is a member of the College’s Dental Alumni Board of Directors and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics. The society also gave scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to two of the College’s students, Joshua D. Padovano and Giana T. Paterno.
Dr. Russell Spinazze (left) and Dr. Frank Maggio (right) present a check to Dean Clark Stanford (center) from the Arcolian Dental Arts Society.
“This scholarship will help support clinical and research training as I progress through the DMD/ PhD program,” Padovano said. “This support from the Arcolians will help fund laboratory experiments, research materials, and clinical aid. “Scholarships like these are critical for a student to gain the most out of his or her dental education here at UIC,” Padovano continued. “I would like to thank the Arcolians for this wonderful scholarship, their kindness, and for supporting the UIC College of Dentistry as a whole. And I’d like to offer special thanks to Dr. Maggio for being so kind and welcoming of Gianna and me.” “I am very grateful to the Arcolians for their generous scholarship,” Paterno said. “The money will be used to help offset the cost of tuition next semester. However, this scholarship is worth much more than its monetary value. To me, it opened the door and welcomed me to a great society of dentists who share common values and beliefs. “It is important to have such societies and scholarships to continue to develop a bond between dentists and current students who will soon be each others’ colleagues,” Paterno continued. “I would like to thank the Arcolians for their support in helping me achieve my dream. The camaraderie, generosity, and warmth extended by the Arcolian Society is extraordinary.” Dr. Janice Genovese, Loyola ’75, was presented the Arcolian of the Year Award. (See related article, page 31.) The society serves as a professional, social, and charitable organization for Italian-American dentists. For more information, contact Dr. Maggio at Maggio@ sbcglobal.net or (847) 312-3752.
Advancement Report UIC, College Host Successful #GivingTuesday
Janice Carter, Customer Service Representative, was one of many College staff, faculty, and students who were generous on #GivingTuesday.
UIC’s Ofﬁce of Advancement made a strong effort to encourage members of the University community to donate to campus funds and scholarships on #GivingTuesday 2015, the global day devoted to philanthropy held the ﬁrst Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Booth were set up across campus on Tuesday, Dec. 1, where volunteers encouraged people to make donations. Social media is a key part of #GivingTuesday, which is why the term is preceded by a hashtag; posting pictures on social media of people who are donating or holding signs why they donated is an important aspect of the event. The UIC campus raised funds through email, online, and cash and check donations. “A big thank you to everyone who donated,” said Dean Clark Stanford.
QUINTESSENCE HONORS DR. LASKIN, RESEARCH—Through the generosity of Quintessence Publishing, an annual research award now will be made to Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency training program in honor of the leadership and legacy of Dr. Daniel Laskin, MS OMFS ’52. Dr. Laskin served on the College faculty from 1952 to 1983, and as Department Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 1973 to 1983. At the Quintessence Laskin Event Oct. 1 at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Washington, DC, were Dr. Anastasia Haupt, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident; Dr. Clark Stanford, Dean; Dr. Laskin; Dr. Michael Miloro, Department Head, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; and Dr. Dustin Haupt, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident.
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Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to:
A LU M N I REUNION
Dr. Nijole A. Remeikis, ’59 Distinguished Dental Alumna Award
Dr. Terry A. Parsons, ’82 E. Lloyd DuBrul Faculty Achievement Award Dr. Timmothy J. Schwartz, ’77 F. William Towner Organized Dentistry Award Dr. Louis A. Imburgia, Loyola ’84 Raffaele Suriano Award
Hosted by the UIC College of Dentistry and the Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors
Dr. Neal C. Nealis, ’79 University of Illinois Loyalty Award Dr. Courtney Rubin Levine, ’08 Young Alumnus Award Dr. Arlene M. Engert, ’83 Irwin B. Robinson President’s Award
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016 The Carlisle Banquets 435 East Butterﬁeld Road Lombard, IL 60148 (630) 960-0210
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Custer’s Last Stand STEVE WEEKS RECALLS 19TH CENTURY DENTAL PIONEER BY VO N J U L I U S W R I G H T
DR. STEVE WEEKS KNEELS OVER DR. CUSTER’S HEADSTONE IN WOODLAND CEMETERY. 10
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DR. LEVITT ELLSWORTH CUSTER, THE FIRST KNOWN DENTIST TO USE ELECTRICAL MEANS TO LOCATE THE ENDS OF ROOT CANALS.
r. Levitt Ellsworth Custer, 1863-1924, was “the ﬁrst known dentist to use electrical means to locate the ends of root canals,” said Dr. Stephen M. Weeks, ’89, Endodontics ’94, Clinical Assistant Professor, Endodontics. But Dr. Custer had pretty much been forgotten until Dr. Weeks started researching Dr. Custer’s life and talking about his work. Thanks in part to Dr. Weeks, Dr. Custer stands again among the pioneers of dentistry. A little over a decade ago, Dr. Weeks saw a reference in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association to Dr. Custer using “dry-cell batteries and a homemade current-measuring device to measure root canal lengths,” Dr. Weeks said. Dr. Weeks became curious, and decided to do further research on Dr. Custer and his early apex locator. “A transcript of his presentation on the subject to the Michigan Dental Society, entitled ‘Exact Methods of Locating the Apical Foramen,’ was published in the Journal of the National Dental Association in 1918,” Dr. Weeks said. He found a copy of the journal at UIC’s Library of the Health Sciences and made a photocopy of the article. Dr. Weeks was so fascinated by Dr. Custer’s work that he contacted the ADA and spoke to a librarian, who gave him more information about Dr. Custer. “He was a regular renaissance man, having invented all sorts of devices for dental applications—as well as guidance systems for torpedoes and other things,” Dr. Weeks said.
Portrait of the Dentist as a Young Man The son of dentist Dr. Isaac Newton Custer, and a second cousin to General George A. Custer, Levitt Custer was born in Perrysville, Ohio. In his youth, he worked for his father and for a jeweler. When he decided to go to college, he spent a year playing cornet with a band that traveled the rivers from Ohio to Louisiana to earn his tuition money. After graduating from Otterbein University in Westerville, OH, he taught at the Boys’ Industrial Farm at Lancaster, OH, before entering the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati. Dr. Custer liked to tinker, invent, and think of new ways to do things. In 1909, he invented an aerial torpedo that could be launched from a dirigible.
cemetery’s front desk, who had not previously heard of the dentist. “I took some pictures of three apex locators—one quite old, one that I currently use, and one that is of recent origin— that I deployed across Custer’s headstone,” Dr. Weeks said.
Dr. Weeks Relates
Dr. Weeks honored Dr. Custer by placing apex locators from different eras on Dr. Custer’s headstone.
Dr. Weeks was more interested in Dr. Custer’s dental achievements. “In 1901, he published a book entitled Dental Electricity which described various uses for electricity in the dental ofﬁce and included a chapter on how a dentist could generate the electricity himself,” Dr. Weeks explained. Dr. Weeks began to include information about Dr. Custer in his lectures at the College and at dental meetings. He also told his wife, Mary, that if they ever came near Dayton, OH, he would like to visit the cemetery where Dr. Custer is buried and locate his grave. “In the summer of 2013, we learned that our daughter, who was in Boston studying for a PhD in in molecular microbiology at Tufts University, would be visiting her boyfriend in Columbus, OH, where he was studying quantitative psychology,” Dr. Weeks explained. “My wife suggested we drive down and visit them, since we hadn’t seen our daughter for a while.” He liked the idea, and reminded her that they would be passing Dayton. His wife knew what he meant by that and rolled her eyes. “It was an opportunity not to be missed,” Dr. Weeks proclaimed. “I knew Custer was buried in Woodland Cemetery,” Dr. Weeks said. “It has its own website and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Woodland is often visited by historians and the curious, as it features the gravesites of aeronautics pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright, poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, writer Erma Bombeck, and George P. Huffman, whose Huffman Manufacturing Co. produced Huffy bicycles. Dr. Weeks’ inquiry about Dr. Custer surprised the man working at the
Much like Dr. Custer, Dr. Weeks has an interesting background that includes an indirect route to dentistry. After graduating from Rockford College with a BA in Chemistry, he moved back home to Evanston, IL, ﬁrst working installing car radios and then obtaining a security guard post at Evanston Hospital—“my ﬁrst experience in healthcare,” Dr. Weeks said. After about a year, he applied for a job in the hospital’s clinical biochemistry laboratories. Initially rejected for the post because he did not have a background in medical technology, he later was offered the position. Subsequently, the Program Director of the Evanston Hospital School of Medical Technology suggested that he take a one-year course of study leading to a certiﬁcate in that discipline. Dr. Weeks did so, and he “remained in the clinical biochemistry lab for almost nine more years,” he recalled. “For the last two years, I was the Education Coordinator for the lab; I had the task of orienting med tech students to the lab, and facilitating their training during their rotations there.” For a while it was part of his job to draw blood samples from patients, but the hospital eventually made the decision “that the techs’ time was better utilized in the lab and the phlebotomy duties were transferred to others,” Dr. Weeks said. He noted that he “missed the patient contact, and this probably planted the seed of looking around for some other healthcare related work,” Dr. Weeks said. Deciding on dentistry partly because his grandfather had been a dentist, he was accepted to the UIC College of Dentistry, and earned his DDS in 1989 at age 38.
Electronic Root Canal Measurement Dr. Weeks returned to Evanston Hospital as a resident in a Hospital Dentistry General Practice Residency Program, and then was in practice for two years as a general dentist before coming back to the College and entering its postgraduate endodontics program. It was there that he was “introduced to the use of electronic devices for measuring root canal length,” he recalled. The literature included a study by Dr. Imao Sunada of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, who found that electrical resistance measurements could locate the end of root canals in dogs. Dr. Sunada’s study had been published in 1962, and was based in part on earlier work by another investigator, Dr. K. Suzuki, which was done in 1942. Dr. Weeks noted that he and the other residents
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Dr. Weeks (center) at a reception with fellow faculty members Dr. James Bryniarski and Dean Clark Stanford.
thought, “Wow, this technology goes all the way back to the ’60s, or even the ’40s.” Shortly before earning his certiﬁcate in endodontics in 1994, he purchased one of the electronic devices for measuring root canal length and learned how to use it. A self-described “electronics nerd” when he was in high school, he understood how the device worked, “and more importantly, that it actually did work,” Dr. Weeks said. He knew that some other dentists and endodontists were skeptical, “probably because they did not understand the operation of the device,” he added. Dr. Weeks noted that he quickly became “pretty good at using the unit I had bought, and was beginning to trust it as much, or more, than the then-standard method of length measurement, which was to place metal root canal ﬁles in the canals and make a radiograph,” he said. Around 1997, Dr. Weeks was asked by the Schaumburg Dental Study Club to speak at one of the group’s dental meetings, and he suggested apex locators as the topic. “The talk went well, and I enjoyed the dinner and bottle of wine,” he said, laughing. “That was the beginning.”
In 1999, Dr. Weeks saw a call for limited-attendance session presentations at the American Associations of Endodontists Annual Session in Atlanta, GA. He was a bit reluctant to apply. “This seemed like the big time to me, but I was encouraged by my Department Head, Dr. Nijole Remeikis, to apply,” he said. The application process was competitive, but his was the topic accepted. “Subsequently, I gave similar presentations at the AAE Annual Sessions in 2001 in New Orleans, 2003 in Tampa Bay, 2006 in Honolulu, 2008 in Vancouver, and 2014 in Washington, DC,” Dr. Weeks said. “I also gave these presentations at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting on more than one occasion, and incorporated the material into lectures for the dental students at UIC.” “Apex locators have become standard equipment in the clinics,” Dr. Weeks said. “And it all started with Dr. Levitt Custer.” ■ William S. Bike also contributed to this article.
Dr. Barry Booth Helps Provide Smiles for a Lifetime BY WILLIAM S. BIKE
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DR. BOOTH SHAKES HANDS WITH A YOUNG MAN IN THE SMILE FOR A LIFETIME WHO IS SPORTING BRACES.
A DR. BARRY BOOTH SAID OF THE SMILE FOR A LIFETIME OF SOUTHWEST CHICAGOLAND FOUNDATION, “IT IS OUR MISSION TO CREATE SELFCONFIDENCE, INSPIRE HOPE, AND CHANGE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY IN A DRAMATIC WAY.”
fter decades of successful orthodontics practice in Homer Glen, IL, Dr. Barry Booth, ’84, MS Orthodontics ’86, wanted to do something more for the underserved of the area. So in 2011, he formed Smile for a Lifetime of Southwest Chicagoland. An afﬁliate of the national Smile for a Lifetime Foundation, Dr. Booth’s charitable non-proﬁt organization provides orthodontic care to underprivileged youngsters between the ages of 11 and 19. The patient must have a signiﬁcant need for braces, be a student, follow the treatment plan, and be willing to complete ten hours of community service. “I started my foundation in response to families coming into my ofﬁce for consultations who could not afford orthodontic treatment,” Dr. Booth said. “My foundation organized the selection process to make sure we are truly serving the families most in need. “If the applicant qualiﬁes for the free or reduced-price school lunch program, he or she will meet the ﬁnancial qualiﬁcations,” Dr. Booth explained. “It is our mission to create self-conﬁdence, inspire hope, and change the lives of children in our community in a dramatic way,” he continued. “The gift of a smile can do all this for a deserving, underserved individual who, in turn, can use this gift to better himself or herself, and our community.”
Orthodontic ‘Scholarships’ The foundation provides one orthodontic “scholarship” per month worth $6,000 to needy youngsters, allowing the treatment of 12 per year. Ormco Corp. donates the orthodontic hardware including brackets, bands, wires, and elastics. Dr. Booth also puts together dental teams including a general dentist, pediatric dentist, and oral surgeon who partner to cover auxiliary dental services such as ﬁllings and extractions at discounted fees. A Board of Directors of ten community leaders and dentists, including a church pastor, an accountant, and a banker leads the foundation. The board selects the youngsters to receive the scholarships and oversee distribution of the funds. “We have treated 35 patients thus far,” Dr. Booth said. “There are zero fees. The patients are selected six at a time every six months.”
Dr. Booth greets a young lady whose treatment has been completed.
Josephine Flowers is the mother of two patients, her sons Joshua and Caleb. “Dr. Booth and his foundation have given my boys an opportunity to have braces,” she said. “It’s an amazing foundation, and their braces have given them hope. They still even have their braces on, yet they are different than they were. “Even with their braces on, they display gigantic smiles,” Flowers added. “They used to be shy and cover up their teeth. Now they have a newfound conﬁdence and a different attitude. They’re active in the Student Council and the National Honor Society now.” Flowers noted that the care is not only provided free of charge, but with high quality. “We have been provided with great care,” she said. “Dr. Booth uses only the most modern methods and procedures.”
Inspiration From College Dr. Booth recalled the College’s focus on serving the underserved from his student days. “Certainly, the UIC experience exposed me to helping underserved patient populations, as I found the need so great and the experience highly rewarding professionally,” he said. The UIC experience continues in Dr. Booth’s family, as his son, Dr. Ryan Booth, graduated from the College of Dentistry in 2014. Dr. Ryan Booth will join his father’s practice in 2017 when he graduates from Orthodontic Residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. Barry Booth also is a supporter of the College as a Dean’s Council-lever donor. Flowers supports the foundation’s requirement that youngsters in the program perform community service. “We found that giving back was so important and really gave the boys a great lesson on appreciation and paying it forward,” she said. “We know they are very grateful—an 16
experience they can always share with others.” The foundation would like more candidates for care and welcomes recommendations. “Unbelievably, our biggest problem is getting the word out to deserving families,” Dr. Booth said. “We would welcome the dental community’s help in getting the word out to the families in their practices. We have committed to one child per month treated pro bono, but we have had several Board of Directors meetings where we have had only three applications for six available orthodontic scholarships. “The gift of a healthy, attractive smile boosts a child’s self-esteem and conﬁdence in ways that open up their possibilities,” Dr. Booth said. “The possibility to get that future college scholarship or job could help a child toward a successful, fulﬁlling life.” Flowers noted that concerning her sons, she and her husband “look forward to see what career paths they take and knowing that much credit is given to Dr. Booth’s foundation in helping shaping and building their conﬁdence.” Dr. Booth recalled one patient who was removed by the State from her home because of abuse, and placed in foster care with her high school speech team teacher, who brought her to Dr. Booth for orthodontic care under the program. The teacher later adopted the student. Dr. Booth noted that the patient “blossomed and went on to college on an academic scholarship thanks to her devoted high school speech teacher, and I would like to think her amazing smile played a role in her success.” “We consider ourselves blessed, and we are so grateful,” Flowers said. “My husband and I are working class people and could not have afforded braces without Dr. Booth and the foundation. This has been life-changing for our sons— truly a ‘gift of smiles.’” For more information, call (708) 301-0005, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to www.boothorthodontics.com. ■
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Associate Dean for Research and Head of Oral Biology Dr. Lyndon F. Cooper Increasing Research Collaborations Dr. Lyndon F. Cooper, formerly Program Director of Advanced Prosthodontics and Stallings Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, now is Associate Dean for Research and Head of the Department of Oral Biology at the College. “Dr. Cooper has one of the strongest international reputations for innovation, perspective, and patientoriented research and clinical care in the world,” said Dean Clark Stanford. “He has led an innovative team in translational research evaluating the role of a variety of pro- and antiinﬂammatory bio-markers as well as
innovative medical device designs to create research-oriented clinical solutions for relevant patient care.” As Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Cooper hopes to facilitate sustained and increased research activity among the faculty, students, and staff through departmental, College, and University-wide outreach. “I hope to encourage an academic culture that places innovation and discovery at the highest levels,” Dr. Cooper said. “I envision that the current successes represented by our existing grant activities, the remarkable laboratory renovations, and the strong combined degree programs will all be elevated through a process of collaborative engagement and joint activities that target shared research goals. “This campus and the biomedical enterprise of the Illinois Medical
District (IMD) are vibrant and inclusive,” Dr. Cooper said. “Everyone from Chancellor Michael Amridis to Vice Chancellor for Research Mitra Dutta to the Deans and Department Heads of our College and others have been warm and inviting.” That indicated to Dr. Cooper that “there is an inclusive environment for everyone in the College of Dentistry to become involved in research,” he said. “One path for increasing our research activity is through collaboration on campus and within the IMD.” Dr. Cooper recently was asked to speak at Rush University Medical Center, an IMD neighbor. “For a full room of people to come out of their ofﬁces at Rush and other institutions to hear what I had to say was indicative of the interest in our activities among our neighbors,” he said.
Sustaining and increasing research activity at the College is one of Dr. Cooper’s goals. Pictured above is Dr. Lin Chen, Research Assistant Professor, Periodontics.
Dr. Cooper addresses faculty, staff, and students at the College. One initiative he is working on is to improve communications between laboratories in the College and across the IMD. “We’ll have a communication plan for each laboratory, and our new website will enable others to identify a potential collaborator or research resource within our College,” he said. “Also, I am encouraging department heads to look at their clinical enterprises to see how patient care acts can become points of research interaction as well,” Dr. Cooper added. “We possess the infrastructure to build a strong and important clinical research culture here.” In fact, Dr. Cooper wants to take collaboration beyond the boundaries of the IMD. With regularity, opportunities for collaboration and interaction present themselves to this community. “So we not only have the
opportunity to participate with UIC’s Colleges of Applied Health Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health, and others, but with many, if not all, of the health centers and educational institutions in the broader Chicago area and across this state. We need to become prepared for participation at this high level.” As Head of Oral Biology, Dr. Cooper hopes to maintain a wellorganized faculty and curriculum that elevates the level of basic science education within the existing clinical program. “My duty is to support our faculty in their efforts to provide the best possible basic science education in dentistry,” Dr. Cooper said. “We will listen to the students and faculty and continue to manage, update, and revise a curriculum that remains a template for educational excellence in dentistry.” Staff support is crucial to the
College’s research enterprise, Dr. Cooper believes and he noted that the College has “a very talented staff, who care deeply about the wellbeing of all the faculty and students engaged in research and education.”. He also is impressed with the students in the College’s DMD/PhD program, whom Dr. Cooper called “remarkably gifted young people who really are a foundation for growth of our research enterprise.” Dr. Cooper is excited by what he sees as the College’s three of the foundational sets of basic science research competencies. “One is in wound healing that extends from soft tissue to cartilage to bone to dentin repair and regeneration, embracing both tissue engineering and clinical therapies,” he explained. “Another is in inﬂammation and cancer, where the cellular mechanisms are often intertwined. The expertise surrounding biomaterials and clinical innovation is also remarkable.” The College also has embraced the university’s research infrastructure, and Dr. Cooper proudly noted that the College’s researchers were among the ﬁrst on campus to be trained in the electronic Institutional Review Board submission process. “We must be part of the research logistics solution on campus,” Dr. Cooper concluded. After earning his DDS from New York University, Dr. Cooper completed a PhD from the University of Rochester and earned a Prosthodontics certiﬁcate from the Eastman Dental Center there, and completed a research Fellowship at the National Institute of Dental Research in Bethesda, MD.
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Christopher Bevel Increases College Visibility as Director of Digital Marketing and Research Programs Christopher Bevel, MBA, Director of Digital Marketing and Research Programs, has a story to tell—the College’s story. “My job is to craft the College’s story in a way that speaks to all our audiences in a compelling way— students, the research community, alumni, donors, and friends,” Bevel said. “Each has a distinct set of characteristics and needs.” Bevel directs the College’s marketing communications and provides direction in the oversight of the Dean’s Ofﬁce’s administrative and operational functions. He also provides strategic direction for the development of the College of Dentistry brand, ensures brand alignment of digital communications throughout the College, and manages support services for the development of blogs and use of other digital and social media. He formerly was a Digital Marketing Strategist for FedEx Corp. “Chris is a versatile leader with more than ten years of experience in digital marketing, experience design, product management, and training,” said Dean Clark Stanford. “He’s proﬁcient with a variety of marketing automation, CRM, and analytics software and is certiﬁed in user experience design and email marketing. He also has an extensive background that is well suited for this role, including data and customer research, quality and process improvement, and website design and management.” Bevel is using new and
The new weather shelter in front of the Paulina Street doors also extends the College’s branding. innovative ways to sharpen and amplify the College’s story through user and customer research, developing an increased social media presence, new branding, and a new
“THE WEBSITE WILL OFFER MANY NEW FEATURES, SUCH AS IMPROVED PATIENT CARE INFORMATION AND MORE VIDEOS.”
website, dentistry.uic.edu. “The website will offer many new features, such as improved patient care information and more videos,” Bevel said. He noted that faculty and staff have been extremely supportive in implementing new ideas. “For example, marketing and clinical affairs have been working together to attract new patients and improve their experiences here at the College through better scheduling information, more streamlined phone systems, and using patient testimonials to help us tell the story,” Bevel said. “I’m also working with Associate Dean for Research Dr. Lyndon Cooper and his team to promote events such as Clinic and Research Day and developing new content that showcases the College’s unique and outstanding research.” Bevel’s approach prioritizes and focuses on the marketing methods
with the best ﬁnancial return and highest effectiveness, assuring maximum value for dollars spent. “The approach is very fact- and evidence-based, in keeping with the College’s ideals concerning patient care, research, and academics,” he noted. “We choose marketing methods that are highly measurable, and then learn from the insights that we gain to determine our methods’ effectiveness. “It’s all about continuous improvement, iterative design and approaches, and taking the best practices in marketing to get the most out of what we do,” Bevel added. His work touches some unusual areas. For example, he was involved in the new weather shelter panels in front of the Paulina Street doors, which keep the wind, snow, and rain out of the building while providing a sheltered space for people to wait for their loved ones. “It was Dean Stanford’s idea, and he really nailed it,” Bevel said. “The shelter improves the patient experience and shows we care about patients’ comfort and safety, but it also is a great opportunity to extend our building branding and signage. Combined with new lightpost banners, that added a lot of visual branding to the building.” Bevel’s work continuously results in more visibility for the College. “We’ve changed our approach to marketing to ‘outside in.’ That means we’re keeping a ﬁrm focus on learning and conveying information that is important to our primary audiences, including external audiences such as alumni and potential students, patients, research partners, and donors. “The College offers so many outstanding features and programs
much of the external world doesn’t yet know about,” Bevel concluded. “I look forward to working with the College community to tell that story.”
Dean Stanford Advocates for PatientCentered Outcomes in a Healthcare Revolution “As a profession, we need to get a better handle on outcomes of care,” said Dr. Clark Stanford, Dean of the College of Dentistry, UIC Distinguished Professor, and this year’s George Zarb Clinical Research Lecture keynote, held at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto in October. For Dr. Stanford, the patient sits at the center of a vast discourse of care, one that involves insurance companies, the state, as well as local health care providers. With transformative changes taking place in the American health care system, though, largely in response to the Affordable Healthcare Act, policy has been moving from health care to health, stated Dr. Stanford. According to Dr. Stanford, the move signals a radical shift for the American medical model, which until now has favored episodic rather than preventative care. “In some ways, dentistry has been ahead of the curve,” described Dr. Stanford, citing modern dentistry’s focus on prevention.” Under this new health care model, insurance companies will offer health care providers “bundled payments” for health services that may be extended over several years. This new service model extends the possibility of holistically addressing
health concerns as practitioners decide how best to spend the allotted money to get – and keep – people healthy. And arguably, for the ﬁrst time in American history, dentistry is playing a major role in the discourse of public health care. “We are a part of affordable health care,” cited Dr. Stanford. “We are already there because of pediatric dentistry.” On the other hand, Dr. Stanford added, dentistry needs to respond to this revolution in American healthcare thoughtfully – and the best way to do that is to keep the patient at the forefront of the conversation. “We don’t have any frame of reference where we capture patientoriented outcomes,” said Dr. Stanford, pointing to ethical dilemmas that can arise for dentists even at the diagnostic stage of care. It’s a provocative statement, but one that Dr. Stanford argued may be pivotal during this evolutionary time in health care. “Can that cavity be reversed?” he challenged. “Can it be ﬁxed with conservative methods, or does it need a crown? We don’t have clear, evidence-based criteria,” he added, “certainly not from a patient’s perspective. “Now when I’m talking to patients and their spouse or caregiver I try, if at all possible, to talk to the individuals themselves,” he contended. “What is more important to the patient? You need to ask the right questions to begin with.” Ultimately, though, Dr. Stanford is advocating for greater awareness among dentistry professionals of the changes taking place in American health care – and how those shifts will change the way that dentists care for patients.
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Dean Clark Stanford is advocating for patient-centered outcomes, and how the shifts in American healthcare will change the way that dentists care for patients.
HRSA funding for the Navigator Program will increase under-represented minority student enrollment and retention in the health sciences.
The UIC Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine, and the School of Public Health, are collaborating to implement the Illinois Health Professions Navigator Program. The program was recently awarded a three-year grant from the Federal Health Services Resources Administration (HRSA) for $650,000 per year for a total of $1.9 million. Dr. Darryl Pendleton, Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs, is a Co-Principal Investigator and the College of Dentistry Director for the program. “The purpose of the Navigator Program is twofold: to increase the underrepresented minority student enrollment and retention in the UIC health sciences colleges by increasing the number of competitive applicants, and to strengthen UIC’s relationships with local and regional partners to provide clinical and research experience for high school, college, and professional students,” Dr. Pendleton said. “The funding will allow the College to expand our existing underrepresented minority, low income, and disadvantaged student recruitment and enrollment efforts,” he continued. “In essence, the Navigator Program will help identify and address barriers that students face in their educational journey from high school to a health science career.” The HRSA recognizes that UIC is a leader in training underrepresented minorities in the health professions For more information regarding the program, contact Dr. Pendleton at email@example.com.
News NIH Grant Will Result in Improving Oral Health of Families and Children UIC will develop and test an outreach program to reduce cavities in Chicago’s low-income and minority infants and toddlers under a ﬁve-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Community health workers will reach out to educate families about oral hygiene at health clinics and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) centers and in their homes. “We want to improve the oral health of the child by improving the oral health of the whole family,” said Dr. Molly Martin, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the UIC College of Medicine. The study, called Coordinated Oral Health Promotion Chicago, or CO-OP Chicago, includes UIC researchers in clinical pediatrics, dentistry, and health policy. They will recruit and train six community health workers to talk with 1,500 families in Chicago who have children between the ages of six months and three years. Families will be followed for two years to evaluate their overall oral health and the incidence of cavities in the children. Almost half of children 11 years and under have cavities, one of the most common chronic health conditions of childhood, particularly among low-income and minority children. In Chicago, 63 percent of third graders have cavities, and more than half of the cavities go untreated. Pediatric dentists at the College of Dentistry will develop the training curriculum for the community health workers. “Improving oral health and
College outreach will improve children’s oral health by working with the entire family. access to care for families and children is something we are very excited to be a part of through this grant,” said Dr. Marcio da Fonseca, Head, Pediatric Dentistry, at the College of Dentistry. The CO-OP Chicago grant is administered by the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy, an all-campus home and incubator for multidisciplinary health research. Co-investigators on the grant are Drs. William Frese, Usha Raj, and Benjamin Van Voorhees of the UIC College of Medicine; Drs. Marcio da Fonseca, David Avenetti, and Sheela Raja of the UIC College of Dentistry; Michael Berbaum and Oksana Pugach of the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy; and Jennie Pinkwater of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. —Sharon Parmet
Three Staff Earn Major UIC Awards Three members of the College staff, Stephanie Clarke, Susan Lloyd, and Ana Lisa Ogbac, received the University’s highest staff awards at the Employee Recognition Ceremony on Nov. 10. Clarke, Director of the Prosthodontics Clinic, received an Inspire Award, which honors employees who exhibit long-term, consistent, and outstanding service to the University and who are committed to UIC’s core values. “It is very easy to go above and beyond when working in such a supportive and productive environment,” Clarke said. “Everyone in the department, whether faculty, staff, or resident has such a positive, collaborative, and team player approach when it comes to being patient-centered that it makes the
Award winners Stephanie Clarke, Ana Lisa Ogbac, and Susan Lloyd. They were honored at UIC’s annual Employee Recognition Ceremony. day-to-day tasks easy to manage.” “I can conﬁdently say that we all thoroughly enjoy working with each other and rely on the various knowledge and skill sets that each individual brings to the table,” Clarke added. In addition, Clarke was presented the UIC Luminary Award, which is not revealed to the recipient until the actual presentation. It is given to only one of the several Inspire recipients, and is presented to the person who best represents the pinnacle of service to the campus and its constituents. Lloyd, Business/Administrative Associate, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, received an Award of Merit, which recognizes excellence in work performance, delivery of user responsive service, problem solving and initiative, individual development and growth, promotion of morale, and sensitivity
to diversity. “I am so humbled and honored to have unexpectedly won the Award of Merit,” Lloyd said. “I am always proud and privileged to be an employee of the UIC College of Dentistry,” and called herself “fortunate to work with the people at the College.” She noted that she is inspired by a book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. The four agreements are be impeccable with your word; don’t take anything personally; don’t make assumptions; and always do your best. “I try to use the fourth agreement in order to practice the ﬁrst three to the best of my ability,” Lloyd said. A licensed clinical social worker, Lloyd earlier had worked in a hospital setting. Ogbac, Director of Donor Relations, Ofﬁce of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, received the Chancellor’s Academic Professional
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Excellence (CAPE) Award, which acknowledges the demonstrated excellence and contributions of Academic Professional (AP) employees. “I am tremendously honored to have been selected recipient of the CAPE Award,” Ogbac said. “I have been with the Ofﬁce of Advancement and Alumni Affairs since 1998,” she explained. “Since then, I have developed strong relationships with our alumni, donors, friends, and College community. It’s these relationships that have motivated me throughout my career at the College, beginning as student administrative employee, to coordinating our most successful events, to stewarding our most generous benefactors. Being a part of this team for over a decade and a half is a rarity, and I am privileged to work with wonderful people on a daily basis.” Ogbac noted that she was “overwhelmed by the encouragement and support I receive from my team, the College, and our alumni and friends. I am truly fortunate to have these relationships, many of which have evolved into life-long friendships. Receiving this prestigious recognition is a very humbling experience, and I am grateful for the honor.” Each November, the Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony and Reception kicks off the annual tradition of UIC’s Employee Recognition Month. This month of celebrations throughout the UIC community honors employees for their merit and years of service to the university.
Reunion set for April 15 UIC College of Dentistry and Loyola University Chicago dental alumni, as well as College of Dentistry faculty, staff, and students, will gather at the 2016 College of Dentistry Reunion at Carlisle Banquets,435 E. Butterﬁeld Road in Lombard, IL, Friday, April 15. Tickets are $95. Reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Reunion 2016 celebrates all members of DDS and specialty programs whose graduation years ended in a “1” or “6.” Special recognition program will honor the Classes of 1966, 1976, and 1991. For additional information, contact Ana Lisa Ogbac at the College’s Ofﬁce of Advancement at (312) 996-0485 or DentReunion@ uic.edu.
Reunion provides an opportunity for classmates and friends to get reacquainted.
Nominate your colleague or professor for an Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award! Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards are presented at the Alumni Reunion. Send in your nominations for the 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards:
Email DentAlumniAward@uic.edu and be sure to include the name of the award in the subject line. Please include the following information in the message:
Distinguished Dental Alumnus Award E. Lloyd DuBrul Faculty Achievement Award
✔ Name of Nominee
F. William Towner Organized Dentistry Award
Raffaele Suriano Award
✔ Your Name
University of Illinois Loyalty Award Young Alumnus Award Visit our website for a list of awards and criteria: https://dentistry.uic.edu/alumni
Nomination submissions are active for three years.
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News Reunion 2016 Award Recipients Distinguished Dental Alumnus Award Dr. Nijole A. Remeikis, ’59 Dr. Nijole A. Remeikis served 45 years in dental education and spent 20 years as Head of the College’s Department of Endodontics. Under her leadership, the department thrived and grew to be one of the premier endodontic departments in the nation.
Young Alumna of the Year Award Dr. Courtney Rubin Levine, ‘08 Dr. Courtney Rubin Levine was named Young Alumna of the Year because of her work and innovation serving the underserved. At Wisconsin’s Kenosha Community Health Center, she started the “Seal-A-Smile” preventive dentistry program that provides screening services and sealants on teeth to elementary school children.
Dr. F. William Towner Organized Dentistry Award Dr. Timmothy J. Schwartz, ‘79 Dr. Timmothy J. Schwartz has been active in organized dentistry for many years for the Illinois State Board of Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and Peoria District Dental Society. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.
Dr. Irwin B. Robinson President’s Leadership Award Dr. Arlene M. Engert, ‘83 Dr. Arlene M. Engert was President of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2015-2016, after previously serving as PresidentElect. She has been on the Board since 2011.
University of Illinois Alumni Loyalty Award Dr. Neal C. Nealis, ‘79 Dr. Neal C. Nealis was the driving force in launching the College’s Mentorship Program, run in conjunction with the Chicago Dental Society. He spearheaded this initiative as Vice President of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2000 to 2002, and as President from 2002 to 2003.
Dr. Raffaele Suriano Award Dr. Louis A. Imburgia, Loyola ’84 Dr. Louis A. Imburgia is an alumnus of the Loyola University School of Dentistry, where he graduated with Clinical Honors. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, of the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists.
President’s Message Your Involvement Makes College Successful Dear Alumni and Friends: As my time as President of your Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors winds to a close, I want to thank you. It has been my honor and privilege to serve you as President. In that role, I talk to many of my fellow alumni from UIC; from Loyola, whose alumni have joined our UIC family; from Northwestern, who are coming to more and more of our UIC events; and from other dental schools. I also am able to visit with the College’s faculty, staff, and students as well. It’s clear that the UIC College of Dentistry’s reputation for teaching, research, and public service is a stellar one. The College’s DMD curriculum, its increased research success, and its student rotations that serve the underserved in local communities, all show that the College is having an impact— and that the dental world is taking notice.
“OUR DENTAL EDUCATION HAS GIVEN US FINANCIAL STABILITY AND A NICE LIFESTYLE. SUCH A BENEFICIAL SITUATION MAKES CARING PEOPLE WANT TO GIVE BACK. AS DENTISTS, WE KNOW THE DENTAL COMMUNITY NEEDS OUR HELP, AND THAT OUR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF THE COLLEGE HAVE REAL IMPACT.”
Dr. Arlene Engert, ’83, President, presenting the Young Alumnus Award to Dr. Brian C. Homann, 12, at Reunion 2015. Dr. Homann was honored for his volunteer efforts with Goldie’s Place, an agency for the homeless. He is one of thousands of alumni who give back to the College and to their communities in various ways.
-DR. ARLENE M. ENGERT
Many people I talk to understand the importance of giving back—to the College and to their communities. Our dental education has given us ﬁnancial stability and a nice lifestyle. Such a beneﬁcial situation makes caring people want to give back. As dentists, we know the dental community needs our help, and that our efforts on behalf of the College have real impact. Those efforts may include making ﬁnancial contributions to the College. Attending the College’s events, such as the Reunion, the Golf Outing, receptions, and Continuing Education also is a contribution. We also can make a
contribution by telling our fellow dentists and organized dentistry about the quality of the College—and by contacting our State Legislators to remind them about the importance of State support of the College. That State support has been in short supply since the State of Illinois’ budget woes have gotten worse in recent years, and it is up to us to remind our legislators about the importance of the College. I also believe that the public service component that always has been inherent in the College’s curriculum and culture has inspired many of us to volunteer in our own communities.
All of those actions have impact. That impact motivates me, and I hope it will motivate you, too. I know that the College of Dentistry is an institution that values and appreciates us. Come to the College’s events; you’ll see. You will be welcomed by Dean Clark Stanford, the administration, the faculty, the students, and your fellow alumni. And you’ll learn about how the College has changed and improved over the years. Make a ﬁnancial contribution. As a longtime donor and President of the Board, I can tell you that the College uses private donations in the most efﬁcient manner. The administration is sensitive to the fact that benefactors want their donations to provide the best value possible, and to positively impact students. I know you will continue to be involved with and support the College in many ways. Whatever form your involvement takes, you help assure the future of dentistry while showing gratitude for the College’s role in the success you have had in your own life. Please don’t hesitate to contact me about making a donation, about alumni events, the College, and anything else on your mind. I’d welcome hearing from you by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (847) 6982161. Thank you for helping make the College’s important work possible, and thank you for your support during my time as President! With warmest regards,
Dr. Arlene M. Engert, ’83 President, UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors
Join Our Alumni Board Activity on the UIC Dental Alumni Association offers the opportunities to network, make new acquaintances, and affect change at the College. Applications may be found on our website: https://dentistry.uic.edu/alumni/alumni_association/
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Dental Alumni Association Ofﬁcers President: Arlene M. Engert, ’83 President-Elect: William B. Hamel III, ’83 Vice President: Jon D. Nickelsen, ’03 Secretary-Treasurer: Frank L. Karkazis, Northwestern ’87, Northwestern Representative Immediate PastPresident: Frank A. Maggio, Loyola ’71, UIC Periodontics ’75
Directors (through Feb. 2017) Priscilla P. Chang, ’07 John H. Foley, ’09 Manal Ibrahim LaVacca, ’93, Prosthodontics ’96 Richard “Rick” Munaretto, ’01, Endodontics ’03 (through Feb. 2018) Marsha Babka, ’76 Ryan Grelle Tuscher, ’09 James Izzo, Loyola ’79, Loyola Representative (through Feb. 2019) Daniel R. Brunetti, ’11 Eliot Becker, ’63 Peter A. Contos, ’05
Ex-Ofﬁcio Directors William S. Bike, Editor of Vision Charles F. DiFranco, Loyola ’81, Loyola MS Periodontics ’83, Former President Deane E. Doolen, Jr., ’55, Former President Robert J, Ficek, ’62, Former President Cissy K. Furusho, ’96, Pediatric Dentistry ’98, MS Oral Sciences ’00, Former President Harold J. Kiriluk, ’75 Thomas J. King Jr., ’71, Ortho ’59, Former President Jeffrey A. Kramer, ’79 Donald A. Krzyzak, ’61, Former President Lawrence W. Kolar, ’82, Former President
Steven T. Kuhn, ’97, Pediatric Dentistry ’00, Former President Lorette M. Luksha, Loyola ’85 Neal C. Nealis, ’79, Former President Richard P. Perry, ’68 Genaro Romo, ’97, Former President Susan A. Rowan, ’84, Former President Ross E. Rubino, ’77, Former President Daniel N. Uditsky, ’69, Former President Kapil Vij, ’99, Pediatric Dentistry ’01, MS Oral Sciences ’04, Former President Samuel S. Wexler, ’64, Former President Keith P. Wilson, ’97, Former President
Alumni Class News his hobby of apple carving, were the subjects of an article in the Sept./Oct. 2015 CDS Review.
1963 Steve Kumamoto, Glenview, IL, was mentioned in an article about courage and diversity in the August 2015 Illinois Dental News.
1964 Samuel S. Wexler, Richmond, IL, and his collection of historic dental equipment were featured in the July/ August 2015 CDS Review.
1966 K. William “Buddy” Mopper, Pediatric Dentistry, Northbrook, IL, spoke to the North Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society about composite resin on Nov. 17, 2015. Dr. Robert Litowitz, MS Orthodontics ’48, recently celebrated his 96th birthday with family members. Left to right are his wife, Donna; daughter Susan; and sons Dr. Arthur Litowitz and Budd Litowitz.
Harry Price and his wife, Artis, of DeLeon Springs, FL, participated in the 2015 Goode National Water Ski Championships at ages 88 and 85, respectively. They have skied in more national championships than any other man and woman in history. They were named the inaugural recipients for the USA Water Ski Hall of Fame in 2016.
Keki M. Mistry, Orthodontics ‘60, visited the Department of Orthodontics on Aug. 31, 2015. He is Professor Emeritus, former Dean, and former Orthodontic Department Head, from a dental school in Mumbai, India. He gave the UIC Orthodontic Department a crystal stupa (pillar of knowledge) featuring the unfolding lotus ﬂower representing the mind.
1959 Santina R. Litturi, Elmwood Park, IL, was mentioned in an article about courage and diversity in the August 2015 Illinois Dental News.
1962 Harold Shavell, Northbrook, IL, and his philosophy about the connection between art and science, including
Dr. Keki M. Mistry, ’60, with Dr. Carla Evans, Head, Department of Orthodontics.
Barry K. Freydberg, Skokie, IL, had an article published in The Sleep Magazine about Oral Appliance Therapy success in toothless patients.
Robert Eckelson, Orthodontics ’73, a Boca Raton, FL, has launched a new website to better reach community members who can beneﬁt from his orthodontic services. The new website, www.doceck.com, was designed and is hosted by SmartBox Web Marketing, a dental web marketing company that works exclusively with dentists.
Thomas P. Williams, Dubuque, IA, received the 2015 Humanitarian Award from Uplift Internationale, a charitable organization that assists children who have facial deformities.
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William Wrobel, Ottawa, IL, visited area schools and provided oral hygiene instruction and toothbrush distribution during National Children’s Dental Health Month.
1975 Arnie Goot and Jamie Robinson, ’81, Chicago, have added associate Amy Van Fossen to their practice.
Dr. Roshan Parikh Rings in the Holidays by Helping the Needy Dr. Roshan Parikh, ’08, and his Chicagoland Smile Group (CSG) hosted its ﬁrst-ever charity initiative named “12 Dentists of the Holidays” on Dec. 11, 2015. Chicagoland Smile Group’s entire team of dentists, hygienists, and dental specialists volunteered their time to treat patients who otherwise could not have afforded dental care. Dr. Parikh, who likes to be called “Dr. Ro,” owns CSG, which has four locations. Dr. Parikh noted that participating were 17 dentists and dental hygienists, 19 external volunteers, and 57 other CSG team members, for a total of 633 total minutes worked. They saw 233 patients and performed 125 extractions, cleaned 4,660 teeth, and provided over $101,000 in donated dental care. The CSG team at the “12 Dentists of the “The feeling of accomplishment in knowing that CSG made a Holidays” event. difference: priceless,” Dr. Parikh said. He came up with the idea after working “with quite a few Chicagoland charities over the years after graduating from the College,” Dr. Parikh stated. To obtain patients, “I talked to all of the CSG staff members about what shelters and organizations they are passionate about, and we started from there,” Dr. Parikh explained. He also obtained publicity that resulted in more patients from appearances on Mancow Muller’s radio show on WLUP-FM and on WCIU-TV’s You and Me show, both in Chicago. Concerning his commitment to serving the needy, Dr. Parikh noted that, “My time at the UIC College of Dentistry deﬁnitely helped instill and solidify these values within me. Also, my upbringing helped in this as well. I have always been active in giving back. At the College, I was the founder of the South Asian Student Dental Association (SASDA).” The CSG staff and volunteers were moved by “how much thankfulness we got from the patients,” Dr. Parikh said, noting that the patients told amazing stories regarding their hardships. Dr. Parikh also mentioned how the staff and oral healthcare providers “loved being able to give back to the patients— and having zero complaints throughout the day was impressive as well.” “We look forward to continuing this tradition in 2016,” Dr. Parikh concluded. For a video of the event, see: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1QbMn3XdxY. For more information, contact roparikh@ csgsmiles.com, or log on to www.chicagolandsmilegroup.com.
Frank A. Maggio, Periodontics, DDS Loyola ’71, Elgin, IL, was elected to the American Dental Association Foundation’s Executive Committee as Vice President of Development.
1976 J. Kirk Hess has retired after nearly 40 years in practice in Hillsboro, IL. His retirement was the subject of an article in the Oct. 19, 2015, Hillsboro Journal-News. David Kumamoto, MS ’78, Chicago, was mentioned in an article about courage and diversity in the August 2015 Illinois Dental News.
1977 Richard Kirchhoff, Pediatric Dentistry ’79, Crystal Lake, IL, was nominated and accepted the position of Chair, National Public Council, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/ SPAN USA. During his current tenure, Congress authorized $990,000,000 in support of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention appropriations. Presently, he is collaborating with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy on issues concerning mental health parity in Illinois. This work has the potential of refocusing the priorities of national health care and the insurance corporations. Richard lost his brother to suicide in 1970 and his son in 2005. George Zehak, Oak Brook, IL, spoke to the Indian Dental Association of Illinois on the importance of being involved in organized dentistry. He is President of the Chicago Dental Society.
Gary Drahos, Burr Ridge, IL, spoke on “An Update of Dental Pharmacotherapeutics” at the West Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society meeting on Sept. 8, 2015.
Russ Baer, Chicago, spoke to the Northwest Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society on Immediate Placement and Temporization of Implants on Nov. 3, 2015.
James Bryniarski, Riverside, IL, is Director of the West Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society.
Kevin Kopp, Restorative Dentistry ’87, Elmhurst, IL, was honored with the Private Practice Award for Central Region 3 by the American College of Prosthodontists during the Annual Awards and Presidents Dinner during the 45th Annual Session of the ACP in Orlando, FL, in October 2015. His work with the All-on-4 ﬁxed denture process was the topic of an article on Marketplace.org.
Mike Higgins was named a full Professor of anesthesiology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Chicago.
1979 Peter Cabrera, Chicago, spoke at the Chicago Dental Society North Side Branch meeting on Sept. 29 on Soft Tissue Reconstruction.
1981 Jamie Robinson (see Arnie Goot, ’75).
1982 Bob Deaver, Chicago, had a letter to the editor published in the July/ Aug. 2015 CDS Review about dentists deserving transparency from insurance carriers.
1984 Pete Toussaint, Chicago, has a daughter, Margaret, who recently graduated from Marquette University with a doctorate in physical therapy. She works with special needs children in the Milwaukee, WI, public schools.
1986 Alvaro Figueroa, Glencoe, IL, participated in a weeklong surgical mission to Chiapas, Mexico, with his son, Aaron, an oral surgery resident at the University of Iowa.
1987 Vincent Versaci, Lombard, IL, participated in a Give Kids A Smile event at the DuPage County Health Department. Cheryl Watson-Lowry, Chicago, Is Vice President of the Chicago Dental Society.
1988 Mike Durbin, MS Ortho ’90, DesPlaines, IL, is an Illinois Society of Orthodontists liaison to the Chicago Dental Society. He received a Presidential Citation from American Dental Association President Dr. Maxine Feinberg for his leadership and service to the Council on Membership.
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1989 Louis Karras, Endodontics ’91, Glenview, IL, is Dinner Chair for the Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club.
Greg Solis has been selected as Rotarian of the Year by the City of East Moline, IL, and the East MolineSilvis Rotary Club. His selection was the subject of an article in the Quad City Times of Oct. 22, 2016.
Martin Rogers, Endodontics ’96, Glenview, is Secretary of the Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club.
Dr. Janice Genovese Named Arcolian of the Year The Arcolian Dental Arts Society named Dr. Janice Genovese, DDS Loyola ’75, as Arcolian of the Year at its Holiday Party at the Park Ridge Country Club on Dec. 1. Dr. Frank Maggio, DDS Loyola ’71, Periodontics UIC ’75, President of the society, said she received the award “for all she has done for dentistry and all her volunteer work in the community.” Dr. Genovese noted that she is active with Catholic Charities; St. Anthony Lodge #13, an Italian-American charitable organization; the Naples, FL, Italian-American Foundation; and the Northbrook, IL-based St. Norbert’s Catholic Church’s Women Guild. She is particularly proud of the guild “visiting a senior living facility, and having Mass and coffee after with the seniors,” Dr. Genovese said. “We sit and chat and learn of their wonderful life experiences.” Many will also remember that she ran the Arcolians’ golf outing for many years. Dr. Genovese, who lives in Northbrook, IL, practiced on the Northwest Side of Chicago before she retired. “I had associates who worked for me, and it was a multigenerational practice,” she explained. “I did a lot of speaking at schools during Dental Health Month, but I also talked to youngsters about careers. I thought it was important that young people see that women can have a signiﬁcant role in the dental profession, and that dentistry was a career option.” She joined the Arcolians after graduation and found its members “to be a very welcoming group,” she said. “I graduated at a time when there were few women dentists, and they took me under their wing. “I feel it is important that new graduates join organizations such as the Arcolians, to network and gain social and professional Dr. Frank Maggio, DDS Loyola ’71, Periodontics knowledge. You can gain CE credit, broaden your horizons, and UIC ’75, and Dr. Russell Spinazze, Oral and establish lifelong connections,” Dr. Genovese concluded. Maxillofacial Surgery ’97, presenting the Arcolian The society serves as a professional, social, and charitable of the Year award to Dr. Janice Genovese, DDS organization for Italian-American dentists. For more information, Loyola ’75. contact Dr. Maggio at Maggio@sbcglobal.net or (847) 312-3752.
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Victoria Ursitti, Pediatric Dentistry, Arlington Heights, IL, did a yearlong program of fundraising for various dental causes, taught a young moms’ group about oral health and donated toothbrushes; taught local children about oral health; helped a Girl Scout troop earn their hygiene badges; and did a complimentary infant exam day.
Peter A. Contos, Chicago, and his wife, Dr. Maria Contos, had a baby on Sept. 25, 2015, John Aristides Contos.
Milona Van Kanegan, Chicago, is Director, Oral Health Program Development at Heartland Health Outreach, and was quoted in an article about the Oral Health Forum in the Oct. 2015 Illinois Dental News.
1996 Tabreena Walker, Belton, TX, became a district doctor for Coast Dental, Fort Hood, TX, serving military dependents and military retirees.
2000 Agnieszka Chruszczyk, Endodontics, Chicago, is President of the Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club.
2001 Rick Munaretto, Endodontics ’03, Western Springs, IL, is Treasurer of the Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club.
2004 Maria Therese Galang-Boquiren, MS Oral Sciences, Orthodontics ’07, Chicago, and her husband, Allen, had a baby, Micah Allan Galang Boquiren. He weighed seven lbs., ten oz., and measured 20 inches. His big sister is Camille.
Allan Boquiren holding Camille, and Dr. Maria Therese Galang-Boquiren, MS Oral Sciences ’04, Orthodontics ’07, holding Micah. Allen Huang, Las Vegas, NV, MS Perio ’04, and his expertise with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Techniques, a method of treating receding gums, were the subject of an article on the Wall Street Select website, Oct. 12, 2015. Antonia Kolokythas, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, MS Oral Sciences ’11, was named Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, part of the University of Rochester, NY, Medical Center.
Derek Grzanich, received his Certiﬁcate in Endodontics and Master’s of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in August 2015. While at UTH he received multiple ﬁrst place research awards at the scientiﬁc table and poster clinics at the Greater Houston Dental Society Star of the South meeting and again at the American Association of Endodontists annual session in Seattle for his clinical cases titled “Intentional Replantation-Saving Hopeless Natural Teeth.” Derek resides in Houston, TX, and is in full-time clinical practice as an endodontist. He continues to serve as adjunct faculty at the OSF GPR in Peoria, IL. He recently celebrated his 12th wedding anniversary to his wife, Tracey. The couple has two sons, Owen and Leo. Eric G. Jackson, Downers Grove, IL, was the subject of an article about sharing dental know-how on mySuburbanLife.com on Sept. 16, 2015. Dr. Derek Grzanich, ’05, with his wife, Tracey, and sons, Owen and Leo.
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2006 Sam Weisz, Libertyville, IL, visited several schools and preschools during National Children’s Dental Health Month to explain to children proper dental hygiene, healthy eating habits, and what happens during a dental visit.
2007 Zain Dabbas, Grayson, GA, has become a member of the International Association of HealthCare Professionals and was added to the publication The Leading Physicians of the World. Damian Lee, Prosthodontics, MS Oral Sciences ’11, Lewis Center, OH, was named a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. He is Prosthodontics Program Director at The Ohio State University.
2008 Jeffery R. Copeland, Hawthorn Woods, IL, received the Academy of General Dentistry Mastership Award.
2009 Natanaya Marracino, Endodontics, San Francisco, obtained certiﬁcation from the American Board of Endodontics.
2010 Olivia Lares opened a new practice, Berwyn Dental Connection, in Berwyn, IL. The Chicago Tribune wrote about it Oct. 14.
Dr. C.J. Yoon, ’12, in Champaign, IL, with College Directors of Admissions Braulia Espinosa and Carolyn Feller, and Dr. Austin Martinez, ’14.
2011 Stephen Raphael, Endodontics, Springﬁeld, MO, obtained certiﬁcation from the American Board of Endodontics.
2012 Jason Foreman, Champaign, IL, was quoted in the December 2015 Illinois Dental News about the New Dentist Conference held in conjunction with the American Dental Association Annual Meeting. Brian C. Homann, Elk Grove Village, IL, and his work at Goldie’s Place, a community clinic in Chicago, were the subject of an article in the Winter 2015 UIC Alumni Magazine. Nira Patel, Pediatric Dentistry, has joined the Family Dental Center in Chillicothe, OH.
C.J. Yoon is an Extramural Rotation Preceptor and Predental Mentor at the Champaign County Health Department in Champaign, IL.
2013 Allison Alberts, Chicago, plays women’s professional football for the Chicago Bliss women’s professional Legends Football League team. She and some of her teammates are featured in a television series, Pretty. Strong., on the Oxygen network. The show premiered Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Alli also is a Prosthodontics postgrad at the College. She also was the subject of a proﬁle article in the Fall 2015 UIC Alumni Magazine, and another in the St. Louis PostDispatch. Jazmine Dillard, Pediatric Dentistry ’15, was the topic of an article in the fall newsletter of the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society (IWS) newsletter. She began working at the
IWS Children’s Clinic in July. In the article, she was quoted as saying, “The IWS Children’s Clinic was the ﬁrst clinic I came to as part of my fourth-year dental student externship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I learned that I loved working with children because there’s such a strong public health component built into pediatric dentistry.” She also opened a new practice at the Evanston Plaza Shopping Center with her husband, Dr. Melvin L. Dillard III.
2014 Dr. Jazmine Dillard, ’13, Pediatric Dentistry ’15, at the ribbon cutting for her new Evanston, IL, ofﬁce. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl attended.
Michael Christian, Prosthodontics, Simsbury, CT; and Aram Kim, MS Prosthodontics, Belmont, MA; and Graham Meng, MS Prosthodontics, Missoula, MT; were named Diplomates of the American Board of Prosthodontics and Fellows of the American College of Prosthodontists. Ashley Ginsberg, Chicago, will serve as the Chicago Dental Society North Side Branch’s dinner chair. Arash R. Hosseini has acquired the dental practice of Dr. Maria Fe Corpuz-Bato in Gurnee, IL. He had worked there since 2014. After several months of construction, upgrading paper records and x-rays to digital formats, establishing an improved and efﬁcient recall system, and increasing patient communication with the ofﬁce, Arash ﬁnally unveiled “Ariata Dental” on Dec. 7, 2015. Claire Pescheret, Chicago, was quoted in the December 2015 Illinois Dental News about the New Dentist Conference held in conjunction with the American Dental Association Annual Meeting.
Dr. Arash R. Hosseini, ’14, and his staff at Ariata Dental in Gurnee, IL.
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Anthony Pallotto, Prosthodontics, Chicago, was named a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists.
Donald G. Elitt, St. Louis University MS Orthodontics ’75, Town and Country, MO, is teaching orthodontics at the St. Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Medicine. He writes, “I’ve taught for 32 years as an Assistant Professor of Orthodontics while practicing full-time since 1975 in private practice.”
Philip Fijal, DesPlaines, IL is President-Elect of the Chicago Dental Society.
Loyola 1957 Chauncey Cross, Springﬁeld, IL, was recognized by Congressman Brian Babin at the American Dental Association Eighth District Caucus in Washington, DC, for his past leadership in state and national governmental affairs.
1984 Louis A. Imburgia, Park Ridge, IL, is Secretary of the Chicago Dental Society.
Terry Tiersky, Chicago, is Treasurer of the Chicago Dental Society.
1988 Joseph Baldassano, Inverness, IL, is Immediate Past-President of the Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club.
Calendar March 23: Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Administration Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Fee is $275 for Illinois State Dental Society member dentist staff, $500 for ISDS non-member dentist staff. Email email@example.com, log on to www.isds.org, or call (800) 475-4737.
April 7: Endodontics Alumni Dinner, San Francisco, held in conjunction with the American Association of Endodontists meeting. Call (312) 996-7514. 7: UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting preceding An Eveing with Legacies and Leaders Dinner, UIC Forum. (312) 996-8495. 13 and 14: Anesthesia/Sedation Assistant Monitoring Clinical Certiﬁcation Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Fee is $525 for Illinois State Dental Society member dentist staff, $850 for ISDS non-member dentist staff. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, log on to www.isds.org, or call (800) 475-4737.
15: Reunion. UIC College of Dentistry and Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry alumni. Years ending in “1” and “6” highlighted. Alumni awards presented. Carlisle Banquets, 435 E. Butterﬁeld Rd., Lombard, IL 60148. Email dentalum@uic. edu or call (312) 996-0485. 16: Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Fee is $450 for Illinois State Dental Society member dentist staff, $800 for ISDS nonmember dentist staff. Email gpitchford@ isds.org, log on to www.isds.org, or call (800) 475-4737.
May 4: Graduation and Awards Luncheon. Student Center West, 12:30 p.m. Call (312) 996-0485. 7: Commencement. UIC Forum and Rochford Tent. 10 a.m. Call (312) 3555259.
September 7 and 8, and 14 and 15: Local Anesthesia Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Fee is $950 for Illinois State Dental Society member dentist staff, $1,100 for ISDS nonmember dentist staff. Email gpitchford@ isds.org, log on to www.isds.org, or call (800) 475-4737. 17: Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Fee is $450 for Illinois State Dental Society member dentist staff, $800 for ISDS nonmember dentist staff. Email gpitchford@ isds.org, log on to www.isds.org, or call (800) 475-4737.
October 5: Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Administration Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Fee is $275 for Illinois State Dental Society member dentist staff, $500 for ISDS non-member dentist staff. Email email@example.com, log on to www.isds.org, or call (800) 475-4737.
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Dr. James Buckman Passes Away; Taught Restorative Dentistry for 50 Years Dr. James W “Jim” Buckman, ’64, Professor Emeritus, Department of Restorative Dentistry, passed away on Oct. 24, 2015. He was 75. Dr. Buckman earned his DDS from the College in 1964 and started a part-time private restorative practice, which he kept until 2009. After completing an internship at what was then called the West Side Veterans Hospital in 1965, he joined the faculty in the College’s old Department of Fixed Prosthodontics, which later became part of the Department of Restorative Dentistry. He earned his Certiﬁcate in Prosthodontics from the College in 1975. He served as Assistant Professor from 1965 through 1973, being promoted to Associate Professor in 1973. He was promoted to
Professor in 1980. He “retired” from the College in 1995, but continued teaching part-time for the next 20 years. He was responsible for developing guidelines for teaching occlusion approved by the American Association of Dental Schools (now the American Dental Education Association).
DR. BUCKMAN IS “AN INSPIRATION TO MANY, MANY UIC ALUMNI, FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS.” -DEAN CLARK STANFORD
He served as President of the American Equilibration Society in 2013-14. At the College, Dr. Buckman earned a Golden Apple Award for
outstanding teaching. He received the College’s E. Lloyd Du Brul Faculty Achievement Award for 1986, and the College’s F. William Towner Organized Dentistry Activity Award for 2013. Dean Clark Stanford called Dr. Buckman “an inspiration to many, many UIC alumni, faculty, staff, and students.” “Dr. Buckman was a leading faculty member for 50 years and deeply cared about our College, students, and faculty,” said Dr. Stephen Campbell, Head, Restorative Dentistry. “He positively inﬂuenced the lives of thousands of students and practitioners over his 50-year academic career,” Dr. Campbell added. Dr. Buckman is survived by Susan, his wife of 50 years; two children, Carolyn Oyster (wife of Randall) and James E. Buckman (husband of Kelly); ﬁve grandchildren; a brother; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials in his name may be made to the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist in Flossmoor, IL; the American Red Cross; or a charity of your choice. In honor of Dr. Buckman, the Department of Restorative Dentistry has created the James W. Buckman Faculty Award, which is intended to recognize a faculty member who has had a demonstrated long-term commitment to the department, its programs, faculty, staff, and students. The inaugural recipient was Dr. Alexander Chan, ’78, Prosthodontics ’80, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry. A plaque in the department commemorates Dr. Buckman and the award.
Dr. Harold Gerstein Passes Away; Served on Faculty of Three Dental Schools. Dr. Harold Gerstein, ’45, Highland Park, IL, passed away on July 7, 2014 at age 92. Dr. Gerstein created programs at the Northwestern University Dental School and Marquette University School of Dentistry, and he invented several instruments used in the practice of endodontics. During World War II, he served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He also served on the faculty of the Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry. In 1961, he helped co-found the Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club. He and his wife, Bernice, served as volunteers for the Alpine Valley Ski Patrol in Wisconsin. Along with his wife, Dr. Gerstein is survived by his son Mark, daughters Carla Baxter and Mindy Smith, eight grandchildren, and ﬁve great-grandchildren.
Dr. David Lichtenwalter Passes Suddenly; Former President of Alumni Board Dr. David A. Lichtenwalter, ’53, longtime member of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors and former President of the Board, and former faculty member at the College, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Dec. 17, at age 88. Dr. Lichtenwalter was most proud of his service as President of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors during the College’s
75th anniversary celebration, and of continuing to practice dentistry in his 80s. He formerly taught in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the College and was an Omicron Kappa Upsilon member.
Dr. David A. Lichtenwalter, ’53.
He served several terms as the Dental Alumni Board’s representative to the University of Illinois Alumni Association Board of Directors in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He had served as an Annual Fund Chair for the College, led a fundraising challenge for the Class of 1953 during its 50th anniversary year, and had been a generous contributor to various College funding initiatives. “Dr. Lichtenwalter was an admirer of the late oral anatomist and faculty member Dr. E. Lloyd Du Brul, so whenever Dr. Lichtenwalter came here on alumni business when Dr. Du Brul was alive he would visit Dr. Du Brul and me to talk about oral anatomy, which Dr. Lichtenwalter
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loved,” said retired faculty member Dr. Thomas Lakars, ‘67. “Just last year he took a Continuing Education course on oral anatomy. “So he never gave up on learning something new,” Dr. Lakars added. “Dr. Lichtenwalter was always upbeat and positive and will be missed.” Dr. Lichtenwalter earned a University of Illinois Alumni Association Loyalty Award in 1990. The award is given to an outstanding dental alumnus or alumna who has maintained extraordinary interest in and loyalty to the University through serving on University and alumni committees, councils, and boards and who is an active member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association. Along with several other medical professionals, he led the effort to purchase an old tuberculosis sanitarium in Winﬁeld, IL, and turned it into Central DuPage Hospital. His wife, Sue, noted that Dr. Lichtenwalter was a very passionate and dedicated dentist who served the Glen Ellyn community for the past 63 years. He grew up in Toledo, Illinois, in a family of ﬁve brothers and ﬁve sisters. Dr. Lichtenwalter is survived by his wife, Sue; and his children, Gwen D’Addio, Michael (Cay) Lichtenwalter, and Dr. David (Sonia) S. Lichtenwalter, ‘01. He was grandfather of eight; great-grandfather of seven; and uncle of many nieces and nephews. Dr. Lichtenwalter was preceded in death by his ﬁrst wife, Joy (Buckman). In lieu of ﬂowers, donations may be made to the DuPage Foundation, www.dupagefoundation.org.
Julian D. Goodfriend, Skokie, IL, died Oct. 18, 2015, at age 94. He is survived by his children Koreene Footlik; Arthur Goodfriend, husband of Judy; Jodie Virene, wife of Jeffrey; and Randy Goodfriend; ﬁve grandchildren; and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611.
Warren E. Petty, Benton, IL, died April 28, 2015, at age 80. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughters Lea Ann Stone, wife of Randall, and Dr. Lynn Parker, wife of Dr. John Parker; three granddaughters, and a grandson. Memorials in his name may be made to the Rend Lake College Foundation.
Norman E. James, Champaign, IL, died May 25, 2015, at age 80. He is survived by his wife, Kathe; children Laurie Morris, wife of Patrick, Linda Berge, wife of Garry, Luanne VanderWielen, wife of Vic, Kelly James-Enger, wife of Erik, Andrew Young, Stephi James, and Mark James, husband of Lyndsi; 17 grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Champaign County Nursing Home.
1946 Keith E. Olsan, Appleton, WI, died April 17, 2015, at age 91. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; son David, husband of Bonibet; a grandson, two granddaughters, and two great grandsons. He was preceded in death by his daughter Karen.
1948 Ernest L. King Jr., Harrisonburg, VA, died June 5, 2015.
1951 Carlos J. Steinvorth, San Jose, Costa Rica, died Aug. 12, 2014. He was the ﬁrst Orthodontist in Central America. He is survived by his son, Botho.
1955 Robert C. Coberley, Lakeland, FL, died in 2015 at age 88. He was one of the individuals responsible for establishing the College’s Dr. Leo K. Sabien/Class of 1955 Scholarship Fund. Dr. Coberley is survived by his wife, Geneva.
1964 James Berens, Thousand Oaks, CA, died July 5, 2015, at age 76. Upon graduation from the College, he served in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In the 1980s, he entered the ﬁeld of residential home development and was successful in this venture, retiring in 1998. Dr. Berens enjoyed outdoor activities, travel, horseracing, and cooking. He is survived by several cousins and a nephew. Alan J. Shapiro, Elk Grove Village, IL, passed away in September 2015 at age 76. He is survived by his wife, Sherie; son Jeffrey, husband of Susan; son David; son Michael, husband of Jill; and eight grandchildren. Contributions in his name may be made to the Chicago Dental Society Foundation or Lyric Opera.
James W. Paul, Naperville, IL, died Oct. 15, 2015, at age 81. He is survived by his wife, Nora; children Laura Schwartz, wife of Matthew; Donald Paul, husband of Lynn; Phillip Paul, husband of Danielle; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, PO Box 130, Hinsdale, IL 60522-0130.
1967 James D. Hastings, Arlington Heights, IL, died on Sept. 3, 2015.
1970 David L, Kelsheimer, Periodontics ’75, Belleville, IL, died Nov. 1, 2015, at age 69. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis. Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society, 1301 S. 11th St., Belleville, IL 62226.
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Gary J. Mackey, 66, Wheaton, IL, died May 9, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Lynne; daughter Jennifer Mackey Jankowski; son Brian, husband of Linda; son John, husband of Teresa; and four grandchildren.
Alex DeStefano, Lake Bluff, IL, died April 29, 2015.
Robert A. De Salvo Sr., La Grange Park, IL, died in November 2015. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; daughter Susan Wolfgarth, wife of Charles; sons Robert Jr., husband of Nancy; James, husband of Janet; and John, husband of Beth; and ﬁve grandchildren.
Gerald D. Dumke, Woodridge, IL, died May 6, 2015.
1972 Thomas J. Nykiel, Huntley, IL, died June 27, 2015.
1976 Richard Lang, Elmhurst, IL, died Feb. 1, 2015.
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Student Activities Student Initiative Results in Veterans’ Screening Day at College As part of her Schweitzer Fellows project, student Nisha Garg initiated a Veterans’ Screening Day at the College Jan. 16 for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans were given a free initial screening and assessment. Schweitzer Fellows spend a year working to address barriers that impact the health of underserved communities and develop lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert
Schweitzer, for whom the Fellowship is named. Garg’s Schweitzer Fellows goal is to provide oral hygiene information and oral health care to military veterans who are ineligible for dental health care in the Veterans Administration (VA) system. “With the desire to work with the veteran population, Tom Angerame, a classmate, and I began holding oral health seminars at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center for the high percentage of veterans who are ineligible to receive dental care from the VA facility,” Garg said. “My seminars provide information on how to properly maintain oral hygiene, along with how oral health directly relates to the health of the
entire body,” Garg said. “After spending months speaking to veterans about their frustrations with receiving dental care,” she added, “Tom and I reached out to Dean Clark Stanford and Dr. Susan Rowan ’84, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs] about hosting a Veterans’ Screening Day for those individuals.” Garg initially expected only about 25 or 30 participants. “However, days before the event, I started getting phone calls and emails from veterans all over the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs,” she said. A total of 73 veterans ended up participating. “That alone is very indicative of how high of a demand low-cost dental care is amongst the
Student Nisha Garg (left) checks in a veteran of the armed services at the recent Veterans’ Screening Day.
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A total of 73 veterans participated, and found a new permanent dental home as patients of the College. Cindy Hacker was one of the dental students who provided oral healthcare to veterans.
veteran population.” During the event, 22 students and ﬁve faculty members provided screenings. The faculty were Dean Stanford; Dr. Blasé Brown, Loyola ’81, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences; Dr. Kaori Ema, ’11; Clinical Instructor, Restorative; Dr. Kenneth Gehrke, ’82, Prosthodontics ’84, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative; and Dr. Charles Neach, Loyola ’70, Clinical Assistant Professor, Endodontics. A few veterans who participated were referred elsewhere due to more complex medical or dental needs. Others were accepted as patients of the College and “will be assigned to a student dentist,” Garg said. “From that point forward, all dental care will be provided from our school. “It was very exciting to witness these veterans ﬁnally getting the opportunity for actual dental care,” she concluded. “The students and faculty also expressed their enjoyment with working with such an appreciative and deserving population.” One of the participants, Robert Hamilton, expressed his appreciation to the College in a letter. He wrote, “As a veteran I would like to thank all of you for showing such concern for our dental health. Everyone was so nice and helpful. I appreciate your effort.”
Entering Students Receive Their White Coats The White Coat Ceremony, which marks the eligibility of entering DMD and DMDAS (Advanced Standing) students to enter the patient care environment, was held on Aug. 21, 2015.
Students Joanna Kopytek and Ajay Koya were all smiles walking in to the White Coat Ceremony.
A total of 104 students received white coats. Parents, other family members, friends, faculty, and staff were on hand. Dr. Susan Rowan, ’84, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, was Master of Ceremonies, and introduced the speakers. She also gave the closing remarks. Dr. Clark Stanford, Dean and Distinguished Professor, noted that the College’s educational program “is intellectually challenging” but added that students would be working with a “great faculty and staff.” He noted that students were probably asking themselves, “Can I do this?” and assured them they could, noting that “We will not ﬁll your brain with factoids. Instead, we will mold you to think like a dentist and build on that for the rest of your careers.” Dr. Stanford added, “You competed with others to get here.
Now you will compete only with yourself.” Dr. Stanford advised students not to be afraid to make mistakes, and noted that the qualities they needed to be good dentists were competence, integrity, professionalism, empathy, and tolerance. “When you work with your patients, listen to what they say,” Dr. Stanford said. “When you don this white coat, think about the responsibility it brings.” Dr. Sue Bordenave Bishop spoke next. She is Eighth District Deputy Regent, International College of Dentists, and Illinois Section Editor, American College of Dentists. She noted that she was “very passionate about dentistry, dental organizations, dental studies, and dental schools,” and advised the students to “enjoy the time that you
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Michael Perna receives congratulations from Dean Stanford and Dr. Ron Milnarik, Clinical Assistant Professor, Endodontics.
have here. Learning is an opportunity, and it should be enjoyable.” Dr. Keith W. Dickey, President of the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, spoke about the activities of his organization and said “we look forward to seeing you” as members of the ISDS. Dr. Susan Becker Doroshow, ’83, is President of the Chicago Dental Society, and spoke about the CDS mentorship program for College of Dentistry students. She asked students to participate in their local CDS chapters, and informed them that the CDS has “tools to help you manage your student debt.” She added, “you have many challenges ahead of you. CDS members will be rooting for you every step of your journey.” Following was Dr. Edward H. Segal, President of the Illinois State Dental Society, who noted that this is
Florina Demian receives an assist from Dean Clark Stanford when donning her White Coat.
“an exciting time in dentistry” and told the students “you have chosen the best profession out there. Dentistry also is going through the most rapid changes of all the healthcare professions. “The next four years will go very rapidly and you will make lifelong friendships,” he predicted, adding that “the ISDS is here for you. Contact us any time.” Speaking next was Dr. Larry N. Williams, President of the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry. He also recommended to the students to “enjoy the time you’re here,” and noted that dentistry means “lifelong learning. Five years into your practice, all the knowledge will be different.” He added that “we’re all in this together,” and that dental school is “like an elephant. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Dr. Seema Ashraﬁ, ’93, MS
Histology ’94, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs performed the faculty recognition. More than 25 faculty members helped present the White Coats to students. Dr. Ashraﬁ also led the students in reciting the Dentists’ Pledge. Announcing the names of the students were Dr. Priscilla Chang, ’07, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, and Dr. Terry Parsons, ’82, Co-Director, DMD Advanced Standing Program. After the ceremony, students, guests, family members, faculty, and staff enjoyed a reception in Student Center West in which the new students became better acquainted with their colleagues and teachers. Sponsors of the event were GlaxoSmithKline, the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, and the International College of Dentists.
Student Activities Alumnus, Students Participate in CURE Event
Drs. Edward H. Segal, Susan Becker Doroshow, Keith W. Dickey, Mary J. Hayes, Sue Bordenave Bishop, and Larry N. Williams were speakers representing various dental organizations.
Pictured left to right are student Dante Brown; Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry alumnus Dr. Tom Sullivan; UIC College of Dentistry alumnus Dr. Robert Rada, ’85; and students Jihan Doss and Mark White. They participated in an event sponsored by the CURE (Collaborative Underserved Relief and Education) Network in which they provided preventive care and extractions of teeth to needy patients in LaGrange, IL.
The CURE (Collaborative Underserved Relief and Education) Network, which offers free dental, medical, and vision care to the uninsured and underinsured in the Chicagoland area, held an event providing healthcare in LaGrange Park, IL, on Sept. 18. Students Dante Brown, Jihan Doss, and Mark White, along with Dr. Robert Rada, a 1985 alumnus of the College and Clinical Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, provided both preventive care and extractions of infected teeth. The students are in the Public Health and Advocacy track overseen by Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences. A total of 308 patients visited the event, and about two-thirds of them received both dental and vision services. Equipment was provided by the Mission of Mercy organization, which also provides free healthcare to the needy. About 50 dental chairs were organized in hygiene, oral surgery, and restorative sections. Patients were triaged and walked to and from the appropriate section by volunteers. “The unique part is that our students provided the dental care,” Dr. Rada explained. “They did not simply assist dentists from the community. This is possible because of a contractual agreement I have with UIC so that they may provide care under my supervision. This agreement is similar to the site agreement at various community sites.”
CHAMPIONS!— The College of Dentistry team, “Caries Free,” won the UIC Intramural Flag Football Championship in October. The team is a combination of D-2, D-3, and D-4 students. They were undefeated in the regular season and playoffs, and allowed only two points all season.
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Dr. Rada noted that, “Our Public Health and Advocacy track students performed compassionately and conﬁdently. We can be certain that these young doctors have a special gift that they are sharing with those less fortunate.” Dr. Rada found it “really rewarding to me to hear the local dentists and Midwestern University dental students admiring the fact that Dante, Jihan, and Mark were actually providing the care,” he said. “I might add that they were not given ‘easy’ cases and that they were exposed to some challenging procedures. I was really proud to be working with them. It was great to welcome our young UIC dentists into the profession at this event.” “This was an amazing, wellorganized public health event that provided essential healthcare services all in one stop,” Brown said. “It was evident how appreciative the patients were. Through Dr. Rada we were able to provide the dental services, instead of just assist.” Since its inception in 2010, the CURE network has provided more than $27 million in free care to more than 4,000 patients. For more information, log on to www.curenetwork.org.
Hispanic Dental Association Student Chapter Wins Video Award
VIVA ESPERANZA—Volunteers from the Hispanic Student Dental Association, including David Dominguez, pictured, worked a health fair at the Esperanza Health Clinic in the Little Village community, applying ﬂuoride varnish to people of all ages and providing oral health information, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental ﬂoss.
The College’s Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) student chapter won third place in the Orgullo (“Pride”) video contest at the recent Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. The students created a minutelong video with the focus on patient
Members of the Hispanic Dental Association’s UIC College of Dentistry student chapter receiving a check from Procter & Gamble ofﬁcials for winning third place in a video competition.
education. Nineteen universities participated. HSDA President Jackie Magallanes cast her niece and nephew in the video. Proctor & Gamble/Crest/Oral B provided the College with $300 for the third-place ﬁnish.
Schour Scholars Named Madison Allen and Andrew Bertagna were named Schour Scholars for this year. Schour Scholars are named in honor of Dr. Isaac Schour, ’24, MS Oral Surgery ’28, who was Dean from 1956 to 1964.
Stipends for the Schour Scholars have been provided by Dr. Seymour Gottlieb, ’58, who was a student under Dr. Schour. Scholars are selected for their research work in the ﬁelds of tissue repair and tissue regeneration. “Scholarships such as these create new opportunities for students,” Dr. Gottlieb said. “The research they perform helps develop critical thinking skills, which can be inspirational later on in their careers. I’ve come to the College for Clinic and Research Day, and I see the conﬁdence they display when they present their research. “Performing research is like a
seed that grows and lets people bloom and be creative throughout the rest of their lives,” Dr. Gottlieb concluded. Dr. Schour was an internationally known scholar, educator, researcher, and administrator known for a tooth development chart he created. By studying the histologic sections of the teeth of animals, he inspired a new discipline: the histo-physiology of teeth and surrounding structures. Along with being Dean, Dr. Schour also was Head of the College’s Department of Histology. Dr. Schour also was President of the International Association for Dental Research.
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Faculty/Department News Manufacturing, Colorgraphics, Miller Transportation, and McGladrey & Pullen. He earned a BA in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Iowa, an MBA from Rockford College, an MA in International Relations from Boston University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University.
Dr. Michael D. Harner.
Dr. Michael D. Harner in Charge of Finance, Administration Dr. Michael D. Harner has moved from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford to the College of Dentistry, where he has taken on the role of Associate Dean for Finance and Administration. “My responsibilities encompass looking after the ﬁnances and other administrative functions of the College of Dentistry,” Dr. Harner explained. “My direct reports include Human Resources, Finance, and Information Technologies. I plan to also work closely with all units and departments in creating and monitoring ﬁscal issues and operations of the educational and clinical activities.” Previously Director of Financial Affairs for the U of I College of Medicine at Rockford, Dr. Harner is the former Chief Financial ofﬁcer for Shappert Engineering Co. of Rockford. He also previously worked in ﬁnancial positions for Boeke & Associates, Rhenberg Jacobson
Dr. Spector earned his BS in Psychobiology from Binghamton University in New York State; his DMD from Temple University in Philadelphia; and his Master’s and Certiﬁcate in Periodontics, and his Certiﬁcate in General Dentistry, from Columbia University in New York City. He previously taught at Columbia, the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and most recently at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. Dr. Spector has performed research on the ability of Porphyromas Gingivalis to inhibit the secretion of Il-8 by oral epithelial cells, on treatment of temporomandibular disorders, and on complementary and alternative medicine in a dental clinic. He has published several journal articles and abstracts.
Dr. Evelina Kratunova Joins Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Mickey Spector.
Dr. Mickey Spector Joins College as Managing Partner The Mozart Suite has a new Managing Partner as Dr. Mickey Spector has joined the College as Clinical Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry. “I look forward to working in conjunction with the world-class faculty here at UIC to help maximize the educational experiences for our students,” Dr. Spector said.
Dr. Evelina Kratunova has joined the Department of Pediatric Dentistry as a Clinical Assistant Professor. In her post she is responsible for student and resident education and training; mentoring graduate student research projects; providing oral healthcare for infants and children; conducting research; assistance in course development and evaluation criteria; and teaching in a variety of seminars and conferences in the department. Her research is in restorative dental materials for primary teeth, and she also is interested in researching dental trauma, local anesthesia in children, behavior management, and dental anomalies. Dr. Kratunova noted that she
Dr. Ian Marion.
Dr. Ian W. Marion Joins Pediatric Dentistry
Since she particularly enjoyed dealing with youngsters, Dr. Kratunova decided to enter the Pediatric Dentistry specialty program at Trinity College at the University of Dublin, where she earned a doctorate. Her research was in pediatric crowns, which resulted in three articles published in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry. She entered academe by teaching clinical pediatric dentistry in the Dublin Dental University Hospital.
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resident at the University of Washington in Seattle. Previously, Dr. Marion had completed a General Practice residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx in New York City. He earned his DDS from the University of the Paciﬁc’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA, in 2012, where he received the Charles, Charles Jr., and Joe Sweet Pediatric Dentistry Award and the San Francisco Dental Society Ethics Award.
brings “international experience and possibilities for international collaboration on research projects.” Originally from Bulgaria, Dr. Kratunova earned her dental degree from Soﬁa Medical University. She later spent 13 years in Ireland, at ﬁrst working for the Public Dental Service, “where I was involved in providing oral healthcare to children up to age 16—some of them with compromised health or special needs,” Dr. Kratunova said. “I also worked with adults with disabilities.”
Dr. Evelina Kratunova.
Dr. Ian W. Marion has joined the College as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. “I will primarily be working with residents and dental students during clinic sessions, and I hope to be involved in lectures across many topics in pediatric dentistry,” Dr. Marion said. “I want to work with students and residents and share the joy of practicing pediatric dentistry,” Dr. Marion continued. “I hope to start up some interesting programs centered around dental technology as well. I am also very interested in training programs abroad. It is very interesting to see how different countries have approached dental education.” Working with underserved children and increasing access to care are particular interests of Dr. Marion. He comes to the College after having been a Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan Receives NIDCR Grant Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics, has received a mentored clinical scientist development award (K08) from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health. The project is titled “The Role of microRNA-21, 27 and 29 in Tooth Movement.” The award will fund Dr. Atsawasuwan’s research for the next ﬁve years and allow Dr. Atsawasuwan “to gain comprehensive insight into a mechanism of orthodontic tooth movement with an emphasis on epigenetic aspects of microRNA biology,” he said.
Dr. Stephen Campbell Receives Presidential Citation from ACP The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) has created a new award, the Presidential Citation, to recognize Dr. Stephen Campbell, Head, Department of Restorative
Dentistry. He received his award at the ACP’s 2015 Annual Session in Orlando, FL. ACP President Dr. Frank J. Tuminelli created the award. It recognizes Dr. Campbell’s decades of service with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), which began in the 1990s when Dr. Campbell served as a site visitor for CODA.
Dr. Stephen Campbell has Received the Presidential Citation from the American College of Prosthodontists.
For the College, Dr. Campbell directed the two site visits that established the College’s new Advanced Prosthodontics Program in 1993, the clinical portion of the College-wide CODA site visit in 1999, and he then chaired the College’s whole site visit in 2006. “In those roles you learn the accreditation standards really well,” Dr. Campbell said. With that high level of knowledge, he then made application
for CODA’s Predoctoral Review Committee and was selected as part of a very competitive process. The various commission Review Committees do much of the preparatory and hard work of the commission. Ultimately, the commission considers and acts on the recommendations from the committees. The commission’s Predoctoral Review Committee considers all matters related to predoctoral dental education in the US. “I volunteered for the Predoctoral Review Committee because I knew it was at a critical crossroads,” Dr. Campbell said. “It had just embarked on totally rewriting the predoctoral accreditation standards. I served on the Predoctoral RC from 2008 through 2012. “We rewrote boilerplate sections and crafted many of the (accreditation) standards as they now exist,” he added. “We inserted in the clinical education standards that all students must be competent in the replacement of missing teeth with ﬁxed, removable, and implant prostheses,” Dr. Campbell said. “This holds all programs accountable for all of their graduating students and programs for the didactic knowledge and clinical experience that ensures competence.” The committee’s recommendations were implemented in January 2013, and they subsequently developed the SelfStudy Guide that provides important information for all programs preparing for accreditation. Dr. Campbell was then appointed Chair of the Prosthodontics Specialty Review Committee. As Chair, he serves as one of 30 Commissioners that consider all dental accreditation
matters. The Prosthodontic Review Committee had recently completed a total re-write of the Prosthodontic Specialty Standards, and these were actively under consideration by the commission. Over the next two-anda-half years, Dr. Campbell stewarded the proposed standards through the process of consideration and adoption. “The new standards reﬂect the current and future status of our prosthodontic specialty, and embrace such things as disease risk assessment and intervention, digital dentistry and the standard that requires all graduating prosthodontists to be competent in the restoration, placement, and referral of dental implants,” Dr. Campbell explained. As a result of these 20 years of service to the Commission on Dental Accreditation and dental education, the ACP decided to create a new Presidential Citation Award to recognize Dr. Campbell for his leadership and work in accreditation.
Dr. Adriana SemprumClavier Honored with National Outstanding Faculty Award Dr. Adriana Semprum-Clavier, Co-Director of the DMD Advanced Standing program and Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, was honored with the Colgate Palmolive Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) National Outstanding Faculty Award at the HDA 25th Annual conference in San Antonio, TX. The Colgate Palmolive award recognizes the top faculty member who has “made a signiﬁcant contribution toward enhancing the
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Dr. Adriana Semprum-Clavier, center, was honored with the Colgate Palmolive Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) National Outstanding Faculty Award.
Dr. Cortino Sukotjo, recipient of the ACP Clinician/Researcher Award.
Jacqueline Magallanes, president of the College’s HSDA, nominated Dr. Semprum whom, Magallanes said, “goes above and beyond by mentoring HSDA members in advocating for the oral and general health of underserved Hispanic communities in Chicago through volunteer work with Esperanza.”
individuals ACP members who have made substantial contributions to the welfare and advancement of the ACP or prosthodontics; with outstanding contributions to academic dentistry; and contributions to the sciences or health professions.
overall quality of oral health for the Hispanic population by exceeding the scope of their position as faculty member and HSDA advisor,” said Dr. Vidal Balderas, National President of the HDA. Dr. Semprum is advisor to the Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) chapter at the College. The HSDA nominated Dr. Semprum for the national award “based on our activities to promote and improve oral health in the Hispanic community,” she said. Dr. Semprum helped establish a partnership between the Federally Qualiﬁed Health Center (FQHC) Esperanza Health Centers and the HSDA to conduct monthly oral health education and application of ﬂuoride varnish for an average of 15 families one Saturday a month. During these sessions students under her supervision provide oral hygiene instructions and diet counseling. The UIC team also provides referrals to other oral health providers.
Dr. Cortino Sukotjo Wins ACP Clinician/ Researcher Award Dr. Cortino Sukotjo, Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry was named recipient of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) Clinician/Researcher Award. “I am deeply grateful and humbled to receive this prestigious award from a professional organization that I truly respect and am proud to be part of,” said Dr. Sukotjo. This award is presented to
Dr. Emiliya Taneva Earns Inaugural New Investigator Award from ADA Dr. Emiliya Taneva, MS Orthodontics ’14, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics, has been named the ﬁrst recipient of the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Practice’s Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award. The award highlights the crucial role that dental informatics play in improving the quality of patient care, assuring patient health and safety, and increasing efﬁciency through the use of information technology. Dr. Taneva was honored for
Dr. Emiliya Taneva receives her Ahlstrom Award from Dr. Julian Hal Fair III, 16th District Trustee of the ADA (left), and Dr. Greg Zeller, Chair of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics.
Dr. Seema Ashraﬁ receiving one of her three Golden Apple Awards.
her paper, “3D Evaluation of Palatal Rugae for Human Identiﬁcation Using Digital Study Models.” “My master’s thesis project involved developing and utilizing a 3D approach for human veriﬁcation and identiﬁcation using the palatal rugae pattern,” she explained. “I am currently working on a continuation of this research, which aims to evaluate the matching process in identical and fraternal twins, siblings, and parents, and to determine longitudinal changes in palatal rugae individual patterns.”
Dr. Robert Manasse, ’74, Orthodontics ’76, Clinical Associate Professor, Orthodontics, began as a teaching assistant in 1973, and served on the faculty of the Departments of Operative Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, and Orthodontics.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, received three Golden Apple Awards in 2015. She received Golden Apples from the DMD and DMDAS Classes of 2015 at the Graduation and Awards Luncheon, and from the DMDAS Class of 2016.
Dr. Terry Parsons, ’82, Professor, Restorative Dentistry, had Directed or Co-Directed the DMD Advanced Standing Program, formerly the International Dentist Degree Program, since its inception in 1974.
Dr. Clark Stanford, Dean, performed genetic and dental consultations at the annual Family Conference of the National foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) in Colorado Springs, CO, in July. Dr. Stanford performed 35 family consultations during the conference. He also serves as the chair of the Scientiﬁc Advisory Council to the NFED Foundation. He also spoke at the Ectodermal Dysplasias Workshop at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, Sept. 8, on Managing the Oral Health Issues in Individuals Affected with Ectodermal Dysplasia. He was honored by the University Oct. 21 when he received
Retirements Several individuals with long careers at the College have retired recently. Nona Flores, Business Associate, Oral Biology, had ﬁrst worked for the College in 1969. She served the College and University in various roles as her entire working life had been with the University.
Dr. James B. Ricker, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, had been on the faculty since 1999. He was one of the College’s original six managing partners when the group practice clinics were created in 2002.
Administration Dr. Seema Ashraﬁ, ’93, MS Histology ’94, Periodontics ’99, Interim
Speakers at the Ectodermal Dysplaisas Workshop at the NIH (left to right) Drs. Maria Morasso (NIH, NIAMS); Olivier Duverger (NIH, NIAMS); Tim Fete (University of Missouri , Children’s Hospital), Marja Mikkola (University Helsinki, Institute Biotechnology); Mary Fete (ED, National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias); Clark Stanford (Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry); Tim Wright (University North Carolina, Pediatric Dentistry) and Maranke Koster (University of Colorado, College of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus).
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his certiﬁcate for being named a UIC Distinguished Professor. Dr. Stanford gave the George Zarb Lecture in Clinical Research at the University of Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 23. The title of his talk was Concepts of Health, Oral Health, and the Value Proposition for Tooth Replacement. Dr. Stanford was named a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, an independent organization of distinguished leaders in the health ﬁeld who collaborate to improve the health of the public.
Dean Clark Stanford was honored by being named a UIC Distinguished Professor; he was congratulated by Chancellor Dr. Michael Amiridis and University of Illinois President Dr. Timothy Killeen.
In late August, Dean Clark Stanford (center) presented a talk at the DENTSPLY Implants Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, on Esthetics and Implant Rehabilitation. The event included a banquet the staff dressed as superheroes.
Dr. Colin Haley, ’07, Clinical Instructor, completed the 2015 American Dental Education Association/ Academy for Academic Leadership Institute for Teaching and Learning program. The goal is to help participant reﬁne their teaching skills and enhance the quality of their interactions with students.
Department of Endodontics Drs. Satish Alapati, Endodontics ’11, Assistant Professor; Young Byun, Resident; Mohamed Fayed, Clinical Assistant Professor; William Nudera, ’99, MS Endodontics ’05, Clinical Assistant Professor; Tony Tran, Resident; and Christopher Wenckus, ’71, Endodontics ’74, Associate Professor, presented at the American Association of Endodontists Annual Meeting in Seattle in 2015. Dr. Alapati also was elected to a four-year term on the Foundation for Endodontics Board of Directors. Dr. Brad Johnson, Endodontics ’91, Department Head and Director of Postgraduate Endodontics, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Endodontists.
Preschoolers from the UIC Children’s Center visited the College recently and were shown the Du Brul collection of skulls and artifacts by Dr. Jose Iriarte-Diaz, Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biology, who explained the items to the curious youngsters. Dr. Qian Xie, Endodontics ’11, now is Director of Predoctoral Clinical Endodontics and Managing Partner Consultant in the Department of Endodontics. Dr. Xie succeeds Dr. Satish Alapati, Endodontics ’11, Assistant Professor, who now is focusing on his research in tissue engineering and regenerative endodontics.
Department of Oral Biology Dr. Ron Milnarik, ’67, MS ’77 Loyola, and Dr. Darryl Pendleton.
Dr. Ron Milnarik, ’67, MS ’77 Loyola, Clinical Assistant Professor, Endodontics, and Dr. Darryl Pendleton, Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs, were inducted into the American College of Dentists in November at the American College of Dentists Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. 54
Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Head, spoke on “Understanding Mesenchymal Stem Cell Fate and Inﬂammation in Bone Repair and Development” at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, on Jan. 11. Dr. Robert Druzinsky, Clinical Associate Professor, wrote a chapter in a book published in 2015. The chapter is entitled “The Oral Apparatus of Rodents: variations on the theme of a gnawing machine” in the book
Evolution of the Rodents: Advances in Phylogeny, Palaeontology and Functional Morphology, Cambridge Studies in Morphology and Molecules, New Paradigms in Evolutionary Biology, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. P.G. Cox and L. Hautier, eds., pp. 323-349. ISBN 9781316309063. Dr. Anne George, Allan G. Brodie Endowed Professor, spoke at the 16th International Symposium on Biomimetic Materials Processing at Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, in January. Dr. Jose Iriarte-Diaz, Assistant Professor, traveled to Harvard University in September for an unusual award: the “IgNobel Prize,” given to researchers whose work makes you laugh, then think. Dr. Iriarte-Diaz was one of ten winners nationally, taking the Biology Prize for his research on dinosaur movement, which involved attaching a fake tail to chickens to observe how it affected their gate. His research
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Faculty/Department News suggests that dinosaurs walked much like humans, with a vertical stance and most of the movement in the hips. See https://youtu. be/2LQVeSXLqFM. He was awarded $10 trillion—in Zimbabwean money, which converts to about four cents!
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dr. Michael Miloro, Head, was appointed to Committee on Continuing Education and Professional Development (CCEPD), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He was CoChairman of AO Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons Principles of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery Course, Chicago, in August. Dr. Miloro was Co-Course Director of 3rd Innovations and Best Practices in Trigeminal Nerve Repair, AxoGen-sponsored hands-on lab course, Atlanta, GA, in November. That same month, he attended the AOCMF Faculty Education Program in Chicago.
Abstract Presentation Haupt A, Kolokythas A, Zhou Y, Schwartz JL, Adami GR, Miloro M. MicroRNAs enriched in epithelium of oral squamous cell carcinoma in never smokers. AAOMS 97th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Oct. 2015.
Book Chapters Kolokythas A, Jamali J, Miloro M. Preprosthetic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, in Manual of Minor Oral Surgery for the General Dentist, Mehra and D’Innocenzo, Eds., Wiley Blackwell, 2016. Miloro M, Kolokythas A, Schlieve T. Trigeminal and Facial Nerve Injuries, in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 3rd Edition, Fonseca, Ed., Elsevier, 2016.
Schlieve T, Kolokythas A, Miloro M. Salivary Gland Infections, in Head, Neck, and Orofacial Infections: Am Interdisciplinary Approach, Hupp JR, Ferneini EM, Eds, Elsevier, 2015.
Miloro M, Ruckman P, Kolokythas A. Lingual nerve repair: To graft or not to graft? J Oral Maxillofac Surg 73: 1844-1850, 2015, http://dx.doi. org/10.1016/j.joms.2015.03.018.
Lotesto A, Miloro M, Mercuri LG, Sujkoto C. Are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residents Trained Adequately in Alloplastic TMJ Total Joint Replacement? J Oral Maxillofac Surg 74: 1-7, 2016, DOI: http://dx.doi. org/10.1016/j.joms.2015.10.020.
Kolokythas A, Miloro M. Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America, Elsevier, February 2016.
Poster Presentation Haupt A, Haupt D, Miloro M, Kolokythas A. Inﬂuence of immediate post-extraction irrigation with chlorhexidine rinse on postoperative pain and incidence of alveolar osteitis of impacted mandibular third molars. AAOMS 97th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Oct. 2015.
Peer-Reviewed Publications Al-Weteid A, Miloro M. Transoral endoscopic-assisted styloidectomy: How should Eagle syndrome be managed surgically? Int J Oral Maxillofac Sur 44: 1181-1187, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j. ijom.2015.03.021. Schlieve T, Miloro M. Topical refrigerant spray for pediatric venipuncture for outpatient surgery. Oral Maxillofac Surg Cases 1: 29-32, 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j. omsc.2015.05.004. Kolokythas A, Karras M, Collins E, Flick WG, Miloro M, Adami G. Salivary biomarkers associated with bone deterioration in patients with medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 73: 1741-1747, 2015, http://dx.doi. org/10.1016/j.joms.2015.03.034.
Ruckman P, Schlieve T, Borba A, Miloro M. External reference nasal pin for orthognathic maxillary positioning: what is the proper method of placement? J Oral Maxillofac Surg 74: http://dx.doi. org/10.1016/j.joms.2015.10.004. Kolokythas A, Miloro M. Why do women choose to enter academic oral and maxillofacial surgery? J Oral Maxillofac Surg 74: DOI: http://dx.doi. org/10.1016/j.joms.2016.01.004.
Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences Dr. Blasé Brown, Clinical Assistant Professor, in August completed the 2015 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program of the Academy for Academic Leadership in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Michael Colvard, MS ’00, Professor, and Director of the Dental Medicine Responder and Technology Ofﬁce, was the subject of an article in the Sept. 16, 2015 UIC News, concerning his expertise in the medical anthropology of plants used in dental care throughout history. He also was the subject of an article on research on medical marijuana in the Sept. 2015 edition of Illinois Dental News. 55
Faculty/Department News at the annual meeting of the Thai Association of Orthodontists in November 2015. His talk was entitled, “From Molecular Biology to Clinical Ideology.” Dr. Carla Evans, Department Head, is the Illinois Society of Orthodontists liaison for University Relations.
Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan with the organizing committee of the Thai Association of Orthodontists meeting.
New Orthodontics Postgraduates were welcomed by the College and Dr. Evans with a cruise on Aug. 31, 2015.
Dr. Mohammed Elnagar (center) with Dr. Carla Evans and Dr. Gregory Jackson, Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthodontics.
Orthodontics Postgraduates enjoyed a welcoming cruise. Dr. Alison Doubleday, Assistant Professor, spoke at the 2015 TechTeach Conference at UIC on Nov. 17, 2015. Dr. Anne Koerber, Professor and Director of Behavioral Science, in August completed the 2015 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program of the Academy for Academic Leadership in Atlanta, GA. 56
Dr. Robert Rada, ’85, Clinical Professor, and Bridget Brown, Pediatric Dentistry, spoke on Oral Health Care for Children with Special Needs at the CDS Midwinter Meeting.
Department of Orthodontics Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan, Assistant Professor, was the keynote speaker
Dr. Mohammed Elnagar, an Assistant Lecturer of Orthodontics at Tanta University in Tanta, Egypt, is a Visiting Scholar performing a Research Fellowship. Kim Fasula, Director of Clinic Operations, is co-chair of the UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women. Nancy H. Rothstein, MBA, author of My Daddy Snores and sleep wellness consultant, presented her Sleep 101 material to the Department of Orthodontics on Aug. 19, 2015. Her
Children and Adolescents,” 25th Meeting of the Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, Adelaide, Australia; “Oral Lesions and Infections in Immunocompromised Children,” American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Las Vegas, NV.
Dr. Ralph Robbins and Nancy Rothstein. visit was organized by Dr. Ralph Robbins, Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Isaac Yue, MS Orthodontics ’05, Clinical Assistant Professor, completed the 2015 American Dental Education Association/ Academy for Academic Leadership Institute for Teaching and Learning program. The goal is to help participant reﬁne their teaching skills and enhance the quality of their interactions with students.
Department of Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Marcio da Fonseca, Department Head, in 2015 gave talks on “Childhood Cancer: Oral and Dental Aspects, Tenth Conference for Arab Pediatric Dentists, Kuwait; “Treatment of the Medically Compromised Child,” Michigan Dental Association Annual Meeting; “Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: Oral Health Implications,” Ninth Annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; “Oral Health in Children with Health Issues,” University of Sao Paulo School of Dentistry, Brazil; “Caring for Medically Compromised
Dr. Shar Fadavi, MS Pediatric Dentistry ’81, is now a Professor Emerita. This new title and recognition was approved by the Board of Trustees at the July 23, 2015 meeting. Dr. Fadavi was invited as a guest speaker to the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City for its 17th Dental Congress during Sept. 9-12,2015. She delivered lectures on the topics of Early Childhood Caries, Management of Traumatic Injuries to the Primary and Permanent Dentition of Children, and Moderate/Conscious Sedation in Children. She spoke on the importance of dealing with cavities in primary teeth on WGN-TV Channel 9 in Chicago in August. See http://wgntvpresentations.com/view/mail?iID=P8S3D8TPEBWTDT2BWV8Y.
Dr Emilia Valenzuela Espinosa, Professor Pediatric Dentistry at UNAM; Dr. Shar Fadavi; and Dr. Fernando Taiguchi, Director of Continuing Education at UNAM.
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Dr. Sheela Raja, Assistant Professor, was interviewed in CDA Essentials, Vol. 2, Issue 5, on how to handle an angry patient. See https://www.cdaadc.ca/en/services/essentials/2015/ issue5/#29/z. Dr. Christine Wu, Professor, served as a panelist representing the campus Promotion and Tenure Committee during a new faculty orientation on Aug. 20, 2015. She visited with the President of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Darryl Tom, and Chicago Alderman Daniel Solis (25th Ward) at the chamber’s Aug. 26 business luncheon and discussed the College’s work in Chinatown. UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis was the keynote speaker. Dr. Wu was invited to serve as one of the panelists for the Cranberry Research Conference on Oct. 12, 2015, held at the Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI. The conference was sponsored by the Cranberry Institute, Cranberry Marketing Committee and the Cranberry Growers. The integration of knowledge of cranberry health beneﬁts across disciplines was especially emphasized. Dr. Wu’s laboratory has been engaged in research of cranberry polyphenols (proanthocyanidins) and marketed cranberry drinks to see how they affect human dental plaque bacteria and saliva. Dr. Seunghoon Yoo, a Visiting Research Scholar from South Korea, will be spending his sabbatical year with the Department of Pediatric Dentistry as an observer. The current class of Residents comes from various areas of the country, as well as Canada and Saudi Arabia. The program has grown to nine positions per year, and for the
Dr. Scott Drucker, third year Periodontics resident, was a guest lecturer at the ninth Israel National Conference on Aviation Medicine in Herzliya, Israel, in July 2015. He spoke on Dental Considerations for Treatment of Aircrews and Divers.
Dr. Christine Wu (left) represented the campus Promotion and Tenure Committee during a new faculty orientation. There, she met with Chancellor Michael Amiridis; his wife, Dr. Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis; Dr. William O’Brien, Lecturer, College of Business Administration; and Dr. Ian Marion, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry.
Department of Periodontics Dr. Luisa DiPietro, ’80, MS ’82, Professor of Periodontics, Director of the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, was selected as a University Scholar.
Dr. Seunghoon Yoo with his wife, Miyoung Lim, and children Sophia, Jihyeon, and Gangwon. past few years, the department has had the highest number of applicants for its programs of all the Big Ten schools.
Dr. Luisa DiPietro was selected as a University Scholar, and was congratulated by Chancellor Dr. Michael Amiridis and Dr. Christophe Pierre, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Nuha Nakib receiving her Golden Apple from student Kelvin Jung. Dr. Nuha Nakib, Clinical Associate Professor, was presented the D-4 (Class of 2016) Golden Apple Award for the 2014-15 academic year. Kelvin Jung, D-4 Class President, presented the award at a September 2015 class meeting. Dr. Jennifer Shango was named Chief Resident for Postgraduate Periodontics. In October, she served as a Student Ambassador for the Midwest Society of Periodontics and in the DENTSPLY Implants University Ambassador Program. Dr. Samia Suleiman, ’13, Resident, presented a poster at the College of Medicine’s Diabetes and Obesity day, Oct. 13, 2015, entitled, “Effects
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Faculty/Department News of Periodontal Pathogen on Insulin Secretion and Islet Cell Apoptosis.”
Northeast Gnathological Society. Jennifer Bereckis, Clinical Instructor, on July 27 gave a presentation to the National Dental Hygienists Association convention in Chicago on being OSHA-compliant. The Department established the Dr. James W. Buckman Faculty Award in recognition of inspirational excellence, caring, and long-term commitment. The award is intended to recognize a faculty member who has had a demonstrated long-term commitment to the department. The ﬁrst recipient was Dr. Alexander Chan, ’78, Restorative Dentistry ’80.
Dr. Tolga Tozum on the cover of the World Journal of Stomatology. Dr. Tolga Tozum, Associate Professor, was honored by the World Journal of Stomatology, which put him on the publication’s cover for the last issue of 2015. Dr. Xiaofeng “Charles” Zhou, Associate Professor, is Co-Editor of the journal MicroRNA. Vol. 4., No. 2, featured a biographical article about Dr. Zhou.
Department of Restorative Dentistry Dr. Fatemeh Afshari, Clinical Assistant Professor, presented on Caries Risk and the Prosthodontics Patient—the ignored Pandemic at the American College of Prosthodontists meeting in Orlando, FL, in October. Dr. Natalie Baker, Resident, received the Granger-Pruden Award from the
Dr. Stephen Campbell, Head, was quoted by Globe NewsWire Aug. 11, 2015, approving of the Commission on Dental Accreditation’s new standards for prosthodontic education. Dr. Priscilla Chang, ’07, Clinical Associate Professor, at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session and Exhibition in Boston, MA, participated as a speaker and presented her teaching experiences in Evidence-Based Dentistry and the collaboration with other faculty to create and host a Professionalism Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) at UIC. She was recognized by the D-2s with a Golden Apple Award.
Dr. Cortino Sukotjo, Assistant Professor; Dr. Bin Yang, Clinical Assistant Professor; and Dr. Judy Yuan, Assistant Professor; were named Diplomates of the American Board of Prosthodontics and Fellows of the American College of Prosthodontists. At the American College of Prosthodontists meeting in Orlando, FL, in October, the department had 13 of the 126 posters presented, with two Predoc and 11 Postgraduate Prosthodontics students presenting, and earned three of the six poster awards. The two Predocs ﬁnished second and third in the Predoc Poster Session. Jeri McCombs (D-4) presented on Utilizing Digital Workﬂow to Restore Single Tooth Implants in a PreDoctoral Setting, and Uvoh Onoriobe (DMDAS-2) presented on Assessing the Impact of Limiting Adult Dental Medicaid Beneﬁts on Prosthodontic Procedures Completed at the UIC College of Dentistry Predoctoral Clinic. Postgrad Dr. Craig Sikora
Dr. Bill Knight was named Professor Emeritus. This new title and recognition was approved by the Board of Trustees at the July 23, 2015 meeting. Dr. Aristotelis Marinis, Clinical Assistant Professor, received a Teacher Recognition Award from UIC
Joseph Powers, D-2 President; Dr. Priscilla Chang; and Matthew Bernard, D-2 Vice President.
Volunteers from the College provided information to Girls 4 Science.
ﬁnished ﬁrst in the Resident Poster Section for Wear and Corrosion at the Titanium-Zirconia Implant Abutment Interface, and Postgrad Dr. Amy Au was one of six ﬁnalists for the John Sharry Award. She received second place for her research A Novel Silver-Embedded Titania Nanotubular Implant Surface.
Patients with Partial and Complete Edentulism Utilizing Interdisciplinary Care and Digital Technology” at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.
The College’s Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences in summer 2015 participated in a dental health education session for the youth organization Girls 4 Science. Girls 4 Science is a nonproﬁt organization that addresses the lack of accessible quality science programs for female youth in the Chicagoland area.
Dr. Kent Knoernschild, Professor, Restorative Dentistry; Dr. Rand Harlow, ’92, Prosthodontics ’97, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry; Dr. Tolga Tozum, Associate Professor, Periodontics; and Dr. Michael Miloro, Head, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, presented “Achieving and Maintaining Optimal Treatment Outcomes for
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More than 120 faculty and administrators participated in the College’s Vision and Mission Conference, a very busy and active day in Student Center West’s Thompson Center. Participants were fully engaged in discussions and sharing perspectives as they rotated tables in 15-20 minute increments. Each table had focused questions that were crafted in advance following interviews and a written survey. The efforts focused on establishing the College’s Mission, Vision, and Preferred Future.
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Direct your support of the College to where you want it to go! Alumni and friends of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry are welcome to direct their support to their favorite purpose: students, faculty, research, clinical care, infrastructure, and much more. Please join the College’s generous donors by contributing to one of the gift funds listed below. Office of the Dean
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❍ Department of Orthodontics Unrestricted Fund (333011) ❍ Drs. Bernard Schneider/Cyril Sadowsky Faculty Fund (773418)
Annual Fund/Dean’s Fund for Excellence (331331) A.C.E. Student Scholars Fund (341931) “NEW” Group Practice Clinic Renovation Fund (335802) Dentistry Service Learning Fund (334791) Dr. Moneim Zaki Curriculum Innovations Fund (335872) Scholarships and Awards Fund (775056) Student Activities Fund (331329) Dr. Allen W. Anderson Memorial Fund (771033) Rice Family Fund (558426) Kottemann Gallery of Dentistry (332133) Dr. Bruce S. Graham and Linda M. Graham Scholarship Fund (773981) ❍ Staff Development and Enrichment Fund (337232)
Department of Pediatric Dentistry ❍ Pediatric Dentistry Clinic Renovation Fund (330973) ❍ Pediatric Dentistry Unrestricted Fund (330542) ❍ Dr. Indru C. Punwani Resident and Faculty Development Endowment Fund (773960) Department of Periodontics ❍ Periodontics Clinic Renovation Fund (336361) ❍ Periodontics Unrestricted Fund (333278) Department of Restorative Dentistry
Center for Microbiology of Oral Diseases
❍ Dr. Charles G. Maurice Fund (332349) ❍ Dr. Nijole Remeikis Endowment Fund (773313)
❍ Restorative and Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic Renovation Fund (337408) ❍ Restorative Dentistry Unrestricted Fund (333555) ❍ Dr. S. Sol Flores and Mrs. Cecilia T. Flores Clinical Prosthodontics Laboratory Fund (332805) ❍ Dr. Charles F. Nichols Occlusal Studies Student Scholarship (335088)
Department of Oral Biology
DMD Advanced Standing Program
❍ Oral Biology Unrestricted Fund (337403) ❍ Dr. James H. Fuller Scholarship Award (772165) ❍ Histology Alumni and Friends Fund (331886)
❍ DMDAS Program Unrestricted Fund (556719)
❍ Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases Unrestricted Fund (332863) Department of Endodontics
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery ❍ Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic Renovation Fund (333082) ❍ Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unrestricted Fund (333086) ❍ Daniel M. Laskin Society (341441)
Research ❍ Dentistry Summer Student Research Award Fund (340345) ❍ Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration Laboratory (335098) ❍ Dr. Isaac Schour Memorial Dentistry Student Research Awards (335354)
Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences ❍ Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences Unrestricted Fund (335088) ❍ Center for Diagnostic Imaging Fund (337719) ❍ Oral Medicine Clinic (337179)
Please cut out this page and include with your check made payable to the University of Illinois Foundation. Please note that 100% of your gift will be directed to the College of Dentistry fund of your choice. Please send your gift to Ana Lisa Ogbac, Director of Donor Relations, College of Dentistry, MC 621, Room 404EA, 801 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612-7211. Thank you for your generosity! For more information, call (312) 996-0485 or email email@example.com.
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A “Positions/Practices Available” page is on the College’s website at http://dentistry.uic.edu/alumni/career_postings/. Check it out for listings of jobs that are available, and for notices of practices that are for sale. For adding or subtracting listings from this website, contact William S. Bike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Miscellaneous Facebook users can sign up to be a fan of the UIC College of Dentistry. Just type in “University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry” in the search bar of your Facebook page. (FN) Wound Healing Seminars are held once per month at 12:30 p.m. on selected Thursdays at the College. Call (312) 355-2662 for more information. (FN) Know a college-level predental student? Tell them about our monthly tours from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tours are followed by a Q&A session with College of Dentistry Admissions staff. RSVP information is posted on the Admissions website at http:// dentistry.uic.edu/prospective_students/prospective_student_tour_ registration and http://dentistry.uic.edu/prospective_students/ doctor_of_dental_medicine__dmd_/.
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Continuing Education Courses to be Held at College
Several Continuing Education courses, held under the auspices of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), are scheduled to be held at the UIC College of Dentistry, 801 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612. The ISDS is an approved provider of Continuing Education and is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.* 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.
Course objectives and content: This course for monitoring and administration of nitrous oxide by dental assistants and dental hygienists is designed to meet the certiﬁcation requirements of the State of Illinois for expanded functions. This course will include both didactic and clinical components in the monitoring and administration of nitrous oxide and advanced airway management. It will provide instruction in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and dental emergencies as they relate to the use of nitrous oxide in the dental ofﬁce.
Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Administration Course
After successful completion of this course the dental assistant can return to the private ofﬁce and provide expanded function for the dental team and the monitoring of nitrous oxide, while the dental hygienists will be able to start and stop the ﬂow of gas. Credit: Six credit hours. Dates: Wednesday, March 23, 2016; Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016; and Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Instructor: Dr. Larry Salzmann. Fee: $275 ISDS member dentist staff; $500 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. Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch included.
Anesthesia/Sedation Assistant Monitoring Clinical Certiﬁcation Course This course is offered as a Continuing Education experience for dental assistants and hygienists who work in dental or oral surgery ofﬁces in the State of Illinois where sedation or general anesthesia is administered. The course is designed to meet the requirements of the Illinois Dental Practice Act and the rules administering the Dental Practice Act. The course includes both lecture and clinical exposure. Course objectives and competencies: The assistant will: Become familiar with the anatomy and physiology involved with monitoring and airway maintenance
Continuing Education in the sedated dental patient. Obtain a basic understanding of the physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological systems as they related to anesthesia and sedation. Become familiar with the health questionnaire and its application for the evaluation of the patient undergoing anesthesia/sedation and be able to link this information to the ASA classiﬁcation. Develop an understanding of the levels of sedation/anesthesia and be able to recognize these levels in the patient under dental sedation. Acquire the skills required for monitoring the sedated patient, including monitoring of blood pressure, pulse, perspiration temperature, and level of consciousness. Learn to operate automated monitoring devices including the EKG and pulse-oximeter. Learn to complete the anesthesia record and make appropriate monitoring entries during the procedure and during recovery. Learn basic management protocols for anesthesia-related emergencies and become more competent in assisting the dentist in their management. Credit: 12 credit hours. Dates: Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14, 2016; and Wednesday, Oct. 12, and Thursday, Oct. 13. Registration 8:30 a.m. Course starts at 9 a.m. Instructors: Dr. William Flick, ’74, Clinical Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Fee: $525 ISDS member dentist staff; $850 non-member dentist staff. Prerequisite: Current BLS certiﬁcate.
Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants Course Course objectives: This course will provide dental assistants with the proper educational requirements as stated in Illinois law for application of pit and ﬁssure sealants and coronal polishing which includes didactic study in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and dental emergencies followed by a written exam. This course also will include two hours of clinical experience on pit and ﬁssure sealants and two hours on coronal polishing. The clinical instruction on coronal polishing will include work performed on a human subject. At the completion of this course and prior to being permitted to perform these expanded functions in Illinois, the dental assistant must meet the following requirements: Be 18 years of age and working as a dental assistant for at least 1,000 hours. The supervising dentist must personally observe the successful placement of six sealants on a patient or patients by the dental assistant. The successful participant will receive a certiﬁcate of completion. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Credit: Ten credit hours. Dates: Saturday, April 16, 2016; Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016; and Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Instructors: Dr. Richard Perry, ’68, and Dr. James Bryniarski, ’78, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry, and Katherine Lutz, RDH. Fee: $450 ISDS member dentist
staff; $800 non-member dentist staff. Prerequisite: Must be at least age 18, and a dental assistant for at least 1,000 hours.
Local Anesthesia Course objectives and content: This four-day course will satisfy the State of Illinois expanded function training requirements to allow registered dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia under the general supervision of a licensed dentist. Dr. Stanley F. Malamed’s Handbook of Local Anesthesia (6th Edition) text is not included in the fee and must be independently purchased. Credit: 32 credit hours. Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 7 and 8 and 14 and 15, 2016. 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: $950 ISDS member dentist staff; $1,100 non-member dentist staff. Prerequisite: Current BLS certiﬁcate.
Illinois State Dental Society is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professional in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
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