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Wordof MOUTH HSDA Named National Chapter of Year The UIC College of Dentistry’s activity. We participated in dozens of Hispanic Student Dental Association community outreach events where (HSDA) Chapter was named the we provided oral hygiene instruction, Hispanic Dental Association’s (HDA) patient education, and free dental 2016 National Student Chapter of services in underserved communities the Year at the HDA’s recent Annual with minority populations.” Meeting in Washington, DC. This Magallanes added, “We also award recognizes boosted the chapter for our student outstanding membership by efforts to nearly 100%, and provide service, hosted Spanish education, classes with an advocacy and average of 30-40 leadership in students each Hispanic oral session. We health. also have a very Selected close partnership by a committee with our parent The UIC College of Dentistry Hispanic consisting of HDA chapter, the Student Dental Association (HSDA) Chapter National Office regional Greater was named the Hispanic Dental Association’s staff members Chicago HDA, (HDA) 2016 National Student Chapter of the and invited jurors, through which Year at the HDA’s recent Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. the chapter stood we participate out among affiliate in CE courses, dental student seminars, and chapters across the nation. social activities.” “We won due to our excellence in The award benefits the College community outreach and activity this and its HSDA chapter “because it past year,” Jacqueline Magallanes, highlights the diversity that represents President of the UIC HSDA, explained. UIC, and sheds light on the needs “Chapter of the Year guidelines of our minority communities. We are look at community outreach, helping to improve the general and membership growth, and overall oral health of one of the most afflicted

In This Issue

Several Students, Faculty, Alumnus Earn Honors

Dr. James Bahcall Joins Endodontics

Laskin Lectureship Scheduled

Word of Mouth to be Online Exclusively

We are going digital! This is the last printed edition of Word of Mouth. Starting with the August issue, Word of Mouth will be online only. “The online Word of Mouth will have the same great news content our readers have come to expect over the last 13 years we have produced the publication,” said William S. Bike, editor. “More and more people enjoy reading news online, so that’s where you will find Word of Mouth,” he added. “However, if you prefer a printed copy, you will be able to easily print out the issue on your PC.” Moving Word of Mouth online will save the College a substantial amount of money in printing costs, Bike explained. “During a time of uncertain budgets, we wanted to do our part to cut costs,” Bike said. This approach will also complement the new interactive website for the College launched in May. Bike welcomes submissions of news items and photos for Word of Mouth. Contact him at, (312) 996-8495, or in Room 404A of the College. Members of the College community will receive an email blast each time Word of Mouth is published with a link to the URL where it is available.

communities in our city: the Hispanic population. It speaks to UIC’s mission of improving oral health, and HSDA’s mission of helping the underserved. Winning this award celebrates the hard work and dedication of HSDA’s board and members.” Magallanes added that “HSDA celebrates diversity, and that by embracing our differences, we come together as a community with a common goal: to improve the oral and general health of our patients. Also, HSDA is very thankful to UIC’s Urban Health Program for sponsoring a couple of students to attend the conference, and especially thankful to our parent chapter, the Greater Chicago HDA, for sponsoring six students to attend the conference. She offered special thanks to alumni Dr. Marcela Escobar, Dr. Carla Delafuente, and Dr. Genaro Romo of the Greater Chicago HDA for their support of the UIC HSDA. 

Dr. Nisha Garg Wins AAPHD Community Dentistry Award

Dr. Nisha Garg, who graduated on May 7, has been named the recipient of the Predoctoral Dental Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dentistry by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD). “I won this award because of my Schweitzer Fellowship Veteran Outreach project,” Dr. Garg explained,

Dr. Nisha Garg receives congratulations from Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences.

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noting that the project had several facets. “For example, I conducted monthly oral health seminars at the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Center for veterans who are ineligible for VA-affiliated dental care.” Dr. Garg also led the initiative to hold a Veterans’ Screening Day at the College, “for veterans who have been searching for a dental clinic to turn to.” Khatijia Noorullah, Clinical Community Academic Manager, informed Dr. Garg about the competition. “I immediately became interested in applying, mainly due to the prospect of being able to present my Word of Mouth

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experiences of working with veterans to a population larger than that of the UIC College of Dentistry,” Dr. Garg explained. The application process was an extensive one, and Dr. Garg collaborated on it with Noorullah; Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences; and Dr. Darien Witherspoon, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences. “After all that hard work, I am so excited and honored to have won first place,” Dr. Garg said. She traveled to Cincinnati, OH, for an award ceremony during the National Oral Health Conference on April 17, and presented a poster about the project on April 18. The honor includes $500 for her first place finish and another $100 for travel expenses and membership in the AAPHD. “We have had previous students who have received recognition by the AAPHD, but this is the College’s first first-place honoree,” Dr. Evans said. “Several years ago, this College established the inaugural student chapter of AAPHD; it has served as a model for the 25 or so chapters that developed in other schools of dentistry subsequently,” he noted.

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Dr. Garg also participated in the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program Annual Celebration of Service at Northwestern University on April 12. “The Schweitzer Fellowship was the initial reason why I chose to pursue a year-long community service outreach project with the veteran population,” Dr. Garg explained. “We were very thrilled this year because Dean Clark Stanford was the keynote speaker for the event.” Dr. Evans and Dr. Witherspoon also presented posters at the event. Following remarks by Dr. Stanford and other speakers, Dr. Garg and 29 other Schweitzer Fellows each gave a short summary about their project.

Student Angelica Lagunas Earns Dr. Irwin B. Robinson Award

Angelica Lagunas, a DMD/PhD student who will graduate from the College in 2018, received an Irwin B. Robinson Research and Education Foundation Award from the Odontographic Society of Chicago on April 14. The College nominated Lagunas, whose application for the award was accepted by the society. “The award is given to research dental students,” Lagunas explained. She received a certificate at the

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Angelica Lagunas, center, with the Robinson Award and with Odontographic Society of Chicago President Dr. Paul Landman, ‘61 (left), OSC President, and Dr. Daniel Berman, OSC Secretary.

society’s dinner, a $500 stipend, and another $500 for travel to a dental meeting. Lagunas’s research is on telomeres which are repetitive DNA-protein structures at chromosome ends protected by telomeric repeat factor 2 (TRF2) and maintained by telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT). TRF2 and TERT expression is altered in many cancers. Loss of TRF2 triggers the DNA damage response, chromosome fusions, genomic instability, and increased oral cancer metastasis.

Lagunas is investigating whether telomerase inhibition might be an effective anti-cancer therapy to block the effects of telomere dysfunction mediated by loss of TRF2. She has created conditional TRF2/Terc double null mutant mice to evaluate the effects of telomere dysfunction on cancer stem cell phenotype and biologic outcomes in oral cancer. “One student from each dental school in Illinois receives this award,” Lagunas said. “It is a great opportunity to show the research and accomplishments of the dental students to the members of the Odontographic Society of Chicago.” The award is named for the late Dr. Irwin B. Robinson, a faculty member in the College’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 1947 to 1960 and again from 1990 to 2010. Dr. Robinson also was a member of the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs team during his second stint with the College. He was a longtime member of the College’s UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors. Dr. Robinson’s research was in sickle-cell anemia, production of sarcomas, surgical closure of oroantral fistula, surgery on the mandible, and tetanus. The Odontographic Society also presented Robinson Awards to dental students Spencer Blackham of Southern Illinois University and Laila Malaki of Midwestern University.

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University Honors Dr. Dale Nickelsen with William E. Winter Award Dr. Dale C. Nickelsen, an alumnus, longtime faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, former Supervisor of the Postgraduate Pedodontic (Pediatric Dentistry) Clinic, and former Interim Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs, received the University of Illinois Foundation’s William E. Winter Award for Outstanding Advocate Leadership from University President Timothy L. Killeen.

Matt Bernard Earns Award at Delta Sigma Delta Annual Meeting

Delta Sigma Delta’s Rho Chapter at the College of Dentistry attended the Delta Sigma Delta Annual Regional Meeting hosted by the Indiana University School of Dentistry in April. The meeting included presentations by all the chapters of their activities, research presentations, a continuing education course on forensic dentistry, and a tour of the Indiana University School of Dentistry. UIC College of Dentistry student Matt Bernard earned an award for his research presentation. “There were plenty of opportunities for fellowship with students from other schools, which gives our members a larger perspective on our profession,” said Dr. Danny Hanna, Clinical Associate Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, chapter advisor.

Dr. Dale Nickelsen (right) receives the William Winter Award from University President Timothy Killeen.

Dr. Nickelsen was presented his award at the Evening with Legacies and Leaders dinner, a UIC event that honors donors and volunteers, held on April 7, 2016. “I am truly honored to be this year’s recipient of the William Winter Award,” Dr. Nickelsen said at the event. “Being an advocate for our University has been one of my most meaningful as well as challenging activities. “It has been my privilege to champion the dental college,” he continued. “It is a recognized, world-class, top-of-the-profession institution.” The Winter Award recognizes individuals who play an active role in securing private support for the University. The award is named for the late William E. Winter, a former CEO of the 7-UP Company and a longtime University of Illinois Foundation board member. The Nickelsen Pediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Clinic in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry is named for Dr. Nickelsen and his wife, Caren. “Caren and I have witnessed, first-hand, what can be accomplished through philanthropy when the newly reconstructed postgraduate pediatric dentistry clinic, named in our honor, was dedicated,” Dr. Nickelsen said, noting that the clinic “will significantly improve patient treatment and the education of our pediatric dental specialists.” Dr. Nickelsen is the second Winter Award recipient from the College. The late Dr. George J. Kottemann, ’55, Orthodontics ’59, received the award in 1998.


Dr. Tom Lakars, former Chapter Advisor; students William Burns, Matthew Bernard, and Daniel Rosales; and Dr. Danny Hanna, current Chapter Advisor, at the Delta Sigma Delta Regional Meeting.

Dr. James Bahcall Joins College's Department of Endodontics

With years of experience teaching at three other dental schools, Dr. James Bahcall has joined the College’s Department of Endodontics as a Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. Bahcall earned his DMD from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, a Certificate in Endodontics from the Marquette University School of Dentistry, and an MS from Marquette. His dental teaching career began at the Northwestern University Dr. James Bahcall. School of Dentistry in the

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IMPRESSIONS AND CASTING—The College’s American Student Dental Association chapter on March 24 visited North Park University for an impression and cast activity on Dentech models. Top row are Nasim Lasemi, Dan Pagel, and John Tran. Bottom row are Alexandra Awrahem, Naznina Chand, Amy Lawando, Ramina Sulaiman, Rebecca Byrne, and Daniela Mansour.

Department of Endodontics, where Dr. Bahcall eventually became Chair of that department. After Northwestern’s dental school closed Dr. Bahcall moved on to Marquette, where he eventually became Chair of the Department of Surgical Sciences and Director of the Endodontic Division. He later taught at the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine before joining the UIC College of Dentistry. At the College, Dr. Bahcall noted, he is “teaching clinical endodontics to undergraduate and postgraduate endodontic students. I also am performing clinical and benchtop research within the field of endodontics.” He said he hopes “to provide students with current clinical and didactic endodontic techniques and knowledge within a collegial learning environment.” Dr. Bahcall wrote the book Smile for Life: A Guide to Overcoming Your Fear of the Dentist, and also has contributed chapters to three endodontics books. He has been a thesis director and advisor for more than ten students, and is a reviewer for five journals. He received teaching awards at both Northwestern and Marquette. He and his wife, Amy, have two adult children: Allie, 23, and Jamie, 21. When not working, Dr. Bahcall said, he enjoys biking, skiing, kayaking, and hiking. “It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the UIC College of Dentistry team,” Dr. Bahcall concluded.

Library of the Health Sciences Renovated and Improved

The UIC Library of the Health Sciences (LHS), 1750 W. Polk St., will be a lot more convenient and comfortable for dental students and faculty and others after a recent renovation. The University improved 23,000 square feet on the first floor. June 2016

“We added a dividable classroom,” explained Abigail Goben, Assistant Professor and Information Services and Liaison Librarian, LHS, and Assistant Professor, College of Dentistry. “It has 50 seats and desktop computers, highdefinition cameras, projectors, and two-way speakers. The room can be split into two if necessary.” A lobby display wall and event gallery has been added, as has a 1,389 sq. ft. quiet study reading room, as well as four individual study rooms with whiteboards, and eight group study rooms with wall-mounted displays. “We’ve even brought our statue of Don Quixote down from the third floor to the first floor,” Goben said. Being in an area of the campus with a lack of facilities for refreshment, the LHS will feature a new 1,310 sq. ft. first-floor café. “It still is under construction, and hopefully will open in late summer,” she said. The grand opening of the renovated facility is planned for August, “but we’re happy to have people come by for tours,” Goben said. For more information, email Goben at agoben@uic. edu.

The Library of the Health Sciences has undergone a renovation to improve comfort and utility.

Health Sciences Students at UIC Learn to Work Together

About 800 students and 90 faculty members from 11 of UIC’s health sciences programs gathered April 13 at the UIC Forum to boost their collaboration skills at the fourth annual IPE Immersion Day, sponsored by the Collaborative for Excellence in Interprofessional Education. All members of the College of Dentistry’s D-3 class participated “UIC can be a leader in interprofessional education and practice,” said Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. Robert Barish, who opened the event. “We have the knowledge and capacity to define, implement and test new methods and models of care.” Health sciences students were assigned tables and collaborated with their peers to discuss fictional patient scenarios. They were divided so that a variety of disciplines were present at each table — from dentistry, physical therapy, and medicine to nursing and nutrition. Faculty members joined each table as group

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About 800 students and 90 faculty members from 11 of UIC’s health sciences programs attended the fourth annual IPE Immersion Day April 13 at the UIC Forum.

facilitators, guiding students to share their perspectives. The students watched videos filmed at the Graham Clinical Performance Center with UIC faculty members as actors. The videos focused on a patient with chronic back pain and a substance abuse problem who was referred to a pain clinic. Two scenarios were shown, illustrating strong and weak collaboration among the medical professionals. “The team that has poor collaboration is talking over each other, ignoring what each other is saying and treating the patient like they’re not there,” said Dr. Mary Keehn, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, College of Applied Health Sciences. “It’s meant to create some shock value so students pay a lot of attention.”

Students spent three of the event’s four hours talking with their peers at their tables, said Dr. Frank Borgers, who helped design the curriculum. “We wanted students to think more deeply about what modern medicine looks like and why collaboration is really needed,” said Dr. Borgers, Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration. A number of College of Dentistry faculty were involved in planning the day, including Dr. Blase Brown, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, who had a major role in faculty training for the event, and Dr. Philip Patston, Associate Professor, OMDS. Several College faculty acted as facilitators for discussion groups, including Jennifer Bereckis, Director of Clinical Operations; Dr. Robert Druzinsky, Clinical Associate Professor, Oral Biology; Dr. Colin Haley, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences; Dr. Linda Kaste, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Anne Koerber, Professor and Educational Assessment Director, OMDS; and Robin Waner, Director of Clinics.

CHANCELLOR RECOGNIZES STUDENTS—The UIC Chancellor’s Student Service Award (CSSA) ceremony was held on April 14. The CSSA honors students who have made an outstanding contribution to the University through service to campus and the UIC community. Three of the College’s students, Drs. Tarek Abourass, Eva Bici, and David Reisinger, all of whom graduated on May 7, were given this award this year. Drs. Bici and Reisinger are pictured with Chancellor Michael Amiridis.

RUNNING WITH TEAM PALESTINE—Dr. Sahar Alrayyes (right), Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, and her sister, Sarah (left), ran in the Right to Movement Palestine Marathon on April 1 in Bethlehem, Palestine, as part of Team Palestine to raise money for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. The run was shown on Bethlehem TV. Sarah is the PCRF Chapters Coordinator. Dr. Alrayyes has participated in several PCRF mission trips to provide underprivileged children with oral healthcare. The two dedicated their run to their late sister, Souzan.


Laskin Lectureship Set

A nationally renowned and influential event, the eighth annual Daniel M. Laskin Lectureship, named for Dr. Daniel M. Laskin, former Head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and sponsored by the College’s Department of OMFS, is scheduled for Friday, June 24, at the College in Lecture Hall North. It will feature breakthrough information presented by Dr. Eric Carlson, Professor, Chair, and Residency Program Director of OMFS at the University of Tennessee

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FIGHTING ORAL CANCER— April was Oral Cancer Awareness month. These D-3 students participated in the free oral cancer screenings held in the Oral Medicine Clinic on April 12.

in Knoxville. Dr. Laskin will attend the lecture. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Carlson’s lecture “Oral Cancer in Young People” will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. After a break with refreshments from 2:30 to 3 p.m., Dr. Carlson will discuss “Update in Medication Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws 2016.” The event is free, and 3 hours of CE credits will be provided. For more information, contact Maria Limon, Assistant to the Head, OMFS, at (312) 996-0152, or mlimon@uic. edu.

ISPD Recognizes Research Excellence

The third annual Dr. Indru C. Punwani Resident Research Award was presented at the Spring meeting of the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists (ISPD) on April 29, at Maggiano’s restaurant in Chicago. The award is in recognition of Dr. Punwani, Professor Emeritus and former

Head of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Punwani has been a longtime Executive Director of the ISPD, and had urged the organization to become more involved in research and academics. The ISPD decided to name the award for him. The 2016 award winners are: Dr. Nisha Mehta, who recently earned her MS in Oral Sciences and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, for her research entitled, “General Anesthesia versus Moderate Sedation: Factors Affecting Caregivers’ Decisions,” and Dr. Ben Unruh, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, for his research “Inhibition of Autism Spectrum Disorder Associated Bacteria by Polyols.” Both recipients were awarded a certificate of recognition along with a $500 cash prize. The award highlights the importance of not only being a superb clinician, but also the importance of continuing education and research to support advancements in the field. The ISPD presents the Dr. Indru C. Punwani Graduate Student Research Award annually.

Pediatric Oral Radiology and Oral Lesions Lecture Set

The College and the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation will host a lecture on Pediatric Oral Radiology and Oral Lesions on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the College in Lecture Hall South. The session includes breakfast and refreshments, and attendees can earn four Continuing Education Credits. Dr. Catherine Flaitz, Professor and Chair, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, and Chief of Dentistry, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, will present “A Mixed Bag of Common Oral Lesions in Children and Adolescents: Diagnostic Tips and Treatment Approaches.” Dr. Johan Aps, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Dentistry, will present, “Dental Radiographs are Just Dental Pictures, Right?” Cost is free for UIC dental students, residents, and faculty; $30 for Delta Dental network dentists; and $55 for non-Delta Dental network dentists. Parking is free. To register, visit or call (630) 718-4844.



Left to right: Dr. Ashlee Vorachek, Research Committee Chair ISPD; Dr. Nisha Mehta, who recently graduated from the Pediatric Dentistry program; Dr. Indru Punwani, Executive Director ISPD; Dr. Ben Unruh, Lurie Children’s 2nd year resident; Dr. Sonia Gutierrez, President ISPD.

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Dr. Michael J. Barrows, retired Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Endodontics, attended the “Save Higher Education” rally in Springfield. “People from all the different higher education public colleges and universities rallied and then met with their legislators,” he said.

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Dr. Michael J. Barrows, advocating to Save Higher Education in Springfield.


“I personally brought up the need for funding the UIC College of Dentistry.” Dr. Samuel Berkowitz, an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Orthodontics, earned the American Cleft PalateCraniofacial Association Honors of the Association Award at the ACPA and Cleft Palate Foundation 73rd annual meeting and pre-conference Dr. Samuel Berkowitz (left), an symposium. According Adjunct Faculty in the Departto the ACPA, the award ment of Orthodontics, earned the “represents the highest American Cleft Palate-Craniofaexpression of respect cial Association Honors of the Asand gratitude ACPA besociation Award. Dr. Mohammad stows. It is granted to an Mazaheri (right) presented him individual whose lifetime with the award. of research, health care delivery, or leadership has advanced, significantly and uniquely, the amelioration of physical, behavioral, or social handicapping conditions of cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies.” The ACPA also noted that Dr. Berkowitz devoted “his entire life to the improvement of treatment of those with craniofacial cleft palate and lip differences.”

Dr. Ginu Dahiya and Dr. Mohammed Elnagar at the American Association of Orthodontists meeting in Orlando, FL.

Two members of the Department of Orthodontics attended the American Association of Orthodontists meeting in Orlando, FL. Dr. Ginu Dahiya, Graduate Clinical Assistant, Orthodontics, was named an AAO Charley Schultz Resident Scholar. Dr. Mohammed Elnagar, Visiting Scholar, gave an oral presentation on miniplate protocols for maxillary advancement.

Dr. Juveria Hussain, who graduated on May 7, won first place at the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry Case Presentation held at the College on April 21. “The competition was among the best six selected case presentations


in the DMD Advanced Standing Class of 2016,” she explained. “My case was a comprehensive full-mouth rehabilitation which required wellplanned and intensive treatment.” Dr. Darryl Pendleton, Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs, is the Chicago Dental Society Kenwood Hyde Park Branch President for 2016-17.

Dr. Juveria Hussain (right), who graduated May 7, won first place at the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry Case Presentation competition. She was congratulated by Dr. Cheryl Mora, Immediate Past President of the IAGD and Chair of the National AGD Membership Council. Dr. Mora also is a Director for the Chicago Component of the Illinois AGD Board.

Laura Macias from the Office of Student and Diversity Affairs ran the Boston Marathon on April 18. “Completing the Boston Marathon was a dream come true and a huge accomplishment for me,” she said. “My family would always tell me to believe in my dreams, have faith in my abilities, and never give up. Life is full of challenges and obstacles and to finish a marathon like Boston, you feel invincible. I prepared arduously to accomplish this goal and I would like to thank my family, my team in the Office of Laura Macias, with her Boston Student and Diversity Marathon medallion. Affairs, and the College of Dentistry Community for all their support and encouragement.”  

Dr. Ian Marion, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, has been selected to receive a Master Clinician Scholarship from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and Dr. David Avenetti, Clinical Assistant Professor and Residency Program

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URBAN HEALTH HONORS—May graduate Dr. Uvoh Onoriobe received the UIC Urban Health Program Student Achievement Award. Pictured are: Vice Provost for Diversity Dr. Tyrone Foreman; Dr. Onoriobe; Millie Mendez, Director of Student Affairs, College of Dentistry; and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. Robert Barish. May graduates Drs. Dante Brown and Courtney Botica received the UIC Urban Health Program Student Leadership Award but were not present because they were out of the country on rotations in Tanzania and China. Director, Pediatric Dentistry, was also selected for the AAPD Leadership Institute this year. These are highly competitive, and are both great opportunities for faculty development. Dr. Rick Munaretto, an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Endodontics and a member of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors, started a branch of the Seattle Study Club, Windy City Seminars, seven years ago, and the club recently received a “best in study club management” award, one of only three main SSC awards. “This was a big surprise and a major compliment,” Dr. Munaretto noted. The club received the award at the SSC annual symposium in Hawaii. Dr. Munaretto’s branch was the first directed by an endodontist. The SSC focuses on comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning of complex dental cases, and is a well-respected national network of study clubs focused on maintaining the highest standards in interdisciplinary diagnosis and treatment. “We have nine meetings for our club yearly and are located in the western suburbs,” Dr. Munaretto noted.

Dr. Rick Munaretto, Department of Endodontics, with the award given to his branch of the Seattle Study Club, Windy City Seminars, by the SSC founder Dr. Michael Cohen (right).

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A research study by Dr. Serena Mitchual, Pediatric Dentistry Resident, won 3rd place overall in the My Kid’s Dentist Research Poster Competition at the American Academy Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Darien Weatherspoon, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, Division of Dr. Serena N. Mitchual at the AAPD Prevention and meeting in San Antonio, TX. Public Health Sciences, received notice recently of passing his specialty board examination in dental public health. He now is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health—one of only four in the State of Illinois. (And two of the others, Dr. Caswell Evans and Dr. Linda Kaste, are here at the College, too.)


Mrs. Zinaida Dychie, mother of Dr. Christine Hryhorczuk, retired Clinical Associate Professor, passed away on April 27. To express condolences, email Dr. Robert G. Randolph, ’46, who taught in the old Department of Fixed Prosthodontics beginning in the mid-1970s, passed away in May at age 92. Born in Camargo, IL, and reared in LaGrange, IL, Dr. Randolph attended the University of Illinois at UrbanaDr. Robert G. Randolph Champaign and then joined the taught in the DepartUS Army during World War II. After ment of Fixed Prosththe war he attended the College of odontics. Dentistry, earning his DDS in 1946, and marrying his wife, Marion, that same year. He retired from his dental practice at age 50 to join the faculty. The department now is the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Randolph also was an inventor, producing a portable Trailside Dentistry kit for dentists in developing countries and for veterinary oral care. He used one of the kits on dental missionary trips to Haiti and other countries. It was powered by a bicycle pump and had a strap-on chair that could be attached to a tree. The kits also were used in Ecuador, India, Peru, and Taiwan. Dr. Randolph also had a patent on a pressure gauge for the

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gums that could determine if an infection was coming on. He is survived by his wife, Marion, sons Thomas and William, daughters Karin Randolph Sullivan and Mary Randolph, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


Dr. Larry Salzmann, Clinical Professor and Director, Predoctoral Program, Pediatric Dentistry, will leave the College later this summer to join the faculty at the University of Michigan.


Olga Valdez of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry was promoted from the Front Desk position of Dental Clinic Clerk to the position of Dental Unit Coordinator earlier this year.

Left to right are members of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry Olga Valdez, Arlene Avalos, Deborah Brown-Sachen, Connie Quach-Diego.


Maria Limon, assistant to the Head in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, was married to John Salazar in Chicago on March 2. The couple then flew to Mexico and spent two weeks near Maria’s home. John (Juan) is originally from Puerto Rico. When she returned, OMFS staff, attendings, and residents celebrated the event with a gathering in the OMFS conference room.


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COOLIDGE KUDOS—Seven Endodontics postgrads and one recent graduate after the second-year postgrads presented their research at the Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club meeting on May 19. For the past several years, the Coolidge Club has provided some limited financial support specifically for UIC Endodontics postgrad research.

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General dentist four-day work week. Immediate opening for office located in Cissna Park, IL, approximately 30 miles north of Champaign, IL. Salary $120,000-$200,000 with bonuses and commission. For someone looking to get away from the corporate stress. Our office is pay per service and accept only one PPO. Please email your resume to: Windingroaddental@ (FA)

HELPING OUT IN MCKINLEY PARK—Pictured left to right are dental students Jean Paul Taveras Santos, Annelise Perez Duran, Sapna Matthews, and Haivy Castillo, faculty member Dr. Beth Miloro, and student Daniel Pagel. They provided more than 50 free oral cancer exams at the Vive tu Vida (Get Up, Get Moving) Chicago! Health Fair held in McKinley Park in June. Supplies were donated by the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. Dentists wanted: Associates earn $200,000 while gaining lots of great experience. We love to teach comprehensive pedo, surgical extractions, space maintenance, fillings, etc. to the right person. If you are willing to learn, we will keep you busy. Malpractice paid. Recent grads and H1B visas welcomed. Offices in Chicago and just outside Cook County. Email resume (as Word or PDF attachment only or paste resume in e-mail message) to (FA) General dentist: Family Dental Care. Full or part time. Several of our associates have become partners. Come and talk to them. Very high income potential. Specialists on staff. Currently five locations and growing. 95% fee-for-service. No Public Aid. (773) 978-7801 (ask for Laura) or email personnel@familydentalcare. com. http:/ (FA permanent)

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION—Dr. Martha Somerman, Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, came to the College in May to discuss “Enhancing Oral Health through Research and Innovation” as part of the Faculty Research Seminar Series.

General Dentist Opportunity— full or part-time—greater Chicagoland area. Join our established mobile practice, perform basic dental care for nursing home program. Competitive fee schedule. Dr. Frank L. Karkazis, (847) 491-0660, frank@pddsg. com. (2/29/16) For Sale/Lease. Dental suite includes five dental operatoriesfully operational, waiting room, front desk area, two labs, private office, storage and two indoor parking spaces. Prime location on North Avenue and Harlem Avenue. Email or call (708) 445-0505 x4. (4/15/16) Our large Multi-Specialty Practice in a Chicagoland western suburb has an opportunity for several Pediatric Dentists who will provide dental care for infants, children, and adolescents.

OKU INDUCTION—The Sigma chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor’s society had its induction ceremony on May 4. The OKU inductees for the Class of 2016 are: Drs. Ali Al Mustafa, Eva Bici, Carolina Boege, Olga Kats, Katrina Lo, Jerry McCombs, Alex Moore, Alexander Munaretto, Sapana Parikh, Shouvik Ponnusamy, and Jelena Zivkovic. Faculty inductees were Drs. Satish Alapati and Michael Schmerman. Faculty member Dr. Charles Le Hew was an honorary inductee.

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SERVING HIS COUNTRY—Faculty and staff were honored to attend the Oath Ceremony for Dr. Haider Aljewari, ’16, who was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a Captain.

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The Pediatric Dentist should be comfortable working with young patients and enjoy providing excellent patient care to children in a loving comforting way. The parents in our practice are equally as important and must have a full understanding of the treatment being provided to their child. You will enjoy great opportunity for professional growth and financial reward by treating such a large, diverse group, and you will enjoy the satisfaction of improving the health and the lives of the children for whom you provide care. Send your CV/resume To: (4/28/16)

Henry Schein Inc., a provider of products and services to dental and other medical practitioners, has launched its Henry Schein Nationwide Dental Opportunities website, www., which is both a recruitment and placement venue. (FN) Endodontist. Affordable established full-time endodontic practice for sale on Iowa Illinois border. Would also consider associate so owner could work less hours. Beautiful office in Class A professional building, educated, experienced stable staff. Please contact me at or 563-6506660 for more information. (5/18/16)

INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE—Dr. Courtney Botica and Dr. Olga Kats, who graduated on May 7, came back to the College to give an informative and entertaining Lunch and Learn about their service-learning rotation at the Guanghua School of Stomatology in Guangzhou, China. Dr. Kats is pictured with some of the young patients at the school. Dr. Botica is shown giving a lecture. And they both enjoyed hiking on the Great Wall of China.

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