Why we support UW Dentistry
Our alumni tell what the school means to them.
The School’s Current Fundraising Priorities include:
- Dentistry Dean’s Fund for Excellence and Innovation
Gifts to this fund support new initiatives and areas of greatest need at the School of Dentistry.
- James C. Steiner Fund for Student Services and Support
Gifts to this fund support dental student services and activities. Funds may also be used for student tuition, books, travel and other educational expenses that may occur while pursuing their degree.
- Dental Faculty Support Fund
Gifts to this fund support faculty in all departments within the School of Dentistry. Funds may be used for recruitment, retention, recognition or training and career development.
Thanks to the generosity of many alumni and others, the School has already made great strides. Join us as we build on a foundation of excellence to create an even brighter future in oral health for our faculty, students and the communities we serve.
For area-specific funds, see the following:
- Business Partners
- Dean’s Club
- Support the Departments and Programs
- Support the Faculty
- Support the Students
- Ways to Give
Lunch celebrates 2014-15 Wands Fellow
Dr. David Wands (Prosthodontics ’72) hosted Dean Joel Berg and other guests for lunch in Seattle in October 2014 to celebrate the selection of Dr. Josh Manchester (’13) as recipient of the 2014-15 David H. Wands Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics at the School of Dentistry. Dr. Manchester is the ninth recipient of the $10,000 award at the UW.
After receiving his DDS at the UW, Dr. Manchester completed a general practice residency at the University of Minnesota Physicians Dental Clinic. Once he obtains his Prosthodontics certification, he hopes to practice in Spokane with his wife and classmate, Dr. Elizabeth Manchester (’13), whom he met and married in dental school.
“I really appreciate Dr. Wands’ generosity in supporting the fellowship endowment,” Dr. Manchester said. “I think it makes a considerable difference to the specialty’s current residents who will become the future mentors of Prosthodontics.”
Dr. Wands, who was a UW School of Dentistry faculty member in the Department of Prosthodontics for 22 years, originally established the fellowship at the University of Maryland in 1994 in recognition of the shortage of dental school educators and to offer financial assistance to those interested in academic dentistry. In 1998, he launched a similar fellowship at the UW with a $500,000 commitment. Since the fellowship’s inception at Maryland, a total of 13 awards have been made.
In 1967, Dr. Wands graduated with honors from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland, and afterward served for seven years with the U.S. Public Health Service. He then returned to the University of Washington as a half-time faculty member and taught both undergraduate and graduate Prosthodontics, achieving the rank of Clinical Professor.
Dr. Kirby Skavdahl’s gift aids Perio training
“Dentistry made a lot more sense to me after I went through periodontics training,” says Dr. Kirby Skavdahl (Class of 1979), who has practiced periodontics in Kennewick in Washington’s Tri-Cities area since 1982. “I liked the underlying concepts of periodontics, such as medicine, pharmacology and systemic disease, and I was also intrigued by the surgical procedures.”
Having found the key that helped him unlock the full scope of dentistry, he now wants to share it with today’s students: He’s making a $250,000 planned gift to the School of Dentistry to support periodontics training in the pre-doctoral program.
“It seems that somewhere it would be really good to emphasize that something’s going on under the gum tissue,” Dr. Skavdahl says.
After earning his DDS, Dr. Skavdahl went to Medical College of Virginia, where he obtained his periodontics certification in 1982. He chose MCV for periodontics training largely because both the department chairman, Dr. Kent Palcanis, and the graduate program director, Dr. Howard Dorfman, were graduates of the UW periodontics program.
“It seems that students coming out of the UW have a better understanding of periodontal concepts than other dentists,” Dr. Skavdahl says.
“I hope my gift helps others see and know the importance of the periodontium, and know what can be done to achieve long-term health in a damaged periodontium,” he says.