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Remembering three longtime faculty of the UW School of Dentistry

Drs. Chuck Bolender and wife, Lars Hollender and Dan Middaugh

May 22, 2024 - Three retired members of the UW School of Dentistry faculty sadly passed away recently. Drs. Chuck Bolender, Lars Hollender and Dan Middaugh were all longtime faculty whose impacts are still being felt on the school. Read more about faculty passages.

Former Director of Radiology Dr. Lars Hollender passes away at age of 90


May 22, 2024 - Dr. Lars Hollender, who was internationally renowned for his work in maxillofacial imaging, and was considered one of the best diagnostic oral and maxillofacial radiologists in the world, recently passed away at the age of 90. Read more about Dr. Lars Hollender.

All-around School of Dentistry pioneer Dr. Dan Middaugh passes away


May 22, 2024 - Dr. Dan Middaugh, a giant in the School of Dentistry’s history whose accomplishments and impact on the School and the dental community at-large are many and far-reaching, passed away on May 5, 2024. Read more about Dr. Dan Middaugh.

Longtime chair of Periodontics Dr. Chuck Bolender passes away


May 22, 2024 - Dr. Chuck Bolender, who had a long and distinguished career in prosthodontics and made a lasting impact on the UW School of Dentistry and the dental profession, passed away on April 30, 2024. Read more about Dr. Chuck Bolender.

Dr. Claire Mills selected as 2024-25 Magnuson Scholar

Dr. Claire Mills with poster

May 16, 2024 - Dr. Claire Mills, one of six students in the dual degree DDS/PhD program, has been selected as the UW School of Dentistry’s Magnuson Scholar for the 2024-25 academic year. Award recipients are chosen based on academic performance and research potential. Read more about Dr. Claire Mills.

UW School of Dentistry has significant turnout for March dental conferences in New Orleans

Members of the DeRouen Center and its partners gather for a celebratory dinner for all the work they’ve accomplished over the past year.

April 11, 2024 - This past March, all eyes in the dental world were on New Orleans, LA as the city hosted both the IADR/AADOCR/CADR General Session & Exhibition and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session & Exhibition. Read more about IADR and ADEA Conferences.

Third-year student Teddy Dong takes third place in national research competition

April 6, 2024 - Last month, third-year student Teddy Dong received third place in the Dentsply Sirona AADOCR Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) Clinical Science/Public Health Research category. Read more about Teddy Dong.

Min Lin wins ADEA national scholarship award for preventive dentistry

Min at awards ceremony

March 29, 2024 - At the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session & Exhibition, which took place from March 9-12 in New Orleans, LA, third-year student Min Lin was selected from a national pool of applicants as one of 12 students to receive the ADEA/Haleon Preventive Dentistry Scholarship. Read more about Min Lin.

UW rural dentistry program helping to fill vital need across Washington

Dr. Morales

March 21, 2024 - School of Dentistry to double number of RIDE graduates, meeting demand in small and underserved communities. Story by: Jackson Holtz // Video by: Kiyomi Taguchi // Photos by: Dennis Wise

Read more about RIDE Program.

Generous gift leads to Eugene Natkin Endowed Professorship

Dr. Eugene Natkin and his wife, Marylee Natkin, attending a School of Dentistry event.

March 7, 2024 - The UW School of Dentistry and the Department of Endodontics are proud to announce the establishment of the Eugene Natkin Endowed Professorship in Endodontics. This professorship was made possible by a generous $500,000 gift from Dr. Natkin’s wife, Marylee Natkin. Read more about Natkin Professorship.

Dr. Thomas Dodson appointed as first-ever Worthington Chair

Dr. Dodson accepts the Worthington Chair appointment, presented by Dr. Guillermo Chacon

February 28, 2024 - The Philip Worthington Endowed Lectureship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) was established in 2003 by generous alumni and friends from the Department of OMS to honor the life and career of Dr. Philip Worthington, who served as the OMS Department Chair from 1977 to 1998. Read more about Worthington Chair.

Graduate and Predoctoral students shine at Research Day 2024

Nine students were presented with awards at this year’s Research Day.

February 5, 2024 - Dr. Claire Mills and Sydney Kim each took first place in the Graduate Trainee and Dental Predoctoral Oral Presentation competitions respectively at the School of Dentistry Research Day this past Wednesday. Read more about Research Day 2024.

UW periodontal study receives FDA approval for anti-aging drug use

Periodontal Study banner

January 29, 2024 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Dr. Jonathan An from the UW Department of Oral Health Sciences to lead the first-ever study to evaluate rapamycin in older adults with periodontal disease. Read more about periodontal study.

Dr. Alvin Wee to take over as Chair of Restorative Department

Dr. Alvin Wee

January 24, 2024 - Dr. Alvin Wee of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has been appointed as the new Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Professor within the department, effective July 16. Read more about Dr. Wee.

Dental student Jennifer Tang receives Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award

Jennifer Tang outside bus

January 12, 2024 - Fourth-year dental student Jennifer Tang has been selected as the School of Dentistry’s 2024 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award. Read more about Jennifer Tang.

The School of Dentistry’s Strategic Plan is here!

Strategic Plan Booklet Cover

December 18, 2023 - Advancing Oral Health for All, is an ambitious and bold plan that looks directly and optimistically to the future, building on the outstanding accomplishments of our history, in addition to the new knowledge of today. Read more about the strategic plan.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack visits School of Dentistry, RIDE program

Vilsack visit to the University of Washington School of Dentistry

December 5, 2023 - On Monday, Nov. 13, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack visited the University of Washington School of Dentistry where he took a tour of the facilities and hosted a Rural Health Discussion Panel. Read more about Vilsack visit to UWSOD.

UW periodontal researchers discover mirrored shift in oral microbiome caused by inflammation

Dr. McLean and Dr. Kerns

November 28, 2023 - A team of UW researchers have made a discovery that inflammation in one area of the mouth can cause a shift in the body’s immune responses in other healthy parts of the mouth, subsequently resulting in a shift in the microbiome. Read more about periodontal research.

Learning on location: dental students provide care, boost skills during service trip to Jamacia

Students in Jamaica

October 30, 2023 - Last month, students from the University of Washington School of Dentistry were able to take part in an impactful volunteer outreach trip, sending 28 dental students to Jamaica to treat over 700 patients in need. Read more about Volunteer Outreach.

Third-year student Teddy Dong wins AAOMS Presentation Award

Teddy Dong

October 23, 2023 - Third-year student Teddy Dong received the 2023 Oral Abstract Scientific Presentation Award at the 105th American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) annual meeting held last month in San Diego, California. Dong, a predoctoral student, won the award while competing against residents. Read more about Teddy Dong.

Rothwell Award Winners for 2022 and 2023 honored at Faculty Retreat

Molly Rothwell, Kevin Rivera, Dr. Mark Drangsholt and Dr. James Johnson.

October 12, 2023 - On Tuesday, Sep. 26, at the annual all-faculty retreat, four UW School of Dentistry faculty members were presented with the Bruce R. Rothwell Teaching Awards, the School of Dentistry’s highest faculty honor. Recipients of the 2022 and 2023 awards were both honored at the retreat. Read more about Rothwell Awards.

SURF: Enhancing Research Skills for a Comprehensive Dental Career

Dong and Student with posterboard

October 9, 2023 - The Summer Research Fellowship program, commonly known as SURF, is the School of Dentistry’s gateway research opportunity for predoctoral students. Over the past 25 years, the program has connected students interested in developing research skills with the School’s strongest research faculty members. Read more about SURF.

Dr. Ludovic de Carle honored as the 2023 Wands Fellow

Dr. de Carle in lab

August 2, 2023 - Dr. Ludovic de Carle, a second-year prosthodontics resident, is the 15th recipient of the David H. Wands Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics at the UW School of Dentistry. This fellowship is one of the School’s top academic awards, encouraging recipients to devote part of their time teaching prosthodontics upon completion of the three-year residency.
Read more about Dr. Ludovic de Carle.

UW-developed dental lozenge could provide permanent treatment for tooth sensitivity

July 12, 2023 - By Alden Woods,  UW News

Over 30 years of dentistry, Sami Dogan has treated just about every kind of tooth ailment. Cavities are simple to fill. Dental implants have become routine. But there’s one problem, he said, that annoys even the most experienced dentists: hypersensitivity, the painful sensation sparked by contact with hot, cold or acidic food. Read more about enamel building lozenge.

Dr. Beatrice Gandara to retire from School of Dentistry

Dr. Gandara and student at clinic

June 13, 2023 - 2019 Washington State Dental Association Citizen of the Year, Dr. Beatrice Gandara, has announced she will retire at the end of June, capping off 40 years of positive impact and leadership within the UW School of Dentistry and surrounding community. Read more about Dr. Beatrice Gandara.