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Research Day returns to in-person format, hosts national dental research leader

February 3, 2023 - Dr. Philip Walczak and Teddy Dong took first place in the Graduate Trainee and Summer Research Fellowship (SURF) Oral Presentation competition respectively this year at the School of Dentistry’s first in-person Research Day since the pandemic began. Read more about Research Day 2023.

School mourns former Dean Paul Robertson

January 12, 2023 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry community has noted with great sadness the passing of Dr. Paul Robertson, who served as Dean from 1992 to 2001, on Dec. 24 at his home on Camano Island. He was 82. Read more about Dr. Paul Robertson.

Dental alums invent safer lining for implant channels

December 14, 2022 - Two School of Dentistry alumni have created the first medical-grade screw channel barrier material for dental implants. Frustrated by the lack of a dedicated material, Dr. Alexander Shor (Graduate Prosthodontics Class of 2001) and Dr. Jim Janakievski (Graduate Periodontics Class of 2004) created their award-winning product FirstPlug®. Read more about Alumni Inventors.

Dr. Dolphine Oda to retire from faculty

November 30, 2022 - Dr. Dolphine Oda, one of the UW School of Dentistry’s most acclaimed and respected teachers in the course of her 37 years on the faculty, has announced that she will retire at the end of this calendar year. Dr. Oda is Professor of Oral Pathology in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and director of the UW’s Oral Pathology Biopsy Service. Read more about Dr. Oda.

Keep your toothbrush from becoming a petri dish

November 30, 2022 - Did you know you should always replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick? Otherwise, you can reinfect yourself with the same germs. It’s also important to regularly change your toothbrush every two months. Read more about your dental health.

Dr. Daniel Chan to step down from Restorative Dentistry department chair

November 22, 2022 - Dr. Daniel Chan, who since 2015 has chaired the School of Dentistry’s largest department, Restorative Dentistry, has announced that he will step down from that post on Nov. 1, 2023. He will remain on the department faculty as a tenured professor. Read more about Dr. Chan.

Fluoride use was consequence of flawed nutritional guidelines, researcher says

November 4, 2022 - Prominent organizations including the World Health Organization and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have dismissed low-carbohydrate diets that prevent tooth decay in favor of recommending high-carbohydrate diets which rely on fluoride and food fortification to mitigate dental damage and nutritional shortcomings, a University of Washington researcher says. Read more about Fluoride study.

How to keep Halloween fun – and healthier for teeth

October 21, 2022 - The candy is coming! To maintain good oral health at Halloween time, the University of Washington’s Center for Pediatric Dentistry offers these tips, as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Read more about Halloween Tooth Tips.

UW dental alumna Dr. Linda Edgar becomes ADA president-elect

October 18, 2022 - Dr. Linda Edgar, one of the School of Dentistry’s most prominent alumni, was chosen Tuesday to be president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA). She will be the first UW dental graduate to hold the organization’s presidency when she assumes that office in 2023. Read more about Dr. Linda Edgar.

School mourns Dr. Philip Worthington, longtime chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

August 15, 2022 - Dr. Philip Worthington, who led the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) to new heights and garnered worldwide acclaim during his two-decade tenure as department chair, died on Aug. 13 in Kirkland, Wash. He was 93. Read more about Dr. Worthington.

School maintains high global ranking in latest survey

July 21, 2022 - The UW School of Dentistry ranks seventh in the world among dental schools in the 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects by ShanghaiRanking, Read more about Shanghai Ranking.

Dr. Marwan Fattouhi named Wands Fellow

July 20, 2022 - Dr. Marwan Fattouhi, a second-year resident, has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the David H. Wands Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics at the UW School of Dentistry.
Read more about Dr. Marwan Fattouhi.

UW names Dr. André Ritter new dean of dental school

June 30, 2022 - Dr. André Ritter of the New York University College of Dentistry has been appointed as the new dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, UW Provost Mark Richards announced Thursday. The appointment takes effect Sept. 16, pending approval by the UW Board of Regents. Read more about New Dean.

School announces new research leadership roles

June 16, 2022 - Dr. Doug Ramsay, Associate Dean for Research and Chair of the Department of Oral Health Sciences, will step down from both roles to take a sabbatical, spurring other leadership changes related to the School of Dentistry’s research mission. Read more about new leadership roles.

School makes changes to leadership team

May 18, 2022 - The School of Dentistry has revamped its executive leadership team, appointing one new associate dean and moving another into a new role, Dean Gary Chiodo has announced. Read more about Leadership Changes.

UW student receives leadership award named for pioneering dental educator

May 18, 2022 - Awa Seck, a fourth-year School of Dentistry student, has received one of the inaugural Dr. Jeanne Craig Sinkford Student Leadership Awards. Read more about Student Leadership Awards.

Dr. Philip Walczak named Magnuson Scholar

May 18, 2022 - Dr. Philip Walczak, a first-year PhD candidate in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Sciences, has been named the school’s Magnuson Scholar for 2022-23. Read more about Magnuson Scholar.

School continues strong showing in global rankings

April 24, 2022 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry continues to maintain a strong position in the global dental school rankings issued by Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS), a British educational institution. Read more about dental school ratings.

New acid-detecting tool can predict cavities

March 17, 2022 - In a new study, School of Dentistry and other University of Washington researchers have developed a tool that can measure acidity levels of plaque on teeth, which can predict dental caries, or tooth decay. Read more about tool to predict cavities.

Research takes spotlight at school’s annual event

February 16, 2022 - Dr. Rachel Kehr and Deborah Lee took first place in the Graduate Student Research Competition and Dental Student Research Competition respectively at this year’s School of Dentistry virtual Research Day. Read more about Research Day 2022.

Social and behavioral scientists join forces for oral health

January 20, 2022 - A large group of behavioral and social scientists, led by Dr. Cameron L. Randall of the University of Washington and Dr. Daniel W. McNeil of West Virginia University, are on a mission to throw the combined weight of their disciplines behind the effort to improve oral health globally. Read more about Oral Health.

The art of orthodontics: Dental students’ sculptures show their creative side

January 10, 2022 - As they have done since 1966, first-year residents in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics created wire sculptures for the department’s annual exhibition. Read more about Wire Sculptures.

Dr. Thomas Dodson named editor of oral surgery journal

December 28, 2021 - The Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (JOMS) has named Dr. Thomas Dodson as its new Editor-in-Chief, effective Jan. 1.  Read more about Dr. Thomas Dodson.

Dental hygiene challenge grant campaign hits target

December 27, 2021 - Buoyed by a flurry of December donations, the School of Dentistry’s campaign to match a challenge grant to support the Shoreline Community College dental hygiene program at its new UW home has reached its goal, officials have announced. Read more about Hygiene Program.

Staff member Chelsea Stone to be honored during Martin Luther King Jr. tribute

December 15, 2021 - Chelsea Stone from the Office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity has been selected as the UW School of Dentistry's recipient of the 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. Read more about Chelsea Stone.

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