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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.

Dr. Travis Nelson named chair of Pediatric Dentistry

November 24, 2021 - The University of Washington Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Dr. Travis Nelson to be chair of the School of Dentistry’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry, the school has announced. Read more about Dr. Travis Nelson.

Dean adds fund-raising twist to dental hygiene campaign: a grant within a grant

November 19, 2021 - Dean Gary Chiodo of the University of Washington School of Dentistry has come up with a novel fund-raising twist to support dental hygiene training at the school: a challenge grant within a challenge grant. Read more about dental hygiene campaign.

School to co-host virtual global conference on ethics

November 4, 2021 - An international conference on ethics, co-hosted by the UW School of Dentistry, will discuss issues in medicine and related fields, including clinical trials and animal experiments, on Nov. 13-14. Read more about ethics conference.

A message from our dean

November 3, 2021 - For decades, the University of Washington School of Dentistry has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading centers of dental education, oral health research, and patient care. In fact, it is recognized as one of the best in the world. Read more about Dr. Gary Chiodo.

Former dean wins ADA Gold Medal for research

October 14, 2021 - Dr. Martha Somerman, who was dean of the School of Dentistry from 2002 to 2011, has become the first woman to win the American Dental Association’s Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research. Read more about Dr. Martha Somerman.

Dean Chiodo announces plans to step down

September 24, 2021 - Citing health-related reasons, Dean Gary Chiodo has announced his intention to resign next year. Dean Chiodo, who came to the School of Dentistry a little more than three years ago, will continue to lead the school for the next 12 months as a national search begins for a new dean, University of Washington Provost Mark Richards said. Read more about Dean Chiodo.

UW researchers reveal new aspects of gum disease and body’s protective response

July 6, 2021 - A team led by University of Washington researchers has, for the first time, identified and classified how different people respond to the accumulation of dental plaque, the sticky biofilm that gathers on teeth. Read more about dental plaque study.

Once again, school’s commencement has different look

June 16, 2021 - Although substantial progress has been made in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the University of Washington had to rule out live graduation exercises and other large gatherings this month. However, the School of Dentistry, as it did last year, came up with a creative solution. Read more about Graduation Ceremony.

Student puts young tribal members on path to realize career dreams

June 15, 2021 - This spring, Lindsey Montileaux Mabbutt celebrated two graduations: her own from the UW School of Dentistry and that of 10 students from her Dreamstarter program. Read more about Lindsey Montileaux Mabbutt.

Symposium to examine dentistry’s post-pandemic future

June 9, 2021 - Dentistry has made dramatic strides in the last generation, thanks to advances in materials and technology. More change is certain to come, but the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the form this change will take. Read more about future of dentistry.

School continues strong showing in world rankings

June 3, 2021 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry again ranks among the world’s best dental schools, placing No. 7 globally in the  Shanghai Ranking Consultancy’s 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) subject rankings. Read more about Shanghai Ranking 2021.

School honors outstanding staff members

May 27, 2021 - The School of Dentistry has honored five outstanding staff members with its annual Distinguished Staff Awards, recognizing people whose work is vital but often goes unsung. Read more about Distinguished Staff.