News & Events

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.

Endodontics residents shine again in research competition

April 28, 2021 - For the 16th consecutive year, UW Department of Endodontics graduate residents have won research awards at the annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE).
Read more about Endodontics Research Awards.

Dr. Apichai Yavirach named Magnuson Scholar

April 6, 2021 - Apichai Yavirach, a PhD candidate in the Department of Oral Health Sciences, has been named the School of Dentistry’s 2021-22 Magnuson Scholar selectee. He is one of the six UW Health Sciences recipients of the scholarship, one of the UW’s top academic awards. Read more about Dr. Apichai Yavirach.

School ranked 4th in U.S., 15th in world

March 23, 2021 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry remains firmly placed among the world’s top dental schools, according to the 2021 Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University Rankings Read more about Rankings.

Trials begin on lozenge that rebuilds tooth enamel

March 1, 2021 - Before too long, you may be able to buy a breath mint that rebuilds your tooth enamel while it whitens your teeth, thanks to a team of University of Washington researchers. Read more about enamel building lozenge.

School holds COVID-themed virtual Research Day

February 5, 2021 - Eric Xu was selected as the winner of the School of Dentistry’s annual student research competition in conjunction with the school’s annual Research Day this week. Read more about Research Day.

School recognizes two faculty members for outstanding teaching

February 4, 2021 - The School of Dentistry has honored Dr. Xavier Lepe and Dr. Sami Dogan with its highest faculty recognition, the Bruce R. Rothwell Awards for Teaching Excellence. Read more about outstanding teaching.

New grant supports researcher training in UW-Kenya partnership

February 1, 2021 - The Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health at the UW School of Dentistry has received a grant from the UW Global Innovation Fund to help train junior researchers in Kenya in skills to facilitate publishing their work. Read more about DeRouen Center Grant.

Delta Dental gives $1 million for dental hygiene training at UW

January 26, 2021 - Delta Dental of Washington has announced a $1 million grant to the University of Washington School of Dentistry to support a partnership between Shoreline Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program and the dental school. In addition, to further the growth of the program, Delta Dental will issue a $500,000 challenge grant to match funds raised by area dental and dental hygienist societies this year. Read more about Delta Dental Gift.

Dental association to honor faculty member as top humanitarian

January 11, 2021 - Dr. Theresa Cheng of the School of Dentistry faculty will receive the 2021 American Dental Association Humanitarian Award for her work on behalf of veterans, the ADA has announced. She was unanimously recommended by the ADA selection committee for the honor, one of the highest bestowed by the organization. Read more about Dr. Cheng.

Orthodontics residents show their artistry with wire sculptures

December 17, 2020 - Continuing a 54-year-old tradition, five first-year residents in the UW School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics have crafted wire sculptures for the department’s exhibition. Read more about wire sculptures.

School launches drive to fund dental care for combat veterans

November 4, 2020 - As Veterans Day nears, the UW School of Dentistry has begun a fund-raising campaign to support free dental treatment for low-income U.S. combat veterans and their families at the school’s clinics. Read more about dental care for veterans.

Oral health summit to focus on behavioral science

October 28, 2020 - Oral health isn’t just about teeth. Thoughts and behaviors also play a big part. Dentists have long known the importance of influencing people’s behaviors and attitudes to promote healthy teeth and gums. That explains a good deal of the impetus for the Behavioral and Social Oral Health Sciences Summit, which will be held this Thursday and Friday in a virtual space. Read more about Oral Health Summit.

School wins $1M grant for teledentistry project

October 9, 2020 - The School of Dentistry has won a $1 million federal grant that will upgrade infrastructure for teledentistry in Washington and Montana and improve the school’s distance-learning capability. Read more about RIDE Grant.

Shoreline CC is school’s new dental hygiene training partner

September 28, 2020 - Dental hygienist training at the UW School of Dentistry is expanding significantly, thanks to a new partnership between the school and Shoreline Community College. This year, 10 Shoreline students in the second year of their school’s accredited two-year program are training at the School of Dentistry before receiving their Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Sciences degree. Read more about educational partnerships.

Dr. Douglass Jackson to lead school’s heightened diversity efforts

September 25, 2020 - Dr. Douglass Jackson, Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the UW School of Dentistry, has been named Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), pending approval by the UW Board of Regents. Read more about Dr. Douglass Jackson.

Ground broken on $100M training facility

September 1, 2020 - School of Dentistry Dean Gary Chiodo joined his fellow UW Health Sciences deans and Washington state legislators on Aug. 27 at the official groundbreaking for the new Health Sciences Education Building on the southern edge of the UW campus. Read more about New HSE Building.

Is it safe to visit the dentist?

August 21, 2020 - You may be wondering whether it is safe to visit your UW dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is definitely safe! At the UW School of Dentistry, no one has caught COVID-19 during dental care – even though thousands of patient visits have taken place in our clinics since COVID arrived. Read more about Dental visits during COVID.