News & Events

Dr. Travis Nelson named acting chair of Pediatric Dentistry

November 1, 2018 - Dr. Travis Nelson, clinic chief of the University of Washington’s Center for Pediatric Dentistry, has been named acting chair of the UW School of Dentistry’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry, the school has announced. The appointment, which takes effect Nov. 1, is pending approval by the UW Board of Regents. Read more about Dr. Nelson.

Researcher: Public misled on brushing teeth

October 15, 2018 - Almost any schoolchild can tell you: We prevent cavities by brushing our teeth, because that’s how you remove the sticky film containing millions of decay-causing germs. Read more about brushing teeth.

UW hosts global oral health symposium

July 31, 2018 - The Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health holds its first symposium in global oral health today on the University of Washington campus, with the support of a grant from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Read more about Global Oral Health Symposium.

Study shows how austerity devastated Greece’s health

July 25, 2018 - A new study by a School of Dentistry faculty member and dozens of other researchers from the University of Washington and around the world has found that Greece’s population health declined markedly and death rates rose sharply after harsh austerity measures were imposed on Greece by the European Union and the International Money Fund in 2010. Read more about Greek Health.

School remains No. 3 in world in research rankings

July 18, 2018 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry retained its No. 3 global and U.S. ranking in the newly released 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Read more about Research Rankings.

Dr. Gary Chiodo named interim dean

July 17, 2018 - Dr. Gary Chiodo of Oregon Health & Science University has been appointed interim dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, effective Aug. 1, UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Mark Richards announced Monday. Read more about Dr. Gary Chiodo.

UW dental volunteers to boost Special Olympics screening program

June 25, 2018 - Special athletes deserve special care, and the University of Washington School of Dentistry will help make sure that happens at the upcoming Special Olympics Summer Games around and near Seattle. Read more about Special Olympics.

UW oral health center wins grant for Africa HIV research

June 13, 2018 - The University of Washington’s Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health has received a grant to support research on African children and adolescents exposed to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Read more about HIV Research.

A greener smile is a good thing

June 12, 2018 - Thanks to an enterprising UW undergraduate, School of Dentistry clinics will help make the world a little greener while making patients’ smiles brighter.  Read more about green toothbrush.

Dentistry PhD candidate receives major grant to study oral pain syndrome

May 14, 2018 - Dr. Sumeia Werfalli, who is studying for her PhD in oral biology at the School of Dentistry, has been awarded a Scan│Design Foundation Innovative Pain Research Grant by the University of Washington Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine. Read more about oral pain study.

Dr. Martha Fales, former UW dental hygiene chair, dies at 101

May 2, 2018 - Dr. Martha Howard Fales, who chaired the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Washington School of Dentistry from 1961 to 1986, died on April 29 in Olympia, Wash., just weeks before her 102nd birthday. Read more about Dr. Martha Fales.

UW researchers find no-drill way to heal cavities

April 18, 2018 - A University of Washington research team that includes School of Dentistry faculty members has designed a natural product using engineered proteins called peptides to rebuild tooth enamel and heal cavities in their early stages. Read more about healing cavities.

Dr. Michael Baldwin named UW Magnuson Scholar

April 6, 2018 - Dr. Michael Baldwin, a 2015 University of Washington dental graduate who is also completing work on a PhD in oral biology at the UW, has been named a UW Magnuson Scholar for 2018-19. Read more about Dr. Michael Baldwin.

UW global oral health symposium set for July 31

April 3, 2018 - Registration has opened for a University of Washington national symposium on global oral health scheduled for July 31. Read more about oral health symposium.

Dr. Donald Chi named Pediatric Dentist of the Year

March 30, 2018 - Dr. Donald Chi, Associate Professor of Oral Health Sciences, has been named Pediatric Dentist of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Read more about Dr. Chi.

School moves up in rankings

March 6, 2018 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry moved up one spot to No. 4 in the United States and retained its worldwide ranking of No. 14 in the newly released 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings assessment of dental schools. Read more about dental school rankings.

UW launches new training program for children’s oral health

February 13, 2018 - A University of Washington Health Sciences team led by the School of Dentistry is launching an interprofessional training program to improve access to dental care for children ranging in age from the first year of life through 5 years. Read more about children's oral health.

Children offered free dental care at UW clinic on Feb. 20

February 12, 2018 - Sign-up spaces are still available for children’s free preventive dental care at the University of Washington’s Center for Pediatric Dentistry on Feb. 20.
Read more about free children's dental care.

Dr. Natasha Flake named to lead Department of Endodontics

February 1, 2018 - Dr. Natasha Flake, Associate Professor of Endodontics at the School of Dentistry, has been appointed  Acting Chair of the Department of Endodontics, Interim Dean James Johnson has announced. Read more about Dr. Natasha Flake.

Student competition winners announced at Research Day

January 30, 2018 - At the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Tuesday, Kristie Cheng was announced as the winner of the Summer Research Fellowship (SURF) Student Clinician Competition. Cheng, a second-year dental student, presented a study of factors affecting citation rates in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Read more about Research Day 2018.

Dr. Avina Paranjpe selected for leadership training program

January 29, 2018 - Dr. Avina Paranjpe, Associate Professor in the Department of Endodontics, has received a fellowship to attend the 2018-19 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute. Read more about Dr. Avina Paranjpe.

2 students to be honored for community service

January 5, 2018 - Second-year UW dental students Jessica Latimer and Marcus Hwang will receive 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards for their work in helping facilitate dental care for homeless people. Read more about community service.

Orthodontics contest shows students can sculpt more than smiles

December 7, 2017 - Dr. Kaz Kitagaito has taken first place in the annual wire sculpture contest conducted by the School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics. Read more about Wire Sculpture.

Oral health research center renamed

November 29, 2017 - The Center for Global Oral Health, established at the School of Dentistry in 2013 to promote international collaborations in dental research and education, has been renamed to honor its founder, Dr. Timothy A. DeRouen. Read more about Oral health research.

Dr. James Johnson named interim dean

October 26, 2017 - The University of Washington has announced that Dr. James Johnson has been named interim dean of the School of Dentistry. Dr. Johnson, who has chaired the school’s Department of Endodontics since 2003, takes over from Dr. Joel Berg, who stepped down Oct. 23. Read more about interim dean.