News & Events

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.

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.