UW School of Dentistry

UW student receives leadership award named for pioneering dental educator

Awa Seck
Awa Seck

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

The awards, created this year by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), go to a student at each North American dental school, based on these criteria:

  • Participation in leadership activities
  • Demonstration of effective leadership
  • Advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Champion for access to oral health care for underserved and disadvantaged populations
  • Community service-oriented
  • Proclivity to enter dental education or organized dentistry

The award honors Dr. Sinkford, who was the first female and African-American female to become dean at a U.S. dental school. She became dean at Howard University in 1975 and served until 1991. A trailblazer in dental education, she has also been an unwavering supporter of dental research and advocate for diversity and social justice. She is now dean emeritus at the Howard University dental school and senior scholar in residence at ADEA.

Seck, who is president of the UW chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA), has received the Arcora Foundation Dr. Burton H. Goodman Presidential Scholarship and the International College of Dentists Dr. Frank Burns Guthrie Memorial Scholarship. She has been an active volunteer, including serving at a Covid-19 vaccination clinic in the Seattle suburb of Kent last year. Also last year, she led SNDA chapter members who joined members of the American Student Dental Association who provided dental care, information, and oral health supplies in South Seattle during the Juneteenth Freedom Day Festival.

Former dean wins ADA Gold Medal for research

Dr. Martha Somerman 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.

The award honors individuals who have helped advance the profession of dentistry or improve the oral health of the public through basic or clinical research. Established in 1985, the award is presented every three years and is sponsored by the ADA and Colgate.

Dr. Somerman, who came to the school from the University of Michigan, left to become director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health. During her deanship at the UW, the school launched the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program, which has been extraordinarily successful.

She has also received the Geis Award, one of dental education’s top honors, from the American Academy of Periodontology and the Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Oral Biology from the International Association for Dental Research. In the spring of 2011, she received the Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s top honor, the Goldhaber Award.

School recognizes two faculty members for outstanding teaching

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.

At a Zoom faculty meeting on Wednesday, Dr. Lepe received the Bruce R. Rothwell Lifetime Achievement in Teaching Award, which is given to senior or emeritus faculty members. Dr. Dogan received the Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award, which goes to a junior or mid-career faculty member.

Dr. Xavier Lepe
Dr. Xavier Lepe

Dr. Lepe, who is Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Director of the Division of Prosthodontics, joined the faculty in 1993 after teaching for 10 years at Loyola University of Chicago.

One student wrote in support of his nomination: “If corrections are needed during a procedure, he always provides us with direct, positive, and constructive feedback following each and every clinical session and away from the patient to ensure their confidence in us is not lost. He allows us to be independent while working with our patients but knows when to step in if necessary.”

Another student wrote: “He has guided a generation of students at both the pre-clinical and clinical levels, and he is a huge reason graduates are able to maintain the school’s exceptional reputation.”

Dr. Dogan, an Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry, joined the faculty in 2005 after teaching at Germany’s Leibniz Universität Hannover for four years.

He has been recognized by students for teaching excellence several times, and a faculty colleague wrote in support of his nomination: “He delivers thoughtful, innovative, and engaging presentations, hosts productive and interactive small-group discussions, has successfully and quickly adapted his teaching modalities in response to the most recent pedagogical shift, and encourages critical and independent thinking, all of which ultimately motivate students to perform at their highest level.”

The awards were created in 2001 to commemorate Dr. Bruce R. Rothwell, who chaired the school’s Department of Restorative Dentistry from 1993 until his death from kidney cancer in 2000 at the age of 52. Renowned as a forensic dentist, he served as a consultant to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office and in the 1980s worked with UW colleague Dr. Tom Morton to identify victims in the Green River serial murder case.   He was posthumously honored by the American Society of Forensic Odontology.

Dr. Rothwell also directed the School of Dentistry’s General Practice Residency program and was noted for his expertise in teaching, research, and care of medically compromised patients. He devised Rothwell’s Solution, a painkilling mouthwash still in use to help patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for mouth cancers.

Dental association to honor faculty member as top humanitarian

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.

Dr. Theresa Chung
Dr. Theresa Cheng’s work on behalf of veterans has previously earned her the UW ward of Excellence and the Washington State Outstanding Service to Veterans Award.

Dr. Cheng, a periodontist, was recognized for the work she began in 2008 to provide free dental care to veterans in her own practice. She sold her private practice in 2012 to devote more time to her efforts, and in 2016, she founded the grass-roots group Everyone for Veterans (E4V). It received nonprofit status the following year.

E4V enlists volunteer dentists to give free urgent care to low-income veterans who served in combat or other areas of hazardous duty and can’t afford private care. The Veterans Administration provides dental care only to veterans who are declared 100 percent disabled with a service connection. The VA does offer a dental insurance plan, but it is often out of financial reach for hard-pressed veterans.

“Dr. Cheng’s program has provided access to care for needy veterans throughout the country,” said Dr. Daniel J. Klemmedson, ADA president, in an article in the ADA News. “I am impressed by how she has inspired her dental colleagues, dental students and community members to get more involved, and we believe her program will inspire other programs to begin. We are proud to honor Dr. Cheng for selflessly serving those who have served our country so loyally.”

Dr. Cheng, 63, responded modestly to the news of her recognition. “I am of course very happy and humbled by this. However, I also feel a little embarrassed to be recognized for work that I should be doing for these men and women who served, and I want to recognize all the dentists, staff and volunteers who did all the great work.”

The outreach to veterans does not end with the initial free treatment. E4V dentists also encourage their veteran patients to establish a “dental home” where they continue regular dental visits. “We do a general screening, and we tell our volunteer dentists that we want to address not only urgent needs but provide comprehensive care,” Dr. Cheng said.

The E4V outreach to veterans extends beyond the initial free visit for the urgent need, where E4V dentists are asked to provide comprehensive dental treatment. Subsequently, veterans are encouraged to continue regular paying visits to a dentist to safeguard their improved oral health.

Dr. Cheng has expanded E4V’s work into dental schools, including those at the University of Washington and University of Iowa. At the UW, the school is seeking donations to a new Veterans Access to Dental Care Fund to support more free treatment of low-income combat veterans by dental students under faculty supervision.

“Our general and specialty clinics are honored to be of service to those who have served our country,” Dean Gary Chiodo said in an appeal to prospective donors.

After starting as a word-of-mouth grassroots network with a handful of volunteers, E4V has grown to more than 400 dentists plus specialists and dental labs. In 2017, E4V also created its Wingman program to facilitate help beyond dentistry. The program now has about 70 volunteers who help veterans make connections for other life-enhancing services at little or no cost. “You don’t have to be a dentist to make an impact on a veteran,” Dr. Cheng said. “We realize that the VA can’t do everything.”

The ADA award is not the first recognition Dr. Cheng has received for her work with veterans. In 2019, the UW bestowed its Award of Excellence on her, and in 2017 she received the Washington State Outstanding Service to Veterans Award.

She initially started her outreach after reading about a local soldier who was badly injured while serving in Iraq. Thinking that veterans received VA dental care, she initially intended to serve veterans and their families. After learning otherwise, she refocused her efforts.

“My family and I were never associated with the military nor veterans,” she told the ADA News. “What I knew of veterans were from movies like Born on the Fourth of July or The Deer Hunter, and that there was not much I could do besides donate to nonprofits. However, fortuitously, I got connected with veterans and realizing I can make such a huge difference in their lives just got me hooked. Somehow this bug bit me and I felt compelled to help these very deserving individuals, one at a time. What would life be if we are not helping each other and our communities?”

Dr. Cheng will receive her award, which includes a $10,000 donation to a charity of her choice, at ADA’s October meeting in Las Vegas in October.

Dental student Lindsey Montileaux Mabbutt named to Husky 100

Lindsey Montileaux Mabbutt, a third-year student at the School of Dentistry, has been named to the 2020 cohort of the University of Washington’s Husky 100, the UW announced on Monday.

Lindsey Montileaux MabbuttThe Husky 100 annually recognizes 100 undergraduate and graduate students who are making the most of their time at the UW. Students are evaluated on the basis of what they learn to make a difference on campus and in their communities, as well as their capacity for leadership and commitment to an inclusive community.

Mabbutt, who grew up in South Dakota, is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and the first in her family to complete college. In 2015, she received a BS in medical biology, cum laude, from the University of South Dakota, where she had a track and field scholarship. She went on to earn a master’s degree in public health from North Dakota State University, with a specialization in American Indian public health, in 2017 before enrolling at the School of Dentistry.

“I love science and working with my hands,” she wrote in her Husky 100 application. “When I started working on a fake tooth, I realized how much art was involved in dentistry and I knew I had found my calling.”

Mabbutt, who had never met a Native American dentist while growing up, said her goal became to change that narrative. She plans to become a public health dentist. “Public health has always been a passion of mine because I know the power in reaching populations in comparison to treating one individual,” she wrote.

Her second year in dental school, already considered the most intensive and stressful, was especially eventful. She and her husband welcomed the birth of a son who arrived more than two months prematurely and required a stay in the UW Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit. Yet she returned to her studies just four days after giving birth.

“I spent increments of three hours at school and made it back to breastfeed him in between classes,” she wrote. “He was my motivation to not fall behind. I spent countless hours studying oral pathology at the foot of my son’s hospital bed.”

The summer after her second year, she served as a dental assistant in a rural rotation at a Seattle Indian Health Board clinic – the first UW dental student to serve at this site. “What I learned was that providing culturally competent care to those in need was just the first step in fighting for change,” she wrote. “Seattle Indian Health board emphasized traditional medicine at the heart of their practice in medicine, dentistry, and mental health. With this paradigm, patients were impacted on a more meaningful level than being treated by Western medicine alone. This experience gave me much more than a lecture ever could.”

She is also conducting research using her personal experience as a focal point. Before and after giving birth, she was concerned about exposure to hazardous materials during her studies. In the school’s Simulation Clinic, for example, 70 students simultaneously place mercury amalgam fillings. Now she is measuring mercury vapor in the Simulation Clinic and other clinical settings during amalgam use.

“This is one small step in making it possible for women to reach higher education while also having a family,” she wrote. She also worked with the UW’s Office of Occupational Health and Safety to be fitted for a mask to keep her from inhaling formaldehyde fumes in an anatomy lab.

As she looks to the future, she hopes to help increase the number of Native American dentists. Working with the dental school’s Office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity, she has received  a grant to fund outreach trips to Seattle-area high school tribal communities and inspire young people to pursue careers in health care.

“I knew at UW I would get a great education, but I didn’t realize I would have the opportunity to pursue a career that opens doors for others and creates opportunity for change,” she wrote. “I am proud to be at the University of Washington and look forward to representing the values of the school for a lifetime.”

Dean Gary Chiodo of the School of Dentistry said: “I am absolutely delighted that Lindsey has received this very well-deserved recognition. Her accomplishments as a pre-dental student and now as a dental student are impressive.

“As a public health dentist, I am especially glad to see her interest in this field. She will be an influential role model for other Native Americans who may be contemplating a career in dentistry. She brings the perfect combination of expertise, determination, and motivation to the profession and to a population that is often overlooked by those recruiting dental students. I could not be more proud of her successes nor happier that she will be joining my profession as a public health dentist.”

Student Estela Gomez Licea to receive service award at MLK event

Estela Gomez Licea
Estela Gomez Licea

Third-year dental student Estela Gomez Licea will receive a Volunteer Service Award on Jan. 16 during the UW Health Science Center’s annual celebration of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Licea, who is president of the UW chapter of the Hispanic Student Dental Association, will be honored for her work with students and faculty to promote volunteer dental care for Seattle-area patients in need.

In particular, she has been instrumental in promoting student volunteer outreach at Casa Latina, which was founded in 1994 to empower Seattle’s Latinx immigrants by providing them educational and economic opportunities. Students periodically go there to provide dental treatment and screenings to members of the Latinx community who otherwise have limited access to these services. She has also encouraged more affiliate faculty members to lend their time and expertise to help students on this and other Seattle-area volunteer outreaches to underserved patients.

Beyond that, Licea has worked to strengthen her student group’s partnership with the School of Dentistry’s Office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity, which supports various outreach efforts and organizations within the school. Under her leadership, her association has also hosted Spanish-language classes for interested dental students to learn Spanish terminology for common dental terms.

“I cannot express how humbling this is to me. I feel there are so many individuals in our school who are my inspiration and do so much for our communities,” Licea said.

The annual service awards, given to individuals or groups from each of the six UW Health Sciences schools, honor recipients who exemplify Dr. King’s principles through:

  • Commitment to addressing community needs, particularly communities of color and low income.
  • Development and implementation of significant programs to improve the human condition.
  • Outstanding efforts to protect and empower all individuals.

“Estela is so deserving of this recognition and I am thrilled to see her receive this award,” said Interim Dean Gary Chiodo. “Her work with the Seattle Latinx community is a stellar example of culturally proficient outreach and engagement. The fact that she dedicates substantial time to this work and that it is in addition to the very busy schedule of a third-year dental student is testament to her integrity and ethics. I am so proud of her accomplishments.”

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, which comes before the official holiday on Jan. 20, will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday in Hogness Auditorium, whose entrance is on the fourth floor, just up the staircase from the lobby of the Health Sciences Center. A reception with light refreshments follows the ceremony.

Honorary society recognizes outstanding students, faculty

The School of Dentistry’s chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), which is the dental equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, inducted seven new student members and two faculty members on May 22.

2019 Inductees
Flanked by Dr. John Evans (far left) and Dr. Greg Huang and Dr. Natasha Flake (at right) of the School of Dentistry faculty, the inductees from the Class of 2019 are (from left) Kerry Streiff, Anoop Gill, Anmol Gill, Lauren Blanchard, Mari-Alina Timoshchuk, Stephen Siew, and Elizabeth Floodeen.

At the Sigma Sigma chapter’s annual dinner at the UW Club, scholarships also were awarded to six students, while another student received OKU’s annual award of excellence.

Faculty member Amy Kim inducted
Dr. Amy Kim (center) is inducted by Dr. Flake and Sandy Phillips of the School of Dentistry faculty.
Dr. Richard Presland (center) is inducted by Dr. Daniel Chan and Dr. Flake of the faculty.
Dr. Richard Presland (center) is inducted by Dr. Daniel Chan and Dr. Flake of the faculty.

Robert Rosenthal receives the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence from Dr. Flake and Dr. Randy Maebo of the faculty.

The student inductees, all from the graduating Class of 2019, were Lauren Blanchard, Elizabeth Floodeen, Anmol Gill, Anoop Gill, Stephen Siew, Kerry Streiff, and Mari-Alina Timoshchuk. Dr. Amy Kim of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, who also holds an appointment in the Department of Periodontics and is associate director of the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program, was inducted as a faculty member. Dr. Richard Presland, graduate program director of the Department of Oral Health Sciences, was inducted as an honorary member.

Robert Rosenthal, a RIDE student in the Class of 2021, received the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence. The award recognizes a rising third-year student who has demonstrated scholarship, character, and the potential promise for advancement of dentistry and service to humanity.

Standing with Dr. Flake and Dr. Andy Marashi (far right) of the faculty are the OKU scholarship recipients (from left): Asher Chiu and Samuel Snipes of the Class of 2021, Calvin Panah and Fang Sun of the Class of 2022, and Nadia Grishin and Kayla Casebier of the Class of 2020.
Standing with Dr. Flake and Dr. Andy Marashi (far right) of the faculty are the OKU scholarship recipients (from left): Asher Chiu and Samuel Snipes of the Class of 2021, Calvin Panah and Fang Sun of the Class of 2022, and Nadia Grishin and Kayla Casebier of the Class of 2020.

Dr. Jon Suzuki of Philadelphia’s Temple University, professor of microbiology and immunology in Temple’s School of Medicine and professor of periodontology and oral implantology in its School of Dentistry, presented the keynote speech, relating lessons he had learned over the course of his career.

Dr. Jon Suzuki
Dr. Jon Suzuki
Interim Dean Gary Chiodo, who is an OKU member, welcomes guests at the dinner.
Interim Dean Gary Chiodo, who is an OKU member, welcomes guests at the dinner.

OKU scholarships went to Kayla Casebier and Nadia Grishin of the Class of 2020, Asher Chiu and Samuel Snipes of the Class of 2021, and Calvin Panah and Fang Sun of the Class of 2022.

UW to honor Dentistry faculty member for public service

Dr. Theresa Cheng, a clinical assistant professor of periodontics at the School of Dentistry, will receive a 2019 Award of Excellence from the University of Washington for outstanding public service.

Dr. Theresa Cheng with one of her veteran patients
Dr. Theresa Cheng with one of her veteran patients

Dr. Cheng, whose work in the community has included leading a volunteer organization connecting low-income veterans with dental care, will be honored with the other recipients on June 13 at a ceremony at the UW’s Meany Hall. The annual awards recognize achievements in teaching, mentoring, public service, and staff support.

Dr. Cheng launched Everyone for Veterans in 2008 after reading a news account of a local Iraq veteran who had been seriously wounded by an improvised explosive device. She initially sought to provide free dental care to veterans’ spouses or mothers, but expanded her efforts after learning that the Veterans Administration does not provide dental care to most veterans.

Today her organization boasts nearly 300 dentists along with specialists and dental labs across the United States who provide volunteer services to low-income veterans. Some of these veterans served as long ago as World War II.

“Besides dental work, the trust, caring and social aspects that we provide is a powerful healing factor to these veterans,” Dr. Cheng told the School of Dentistry’s Dental Alumni News magazine in 2014. “Oftentimes, they tell us that this restores their faith in humanity.” Dr. Cheng is a 1985 graduate of the school’s periodontics residency program.

Dr. Cheng has also been a board member with Washington Women in Need, a Kirkland-based nonprofit organization that helps low-income women by providing financial assistance for health care and education. Many of these women are victims of domestic violence, and Dr. Cheng recruited volunteer dentists to help them in addition to her work in fundraising, strategic planning, and program evaluation for the agency.

Dr. Cheng’s work in the community was recognized by the Washington State Dental Association, which named her one of two WSDA Citizens of the Year in 1998. That year, the city of Issaquah proclaimed January 20 as Dr. Theresa Cheng Day in honor of her volunteer work. For her work with veterans, she received the 2017 Washington State Outstanding Service to Veterans Superior Award from the Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee.

Endodontics organization honors two UW faculty members

Two School of Dentistry faculty members have received some of the highest recognition bestowed by their related professional association at the annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE).

At the meeting in Montreal this month, Dr. James Johnson received the I.B. Bender Lifetime Educator award, while Dr. Avina Paranjpe received the Edward M. Osetek Educator award.

Dr. James Johnson

Dr. Johnson, who is chair and program director of the UW Department of Endodontics, was honored for his contributions to endodontics in the field of education. Award recipients must have demonstrated excellence through selfless commitment to full-time educational pursuits, and must have instilled in their students the desire to pursue excellence in their careers.

Dr. Avina Paranjpe, an associate professor of endodontics, was recognized for her qualities as an outstanding educator, as demonstrated by the esteem of students and faculty associates; the quality of former and current students and their impact on endodontics; and by her invitations to present endodontic seminars, lectures, or workshops at other educational institutions.

Dr. Johnson, who has chaired the department since 2003, also served as interim dean of the School of Dentistry for several months starting in October 2017 before returning to lead his department. Before coming to the UW, he served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, where he retired with the rank of captain. He chaired the Endodontics Department and directed the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School, whose Research Department he also chaired. He also served as Specialty Leader for Endodontics in the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

He received his DDS degree from Northwestern University Dental School before serving as a dental officer in the U.S. Air Force, then practiced privately in Colorado before returning to Northwestern to earn a Certificate in Endodontics and an MS degree in 1985. He then returned to active duty in the Navy.

He has been an active researcher who has published a number of scientific papers and has lectured in the United States and Europe. He also has served as a consultant for endodontics for the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation, and on the board of the Washington State Association of Endodontists. He is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontists.

Dr. ParanjpeDr. Paranjpe joined the School of Dentistry’s faculty after completing an endodontics residency and earning an MSD in the specialty at the UW in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from India’s Mumbai University in 2000 and practiced privately in Mumbai until 2002. She then earned an MS in oral biology in 2004 and a PhD in immunology in 2007 from the University of California, Los Angeles.

In 2018, she was named a Fellow for the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute, a yearlong program designed to groom dental faculty members as future leaders in dental and higher education. She was also named ADEA/AAE Foundation Scholar for the Leadership Institute. Last year, she also received the Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award, the School of Dentistry’s highest faculty recognition.

Dr. Paranjpe, who has also chaired the school’s Faculty Council, holds the Department of Endodontics’ first endowed faculty fellowship. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, and has conducted research on dental materials and regenerative endodontics. She has numerous research publications on subjects including pulpal regeneration and revascularization, immunology, and compatibility of biomaterials.

Laquita Grissett named Magnuson Scholar

Laquita M. Grissett, a PhD candidate at the School of Dentistry, has been named a University of Washington Magnuson Scholar for 2019-20, the university has announced.

Laquita GrissettGrissett, a graduate research assistant in the school’s Department of Oral Health Sciences, is one of the six scholarship recipients named annually, one for each of the UW’s Health Sciences schools. She plans to pursue a dental degree after completing her PhD.

“I feel incredibly blessed and honored to be a recipient of the Magnuson Scholarship,” she said. “This is an extremely prestigious award, and my heart is overflowing with gratitude.”

The scholarships, funded from a $2 million endowment from the Warren G. Magnuson Institute for Biomedical Research and Health Professions Training, commemorate the late U.S. Sen. Warren G. Magnuson. He was a dedicated supporter of biomedical research and was instrumental in establishing the National Institutes of Health, Medicare, and Medicaid during his career in the Senate. The awards are the highest given to UW Health Sciences students, who are selected for their academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences.

Grissett’s current research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular underpinnings that govern and drive the development of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma in patients with a genetic disorder called Fanconi anemia. After she completes her studies, she said, she wants to pursue head and neck cancer research and investigate the link between oral and systemic diseases.

A South Carolina native, she received a BS in biology, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina in 2016 and was named to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. She was a 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program pre-doctoral trainee, and her previous scholarship awards include a 2019 Student/Post-Doc Advisory Committee Course Scholarship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Abney Foundation Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and University Studies Abroad Consortium Scholarship.

She has also been a volunteer in Washington at a migrant camp and at Seattle’s Danny Woo Community Garden, and was a mentor while completing the UW’s Summer Medical and Dental Education program. In South Carolina, she served at a retirement community and a food bank.

“I am so happy to learn that Ms. Grissett has been named a UW Magnuson Scholar this year,” said Interim Dean Gary Chiodo. “Her work in elucidating the molecular bases for head and neck cancer in Fanconi anemia patients is critically important and timely. While Fanconi anemia remains a relatively rare genetic disease, it carries very high morbidity and mortality. We have so much more to learn about it, and Laquita’s research focus is another important step toward improving diagnosis and treatment options.”

3 faculty members receive school’s top honor

The School of Dentistry honored three faculty members on Monday with the presentation of its annual Bruce R. Rothwell Teaching Awards, the school’s highest such recognition.

3 people with flowers and award
Dr. John Townsend (center) with Dr. Mark Drangsholt and Dr. Patricia Rothwell.

Awards went to Dr. John Townsend, a lecturer emeritus in the Department of Restorative Dentistry; Dr. Avina Paranjpe, associate professor in the Department of Endodontics; and Dr. Robert Nieman, a clinical instructor with the Advanced General Dentistry Clinic of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Townsend received the Rothwell Lifetime Achievement in Teaching Award. During his career, he has served on the faculty at both the UW and McGill University in Montreal, and chaired a department at each school. At the UW, he has been a key figure in the Graduate Prosthodontics program, and has received four Outstanding Instructor Awards bestowed by students. He also received the rare honor of selection by graduating students to be

3 people with flowers and award
Dr. Avina Paranjpe (center) with Dr. Mark Drangsholt and Dr. Patricia Rothwell.

keynote speaker for the School of Dentistry’s 2014 commencement.

Dr. Townsend has been nominated several times previously for the Rothwell Award. On one of those occasions, the Class of 2015 offered this illustration of his qualities as a teacher: “Dr. Townsend is also an excellent storyteller and dental historian, often sharing stories in class about how dental materials came to be and challenging us to use a critical eye when evaluating new dental products. He put a story behind the materials we use, making them more interesting and easier to understand.”

Dr. Paranjpe received the Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award. She too has been nominated several times previously, and this year received a fellowship to attend the 2018-19 American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute. This program is designed to groom dental faculty members as future leaders in dental and higher education. Dr. Paranjpe was also selected as the 2018 ADEA/American Association of Endodontists Foundation Scholar for the Leadership Institute.

3 people with flowers and award
Dr. Robert Nieman (center) with Dr. Mark Drangsholt and Dr. Patricia Rothwell.

One letter supporting her nomination for the Rothwell Award included this: “Dr. Paranjpe is held in high regard by her students in the most profound ways. Her organization is renowned among students and residents alike, and her ability to simplify the most arduous of concepts makes her a fantastic mentor. … Dr. Paranjpe maintains incredibly high standards for her students, but year after year they strive to meet them – not for grades, but for respect of their instructor and their goal to demonstrate what they’ve learned from her.”

Dr. Neiman, who has also been nominated multiple times, received the Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award for Outstanding Service. A former director of the school’s General Practice Residency (GPR) program, he served as an attending dentist in that program and in the Advanced General Dentistry program, which serves medically complex patients, for nearly 40 years.

One nominating letter said: “Bob has been the stable bedrock for the GPR program and its residents. … Simply put, Bob has been the best mentor and teacher one could hope for. Of all the excellent dental educators I have had at the School of Dentistry, there is none more deserving of this award than Bob Nieman, and I think Bruce would be proud of his colleague and friend.”

Bruce Rothwell
Dr. Bruce R. Rothwell

The Rothwell Awards commemorate the late Dr. Bruce R. Rothwell, who chaired the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the UW from 1993 until his death from kidney cancer in 2000 at the age of 52.

Renowned as a forensic dentist, he served as a consultant to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office and in the 1980s worked with UW colleague Dr. Tom Morton to identify victims in the Green River serial murder case. He was posthumously honored by the American Society of Forensic Odontology.

Dr. Rothwell also directed the School of Dentistry’s GPR program and was noted for his expertise in teaching, research and care of medically compromised patients. He devised Rothwell’s Solution, a painkilling mouthwash still in use to help patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for mouth cancers.

The awards were presented by Dr. Patricia Rothwell, who was Dr. Rothwell’s wife, and Dr. Mark Drangsholt, Chair of the Department of Oral Medicine and chair of the award selection committee.

Dr. Michael Baldwin named UW Magnuson Scholar

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.

Dr. Baldwin at Computer with skullDr. Baldwin is one of six annual recipients – one from each of the university’s Health Sciences schools – selected for the $30,000 award, which is one of the UW’s highest. Recipients are chosen for their academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences.

His PhD dissertation project is titled “The Causes and Consequences of Midfacial Hypoplasia in the Yucatan Minipig” and is mentored by Dr. Susan Herring and Dr. Zi-Jun Liu of the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Sciences.

“I am very grateful and honored to receive this award,” Dr. Baldwin said.

His career goal, he said, is to be a dentist-scientist in the fields of craniofacial biology and orthodontics. Specifically, he hopes to be a professor of orthodontics and plans on specializing in orthodontics after completing his PhD.

“Over the course of my career, I hope to improve our knowledge about how to prevent and better treat craniofacial malformations; train exceptional, highly qualified scientists and clinicians; and help advance dental education and research,” he said.

Dr. Baldwin’s research focuses on midfacial hypoplasia, a condition characterized by underdevelopment of the upper jaw, nose, and cheek bones.

The primary mechanism of this condition is not well understood, he said, but its effects can be life-threatening, including impaired breathing and feeding. Current treatments are limited to invasive surgeries that have only mixed success.

“The goal of my research is to use a novel animal model, the Yucatan minipig, to better understand, treat, and even prevent this condition in humans,” he said.

Dr. Baldwin, who received his BS in business management at Brigham Young University in 2011, practices general dentistry in the Seattle area while pursuing his studies. He was previously recognized for his research with the International Association for Dental Research Craniofacial Biology Award in 2017, American Association of Oral Biologists Award in 2015, and the American Dental Association Warner-Lambert Research Conference Award in 2013.

He is president of the American Dental Education Association’s UW chapter for students, residents and fellows, and also volunteers as a dental provider at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and the South Sound Free Dental Day event.

“Dr. Baldwin’s selection as the 2018-19 Magnuson Scholar is well deserved,” said Dr. Douglas Ramsay, Chair of the Department of Oral Health Sciences. “I am very impressed with Michael’s ongoing research in craniofacial biology, which will advance our understanding of facial growth, a topic of obvious importance to the field of orthodontics.”

The Magnuson Scholars program commemorates the late Sen. Warren G. Magnuson of Washington, a leading advocate of biomedical research who played a key role in establishing the Medicare, Medicaid, and the National Institutes of Health. He is also the namesake of the UW’s Magnuson Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Donald Chi named Pediatric Dentist of the Year

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).

Dr. Donald ChiThe award, which be officially presented at AAPD’s annual meetings in May, goes to a pediatric dentist who has made significant contributions to the dental profession and the specialty of pediatric dentistry through clinical practice, academics or policy development over the past year. Recipients also have devoted extensive volunteer leadership service to the dental profession and their specialty.

Dr. Chi’s previous awards include the 2017 International Association for Dental Research’s Young Investigator Award; the American Dental Association’s 2015 Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty and Practice Award; the initial Sunstar Americas Pediatric Prevention Award in 2013; and the 2016 Jerome B. Miller Crest Oral B. For the Kids award from AAPD’s Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children foundation.

Dr. Chi’s recent research includes the first long-term study of dental health aide therapist (DHAT) utilization, which he based on data collected from 2006 to 2015 in Alaska’s Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. His study, which was published in January in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, found that greater access to the therapists’ services in Alaska resulted in more use of preventive dental services and fewer extractions among adults and children. In addition, fewer children with more access required extractions of their four front teeth.

DHATs, also called midlevel providers, have been employed in New Zealand and other countries for nearly a century. They receive basic dental training, but unlike dental hygienists, they can perform irreversible procedures such as extractions and fillings. In the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, where the therapists were first deployed in 2006, they are recruited from local communities and work under the supervision of licensed dentists.

Dr. Chi, who also holds an adjunct appointment in the UW School of Public Health, holds a DDS degree from the UW and a PhD in health services research from the University of Iowa. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. His wide-ranging research interests include access to dental care services, Alaska Native pediatric oral health disparities, oral health of low-income children with special health care needs, and the relationship between medical and dental care utilization.

He is the first dentist and UW faculty member to be named a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar, and in 2013 he received the International Association for Dental Research Colgate Community-Based Research Award for Caries Prevention and the Bengt Magnusson Memorial Prize in Child Dental Health from the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry.

School honors Dr. Roy C. Page

The School of Dentistry’s Department of Periodontics has renamed its research laboratory to honor one of the school’s most illustrious faculty members and researchers, Dr. Roy C. Page.

Patrica & Roy Page and Joel Berg
Dean Joel Berg joins Dr. Roy C. Page and his wife, Patricia, at the dedication of a display showcasing some of his many awards and achievements.

In a ceremony that he attended on Aug. 25, the department also dedicated a display case that highlights some of the awards and achievements compiled by Dr. Page, who is now Professor Emeritus of Periodontics. In the course of his career, Dr. Page received honors including the Norton M. Ross Award for Clinical Research, the American Dental Association’s highest recognition for lifetime research achievement. He was named Distinguished Scientist by the American Association for Dental Research in 2001 and Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Washington in 2000, and received the Gies Award from the American Academy of Periodontology in 1982.

He has also served as president of the American Association for Dental Research and the International Association for Dental Research.

Dr. Page holds a prominent place in oral biology, with work that includes seminal studies on the biochemistry of periodontal connective tissue and the role of the cementum matrix in periodontal regeneration. His work is credited with spurring numerous other studies and significantly broadening the understanding of inflammatory periodontal diseases.

At the School of Dentistry, whose faculty he joined in 1967, Dr. Page established the Regional Dental Research Center in 1990, and was renowned for his prowess in attracting grant funding – more than $40 million in the course of his career.

During a ceremony preceding the dedication of the display case, colleagues, faculty, staff, and friends also paid tribute to his stature as a teacher and mentor, as well as his personal qualities. “He is a world-class scientist and a world-class human being,” one said.

“Few of our faculty members and researchers have had such a profound impact as Roy Page,” Dean Joel Berg said. “I can’t think of a more appropriate way to honor him than with the Roy C. Page Laboratory for Periodontal Research. It will continue to be a fitting reminder of his influence on so many dental students, researchers, and colleagues over the years.”

Dr. Jonathan An named UW Magnuson Scholar

Dr. Jonathan An, who earned his DDS degree from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2016 and is now pursuing a PhD in oral biology at the school, has been named a UW Magnuson Scholar for 2017-18, the university has announced.

Dr. An was one of six annual recipients – one from each of the university’s Health Sciences schools – selected for the $30,000 award, which is one of the UW’s highest. Recipients are chosen for their academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences.

Jon An in the labThe award is the latest in a series of honors for Dr. An, on whom the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) bestowed the Hatton Award, its highest recognition for a dental student, in 2012. Earlier that year, he also won the Hatton Award from the American Association for Dental Research, and he was one of the five initial winners of the IADR’s Haraeus Travel Award in 2010. That award is given to young investigators who study new and innovative testing methods for dental materials, along with ways to develop and improve those materials. In 2013, he won the American Dental Association’s Student Clinician Scholar Award. In 2015, he received one of the first two ARCS Foundation Fellowships awarded at the School of Dentistry.

“To be named a Magnuson Scholar is a great privilege and honor,” said Dr. An, who is currently studying the mechanistic and molecular basis of periodontal disease in the context of aging. He has won a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award Fellowship Grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to pursue his studies.

“My long-term goal has always been to remain part of the academic environment,” Dr. An said. “As a dentist-scientist, I hope to bridge the ties between chair-side observations and bench science. The training I receive at the University of Washington will prepare me to become an academic clinician and researcher, and be more equipped to make a positive difference in others’ lives.”

Dr. An, a native of Puyallup, Wash., received his BS in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the UW in 2009. He then joined the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Science as a researcher while also working as a dental assistant in a private clinic.  As a student in the school’s DDS-PhD program, he embarked on his PhD studies after receiving his DDS. He has already contributed to several articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. An is also an active volunteer in the community, working with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. He has also volunteered with the UW’s Geriatric Mobile Clinic and Elder Health Northwest, Global Dental Brigades, and Ronald McDonald House.

“Dr. An’s combination of clinical skill and research excellence typifies the ideals of the UW School of Dentistry,” said Dr. Sara Gordon, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. “We aim to create dentists who use their intelligence and creativity to perform research that will solve the important health problems of today and tomorrow. We are so proud of Dr. An.”

The Magnuson Scholars program commemorates the late Sen. Warren G. Magnuson of Washington, a leading advocate of biomedical research who played a key role in establishing the Medicare, Medicaid, and the National Institutes of Health. He is also the namesake of the UW’s Magnuson Health Sciences Center.

Dental honorary society inducts new members

The UW School of Dentistry’s chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, which is dentistry’s equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, inducted seven graduating students, a faculty member and a staff member at the chapter’s annual banquet on May 18.

Marashi, Phillips with Lutgen in center
Chapter officers Dr. Andy Marashi and Sandy Phillips present student Paul Lutgen (center) with the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence

The Sigma Sigma chapter also bestowed the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence on Paul Lutgen. The award is given to a dental student finishing his or her second year who has demonstrated scholarship, character, and the potential promise for advancement of dentistry and service to humanity.

The students inducted were Adam Szajman, Matthew Tanner, Yelena Chuvashova, Adrian Olson, Michael Siew, A.J. Morrow, and David Shin. Dr. Randall Maebo, an affiliate professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, was inducted as a faculty member, while Carol Brown, Director of Student Services, was inducted as an honorary member.

Anderson, Phillips with Maebo in center
Dr. Philip Anderson (left) and Sandy Phillips induct Dr. Randall Maebo as a faculty member
Chan, Marashi with Brown in center
Chapter officers Dr. Dan Chan (left) and Dr. Andy Marashi induct Carol Brown as an honorary member.

OKU also announced scholarships to be awarded to two members of the first-year, second-year, and third-year classes. First year students receiving the scholarships were Nadia Grishin and Daniel Whittaker; second-year recipients were Stephen Siew and Mari-Alina Timoshchuk; and third-year recipients were Ripp Cristel and Paul Krzeszowski.

OKU group shot
Faculty members join the graduating students inducted as new OKU alumni members. From left: Dr. Xavier Lepe, Dr. Natasha Flake, Adam Szajman, Dr. Mark Drangsholt, Matthew Tanner, Yelena Chuvashova, Adrian Olson, Michael Siew, A.J. Morrow, Dr. Dan Chan, and Dr. Andy Marashi. Not shown is inductee David Shin, who was out of town attending his sister’s graduation from medical school.

OKU began with the Class of 1914 at the Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago. The UW’s Sigma Sigma Chapter was started in 1950.

Student Ally Mueller named to Husky 100

Ally Mueller, a third-year dental student, has been named to the 2017 cohort of the Husky 100, a group of outstanding students selected to represent those who make the most of their time at the University of Washington.

Ally MuellerMueller received her undergraduate degree from the UW with high honors. She also competed for the university in track and field, which she has credited with aiding her scholastic achievement. “I found a strength and determination that led to my success as a student of UW and will lead to my success as a UW dental graduate,” she wrote in an essay submitted to the Husky 100 selection committee.

After enduring 10 years of orthodontic treatment at a younger age, Mueller said that dentistry seemed more like a necessary evil than a career choice. However, her experience as a volunteer at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission dental clinic during her sophomore year helped transform her outlook and set her on her path to the dental school.

As a member of the UW Honors Program, Muller studied architecture and biochemistry – two seemingly disparate disciplines for which she found a confluence in her dental studies.

“My research in the UW Biochemistry Department on human ubiquitin ligase interactions required continuous trouble-shooting. Problem-solving a yeast two-hybrid experiment that has contradicting results compares to finding a solution for a [dental] restoration when materials are limited.  Presenting my research findings to the public at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium in a way that those not familiar with biochemistry would understand provided excellent practice for communicating effectively with my patients in dental school,” she wrote in her essay.

“Dentistry is architecture of the mouth, with the dentist acting as the architect,” she also wrote.

“We’re very proud of Ally and her selection to the Husky 100,” said Dean Joel Berg. “She has pursued excellence in everything she’s done at the UW, and she exemplifies the kind of dedication and critical thinking that we encourage all of our students to strive for at the School of Dentistry.”

Dr. Donald Chi receives major research honor

Dr. Donald Chi, an associate professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences at the UW School of Dentistry, received the 2017 International Association for Dental Research’s Young Investigator Award at the organization’s annual general session in San Francisco, Ca., last week.

Dr, Donald ChiDr. Chi, who is currently working as Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, was recognized for his efforts to reduce children’s oral health inequalities through community-based programs and evidence-based policies. In the course of his work, he leads multiple research groups that draw from a wide range of disciplines including psychology, sociology, public health, microbiology, biology, pediatrics, nutrition, and medicine. He has won numerous research grants from sources such as the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, private foundations, health professional organizations, and private industry.

The IADR Young Investigator Award, supported by P&G Professional Oral Health, Crest + Oral-B, is designed to stimulate basic research in all dental disciplines. Recipients must have completed their last degree within 10 years of the submission deadline. The award is one of IADR’s Distinguished Scientist Awards, one of the organization’s highest honors.

Dr. Chi, a 2006 graduate of the UW School of Dentistry, also holds a PhD from the University of Iowa, where he also completed two residencies. After earning his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, he attended Korea University in Seoul on a Fulbright Scholarship to concentrate on social studies and public health dentistry.

In addition to his associate professorship, he holds an adjunct assistant professorship in the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

The IADR award is the latest in a growing list of honors for Dr. Chi and his research. Most recently, he received the 2016 Jerome B. Miller Crest Oral B For the Kids award from Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

In 2015, he received the 2015 Mid-Career Faculty Award for Evidence-Based Dentistry given by the American Dental Association and American Association for Dental Research. In 2013, he received the initial Sunstar Americas Pediatric Prevention Award, the IADR Colgate Community-Based Research Award for Caries Prevention, and the Bengt Magnusson Memorial Prize in Child Dental Health. He is currently serving a five-year term as a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar.

As a UW dental student, Dr. Chi played an instrumental part in establishing the 45th Street Dental Clinic for homeless teenagers in Seattle’s Wallingford community, which earned him a Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer Service Award at the UW in 2006.

“The IADR Young Investigator Award is a wonderful honor for Dr. Chi,” said Dean Joel Berg of the School of Dentistry. “It confirms his stature as one of oral health’s finest young researchers, and we could not be any prouder of him.”

Dr. Thomas Ware, Dr. Patrick Taylor earn affiliate faculty honors

Dr. Patrick Taylor and Dr. Thomas Ware have received the 2017 Hungate Awards for Teaching Excellence, the School of Dentistry’s highest recognition for affiliate faculty members.

Dr. Thomas Ware, Dr. Jeffrey Parrish, and Dr. Mark Drangsholt
Dr. Thomas Ware (center) is joined by Dr. Jeffrey Parrish (left), chair of the Hungate Awards selection committee, and Dr. Mark Drangsholt, Chair of Oral Medicine and award presenter.

Dr. Ware received the Hungate Lifetime Award for Teaching Excellence, and Dr. Taylor received the Hungate Award for Teaching Excellence. The awards were presented on Friday during the annual Ernest M. Jones Memorial Lectureship, the school’s premier continuing-education event. Dr. Jeffrey Parrish, the Hungate Award selection committee chair, accepted on behalf of Dr. Taylor, who was unable to attend.

The awards, inaugurated in 2014, honor the memory of Dr. William P. “Mitch” Hungate (’78), a beloved affiliate faculty member for 33 years who was well known for his dedication to excellence in and out of dentistry. An avid outdoorsman and triathlete, he died in an avalanche in the Cascades in 2013. The awards were supported by donations from friends, family and colleagues.

Dr. Ware, who graduated from the school in 1964, has taught in the Department of Restorative Dentistry for 48 years and practices near the UW campus in Seattle’s University District.

Wrote one nominator: “He unquestionably earned the respect of students by his gentle and caring nature, and he treated every student with utmost respect. He always provided constructive assessments of their work, and masterfully transferred knowledge, skills and behaviors to students who were having their very first experiences with Restorative materials, instrumentation, lab equipment and procedures. … He is truly the model affiliate faculty member.”

“Tom Ware models the ‘best of the best’ of what being a dentist is all about,” wrote another. “He really does care that the student learns the best way – not the easy way.”

Dr. Patrick Taylor
Dr. Patrick Taylor

Dr. Taylor, a 1988 graduate of the school’s Endodontics residency program and retired U.S. Navy captain, has taught in the Department of Endodontics for nearly two decades and practices endodontics in Bellevue.

“His compassionate and dedicated teaching style inspires the students and educates them,” a nominator wrote.

“With his experience in the military and private practice, he can relate to all residents and help them translate what they see in the clinic to what they will experience throughout their careers,” another wrote.

One faculty member who studied under Dr. Taylor as a graduate dental student wrote: “Even though he has numerous accomplishments, he is the most humble person I have interacted with. He was extremely encouraging, which is why it was extremely easy to discuss cases with him during residency. I still enjoy having discussions with him about cases I see in practice and also about my research and its implications.”

“One of the keys to our school’s quality and global stature is our affiliate faculty, which includes many of Washington’s finest dentists,” Dean Joel Berg said. “We couldn’t pursue our teaching mission without them.

“Dr. Ware and Dr. Taylor are wonderful representatives of the hundreds of affiliate faculty members who bring their invaluable expertise and wisdom to our students and patients every day. It’s so very gratifying to be able to honor the exceptional contributions of these two outstanding dentists and educators with the Hungate Awards.”

Oral surgery society recognizes 3 faculty members

Three members of the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery received awards last month at the annual meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) in Las Vegas.

From left: Dr. Lou Rafetto, AAOMS president, joins Dr. Thomas Dodson, Dr. Srini Chandra, and Dr. O. Ross Beirne at the AAOMS meetings.
From left: Dr. Lou Rafetto, AAOMS president, joins Dr. Thomas Dodson, Dr. Srini Chandra, and Dr. O. Ross Beirne at the AAOMS meetings.

Dr. Thomas Dodson, the current department chair, received the AAOMS Clinical Research Award, and Dr. O. Ross Beirne, who stepped down from the chair in 2009, received the Daniel M. Laskin Award for Outstanding Pre-doctoral Educator. Dr. Srini Chandra, Clinical Assistant Professor, received one of the three Faculty Educator Development Awards given nationally.

Dr. Dodson, who became chair in 2013, was honored for a wide-ranging body of work that includes establishing clinical markers to identify victims of domestic abuse, establishing guidelines for the care of patients with HIV, and evaluating mandatory seat-belt laws. He also has studied the risks and repair of nerve injury and management of giant-cell tumors.

In addition to holding the department chair, Dr. Dodson is associate dean for hospital affairs at the School of Dentistry. He is associate editor of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and principal investigator for an AAOMS-sponsored nationwide study assessing outcomes on office-based anesthesia and third molar (wisdom tooth) extractions. Additionally, he co-authored two AAOMS white papers on medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Dr. Dodson has twice received the Laskin Award, in 2003 and 2010 from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation of the AAOMS, for the best scientific paper published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Beirne, who is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the UW, received the Laskin Award given by AAOMS in recognition of his commitment to pre-doctoral education. He served as department chair at the UW for more than 10 years before stepping down to devote more time to teaching, patient care and research.

Under his leadership, the department expanded its resident training program and pre-doctoral course offerings, enlarged its presence at Seattle Children’s hospital, and added pre-doctoral clinical rotations at Harborview Medical Center. In addition, Harborview shifted the focus of its dental clinic from hospital dentistry to oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Dr. Beirne is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, and serves as a reviewer for multiple journals.

Dr. Chandra, who joined the faculty in 2014, received the faculty development award, which is sponsored by AAOMS and supported by AAOMS and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation. Its purpose is to encourage promising young oral and maxillofacial surgeons to pursue a long-term faculty career in the specialty or to encourage those who have been on faculty for up to five years to continue on that path.

Dr. Chandra teaches primarily at the School’s satellite clinic at Harborview Medical Center, with a focus on oncology and microvascular reconstruction. He is the second faculty member in the department to receive the award, with Dr. Jasjit Dillon having received it in 2010.

“I’m very proud of these three outstanding faculty members,” Dean Joel Berg said. “They’re all fine examples of why our School enjoys a global reputation for excellence.”

 

Affiliate faculty members honored

Dr. Bill McHugh and Dr. Franco Audia are the newest recipients of the Hungate Awards for Teaching Excellence, which recognize outstanding work by affiliate faculty.

Dr. McHugh received the 2016 Hungate Lifetime Award for Teaching Excellence, while Dr. Audia received the 2016 Hungate Award for Teaching Excellence. The awards were presented at a School of Dentistry faculty retreat on Aug. 29.

Established in 2014, the awards are dedicated to the memory of Dr. William P. “Mitch” Hungate, a 1978 UW dental alumnus and affiliate faculty member for 33 years. Dr. Hungate, an avid outdoorsman and triathlete, died in an avalanche in the Cascades in 2013. The awards honoring him were created with donations by friends, family and colleagues.

Dr. Bill McHugh
Dr. Bill McHugh

Dr. McHugh, a frequent “favorite teacher” selection by students over the years, retired in July 2015 after 20 years as a Department of Restorative Dentistry affiliate faculty member.

“As an instructor on the clinic floor, he receives praise not only from students but from staff and especially other faculty,” wrote Dr. David Ludwig, president of the Class of 2015, in his nomination on behalf of his class. “He is, without exception, a motivating and encouraging force for all students, pushing students to take a clinical weakness and develop future strengths, while fostering existing talents.”

Dr. Franco Audia
Dr. Franco Audia

Dr. Audia, a Bellevue oral and maxillofacial surgeon, has been an affiliate faculty member for 15 years.  Dr. O. Ross Beirne, former chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, called him “an exceptional communicator and extraordinary teacher” who is “a perfect model for a clinical instructor in the School of Dentistry.”

“Congratulations to Dr. McHugh and Dr. Audia on receiving these highly deserved honors,” Dean Joel Berg said. “Both of these outstanding teachers are excellent examples of why our affiliate faculty members are such a tremendous asset to our School.”

Dean Berg named Pediatric Dentist of the Year

Dean Joel Berg of the School of Dentistry was named Pediatric Dentist of the Year on Thursday by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) at the organization’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The award, established in 1998, honors a pediatric dentist who has contributed significantly to the dental profession and to pediatric dentistry through clinical practice, academics or policy development.  Recipients also must have given extensive volunteer leadership service to the dental profession and the pediatric specialty.

Dr. Berg, a past president of AAPD, has been Dean since 2012.  Before that, he served as Chair of the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and he continues to practice at the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry at Seattle’s Magnuson State Park. Dean Berg also holds the rank of Professor, and has also held the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health at the UW. In addition, he is a past president of the AAPD’s foundation, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, and is a national AAPD media spokesman.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, a fellow of the International College of Dentists, and vice president of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honorary society. In 2003, Dean Berg also served as head of the dentist education component for Washington state’s Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD), which has been widely recognized for helping to improve early childhood oral health in the state.

Dr. Herring, Dr. Chen receive school’s top teaching honor

Dr. Susan Herring and Dr. Yen-Wei Chen have received the School of Dentistry’s highest faculty honor, the Rothwell Award for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Patricia Rothwell, Dr. Susan Herring, & Dr. Mark DrangsholtDr. Herring, who holds appointments in the Department of Orthodontics and the Department of Oral Health Sciences, received the 2015 Bruce R. Rothwell Lifetime Achievement in Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching over the course of a career and is given to senior or emeritus faculty.

Dr. Chen, of the Department of Restorative Dentistry, received the 2015 Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award for innovative and distinguished teaching, which is bestowed on younger faculty members.

Dr. Herring, who has been Professor of Orthodontics and Oral Health sciences at the UW since 1990, has also held other key positions including interim Orthodontics department chair and chair of the School’s faculty council. She has taught anatomy to UW pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students for 25 years.

While she has compiled a distinguished research career of her own, including at least 10 major National Institutes of Health grants, she came in for special praise as a research mentor to students at all levels, having guided at least 25 during her tenure. She has been nominated multiple times by faculty and students for the award.

“Students universally comment on her leadership by example, and her strong interest that they learn and excel, as scientists, clinicians and citizens,” one nominator wrote. Said another: “Known as a superior scientist by her peers, Sue moves her students, collaborators, and mentees along with a thirst for knowledge and persistent hard work.”

Dr. Herring received her undergraduate  training and a PhD in anatomy at the University of Chicago. She was a post-doctoral fellow in oral anatomy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a professor of oral anatomy and anatomy for 18 years until joining the UW.

Dr. Patricia Rothwell, Dr. Yen-Wei Chen, & Dr. Mark DrangsholtDr. Chen, an assistant professor who has taught at the School since 2009, was cited for his devotion to excellence, encouraging critical thought, giving lectures that were “always relevant and exceptionally engaging,” and incorporating new technology in his presentations. He is the faculty member chiefly responsible for teaching students about the rapidly evolving applications of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) in restorative dentistry.

The native of Taiwan, who received his DDS degree from Taipei Medical University in 1998, earned an MSD degree in graduate prosthodontics and certification in that field from the UW in 2008. He was also nominated for the Rothwell Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The Rothwell Awards honor the late Dr. Bruce R. Rothwell, who was Chair of Restorative Dentistry at the UW from 1993 until his death from kidney cancer in 2000 at the age of 52. Renowned as a forensic dentist, he served as a consultant to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office and in the 1980s worked with UW colleague Dr. Tom Morton to identify victims in the Green River serial murder case.   He was posthumously honored by the American Society of Forensic Odontology.

Dr. Rothwell also directed the School of Dentistry’s General Practice Residency program and was noted for his expertise in teaching, research and care of medically compromised patients. He devised Rothwell’s Solution, a painkilling mouthwash still in use to help patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for mouth cancers.

The awards were presented at the School’s winter faculty retreat by Dr. Patricia Rothwell, who was Dr. Rothwell’s wife, and Dr. Mark Drangsholt, Chair of the Department of Oral Medicine and chair of the award selection committee.

Dr. Edmond Truelove is WDSF Distinguished Professor

Dr. TrueloveDr. Edmond Truelove, who chaired the University of Washington Department of Oral Medicine for 38 years before stepping down in 2010, has been named the Washington Dental Service Foundation Distinguished Professor at the UW School of Dentistry, Dean Joel Berg has announced.

The professorship was established in 1988 with a major grant from the Foundation to improve the quality of dental health, education and scientific knowledge for the benefit of the public and dental community. Funding provided by the Foundation was matched by the State of Washington.

The professorship, which rotates, had previously been held by Dean Berg. He said, “It’s my great pleasure to hand off to Dr. Truelove, who is one of our most outstanding dental educators. As Chair of Oral Medicine, he led his department to a position of national and international prominence. He is a superb practitioner and researcher, and there couldn’t be a better choice to carry on this professorship.”

Dean Berg added, “I’d also like to express my thanks to the Washington Dental Service Foundation for its support of the professorship, which continues a long record of strong partnership with our School of Dentistry.”

The Foundation’s aims in establishing the professorship had their roots in the widespread and rapid changes in modern dentistry and the related growth of knowledge about the profession. The Foundation was concerned that much of this new knowledge was not being passed along effectively and integrated into day-to-day management of patients.

Accordingly, the Foundation sought to create a mechanism to disseminate this knowledge and facilitate clinical excellence. The professorship’s holders are charged with planning a conference on “state of the art” dental issues, with an eye toward sharing proceedings with the dental profession via venues such as journal publication.

Dr. Truelove’s symposium will be held May 13-14, 2016, at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue, Wash., with a working title of “The Current State of Diagnostics and Risk Assessment in Dental Practice and Near-Term Future Directions,” he said.

Dr. Truelove said that he had already lined up the following speakers for the symposium:

  • Michael Glickman: overview
  • Joel Berg: Caries diagnostics and risk assessment
  • Gary Armitage: Periodontal diagnostics and risk assessment
  • Tom Hart: Genetic diagnostics
  • Axel Ruprecht of the University of Iowa, a specialist in oral and maxillofacial radiology
  • Richard Orbach: Behavioral diagnostics

Dr. Truelove also plans to deliver a presentation at the symposium on either pain diagnosis or mucosa disease diagnosis. Commitments from two other speakers are also pending.

Dr. Truelove, who remains active on the School of Dentistry faculty, left the department chair to devote more time to teaching, patient care and research. When he stepped down, he had set a record for longest tenure as a UW department chair.

He is past president of the American Board of Oral Medicine and has chaired the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Dental Association. In 2012, he received the Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award, the School of Dentistry’s highest faculty recognition. In 2014, he was honored with the Oral Cancer Foundation’s Service Award for his longtime advocacy of oral cancer screenings and his efforts to educate other providers on the proper methodology of conducting them.

Student earns honors for homeless outreach efforts

Fourth-year student David Ludwig’s volunteer efforts on behalf of homeless people in Seattle have earned him a national student leadership award from the American Dental Association (ADA).

David Ludwig and Jackie Wong check a patient’s X-rays at the Union Gospel Mission dental clinic.
David Ludwig and Jackie Wong check a patient’s X-rays at the Union Gospel Mission dental clinic.

Ludwig, who is president of the Class of 2015, received the ADA’s E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award for his leading role in the UW HOPE outreach to the homeless. The School of Dentistry volunteer program began about five years ago and now includes activities at the Union Gospel Mission and Casa Latina in Seattle and the Safe Harbor Free Medical Clinic in Mount Vernon .

In his second year of dental school, Ludwig started a Health and Homelessness elective course and, with classmate Jackie Wong, led the effort to enlist dental students for Teeth and Toes. This collaboration with University of Washington nursing and medical students has sent volunteers into the community to conduct foot and oral health screenings among the homeless and issue referrals for follow-up care.

Ludwig and Wong have also been active student leaders in Seattle’s annual  One Night Count of the homeless population.

“David’s role was being a leader in pulling in fellow students to volunteer in these various outreach programs and bring community partners, including health care providers, organizers, shelter and homeless service directors and others who focused on homelessness issues, to come discuss issues concerning the homeless in the Health and Homelessness course,” said Dr. Bea Gandara, who oversees many of the school’s student volunteer programs. She is faculty preceptor for the Health and Homelessness course.

“David and Jackie have engaged, educated and led their dental student and other health professional student colleagues in building a strong foundation for continued growth and development of the UW HOPE program,” she said.

“Not only is David an outstanding student, but he embodies a value that we hope all our students absorb while they’re here – giving something back to the community,” said Dean Joel Berg. “We’re proud of David, Jackie and all the other students who embrace this value.”

Early this year, Ludwig also received the UW Health Sciences Volunteer Recognition award for his efforts.

Dental honor society inducts members, awards scholarships

Rising third-year student David Shin received the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence from the University of Washington chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society, at the chapter’s annual banquet in May.

Dr. Frank Roberts (left) and Dr. Art DiMarco (right) join new honorary faculty member Dr. Richard Darveau.
Dr. Frank Roberts (left) and Dr. Art DiMarco (right) join new honorary faculty member Dr. Richard Darveau.

The award recognizes scholarship, character and potential promise for advancing dentistry and serving humanity.

At the banquet, Dr. Pollene Speed-McIntyre of the Department of Restorative Dentistry received faculty membership, while honorary membership was bestowed on Dr. Richard Darveau, Chair of the Department of Periodontics.

New faculty member Dr. Pollene Speed-McIntyre
New faculty member Dr. Pollene Speed-McIntyre

Graduating fourth-year students inducted into the society were Neal Bastian, Garrett Gentling, Zachariah Hennager, Halee Hyatt, Cameron Lasley, Kathryn Parker and Brigitte Woods.

OKU scholarship awards went to Bradley Cox and Chelsea Momany of the Class of 2016, David Shin and Michael Siew of the the Class of 2017, and Paul Krzeszowski and Ripp Cristel of the Class of 2018.

Students and faculty
Dr. Art DiMarco, UW chapter president (far left), and Dr. Andy Marashi (far right) flank students awarded scholarships at the annual Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honorary banquet. From left, the students are: Bradley Cox, Chelsea Momany, David Shin, Michael Siew, Paul Krzeszowski and Ripp Cristel. Shin also received the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence.

School to honor two area dentists at annual gala

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The School of Dentistry will honor a member of its second graduating class along with a prominent dental humanitarian at its annual Dean’s Club dinner on April 25 in Seattle.

Dr. H. Sam Anderson of the Class of 1951 will receive the Dean’s Club 2015 Honorary Lifetime Member Award, while Dr. Jeffrey L. Parrish will receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. The dinner will be held at Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center.

Dr. Anderson
Dr. H. Sam Anderson

Dr. Anderson, who also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1985, will be recognized for a record of service to the School that includes decades of both teaching and financial support. He was the second president of the UW Dental Alumni Association and has served as his class’s representative on the Association’s board for more than 60 years. Joining the faculty in 1953, he taught in the departments of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry and took an active role in dental study clubs.

A Navy veteran of World War II, Dr. Anderson practiced in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood for 43 years. His involvement in organized dentistry includes the presidency of the Washington chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry, which he also served as regional vice president and national delegate.

Dr. Parrish, a member of the School’s Class of 1979, has been known for years as one of the Northwest’s leading dental humanitarians. He has conducted dozens of his own missions to Haiti and other areas of desperate need and also has also recruited colleagues and students to humanitarian outreach.

Dr. Parrish
Dr. Jeffrey L. Parrish

Now retired from his practice in Kirkland, he continues his humanitarian activities. Last October, he served as dental co-director of the four-day Remote Area Medical clinic in Seattle, which provided free dental services to more than 3,400 Puget Sound residents. He and clinic co-director Dr. Michael Karr (Class of 1980) worked for months before the event to recruit dozens of volunteer dentists for what proved to be one of the most successful public-health events in recent memory.

Dr. Parrish has also long taken an active and prominent role in organized dentistry, including serving as Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) president and on the Seattle-King County Dental Society executive council. He has been highly visible in dental issue advocacy, and writes a popular column for the WSDA News magazine.

Student David Ludwig honored for community service

Fourth-year dental student David Ludwig received a Community Volunteer Recognition Award on Thursday during annual ceremonies commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center.

Patricia Riley, senior associate administrator of the University of Washington Medical Center, presents David Ludwig with the Community Volunteer Recognition Award.
Patricia Riley, senior associate administrator of the University of Washington Medical Center, presents David Ludwig with the Community Volunteer Recognition Award.

Ludwig, president of the Class of 2015, was among seven recipients of the award, which goes to a representative of each of the UW Health Sciences schools. He was nominated by the School of Dentistry not only for his direct volunteering in numerous community outreaches, but for his leadership in enlisting other dental students to join these efforts.

He played a key role in helping launch the Teeth and Toes Clinic, an interdisciplinary community service activity of medical, dental and nursing students that provides foot exams, dental exams and referrals to clients of women’s shelters and ROOTS, a Seattle shelter for homeless teens.

Ludwig has also regularly attended the University District Conversation on Homelessness, where he has presented information on oral health care, and he has also served in the annual One Night Count of King County’s homeless population for the last two years.

He also led the way in creating “Health and Homelessness,” an elective course at the School of Dentistry that began in 2013. The course features presentations by community partners, health care providers and advocates who serve the homeless on health issues, and it includes six hours of participation in community outreach. The interdisciplinary course, which draws nursing, medical and public health students as well as dental students, has grown from approximately 25 students to 78 students in fall quarter 2014 and has generated more than 1,500 hours of volunteer service.

Ludwig also volunteers in the School’s outreach at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, which provides care to clients of the mission and nearby shelters on weekends and evenings. He has also encouraged youth from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue dental careers, as when he took part in a “UW Dental Camp on the Road” at Neah Bay with high school students from the Makah tribe. He also joined an oral health education event at a health fair for migrant farm workers in the Skagit Valley.

“David is not only an outstanding dental student, but also exemplifies the finest values of community service,” Dean Joel Berg said. “We could not be prouder of him, and we congratulate him on this wonderful recognition.”

School honors 4 for teaching excellence

The School of Dentistry honored four outstanding teachers during a faculty retreat in December, including its first-ever awards to affiliate faculty members.

Dr. Richard McCoy receives the Bruce R. Rothwell Lifetime Distinguished Teacher Award from Dr. Mark Drangsholt and Rebecca Rothwell.
Dr. Richard McCoy receives the Bruce R. Rothwell Lifetime Distinguished Teacher Award from Dr. Mark Drangsholt and Rebecca Rothwell.

Dr. Richard B. McCoy and Dr. Natasha R. Flake received Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Awards, which have been bestowed since 2001 to recognize permanent faculty. Dr. McCoy, a member of the School’s Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) faculty in Spokane, Wash., received the 2014 Rothwell Lifetime Achievement Award, while Dr. Flake, a member of the Department of Endodontics faculty in Seattle, received the 2014 Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Mark Drangsholt, Chair of the Department of Oral Medicine and the award selection committee, presented the awards. They honor the memory of the late Dr. Bruce R. Rothwell (1948-2000), a former chair of the School’s Department of Restorative Dentistry and a leading figure in forensic dentistry.

Dr. Natasha Flake receives the Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teacher Award from Dr. Mark Drangsholt.
Dr. Natasha Flake receives the Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teacher Award from Dr. Mark Drangsholt.

The retreat also marked the inaugural presentation of the Hungate Awards for Teaching Excellence, which recognize the vital contributions of private dentists and dental specialists to the School’s educational mission. Hundreds of such faculty members serve with minuscule compensation each year. The awards are named after Dr. William P. “Mitch” Hungate (Class of ’78), who was himself an affiliate faculty member and an avid outdoorsman and triathlete who died in an avalanche in 2013.

Dr. David Steiner receives the Hungate Lifetime Award for Teaching Excellence from Dr. Charles Bolender and Marilynn Hungate.
Dr. David Steiner receives the Hungate Lifetime Award for Teaching Excellence from Dr. Charles Bolender and Marilynn Hungate.

The 2014 Hungate Lifetime Award for Teaching Excellence went to Dr. David Steiner, a Tacoma endodontist who has served on the Department of Endodontics since 1974, teaching both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students. He is a UW dental alumnus, earning his DDS in 1970 and his MS and specialty certification in endodontics in 1974.

Dr. Philip Anderson, a Seattle general dentist for 30 years until retiring in 2005, received the 2014 Hungate Award for Teaching Excellence. Also a UW dental alum (DDS Class of ’72), he has served on the Department of Restorative Dentistry faculty since 2007 and also on the School’s Admissions Committee.

Dr. Philip Anderson receives the Hungate Award for Teaching Excellence from Dr. Charles Bolender and Marilynn Hungate.
Dr. Philip Anderson receives the Hungate Award for Teaching Excellence from Dr. Charles Bolender and Marilynn Hungate.

The awards were presented by Dr. Charles Bolender, former Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics and head of the award selection committee.

School honors staff for outstanding efforts

Five School of Dentistry staff members were recognized for exemplary work during a luncheon earlier in September at the Husky Union Building on the UW campus.

Those receiving 2014 Outstanding Staff Awards were:

Dean Berg, Lara Alpert, Michael Dominguez
Dean Berg, Lara Alpert, Michael Dominguez

Lara Alpert, Director of Clinical Accounting & Finance Reporting, Clinical Services: Nominator Michael Dominguez called her “the essence of grace under pressure. … She inspires us to be the best we possibly can.”

Dean Berg, Tonya Greer, Juanita Roberts
Dean Berg, Tonya Greer, Juanita Roberts

Tonya Greer, Project Manager, Clinical Services: Nominator Juanita Roberts said Greer “goes above and beyond to reach out to people to make sure their questions are answered. Sometimes they’re answered even before they’re asked!”

Dean Berg, Juana Rashid, Dr. Mark Drangsholt
Dean Berg, Juana Rashid, Dr. Mark Drangsholt

Juana Rashid, Patient Care Coordinator, Oral Medicine: Nominator Dr. Mark Drangsholt said that through a time of transition in the Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities program, Rashid “has been the backbone of the DECOD clinic. Her position is far more than a job – it’s a calling that makes a difference in each patient’s life.”

Dean Berg, Juanita Roberts, Jean Garber
Dean Berg, Juanita Roberts, Jean Garber

Juanita Roberts, Administrative Specialist, Office of the Dean: Nominator Jean Garber said, “This is all about how dedicated, gracious and fair she is in dealing with everybody across the School.”

Dean Berg, Allan Trinidad, Dr. Drangsholt
Dean Berg, Allan Trinidad, Dr. Drangsholt

Allan Trinidad, Dental Assistant, Oral Medicine: Dr. Drangsholt called him “calm, quiet, steady and a positive influence – very critical [qualities] in seeing special-needs patients,” and noted his dedication, including an instance where he came to work after breaking his foot.

Dean Joel Berg hosted and helped present the annual awards, which are given to recognize staff work that goes well beyond the call of duty.

Dr. Worakanya Buranaphatthana named Magnuson Scholar

Dr. Worakanya Buranaphatthana, a first-year PhD candidate in Oral Biology in the Department of Oral Health Sciences, has been named a University of Washington Magnuson Scholar for 2014-15.

Worakanya BuranaphattanaDr. Buranaphatthana was one of six UW Health Sciences students to receive the $30,000 award, which is one of the university’s  highest. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences

Dr. Buranaphatthana, a native of Thailand who earned her DDS there, is pursuing research that focuses on bioengineered cell therapy, bone biology and immunology.

The Magnuson Scholars program commemorates the late Sen. Warren G. Magnuson of Washington, a leading advocate of biomedical research who played a key role in establishing the National Institutes of Health, Medicare and Medicaid.

Read more about Dr. Buranaphatthana and the award here.

Dr. Darveau honored for work in microbiology

Dr. Richard DarveauDr. Richard Darveau, Chair of the Department of Periodontics, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in recognition of his record of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. The announcement comes on the heels of Dr. Darveau’s selection to receive the American Association for Dental Research/International Association for Dental Research William J. Gies Award in the Biological Research category. The prestigious Gies Award was bestowed for Dr. Darveau’s paper titled “Porphyromonas gingivalis as a Potential Community Activist for Disease,” which was deemed the best paper in its field published in the Journal of Dental Research.

Student Gabriel Dawson honored for Husky Smiles work

Fourth-year student Gabriel Dawson received a Volunteer Service Award at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday commemoration at the UW Health Sciences Center on Jan. 16.

Dr. Bea Gandara, director of the School of Dentistry’s Office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity, congratulates Gabriel Dawson on his Volunteer Service Award.
Dr. Bea Gandara, director of the School of Dentistry’s Office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity, congratulates Gabriel Dawson on his Volunteer Service Award.

Dawson was cited for his leadership in the School of Dentistry’s student-run Husky Smiles organization, which provides education, cavity screenings, fluoride treatments and referrals to low-income children in the community.  As co-president for 2012-2013, he helped lead an expansion of the Husky Smiles event schedule to reach more children.  He also instructed fellow dental students on performing knee-to-knee dental exams, recognizing decay and reassuring parents.

The annual service awards, given to individuals and groups from each of the UW Health Sciences schools, honor recipients who exemplify Dr. King’s principles through:

  • Commitment to addressing community needs, particularly communities of color and low income
  • Development and implementation of significant programs to improve the human condition
  • Outstanding efforts to protect and empower all individuals