UW School of Dentistry

UW names Dr. André Ritter new dean of dental school

Dr. André Ritter of the New York University College of Dentistry has been appointed as the new dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, UW Provost Mark Richards announced Thursday. The appointment takes effect Sept. 16, pending approval by the UW Board of Regents.

Dr. RitterDr. Ritter will succeed Dean Gary Chiodo, who said last September that he intended to step down for health reasons but would stay on until a new dean was chosen. Dean Chiodo came to the school in 2018. He had previously served on the faculty of the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, including a two-year stint as interim dean.

Dr. Ritter is a professor at the NYU dental school, where he has also chaired the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care. From 2018 to 2019, he was executive dean of the University of North Carolina’s Adams School of Dentistry. At both schools, he maintained a private dental faculty practice.

“The UW School of Dentistry is widely recognized as one of the top programs in the country and indeed in the world,” he said. “The school has a strong foundation steeped in research, clinical care, education, and service. Under the leadership of [UW] President [Ana Mari] Cauce and Provost Richards, I look forward to continuing to build on that foundation, further enhancing the school’s reputation as a center of excellence in oral health education, the delivery of care for all people, and oral and craniofacial research.”

“With Dr. Ritter’s impressive record of leadership in the clinical realm, we are confident that he will continue to improve the School [of Dentistry]’s facilities and revenue models and advance the school’s long-term financial picture,” Provost Richards said. “Throughout the interview process, Dr. Ritter expressed his commitment to strengthening the UW dental community, both within and beyond the University, and we look forward to supporting his work in that.”

At NYU, Dr. Ritter led 300 faculty members and oversaw staffing at all dental clinics and 14 group practices. He promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion through open forums and training, and he directed his department’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that students met requirements for graduation and promotion.

At UNC, his responsibilities included overseeing a $70 million operating budget as well as information technology, facilities and infrastructure, faculty development, clinical compliance and infection control, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. He also chaired the UNC Department of Operative Dentistry from 2014 to 2017.

Dr. Ritter earned his DDS from Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, an MS in operative dentistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA in health-care administration from Northeastern University in Boston, and a PhD from Universidade Positivo in Brazil. His research interests include diagnosis and management of tooth decay, conservative/minimally invasive restorative dentistry, esthetics, dental adhesion, and composite resin applications.

“Dentistry is rapidly evolving, and schools and programs have to adapt and innovate to be successful,” Dr. Ritter said. “To lead the UWSOD to further elevate its status as a leader in global oral health-care education, innovation, research, and care delivery, and doing so while advancing the mission of one of the world’s preeminent public universities, is an unparalleled opportunity.

“It is also vital to our success that we strengthen the School of Dentistry community, both within and outside of the university. As a dean, I will dedicate myself to fostering a culture of respect, enhanced communication and transparency, valuing diversity and inclusion, and recognizing the need for balance and well-being in our community.”

Dean Chiodo came to the UW at a time when the dental school faced a critical financial challenge, with a cumulative debt of more than $36 million after a series of substantial annual deficits. He quickly brought the school’s finances under control and has put the budget in the black ever since arriving. He also launched a Campaign for Clinics fund-raising drive to update the school’s aging infrastructure and add the new technology that students must master to practice in today’s dental profession.

Under his leadership, the school also hosted the relocation of the highly regarded Shoreline Community College dental hygiene program and has directed its expansion to help address a critical shortage in the state’s dental workforce.

School announces new research leadership roles

Dr. Doug Ramsay
Dr. Doug Ramsay

Dr. Doug Ramsay, Associate Dean for Research and Chair of the Department of Oral Health Sciences, will step down from both roles to take a sabbatical, spurring other leadership changes related to the School of Dentistry’s research mission.

Dr. Whasun Oh Chung will become Acting Chair of the Department of Oral Health Sciences, which is one of the school’s primary research engines, while Dr. Donald Chi will become Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Ramsay will return to the Oral Health Sciences faculty after concluding his sabbatical.

Dr. Ramsay has essentially been doing double duty for three years, assuming the associate deanship after the retirement of Dr. Linda LeResche from that post in mid-2019. She had been Associate Dean for Research since 2011 and is now Professor Emerita in the Department of Oral Medicine.

“Dr. Ramsay has served admirably and with distinction in these roles and our school has benefited greatly from his leadership,” said Dean Gary Chiodo.

Dr. Whasun Oh Chung
Dr. Whasun Oh Chung

Dr. Chung, who joined the School of Dentistry faculty in 2003, is Research Professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences and Director of the Summer Research Fellowship (SURF) program. SURF offers UW dental students a chance to pursue research projects under the guidance of faculty members.

Dr. Chung received a PhD in pathobiology from the University of Washington and joined the faculty after serving for several years as a graduate research assistant, research associate, and senior fellow. She has mentored dozens of UW undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral students, many of whom have gone on to receive prominent recognition for their research. In 2020, she was named Associate Director of the dental school’s Office of Research. She has received several outstanding faculty awards and was named to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honorary society in 2012.

Her own research interests are wide-ranging, including gingival innate immunity and the biological effects of dental metal alloys in oral tissues. She was part of a research team that in 2013 patented a novel use of titanates as an antimicrobial dental treatment.

Dr. Chi, who joined the dental school faculty in 2010, is Professor of Oral Health Sciences and holds the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Endowed Chair for Oral Health. He has an adjunct appointment in the UW School of Public Health as Professor and Associate Chair for Research, Health Systems, and Population Health.

Dr. Donald Chi
Dr. Donald Chi

He received a DDS from the UW in 2006 and then served residencies in pediatric dentistry and dental public health at the University of Iowa. He received a PhD in health services research from Iowa in 2009. As a UW dental student, he played a key role in establishing a dental clinic for homeless teenagers at Neighborcare Health in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.

He has received wide recognition for his research, including the 2017 Young Investigator Award from the International Association for Dental Research. In 2018, he was named Pediatric Dentist of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The award recognizes a pediatric dentist who has made significant contributions to the dental profession and pediatric dentistry through clinical practice, academics or policy development. Recipients also have devoted extensive volunteer leadership service to the dental profession and their specialty.

His research has covered extensive ground, with special focus on access to health care services, pediatric health disparities, neighborhoods and oral health outcomes, and social determinants of oral health.

“I am delighted that Drs. Chung and Chi have agreed to step into these essential roles, and I have complete confidence in them,” Dean Chiodo said. Their appointments take effect on July 1, when Dr. Ramsay’s sabbatical begins.

School makes changes to leadership team

Ricardo Schwedhelm
Ricardo Schwedhelm

The School of Dentistry has revamped its executive leadership team, appointing one new associate dean and moving another into a new role, Dean Gary Chiodo has announced.

Dr. Ricardo Schwedhelm of the Department of Restorative Dentistry, who had been Associate Dean for Clinics, moves into a new role as Associate Dean for Infrastructure and Development. “This position is increasingly important as we strategically plan for continued renovation of our preclinical, clinical, and research facilities; begin use of the new Health Sciences Education Building; and work with the other health science deans and UW Facilities to plan for T-wing renovation,” Dean Chiodo said.

Dr. Natasha Flake
Natasha Flake

Dr. Schwedhelm will also play a central role as the school continues exhaustive preparations for re-accreditation by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation, the dean said, and will continue to lead the school’s quality assessment and improvement efforts.

Dr. Natasha Flake, who is Predoctoral Director of Endodontics and Associate Director of the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program, becomes Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education and Operations. In this capacity, she will assume many of the duties previously held by Dr. Schwedhelm. In addition, she will lead strategic development for predoctoral clinical programs and operations. She will oversee the Office of Clinical Services, donor and legislative outreach, and coordination with other UW units.  She will also continue her duties with the Department of Endodontics, the school’s third-year predoctoral clinical clerkships, and the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program.

Dr. Travis Nelson named chair of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Travis NelsonThe 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.

Dr. Nelson, who is an associate professor, had been acting chair of the department since 2018. He has also been serving as interim graduate program director while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement for that position.

The department operates the school’s Center for Pediatric Dentistry in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood. It has a two-year residency program and trains pre-doctoral dental students who cycle through the Center on rotations, along with dental hygiene students from the Shoreline Community College program.

“I am delighted that Dr. Nelson was approved for this critical position after being unanimously endorsed by our review committee,” said Dean Gary Chiodo of the School of Dentistry. “He has been outstanding as the acting chair of the department and led initiatives related to process improvements, patient flow, clinical production and revenue, research, and public outreach. He is one of those faculty members to whom we refer as the ‘triple threat,’ in that he is accomplished in the areas of teaching, patient care, and scholarly activity.”

Dr. Nelson, who received his DDS from California’s Loma Linda University in 2007, joined the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in 2010 as an acting assistant professor after completing his residency in pediatric dentistry there. He was appointed clinic chief in 2016.

In 2012, he started a dental clinic for children with autism at the Center. It was believed to be one of the first such clinics and has earned recognition for its significant success in treating these children while using behavioral techniques. Dr. Nelson and his colleagues published their findings in 2017 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

As acting chair, he worked with School of Dentistry administrators to reorganize the department, establishing clinical, administrative, and educational divisions. He also worked with colleagues to help integrate the school’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery into the Sand Point clinical facility, which is the school’s most modern.

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, he led a team that was awarded a $2.25 million, five-year postdoctoral training grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant supports enhanced training in the care of children with special health care needs and is developing a network of sites in Washington to care for these children in collaboration with the state’s Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program.

He has also worked with the school’s Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program on grant-supported efforts to teach pediatric dentistry to dental hygiene students and enhance UW pre-doctoral dental training. In addition, he and other faculty leads throughout the school are collaborating on an interdisciplinary dentistry program for the care of medically and dentally complex children.

In 2019, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry bestowed on him its Jerome B. Miller “For the Kids” Award. The annual award, begun in 2007, goes to a pediatric dentistry clinician, researcher, or academician 45 years or younger for outstanding efforts directed to children’s oral health and welfare.

Voicing his appreciation for the support of the dean and school administrators during his time as acting chair, Dr. Nelson said his goals for the department included:

  • Growing and developing the school’s interdisciplinary dentistry program
  • Continuing to be the provider of choice for medically and dentally complex children throughout the WWAMI region

“I want to ensure that the UW’s advanced education in pediatric dentistry program continues to be one of the best in the world, with emphasis on accepting diverse candidates and graduating residents who are leaders in their communities,” he said.

A message from our dean

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.

Dr. Gary ChiodoI believe that our educational mission is one of the most advanced and comprehensive in the nation. We train a highly qualified, diverse student body in a challenging learning environment informed by cutting-edge scholarship, with a faculty of unsurpassed quality and reputation. A rising focus on interprofessional education means that our students gain a better appreciation of how oral health relates to overall health. We have become the new home for the highly respected Shoreline Community College dental hygiene program. Their students work closely with ours in our clinics, better preparing everyone for real-world dental practice.

We are entering an era where dentists have the science, technology, and skills to manage their patients’ oral health more effectively than ever before. Our DDS program is moving forward in this innovative frontier with basic science taught in an interprofessional setting that includes medical students. Students who have an interest in rural practice can enter the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program, which takes them to underserved communities for much of their clinical training. Those who are interested in an academic career or research track can apply for a dual-degree (DDS/PhD) track. Our post-doctoral specialty programs include most dental subspecialties and offer certification as well as master’s degrees.

Outstanding patient care is both a mission and point of excellence at the School of Dentistry. As one of Washington’s biggest Medicaid dental providers, we are an integral part of the state’s public health safety net. All fourth-year students provide care for underserved/rural populations. Our school is also where private medical and dental health care providers refer their most medically complex patients with oral health care needs. In these cases, the patients’ oral health directly and adversely affects their general health. These patients include those who are pre-and post-transplant, those undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, developmentally disabled children and adults, those living with advanced HIV-related disease, people with advanced and/or poorly controlled diabetes, patients with dementia, and persons living with certain genetic anomalies. Our clinics are often the only referral destinations in the state for these patients and receive referrals from dentists and physicians throughout Washington. In addition, our Dental Education in the Care of Persons with Disabilities (DECOD) clinic provides care for persons with a broad range of developmental and acquired disabilities, and also trains our students in this demanding specialty.

The School of Dentistry also has a robust research mission. Through the years, we have enjoyed an enviable national and international reputation as a center of dental research excellence. The school’s research programs contribute to understanding biological, behavioral, social, biomedical, genetic, and clinical aspects of dental and orofacial health. Three faculty members have received the American Dental Association’s Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, the ADA’s highest such honor. In addition, our former dean, Dr. Martha Somerman, received the ADA’s Gold Medal Award for research, the first woman to do so.

We value and promote diversity in our students, staff, faculty, and patients. We seek to foster an environment of mutual respect with objectivity, imaginative inquiry through lifelong learning, and the free exchange of ideas. Personal development, professionalism, and the highest ethical standards are foundational elements of our missions. Our greater goal is to improve the health and well-being of all our citizens and to reflect the best values of our University, the Pacific Northwest, and the nation.

I am honored and proud to be Dean of the School of Dentistry, even more so during the unprecedented public health challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. When Seattle became the initial epicenter of the breakout in the United States, our clinicians met the challenge squarely, especially at our oral surgery satellite clinic at Harborview Medical Center and at our Dental Urgent Care Clinic. They not only served with distinction while placing themselves at risk but also shared their hard-won knowledge of new clinical protocols with the rest of the dental community through webinars and research papers. We lead the way in including dental health care workers in the effort to vaccinate the population.

It is an exciting time for us, and I see great opportunities in all aspects of our mission. We are honored to serve our students, our patients, our dental community, and our state, and I hope that you share our pride in our values and accomplishments.

UW removes ‘interim’ from Dean Chiodo’s title

Dr. Gary Chiodo, who became interim dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry in August 2018, will no longer be interim and will serve a full five-year term, UW Provost Mark Richards has announced. The appointment was confirmed by the UW Board of Regents this month.

Dr. Chiodo head shotThe provost and UW President Ana Mari Cauce decided to make the appointment after conducting a survey of the school’s faculty, staff, and students. Members of the school’s alumni and volunteer boards were also consulted in the survey.

Dean Chiodo will serve at least the remainder of a standard five-year term, the provost said in an email to the school. The dean will also be appointed Professor – Clinical Dental Pathway.

The provost, who called the survey feedback “overwhelmingly positive and constructive,” said, “President Cauce and I believe that Dr. Chiodo has demonstrated the leadership needed to maintain the School of Dentistry’s quality while keeping it on a course of fiscal stability. Using the input from the survey, I look forward to working with Dr. Chiodo to align key priorities in his capacity as dean.”

Dean Chiodo came to the UW from Oregon Health & Science University, where he was assistant director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care and professor emeritus in the Department of Community Dentistry. From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Chiodo was interim dean at the OHSU School of Dentistry, where he addressed financial challenges. He stepped into the dental dean’s office at the UW at a time when the  school had faced a series of rising annual operating deficits that at one time reached $11 million.

In the most recently concluded fiscal year, 2019, the school’s operating deficit fell below $1 million. Halfway through fiscal year 2020, which ends on June 30, the school had generated a positive operational margin and was on a clear path to continue its fiscal recovery. With the onset of the coronavirus disease outbreak, though, the school and all other clinical institutions must now reckon with a significant loss of clinical revenue and added expenses.

However, the school has continued to maintain its high standing in global rankings. Last June, it placed second in the world in the research-oriented ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities. This year, it tied for 12th in Britain’s more broadly based Quacquarelli-Symonds World University Rankings.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the School of Dentistry team going forward,” Dean Chiodo said. “Although much remains to be done, we have made tremendous gains in the past 18 months.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has confronted us with challenges unlike any we have seen in our lifetimes. However, when I look at our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and dental community, I know that there is no place I would rather be and there is no team with whom I would rather work.”

From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Chiodo served as vice president and system compliance officer/ organizational integrity with PeaceHealth, a nonprofit chain of hospitals, medical clinics and laboratories in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. At OHSU, he was a longtime faculty member in the Department of Public Health Dentistry, attaining the rank of full professor in 1992. He has received OHSU’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Leadership and the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon HIV Honor Award.

The dean obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from Portland State University in 1974 and his DMD from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1978. He earned a certificate in health care ethics from the UW School of Medicine in 1992, and he spent two decades practicing at a Portland public health dental clinic that treated the majority of identified HIV-positive persons in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Dr. Gary Chiodo named interim dean

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

Dr. Gary ChiodoDr. Chiodo is assistant director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care and professor emeritus in the Department of Community Dentistry at OHSU. He succeeds Dr. James Johnson, who stepped down as interim dean in April and resumed his earlier duties as chair of the Department of Endodontics.

“Dr. Chiodo is a highly respected and capable dental education leader who will provide the focused, knowledgeable, dedicated and collaborative leadership needed by the School of Dentistry at this time,” Cauce said. “We are confident that he will engage faculty, staff, and students in transforming the School into an organization that is committed to excellence, accountability and sustainability.”

From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Chiodo served as interim dean at the OHSU School of Dentistry, where he worked to solve financial challenges. He is expected to serve as interim dean for at least two years before the university conducts a search for a new permanent dean.

From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Chiodo served as vice president and system compliance officer/organizational integrity with PeaceHealth, a non-profit chain of hospitals, medical clinics and laboratories located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. At OHSU, he has been a longtime faculty member in the Department of Public Health Dentistry, earning promotion to full professor in 1992.

Dr. Chiodo served as OHSU’s Chief Integrity Officer from 2000 through 2011, overseeing health care compliance, human and animal subject research, environmental health and radiation safety, institutional biosafety, conflict of interest, audit and advisory services, information privacy and security, and compliance education.

Dr. Chiodo received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Portland State University in 1974 and his DMD from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1978. He earned a Certificate in Health Care  Ethics from the UW School of Medicine in 1992.

For two decades at the start of his career, he practiced at a Portland public health dental clinic that treated the majority of identified HIV-positive persons in Oregon and southwest Washington. He has served on state and national committees related to public health, ethics, and infectious diseases. He has lectured internationally on these issues and has published more than 100 related peer-reviewed articles. In 2002, he was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

He has also served on committees with the Oregon Health Division, the Oregon Health Authority, and on the board of the Oregon Public Health Association, and has held membership in the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Oregon Dental Association. He has received OHSU’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Leadership and the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon HIV Honor Award.

“I am sincerely honored to be joining the University of Washington School of Dentistry leadership team at a critical time of transformation,” Dr. Chiodo said. “The school has consistently been rated as one of the very best, nationally and internationally.  It is my intent to firmly secure that rating and continue to drive us forward.  We certainly have challenges to address as we resolve operational issues and improve our infrastructure.  After meeting with department chairs, faculty, staff, students, and UW executive leadership, I am confident that we are well prepared to meet these challenges.  I will be an enthusiastic partner in this effort.”

In recent years, the School of Dentistry has won national attention for its innovative new curriculum. The school’s last two graduating classes have recorded composite scores on the clinical proficiency portion of the national dental board examinations that placed them among the nation’s top two or three classes. This year, the school was ranked No. 14 in the world and moved up one spot to No. 4 in the United States in Britain’s Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings.

Dr. James Johnson named interim dean

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

Dr. James Johnson
Dr. James Johnson

“Dr. Johnson has led his department with distinction, and we are truly fortunate that he has agreed to take on this leadership role in the School of Dentistry,” UW Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Baldasty said in a message to the school announcing the appointment.

Before coming to the UW, Dr. Johnson 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.

Dr. Johnson attended the University of Colorado as an undergraduate and received his DDS degree from Northwestern University Dental School. He then served as a dental officer in the Air Force, and afterward 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.

Dr. Johnson’s research and academic interests include surgical and nonsurgical endodontics, pulpal and periradicular biology and pathology, and instrumentation of the root canal system. He has published numerous scientific papers, and has lectured in the United States and Europe.

Dr. Joel Berg
Dr. Joel Berg

Dr. Johnson inherits from Dr. Berg a school that has fared well in recent rankings, even as it tackled budget challenges. This year, it ranked third in the world in the research-focused Academic Ranking of World Universities by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, and 14th in a broader assessment by Britain’s Quacquarelli-Symonds World University Rankings.

Dr. Berg, a board-certified pediatric dentist, will continue to be active in the School of Dentistry, where he is a professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and holds the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health.

Dr. Sara Gordon to join national leadership training program

Dr. Sara Gordon, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Dentistry, has been named a Fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.

Dr. Sara GordonNearly 1,000 women working in academic medicine, dentistry and public health have entered the leadership training program since ELAM’s inception in 1995. Dr. Gordon will be joining the 2017-2018 cohort.

The program is run by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, which is part of the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. At the time of ELAM’s founding, U.S. academic health centers had a marked dearth of women in leadership. Only three medical schools had women deans, and all dental schools were led by men.

Today, more than half of ELAM alumnae hold senior posts ranging from department chair to dean, center director, provost and president, at more than 230 institutions of higher education and health care in the United States and Canada.

Fellows attend three weeklong sessions at Drexel during the academic year and complete assignments and readings throughout the year while studying an online curriculum. They delve into
strategic finance, personal and professional leadership effectiveness, community-building and academic organizational dynamics. Another one of ELAM’s strengths is its supportive international network of alumnae.

ELAM staff and faculty work also with groups including the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

“I am excited to become a member of this wonderful network of wise and knowledgeable women,” said Dr. Gordon.  “Most of my most influential mentors are graduates of ELAM, and I know that the knowledge that I learn will be useful to me every day of my career. I am so grateful that the UW and ELAM have given me this phenomenal opportunity to grow and to learn.”

“This is a great honor for Dr. Gordon and a sign of the wide respect she has already earned in academic dentistry,” said Dean Joel Berg. “Her participation in ELAM will benefit our school every bit as much as it benefits her personally.”

Dr. Gordon came to the University of Washington in October 2014 to oversee the School of Dentistry’s academic programs as well as curriculum development, student progress, academic regulations, educational technologies, regional academic operations, and the continuing dental education steering committee.

Since 2006, she had been Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry. She also held associate membership in the college’s Center for the Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases and an adjunct associate professorship in the UIC College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology.

Previously, she held dental faculty appointments at the University of Detroit Mercy and in Canada at the University of Western Ontario and Dalhousie University. A dual American and Canadian citizen, she received a DDS from Dalhousie University, a master’s degree in pathology from the University of Western Ontario, and a BA in English from Dalhousie and a BS in biology from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia. In 2003, she attended the UW School of Dentistry’s Summer Institute for Clinical Dental Research Methods.

She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Canada’s Royal College of Dentists in oral medicine and oral pathology.

She has been an active researcher and presenter, with more than 40 peer-reviewed journal publications and several book chapters, and has participated in more than 130 professional development workshops and presentations. She is also a reviewer for journals including the Journal of Dental Research, Journal of the American Dental Association, Journal of Dental Education, Special Care in Dentistry, and Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology (Triple O). Since joining the UW, she has published articles on differential diagnosis, infectious diseases, tobacco dependence education, interprofessional education, and women’s health. She currently serves as secretary for ADEA’s Section on Academic Affairs and is the UW’s Women’s Liaison to ADEA.

UW interprofessional education taps Dr. Amy Kim for post

Dr. Amy Kim, Clinical Associate Professor in the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has been named Co-Director of Education & Community Partnerships at the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Research and Practice (CHSIE).

Dr. Amy KimIn her new role, Dr. Kim will work with other CHSIE leaders and staff to continue to develop interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative care at the UW, taking advantage of institutional and community relationships and resources.

IPE has assumed greater prominence in the UW Health Sciences schools in recent years as care providers adopt a collaborative team approach that treats the whole patient. It has had a significant impact at the School of Dentistry, where the Foundations of Science curriculum for pre-doctoral students is provided by the School of Medicine.

Dr. Kim directs IPE for the School of Dentistry and is course director for its Foundations of Interprofessional Practice and Practice Management. She is co-developer of i-TEETH (Interprofessional Teams Engaged in Education and Training for Optimal Health), a three-part curriculum designed to create a bridge from classroom to clinical experience that allows trainees to learn from one another and apply newly learned skills to practice.

Dr. Kim is also Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the School of Dentistry’s Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program, which seeks to improve access to oral health care in rural and underserved areas of Washington state. She also has served on the UW Institutional Review Board for more than three years.

Dr. Kim and her CHSIE colleague, Assistant Director of Education & Community Partnerships Tracy Brazg, recently discussed their work in IPE.