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November 1, 2018

Dr. Travis Nelson named acting chair of Pediatric Dentistry

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


October 15, 2018

Researcher: Public misled on brushing teeth

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


July 31, 2018

UW hosts global oral health symposium

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


July 25, 2018

Study shows how austerity devastated Greece’s health

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


July 18, 2018

School remains No. 3 in world in research rankings

The University of Washington School of Dentistry retained its No. 3 global and U.S. ranking in the newly released 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.


July 17, 2018

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.


June 13, 2018

UW oral health center wins grant for Africa HIV research

The University of Washington’s Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health has received a grant to support research on African children and adolescents exposed to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).


June 12, 2018

A greener smile is a good thing

Thanks to an enterprising UW undergraduate, School of Dentistry clinics will help make the world a little greener while making patients’ smiles brighter. 


May 14, 2018

Dentistry PhD candidate receives major grant to study oral pain syndrome

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


May 2, 2018

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

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


April 18, 2018

UW researchers find no-drill way to heal cavities

A University of Washington research team that includes School of Dentistry faculty members has designed a natural product using engineered proteins called peptides to rebuild tooth enamel and heal cavities in their early stages.


April 6, 2018

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.


April 3, 2018

UW global oral health symposium set for July 31

Registration has opened for a University of Washington national symposium on global oral health scheduled for July 31.


March 30, 2018

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).


March 6, 2018

School moves up in rankings

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


February 13, 2018

UW launches new training program for children’s oral health

A University of Washington Health Sciences team led by the School of Dentistry is launching an interprofessional training program to improve access to dental care for children ranging in age from the first year of life through 5 years.


February 1, 2018

Dr. Natasha Flake named to lead Department of Endodontics

Dr. Natasha Flake, Associate Professor of Endodontics at the School of Dentistry, has been appointed  Acting Chair of the Department of Endodontics, Interim Dean James Johnson has announced.


January 30, 2018

Student competition winners announced at Research Day

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


January 29, 2018

Dr. Avina Paranjpe selected for leadership training program

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


January 5, 2018

2 students to be honored for community service

Second-year UW dental students Jessica Latimer and Marcus Hwang will receive 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards for their work in helping facilitate dental care for homeless people.


December 7, 2017

Orthodontics contest shows students can sculpt more than smiles

Dr. Kaz Kitagaito has taken first place in the annual wire sculpture contest conducted by the School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics.


November 29, 2017

Oral health research center renamed

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


October 26, 2017

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.


September 28, 2017

Dr. John Ingle, noted endodontics educator, is mourned

Dr. John Ingle, who founded the graduate endodontics program at the University of Washington in 1959 and was considered one of the world’s foremost figures in this field of dentistry devoted to root canals, passed away Monday in California.


September 27, 2017

Prosthodontics students take honors in research competition

Dr. Michele Buda and Dr. Konstantina Angelara, recently graduated residents in the School of Dentistry’s Graduate Prosthodontics program, have won first and third place respectively in the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics’ annual Tylman Award competition.


August 31, 2017

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.


August 17, 2017

Dean Berg reappointed

Dr. Joel Berg has been reappointed as dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry by UW  Provost Gerald Baldasty, pending formal approval by the UW Board of Regents.


August 11, 2017

New study reports benefits of dental therapists’ care

In the first long-term study of dental therapist utilization, University of Washington researchers have 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.


July 13, 2017

School is 3rd in world in research ranking

The University of Washington School of Dentistry is rated third in the world and the United States in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which is heavily weighted toward research performance and reputation.


June 28, 2017

Dr. Travis Nelson’s autism study featured in ADA journal

Dr. Travis Nelson of the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry is the lead author of a study on treating children with autism that is the cover article in the July issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.


June 8, 2017

Wands Fellow in prosthodontics named for 2017-18

The University of Washington School of Dentistry has announced the award of the David H. Wands Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics for 2017-18 to Dr. Jack Keesler.


May 31, 2017

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.


May 26, 2017

Delta Dental of Washington’s gift covers dental students’ exam fees

Fourth-year dental students taking the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) licensure test may tell their patients that it won’t hurt too much. But with WREB application fees now totaling more than $2,600, those students feel the sting.


May 24, 2017

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.


April 19, 2017

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.


April 17, 2017

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).


April 15, 2017

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.


March 31, 2017

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.


March 24, 2017

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.


March 17, 2017

School of Dentistry ranks 5th in U.S., 14th in world

The UW School of Dentistry has retained its No. 5 U.S. ranking and moved up one spot to 14th in the world in the 2017 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University.


March 2, 2017

“Grand Rounds” pediatric dental lecture series announced

Dr. Thomas Dodson, Interim Chair of the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has announced the launch of “Department of Pediatric Dentistry Grand Rounds,” a wide-ranging series of bimonthly lectures of great interest to the dental community.


February 1, 2017

State health official prescribes steps to fight opioid crisis

A leading Washington state health official on Tuesday urged medical and dental providers at a UW dental research forum to support more stringent prescribing guidelines and other measures to address the opioid abuse crisis.


January 25, 2017

UW Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery set to open new state-of-the-art facility

The University of Washington Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery announces the opening of the UW Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in northeast Seattle. The new enterprise begins clinical operations on Feb. 1 at Building 25 in Magnuson Park.


January 18, 2017

Local Syrian refugees receive dental screenings

School of Dentistry faculty and students have begun screening dozens of area Syrian refugees for dental care at the University of Washington.


January 17, 2017

Dental problems in cleft lip and palate linked to abnormal salivary glands

Dental problems related to cleft lip and palate may be caused by abnormalities in salivary glands and an imbalance of immune compounds in the mouth, according to a study conducted by researchers including a School of Dentistry adjunct faculty member and graduate researcher.


January 13, 2017

School’s Kathy Hobson receives MLK volunteer honors

Kathy Hobson, a counseling services coordinator in the Department of Oral Health Sciences, received a Volunteer Service Award during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday commemoration at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center on Jan. 12.


December 19, 2016

Two faculty members earn school’s highest recognition

Dr. Jeffrey Rubenstein and Dr. David Dean of the School of Dentistry faculty have received the 2016 Bruce R. Rothwell Teaching Awards, the school’s top faculty honor.


December 14, 2016

Dr. Esther Wilkins, founder of UW dental hygiene program, dies at 100

Dr. Esther Wilkins, who founded the University of Washington School of Dentistry’s dental hygiene program and was widely regarded as the godmother of modern dental hygiene, died on Dec. 12 in Boston at the age of 100.


December 12, 2016

Program boosts disadvantaged students seeking health careers

The name has changed, but the goal remains the same: Prepare talented, disadvantaged and historically under-represented students for careers in dentistry and other health sciences.


December 8, 2016

School announces leadership changes

Dr. E. Ricardo Schwedhelm will become Associate Dean for Clinics at the School of Dentistry, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Dean Joel Berg has announced.



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