April 9, 2015

Dr. Daniel C.N. Chan named Chair of Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Daniel C.N. Chan has been named Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, effective June 1, the school has announced.

Dr. Chan

Dr. Chan

Dr. Chan succeeds Dr. E. Ricardo Schwedhelm, who has served as Acting Chair since 2012. Dr. Chan will oversee the school’s largest department, which teaches pre-doctoral students how to assess and repair damage to teeth caused by dental disease or trauma. Subject areas include dental materials science, operative dentistry, occlusion (how the teeth contact one another) and prosthodontics (the design and fabrication of dental prostheses, such as dentures). The department also includes the Graduate Prosthodontics program for dentists who are studying to earn certification in this specialty.

“I’m delighted that Dr. Chan will lead our largest department as we continue our transformation of the school to produce a true dentist of the future,” Dean Joel Berg said. “Not only does he have superb credentials in academic and operative dentistry, but he is also a noted researcher. I also believe his collegial temperament will be a great asset in this critical position.”

Dr. Schwedhelm

Dr. Schwedhelm

The school also announced two related appointments. Dr. Schwedhelm, who has also served as the Restorative Dentistry clinic director, was named to direct the school’s new fourth-year practice program. The program, which will be phased in during the 2015-16 academic year and fully implemented in the succeeding year, will be significantly more intensive than the current model. With students seeing many more patients in their final pre-doctoral year of training, it will be designed to duplicate the private practice experience as closely as possible.

Dr. Flake

Dr. Flake

Dr. Natasha Flake, a member of the Department of Endodontics faculty, was named to chair the school’s Clerkship Committee. Starting this summer, the school will implement a new system of “clerkships,” a series of intensive third-year rotations in the various disciplines of general dentistry. Dr. Chan had held that post since the beginning of 2015, but will now yield it to focus on his new duties as Restorative Dentistry chair. However, he will retain oversight of one clerkship, Operative Dentistry.

“It’s a testament to the strength of our school that we have such able faculty members,” Dean Berg said in a message to faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Chan came to the UW in 2008 from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry to become Associate Dean for Clinical Services, a post he relinquished at the beginning of 2015 to take up oversight of the clerkship program. He holds the Washington Dental Service Endowed Chair in Dentistry at the UW and is immediate past president of the national Academy of Operative Dentistry. He is also a widely respected researcher, and in 2013 was part of a research team that received a patent for antibacterial applications of titanium-based material, which holds wide dental and medical potential for preventing infection without the use of antibiotics.

Dr. Chan has received both a DMD from the University of the Philippines and a DDS from the University of Iowa. He has also had postgraduate training at the UW, the University of Iowa and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Chan has also held faculty appointments at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Iowa. He has served on several journal editorial boards, and is a member of the American Dental Association, the International Association for Dental Research, the American Association of Dental Schools Operative and Biomaterials Division, the Academy of Dental Materials, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the Washington State Dental Association and the Seattle King County Dental Society.