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. 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.