UW School of Dentistry

Dr. Rebecca L. Slayton to become Chair of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Slayton

Dr. Rebecca L. Slayton of the University of Iowa has accepted an appointment to become Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dentistry, Dean Joel Berg has announced. Her appointment will take effect on March 1, 2013, upon affirmation by the UW Board of Regents.

Dr. Slayton, who is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Iowa, was at the UW from 2004 to 2008 as Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. She served as Chair of the School’s Faculty Council and on numerous committees, and was also Interim Clinical Director of the Department of Dental Medicine at Seattle Children’s hospital from 2007 to 2008. From 2002 to 2004, she was Chair of Pediatric Dentistry at Oregon Health & Science University.

“She is an outstanding clinician, teacher and researcher who fully understands the daily realities of both dental practice and education,” Dr. Berg said in his announcement. “Those of us who have worked with Dr. Slayton know her as an exceptional leader who is also a consummate team player. She is a model communicator and problem-solver with a varied background that makes her ideally suited to lead our Department of Pediatric Dentistry through its growth, changes and challenges.”

Currently, the Department of Pediatric Dentistry is led by Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario, who became Interim Chair after Dr. Berg vacated the chair to become Dean on Aug. 15.

During her time at the UW, Dr. Slayton was Research Chair and Director of the Early Childhood Oral Health Project, helping lay the foundation for The Center for Pediatric Dentistry. As the new Chair, she will become its director. She will hold the rank of Professor with tenure, subject to review by the School’s Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee.

Dr. Slayton holds a BA in biology from Earlham College and an MS in engineering, a DDS, a certificate in pediatric dentistry and a PhD in genetics, all from the University of Iowa. Her current appointments include consultant to the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation and ad hoc reviewer for several leading dental journals.