UW School of Dentistry

School announces leadership appointments

Dean Joel Berg has announced three leadership appointments at the School of Dentistry.

  • Dr. John Sorensen of the school’s Department of Restorative Dentistry faculty has been named Associate Dean for Clinics, effective Jan. 1, 2015, with responsibility for overseeing the school’s clinical operations.
  • Dr. Daniel Chan has been named chair of the school’s Clerkship Committee and director of the Operative Dentistry clerkship, effective immediately. Starting in the fall of 2015, the school is changing its clinical training system to clerkships, a series of intensive rotations in all the core competencies of dentistry. Dr. Chan, who has been Associate Dean for Clinical Services since 2008, will relinquish that position on Jan. 1 to focus on his clerkship duties.
  • Robert Wanezek, now Revenue Cycle Director, will become Assistant Dean for Clinical Services, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Working with Dr. Sorensen, he will direct the centralization of administration for the school’s multiple clinics. He will also oversee a new Program Administration group, which will develop and implement process improvement and training, clinical performance data and reporting, clinic policies and facilities improvement.

“These are important changes for us as we continue our efforts to improve our patients’ experience and remake our curriculum and clinical training to produce a true dentist of the future,” Dean Berg said. “To a great extent, these new titles simply reflect the work these outstanding members of our faculty and administration are already doing.”

Dr. SorensenDr. Sorensen was president and founder of the Pacific Dental Institute in Oregon before joining the UW in October 2013. He has held appointments at Oregon Health & Science University and the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and was founder and director of the Dental Clinical Research Center at OHSU. At the UW, he has directed the dental school’s Clinical Operations Task Force, which evaluated every aspect of the school’s clinical services. He now directs a new admissions clinic which is expected to double the capacity to process new patients by March 1, which is essential to the success of the clerkship rotations. He holds a Ph.D. in dental materials from the Royal Dental College of Copenhagen University and a D.M.D. from Tufts University.

Dr. ChanDr. Chan, who came to the UW in 2008 from the Medical College of Georgia, holds the Washington Dental Service Endowed Chair in Dentistry at the UW. He is currently president of the national Academy of Operative Dentistry. In 2013, he 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 D.M.D. from the University of the Philippines and a D.D.S. 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.

Bob WanezekWanezek came to the UW in March 2013 from Amazon, where he was a senior manager overseeing the external distribution program in North America. In his new position, he will work closely with Dr. Sorensen and direct the building of operational infrastructure to support the clerkships and general practice clinics. He has already overseen significant changes to improve the School of Dentistry’s financial operations and administrative efficiency. He has also held positions with Microsoft and Washington Mutual, and holds a B.S. in business administration from Washington State University.