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Honoring Colonel James Avery Booker, Jr., D.D.S. ’61

Honoring  Colonel James Avery Booker, Jr., D.D.S., M.D., FACS  introduction by Carlos Smith, D.D.S. M.Div., Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director of Ethics Curriculum Assistant professor The great novelist, poet and activist, James Baldwin is known to have said of history… “History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to […]

AAE Coolidge Award presented to Dean Spatafore

Dean Spatafore received the Coolidge Award from the American Association of Endodontists at a virtual ceremony on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Named for Edgar D. Coolidge, a pioneer in endodontics who was instrumental in establishing the AAE, the award recognizes individuals who exemplify his extraordinary vision, leadership, and dedication to the specialty. Recipients of this […]

It’s OK to not be OK

It’s OK to not be ok – Continued [racialized] violence and why dialogue matters in the journey to racial equity and inclusion By Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., MDiv, FACD Director, Diversity Equity and Inclusion; Director, Ethics Curriculum Many in the dental profession are known to be high achievers – rightly so, navigating the landscape of […]

Celebrating Women’s History Month with Dean Spatafore

In celebration of Women’s History Month, our new virtual conversation series continues. Please join us on Thursday, March 11, at 5:15 p.m. for a conversation with VCU School of Dentistry’s first female dean, Dr. Clara Spatafore, also a past president of the American Association of Endodontists. Register directly via Zoom Webinar here. Women’s History Month […]

33rd annual ethics lecture Feb. 26, 2021

Karl Haden to present at 33rd annual ethics lecture Karl Haden, Ph.D., presents “Ethics, Leadership and the Future of the Dental Profession” on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, as part of the School of Dentistry’s Mirmelstein Ethics Lecture. The annual lecture is part of the school’s continuing education program. The virtual lecture begins at 9:00 a.m. […]

Spatafore named interim dean

Clara M. Spatafore, D.D.S., M.S., has been named interim dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.  As the current chair of the VCU School of Dentistry’s Department of Endodontics and Oral Diagnostic Sciences, Dr. Spatafore comes to her new role with experience as an oral health and dental education insider. “Dr. Spatafore is […]

School Leadership

Last week, Dr. David Sarrett stepped down as Dean of the VCU School of Dentistry. Please join me in acknowledging his many accomplishments and honoring his years of dedicated service to the school and our university. Dr. Sarrett has served as dean since 2010. During his tenure, the School of Dentistry achieved remarkable growth and […]

Periodontics research news

When you see him, please congratulate Dr. Zhao Lin upon receiving his first R01 grant. The title is “Epigenetic Regulation of Periodontal Inflammation,” which is supported by the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research of the NIH. He will evaluate the epigenetic changes in patients with periodontitis and test the therapeutic potential of a […]

AOP update: future home of VCU Dental Care clinics

The VCU Health System’s new Adult Outpatient Pavilion (AOP) is currently under construction at the corner of North 10th and East Leigh streets. The AOP will be the future home of nearly all of the VCU School of Dentistry clinics. This state-of-the-art facility affords our dental school bragging rights as the first in the country […]

Periodontics resident news

by Dr. Tom Waldrop, M.S. (D.D.S. ’73/D) Class of 2020 The Class of 2020 experienced an ending to their residency program like no other!  They each successfully defended their Master Thesis by remote conferencing as follows:   Dr. Jill Beitz (D.D.S. ’15/D; M.S. ’20/D): The Effects of Exosomes on the Regeneration of Rat Calvaria  Dr. Peter […]

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