Category: Endodontics

Revere Scholars Named

Glass and Jain named Revere Scholars

Recognizing outstanding achievements of junior faculty

RICHMOND, Va. – June 25, 2019Sarah H. Glass (D.D.S ‘14), assistant professor, Oral Diagnostic Sciences, and Sameer D. Jain, B.D.S., M.S., M.S.D., assistant professor and Urgent Care Clinic director, were named Revere Scholars at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

The Revere Scholars Program recognizes outstanding achievements of junior faculty members at the rank of assistant professor and provides funding for their research, scholarship and professional development efforts. Recipients receive $5,000 per year for four years allowing them to nurture their interests in pursuit of becoming career academic faculty.

The program is funded by the Dr. James H. Revere Jr. Professorship for Faculty Excellence, an endowment fund, named for James H. Revere (D.D.S. ’65), MCV Foundation board member, former instructor, interim dean, fundraiser, friend and mentor at the VCU School of Dentistry.

Opportunities for growth

Both Glass and Jain have specific plans to further develop their professional growth as Revere Scholars.

“I am incredibly grateful to be faculty at VCU and I strive every day to cultivate and fine tune my role,” Glass explains. “My research, clinical aims and service all involve oral cancer. I plan to pursue research projects related to cancer and to educate the community about oral cancer.”

Jain’s professional development path also includes research.

“As a Revere Scholar, I can continue work to establish the country’s first dynamic navigation model for minimally invasive endodontics,” he said. “The long-term goal is to develop a lab dedicated to guided endodontic research and clinical procedures.”

Both newly-named scholars were nominated by Dr. Clara Spatafore, endodontics department chair and interim chair of the Department of Oral Diagnostics Sciences.

“Both Dr. Glass and Dr. Jain represent the best of our future oral health care leaders,” Spatafore says. “These rising stars have proven clinical track records and have dedicated themselves to academics in dentistry. I couldn’t be more pleased with this well-deserved recognition for Sarah and Sameer.”

Made possible by alumni and former students

The Revere Professorship was made possible by alumni and former students of Dr. Revere, James C. Burns (D.D.S. ’72; Ph.D. ’80) and John A. Svirsky (D.D.S. ’73; M.Ed. ’79). In 2009 Drs. Burns and Svirsky gave $200,000 over several years to honor Dr. Revere and create a lectureship. The fund has grown to more than $1 million and now provides funding for the Revere Scholars Program.

Previous Revere Scholars include Tiffany Williams, D.D.S., (M.S.D. 2014); Sonali Rathore, D.D.S., M.S.; Harmeet Chiang, B.D.S., D.D.S., M.S., F.A.G.D.; Aderonke Akinkugbe, B.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D. and Erica Brecher, D.M.D., M.S.


About the School

Founded in 1893, the VCU School of Dentistry educates practitioners to meet the oral health care needs of the communities they serve. The school provides opportunities for selected qualified individuals to study dentistry, advanced dental specialties, and dental hygiene in accordance with the standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Consistent with the mission of Virginia Commonwealth University, the School of Dentistry’s programs are guided by the education of highly qualified dental professionals, research that advances the understanding of oral health, disease and effective treatment, service to the community and improved oral and health general health of our patients and the general population.

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Endodontics graduate program update June 2019

Greetings from the VCU Endodontic Residency Program!

The residents are thriving, the literature reviews are ongoing and life is busy if you have been an endodontic resident over this past year.

Since I last had the opportunity to write we have seen six more months fly by with many highlights to update you about. Looking back as far as November of 2018, the endodontic department once again provided support for the VCU pre-doc trip to Jamaica to provide dental treatment to the Jamaican people. [View Image]Dr. Foisy, Myers and Sarnowski in Jamaica in November.

Second year resident Dr. Adam Sarnowski, first year resident Dr. Erik Foisy and I journeyed together to Jamaica where we provided endodontic treatment to 12 patients along with helping with additional extractions and restorative work during our week-long stay. Following these types of international volunteer dental trips, one can’t help but have a renewed appreciation for just what we have in the United States.

The following month, while many faculty, students and residents were enjoying the December holiday break, we actually had two of our residents travel to Israel to spend a week volunteering their time and expertise at a children’s dental clinic. [View Image]Drs. Bartling, Holz and Polinsky in Israel.

Second year residents Dr. Lena Holz and Dr. Adam Polinsky were accompanied by one of our VCU part time endodontic faculty Dr. Daniel Bartling on what each of them stated was a very rewarding and amazing experience. Following the holiday break life settled back into a normal routine for us all. In February, the residents and I attended the College of Diplomates Board Review Course down in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where I also had the opportunity to speak on dental trauma and root resorption to this audience. [View Image]Springtime at AAE19 in Montreal.

Second year research projects came to closure this spring (to the relief of Adam S., Adam P., Lena and Khalifa) and it was another successful year in this regard. Dr. Sarnowski’s research poster was named the top resident poster presentation at this year’s VCU Research Day and Dr. Polinsky’s poster presentation was acknowledged as a top 10 poster at AAE19 in Montreal. In our opinion, all four of this year’s residents had award-quality studies! Immediately following AAE19 all four residents successfully defended their thesis projects and had their papers accepted into the VCU Scholar Compass library.

Along with travels and meetings all of our residents kept busy in the graduate clinic seeing patients, they helped out teaching in the D2 endodontic pre-clinical skills course and spent a fair share of time in didactic studies of their own. We had residents participate in the first MOM project held at the VCU dental school as well as helping with a continuing education course for general practitioners at VCU sponsored by Dentsply Sirona. But interspersed amongst all of the resident work were department activities geared at some relaxation time together under the direction of our department chair, Dr. Spatafore. It is hard to believe that we will once again be graduating four more residents from this program.

The departure of four residents can only mean one thing – that we will have four new residents entering our program on July 1. We will have a diverse group coming in with a distinctive western U.S. flavor. Let me briefly introduce these four individuals –

Benjamin Brown will be coming to us from the San Diego area as he completes his military obligation with the U.S. Navy. He is a graduate of the UNLV Dental School and was actually a classmate of our first-year resident Erik Foisy.

Jeremy Hargrove will be coming to us from Arizona where he has been in private practice for the past two years. He is a graduate of Midwestern University Dental School in Glendale, Arizona.

Inderpal Sappal will also be traveling from the San Diego area to join our program as he finishes a GPR program there after graduating from the Pacific University Dental School a year ago.

And finally, from Kuwait, Lolya Alyahya,

will enter the program after completing a one-year endodontic internship at VCU. She is a graduate of the Kuwait University Dental School.

As this residency year comes to a close, it once again allows me to pause and reflect on the opportunity I have been given to run and oversee this graduate program. I truly enjoy training and developing future practitioners of our specialty of endodontics. I couldn’t do it without the support of my fellow faculty members along with the many alumni who have provided me with encouragement and friendship as I travel down this path.

Thank you all and I truly look forward to seeing each of you in the future!

Garry Myers


Resident update June 2019

by Dr. Adam Sarnowski, 2nd year endodontics resident

Here at the VCU School of Dentistry, resident life has been a flurry of activity and excitement. In addition to literature, seminars, and patient care, we have been fortunate to participate in a wide variety of educational experiences over the past few months. In February, VCU hosted the annual “Endodontics Thank You CE Day” which included two fantastic lectures by Dr. Sarah Glass (D.D.S. ’14) and Dr. Steven Marinelli.

In April, six of our eight residents were able to attend the AAE annual meeting in Montreal.  It was a great week full of topnotch lectures, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. The highlight of the trip was Adam Polinsky’s 5th place award for his research poster presentation! [View Image]Poster presentation in Montreal. Left to right: residents Adam Polinksy, Lena Holz, Adam Sarnowski and Khalifa Alhaddad.

We returned to Richmond just as VCU hosted the annual “Legacy Day” at the end of April.  Dr. Krell and Dr. Martignoni delivered two excellent presentations on cracked teeth and restoration of endodontically treated teeth. In addition to these CE courses, residents have been exposed to some of the newer innovations in endodontics. Sonendo provided a hands-on course with the GentleWave system, and research is currently being conducted on dynamic navigation access preparations using the Navident system. [View Image]First year residents, left to right, Ray Pandez, Sarah Alkanderi, Madison Saunders and Erik Foisy at the UPenn endodontic microsurgery course.

First year residents, Drs. Alkanderi, Foisy, Pandez, and Saunders, recently made the annual trek to Philadelphia for the UPENN micro-surgical endodontic course. They are all eager to start performing surgical procedures on their own in the graduate clinic. Second year residents, Drs. Alhaddad, Holz, Polinsky, and Sarnowski, all successfully defended their thesis and presented their research at the annual VCU Clinic and Research Day in April. They also completed the ABE written boards and are now preparing for the joint mock oral boards in conjunction with the University of Maryland and NPDS.


Looking forward, the second-year resident graduation is just a few short weeks away. This year’s event will be held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Richmond. We look forward to sending off the second-year residents while welcoming all of the new first-year residents.

On behalf of all residents, I would like to personally thank each of those who have gone before us to make this residency program great, both from your examples as ambassadors of VCU in your respective communities, and in your giving back to your Alma Mater.


Your support for us in all of the great experiences we have while learning here in the residency truly makes VCU Dentistry a special place! Thank you. [View Image]Garry L. Myers, D.D.S., assistant professor and director of the graduate endodontics program, far right, proudly poses with all endo residents.

Endodontics / radiology / oral pathology faculty update June 2019

Duane R. Schafer, D.D.S., M.S. joins oral pathology department

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Dr. Duane R. Schafer joins the faculty at the VCU School of Dentistry after a 30-year career with the United States Navy. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University and completed postgraduate training in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, Maryland. Following residency training, Dr. Schafer was chosen to join a distinctive group of non-physicians to complete a Callendar-Binford Fellowship in the Department of Otolaryngic, Head & Neck Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Dr. Schafer has served as a chairman and residency program director for the Uniformed Service’s Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology training program, in addition to holding the dean position at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and recently elected to serve as a Director and Secretary-Treasurer for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Dr. Schafer’s major interests are otolaryngic pathology, lesions of odontogenic origin, and forensic dentistry.


Linda W. Baughan, D.D.S., M.Ed. returns to endodontics faculty

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Linda Baughan (M.Ed. ‘78/; D.D.S. ‘83; cert ’93/HP; HS ‘00) received her bachelor’s in biology from Christopher Newport College and earned a master’s in education and D.D.S. degree at VCU. She continued her studies and earned graduate certificates VCU in both gerontology and endodontics.

She has been a dental educator since 1987, teaching dental anatomy, operative dentistry, geriatric oral health and endodontics. Dr. Baughan served as full time faculty of VCU School of Dentistry for seventeen years. She has also served as faculty in the Department of Dental Specialties at Mayo Clinic and as part of the inaugural teams of three new dental schools: University of Nevada Las Vegas, Roseman University of Health Sciences and most recently the University of New England.

As a Richmond native, Dr. Baughan is happy to return to family and friends in Virginia, and is excited to rejoin colleagues of the VCU School of Dentistry as adjunct faculty in the Department of Endodontics.


Radiology clinic update [View Image]Dr. Aniket Jadhav and family.

With the retirement of Dr. Laurie Carter, who directed the school’s radiology department during her 19 years with the school, Dr. Aniket Jadhav joined staff last spring to fill her large shoes as director of the Oral Radiology Clinic.

Dr. Aniket Jadhav earned his D.D.S. from M.G.V.’s Karmaveer Bhausaheb Hiray Dental College and Hospital in Nashik, India, in 2008, followed by a certificate and master of dental science (MDentSc.) degree in oral and maxillofacial radiology from the University of Connecticut School of Dental medicine in 2013. He served as an assistant professor at the University Of Texas School Of Dentistry at Houston (UTHealth) from 2013 to 2018 where he was actively involved in the radiology imaging center project to provide cone beam CT interpretation and imaging services. He also holds a master’s in health care administration from the University of St. Francis in Illinois.

Dr. Jadhav’s clinical interests include cone beam CT imaging, MRI in dentistry, maxillofacial pathology, radiology information management and clinical technologies. He has authored over 20 peer reviewed research manuscripts and abstracts and has served on master’s thesis committees.

In his new role as Director of Radiology, he is looking forward to serving the VCU School of Dentistry’s imaging needs.

Dr. Jadhav is excited to be part of RVA community and looks forward to exploring Richmond with his wife, Neelam, and his two-year old son, Aayansh.  Apart from radiology, he enjoys traveling, exploring a variety of ethnic food, cricket and Bollywood movies.


Oral Diagnostics Sciences update June 2019

From Dr. Sarah Glass (D.D.S. ’14) comes an update and news report from Oral Diagnostics and Sciences.


Simply click on the link below to read all about it.

VCUBiopsyandClinic June 2019

Endodontics news from Dr. Clara Spatafore June 2019

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Dr. Clara Spatafore, department chair

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. The pre-doc students have just finished the semester and the 4th year dental students are heading out to residencies, private practice, and various other career choices. Graduation was held on Friday, May 10, and everything went according to plan. We graduated a combined total of over 110 new dentists and dental hygienists. Our residents are done at the end of June but they have a full slate of activities before then. Read about their experiences in news updates from Dr. Garry Myers, our graduate program director, and Dr. Adam Sarnowski, chief resident.

It was great seeing everyone at the AAE meeting in Montreal. VCU had several new diplomates pinned at the Grossman’s ceremony:

  • Husain Karashi,
  • Charlie Beavers,
  • Katie Lee,
  • Nick Schroeder,
  • Dr. Sarah Martinelli

It was a wonderful occasion.

Our annual Legacy Day Continuing Education lecture was held at the end of April with exactly 100 participants in attendance. Dr. Keith Krell, president of American Association of Endodontists was one of the speakers along with Dr. Marco Martignoni an endodontist who practices in Rome, Italy. It was so nice seeing everyone and the program went great. Next year’s program is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020. Dr. Alan Gluskin, who will be AAE president at that time, is confirmed as one of the speakers. Be sure to mark your calendars and try to attend the program. It is wonderful having everyone back at the school, catching up and hearing what everyone is doing these days.

We are planning a VCU Alumni Event in Nashville on Thursday, April 2, 2020, during the AAE annual meeting. The meeting is early this year, so be sure and take a look at the schedule and mark your calendars so you can attend. The program looks great at this point and I know everyone wants to come to Nashville to check out the beautiful city, hear the great music and attend a wonderful educational program.

Plans are moving forward for the school’s new dental clinics to be housed in the VCU Health Adult Outpatient Facility now under construction across the street from the current dental school on 11th and Leigh Streets. The dean and his crew have been working on designs, equipment, and clinic space needs as well as technology and radiographic issues. It is a full-scale undertaking and will be in progress for the next year or so. VCU’s master plan includes redeveloping the MCV Campus and that involves replacing the Wood and Lyons buildings at some point. As of now, the pre-doc and graduate endodontic practices will be housed in the new outpatient facility. Stay up to date by visiting the dean’s YouTube channel.

As always, life moves at a hectic pace here at the school. We have new faculty in oral pathology and radiology and some returning faculty to the endodontics department. We’re glad they’re here and you’ll enjoy getting to know them.

We continue to strive for excellence in the Department of Endodontics; the pre-doc curriculum is reviewed, revised and updated continually, as we work to keep up with current trends in our specialty. The graduate endodontics program achieves greater heights each year and we are proud of our current and past residents. The endodontic faculty works tirelessly on behalf of the students, residents and the dental school. We are lucky to have the support of the administration and grateful for a strong alumni backing. Many thanks to the part time faculty who give their time in the clinics each month. They are a huge help and the residents enjoy working with them, as do the pre-doc students.

Thanks to each of you who donate to the Molar Fund, the Hartwell Fund or the Dodds Endowment. [View Image]Funds raised to support the graduate program director as he serves as an AAE officer. Thank you!

During the 2019 Legacy Day event we were able to raise $13,000 to honor our graduate program director’s stint as an officer with the American Association of Endodontists. We still need your support to endow the Hartwell Fund.  If you have not pledged or donated, please do so.

It is always great to hear from alumni. If you are in the Richmond area, please stop by and say hello. If you have any feedback or questions, please drop me an email or give me a call.  We appreciate all that you have done for the residents, the program and the VCU School of Dentistry and hope that we can continue to count on your support.

Endodontic clinic and research update June 2019

UCC update – by Dr. Steve Marinelli

The Urgent Care Clinic continues to provide patients with easy access to care as well as invaluable training for undergraduate students in the area of oral diagnosis, endodontics, operative dentistry, orofacial pain, and minor oral surgery. Since inception, the UCC has treated approximately 2,500 patients generating self-sustaining revenue as well as referrals to other specialty departments. Students greatly enjoy the additional experience they receive by treating interesting, and in some instances, very challenging cases.

Every year the Excellence in Urgent Care Clinic Award is given to a dental student in recognition for his/her outstanding service and commitment to providing urgent treatment in full scope of clinical dentistry throughout the year. Congratulations to Linda Nguyen (D.D.S. ’19), who received the 2019 award.

Due to popular demand, a decision has been made for the class of 2020 to increase both the number of D4 rotating students and their duration of time scheduled in the UCC to two weeks. This will significantly enhance student clinical capabilities, increase patient access to care, and allow for a greater number of patient screenings to take place each week. Collaboration between the UCC and various departments such as oral pathology, radiology, oral surgery and endodontics has benefited patients greatly. Diagnosis and treatment is rendered both effectively and efficiently.

In summary, short-term goals for the Urgent Care Clinic have been met, so now we plan for an even bigger vision for the future. Stay tuned.

Pre-doc clinic updates – by Dr. Sameer Jain

Our goal for FY 2019 was to revamp and develop a consistent endodontic curriculum that provides pre-doc students with a firmer foundation in endodontics, including a better understanding of the biologic basis of endodontic disease, diagnosis, treatment planning and prognosis, as well as today’s state-of-the-art techniques and technologies. Apart from training the students to efficiently perform root canal treatments, our emphasis is also to make them lifelong learners of our specialty where their foundation knowledge can lead to better patient care in the future. Since taking over the endo clinical course, we have had a stark rise in the student failures, a testament of higher expectations and benchmarks set by our department. In spite of the initial failure rate, for FY 2019, all the D4 pre-doc students were able to competently finish their endodontic requirements in record time with about two months remaining for graduation. Currently, the pre-doc endo clinic along with the UCC shoulders the burden for endodontic emergencies, providing real world experience for the students. [View Image]Dr. Sameer Jain in the clinic.

Welcome new PT faculty

I would also take this opportunity to welcome our new pre-doc part-time endodontic faculty, Dr. Linda Baughan (M.Ed. ’78/E; D.D.S. ’83; cert ’93/HP; HS ’00). She is a Richmond native and comes back to VCU after previously teaching at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Roseman University of Health Sciences in Utah and University of New England in Maine. We admire her enthusiasm to give back and dedicate valuable time and effort to sharing her diverse experience and knowledge with the next generation.

We are also grateful to and sincerely thank Dr. James Heffernan, Dr. Nick Schroeder, Dr. Daniel Bartling, Dr. Enrique Oltra, Dr. Valeria Pizzini, Dr. Deepika Ganesh and Dr. Dentonio Worrell for their part-time commitment.

Research Development

My research activity focuses on endodontic biomaterials and translational technology. This has led to projects for interested D3/D4 students and also has facilitated interns and residents for their master’s thesis projects.

Currently, we are working on establishing the country’s first dynamic navigation model for minimally-invasive endodontics. The long-term goal is to develop a lab facility that is solely dedicated for dynamic guided endodontic research and clinical procedures. In the past year, we were able to collaborate with five students and four faculty members on multiple projects including clinical trials in the realm of endodontics that led to two AD Williams Fellowship and potential faculty research grants and publications. I am also reviewer for three endodontic journals (Journal of Endodontics, International Endodontic Journal and Clinical Oral Investigations). Outside the school, I am serving as a nominated member of AAE’s Research and Scientific Affairs Committee, which reviews and disperses funds for research grants and scientific presentations submitted by all the endodontic programs around the country.

Personal Note

It’s been almost 18 months at VCU, and I continue to strive to find ways to interconnect my teaching, research, and service to create a body of work that has meaning and longevity. I am grateful for the guidance of my colleagues within the department that helped me achieve my board certification last year. I greatly appreciate the opportunities I have been afforded in the past year at VCU and I look forward to continue making a positive impact in the field of endodontics.

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