Foreman named associate dean for clinical affairs, dental medicine

After a national search, Robert R. Foreman has been appointed associate dean for clinical affairs at the ECU School of Dental Medicine. He assumed the position on Aug. 11.

Foreman

Foreman

Dr. Foreman joined the School of Dental Medicine as director of clinics in September 2012. He was also appointed interim associate dean for clinical affairs in May 2013. He will continue serving as associate dean for clinical affairs and as director of clinics until a search can be completed for the latter position.

As associate dean for clinical affairs, Foreman collaborates on the integration of the DMD curriculum within the Comprehensive Care Clinic, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Clinic, and Advanced Care Clinic in Ross Hall on the ECU Health Sciences Campus. He also supervises all clinical operations, including personnel, policies and procedures, and credentialing.

Foreman also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of General Dentistry.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Foreman serving in his new position. He brings a strong background with extensive experience in clinical affairs,” said Greg Chadwick, dean of the ECU School of Dental Medicine. “He understands the importance of melding clinical education experiences with patient care in achieving our mission. We are very excited to have Dr. Foreman leading our clinical affairs teams.”

Prior to joining the School of Dental Medicine, Foreman served on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry from 2005 to 2012, with appointments including clinical assistant professor and associate executive director of general practice clinics. He maintained a solo practice of general dentistry in Bellows Fall, Vermont, from 1986 to 2005. Early in his career, Foreman served as a clinical research pharmacist for the Baltimore Cancer Research Center, National Cancer Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

“I am honored to serve as the associate dean for clinical affairs and look forward to fostering the school’s dual mission of preparing leaders with outstanding clinical skills and providing oral health services for underserved North Carolinians. I look forward to continuing collaboration with our school’s dedicated faculty, students, and staff,” said Foreman.

Foreman earned a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1983 and a bachelor of science in pharmacy with honors from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1974. He holds professional memberships in the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the American Dental Education Association. He has also served as a member of the American Association of Dental Boards Professional Review and Evaluation Program and consultant for Northeast Delta Dental.

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Cotterill named division director of Pediatric Dentistry at ECU

Cotterill

Cotterill

Christopher A. Cotterill has been appointed division director of Pediatric Dentistry in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. Cotterill assumed his new role July 1 following a national search.

Cotterill joined the ECU pediatric dentistry faculty in 2012, following three years as a pediatric dentist in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia. He previously served as part-time clinical faculty member in the pediatric dentistry residency program at the University of Kentucky and operated a pediatric dental private practice near Lexington, Kentucky. During Cotterill also served on the Board of the Bluegrass Dental Society and as the liaison to the State Board for the Kentucky Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

“Dr. Cotterill is a terrific teacher and a wonderful and skillful practitioner. He is a board certified pediatric dentist who brings enthusiasm, dedication, energy and expertise to his teaching and his patient care,” said Stuart Josell, chair of ECU’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.

As a clinical assistant professor, Cotterill has been instrumental in developing the pediatric dental pre-clinical and clinical curriculum for pre-doctoral students. He has helped develop the pediatric dental component for residents in the advanced education in general dentistry program, and he is actively involved in planning the school’s pediatric dental residency program.

“I am thrilled, honored, and humbled by being selected as the division director of Pediatric Dentistry at ECU,” said Cotterill. “I eagerly anticipate overseeing the division through its growth as it strives to educate general dentists and specialists to provide dental services for underserved communities in North Carolina.”

Cotterill earned a doctor of dental medicine at the University of Kentucky, where he also completed a graduate residency program in pediatric dentistry. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, and American Dental Education Association. He was also recently accepted into the inaugural North Carolina Dental Society’s Young Dentists Leadership Academy.

– Peggy Novotny

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Wilson named vice dean at ECU School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Margaret B. Wilson, associate dean for student affairs and clinical professor at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, became vice dean at the school Feb. 1 – a role in which she will have much broader responsibilities for ensuring the implementation of the school’s strategic objectives.

Maggie Wilson

Maggie Wilson 

Wilson joined the School of Dental Medicine in 2009 and has played a key role in the school’s development with responsibility for student recruitment, admission, retention and services. She also coordinates the ethics curriculum for the Doctor of Dental Medicine program.

“Dr. Maggie Wilson’s leadership and experience in dental education, administration and private practice make her well suited for her new role,” said Dr. Greg Chadwick, dean of the School of Dental Medicine. “She sets the bar very high for herself and for everyone around her. She has been a tremendous asset in the establishment and growth of our school, and I look forward to working with her as our vice dean.”

Wilson joined ECU from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she was a full-time faculty member for 19 years. During her time at the University of Maryland, she served as associate dean for Student Affairs. She also served as associate dean for professional programs, co-director of the Group Practice Simulation Demonstration Project, and she directed the professionalism and professional dental ethics curriculum for students.

Prior to that position, Wilson was director of dental services for the University Health Center at the University of Maryland at College Park. She was also in private dental practice in Fredericksburg, Va., for four years. She is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists and an active member of several professional organizations.

“Having the opportunity to join a school with such a clear mission of educating dental leaders who will serve in communities of need across North Carolina is incredible,” said Wilson. “Moreover, helping establish a new dental school is professionally and personally rewarding. I look forward to continuing to work with the faculty, students and staff of the School of Dental Medicine and community and university leaders as we continue to strive to fulfill the vision and mission of our school.”

Wilson earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University in 1981 and completed a general practice residency at University of Maryland Hospital in 1982. She holds a master of business degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. She earned an undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.

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ECU joins in Give Kids a Smile event

ECU dental student Amanda Stroud smiles while getting a hug from five year old Jaden Wilson after she worked on his smile. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

ECU dental student Amanda Stroud smiles while getting a hug from five year old Jaden Wilson after she worked on his smile. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

ECU dental students and student-athletes were among the volunteers at the Give Kids a Smile event Feb. 7 at Eastern Pediatrics and Orthodontics in Greenville.

Volunteers from ECU, along with 20 local dentists, collaborated to treat approximately 140 patients with free dental care, ranging from simple cleanings to more advanced procedures.

Visitors to the event included North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Sen. Louis Pate. ECU coaches Ruffin McNeil and Jeff Lebo were on hand as well.

Patient Breana Williams talks to Stefanie Fresenius from the ECU Women's Track & Field and Cross Country. 

Patient Breana Williams talks to Stefanie Fresenius from the ECU Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country.

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Califano elected a director of the American Board of Periodontology

East Carolina University professor Dr. Joseph Califano, director of periodontology in the Department of Surgical Sciences at the School of Dental Medicine, was elected to serve as one of nine directors of the American Board of Periodontology.

Joseph Califano

Joseph Califano

Califano will be installed at the board’s annual meeting this month. He will serve a six-year term.

The ABP is one of nine specialty boards recognized by the American Dental Association. The board serves to advance the art and science of periodontics and elevate the quality of periodontal care through the examination, certification, and recertification of periodontists.

The ABP develops and oversees the administration of the written and oral exams required to become a board certified periodontist or diplomate of the ABP. Califano was a board examiner for seven years prior to a national run this year for a directorship.

“Dr. Califano was elected a director by the membership of the American Academy of Periodontology, which says a great deal about his reputation in the profession. Directors are to represent the best of the best in periodontics. Our students are the recipients of his expertise, and we are fortunate to have him on our faculty,” said Dr. Grishondra Branch-Mays, chair, School of Dental Medicine Department of Surgical Sciences.

A native of Bayshore, N.Y., Califano received a certificate in periodontology, a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology, and a D.D.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Before joining ECU, Califano was the director of post-graduate periodontics at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago.  His research interests include pathogenesis and immunopathology of periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis, microbial genetics of periodontitis associated bacteria and computer guided implant dentistry.

Califano is a member of the American Dental Education Association and the American Dental Association.

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