ECU School of Dental Medicine announces first research dean

Dr. Sharon M. Gordon has been named the first associate dean for research and chair of Foundational Sciences of the ECU School of Dental Medicine . Gordon assumed her new role Aug. 19.

Dr. Sharon Gordon

Dr. Sharon Gordon

She formerly served as the director of Graduate Research and Training at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore. She was an intramural scientist and directed research training at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health.

For more than two decades, Gordon has focused on workforce development with special emphasis on research training for clinicians. Her research interest is injury and interaction of the inflammatory response and nervous system in pain and wound healing.

She uses an interdisciplinary team approach in research and teaching, as exemplified by her work to create an educational pain management program that uses an inter-professional approach to diagnosing and managing pain. She uses her clinical research and educational experience to teach students about the relationship between patient care and research.

“I was trained using the model of general dentistry and comprehensive care that is the basis for ECU’s clinical program, and I am deeply committed to the full development of the general dentist to serve to their full capacity the needs of their patients,” said Gordon. “The ECU School of Dental Medicine is extending this model into the setting of underserved communities, an important step in improving access to oral health care.”

Gordon will remain active in her role with NIH and professional organizations, serving on NIDCR’s grants review panel evaluating research training and career development applications and as the national faculty advisor for the National Student Research Group of the American Association of Dental Research. She will also serve as board member of the American Dental Association Student Clinician Awards.

Greg Chadwick, dean of ECU’s School of Dental Medicine, said, “Dr. Gordon’s strong research, general dentistry and public health background uniquely qualify her to serve as our first associate dean for research and chair of Foundational Sciences. We are extremely excited to have Dr. Gordon join East Carolina University’s research team and lead the dental school’s research effort on our campus and in communities across North Carolina.”

Gordon earned a doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at San Antonio and completed a two-year general practice residency at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio.  She earned a master of public health in epidemiology in 1997 and a PhD in clinical investigation in 2003 from Johns Hopkins University.

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ECU dental faculty member honored for research

Dr. Roopwant Kaur, clinical assistant professor of operative dentistry at the ECU School of Dental Medicine, was honored for her contributions to research at the annual UNC Graduate School Recognition Celebration at UNC-Chapel Hill.Kaur, Roopwant

A 2012 graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Kaur was among 23 alumni to receive the external fellowship award in recognition of research funded by sources outside the university. She was the only awardee chosen from the Department of Operative Dentistry.

Kaur’s thesis project, “Influence of dentin desensitizers on the microtensile bond strengths of self-etch and etch-and-rinse adhesives to dentin,” was funded by Heraeus Kulzer, a leading supplier of dental products and materials.

She also received a 2012 Bloc Travel Grant from the American Association for Dental Research and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for research, travel and presentation at the International Association of Dental Research annual meeting in Foz De Iguazu, Brazil.

In addition, she received the Elsie and Baxter Sapp Fellowship established by Dr. Baxter Sapp, a general dentist in Durham, and his wife, Elsie. The fund supports outstanding post-doctoral students pursuing advanced degrees at the School of Dentistry.

A 2005 graduate of Buddha Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital in Patna, India, Kaur completed residency training at Government Dental College and Hospital in Jaipur, India. She earned a master of science and certificate in operative dentistry in 2012 from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

Kaur is a faculty member in ECU’s Department of General Dentistry; she teaches both pre-clinical and clinical courses. Her current research topic is “Effect of instructions delivery format (Ibook vs oral presentation) on the outcome of a pre-clinical wax carving exercise.”

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ECU dental school dean named International Dentist of the Year

Dr. Greg Chadwick (left) was named International Dentist of the Year by the Academy of Dentistry International. Academy president Dr. Tom Brink presented the award. (Contributed photo)

Dr. Greg Chadwick, dean of the ECU School of Dental Medicine, was named International Dentist of the Year by the Academy of Dentistry International at the Academy’s USA Section Convocation held in San Francisco in October. ADI is a global honor society for dentists dedicated to improving the quality of life of people throughout the world.

Chadwick has had broad involvement in many areas of dentistry, from clinical practice and teaching to administration at the highest levels. His contributions to his profession and to society generally, such as military service, clinical expertise, mentorship of young colleagues and honors from learned professional societies are numerous.

Chadwick is a former president of numerous dental organizations including the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, the Second District Dental Society and the Southern Endodontic Study Group. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a founding member of the Holiday Dental Conference.

Following his presidency of the American Dental Association in 2001-2002, Chadwick became a world figure within the profession by being elected in 2006 to the position of speaker for the Federation Dentaire International World Dental Federation, a position which he held until 2011, presiding over all sessions of the general assembly of the World Dental Parliament.

“The Academy of Dentistry International is not only proud to recognize Gregory Chadwick as one of its distinguished Fellows since 1994, but in recognition of his outstanding merit, it is an honor and a privilege to confer this honor upon him,” said ADI Executive Director Dr. Robert L. Ramus.

A North Carolina native, Chadwick received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and served in the U.S. Naval Supply Corps for four years before entering dental school. After graduating from the UNC School of Dentistry, he practiced general dentistry in a community health center before entering his residency in endodontics. He earned a master’s degree in endodontics from the UNC School of Dentistry in 1976 and practiced endodontics in his hometown of Charlotte for 30 years.

Chadwick championed ECU’s School of Dental Medicine in order to increase the number of dentists in rural and underserved areas of North Carolina. One of his signatures on the school is the community service learning centers, which will allow fourth year students to gain experience treating patients in ten dental centers across the state.

 

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“Crossing Borders” event set for Oct. 25

East Carolina University’s Division of Health Sciences will host an interdisciplinary program, “Crossing Borders,” from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Brody School of Medicine Auditorium.

The event will bring students and faculty from each of the health sciences disciplines – allied health sciences, dental medicine, Laupus Library, medicine and nursing – together with a focus on collaboration in education. Approximately 300 students have been invited.

They will watch the film, “Crossing Borders,” a feature documentary directed by Arnd Wächter examining different cultures, hidden preconceptions and discovering oneself.

After the film, students will divide into small discussion groups to work with facilitators from each unit.

The event is sponsored by the offices of ECU Diversity and Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for health sciences. Dr. Donna Lake from the College of Nursing has led the event planning group.

For more on the film, go to http://crossingbordersfilm.org/

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