July 17, 2014
Christopher A. Cotterill, DMD, 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. Dr. Cotterill assumed his new role on July 1 following a national search.
Prior to ECU, Cotterill served as part-time clinical faculty member in the pediatric dentistry residency program at the University of Kentucky from 2005 to 2006. He operated a pediatric dental private practice near Lexington, Kentucky, from 2005 to 2009. During that time he 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.
In 2009, Cotterill became a pediatric dentist for the Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization, the medical branch of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). He then practiced as a pediatric dentist in various locations in the Eastern Provence of Saudi Arabia until 2012, when he accepted a position on the pediatric dentistry faculty at ECU.
“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 Dr. Stuart Josell, chair of the 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 Dr. 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 (DMD) 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.