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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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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