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May 2012 Volume XLVIII Number 3

AAPD President-Elect Named dean of University of Washington School of Dentistry


by Karen Fox, ADA News staff

 
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On March 8, the University of Washington named AAPD President-Elect Dr. Joel Berg dean of its School of Dentistry, effective Aug. 15. He is the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health at the School and chair of the school’s pediatric dentistry department.
 
"I am deeply honored to be named dean at a school and a university renowned for their leadership in health education and research," Berg said. "Our School of Dentistry has truly outstanding faculty, staff and students, and I expect us to continue to make a profound impact on oral health care, education and research."
 
Berg succeeds Dr. Tim DeRouen, who was appointed interim dean for the 2011-12 academic year after the resignation of Dr. Martha Somerman, now director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
 
Berg is director of the Center for Pediatric Dentistry, a partnership between the UW and Seattle Children’s hospital that launched in 2010. The new facility at Seattle’s Magnuson Park, which Berg planned and brought to fruition, has a mission of pediatric clinical care, dental and parent education, and research. Its major focus lies in early intervention with an emphasis on dental visits by age 1.
 
"Joel Berg is one of the nation’s leaders in dental education and research, and we are fortunate to have him here already at the University of Washington to assume this important leadership position in our School of Dentistry," said UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce.
 
Berg’s selection followed a nationwide search. Since joining the UW in 2003, the university said that Berg has taken on multiple responsibilities. In addition to his duties as department chair, he also serves as dental director for Seattle Children’s, associate dean for hospital affairs at the School of Dentistry and as a national spokesman
for AAPD.
 
"We were very impressed with Dr. Berg’s vision and how he plans to take the school to the next level and beyond," said Dr. Rod Wentworth, president of the Washington State Dental Association. "We look forward to partnering with Berg, the School of Dentistry and its alumni to develop a school with facilities, education and research that will be the envy of the rest of the nation."
 
Berg earned his dental degree (1983) and completed his training in pediatric dentistry (1985) at the University of Iowa. Before joining the UW, he served on the dental faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas.
 
Berg also brings private-sector experience to his academic career. He was executive vice president for research and clinical affairs for ESPE America Inc. and vice president for clinical affairs for Philips Oral Healthcare.
 
Berg has authored or co-authored more than 100 abstracts, articles and chapters, and is co-editor of a textbook on early childhood oral health. His current research includes innovative new technologies for early caries detection, which has long been one of his major research and academic interests.
 
He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists, as well as a board director of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. In 2011, he was named the Washington Dental Service Foundation Distinguished Professor for Dentistry.
 

Sesame Street

sesamestreetOn March 1, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, launched their newest educational outreach initiative: Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me. The oral health initiative, which is supported by Sam’s Club and the MetLife Foundation, intends to teach children, parents and caregivers the importance of taking care of a child’s teeth and gums early on in life.
 
According Dr. James Crall, a pediatric dentist and UCLA professor who served as one of the educational advisors to Sesame Workshop as they developed the outreach initiative, far too many parents are under the false impression that they don’t need to care for young children’s teeth. "People say a children’s first set of teeth – which many refer to as baby teeth, but which I prefer to call primary teeth – well, those are going to fall out anyway so we don’t need to pay attention to them. That attitude even persists with many parents who are well educated."
 
In reality, tooth decay in young children can lead to infections that spread to other parts of the body. It’s critical that parents know they need to not only teach their kids about the importance of oral health, they need to actually show them how to brush their teeth and make sure they do it properly, as many young children don’t have the motor skills to do so. In order to help parents do this, Sesame Workshop has created a new PSA featuring Elmo entitled "The Brushy Brush Song." The video is just one component of the Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me initiative. There is also a bilingual (English/Spanish) kit that can be downloaded at sesamestreet.org/teeth, along with songs, an online game and a community health provider guide for providers who are interested in sharing key messages with their patients and communities.
 
Sesame Workshop has always been dedicated to providing the children of underserved communities with important educational information, and targeting low-income families who may not have access to services or resources supporting young children’s oral health is a natural extension of that mission.
 

Obituaries

Stephen E. Kleiman

On Feb. 20, 2012, AAPD Member Dr. Stephen E. Kleiman passed away. Dr. Kleiman was the beloved husband of Robin Kleiman (nee Eskow); cherished father of Jamie Kleiman and Andy Kleiman; devoted brother of Jeffrey (Eilene) Kleiman and Suzanne Kleiman; adored son of the late Bernard and Helen (nee Baylin) Kleiman. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, other family members and many dear friends.
Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Medical Alumni Association, The Stephen and Jeffrey Kleiman Lectureship Fund, University of Maryland, 522 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201 or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, http://www.pancan.org/ or Gesundheit! Institute, http://www.patchadams.org/sollevinson.com.

 

Jorge Davila

On Jan. 26, 2012, AAPD Member Dr. Jorge Davila passed away. Davila was Professor Emeritus, Pediatric Dentistry, at the University of Rochester. He is survived by Martha, his loving wife of 53 years; son, Juan Carlos (Susan) Davila; grandchildren, Giovanna and Carla Davila; relatives in Bolivia, USA, Canada and Switzerland.
 
Davila was born on March 3, 1929, in Potosi, Bolivia, and emigrated to the United States on August of 1967 to work at the Eastman Dental Center under the tutoring of Dr. Basil Bibby and Dr. Michael Buonocore. In March of 1973 he presented at the meeting of the International Association for Dental Research the final results of his technique for the use of Composite Plastic Materials in restorative dentistry. The technique now known as "bonding" is being utilized, successfully all over the world.

Davila also dedicated many years of his life to developing techniques for the management, physical control and sedation of the developmentally disabled dental patient. He presented the results of his investigations in meetings of the specialty in Europe, Israel, South America and many states of our country.

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