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                                                                                       Summer 2006

                                                                  for the
                                                                 The Dental School ushers in a new
                                                                 era of patient care and education

                                                                   Innovations clearly provide the means to offer
                                                                greater individualization of care. A prime example is
                                                                the new digital chairs. These units, which contain elec-
                                                                tronic patient records and other innovative features,
                                                                will significantly raise the standard of care. They rein-
                                                                force for us that there is a unique person sitting in the
                                                                chair with unique problems. We are at a crossroads in
                                                                health care, and technology is the bridge that will
                                                                allow dentistry and other biomedical fields to cus-
                                                                tomize care to a patient’s molecular fingerprint.
                                                                   Moreover, our patients—many of whom cannot
                                                                afford sophisticated health care—will now receive
                                                                care in a state-of-the-art environment that is unsur-
                                                                passed by any other dental school; it rivals the tech-
                                                                nology of the best private practices. The equipment
                                                                we use is designed with the needs of the patient in
                                                                mind. We are pleased that we have the opportunity
                                                                to expose our faculty, patients, and students to this
                                                                next level of dental care.
                                                                   Just as we adapt to our patients, we are adapting
                                                                to a new era of learners in the new millennium. As
                                                                educators, we are increasingly and acutely aware
                                                                that the new generation of students is ahead of the
                                                                curve with respect to technology. Because they are
TRANSFORMATION                                                  more tech-savvy than previous generations, today’s
                                                                students need to be a part of our digital revolution.
BEGINS WITH PEOPLE                                              In some respects, they need to show us the way.
                                                                   The fear that we are raising self-absorbed youths
                                                                with short attention spans who would rather use

            his summer, the new Dental School began its         technology to tune in to music or surf the Internet
            transition to our new facility. The innovative      and tune out the world is unfounded. I see great
            technology in the new building is outstanding.      potential in our younger generation. They absorb
     Naturally, we are excited about our all-digital envi-      and understand information quickly and will emerge
     ronment, but even more exciting is the potential that      as a generation that pays even greater attention to
     this technology holds for transforming lives.              people. As teachers, we are free to be even better
       This issue of Mdental celebrates the collaboration       role models. We can inspire our students to recog-
     of human ingenuity and vision with technology. Each        nize the unique elements that they would like to
     article reflects the spirit of innovation, but is under-   emulate.
     scored by the people who benefit from or drive the            On Oct. 24, when our new Dental School is formally
     technology. Along with our partners in industry, we        dedicated before friends, colleagues, and the com-
     have dedicated countless hours toward bringing our         munity, we will celebrate technology. More impor-
     new facility to life. Students and patients are at the     tantly, it will be a celebration of the human spirit.
     heart of each endeavor, and our faculty and staff are
     their biggest champions.
       Drs. Linda Otis and Liene Molly, who are profiled
     in this issue, are elevating technology to a new level.
     We highlight their efforts, not for the sake of technol-
     ogy, but because of the overarching benefit to our         Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent
     patients.                                                  Dean

                                                                                                          Photograph by Robert Burke
                             Summer 2006

                                                                  T ECHNOLOGY & D ENTISTRY                              2

                                                                  S CHOOL N EWS                                         5

               7                                                  R ESEARCH                                             12
               L INDA OTIS
                                                                  T ECHNOLOGY                                           14

                                                                  D EVELOPMENT                                          18

                                                                  A LUMNI                                               21

                                                                  S TUDENTS                                             24
                              S TUDENT T RIP
                              TO F INLAND

    managing editor
                   Regina Lavette Davis, MA

                                     copy editors                                               W INNER
                                        Susie Flaherty
                                        Ronald Hube
                                        Danielle Sweeney
           art director
                Tracy Boyd

                                         Julie Bower
Mdental is published three times a year for alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students, and parents of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery,
University of Maryland Dental School. It is produced with assistance from the University’s Office of External Affairs. We welcome your comments,
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director, Dean’s Office, University of Maryland Dental School, 650 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

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                                                                         THE RELEVANCE
                                                                           OF TECHNOLOGY

                                                                                        As the Dental School prepares for the formal
                                                                                        opening of its new building, it is easy to sense the
                                                                                        excitement over the unparalleled innovations in
                                                                                        the new facility. The new School, however, is more
                                                                                        than a spectacle of technology.

                                                      To provide a meaningful context to our new facility, three key leaders of the
                                                      University of Maryland, Baltimore were asked to provide their individual
                                                      perspectives on how the School supports the mission of the UMB campus, the
                                                      relevance of the School’s new technology, and how the technology will affect
                                                      learning, patient care, and research.

                                                                                             facility, students will be able to progress according
                                                                                             to their own ability, and our faculty can encourage
                                                                                             students to explore and research their areas of inter-
                                                                                             est. Technology instills a sense of excitement that is
                                                                                             maintained throughout the curriculum and liberates
                KATHERINE LAMBERT

                                                                                             the faculty to change how they think and teach. The
                                                                                             tools we have to support the faculty and students
                                                                                             are unrivaled.
                                                                                               Patients have also become more sophisticated. As
                UNRIVALED POTENTIAL                                                          health consumers, they are better informed and
                                       David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil                            expect the latest medical advances. The challenge
                                       President, University of Maryland, Baltimore          for health professionals is to separate the good
                                                                                             information from inferior data to properly inform and
                                    When I visit our new Dental School, I am reminded        educate their patients. The Dental School can do
                                    of the excitement and boundless potential that I         more than advise patients on the latest standards of
                                    witnessed at the dawn of the space age. The level        care; it will provide exceptional oral health services
                                    of sophisticated technology and programs offers          that will transform lives.
                                    an environment that fosters world-class patient            We will also impact patient care by addressing the
                                    care, education, and research. I am confident that       needs of the professional community through inno-
                                    our new high-tech environment creates an atmos-          vative continuing education (CE) programs. The new
                                    phere that will provide exceptional benefits for fac-    dental facility is designed to accommodate small and
                                    ulty, students, patients, and industry partners.         large CE lectures and hands-on demonstrations. The
                                      The technology lends itself to more broad-based        rate at which we are making advances in the oral
                                    approaches to research and teaching. In our new          health field makes it important to train dentists in

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      the latest equipment and techniques.                         into the marketplace to improve patients’ lives
         We are looking toward a future that embraces              and students’ education?”
      biotechnology, translational research and bioengi-              The answers to that question are being realized
      neering, and multidisciplinary investigations that will      increasingly through partnerships with business
      have a great impact on modern dentistry. Our UMB             and industry. Although opportunities exist for rev-
      BioPark will be helpful in attracting basic and trans-       enues and royalties from partnerships between the
      lational research opportunities.                             University and industry, what drives the leadership
         Industry partnership is expected to play a key role       is the ability to use technology to impact health
      in contributing to these advances. The most modern           outcomes. Bringing technology to the bedside, to
      dental facility in the U.S. is the ideal setting to intro-   the chair side, to the drugstore, and to the
      duce new equipment and enhance procedures, such              patients is the overarching goal.
      as implant technologies. We have a key ingredient:              Our leadership, starting with President David J.
      patients. We also have the use of well-regulated clin-       Ramsay, has set the tone for taking technology to
      ics. Using this model, industry and academia can             the next level. Dean Christian Stohler has the energy,
      come together without compromising their respec-             entrepreneurial focus, and forward-thinking vision
      tive values.                                                 that will challenge and stimulate new approaches
         I have high expectations for the School. We are the       to oral health education, research, and patient care.
      oldest dental school in the world. Why not be the best?         The Dental School is taking a strong lead. Its
         This is an exciting, challenging time for anyone          new technology fosters tremendous creativity
      associated with the Dental School. Our graduates             among faculty and students. We are likely to find
      will become ambassadors of new technology in the             that the next big discoveries related to oral health
      community. While other institutions are thinking             will probably come from the Dental School, as it
      about the future, we are already there. A new era in         has the tools to embrace new thinking, take risks,
      dental education has been launched.                          and create a new culture. In short, we are ready to
                                                                   become the country’s most advanced dental
                                                                      In the future, we will see more translational
                                                                   research from the Dental School in the UMB
                                                                   BioPark: tissue engineering, stem cell research,
                                                                   and nanotechnology. Companies are interested in
                                                                   the BioPark not because of the traditional economic
                                                                   impact development statements, but because of
                                                                   the University—and the Dental School is part of

                                 Today’s faculty are no longer     that attraction. After all, our BioPark is not a real
                                 satisfied with research that      estate project—it’s about collaboration: constant,
                                 merely generates paper and
                                                      K            daily interaction with our faculty. The corporate
                                                                   partnerships we form challenge us to think differ-
                James L. Hughes, MBA                               ently and be creative in ways that may have been
                Vice President, Research and Development           unexplored until now.
                                                                      It takes a new way of thinking to move the
      Today’s faculty are no longer satisfied with                 practice forward. The leaps made by the Dental
      research that merely generates paper and presents            School are not incremental improvements. They
      opportunities to give speeches. The overriding               are revolutionizing the discipline.
      question today is, “How do I get these ideas out                                               Continued on page 4

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                                                                       “When you are truly state-of-the-art, there
                                                                       aren’t any benchmarks.”
                                                                                                         —Peter J. Murray
                MARK TESKE

                MOVING FORWARD IN
                THE NEW MILLENNIUM
                                Peter J. Murray, PhD
                                Vice President, UMB Center for Information
                                Technology Services (CITS)

                             When Dean Stohler and I sat down and talked             new building, you have the capability to launch a
                             about a partnership between CITS and the School,        presentation from one room to any other classroom
                             he saw how a collaborative partnership with the         or conference room through Webcasting.
                             University’s centralized information technology (IT)       It’s exciting to go into the marketplace, find the
                             community could be strong. By leveraging the            latest technology, and implement it in the new
                             central IT organization, the School’s academic,         building. When you are truly state-of-the-art, there
                             research, and clinical areas could be enhanced.         aren’t any benchmarks. You’re really a pioneer in
                               I thought the synergy made a lot of sense. We         developing, implementing, and acquiring these
                             have been able to transform the School community        technologies.
                             through the use of technologies.                           Transformation is not about technology, it’s about
                               For me, it was about Dr. Stohler’s ideas as to        the mindset of individuals who welcome contempo-
                             what technology could do for a Dental School and        rary and new ways of teaching and learning, doing
                             what it could mean for dentistry. The technology is     research, and engaging in administrative opera-
                             the easy part. The hard part—the real work—is how       tions. You’ve got to have the ability to transform and
                             to apply it.                                            keep moving with the changes in the industry.
                               A key factor in the transformation is that every         With the foundation for the IT infrastructure,
                             area of the building can support state-of-the-art       there are no constraints. Creative approaches will
                             technologies and equipment. For example, the latest     not be hindered by a lack of technology. In this
                             AV and IT technology is in all classrooms and confer-   respect, the Dental School is truly a leader.
                             ence rooms. Through the central control room in the

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                                                                                                         S CHOOL N EWS

                                                           NO LIMITS TO THE
                                                           LEARNING SPACE
                                                           Instructional technology program creates
                                                           an interactive, engaging online learning

                                                           By Regina Lavette Davis

         SARITA SANJOY                                  using,” says Sanjoy. She was also impressed by
                                                        the dean’s views on technology. “I met with Dean
                                                        Stohler and realized that he is a proponent of

         avithramma “Sarita” Sanjoy, MS, the Dental     using technology in education and clinical applica-
         School’s lead instructional technology spe-    tions,” she says.
         cialist, likes to create and implement solu-      For the Dental School, Sanjoy’s instructional
tions that make people happy. That’s her goal as        technology plan for 2007 has a clearly defined
she implements an enhanced instructional tech-          vision: to enable learning through effective and
nology program.                                         innovative technologies, e-learning and pedagogy,
   Sanjoy is charged with the design and develop-
                                                        and support services provided by the IT staff. The
ment of the program. She explains that this entails
                                                        vision is to transform the way education is provided
“building the program from the ground up, writing a
plan for Fiscal Year 2007, evaluating the plan at the   to the incoming class of dental students by using
end of the fiscal year, advising faculty of new and     interactive and engaging e-learning course mod-
better instructional technology applications, and       ules.
providing hands-on training and an online manual           The plan includes using Questionmark for online
for the faculty.”                                       assessments; using Blackboard as the entry point to
   Her background makes her well suited to the          all courses; creating e-lessons using Blackboard
challenge. A former software programmer in the          and Web-based applications; and piloting the
private sector, Sanjoy more recently worked in          Mediasite lecture-capture technology by making
the School of Medicine’s Department of Physical         entire lectures available online and as podcasts.
Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. There, she             The five-stage plan, which she describes as still
developed online resources, created a virtual           in its infancy, is currently at the second and third
orientation CD for distance education students,         stages. Faculty are “definitely positive” about its
helped design and develop the department’s Web          implementation, says Sanjoy.
site, and researched, proposed, and deployed an            “Sarita’s positive impact is already being felt by
application to schedule and manage physical room        students, faculty, and staff,” says Peter J. Murray,
spaces and equipment.                                   PhD, vice president of the Center for Information
   Joining the University gave her a heightened         Technology Services and chief information officer
appreciation for the role of technology in instruc-     at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. “She is a
tion. “I learned more about people and how they         critical resource for faculty as the School grows its
interact with the system,” she says. As for coming      digital environment and grows in the use of tech-
to the Dental School, the new digital technology        nology for teaching and learning.”
environment was a definite lure.                           Her plan mimics the digital environment of the
   “I wanted to explore that avenue and see what        new building by embracing the concept that learning
types of instructional technology the School was                                          Continued on page 6

Photograph by R. Davis                                                                                          Summer 2006   5

              does not occur in a single area and is not restricted   lecture-capture applications such as Mediasite.”
              to a single approach. “For our students, the ‘learn-       As the world’s first dental college is creating a new
              ing space’ is not limited,” she says.                   digital environment in the new facility, Sanjoy also
                “Education, delivery, and learning are not isolated   wants to set a benchmark. “I would like the instruc-
              in one place. Students multi-task, so we need to        tional technology program to be the first of its kind
              keep them engaged. One of the greatest positive         in the delivery of dental education by enhancing and
              outcomes of our plan is that we will foster that way    supporting e-curriculum initiatives and using instruc-
              of learning.”                                           tional technology applications,” she says.
                Sanjoy has clear goals for the School and the            “I support Dean Stohler’s vision of transforming
              instructional technology program. “I would like         the delivery of dental education to realize that the
              to see the School use the campus technology             classroom is not the only learning or educating
              resources that are available to the maximum and         place—learning happens pretty much everywhere.”
              to help the faculty get on board with the new tech-        Sanjoy enjoys working with Murray and James
              nology plan.”                                           Reynolds, MBA, associate dean for finance, institu-
                Sanjoy adds that the program will remain fresh        tional operations, and planning, as well as the rest
              and dynamic. “We want to explore different types        of the IT Department. Describing herself as a happy,
              of interactive content development applications,”       smiling person, she says she feels “privileged and
              she says. And for the School’s Web site, “We want       honored every step of the way” to be at the Dental
              a user-friendly, functional Web site. This includes     School.

                                  INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY       FIVE-       CYCLE
                                  INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY PLAN: FIVE-S TAGE CYCLE

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          By Myra A. Thomas

                                                                                                          LINDA OTIS

       inda Otis, DDS, professor of diagnostic serv-    restorations.” Otis says she is close to completing
       ices and pathology, couldn’t have come to        the research to make it all a reality. “The goal now
       the Dental School at a better time. Observing    is to put it all on a chip device and make the tech-
the Dental School’s all-digital building, she notes,    nology less expensive.”
“I have a strong interest in dental technology, and        Otis joined the Department of Diagnostic
that’s what this new building is all about.” Her work   Sciences and Pathology in July 2005 and says the
in optical coherence tomography (OCT)—she spear-        decision to come on board was an easy one. She
heads research on a cutting-edge, hand-held dental      credits the professional reputations of Dean
diagnostic device—also complements the overall          Stohler and department chair John Sauk, DDS, MS,
push of the University to implement technological       in addition to the new state-of-the-art dental facility,
advances to improve education and patient care.         as her primary motivators to join UMB.
   Otis credits the use of critical funding from the       Otis is putting her expertise to good use—she’s
National Institutes of Health for helping to bring      helping to coordinate technology implementation
her current research work in optic imaging meth-        at the Dental School. As part of that process, she
ods to fruition. The new hand-held dental device        marked a milestone in her professional career when
produces a cross-sectional image by quantifying         she visited the headquarters of Planmeca Oy, a
the reflections of infrared light bounced off peri-     Finnish dental equipment manufacturer.
odontal tissue.                                            Planmeca has supplied approximately $10 million
   Unlike radiographic imaging techniques, there is     worth of technology in integrated software and
no damaging ionization produced in the tissue           digital imaging equipment for the School’s educa-
from OCT. Conversely, conventional OCT cannot           tional and clinical use, making the University of
image the soft tissues surrounding the teeth at         Maryland the first North American university with
high resolution. The hand-held device simultane-        this level of technology in a dental clinical
ously images the tooth and soft tissue relation-        environment.
ships and provides important information that can          During her visits to Planmeca’s Helsinki head-
be used for the early detection of gum disease.         quarters in November 2005 and May 2006, Otis
   “X-rays can only detect dental caries at an          attended equipment fabrication meetings and
advanced stage,” says Otis. “With this new optical      worked with software developers to tailor the radi-
imaging, we will be able to detect caries early,        ographic imaging software to the needs of the
allowing for newer, minimally invasive dental                                            Continued on page 8

Photograph by Robert Burke                                                                                         Summer 2006   7

              Dental School. “Planmeca is a forward-thinking
              company, and their main concern is the ergonom-
              ics of dental health care delivery,” says Otis. “The
              company is the number one panoramic equipment
              manufacturer, and we will have a continuing rela-
              tionship with them.”
                 Moving away from instructional films and toward
              an online, interconnected learning environment
              necessitated hiring a forward-thinking dentist like
              Otis, says Sauk. “We were looking for a new radiol-
              ogist to join us, especially with the new building’s
              all-digital environment,” he says. “Dr. Otis is a
              delightful person to work with. She has significant
              teaching experience, is savvy, and has a world rep-
              utation for her research.”
                 Considering her research and the innovative
              digital imaging at the new dental building, Otis
              looks forward to further diagnostic developments
              in the field of dentistry that will ultimately lead to
              minimal radiation exposure.                                   Schematic showing the cross-sectional anatomy depicted in
                 Interestingly, Otis is also a reservist in the U.S.        an OCT image. The gingival soft tissue is represented by the
              Navy. She credits her military time for making her            sulcus and attachment areas. The dentin-enamel junction is
                                                                            shown in the area marked DEJ.
              better suited to a research institution and to the
              rigors of teaching. “I’m much more comfortable
              working here simply because of my time in the mil-             up a dental clinic in the morning and be fully func-
              itary,” she says.                                              tional in the afternoon.”
                 Otis joined the Navy Reserve in 1985, shortly                  Today, Otis helps to run the clinical radiology
              after receiving her DDS from the University of                 clinic and she teaches lecture courses in radiology.
              Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1984. “I served in a variety             She began her teaching career in 1978 and served
              of military clinics for the Navy and Marines, and I            at a number of universities before coming to the
              quickly learned to be a team player and how to set             University of Maryland. Her most recent post was
                                                                                             as an associate professor in the
                                                                                             Department of Oral Medicine at the
                                                                                             University of Pennsylvania. In May
                                                                                             2006, Otis garnered the prestigious T.
                                                                                             H. Maiman Award for excellence in
                                                                                             dental laser research from the
                                                                                             Academy of Laser Dentistry.
                                                                                               Now, as a member of the Clinical
                                                                                             Operations Board, Otis says the
                                                                                             synergy of the staff propels the
                                                                                             level of scholarship here. “Our ability
                                                                                             to work together is what makes the
                                                                                             School successful,” she says. “Many
                                                                                             researchers operate in their own
                                                                                             universe. But I came to the University
                                                                                             of Maryland to be a member of an
                                                                                             exciting team.”
              Linda Otis and John Sauk examine the OCT’s probe hand piece. The probe acts
              as a mechanical scanner to collect images.

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Clinical Operations Board Update
By Eleanor M. Henry, PhD

Since its inception in January 2005, the Clinical
Operations Board (COB) has been working to improve
the overall quality of oral health care and create a
patient-centered approach within the Dental School.
All board members meet at least weekly—and often
daily—to clarify clinical issues and develop meaningful,
                                                             Linda Otis, Ele Henry, and David George at one of many pre-move meetings
practical approaches to the challenges of delivering
patient care within an educational setting. The inten-
sive preparations for the relocation to the new building
have provided an impetus for some remarkable devel-          Dental School. It provides a high-quality tool for treat-
opments.                                                     ment and diagnosis, permits faculty to track the number
   In one of the most notable changes, the COB com-          of radiographic exposures on individual patients, and
pletely revamped the schedule for patient care activi-       facilitates accountability,” says Otis. The system also
ties and added three sessions per week that extend           simplifies image storage and retrieval in anticipation of
into the evening hours. “The late sessions will be very      the School’s conversion to the electronic patient record,
appealing to individuals who work on campus and              a complex project headed by David George, DDS, MBA,
should change the patient mix available to our stu-          executive director of clinical affairs.
dents,” says George Williams, DDS, executive director           The COB has begun to convert ongoing training
of predoctoral clinics. The computerized scheduling          efforts to online, on-demand courses. “We’ve had a
system helps assure optimum use of available chairs          full year of experience with our Web-based HIPAA
for patient care and clinical research. The new sched-       compliance training for Dental School faculty, stu-
ule also moves lunch from 1 p.m. to noon, allowing           dents, and staff members, and the results have been
members of the Dental School community to partici-           very favorable,” says Roger Eldridge, DDS, JD, executive
pate in campus-wide activities.                              director of special patient programs, risk management,
   The new physical structure of the Dental School           and patient information security. Louis Depaola, DDS,
presented a unique opportunity to transform the              MS, executive director of quality assurance and
administration of the patient care activities of             biosafety, predicts technology will improve the avail-
advanced specialty education (ASE) programs in general       ability of resources for Dental School faculty, staff,
dentistry, endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry,   and students. “We are building better processes for
periodontics, and prosthodontics. In the new School,         inventory control and central materials management.
the clinical activities of the ASE programs are distrib-     Bar codes help us track inventory to minimize loss,
uted over three floors. Before relocating, the ASE pro-      and ‘smart tags’ will protect heat-sensitive instru-
gram directors collaborated with the COB to reorganize       ments from sterilizer damage,” he says.
administrative and business activities. The new organi-         The creativity of Dental School faculty and staff has
zational structure includes office managers who will         generated a laundry list of technology-intensive
assume many of the day-to-day supervisory duties.            patient care projects. COB members meet every week
Harry Goodman, DMD, COB chair, is very enthused.             with information technology (IT) staff to review new
“This reorganization frees up time so that ASE program       proposals, set priorities, and monitor progress on the
directors can concentrate on educational and clinical        most critical of these. During a recent weekly meeting,
activities,” he says.                                        the group discussed a timetable for implementing a
   In September, Linda Otis, DDS, joined the Dental          sophisticated tracking system for valuable clinical
School faculty and was appointed by Dean Stohler to          inventory, and then considered the merits of a self-
the COB. As the executive director of imaging services,      service patient sign-in kiosk. The group has also
she spearheads the School’s conversion to digital            approved testing of “virtual keyboard” technology
radiography. “Digital imaging is great technology for the                                      Continued on page 10

                                                                                                                          Summer 2006   9

                 to promote infection control by eliminating a common         that reviewed job descriptions, pay, benefits, and pay
                 source of contamination—computer keyboards. Both             guidelines, and compared them with the Baltimore
                 IT staff and COB concur that their sessions help ensure      metropolitan area wage and salary rates. “This was
                 that technology resources are used wisely and most           an important effort for us, and for the School as a
                 effectively for all stakeholders in the School.              whole,” says Goodman, speaking on behalf of the
                    Finally, under the auspices of the COB, a new pay         COB. He adds, “Without competent staff members
                 plan was implemented for University of Maryland              who understand patients, technology, and the educa-
                 Faculty Dental Service Plan Associates. This new plan        tional process, we cannot deliver high-quality care.”
                 was the result of an intensive compensation study

                 Notes of Excellence

                 Linda Otis, DDS, is the recipient of the
                 2006 T. H. Maiman Award, presented for                                               Mdental Receives Best in
                 excellence in dental laser research. Otis                                            Maryland Award
                 began her pioneer work in the field of opti-
                 cal coherence tomography in dentistry in                                             The Dental School publication
                 1991 at the University of California, San                                            Mdental received the Best in
                 Francisco. This light-based noninvasive                                              Maryland (magazine division)
                 diagnostic technology provides cross-sec-                                            Award at the Public Relations
                 tional imaging exhibiting microstructural                                            Society of America’s 2006
                 detail in both hard and soft tissue. Otis has                                        awards dinner, held on June 29
                 authored many research papers, published                                             in Baltimore.
                 in peer review dental journals, and has
                 been the recipient of National Institutes of
                 Health grants for her work. The award was
                 presented during the 13th Academy of
                 Laser Dentistry Annual Session held March
                 15-18, 2006, in New Orleans.

                 Wilhelma Garner-Brown, MEd, received
                 a Special Recognition Award on July 23
                 from the National Dental Association during
                 its annual convention, held this year in
                 Nashville, Tenn.

                 Lancet Covers Noma

                 Cyril O. Enwonwu, PhD, ScD, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, was the lead
                 author of a seminar article published in the July 8 issue of the journal Lancet. William A. Falkler Jr.,
                 PhD (Department of Biomedical Sciences) and Reshma S. Phillips, PhD, coauthored the article, which
                 addresses the causes and detection of facial gangrene in young children, as well as methods of

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                                                           KEEPING THE
                                                           SYSTEM IN STEP
                                                                              James Leoni plays a key role
                                                                              in the Dental School’s
                                                                              partnership with CITS.

                                                                              By Regina Lavette Davis

         JAMES LEONI

                                                           plays an invaluable role. “Jim Leoni is an expert
                                                           with computer server infrastructure and systems

           aking transitions seamless is all in a
                                                           administration,” he says. “He has been critically
           day’s work for James Leoni, MS, executive
                                                           important to the School in planning and develop-
           director of infrastructure services at
                                                           ing the server infrastructure for the new building.
UMB’s Center for Information Technology Services           He has also been thorough in his review and
(CITS). Leoni was instrumental in folding the School’s     analysis of the storage and server requirements for
individual e-mail accounts into the campus system.         the many new systems currently being implemented
Currently, he is part of the large effort to incorporate   in the School, such as digital imaging and lecture
novel technology into the new building.                    capture. Lastly, he has been invaluable with his
  During his 20 years with the University, Leoni has       advice and guidance in moving the servers and
seen many changes. He started as a systems pro-            computer equipment to the new building.”
grammer in 1986, when UMB was moving to a PC                  Leoni notes that students now have the opportu-
environment. His relationship with the Dental School       nity to work in a greatly enhanced audiovisual
began in the late 1980s, when he worked with James         environment and that the new digital radiograph
Craig, PhD, in the School’s Information Resources          technology is particularly exciting. “The Dental
Management Division. He is now a key participant in        School will be the envy of the campus,” he says.
the School’s partnership with CITS.                           If there is any envy, it will come largely through
  For example, he is part of the team implement-           the behind-the-scenes, focused efforts of people
ing the new storage area network (SAN). Because            like Leoni. According to Murray, “Jim has toiled for
of the increased amount of data being stored on            many hours over this complex work to prepare the
the network (such as radiology images and patient          Dental School for a smooth and seamless transi-
records), the SAN is a critical source for maintain-       tion, including a tremendous amount of time
ing those files in the new building. The new sys-          devoted to technical back-end details. Most people
tem will “make sure storage is reliable, faster, and       will not know or hear about Jim’s work. Because of
will recover from a failure better,” says Leoni.           his expertise and hard work, though, the complex
  The major challenge during the transition to the         technical issues have been resolved.”
new facility, he says, was keeping the servers up             Overall, Leoni says, the relationship between
and running during the move. Teamwork made it              CITS and the School has been very positive. “We
successful: “Steve Gray and Galina Arbitman [sys-          have leveraged resources to save money and
tems programmers] have been excellent—they do              time.” He also notes that the entire Office of
everything. They’ve been invaluable.”                      Information Technology staff is comprised of
  According to Peter J. Murray, PhD, UMB chief             “good, dedicated people.”
information officer and head of CITS, Leoni also              “It’s been a good partnership,” he says.

Photograph by R. Davis                                                                                             Summer 2006   11

           European researcher Liene Molly brings
           her rich experience in implants to the
           Dental School.
           By Regina Lavette Davis

                          he Dental School has received one of
                          Belgium’s best exports—and it’s not the               LIENE MOLLY
                          country’s world-famous chocolate—but one
                  of its brightest young researchers. Liene Molly
                  (pronounced Moh-lee) says she’s happy to be in         Patient-Focused Research
                  the United States, and Maryland in particular.         Like most young researchers, she had the choice
                     Molly, who received her PhD from the Catholic       of directing her research toward the basic sciences
                  University in Leuven, Belgium, is currently teaching   or clinical research. Because of her interest in
                  periodontal clinical skills at the undergraduate and   periodontology, Molly says she didn’t want to lose
                  graduate clinics in the Department of Periodontics.    her connection to the patients. “I opted for clinical
                     After completing the five-year PhD program a        research, although some basic research was still
                  half-year early, she was ready to broaden her          involved—for example, histology and histomor-
                  experiences.                                           phometry,” she says.
                     “I thought maybe it would be a good opportunity       Her main research interests became the “imme-
                  to look elsewhere,” she says. “Two years before I      diate-loading” and “early-loading” implant tech-
                  finished the program, I wrote to several U.S. uni-     niques, which differ from the traditional approach.
                  versities to find out what opportunities were avail-     In the traditional scheme of implant placement,
                  able. I wanted to discover the differences between     an implant (an artificial tooth root resembling a
                  the U.S. and European approaches in periodontology.”   small post or cylinder) is placed into the jaw to
                     Of all of the department heads she contacted,       hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture in
                  Dr. Mark A. Reynolds, chair of the Department of       place. When the bone and implant bond together
                  Periodontics, provided the best offer, she says.       to form anchors, that process is known as osseoin-
                     “Dr. Molly is a highly talented young clinician-    tegration.
                  investigator who is destined to become a leader in       Molly states that, according to the standard pro-
                  periodontics and implant dentistry. She has            tocol (designed by Swedish professor Per-Ingvar
                  already made significant scientific contributions      Brånemark), osseointegration takes place up to
                  that have impacted clinical practice in implant        24 months after implant placement. “This time
                  dentistry,” says Reynolds.                             period accounts for smooth implant surfaces. Now,
                     Her research is integrally related to immediate-    people think faster osseointegration can take
                  loading implants. Molly was a key participant in       place with roughened implants, but this has not
                  developing Nobel Biocare’s NobelGuide™, a treat-       completely been proven as yet.”
                  ment planning and surgical implementation sys-           “It has been proven, however, that primary
                  tem. The technique shows the exact position and        osseointegration takes place earlier and faster,”
                  depth of the implants before surgery. She was          she adds. “Osseointegration is a biological process,
                  responsible for performing the clinical testing of     and until now, we have achieved very good results
                  the NobelGuide™, and has become a featured             applying the standard procotol placing the implants
                  speaker and presents hands-on courses to train         and letting them integrate for four to six months,”
                  users on the system.                                   Molly says.

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         Under this traditional model, two stages are nec-               flapless surgery and reduces the need for incis-
      essary. Initially, the implants are surgically posi-               ing,” she says. Molly explains that the flapless
      tioned in the patient’s jawbone. Over time (up to                  technique is comparable to using endoscopes for
      six months), the implants integrate in the jawbone.                bowel surgery instead of traditional surgical inter-
      Patients are able to wear temporary appliances                     ventions.
      (dentures) and adhere to a diet of soft foods. In                     “The important aspect of the drill guide is that
      the second procedure, anchors (small posts) are                    it is a guided process that makes the surgery more
      added to attach to the artificial teeth.                           predictable,” she adds.
                                                                            Molly recognizes the need to predict or antici-
      Immediate Gratification                                            pate a variety of patient needs. “We were able to
      Immediate loading has become a more widely                         develop a titanium membrane for patients who
      available method of placing implants. In this                      have little or no bone on which to place the
      method, a periodontologist places the tooth recon-                 implants.”
      struction immediately after the implant is placed.
      Sometimes the extraction of the previous existing                  A New Level of Imaging
      tooth can take place right before implant insertion;               Molly is excited about being surrounded by the
      this is called immediate placement.                                technology in the School’s new facility. Particularly
         Molly says, “The term immediate loading, as cited               of interest to her are 3-D visualization and cone
      in several journals, should take place the same day                beam CT scanning.
      or the day after surgery. Using the NobelGuide™                       “This technology allows us to see the complete
      system, loading takes place right after surgery.                   jawbone in a 3-D field while exposing the patient
      Depending on the kind of surgery—for example, if                   to lower irradiation doses and lowering the cost
      it would be flapless surgery—it can take place after               compared to regular CT scanning,” she says.
      30 minutes. The term immediate loading can be                         The decreased radiation is achieved by the
      used when osteoblasts have not established an                      focused beam and sensor, which capture every
      interaction with the implant surface yet. Today,                   axial slice of the face and the jaw in one scan. For
      this means up to 48-60 hours after surgery.”                       patients, this means there is no need to take addi-
                                                                         tional images, thereby reducing overall radiation
                                                                            For doctors placing implants, the increased
                                                                         views and visualizations can facilitate better treat-
                                                                         ment planning. The bone images are converted to
                                                                         a stereographic model, and laser beams are used
                                                                         to then create jawbone and gum models. A new
                                                                         drill guide is made through this process of stere-
                                                                         olithography, says Molly. “You can plan the
                                                                         implants in the computer and place them in the
                                                                         correct position on the computer screen before
                                                                         the actual procedure. Also, you can see defects
                                                                         before the surgery and you can assess the size of

                                                                         the membrane necessary for guided bone regener-
                                                                         ation augmentation.”
           The bone morphology of a patient in its correct relation to
           the superstructure. New software enables doctors to more         The cone beam technology is just one of many
           accurately plan the correct placement of implants and         aspects of the new building that excite Molly. She
           abutments (see green lines).                                  sees the new facility as a “huge benefit for students
                                                                         and faculty,” adding that “it will be easier for
         Flapless surgery, she cites, is an area in which                students to learn. They can download lectures
       she is well-versed. In Belgium, she worked with                   from the Internet in real time now.”
       radiology engineers (at the ESAT Radiology                           Right now, she is so busy enjoying her work, her
       Department of the Catholic University in Leuven)                  colleagues, a new building, and a new country that
       to develop a drill guide to place the implants. “The              she’s not homesick.
       implants are placed on top of the gum instead of                     “I don’t miss Belgium too much—except for the
       being placed directly on the bone. This allows                    chocolates.”

                                                                                                                                 Summer 2006   13

               INTO LEARNING
               By Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS
               Director, Division of Dental Hygiene

                     oday’s technological boom has had profound       Microscope and Webcam Networking
                     effects on how we teach and how our students     The School’s Intranet system connects all simulation
                     learn. Our incoming students have been           units not only to each other but also to teaching sta-
               raised in a world of computers, high-speed Internet,   tions, allowing student-to-student, faculty-to-faculty,
               instant messaging, and iPods, and the list of new      and student-to-faculty communication. Using
               technologies continues to grow. To be effective        microscopes along with the Intranet system allows
               teachers, we must acknowledge the “millennium”         faculty to stream magnified images to all students
               students of today and provide learning options that    simultaneously in real time, which helps students
               mesh with their orientations and needs.                visualize and understand difficult concepts more
                                                                      readily. Simultaneous visualization supports
               Simulated Experiences Equal                            group questions and immediate, accurate feed-
               Real Understanding                                     back. Images can be magnified up to 10 times, and
               Two factors that make the Dental School’s system       video cameras mounted on the microscope allow
               cutting edge are the large number of technologies      students to view their instrumentation techniques
               that provide information and the different environ-    and record them for subsequent review.
               ments in which this information is available.             Webcam technology enables remote monitoring
               Students can access all of the current software        of the simulation areas and clinics because all sim-
               from almost any location. In addition, the School’s    ulator stations and dental chairs are interconnect-
               Intranet connects all simulation areas to each         ed via the building’s internal network. Web-camera
               other and allows the user to call up the same soft-    viewing angles can be adjusted from wide angle to
               ware in the simulation areas as in the clinic.         close up—allowing faculty to see the whole person
                  The simulation environment provides students        or the actual task being undertaken. Scrupulous
               with a seamless transition to the clinical setting.    monitoring of psychomotor skills can enable iden-
               Simulation workstations are equipped with “phan-       tification of student needs early. Because equip-
               tom” patients that support operator ergonomics,        ment in the simulation area and the clinic is identi-
               an instrument console identical to that provided in    cal and all software is available at both teaching
               clinic units, mounted flat-panel displays, and com-    sites, essentially the simulation area becomes a
               puters. In this environment, students are able to      virtual classroom. This compatibility fosters a
               pull up a simulated electronic patient record on       seamless student transition to the clinical environment.
               their screen and essentially use the information to       Clinical work spaces are ergonomically designed
               provide treatment to the phantom patient—treat-        and house digital units and comfortable patient
               ment that would be identical to the care rendered      chairs. Dental units contain mounted LCD plasma
               to a real patient.                                     screens that display an electronic patient record.

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A specifically designed software program inte-          faculty access to students’ virtual instrumentation
grates digital radiographic data and patient data       and the students’ use of video superimposition
on the electronic patient record so the provider        when using the haptic device. Students receive con-
can view this information simultaneously on the         centrated individualized attention, including both
same screen. With all data accessible, a compre-        “process and product” evaluation from faculty. This
hensive understanding of the patient is readily         method of close monitoring by faculty helps pinpoint
obtained, which in turn enhances effective time         students who need more assistance.
management and productivity. Patients also can             Other innovations, such as the virtual keyboard,
view their own images, offering potential learning      are designed to reduce the potential for disease
and motivational opportunities.                         transmission. Traditional keyboards are notorious
                                                        for harboring bacteria. The virtual keyboard is,
Haptics and More on the Horizon                         essentially, a laser-beamed hologram that can be
Simulation units can also be equipped with haptic       projected onto any flat surface. A small camera
devices. Haptic is a Greek word meaning “the sci-       with optical recognition technology allows the user
ence of touch.” Incorporated into haptic devices        to tap the images of the keys, complete with realis-
are tactile cues (e.g., the bumpiness of calculus)      tic tapping sounds, which then feed into the lap-
as well as kinesthetic cues (e.g., the resistance of    top or PC. Because only the projection surface
tooth enamel). With these built-in cues, the stu-       requires disinfection, both patients and providers
dent can learn to identify deposits on a virtual        are protected when the electronic patient record is
tooth and differentiate between calculus and tooth      being used.
structure. Student self-assessment is built into this      These technologies provide exciting learning
approach. The freedom of switching between vari-        opportunities for students and faculty alike.
ous instruments at will promotes self-paced learn-      Although a learning curve may exist when new
ing and facilitates students’ preclinical competence.   technology is introduced, effective training and a
  Additional features of the combined haptic tech-      positive orientation will ensure success for the
nology and a digitized system include remote            Dental School and our patients.

A rendering of the clinical simulation environment       An example of haptic technology

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                                                                         FACULTY AND STAFF
                                                                         FULLY ENGAGED IN
                                                                         NEW TECHNOLOGY
                                                                                         Planning and implementing new technologies is
Auvo Asikanen (right), vice president of Planmeca’s X-ray division,                   ongoing. Later this year, the School plans to intro-
leads faculty and staff on a tour of the company’s plant in Finland.                  duce virtual keyboards and haptic devices to clini-
                                                                                      cal and preclinical areas.

                                    nsuring that faculty and staff were engaged in       Standard key-
                                    acquiring and adapting the best technology        board units
                                    available was central to the mission of com-      harbor bacteria,
                             pleting 650 West Baltimore Street.                       which pose serious
                                Members of the Clinical Operations Board; faculty     infection chal-
                             from Endodontics, Prothodontics, and Operative           lenges. Input from
                             Dentistry (EPOD); dental hygiene faculty; and staff      Information
                             representing facilities, communications, and the         Technology’s Jeff
                             dean’s office have participated in meetings with         Plotkin led to
                             both Planmeca and Nobel Biocare, two companies           detailed investiga-
                             that have partnered with the Dental School to            tions of the virtual
                             implement new technology and innovations. The            keyboard. Because Simulated head
                             months of planning sessions and visits proved            there is no “real”
                             more than worthwhile for all involved.                   keyboard present, the virtual keypad has completely
                                                                                      obviated the problem of contamination.
                             Enhanced Patient Care and Clinical                          Using a laser hologram projected on any flat sur-
                             Learning Environment                                     face (e.g., a sterile sheet of paper), users can input
                             A major benefit to the School is the integrated          data into the computer system and then discard
                             patient record system, in which all software will        the paper. The optical recognition software senses
                             interface at the dental chair. The new technology        where a user’s fingers are positioned relative to
                             signals an even greater focus on patients and pro-       the projected keyboard image.
                             cedures. This patient-centric approach is more              “It’s not just the technology, but the application of
                             valid to the educational process. High-quality           the technology that has set us apart from every other
                             information-sharing emanates from the chair and          institution,” says Ward Massey, PhD, EPOD assistant
                             moves throughout the building and beyond.                professor. “The building allows flexibility, integra-
                             Opportunities now exist for more remote consulta-        tion, and exploration of novel technologies.”
                             tions, and virtual classrooms can be set up almost
                             anywhere.                                                Where Dreams Become Reality
                                In this environment, we can record clinical activi-   The vision for transforming dental education
                             ties; stream videos from chairs; provide distance        includes the Nobel Biocare “dream room” for
                             learning; and create enhanced continuing educa-          investigating new technologies, such as implant
                             tion programs.                                           advances. Another new technology is Cadcam,
                                Simulation units bring students as close to real-     which sends images of virtual impressions of the
                             world experiences as possible. This means, for           tooth to computer milling machines. In 15 minutes,
                             example, that the simulated head will be highly          a crown can then be produced. The traditional
                             realistic above the neck, with a tongue, rotating        method can take two or three office visits to create
                             head, articulated neck, and simulated teeth.             a crown.

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  In oral imaging, new magnification systems can
take oral images and project them onto a screen,
much like endoscopic surgeries.
  The Department of Periodontics and EPOD
have been actively involved in the School’s tech-
nology transformation. Department chairs Mark A.
Reynolds, DDS, PhD, and Ashraf Fouad, DDS, MS,
provide the following insights on the key benefits
for patients and students that will emerge as a
result of the new digital environment.
                                                          New, fully integrated dental units in the new facility
Mark A. Reynolds
The state-of-the-art technology in the new building       EPOD
will enable the School to incorporate highly interac-     Ashraf F. Fouad
tive and effective teaching tools, including video        The use of contemporary and cutting-edge technolo-
conferencing, Webcasting, and podcasting, which           gies will greatly benefit our dental clinics. The most
facilitate self-paced, criterion-referenced learning      important innovation will be the use of a comprehen-
modules or courses.                                       sive electronic oral health record. Having developed
   One example of this pioneering technology is           and used an endodontics electronic record for years,
Nobel Biocare’s innovative treatment planning and         I can verify that electronic patient records result in
surgical implementation system, NobelGuide™,              tremendous efficiencies and effectiveness when it
which enables dentists to plan and surgically place       comes to patient care.
implants with unrivaled accuracy. The system uses            These electronic records significantly assist with
3-D imaging technology that permits the surgeon to        quality assurance, follow-up and maintenance of
plan the exact position and depth of the implants         care, patient assignment, and distribution among
and enables the fabrication of a surgical template to     students and residents. In addition, the data can be
ensure precise clinical placement.                        used to assist in case presentations and provide
   Another example is the introduction of state-of-the-   educational resources.
art surgical microscopes (from Global Surgical) into         Additional benefits include research applications.
treatment areas such as periodontics and restorative      Having access to thousands of patient records will
dentistry. Surgical microscopes support enhanced          allow the faculty to ask research questions that
magnification, illumination, and ergonomics, with         require large sample sizes—particularly in the area
great potential to improve the quality of patient care.   of the relationships between oral and systemic dis-
   The ability to build evolving health-science knowl-    eases. The most important value will be in the deter-
edge bases that capture clinical outcome assess-          mination of treatment outcomes, the comparison of
ments provides the foundation for transforming this       effectiveness of different techniques, and the integrity
knowledge into evidence-based practice guidelines         and longevity of different materials.
that will enhance patient care, foster collaboration,        The technology available in the dental chair will
and accelerate the diffusion of knowledge.                help in studying ergonomics, efficiencies during
   We are also looking forward to the “dream room,”       patient care, and documentation of treatment using
which provides a critical portal of entry into the        a variety of imaging technologies. It will change the
School for emerging technologies, enabling faculty        way instructors assess students. Instead of looking
to remain at the cutting edge of clinical practice. The   only at the outcome of a procedure, we will be able
dream room will allow faculty to evaluate and             to evaluate the behavior of students during an exer-
explore opportunities for enhanced patient care           cise and document aspects of treatment efficiency,
and student education, as well as programmatic            infection control, and asepsis—as well as student-
and partnership development.                              patient interaction.

                                                                                                                     Summer 2006   17

            AT EVERY LEVEL
            By Myra A. Thomas

                           s a managing partner of a thriving dental
                           practice in the picturesque town of
                           Chelmsford, Mass., Ronald M. Chaput, DDS
                  (’69), might have easily become complacent. Yet,
                  after 37 years in dentistry and more than 30 years
                  at his current practice, Chaput says he’s still excited
                                                                                    RONALD CHAPUT
                  to learn about the latest dental techniques and
                  technologies. Since he sits at the helm of Chelmsford
                  Dental Associates, he also handles the pressures             After dental school, Chaput returned to his roots
                  of entrepreneurship along with the rigors of den-         in New England and worked as an associate at what
                  tistry. Three additional partners, including              is now his current practice. One of the principals at
                  Maryland graduate Larry Fadjo, DDS (’75), and             the time, L. Rodger Currie (’52), gladly took the fledgling
                  three associates currently work alongside him.            dentist and fellow Maryland graduate on board.
                     Staying current and passing on his extensive           Today, Chaput extends the same hand to his associates.
                  knowledge helps to hone Chaput’s skills. “Over the           That spirit is also apparent in Chaput’s volunteer
                  years,” he says, “I’ve had 62 associates through the      efforts. He previously served on the board of
                  practice. They’re up to date on the latest technology.    trustees for the American Dental Association and
                  If you’re going to mentor them, you need to be, too.”     as president of the Massachusetts Dental Society.
                     Chaput makes sure to fit continuing education          He has also received honorary fellowships in the
                  into his hectic schedule. He cites such positive          American College of Dentists, the International
                  developments as Chairside Economical Restoration          College of Dentists, and the National Dental Honor
                  of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC), a ceramic system for        Society, Omicron Kappa Epsilon.
                  the production of crowns, along with a litany of             Ann B. Kirk, DDS (’67), became fast friends with
                  other technological breakthroughs as his impetus          Chaput when they met in Massachusetts for an
                  to keep up. He adds, “The field is changing in            alumni function for the University of Maryland
                  other ways—from the reduction in the rate of              Dental School. Today she and her son run Kirk
                  caries and the decrease in dental defects to the          Dental Associates in Sudbury, Mass. Kirk served
                  emphasis on aesthetics.”                                  on the Dental School’s Board of Visitors from 1997
                     Chaput says that his decision to go into dentistry     to 2004. She says, “In New England, Ron was the
                  came easily. The Rhode Island native earned a             area head of the Dental School’s Alumni Association.
                  Bachelor of Arts in biology from Providence College       It was through his involvement with the Massachusetts
                  in 1965. “Dentistry was an outgrowth of that. It          Dental Society and his leadership of the Yankee
                  was a side of medicine that required a personal           Dental Meeting that I became introduced to dental
                  touch, and so that appealed to me. The only thing         volunteerism.”
                  was that my parents didn’t have a lot of money to            His professional and volunteer achievements
                  contribute to my education, and I looked at all of        haven’t gone unrecognized by those inside and
                  the options. Luckily, there was the University of         outside of the Dental School. At the Yankee Dental
                  Maryland. The School was well-regarded and the            Congress in February 2002, he received the James
                  price was right.”                                         W. Etherington Award from the Massachusetts

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   “A Maryland graduate has a complete education. You can feel comfortable
   going into general practice. I am appreciative of what Maryland has afforded
   me—providing me with a wonderful career. I have a life and a lifestyle to be
   envied, and I couldn’t have gotten to where I am without the School.”
                                                                                    —Ronald Chaput

Dental Society. The honor is bestowed on a New              for the opportunities he has had.”
England dentist for exceptional service to organ-             To underline his commitment to his alma mater,
ized dentistry. Chaput also received the University         Chaput donated $50,000 to the campaign for the
of Maryland Dental School’s Distinguished                   new building in 2002.
Alumnus Award in 2005. “These awards were cer-                Chaput also notes, with pride, his recognition as
tainly a highlight of my career. These are very spe-        one of the original Hayden-Harris Associates—an
cial to me, because they come from my peers,” he            honor first bestowed on alumni in 1992 for donating
says.                                                       $1,000 or more during a fiscal year to any Dental
  Kirk says that Chaput’s success and recognition           School program.
shouldn’t come as a surprise. “He’s an excellent              He adds, “A Maryland graduate has a complete
representative of the School. Ron is such a hard            education. You can feel comfortable going into
worker and has an uncanny ability to make work              general practice. I am appreciative of what
fun. He's been involved with dentistry on every             Maryland has afforded me—providing me with a
level, up to the American Dental Association. He’s          wonderful career. I have a life and a lifestyle to be
been the managing partner in a highly successful            envied, and I couldn’t have gotten to where I am
dental practice, and yet he credits his education           without the School.”
                                                                                     JAY BAKER

Ann Kirk and Ronald Chaput at the 2005 Alumni Association Awards Luncheon

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       Calendar of Events

                            October 24
                            • University Opening of New Dental School
                            • State of the School Address
                            • Hayden-Harris Associates Gala

                            October 26
                            • University Black-tie Gala–Illustrious Alumni

                            October 27
                            • CE Courses (three speakers/6 credits):
                              Linda DeVore Lecture (Jon Suzuki, DDS, PhD, MBA)
                              Fogarty Lecture (Samuel Dworkin, DDS, PhD)
                              The Changing Face of Oral Cancer: Implications
                                 for Screening and Diagnosis (Robert Ord, MD, DDS)

                            October 28
                            • Alumni Board Meeting
                            • Alumni Annual Meeting
                            • White Coat Ceremony

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                                                                                                           A LUMNI

From the Alumni Association President                          From the Alumni Relations Office
                            In June, I had the pleasure of                                Edgar Schein, one of the
                            attending the 50th alumni                                     most prominent theo-
                            reunion luncheon for the                                      rists of organizational
                            Dental School’s Class of                                      culture, defines organi-
                            1956. What a lively, warm,                                    zational culture as
                            and engaging group they                                       “a pattern of shared
                            are. Talk of Dental School                                    basic assumptions that
                            roommates, favorite water-                                    the group learned as it
                            ing holes, exams, faculty,                                    solved its problems of
 Rody Jaeger Jr.                                                Janice Batzold
                            and who dated whom led to                                     external adaptation and
conversations about children, grandchildren, volun-            internal integration, that has worked well enough
teering, retirement, travel, cruises, and the loss of          to be considered valid and therefore, to be
classmates. There were tears of sadness, tears of joy,         taught to new members as the correct way to
and lots of laughter. I was honored to be a part of this       perceive, think, and feel in relation to those
celebration of friendship and loyalty to the Dental            problems.”
School.                                                           Elements of organizational culture include
   There is something that takes place within the walls        values, customs, rituals, stories, symbols, and
of the Dental School, and among those who train there,         myths about the history of the organization.
that forms a very strong bond. Some classes are closer         Organizational culture builds over time as group
than others, but what I have found to be a universal trait     members learn how to adapt to their environ-
among all alumni is pride—pride in their accomplish-           ment in order to survive.
ments, pride in their ability to persevere, and pride in           While I was in graduate school, the concept of
their profession.                                              organizational culture always intrigued me, for it is
   I want all alumni to take a moment to think about the       one of the most intangible and difficult aspects of
strong bonds you feel with your graduation class and           an organization to truly understand, yet it has a
realize that the Dental School has played a large role in      significant impact on the organization’s success.
who you have become. Now it is up to you to ensure             The Dental School, its alumni, faculty, staff, and
that future generations have the opportunity to experi-        students serve as something of an organizational
ence our School and our profession.                            culture case study for me.
   If you haven’t done so already, please think about             The move into the new Dental School building
making an annual gift to the Dental School. I am happy         requires more than a physical move. It entails a
to report that alumni participation is steadily on the rise.   move toward a new culture. Its members need to
Make it your priority this year to give back to a school       acknowledge the impact of their behavior on the
and a profession that has afforded you a good life and         organization’s existing culture. We all need to
strong friendships.                                            ask ourselves the question, “What can I do to
                                                               have a more positive impact?” Let each one of us
Sincerely,                                                     answer this question, and we will be doing our
                                                               part to build upon and share in the success of
Rody Jaeger Jr., DDS (’64)                                     our new Dental School.
President, Alumni Association

                                                               Janice Batzold
                                                               Assistant Director
                                                               Alumni Relations

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                                                                                       50-Year Class Reunion
                                                                                       Members of the Class of 1956
                                                                                       celebrated their 50-year reunion
                                                                                       on June 3. Members of the class
                                                                                       and spouses are pictured on the
                                                                                       steps of the Dr. Samuel D. Harris
                                                                                       National Museum of Dentistry in

               In Memoriam
               The Dental School remembers our alumni who are recently deceased.

               Hugh M. Clement Jr., DDS (1944)   Raymond J. Honaski, DDS (1951)         Edward W. Roberts, DDS (1952)
               Juan A. Cuevas, DDS (1959)        William R. Joule, DDS (1934)           Jerome H. Sherman, DDS (1952)
               Hugh O. de Fries, DDS (1954)      Louis Kreshtool, DDS (1936)            J. Fred Sproul, DDS (1959)
               Morris Eilenberg, DDS (1942)      Leon M. Mazzotta, DDS (1945)           Michael T. Volatile, DDS (1954)
               Donald T. Frey, DDS (1941)        Arnold G. McGreevy, DDS (1965)         Eugene A. Ward, DDS (1935)
               Robert C. Hager, DDS (1952)       Christopher G. Rafferty, DDS (1979)    Charles R. Wilson, DDS (1960)
               David W. Heese, DDS (1960)        Charles A. Ridgeway, DDS (1956)

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Scenes from the Green: Annual Golf Tournament
Alumni enjoyed a pleasant day of golf and friendship at the June 2 golf tournament at the Turf Valley Resort.

                                                                            Rosenthal Receives Award
                                                                            Barry W. Rosenthal, DDS (’78), received
                                                                            the National Republican Congressional
                                                                            Committee Businessman of the Year
                                                                            Award in Washington, D.C., on March 16.
                                                                            He is pictured with his wife, Terrie, and
                                                                            President George W. Bush.

                                                                                                                        Summer 2006   23

             A trip to Finland provides new insights
             for dental students.
                                   By Regina Lavette Davis

                           tudents at the Dental School begin
                           the fall term in a new environment,
                           with sophisticated technology and
                   equipment that is unrivaled by any U.S.               Students and staff in Helsinki, Finland
                   dental school. For a particular group of
                   students, the new equipment holds even more
                   significance—the students went on one of several
                   fact-finding trips to Finland to tour the site of dental          Lindsay Bare and Matthew Seda both had reser-
                   unit manufacturer Planmeca.                                    vations about the equipment before their trip, but
                      As part of his vision to keep students actively             any doubt was erased. “I was a skeptic,” says
                   engaged in and excited about the future of den-                Bare. “However, after seeing the equipment, how
                   tistry and the Dental School, Dean Christian                   it works, and all of the innovative ideas for equip-
                   Stohler invited students representing current years            ment that are still in the works at Planmeca, I truly
                   2-4 to join him and key faculty and staff on a trip            believe that we have a spectacular opportunity.”
                   to Helsinki. They emerged from their trip with a                  “I was somewhat skeptical before the trip,”
                   greater understanding of how the new dental                    says Seda, “but seeing the equipment firsthand
                   equipment will change the way they are taught,                 removed all my doubts about the benefits of hav-
                   the way they interact with patients, and how they              ing digital technology.”
                   perceive the future of the profession.                            The relationship between the technology and its
                      Class of 2007 President Nisha Ghent sees the                practical applications was another highlight.
                   trip as a positive step. “I firmly believe it is impera-       “Compared to what the students are used to work-
                   tive to have a student's insight, especially when              ing with, not only the equipment but other innova-
                   the new equipment will have such a huge impact                 tive technology was very impressive,” says Vivier.
                   on students as a whole,” she says. Student Laura               “We saw how an idea is transformed into a reality—
                   Vivier adds, “It was amazing how much more we                  for example, how a lever of a chair can be
                   learned by visiting the factory and being able to              ergonomically manipulated on a computer to just
                   see the process of planning and manufacturing                  the right degree and then brought to life by just
                   dental equipment.”                                             the use of machines.”
                      Ghent was impressed by what she saw in                         The effect of the technology on patient care is
                   Helsinki. “The equipment we are using in the new               not lost on the students, either. As Koch says, “The
                   Dental School is, no question, top of the line in              technology will make the clinic much cleaner. It
                   technology and innovation. We will be exposed to               will allow us to give more efficient, higher quality
                   and become well-versed in using the best equip-                care to our patients. Faculty will be even more effi-
                   ment in dentistry today.”                                      cient in the clinic, where the technology will allow
                      Jacob Koch agrees. “The equipment produced for              them to monitor students more closely. It will also
                   the Dental School is extraordinary. Some extremely             allow us to critique ourselves and our work much
                   creative minds have been at work. The functionality            better.”
                   and upgradeability of the dental chairs is unmatched              Terri Hines was able to take a fast-forward look
                   as far as I know,” he says.                                    at the dental profession. “I was most impressed

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      “Dentistry runs the gamut from the individual
      provider-patient relationship to an international
      community that is working to provide the best
      possible dental care to the population.”
                                                                  —Nisha Ghent

                                                                                          W. MASSEY
with the Planmeca showroom,” she says. “It showed
us what a future dental office would look like. The
                                                                                                Emily Sm
chairs were ergonomic and comfortable, and there                                                Planmeca e, Laura Vivier, a
                                                                                                         headqua           nd Nisha
was a flat computer screen and a digital footpad.”                                                              rters               Ghent   at
  The students also gleaned some valuable les-
sons. For Seda and Ghent, it was an affirmation of
the global nature of the profession. “I learned that                    important thing I learned in Finland was to remain
dentistry is a global pursuit. In a land far away,                      positive about change,” says Bare. “Even if the situa-
there are people as enthusiastic about dentistry as                     tion presently seems perfectly adequate, we must
our students and professors here at Maryland,”                          all at least embrace the possibility that conditions
Seda says. “The sharing of ideas and technology                         could improve.”
for dentistry at a global level is becoming neces-                         For Hines, the experience validated her academic
sary if we are to keep up with the leading edge of                      efforts. “The most important lesson I learned,” she
the profession.”                                                        says, “was that my hard work and dedication to my
  “Dentistry,” says Ghent, “runs the gamut from                         education did not go unnoticed. Also, I learned
the individual provider-patient relationship to an                      how dedicated Dean Stohler and other members
international community that is working to provide                      of the faculty are; they were very interested in our
the best possible dental care to the population.”                       opinions and how we felt about the entire Planmeca/
  In Bare’s case, the trip underscored the need to                      Finland experience. Our trip was one of the most
be open to change and new technology. “The most                         rewarding experiences of my life.”
                                                                            W. MA


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                                                           D E N TA L S C H O O L C O N V O C AT I O N

                                                            On May 18, dental and dental hygiene students, along with post-
                                                            graduate students, participated in the Dental School’s Honors
                                                            Convocation. This year’s venue was Gilliam Hall in the Carl J.
                                                            Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University.
                                                               Dental School alumna Leslie E. Grant, DDS (’86), MSPA, presi-
                               Dean Christian S. Stohler
                                                            dent of the National Dental Association, was the keynote speaker.
                                                            In her address, she said she wanted to “…touch on the quality
                                                            and promise of the journeys that our noble profession brings us.”
                                                            She told the graduates, “You have demonstrated a dedication,
                                                            self-focus, and concentration that is unequalled to perhaps any
                                                            other phase in your lives.”
                                                               During her speech, she discussed the “pivotal role of oral
                                                            health and systemic health” and said that to “alter the current
                                                            equation of health equity,” as the newest practitioners, our grad-
                                                            uates must take charge and lead the way as individuals and pro-
                                                            fessionals. “You hold the key in making our community—our
                                                            nation—healthier, wealthier, and more secure,” said Grant. The
                                                            keys, she said, are to “collaborate, communicate, commit, and
                                                            show compassion.”
                                                               J. Richard Bradbury, DDS, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,”
                                                            and Dr. Albert M. Quashie Sr. offered the invocation. J. Rodel

                                                            Jaeger, DDS (’66), president of the Alumni Association, brought
                                                            greetings, while Aaron D. Haskett, DDS, president of the Student
                                                            Dental Association, addressed the group. JacQuan Godwin, presi-
                   DDS Class President John G. Mohler
                                                            dent of the dental hygiene class, introduced the hygiene graduates.
                                                            John G. Mohler, DDS, president of the dental class, announced the
                                                            DDS names, and Dr. Kin Kue Wun gave the benediction.
                                                               Two faculty members, Sophia Balis, DDS, and William C. Moffitt,
                                                            DDS, became professors emeriti. John E. Ailor, DDS, received the
                                                            Frank J. Sinnreich Award for excellence in teaching. The award is pre-
                                                            sented in recognition of humanitarianism, understanding, and com-
                                                            passion for student concerns and is given by the graduating class.

                           NDA President Leslie E. Grant

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                                                                                                                                                            THADDEUS. LOGAN
                       THADDEUS LOGAN

                                        Students and friend at the convocation                                                                                                JacQuan Godwin, president of the Dental Hygiene Class

                                                                                                                                    REGINA DAVIS
                                                REGINA DAVIS

                                                               John E. Ailor receives the Sinnreich Award.                                         2006 DDS graduate Hessam Siavash also received a PhD.

                                                                                                             REGINA DAVIS

                 Albert M. Quashie Sr. offers the invocation.                                                               Students read the convocation oath.

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                                              Biomedical Sciences                    Schoolwide Awards

   An Evening with the Stars: Celebrating
   Excellence & Achievement
   The School’s awards celebration was held on May 15 at the
   Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry. Students
   and faculty enjoyed hors d’oeuvres on the upper level of the
   museum and a light dinner downstairs.
                                                                                     Health Promotion and Policy

   Orthodontics                                 Periodontics                                      Diagnostic Sciences and Pathology

   Endodontics, Prosthodontics, and Operative Dentistry                    Division of Dental Hygiene

  28   Mdental                                 Advanced Dental Education                       Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery
                                                                                                              Photographs by Jay Baker
                                                              Dental School Administration
                  DENTAL SCHOOL
        UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE                     DEAN
                                                              Christian S. Stohler

                                                              ASSOCIATE DEANS
                                                              James Reynolds
                                                              Finance, Institutional Operations, and Planning
                                                              John Sauk
The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental               Research, Administration, and Training
School, University of Maryland, Baltimore, seeks to           Margaret Wilson
graduate exceptional oral health care professionals,          Professional Programs

contribute to the scientific basis of treatments for          EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DEAN
diseases of the orofacial complex, and deliver                Wilhelma Garner-Brown
comprehensive dental care. These accomplishments
                                                              DEPARTMENT CHAIRS
will promote, maintain, and improve the overall               Ronald Dubner
health of the people within Maryland and have a               Biomedical Sciences
national and international impact.                            Ashraf Fouad
                                                              Endodontics, Prosthodontics, and Operative Dentistry

                                                              Jacquelyn Fried
                                                              Dental Hygiene Director
           Future Vision                                      Stuart Josell
 As we strive to achieve our goals, we envision the future:   Orthodontics

                                                              Robert Ord
Reflecting on its heritage, the Baltimore College             Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery
of Dental Surgery, Dental School, University of               Mark Reynolds
Maryland, Baltimore, will join in full partnership with       Periodontics

other campus entities. The resulting multidisciplinary        John Sauk
                                                              Diagnostic Sciences and Pathology
ventures will contribute to our prominence in scientific
                                                              Norman Tinanoff
discovery, scholarly activity, and service to the commu-
                                                              Health Promotion and Policy
nity. Global outreach efforts of faculty, students, and
staff will be mutually rewarding. An atmosphere of            Mary Campion
collegiality and intellectual stimulation will prevail,
nurturing students, faculty, and alumni.                      Michael Belenky
  Administrative support will help foster creativity          International Programs

and responsiveness to a range of opportunities. The           James Craig
                                                              Information Technology
School will create and maintain an organizational
                                                              Regina Davis
structure that enhances our ability to achieve our
goals. Students, faculty, and staff will provide the
                                                              Patricia E. Meehan
highest quality oral health care. The world’s first           Admissions and Career Advancement
dental college, established in the 19th century, will         Warren Morganstein
take its place as the premier dental school of the 21st       Dean’s Faculty


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