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Recently, the UWSoD named two chairs at the dental school — Dr. Thomas B. Dodson and Dr. Rebecca L. Slayton will chair the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, respectively. 

Dr. Thomas B. Dodson
Dodson, most recently at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, will begin Sept. 1, 2013, pending affirmation by the UW Board of Regents.

Dodson will also become the School of Dentistry’s Associate Dean of Hospital Affairs. Dodson, who is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard, is also Attending Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Director of the Center for Applied Clinical Investigation in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Dodson has accepted this exceptionally important position for the School of Dentistry,” Dean Berg said. “His experience and talent in the many skills needed for this role will give us the leadership required to create the premier Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.”

Speaking about his appointment, Dodson, who received both his dental degree and a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard, said, “I am impressed by the caliber of the people I’ve met and the enthusiasm everyone has for delivering the highest quality in patient care and education.” He continued, saying, “As the sole Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery academic program in the area, we need to be viewed as the OMS provider of choice for the most complex cases, as well as a resource for the broader community of oral surgeons.” 

Dodson completed his oral surgery training at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). After residency training, he completed a dental public health residency and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship in dental clinical epidemiology at UCSF. He has also served on the dental and public health faculties at Emory University in Atlanta, and serves as the associate editor of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 

Dodson is an active researcher with more than 100 journal articles to his credit. He has conducted influential work on assessing risk factors for complications following third molar extraction and implant placement. Other interests include evaluating risks and repair of nerve injury, management of giant cell tumors, and bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws. 

His research has also ranged far outside dentistry, including studies of the efficacy of mandatory seatbelt laws, oral surgical management of HIV-positive patients, and identifying markers for domestic violence. Since 2006, he has also been on the medical team and served as a game doctor for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.

He has won the Harvard dental school’s Distinguished Senior Faculty Award, and has twice won the Daniel M. Laskin Award for most outstanding article published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 
Editor's Note: Just after ths blog post went live this morning, the University of Washington released the following:
Dr. Rebecca L. Slayton has been named Law/Lewis Endowed Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the UW School of Dentistry, pending formal approval by the UW Board of Regents.


Dr. Slayton will be responsible for organizing an annual program of presentations on pediatric oral health. The professorship, originally established as a lectureship in 1992, honors the memory of Dr. David Law and Dr. Thompson Lewis, two outstanding pediatric dental educators at the UW.

Dr. Rebecca L. Slayton 
Slayton, who helped lay the groundwork for the University of Washington’s $21 million Center for Pediatric Dentistry before leaving the UW in 2008, will return to chair the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and direct The Center.

Slayton, now professor and chair of pediatric dentistry at the University of Iowa, took up her duties at the UW on March 1, 2013. Dr. Slayton was at the UW from 2004 to 2008 as associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. She served as chair of the School of Dentistry Faculty Council and on several committees, and was also interim clinical director of the Department of Dental Medicine at Seattle Children’s hospital from 2007 to 2008. From 2002 to 2004, she was chair of pediatric dentistry at Oregon Health & Science University.

“Dr. Slayton is an outstanding clinician, teacher and researcher who fully understands the daily realities of both dental practice and education,” Dean Joel Berg said, “She is a model communicator and problem-solver with a varied background that makes her ideally suited to lead our Department of Pediatric Dentistry through its growth, changes and challenges.”

During her time at the UW, Slayton was research chair and director of the Early Childhood Oral Health Project. It was the precursor to The Center for Pediatric Dentistry, which opened in September 2010 at Magnuson Park. As the new chair, she will become The Center’s director and will hold the rank of professor with tenure, subject to review by the School’s Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee. 

The Center, which opened in September 2010, combines clinical care, education and research, with a focus on early-childhood dental visits starting at age 1. The facility provides a full range of pediatric dental services, and is specially designed to treat patients with special needs up to age 21. 

Slayton holds a BA in biology from Earlham College and an MS in engineering, a DDS, a certificate in pediatric dentistry and a PhD in genetics, all from the University of Iowa. Her current appointments include consultant to the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation and ad hoc reviewer for several leading dental journals. 
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