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Illustrating a New Chapter: Student-Artist Discovers Her Place in Pediatric Dentistry

May 16, 2022

If it wasn’t for dentistry, Elizabeth Durham, DMD22, probably would have been an illustrator. Growing up in central Massachusetts, she knew from a young age she wanted a career involving art in some way. It wasn’t until her regular checkups with the pediatric dentist where she looked forward to going to the office that she realized she wanted to pursue a career in dentistry.

 

“I started shadowing there from a young age and was...

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Natalie Wen

Fulfilling a Promise: Serving with Confidence and Care

May 13, 2022

When Natalie Wen, DMD22, graduates with her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree this May, a promise between eighth grade friends will be fulfilled.

“My friend’s mom was a dentist and we always said we should become dentists and open our own practice someday,” Wen said. “At an early age I knew that I wanted a career in healthcare.”

While both Wen and her childhood friend, who attends dental school in Wen’s home state of Wisconsin, will become dentists, after graduation the two will take different paths in their careers.... Read more about Fulfilling a Promise: Serving with Confidence and Care

Michael Cevallos

Finding the Right Chemistry: National Healthcare Scholar Finds His Calling in Community Health

May 10, 2022

Michael Cevallos, DMD22, might have become a chemist rather than a dentist, if not for an experience in a pediatric dental practice that changed his plans. As an undergraduate at the University of Richmond, he majored in Chemistry with the full intention of becoming a chemical engineer. In his spare time, he tutored and mentored at-risk middle school youth in Richmond Public Schools. He gravitated to dentistry after shadowing his aunt, a pediatric dentist, and realizing the positive impact he enjoyed as a tutor he could have improving the lives of patients.

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Final Impressions: Creating a Lasting Impact Through Dentistry and Medicine

May 5, 2022

Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Jack Harris, DMD22, never thought he would be attending one of the top dental schools – Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). “HSDM is the most prestigious dental school not only in the U.S., but the world. Me, just a kid from Missouri, would never have imagined that I would be representing the HSDM graduating class of 2022,” said Harris.

 

Harris was extremely active in sports and academics...

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Taking the Field: Student-Athlete Finds Her Niche in Oral Surgery

May 2, 2022

Grateful. That’s the word Nicole Beck, DMD22, uses to sum up her time at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM).

 

Growing up just outside of Philadelphia, PA, Beck headed to the west coast to attend the University of California (UC), Berkeley as an undergrad, balancing her academic career between her studies and research in integrative biology, and playing Division I lacrosse.

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Earth

Dr. Donna Hackley Weighs in on How to Build a Sustainable Dental Future

April 22, 2022

Dr. Donna Hackley is an instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). Her research encompasses environmental, oral health, and overall health. Hackley shares more about the sustainability work she is doing on a national and international level, and what HSDM is doing in the community in the following interview.... Read more about Dr. Donna Hackley Weighs in on How to Build a Sustainable Dental Future

Dr. Fadie Coleman

Dr. Fadie Coleman Named Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at HSDM

April 21, 2022

After an extensive national search, Fadie Coleman, PhD, has been named Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s (HSDM) new Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB).

“Dr. Coleman is an accomplished educator, researcher, and leader who is passionate about advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said Dean William Giannobile. “I’m confident she will bring great insights and expertise to advancing important diversity initiatives at HSDM.”

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HSDM Students Unveil Scholarly Work at Annual Research Day

April 8, 2022

Students, faculty, and staff recently participated in the annual Student Research Day event at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). This year’s event, held on April 5, provided students from the Class of 2022 with the opportunity to showcase their research in poster sessions and learn about the work of their peers. Sixty graduating students presented their scholarly work.

 

“The energy was palpable as we hosted the first in-person Student Research Day since 2019,” said Dawn DeCosta, director of Research Operations, who helped organize the event.... Read more about HSDM Students Unveil Scholarly Work at Annual Research Day

Judith Vance

Judith Vance is Awarded the 2022 Sharon P. Clayborne Staff  Diversity Award

March 31, 2022

Judith Vance, director of Human Resources, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Sharon P. Clayborne Staff Diversity Award which is presented annually to a Harvard Medical School (HMS) or Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) staff member.  

The Sharon P. Clayborne Staff Diversity Award and the Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award were established to recognize HMS/HSDM staff and faculty respectively, who have made significant achievements in moving HMS/HSDM toward being a diverse and inclusive community. ... Read more about Judith Vance is Awarded the 2022 Sharon P. Clayborne Staff  Diversity Award

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HSDM Reflects on the Loss and Legacy of Friend and Mentor, Dr. Paul Farmer

March 4, 2022

Dr. Paul Farmer, a physician who devoted his professional life to advancing health as a human right, was an advocate, friend, and mentor to many at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). He understood the importance of oral health as a human right and was a key partner with HSDM faculty in building oral healthcare capacity in the far corners of the world. Dr. Farmer died February 21, 2022 in Rwanda at the age of 62. HSDM faculty who knew him well, reflect on his legacy.

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