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Lama Alabdulaaly, DMSc21, on the HMS Quad

Dr. Lama Alabdulaaly Combines Art and Science in Dual Postdoctoral Programs

July 12, 2021

Advanced Graduate Education (AGE) student Lama Alabdulaaly, DMSc21, recently completed her advanced degree program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, graduating from Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) this past spring . Now she will continue her educational journey at HSDM by pursuing a certificate in Oral Medicine. While earning her Doctor of Medical Science degree at HSDM, Alabdulaaly taught pre-doctoral courses and published a number of papers in the fields of Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, and Bone Biology.... Read more about Dr. Lama Alabdulaaly Combines Art and Science in Dual Postdoctoral Programs

HSDM students in the Class of 2021 celebrate Class Day in their regalia.

A Special Send-Off for the Class of 2021

June 1, 2021

On Thursday, May 27, 2021, family, friends, and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) community members gathered, both near and far, to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2021. Virtual Commencement and Class Day exercises, combined with a celebratory outdoor send-off at HSDM, provided the backdrop for a special graduation experience for the School’s newest alumni.

The festivities began in the morning with the University-wide Commencement ceremony, which featured a video of students from across Harvard’s schools chronicling all of the places from which they studied this...

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Ashiana Jivraj, DMD21, in front of Gordon Hall at Harvard Medical School

Bringing a Business Background to Oral Healthcare Solutions

May 25, 2021

Ashiana Jivraj, DMD21, jokes that she was born in a dental chair. Her mother worked through most of her pregnancy as a general dentist, and Jivraj spent most of her childhood being shuttled to and from the orthodontist’s office. While it would be easy to assume that for these reasons, Jivraj was destined for a career in dentistry, she actually credits a trip to India during her sophomore year of college with her decision to pursue a career in dentistry.

“I wound up working in a dental clinic and saw the immense challenge that the social determinants of...

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Brennan Arden, DMSc21

Charting a Courageous Course in Dentistry

May 20, 2021

Prior to his arrival at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in 2017, you might have found William “Brennan” Arden, DMSc21, jumping out of helicopters, practicing dentistry on an oil tanker-sized hospital ship, or visiting the farthest corners of the globe to deliver humanitarian aid. As a military dentist with the United States Navy, Arden treated service members and organized humanitarian efforts in countries like Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Vietnam. At HSDM, he pursued an advanced degree in endodontics and served as...

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Headshot of Kobie Gordon, MMSc21

Making an Impact in Dental Public Health

May 11, 2021

For Kobie Gordon, MMSc21, the ability of dentists to transform lives by fixing smiles was a superpower he wanted to possess.

“There was a young girl in my neighborhood back home who was born with cleft lip and palate,” Gordon said. “Over the years, she received various dental treatments. By the time she got to university, one could hardly tell that she was born with a cleft lip and palate. Her self-esteem went through the roof. I was always impressed that dentistry was able to make such a profound impact on her life,” he said.

This May, when Gordon...

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Members of the HSDM Green Team and Sustainability Committee pose together at an event promoting reusable mugs.

Green Team and Sustainability Committee Inspired by Research Linking Oral Health to the Effects of Climate Change

April 21, 2021

In November of 2019, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) established its first Green Team and Sustainability Committee, bringing together students, faculty, and staff who were committed to exploring ways to make impactful changes to the School’s environmental footprint. The committee came together as a result of a Harvard Worldwide Week presentation by Dr. Donna Hackley, instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, which focused on the bi-directional relationship between environmental health and oral health through the lens of health equity. The committee focused on evaluating...

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A group of HSDM students and faculty pose with a member of the Wampanoag Tribe while visiting Martha's Vineyard with the Wampanoag Outreach Group

HSDM’s Wampanoag Outreach Group Honored with HMS Dean’s Community Service Award for Portable Clinic Pilot Program

March 30, 2021

A Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) community outreach group recently received the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Dean’s Community Service Award for their work to provide better access to oral and systemic health care to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (WTGH), as well as other underserved communities on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The Wampanoag Outreach Group Portable Clinic Project, spearheaded by HSDM students and faculty members Camille Herzog, DMD22, Natalie Wen, DMD22, Susanna Yeh, DMD23, Kristie Kaczmarek, DMD23, and Brian Swann, assistant professor of Oral Health Policy...

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2021 May 27

Commencement and Class Day

(All day)

Location: 

Virtual
Harvard University and Harvard School of Dental Medicine will hold virtual graduation ceremonies on Thursday, May 27, 2021 to ensure the health and safety of the Harvard communities. The University-wide Commencement ceremony will take place in the morning, followed by virtual Class Day exercises for Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Medical School in the afternoon.

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2021 Mar 23

Global and Community Health Oral Health Seminar Series | Primary Teeth as Novel Biomarkers of Early Life Adversity Exposure and Mental Health Risk

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

ZOOM

The Office of Global and Community Health Presents

ORAL HEALTH SEMINAR SERIES

Primary Teeth as Novel Biomarkers of Early Life Adversity Exposure and Mental Health Risk

Presented by: 

Erin Dunn, ScD, MPH
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Associate Investigator, Massachusetts General Hospital

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
12:00-1:00PM EDT

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Kate Rezendes

Rezendes Named as Chief of Staff at HSDM

March 15, 2021

Dean William Giannobile recently named Kate Ellis Rezendes as Chief of Staff at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). In this new role within the Dean’s Office, Rezendes will work closely with HSDM’s leadership team and the dean to oversee the daily and long-term activities of the office and partner across the organization with faculty, staff, and administration, to advance the School’s mission and strategic priorities.

Additionally, she will oversee the administrative and budgetary functions of the office and streamline operations, scheduling, and project management, as...

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Headshot of Dr. Hiroe Ohyama, assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences

HSDM Faculty and Students Receive Awards at ADEA Annual Session

March 12, 2021

Several members of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) community will be recognized at this year’s American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session. The virtual event includes awards, scholarships, and fellowships recognizing achievement and distinction among its members.

Hiroe Ohyama, MMSc96, DMD03, assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences, received the...

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Headshot of David Wu, DMSc23, taken by Shaima Bahammam, DMSc23

Meet Dr. David Wu: A Future Clinician-Scientist Charting His Course at HSDM

March 4, 2021

David T. Wu, DMSc23, is an Advanced Graduate Education (AGE) student in Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Periodontology. Born in Suzhou, China, Wu grew up in Montreal, Quebec, and received his Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University in 2015, followed by his DMD from the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill. In his free time, Wu enjoys running and cycling around Boston. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wu also enjoyed weekly Boston Symphony Orchestra...

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