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Kelly Suralik, DMD20

Shaping the Future of Academic Dentistry

May 12, 2020

All roads led to academic dentistry for Kelly Suralik, a 2020 graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Middlebury College, followed by a Master of Science in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Suralik set her sights on dentistry, bringing her curiosity, passion, and leadership to the HSDM community. The Wisconsin native will return to the Midwest after graduation to pursue a residency in Prosthodontics at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

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Dr. William Giannobile

William Giannobile Named New Dean of HSDM

April 23, 2020

William V. Giannobile, an educator and leader in the field of periodontology and an internationally recognized scholar in oral regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and precision medicine, has been named dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The appointment was announced today by Harvard Medical School Dean George Q Daley.

Giannobile is an alumnus of HSDM, with an advanced degree in periodontology and oral biology (DMSc96). He completed his postdoctoral training in molecular biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer institute and HMS. Giannobile served as an HSDM faculty...

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Dr. Brittany Seymour at HSDM

Putting Public Health First: Coronavirus Q&A with Dr. Brittany Seymour

March 20, 2020

Dr. Brittany Seymour is associate professor and global health discipline director at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). With a background in oral and public health, and a concentration in global health and population, she focuses on interdisciplinary approaches for health improvement through prevention, policy, and health promotion. She also conducts research on how misinformation spreads online and impacts important public health programs. She recently shared her thoughts on the spread of the virus as well as the spread of misinformation.
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Sandhya Harpavat, DMD02, PD04, and her husband, Sanjiv, PhD06, MD06, with their family.

Making a Match at HSDM: Alumni Love Stories

February 14, 2020

Many Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) students arrive at 188 Longwood Avenue with high expectations—to earn a degree, conduct research, practice dentistry, or pursue a specialty, among other professional pursuits. What many HSDM students don’t expect, however, is to find the love of their life. Against all odds, and in between pre-clinical lab, classes, and patients, these alumni did just that: fall in love. Whether their romance began at Orientation, or in a study group, or collaborating over a treatment plan, each story is unique and highlights the School’s special tight-knit...

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child patient with dental providers

Making Oral Health Fun for Families

February 11, 2020

The Harvard Dental Center’s Teaching Practices clinic was buzzing with excitement and activity on Saturday, February 8, as young patients streamed in to receive free dental care at HSDM’s annual Give Kids a Smile event. Nearly 40 children ages one to 17 were seen for dental exams, cleanings, and treatment.

“This was a fabulous event,” said Laverne Agard, a parent who brought her two children. “This was their first time at the dentist. The dentists were patient and made it fun.”... Read more about Making Oral Health Fun for Families

Vicki Rosen in lab

Vicki Rosen Named Interim Dean of Harvard School of Dental Medicine

December 20, 2019

Dr. Vicki Rosen, professor and chair of developmental biology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), has been appointed interim dean of HSDM, effective January 1, 2020.

A highly respected scientist in the field of bone and mineral research, Rosen’s career at HSDM spans nearly two decades. As chair of the Department of Developmental Biology, she oversees the clinical specialties of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, as well as basic research, and is involved in the education of postdoctoral fellows and residents, students enrolled in the DMD...

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Dean Bruce Donoff celebrating with Vice Dean John Da Silva

Recognizing a Career Devoted to Research, Education, and Clinical Care

December 12, 2019

On Tuesday, December 10, members of the Harvard community and affiliated research institutions gathered to honor Harvard School of Dental Medicine Dean Bruce Donoff’s contributions to research and education at a symposium and reception held in his honor. Donoff, who is stepping down at the end of the year, has been a dedicated advocate for scientific research and studying the relationship between dentistry, oral biology, and medicine.... Read more about Recognizing a Career Devoted to Research, Education, and Clinical Care

Eddie Popa, DMD23

Witness Dentistry First-Hand

August 28, 2019

Meet Eddie Popa, a member of the Class of 2023 and new student at HSDM. This profile is part of a series of stories about our newest DMD students.

Tell us about your background.

I am originally from Romania, and I immigrated to the United States when I was three years old to the Chicagoland area where I grew up. I then went to the University of Iowa for my undergraduate, where I majored in biochemistry and chemistry. I got involved as a lab teaching assistant and group study leader for two different foundational biology courses. ... Read more about Witness Dentistry First-Hand

Attendees at IPE to IPP

New Summit Provides Valuable Insight For Oral Health Integration Efforts

June 21, 2019
On Wednesday, June 5, Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine partnered with the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) to host a new summit, titled Interprofessional Education to Practice. The event aimed to provide attendees with a practical approach to clinical integration of primary care and oral health and launch a peer-to-peer learning... Read more about New Summit Provides Valuable Insight For Oral Health Integration Efforts
Thomas Ferlito

Bringing Curiosity to Dentistry

May 21, 2019

On Thursday, May 30, Thomas Ferlito will take the stage as HSDM’s student speaker at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Medical School’s Class Day ceremony. In preparation for that moment, Ferlito reflected on his experiences at HSDM–what they have meant to him, and how they’ll continue to shape him moving forward.

“The connections I have made here have by far been the most meaningful part of HSDM for me. Being able to collaborate with my classmates, faculty, and residents helped me to consider new ideas and think in ways that I never would have on my own,” Ferlito said...

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Erica Shapiro Frenkel

Pushing the Boundaries

May 20, 2019

Erica Shapiro Frenkel’s path through dental school took a slight detour when she decided at the end of her second year of dental school to pursue a PhD. Frenkel took a break from her studies at HSDM to study oral microbiology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Ribbeck Lab as part of the PhD in Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine Program.

“I knew when I applied to dental school that I wanted to pursue a combined DMD/PhD program, so the decision to step away from the DMD program after my second year was obvious,” she said. “I had a great experience doing research during college and was sure that I wanted to make research part of my long-term career path.... Read more about Pushing the Boundaries

Mirissa Price portrait

‘I Would Be a Dentist’ – a Graduation Reflection

May 16, 2019

By Mirissa D. Price
The sun soaked my shoulders. Through my scrubs, I could feel a warmth I had missed, having spent the past five hours in the dental school’s basement lab.

As my eyes adjusted to the light – and the macro-scale vision – I spotted my Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) family, smiling and laughing. I claimed a seat at the table, and together, we fell into a conversation of ‘what if.’

‘What if we were millionaires and could do anything in the world?’ someone posed, imagining for a minute we didn’t have to miss the rest of this...

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