Students

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. 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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group photo of students on Dental Key Team

“My Dental Key” Unlocks Learning Potential for a New Generation of Students

March 10, 2020

An entrepreneurial team of Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) students is working on a concept that aims to enhance the way dental students learn. Their idea has already attracted the attention of several Harvard startup initiatives and earned them a spot as semi-finalists in the 2020 President’s Innovation Challenge, a University-wide venture capital competition.... Read more about “My Dental Key” Unlocks Learning Potential for a New Generation of Students

Student Ryan Lisann with patient Diego

HSDM Student Finds His Niche in Community Care

February 25, 2020

For Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) student Ryan Lisann, completing one of the last requirements of his four-year DMD program — a three-month externship at Charles River Community Health Center in Brighton — was an experience that will shape his career.

“I’m really passionate about education and wanting to work with kids, so getting to work in a community health setting and treating pediatric patients confirmed the path I want to take,” Lisann said.... Read more about HSDM Student Finds His Niche in Community Care

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

Presidential Scholars Advance Research, Teaching, and Oral Health

Presidential Scholars Advance Research, Teaching, and Oral Health

November 22, 2019

Eight HSDM advanced graduate education students have been awarded Harvard Presidential Scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year. The full-tuition scholarship is awarded to DMSc students who have committed themselves to careers in public service or academia. This year’s accomplished recipient’s academic interests range from pursuing clinical and basic science research, to teaching and mentoring students, to furthering oral health policy and information systems.

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2019 Nov 22

Dental Therapists: A Discussion

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

TMEC Walter Amphitheater, Harvard Medical School

ASDA's District 1 Advocacy Committee will host a discussion about the role of Dental Therapy and its implications for the future of dental care. Featured speakers Dr. Mary-Jane Hanlon, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Tufts School of Dental Medicine; Dr. Maria Dolce, Associate Professor at Stony Brook University School of Nursing; and Ms. Laura Hale, State Advocacy Manager with the Dental Access Project; will provide perspectives from the fields of public health, public policy and dentistry. RSVP to attend: ...

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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

Jordan Middleton (left) with his classmate at HSDM's White Coat Ceremony

Pursuing a Dream to Be the Most Impactful Provider Possible

August 19, 2019

Meet Jordan Middleton, 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 from a relatively small city in Central New York called Auburn. I attended the only public high school in town, Auburn High School. Upon graduating in 2015 I attended Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. I majored in Biology and was a student researcher in a population genetics lab. My interests, outside of dentistry, include sports (...

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Natasha and Alisha Nanji at Revisit Weekend at HSDM

Seeing Double at HSDM

August 13, 2019

Meet new DMD students, Natasha and Alisha Nanji, twins in HSDM's incoming class. This is part of a series of interviews with members of the Class of 2023.

Tell the HSDM community more about your background.

Alisha: Natasha and I were born and raised in a suburb of Toronto. From a young age, we learned the values of hard work, discipline and the importance of giving back through our parents - our dad is a refugee who fled Uganda with $23, and our mom is an immigrant sponsored by one of her eight sisters from Tanzania.
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DMD student gets White Coat

A Warm Welcome and White Coats for the Class of 2023

August 12, 2019

Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) welcomed 35 new DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) students to campus in early August. The Class of 2023 hails from 19 different states and from 29 different colleges/universities. The class composition is 71 percent female and 29 percent male. Fourteen percent come from populations underrepresented in medicine.

Orientation began the morning of August 5, with the DMD students joining their Harvard Medical School (HMS) classmates for welcome remarks by the deans of the respective schools.... Read more about A Warm Welcome and White Coats for the Class of 2023

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