Dean William Giannobile recently announced interim leaders for the Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM).
Dr. Bonnie Padwa, professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) was named interim chair of the Department in early January. She succeeds Dr. Jay Austen, who will continue to oversee OMFS at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
Padwa is an alumna of HSDM where she received her DMD training. She went on to complete her MD at Harvard Medical School. After finishing her oral and maxillofacial surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital, she completed a craniofacial surgery fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is the Leonard B. Kaban DMD, MD Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Oral Surgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital. Padwa has a special interest in treating patients with cleft and craniofacial deformities and her clinical research is centered around this patient population.
“I am very much looking forward to working with Dr. Padwa in her interim role. She will be instrumental to HSDM and MGH leadership in the recasting of OMFS at MGH and in launching the MGH Chief search later in 2021,” Dean Giannobile said.
In the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Jessica Loew, associate director of Development and Alumni Relations, was named interim associate dean for the Office after the retirement of Wanda Mock in December.
“For the past eight years, Jessica has built significant relationships with HSDM alumni and donors, strengthening their commitment to the School and raising funds for a wide range of HSDM priorities,” Dean Giannobile said. “I believe that she will be an excellent supporter of our development activities as we launch our search for a new leader of Development at HSDM.”
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve HSDM in this capacity and excited about the future of the Development Office and the School,” Loew said.