Interim Leaders Named for Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, and Development

January 19, 2021
photo collage of interim leaders

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).

Dr. Padwa
Dr. Bonnie Padwa
"I am honored to be appointed interim chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at HSDM. I look forward to working with Dr. Giannobile and members of the Leadership Team to move the department forward,” Padwa said.

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.”

Jessica Loew
Jessica Loew
Loew brings previous experience to the role from her work in community health as the Director of Development for DotHouse Health in the Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester. She holds a Masters of Business Administration with a focus in nonprofit management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University. From 1998-2000 she served in the Peace Corps in Zvolen, Slovakia.  

“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.