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Michael Reddy named dean of UAB School of Dentistry

March 07, 2012

By Karen Fox, ADA News staff

Birmingham, Ala.—The University of Alabama at Birmingham March 6 announced the appointment of Dr. Michael S. Reddy as dean of the UAB School of Dentistry.

Dr. Reddy has served as interim dean since June 2011. His appointment is effective March 15.

Dr. Reddy

From 2004-11, Dr. Reddy was chair of the UAB Department of Periodontology. He is the former assistant dean for planning and clinical activity and a senior scientist in multiple UAB research centers, including the Centers for Metabolic Bone Disease and Aging.

“After a thorough national search that resulted in a number of excellent candidates, the search committee’s preferred candidate came from within UAB,” said interim Provost Linda Lucas, Ph.D. “We are fortunate to have a highly respected dental scholar, educator and clinician on our own campus.”

Added Dr. Lucas: “Michael Reddy is as passionate about educating dental clinicians as he is about building a nationally ranked research program and growing a patient-centered clinical practice. The search committee could not have made a better choice for a superior leader to guide the school into the future.”

“I am humbled and honored to be named the dean of the UAB School of Dentistry,” said Dr. Reddy. “I am overwhelmed by the support and encouragement from the alumni, faculty, staff, students and the UAB community, and I’m excited about the opportunities to build on the collaborations and synergies that make UAB and the School of Dentistry strong.”

Dr. Reddy is the eighth dean of the UAB School of Dentistry, which according to UAB ranks 15th in funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Dr. Lucas called Dr. Reddy “an outstanding interim dean, gaining praise equally from faculty, students and alumni.” The search committee was comprised of representatives from those groups as well as campus leaders.

“Alumni are very excited about the selection of Michael Reddy as dean of the UAB School of Dentistry,” said Dr. Lew Mitchell, a search committee member and School of Dentistry alum. “The alumni know unequivocally that Dr. Reddy, who has given 22 years to the School of Dentistry and to the City of Birmingham, is a gifted clinician, educator, administrator and researcher. The alumni especially appreciate his commitment to clinical excellence and his vision for graduating the best possible dentists to serve the citizens of Alabama.”

Dr. Reddy said that he plans to encourage and expand the school’s approach to interprofessional research within its centers.

“The UAB School of Dentistry engineered the concept of ergonomics in practice, in which dentists sit and work with an assistant—four-handed dentistry was born here,” he said. “Now our ingenuity in practice-based research, dental-materials research and dental implants is fundamentally changing the way people practice dentistry. We want to continue to set the standard for excellence in oral health care.”

Dr. Reddy earned his dental degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1986 and periodontics certificate and doctor of medical science degrees from Harvard in 1989. His research has focused on interrelationships between oral infections and overall health and regenerative medicine approaches in the oral cavity.

He has had continuous NIH funding for the past 20 years and has been awarded more than 40 grants as an investigator or co-investigator. Dr. Reddy is an internationally recognized master clinician in the area of periodontal therapy and dental implants, an examiner for the American Board of Periodontology and a recipient of Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Periodontology.