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UNC perio chair named dean of Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine

Stony Brook, N.Y.—Dr. Ray C. Williams, chair of the Department of Periodontology and Straumann distinguished professor of dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, has been named dean of the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Williams' appointment at Stony Brook begins in February 2009.

"His eminence in his field is outstanding, and Dr. Williams' appointment assures a great future for the school," said Stony Brook University President Shirley Strum Kenny, Ph.D.

In a news release, UNC called Dr. Williams an expert in periodontal disease whose research interests include clinical and translational research in pharmacological modification of the host response to treat periodontal disease, the risk for periodontitis, periodontitis as a risk for systemic disease, and wound healing around teeth and dental implants.

He has authored more than 130 papers on periodontal disease and related dental issues, and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Periodontology, The Compendium of Continuing Dental Education, the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, the Chinese Journal of Dental Research and the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry.

Earlier this year, Dr. Williams received a 2008 UNC-Chapel Hill Teaching Award—the highest campus-wide recognition for teaching excellence—for his achievements in post-baccalaureate instruction.

In 2004, he received the American Academy of Periodontology's Outstanding Educator Award, which is presented to "an exemplary periodontal faculty member who has been an inspired and dedicated teacher." AAP bestowed its Gold Medal Award to Dr. Williams at the organization's 94th annual meeting this past year.

Dr. Williams joined the faculty of UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994.

"Dr. Williams has been an exemplary teacher, researcher and colleague, to name just a few of the many ways in which he has contributed to the mission of our School of Dentistry and the promotion of oral health in our state and beyond," said Dr. John N. Williams, UNC dean.

"His collaborative approach, sense of humor and words of support have inspired many students and colleagues, and he has always been eager to give his time and talent to any initiative that would advance the School's mission," added Dr. John Williams. "We congratulate him on this honor and wish him the very best in his new role as dean of the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine."