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Temple dental school names Dr. Ismail dean

Dr. Amid Ismail, an expert in evidence-based dentistry and dental caries research, is the new dean at the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University, the school announced on Sept. 10.

A "passionate advocate" for the underserved, Dr. Ismail said he plans to work with faculty and students to develop a new urban academic dental education model to improve dentists' clinical skills and knowledge of current health policy. He also hopes to foster relationships with the school's alumni.

"The challenges facing urban centers in the U.S. should receive the utmost attention from all policymakers, including universities," Dr. Ismail said. "I am pleased to join Temple University leadership who have taken this task as a major mission for the university."

Dr. Ismail, who is assisting Dr. Bob Brandjord in developing the ADA Community Dental Health Coordinator project, said he is committed to developing new models for dental education to improve access to dental care and to prepare dentists to meet the challenges of today and the future.

In a press release announcing the appointment, Temple President Ann Weaver Hart praised Dr. Ismail as a "highly-regarded educator, researcher and clinician who shares Temple's fundamental value of service to others.

"He will be an effective academic leader and a champion of improved oral health for our community," she said.

Dr. Ismail leaves behind the University of Michigan where he was a professor of health services research and cariology at the School of Dentistry and director of the dental public health program at the UM School of Public Health and a professor of epidemiology.

He will assume his dean's duties Oct. 13.

While at Michigan, Dr. Ismail received the University of Michigan's Distinguished Public Service Award and led two collaborative research projects on underserved populations: the Detroit Oral Cancer Prevention Project and Detroit Center for Research on Oral Health Disparities. Both studies were funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ismail also was the principal investigator of a $6.9 million NIH grant to study evidence-based dentistry.

Previously Dr. Ismail was the chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. Additionally, he has participated in ADA panels for developing clinical recommendations on fluoride supplements, sealants and professionally-applied topical fluoride.

According to Dr. Daniel Meyer, ADA senior vice president, science/professional relations, Dr. Ismail has the "unique combination of experience and skills" to integrate dental education with the needs of the students and faculty.  

"He is more than qualified to prepare his students for the demands of patient care in private practice and public health communities. We wish him all the best," Dr. Meyer said.

Dr. Ismail received his dental degree from the University of Baghdad. He earned master's and doctorate degrees in public health and a master's in business administration from the University of Michigan. He also has served on the faculties of Dalhousie and McGill Universities in Canada. Dr. Ismail has published and presented more than 200 abstracts, many of which focus on oral and overall health issues facing the underserved. In 2001, he received the H. Trendly Dean Memorial Award from the International Association for Dental Research for distinguished achievements in behavioral science, epidemiology, and public health.

The Kornberg School of Dentistry was founded in 1863 and is one of the oldest U.S. dental schools in continuous operation.