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David A. Felton to lead West Virginia dental school

David A. Felton to lead West Virginia dental school
Dr. Felton

Morgantown, W.Va.—West Virginia University  announced the appointment of Dr. David A. Felton as dean of its School of Dentistry. He began serving in that capacity in August.

Dr. Felton has served as a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, president of the American College of Prosthodontics and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Prosthodontics. His research interests include dental implants, all-ceramic crowns, the relationship between oral health and systemic health, and biological responses to restorative dental procedures.

A member of the UNC faculty since 1990, he was director of graduate prosthodontics from 1989-92 and chair of prosthodontics from 1992-2002. Dr. Felton earned his dental degree from UNC.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Felton to Morgantown,” said Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., WVU chancellor for health sciences. “He has an international reputation as a clinician, an educator and a researcher and is eager to work with our excellent faculty to advance the oral health of West Virginians.

“He’s maintained an active dental practice throughout his career at UNC while serving in leadership positions in his profession,” Dr. Colenda continued. “We’re very confident that he can help build upon the success of the WVU School of Dentistry and bring it to national prominence.”

Dr. Colenda also expressed his appreciation to Dr. Louise T. Veselicky, who served as interim dean at WVU since 2007.