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University of Washington names interim dental school dean

November 03, 2017
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Dr. Johnson
Seattle — The University of Washington announced Oct. 31 that Dr. James Johnson is serving as interim dean of the School of Dentistry.

Dr. Johnson, who has chaired the school’s department of endodontics since 2003, takes over from Dr. Joel Berg, who has led the school since 2012.

“Dr. Johnson has led his department with distinction, and we are truly fortunate that he has agreed to take on this leadership role in the School of Dentistry,” said Jerry Baldasty, University of Washington provost and executive vice president, in a news release.

Dr. Johnson earned his dental degree from Northwestern University Dental School and served as a dental officer in the U.S. Air Force. He practiced privately in Colorado before returning to Northwestern to earn a certificate in endodontics and a master’s degree in 1985. He then returned to active duty in the Navy.

Prior to coming to the University of Washington, Dr. Johnson served as a captain in the U.S. Navy Dental Corp. He chaired the endodontics department and directed the advanced specialty education program in endodontics at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School.

Dr. Johnson’s research and academic interests include surgical and nonsurgical endodontics, pulpal and periradicular biology and pathology, and instrumentation of the root canal system. He has published numerous scientific papers, and has lectured in the United States and Europe.

Dr. Berg will continue to be active in the dental school, where he is a professor in the department of pediatric dentistry.