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UConn dental school names Dr. Sharon M. Gordon as dean

July 09, 2018
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Dr. Gordon
Farmington, Conn. — Dr. Sharon M. Gordon is the first woman to serve as dean at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in its more than 50-year history, the school announced June 28.
    
Dr. Gordon, an educator, clinician and scientist, will join UConn Health on Aug. 31 from the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine in North Carolina, where she is currently associate dean for innovation and discovery and professor and chair of the department of foundational science.
    
"I'm honored to be selected to lead the UConn School of Dental Medicine at this juncture of its history," Dr. Gordon said in a news release. "Its strong research programs, model curriculum and reputation for excellence in clinical education set the state for building on its trajectory of success."
    
A graduate from the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School, Dr. Gordon completed her dental residency training at San Antonio's Medical Center Hospital, with additional residency training and fellowships at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Dental Research.
    
For more than two decades — first at NIH and then at the University of Maryland — Dr. Gordon's experience included creating innovative dental curriculum, research training and career development, with an emphasis on clinicians, according to a news release.
    
"I consider myself a curious clinician, conducting research to improve patient care," Dr. Gordon said. Her clinical and research interests center on improving management of pain through improved analgesia and anesthesia, as well as accelerating oral wound healing, particularly following tissue injury or mucosal perturbations due to cancer therapy.
    
"Dr. Gordon's joining the school of dental medicine is an exciting opportunity for the school and the university," said Craig H. Kennedy, UConn provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, in a news release. "Her background in extramurally funded research will help advance, in tandem, the clinical and research missions of the school."
    
Dr. Gordon takes over from Dr. R. Lamont "Monty" MacNeil, who is stepping down this summer after 12 years serving as dental school dean.