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University of Washington dental school names new interim dean

July 18, 2018

Dr. Chiodo
Seattle — The University of Washington School of Dentistry announced July 17 it named Dr. Gary Chiodo as interim dean, effective Aug. 1.
    
Dr. Chiodo is expected to serve as interim dean for at least two years before the university conducts a search for a new permanent dean, according to the announcement.
    
"Dr. Chiodo is a highly respected and capable dental education leader who will provide the focused, knowledgeable, dedicated and collaborative leadership needed by the [dental school] at this time," said Ana Mari Cauce, Ph.D., University of Washington president, in a news release.
    
Most recently, Dr. Chiodo served as assistant director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care and professor emeritus in the department of community dentistry at Oregon Health & Science University.
    
Dr. Chiodo received his bachelor's degree in biology from Portland State University in 1974 and his dental degree from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1978.  For the first two decades of his dental career, he practiced at a Portland, Oregon, public health dental clinic that treated the majority of identified HIV-positive persons in Oregon and southwest Washington.
    
At OHSU, Dr. Chiodo moved into education as a longtime faculty member in the department of public health dentistry, becoming a full professor in 1992.
    
From 2000 to 2011, Dr. Chiodo served as OHSU's chief integrity officer, overseeing health care compliance, human and animal subject research, conflict of interest, audit and advisory services and compliance education.
    
In addition, Dr. Chiodo served as interim dean at OHSU School of Dentistry from 2012 to 2014; and as vice president and system compliance officer/organizational integrity with PeaceHealth, a nonprofit chain of hospitals, medical clinics and laboratories in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.
    
"We certainly have challenges to address as we resolve operational issues and improve our infrastructure," Dr. Chiodo said in a news release. "After meeting with department chairs, faculty, staff, students, and UW executive leadership, I am confident that we are well prepared to meet these challenges. I will be an enthusiastic partner in this effort."