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University of Alabama at Birmingham names new dean

January 07, 2019
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Dr. Taichman
Birmingham, Ala. — The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry announced Dec. 7 it named Dr. Russell Taichman as its new dean beginning in July.

Dr. Taichman is joining the dental school from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he served as associate dean for research and as the Major Ash Collegiate Professor in the department of periodontics and oral medicine, according to a news release. He will succeed Dr. Michelle Robinson, who has served as interim dean.

"I very much look forward to joining a university with such a highly ranked academic medical center at its core with a shared vision for continued excellence," Dr. Taichman said in a news release. "I foresee many possible collaborations for the UAB School of Dentistry with other parts of the university and its medical center, and I am eager to serve our students, faculty, staff and alumni in the years to come."

Dr. Taichman received his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and a certificate in periodontology from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications in the field of bone biology, hematology, academic leadership and Arctic exploration. In addition, Dr. Taichman developed and directed the University of Michigan School of Dentistry Scholars Program in Dental Leadership, a program focused on the leadership development of dental and dental hygiene students.