Tufts University dental school names new dean
May 21, 2019
— Tufts University School of Dental Medicine announced May 16 it named Dr. Nadeem Karimbux as its new dean beginning July 1.
Dr. Karimbux has been the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of periodontology at the dental school since 2012.
“Tufts University is committed to preparing students to meet challenges now and in the future — especially in the rapidly changing field of health care,” said Tufts University President Anthony P. Monaco in a news release. “In Nadeem Karimbux, we have identified a leader and mentor who shares that commitment, who has deep experience in dental education, clinical care and research, and who is driven to provide our dental students with all they need to provide the best care.”
Born and raised in Nakuru, Kenya, Dr. Karimbux received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He earned his dental degree and a master’s degree in Oral Biology and Graduate Certificate in Periodontology from Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Prior to coming to Tufts, Dr. Karimbux was assistant dean for dental education at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he led extensive curriculum changes. At Harvard, he also held roles as the school’s director of predoctoral periodontology and program director of the Advanced Graduate Education Program in Periodontology.
In addition, Dr. Karimbux is the editor of the Journal of Dental Education, and has served on the American Dental Education Association Council of Faculties and the editorial review board of the Journal of Dental Education. He is currently serving as an associate editor for the Oral Health Integration, Workforce, and Practice section of the upcoming 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.
Dr. Karimbux is also a researcher with interests in the relationship between oral health and systemic disease, periodontal wound healing and the integration of technology into clinical training and problem-based learning in dental education. He has published more than 120 papers and presents nationally and internationally, according to Tufts.
“Oral health care is not only about how dentists practice but it is also about how patients receive care in a person-centered context,” said Dr. Karimbux in a news release. “As a community, we recently celebrated the school’s 150th anniversary. I’m looking forward to taking on this role at a time when we are looking toward the next 150 years of student education, patient care, research, lifelong learning and collaboration with our communities.”