Faculty Convocation 2018

Each year MUSC recognizes faculty members for their outstanding contributions in education, clinical practice and research. This year, Elizabeth S. Pilcher, D.M.D., associate dean for faculty affairs and assessments, professor, department of oral rehabilitation, received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Read more.

Student honored with Young Investigator Award

Dr. Jessica Hathaway-Schrader, a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Oral Health Sciences, has been honored by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research with the 2018 Young Investigator Award.

Bowers joins Oral Medicine

Dr. Leah Bowers

Dr. Leah Bowers is the new faculty attending in the Division of Oral Medicine and director for the College’s general pathology course. Dr. Bowers was previously at the University of California-San Francisco, as an assistant professor working in the General Practice Residency and Hospital Dentistry programs.  Dr. Bowers received her DMD in 2006, from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. From 2006 to 2008, she practiced general dentistry in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She completed a general practice residency in 2009 and a hospital fellowship in 2010 at the University of Mississippi. From 2010 to 2012, she obtained oral and maxillofacial pathology training and then went on to complete a residency in oral medicine in 2015, at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Following that, in 2016, she completed a dental oncology fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  Dr. Bowers is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and serves as secretary for the Special Interest Group on Oral and Facial Pain and Sleep Medicine of the American Dental Education Association. She is also completing fellowship training in special care dentistry in Chicago.

Chi and Krayer appointed directors of specialty boards

Dr. Joe Krayer and Dr. Angela Chi have been appointed directors of the specialty boards. Drs. Krayer will serve as director of the Board of Periodontology (ABO). He will serve a five-year term and work to “certify the achievement of in-depth knowledge and proficiency in the full scope of periodontology and dental implant surgery through examination and periodic recertification”. Dr. Krayer serves as professor in the Division of Periodontics in the Department of Stomatology.

Dr. Chi will serve as a director of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She will work to “represent the interest of oral and maxillofacial pathologists within the profession itself, in the dental and medical community, and to the public at large.” Dr. Chi serves as professor in the Division of Oral Pathology in the Department of Stomatology.

Cuenin named new Periodontics Program director

Dr. Michael Cuenin

Dr. Michael Cuenin has been named director of the Periodontics Residency Program. Previously assistant professor at MUSC since 2015, Dr. Cuenin is a periodontist who moved to the Charleston area when he retired from the military after 30 years of active service. He graduated with a from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in history and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1981 with a DMD. Upon graduation from Tufts he entered United States Army Dental Corps. Dr. Cuenin is a graduate of a General Practice Residency Program (Fort Riley, Kansas, 1982) and the United States Army Periodontics Residency (Fort Gordon, Georgia, 1990). He attained board certification in 1993.

Dr. Cuenin has held teaching appointments in multiple dental education programs and lectures in periodontics widely. He served as director of the Army Periodontics program for five years and has extensive leadership experience, commanding dental units in Wuerzburg, Heidelberg, and Fort Jackson. His highest military award is the Legion of Merit (3). Dr. Cuenin is author or co-author of more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Periodontology, General Dentistry, Journal of Oral Implantology, American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and the Journal of Oral Implantology.

Emecen-Huja now full-time faculty in Stomotology

Dr. Pinar Emecen-Huja

Dr. Pinar Emecen-Huja is a new full-time faculty member in the Department of Stomotology. Dr. Emecen-Huja is originally from Ankara, Turkey. She received her dental degree and specialty training combined with her Ph.D. from Hacettepe University in Ankara. She worked as a visiting professor and completed her periodontology training at the Ohio State University. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Emecen-Huja joins us from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where she worked for six years as a full-time faculty member in the Division of Periodontics. Her duties will include pre-doctoral and post-doctoral didactic and clinic teaching, research in areas of her expertise, and service at the division, college and university levels.

Khatib joins Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Baber Khatib

Dr. Baber Khatib has joined the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Khatib’s interests include the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck and complete reconstruction of the head and neck region using microvascular tissue transfer.

In 2016 he was part of the first team on the West Coast to successfully perform a “Jaw in a Day” procedure. This remarkable surgery involves removal of the jaw for treatment of a tumor, followed by reconstruction with a vascularized fibula free flap, simultaneous placement of dental implants and a dental prosthesis using custom hardware and 3D printing – all in one surgery. Since then, he has repeated the procedure several times at the Head and Neck Surgical Institute in Portland, Ore., and currently is in process of publishing the institute’s fully digital and virtual protocol.

Lecholop assumes dual appointment with Clemson

In addition to his work as assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. M. Kinon Lecholop has accepted the position of adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University.

Research faculty honored with Rising Star Award

Dr. Chad Novince has been honored by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research with the 2018 Rising Star Award. This award is for the most "promising young scientists and clinician-scientists in the bone field to support K-Award research progress." Dr. Novince is an assistant professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences.

Patterson to lead Pediatric Dentistry Program

Dr. Kimberly Patterson

Dr. Kimberly Patterson, assistant professor, is the new postgraduate program director for Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Patterson received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene, master’s degree in anatomy/microbiology, and D.D.S. from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. She completed a residency in pediatric dentistry at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, La.

Following residency, Dr. Patterson delivered pediatric dental care in and around the Austin, Texas, area until pursuing academics. While in Austin, Dr. Patterson was a consultant to the cleft lip and palate team at the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.

Dr. Patterson is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, consultant and examiner for the ABPD, consultant to the AAPD Council on Scientific Affairs, and a reviewer for the Journal of Dentistry for Children.

Yilmaz receives second recognition from the NIDCR this year

Dr. Ozlem Yilmaz

Dr. Ozlem Yilmaz is known around the College for her vast contributions to the oral research field. In the past year, her studies have been recognized twice by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

In the spring, her lab’s paper in the journal Cellular Microbiology was one of few papers chosen from the NIH's Infectious Disease Program and was presented in the director's May report.

In September, in the NIDCR director's report to the council, Dr. Yilmaz's paper, published in the journal Virulence, was selected as one of the "most important papers" published by the NIDCR grantees. This paper was chosen out of more than 300 published by health-related researchers.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Yilmaz and thanking her for her contributions.

Promotions announced

Effective July 1, the following faculty have been promoted to professor:

• Dr. Amy Martin, Department of Stomatology, with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences
• Dr. Michele Ravenel, Department of Stomatology
• Dr. Walter Renne, Department of Oral Rehabilitation
• Dr. Timothy Tremont, Department of Orthodontics

The following faculty have been promoted to associate professor:

• Dr. Andrew Jakymiw, Department of Oral Health Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
• Dr. Karen McPherson, Department of Oral Rehabilitation

The following faculty have been promoted to clinical associate professor:

• Dr. Allen Rasheed, Department of Stomatology