Huja Announced as Next Dean

Sarandeep S. Huja, DDS, Ph.D, has been appointed as the next dean of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, pending Board of Trustees approval. Dr. Huja will assume his new role effective Oct. 1, and will have an academic appointment as professor in the College. The selection of Dr. Huja follows an extensive search which resulted in a highly competitive candidate pool.

Dr. Huja has an impressive record of academic-achievement, demonstrated leadership-success, and the collaborative team-building skills needed to lead the College forward. He joins us from his current role as associate dean for faculty and student development and graduate studies at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. In this role he focused on faculty and student development and expanding their research. Prior to his tenure at Kentucky, Dr. Huja held several leadership positions in the College of Dentistry, Orthodontics Program at The Ohio State University.

ADA Confers Highest Honor to Interim Dean Blanton

In October, the ADA Board of Trustees will bestow upon Dr. Patricia Blanton the ADA Distinguished Service Award for her lifelong devotion to advancing the art and science of dentistry. The late President Emeritus James B. Edwards is the only other individual from South Carolina to receive the tremendous honor.

“I was proud to nominate Dr. Blanton for the 2017 ADA Distinguished Service Award,” said Dr. Gary L. Roberts, ADA president. “Her distinguished career in dentistry, which has included service as vice president of the ADA and as the first female president of the Texas Dental Association, is something to which we all can aspire. With a half-century of service in the classroom and now as interim dean of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, she continues to be a role model for the next generation of dentists. I look forward to presenting her with the award at this year’s annual meeting in Atlanta.”

Dr. Blanton also served as president of the American College of Dentists Foundation; Dallas County Dental Society; Texas Society of Periodontists; and Southwest Society of Periodontists. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the William John Gies Award of the American College of Dentists; Gold Medal for Distinguished Service from the Texas Dental Association; Lifetime Achievement Award of the Dallas County Dental Society; and Baylor College of Dentistry Hall of Fame.

She has also been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Baylor College of Dentistry and Distinguished Alumna of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.

Zach Evans Now Full Time in Stomatology

Zachary Evans, DMD, Ph.D, matriculated as an assistant professor in the Department of Stomatology in February after previously serving as a part-time faculty. Dr. Evans was awarded a Ph.D. in immunology and microbiology from MUSC’s Graduate Studies Program in 2008. He received his DMD in 2011 from MUSC and a Certificate in Periodontics in 2014 from MUSC. Dr. Evans practiced periodontics full-time in the Charleston area before joining faculty. In 2017, he became board certified and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology.

Martin Serving as Interim Chairwoman

Dr. Amy Martin has been named the interim chair of the Department of Oral Health Sciences. She will retain her role as the Director for the Division of Population Oral Health in the Department of Stomatology.

Recent Graduate Lee on Faculty

Dr. Melinda Lee
Dr. Melinda Lee

Dr. Melinda Lee, who received her DMD with honors as a member of MUSC’s dental class of 2017, became an instructor in the Department of Stomatology in July 2017.

Postdoctoral Scholar New Assistant Professor

Joni Nelson, MS, PhD
Joni Nelson, MS, PhD

In July Joni Nelson, MS, Ph.D. became assistant professor and deputy director for the Division of Population Oral Health in the Department of Stomatology, where she previously was a postdoctoral scholar. She received a Master’s Degree in immunology and microbiology from MUSC in 2011 and was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Dr. Nelson is also serving a one-year term as a policy fellow with the National Rural Health Association, where she is receiving additional training on policy advocacy and analysis.

Dr. Nelson was also recently recognized for a scientific poster award, alongside Drs. Martin, Leite, McElligot, Garr and Bhavsar at the 5th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina. The awardwinning poster described applications of telehealth for oral health care, including a pathway for ameliorating traditional geographic access to care barriers for rural and underserved communities.

Neville Recipient of 2017 MUSC Distinguished Faculty Service Award

Dr. Brad Neville, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Stomatology, was awarded the MUSC Faculty Service Award. In 1997 the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Trustees established a program through the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, formerly the Health Sciences Foundation, to recognize faculty who, over a substantial portion of their careers, have provided exceptional and sustained service and who have made contributions in teaching, research, health care and/or public service to the University and to the citizens of South Carolina. Faculty may be nominated by any member of the MUSC family.

Schmidt to be Honorary Fellow in the American College of Dentists

In October Professor Michael G. Schmidt will be named an Honorary Fellow at the 2017 annual meeting of the American College of Dentists in Atlanta. Schmidt earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington and rose through the ranks of MUSC, earning the rank of tenured professor and vice chair of microbiology and immunology. Dr. Schmidt’s service to the profession spans more than four decades of continuous education, advocacy and achievement.

Dr. Schmidt is active in the educational missions of the Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry at MUSC. He serves as an invited reviewer for the literature of his field and is the chair of the Branch Organization Committee for the American Society for Microbiology, was a member of that society’s communications committee, co-chaired the development of their career poster and facilitated the revision of the society’s public website, Microbeworld. org. He has led numerous national workshops on the use of information technology in medicine, microbiology and infectious diseases (FEMA), has twice been a panel-list on Science Friday, was the former content editor for Microbeworld radio and presently serves as regular contributor to the internationally-recognized podcast This Week In Microbiology (TWiM).

Lieutenant Blake Tollison Receives Tau Sigma’s Highest Honor

The Tau Sigma Military Dental Club seeks to promote oral health in the Charleston community, welcome new military-sponsored students into the College and participate in fund raising initiatives for Charleston area homeless veterans. This military organization is open to all obligated members of the armed services and meets regularly to discuss a variety of topics related to future service as a dental officer.

Each year, the members of Tau Sigma bestow the coveted Major General Joseph G. Webb Leadership Award to a member of the organization who embodies the leadership attributes of the College’s highest-ranking military officer,- Maj. Gen. Joseph Webb. The award was designed to honor and recognize an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities. The Class of 2017 selected Lieutenant Blake Tollison.

Removable Prosthodontics Welcomes Tregerman

The Division of Removable Prosthodontics is pleased to announce the appointment of Assistant Professor Irv Tregerman within the Department of Oral Rehabilitation. Dr. Tregerman is currently residing in Mount Pleasant after owning and operating his own practice for 29 years. His primary career focus has been devoted to teaching at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine while being an expert witness and independent examiner for malpractice torts.

Dr. Tregerman is a member of numerous professional associations such as First District Dental Society, New York State Dental Society, American Dental Association and the New York Implant Study Club. Dr. Tregerman has also participated in revamping the preclinical curriculum while he was assistant clinical professor at Columbia University.

Ortho Department Has New Chair

Dr. Timothy Tremont is the new chair of the Department of Orthodontics, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Tremont joins us from West Virginia University School of Dentistry, where he was the orthodontic residency program co-director. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position.

Dr. Tremont received his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science from the University at Buffalo. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary dental society. Additionally, Dr. Tremont developed the popular Cantilever Wrap Around ApplianceTM for maxillary retention, as well as the Four Faces of Orthognathic Surgery to assist in attaining surgical results that are accurate with presurgical predictions.