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The college is proud to announce the appointment of Martin B. Steed, D.D.S., as chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and associate dean for Hospital Affairs (within the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine).

He joined our faculty on December 9, 2013.

“I have been impressed at every level with the quality of the students, residents, faculty, and staff whom I’ve gotten a chance to meet within the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. This has made me beyond excited to play a significant part in advancing the goals of our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department to be a regional and national center of excellence in teaching, research, and patient care,” said Dr. Steed.

Dr. Steed graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 1997 and then completed an oral medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1997 to 1999. He completed his training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004 and was appointed to the full-time faculty at Emory as an asssistant professor that same year.

Steed was previously associate professor and the residency program director within the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine as well as chief of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service at Emory Midtown Hospital. His clinical and research interests include microsurgical repair of peripheral trigeminal nerve injuries, virtual surgical planning/ simulation, orthognathic and maxillofacial trauma surgery outcome measurements, and surgical curriculum development and assessment.

When not at the dental school or hospital, Dr. Steed enjoys golfing, fishing, playing ice hockey, and spending time with his wife Michelle and their two rescue puppies.

E4D and Sirona Dental have made revolutionary advancements in dental education at the College of Dental Medicine.

Our dental students have access to 14 E4D NEVO systems and 35 E4D design stations, seven CEREC systems with 35 CEREC design stations, 35 3Shape design stations and a D800 scanner.

Freshman dental students begin learning digital dentistry in dental morphology where they utilize digital software to virtually wax. In addition, they use grading software to evaluate how close their physical wax-ups are to the ideal. As they advance to fixed prosthodontics, they use E4D Compare to evaluate their preparations. This software utilizes 3D surface mapping technology to evaluate a student preparation against a gold standard preparation, over and under reduction (Fig 1).

With removable partial dentures, all students use 3Shape software to scan and design RPDs digitally. This mirrors the new digital RPD workflow in the clinic where frameworks are printed from the local lab based on student digital designs. During the second semester of the students’ second years, there is an entire course dedicated to chairside CAD/CAM dentistry, teaching 70 hours of material on digital dentistry and modern ceramics. In this class, CEREC and E4D are taught side by side in great detail.

Before students enter the clinic, they will have scanned approximately 100 quadrants and designed and milled several cases. By the time they get into the clinics, they are thinking CAD/CAM dentistry.

The technology has been revolutionary to education and has truly taken hold at MUSC. In fact, some students graduate doing more single visit CAD/ CAM restorations than conventional restorations. Last year a student completed in excess of 20 restorations.

We have recently expanded our CAD/CAM clinic to seven chairs with a CAD/CAM system in each room. Thanks to Patterson Dental and Sirona Dental, students now have access to a CEREC Omnicam color scanner and are utilizing it heavily (Figure 2) along with CEREC Bluecam systems. We have a dedicated CAD/ CAM assistant, Gail Ward, who is highly trained to assist students with single visit dentistry (Figure 3). A typical day in the seven- operatory MUSC CAD/CAM clinic is very enjoyable for everyone. Our patients appreciate a single three-hour appointment for an e.max crown, rather than multiple three-hour appointments for a conventional crown. There is no question CAD/CAM is here to stay and MUSC is making it a top educational priority.

The College of Dental Medicine welcomes new faculty member Dr. Theresa S. Gonzales to the Department of Stomatology in the Division of Pathology. 

Dr. Gonzales recently retired from the United States Army Dental Corps after a long and distinguished career in active federal service. Most recently, she was a nominative selection as the Director of Strategic Communications for the Army Surgeon General. During her career, Gonzales served in Director positions in pain management and pathology departments. 

Gonzales graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Chemistry. She then received her D.M.D. from MUSC before starting her military career. From 1994 to 1998, Gonzales taught in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry, where she was nominated for "Teacher of the Year" three times. She has continued her education through her career, most recently completing a two-year fellowship in Orofacial Pain at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in 2006. 

In addition to teaching undergraduate Pathology, Gonzales will be Director of the Center for Orofacial Pain Diagnosis and Management at CDM. The goal of the pain center will be to reduce pain and improve the quality of life with a variety of treatment methods to help patients reach their unique goals. 

The JBECDM welcomes Dr. Gonzales and looks forward to working with her!

The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine congratulates faculty members on their recent achievements.

Dr. Frederick Moore, Jr., Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Daniel Laskin Award as an Outstanding Predoctoral Educator.  The Daniel Laskin Award is given to an Oral Surgeon who strives to further Oral and Maxillofacial research and academia, has a reputation as an outstanding clinician, and maintains the highest ethical and moral ideals of a professor.  The award will be presented at the opening ceremonies of the AAOMS meeting this coming October.



Dr. James A. Rivers, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, received the Distinguished Dentist Citation from the South Carolina Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. The Pierre Fauchard Academy's goal is to consistently focus on professionalism, integrity, and ethics worldwide, by conducting themselves as worthy role models, advancing dentistry to the highest level, and supporting and honoring colleagues for their distinguished work. The award commemorates Rivers' contributions to the art and science of dentistry.



Dr. Keith Kirkwood, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, was a recent recipient of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award. The award was presented during the annual meeting of the International Association for Research in Seattle. The award recognizes scientists whose research has led to significant advances in oral health. Dr Kirkwood is a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology, past recipient of the GlaxoSmithKline/IADR Innovations in Oral Care Award, and is a previous Tarrson Fellow from the American Academy of Periodontology. 



Dr. Monica Cayouette, Associate Professor and Director of the Implant Prosthodontics Division in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists at its 83rd Annual Convocation in San Francisco. The honorary organization recognized Dr. Cayouette for her outstanding and meritorious service to the profession and community.

Dr. Jompobe “Joe” Vuthiganon, an Instructor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, has been named the 2013 ADEA/ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Junior Faculty Award recipient.

This national award recognizes junior faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and service. Dr. Vuthiganon was acknowledged at the 2013 ADEA (American Dental Education Association) Annual Session & Exhibition in Seattle Washington on March 19th, 2013. As part for the award, he was given a $2,500 stipend to cover travel expenses to the conference and to further his teaching, research, and service efforts.

Vuthiganon received his dental degree from MUSC in 2009 and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 2010. Following residency, Vuthiganon came back to Charleston and joined the faculty full-time at MUSC.

In his personal statement to ADEA, Vuthiganon wrote, “I am proud to be a part of the faculty at my alma mater and to work alongside the instructors who taught me how to be a dentist. I have found my calling in dental academia where I can not only serve my patients, but also be part of the training of future dentists. I look forward to the future as I continue my career here at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.”

Through teaching the Dental Materials I course, as well as developing The Oral Rehabilitation Clinic Handbook™ (TORCH), Dr. “V” (as he’s known by the students) has made a positive impact since he started teaching at MUSC.

Katie Daniel, the third-year student who nominated him for the award, can attest to his impact. In her nomination letter to ADEA, she wrote, “Not only does Dr. V put together engaging lectures, he also makes MUSC a brighter place just with his presence. This can be an underrated quality . . . especially in the stressful world of dental school.”

The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine congratulates Dr. Vuthiganon on this award and his continued dedication to the education of the future dentists of South Carolina.

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