Faculty Bites

Dr. Mohamed Al-Shabrawey, Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Biology, has received a Research Excellence Award from the Qatar Foundation for his research into the effects of a dietary supplement with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid on retinal recovery following traumatic optic neuropathy. The research is funded by GRU’s Culver Vision Discovery Institute.

Dr. Christopher Cutler received the American Dental Education Association’s 2015 Gies Foundation Drs. Connie L. and Richard R. Drisko Scholar Award to attend its 2015-16 Leadership Institute. Cutler, Chairman of the Department of Periodontics and Professor in the Departments of Periodontics and Oral Biology, has also been named to the dual role of Associate Dean of Research (see page 20).

Dr. Eladio DeLeon Jr., Program Director and Marvin C. Goldstein Chairman of Orthodontics, has been named President of the American Board of Orthodontics. DeLeon also serves as Interim Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Mohammed Elsalanty, Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, has received an approximately $450,000 grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study the role of zoledronate in osteonecrosis.

Dr. Weston “Jette” Fortson Jr., Assistant Professor of Orthodontics, has received the 2015 Excellence in Education Award from the Georgia Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Kevin Frazier, Vice Dean of Administration, has been named President of the GRU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Dr. Barry Hammond, Associate Professor of General Dentistry, is Chairman-Elect of the American Dental Education Association’s Continuing Education Section.

Dr. Carole Hanes, Associate Dean for Students, Admissions, and Alumni, has been inducted into the GRU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Dr. Sajitha Kalathingal, Associate Professor of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences, has been elected Secretary of the American Dental Education Association’s Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Section.

Dr. Solon Kao, Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, has been named the College of Dental Medicine’s 2015 Outstanding Faculty Member. A graduate of the college’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program, Kao now serves as its Assistant Director and directs the predoctoral local anesthesia course.

Dean Carol Lefebvre has received a citation from the American Dental Education Association for significant contributions to dental education and the association.

Dr. Regina Messer, Associate Professor of Oral Biology and Oral Rehabilitation, has been named Secretary of the GRU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Dr. Cristiano Susin, Associate Professor of Periodontics and Orthopedic Surgery, has been inducted into the GRU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Dr. Frank Tay, Chairman of the Department of Endodontics, has been inducted into the GRU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

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