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OHSU School of Dentistry Announces New Appointments, Awards

The Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry announces the following new appointments and awards:

*    Eric Anderson, D.M.D., recently joined the school as an assistant professor of restorative dentistry. Anderson also is a technical adviser within the school, providing electrical, hardware and software support for instructors, as needed. Anderson graduated from the OHSU School of Dentistry in 2005 with high honors, including clinical honors, and received the school's prestigious Peglow Award, which is given to one senior annually in recognition of his/her integrity, humility, compassion, skill, sensitivity to patients, and dedication to service. While at OHSU, Anderson was president of the School of Dentistry student body and directed the 2004 Give Kids a Smile day, overseeing 180 students providing free oral care to 130 uninsured children. Anderson twice won the Table Clinic Competition during the Oregon Dental Convention. He also won the School of Dentistry Alumni Association's Go the Extra Mile award and was the recipient of the Pierre Fauchard Award. He served on the board of trustees for the Oregon Dental Association and coordinated the Explorer Post, an educational program for Oregon high school students. Anderson received his Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University.

 *     Leon Assael, D.M.D., recently was appointed chairman of oral and maxillofacial surgery.  Assael brings a strong national and international reputation as an oral surgeon, a dental educator and an oral health care opinion leader.  He is certified by the Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and past chairman of the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.  He also will serve as the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency director, a combined, six-year medical degree and oral surgery specialty education program. Assael's special interests include clinical surgical education, maxillofacial trauma, dental implants, facial pain and microsurgical repair of maxillofacial nerve injuries.  He is the author of several textbooks and more than 100 peer-reviewed contributions to scientific literature.

*    Reva Barewal, D.D.S., assistant professor of restorative dentistry, recently received a Tissue Prostheses Award from the Astra Tech World Congress. Barewal was the only award winner in the United States and one of three awardees internationally. The winners were selected by an internationally renowned panel of judges, including P-I Branemark, the inventor of titanium dental implants. She received the award for her clinical research in dental implant stability. Barewal currently is conducting a clinical trial on dental implants under various loading conditions. Her preliminary data was published in the March 2006 Applied Osseointegration Research Journal. For her efforts, Barewal received a plaque and $3,500.

*    Curtis A. Machida, Ph.D., research professor of integrative biosciences, recently was appointed to the editorial board for the International Journal of Biomedical Science (IJBS). The IJBS is an international print and electronic journal dedicated to increasing the understanding of human health and disease, promoting the translation of basic research into clinical investigation, and converting clinical evidence into practice. The journal features work in medicine, biomedicine, biology and biochemistry. Currently, there are 55 board members from the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the subcontinent of India. As a board member, Machida will solicit basic science manuscripts for publication and coordinate their review.

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