The University of Washington School of Dentistry

The University of Washington School of Dentistry, one of only two dental schools in the Pacific Northwest, is a worldwide leader in dental education and research, consistently ranking in the top tier of U.S. dental schools for National Institutes of Health funding. The school furnishes comprehensive clinical care, including all dental specialties and unique programs such as DECOD for people with disabilities; the Dental Fears Research Clinic; and Advanced General Dentistry, whose students treat medically compromised patients.

School’s Kathy Hobson receives MLK volunteer honors-

Today we salute Kathy Hobson, this year's School of Dentistry recipient of a Volunteer Service Award during Thursday's Martin Luther King Jr. birthday commemoration observance at the UW Health Sciences Center. Kathy was honored for her work using Mason, a therapy dog, to comfort patients at the UW Medical Center and other Seattle-area hospitals. She and Mason also lead reading programs at area libraries. We're all proud of Kathy! (And you're pretty special too, Mason.) Kathy Hobson, a counseling services coordinator in the Department of Oral Health Sciences, received a Volunteer Service Award during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday commemoration at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center on Jan. 12.

Blog - Husky Health Bridge

You may have heard about Tent City 3, which was set up recently on the UW campus to shelter some of Seattle's homeless population. On Feb. 4 and March 4, our students will help provide dental care to these new residents. The outreach, which is called Husky Health Bridge, is a collaboration by our school with Medical Teams International, Greater Seattle Cares, and AmeriCorps. Patients will be treated in a two-chair mobile dental van and in a three-chair mobile dental clinic in the UW Fishery Sciences Building. They'll receive oral exams and dental procedures, including cleanings, restorations, and extractions. Stay tuned!

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Rubenstein and Dr. David Dean, this year's winners of our Rothwell Teaching Awards, our highest faculty honor. Dr. Rubenstein, who is Professor and Director of our Maxillofacial Prosthetic Service, received the Lifetime Achievement in Teaching Award, while Dr. Dean, Acting Assistant Professor in our Department of Oral Medicine, received the Distinguished Teaching Award. The School of Dentistry's worldwide reputation for excellence rests squarely on the work of faculty such as these, and we are extremely proud of them.

Dr. Esther Wilkins, founder of UW dental hygiene program, dies at 100-

Today we pause to honor the memory of Dr. Esther Wilkins, one of the most influential figures in the history of dental hygiene, who passed away on Monday in Boston at the age of 100. Among her many achievements: She wrote the seminal textbook in the field, still widely used in its 12th edition, and founded the UW's dental hygiene program. Dr. Esther Wilkins, who founded the University of Washington School of Dentistry’s dental hygiene program and was widely regarded as the godmother of modern dental hygiene, died on Dec. 12 in Boston at the age of 100.

Down to the wire: Orthodontics students show artistic skills in competition-

A round of applause, please, for our incredibly talented first-year orthodontic residents who once again wowed us with their entries in the annual orthodontic wire sculpture competition. A smile can be a work of art. So it’s not surprising that orthodontists in training can use their skills and materials to devise other beautiful creations.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Don Raleigh found himself in the middle of the attack on Pearl Harbor as a crew member on the battleship USS Maryland. He survived and went on to serve throughout the Pacific campaign of World War II. When Japan signed its formal surrender in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, he watched the ceremony through a gunnery range finder on another ship. The next year, he became a member of the first class at the brand-new UW School of Dentistry and went on to a long career in private practice in Seattle. Since his graduation in 1950, Dr. Raleigh has served as his class's representative on our Dental Alumni Association board -- and he never misses a board meeting, including the one last month. Today we salute Dr. Raleigh and his fellow veterans who served at Pearl Harbor. Their bravery and dedication continue to inspire us, and will never be forgotten.

Henry Schein Dental

Our own fourth-year student Sohaib Soliman talked with Stan Bergman, president and CEO of Henry Schein Inc., about the future of dentistry and dental education on Facebook Live. Check it out!

Dentistry, Today & Tomorrow: Henry Schein, Inc.'s Chairman and CEO sits down with American Student Dental Association President Sohaib Soliman, discussing the future of the industry from two generational vantage points.View our full Facebook Live schedule here: #ScheinChats #GNYDM

UW School of Dentistry Affiliate Faculty

Our affiliate faculty members have always played a vital role at our school, but that role has assumed even more importance as we implement our Dentist of the Future curriculum. If you're a licensed Washington dentist who'd like to help shape dentistry's future, consider becoming an affiliate instructor. It's a rewarding way to volunteer and give something back to the profession!

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A gift from our students
The Dean Ernest M. Jones Lectureship
UW School of Dentistry: Why It Matters




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