Dear Colleagues,

The recent news of President Gee's upcoming retirement was a surprise to many in the university community. That announcement has attracted national attention, and I personally have received emails and phone calls from people I hadn't heard from in years.


I also have been asked by many staff, faculty and alumni about the impact that President Gee's departure may have on our college. I have responded by saying that President Gee has fervently supported us - more so than any other university president I have known. His participation in our White Coat Ceremony and his attendance at our commencement events, in addition to his visits with our alumni and his ongoing interest in our students showed that he wanted us to be successful - and for that I am truly grateful.


As Provost Alutto assumes the role of Interim President, a position he first held in 2007, it is important to remember that he is familiar with this responsibility, and he knows what it takes to meet the needs of the university community. Provost Alutto also was significantly involved with our college long before I arrived. And since I joined the university, he and I have met monthly to discuss important hires, major facility enhancements, and the many achievements of our staff, students, and faculty. He definitely knows our college - our strengths, our challenges, and our needs.  


I am confident that Provost Alutto will maintain a strong commitment to our college, and I look forward to additional support from our new provost, Dr. Joseph Steinmetz, who is the current Dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences. He and I have already met to discuss our college and its needs, and I have found him to be an engaging and thoughtful person with whom I know we will have a positive and productive partnership.


Although I did not anticipate this change in senior leadership, I am confident that our college's strengths and accomplishments have demonstrated our great potential and our leadership in the dental profession. I will do all I can to ensure that we continue on a path that leads to a future of unprecedented success.



College News

2013 Summer Commencement Grads Join Second-Largest Group Ever

Ohio State's spring 2013 graduation ceremony honored the second largest  group of graduates in the university's history, with 10,143 degrees and certificates conferred that day.

College of Dentistry graduates added to the record-setting number of degree recipients with 38 dental hygiene graduates that included  29 traditional grads and 9 baccalaureate degree completion program students. DDS graduates numbered 103.


Click here to view the commencement video.



College Hosts Annual Community Dentistry Day


On May 10, the College of Dentistry's Office of Community Education hosted its annual Community Dentistry Day that provides a forum in which the college's community health care partners meet with dentistry students who will work in community health care clinics, hospitals, and dental practices throughout Ohio as part of their educational curriculum. The event also introduces 4th-year dental students to an array of career options that are available in public health dentistry.



Dr. Alexandra Tsigarida Wins Best Poster Award


Dr. Alexandra Tsigarida, a third-year resident in the Division of Periodontology, won the Best Poster Presentation Award at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration held March 7-9 in Tampa, Florida.


The poster session provides a forum for presentation of clinical and basic science research by oral surgery, periodontal and prosthodontic residents, dental students and faculty. This year, 213 posters were accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting.


Dr. Purnima KumarAssociate Professor of Periodontology, mentored Dr. Tsigarida's research, titled "Subject specific analysis of periodontal and peri-implant biofilms."


Dr. Nguyen is President-Elect of American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists


Dr. Steve Nguyen, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was recently chosen as president-elect of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists (ASDA). A nationally recognized professional organization, ASDA supports and encourages the practice of anesthesia by dentists, while also promoting the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about the field.


In addition to his role as a faculty member in the College of Dentistry, Dr. Nguyen has also served as the Dental-Maxillofacial Anesthesiology Program Director at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, and as an attending dentist anesthesiologist at the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.

Admissions Counselor George Dean Wins Outstanding Staff Award


College of Dentistry admissions counselor George Dean is the most recent recipient of the college's Outstanding Staff Award.

Presented twice annually, the award recognizes a staff member whose actions inspire others to excellence in achievement and performance in the work place. The award was presented by Dean Lloyd at the college's inaugural Staff Development Day. 


The dean shared these remarks from the award nominations. "George conducts himself with professionalism at all times, and he is a team player who is always willing to do what needs to be done." After presenting the award, which includes a prize of $500, Dean Lloyd added, "George has set the standard for recipients of this award, and we congratulate him!"

Join Us for Alumni Reunion Weekend: October 18-20


The College of Dentistry's alumni reunions and tailgate are coming October 18-20, and we hope you'll join us for this scarlet-and-gray-packed weekend. We welcome you back to campus for our alumni reunion events held in conjunction with the university's Homecoming Weekend!


Questions? Call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 614-292-9254, or send an e-mail to:

Click here for a complete list of Homecoming-Reunion Weekend activities.

Alumni Reception at the ODA: September 20


We invite you to join Dean  Patrick M. Lloyd, college faculty and staff members, and the Dental Alumni Society Board of Governors for our alumni reception held in conjunction with the 2013 Ohio Dental Association (ODA) Annual Session at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. 


The alumni reception will be held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Columbus. Meet and mingle with your fellow Buckeyes, enjoy refreshments, and catch up on the latest news from the College of Dentistry. 


For more information, please call 614-292-9254 or email us at



Alumni Reception at the ADA in New Orleans: November 1


Join Dean Lloyd and your fellow Buckeyes at the college's annual alumni reception at the ADA Annual Session in New Orleans.


The alumni reception will be held November 1st at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Please let us know if you'll be joining us, and we'll look forward to seeing you there! Send a note to or call 614-292-9254.

Ohio State Unites to Fight Cancer through Pelotonia Bike Tour


Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. This year's 75-mile ride begins in Pickerington and ends at Gambier, Ohio.



Pelotonia raises money for innovative and life-saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center's James Cancer Hospital and the Solove Research Institute. 


Since its beginning in 2009, Pelotonia participants have raised more than $42 million dollars for cancer research. We invite you to join in this worthwhile effort by clicking here.
June 2013 Edition

Brutus D.D.S. 
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