Dr. Ronald J. Billings Assumes New Role at the University of Rochester

February 15, 1999

Ronald J. Billings, D.D.S., M.S., director emeritus of Eastman Dental Center (EDC), will serve as a special advisor on oral health issues to the senior vice president of the University’s Division of Health Affairs. In this role, he will provide counsel on the positioning of dental programs and help strengthen relations with community and regionally based dentists. Dr. Billings will also work with the University of Rochester Medical Center development office to strengthen linkages with EDC alumni and help to build a viable dental donor base.

Dr. Billings stepped down from the position of director of the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center (EDC) at the end of 1998. "Having had the opportunity to be director of the Center for the last five years and to have lead the organization through its merger with the University of Rochester (UR) has been one of the highlights of my 30-year career in dentistry," said Dr. Billings.

Dr. Billings also plans to continue teaching and conducting research. He is currently the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded grant to study the risk of caries onset in children and is co-investigator on an NIH program project grant to study the relationship between peptides from human parotid gland secretions and dental caries.

Dr. Billings received three degrees from Indiana University (IU), including his B.A. (1966), D.D.S. (1969), and M.S.D. (1973). He served as associate director of clinical research at the IU Oral Health Research Institute and was assistant professor of dentistry at IU from 1973-76. He was the recipient of an NIH National Research Service Award to study cariology and served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas prior to joining Eastman Dental Center in 1984 as vice chair of the Department of Community Dentistry.

Dr. Billings served on the AADS Council of Deans, the New York State Council of Dental Deans, and the board of directors of the 7th District Dental Society of the State of New York. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Billings was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Quality Council’s 1998 Greater Rochester Quality Award and the 1998 Indiana University School of Dentistry distinguished Alumni Award.

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