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Eastman Dental Center Foundation, Inc. Board News

Friday, January 13, 2006

At the August Eastman Dental Center (EDC) Foundation, Inc. Board meeting, William Richardson accepted the post as Eastman Dental Center Foundation Board President. Robert Hurlbut, first vice president, commented that Mr. Richardson’s position on the Medical Center Board would be a benefit in maintaining good communication between that entity and the EDC Foundation Board.

Regarding his new role, Mr. Richardson said, “Dentistry at the University of Rochester is embarking on a number of innovative strategies and the Foundation Board is both involved and supportive of the new initiatives. This is an exciting time to serve as the president of this active group. We have four new Board members who bring a national perspective to the group because of their reputations in education, research, and patient care.” He added, “The Board previously focused on its fiduciary responsibility but our involvement has expanded to include academic oversight, community involvement, and development. We look forward to charting new waters and setting new directions for this dynamic institution.”

 “I joined the Board over a decade ago to help preserve and grow the endowment George Eastman left in furtherance of Dentistry. Since I joined the Board, two things stand out. The first is the endowment investment performance, which has significantly outperformed our benchmarks and secondly, the strengthening of the organization, through the merger with URMC, a leading academic health center. As a result of the merger two significant things occurred, namely the participation and involvement of URMC senior staff such as Mac Evarts and Mike Goonan and participation of EDC Foundation Board members on the URMC Board including Robert Hurlbut, Bill Springer, and myself.

 I feel that Bill Springer brought some special qualities to the Board and I would like to promote that so Board members have a genuine interest in and advocacy for EDC. Secondly I’d like to continue to see the Board as a resource for EDC’s senior staff to advance the organizations plans and goals.

I see the Board continuing to move forward with the assistance of our new members, who bring invaluable experience in both dental education and research. I also see the Board identifying and enabling ways to advance EDC’s leadership position nationally, and internationally.”


Four new members joined the Eastman Dental Center Foundation, Inc. Board.

William Calnon, DDS

Following graduation from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 1978, Dr. Calnon completed a general practice residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in 1979. He was an associate dentist in a private practice in Fairport for two years and started his own general practice in Chili in 1981. He is a partner in that same practice, now known as Calnon & Cilano, DDS, PC.

Dr. Calnon has been very active in organized dentistry throughout his career. He sees this as a benefit as a member of the EDC Foundation Board and said, "Eastman Dental Center has an international reputation and one reason is because the alumni represent almost every country in the world. The field of oral health is embarking on new horizons in the fields of education, research, and patient care. I'm pleased to be a part of the Board that is helping to lead the way for Dentistry at the University of Rochester."

Dr. Calnon has served as president of the Monroe County Dental Society, the Seventh District Dental Society, and the New York State Dental Association. He has also served on countless committees and councils including the Council on Dental Practice of the American Dental Association. He is currently trustee-elect representing New York State to the Board of Trustees of the American Dental Association (ADA).

“The fact that Dr. Calnon knows both the local climate and the state and national trends will be of great benefit to the Foundation Board,” said William Richardson, president of the EDC Foundation, Inc. Board. “The Board will now be able to take an active role in reaching out and helping to plan some of the responses to the new issues facing oral health.”

An appointment to the New York State Board for Dentistry allowed Dr. Calnon an opportunity to serve on that board from 1994-2000. He also served on the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners during that same period of time.

Cecile Feldman, DMD, MBA

Cecile Feldman, DMD, MBA, has served as dean of UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School (NJDS) since February 2001. She served as acting, then interim, dean of the school from early 1999 until 2001.

A 1984 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Feldman earned a certificate in advanced general dentistry from that school in 1985, and went on to receive an MBA in health care administration from The Wharton School. She came to NJDS as a clinical assistant professor in 1988, and since 1998 has served as a professor in the Department of General Dentistry. In 1990, Dr. Feldman became director of Information Services and Quality Assurance, then associate dean for Planning and Assessment, and in 1998, acting associate dean for Academic Affairs.

 Dr. Feldman’s accomplishments during that period include the design of the e-curriculum, a network that provides students with instant access to information, the revamping of the clinical management information system, increasing research and clinical revenues, strengthening ties to surrounding communities, and expanding the School’s involvement in oral health education.

In welcoming Dr. Feldman to the Eastman Dental Center Board, William Richardson, Board president said, “Dr. Feldman brings a wealth of experience to the Board including her areas of expertise in quality assurance, outcomes assessment, health informatics, health services research and health professions education. She is a welcome addition to the Board and Dentistry at the University of Rochester.”

In 1998, as associate dean for Planning and Assessment and chair of the Accreditation Steering Committee, Dr. Feldman led NJDS in a successful site visit from the Commission on Dental Education. She repeated this success during the 2005 Commission site visit.

Dr. Feldman has been principal investigator or co-investigator on many grants, primary and co-author of more than 80 articles, abstracts and book chapters, and has served as a reviewer and board member of the Journal of Dental Education as well as a reviewer for Journal of the American Dental Association. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Dental Care Systems at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a Leadership Institute Fellow for the American Dental Education Association.

Christopher H. Fox, DMD, DMSc

Dr. Christopher Fox is the executive director of the International and American Associations for Dental Research and is one of four new members of the Foundation Board. Concerning his appointment, Dr. Fox said, “"I am delighted to be joining the Eastman Dental Center Foundation Board at such an exciting time in dental research. We are on the precipice of so many new discoveries in dental medicine and Eastman will play a central role."

The IADR and AADR are non-profit organizations with over 11,000 individual members with a mission to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide.

Prior to coming to IADR / AADR, Dr. Fox was the European director of professional relations for the Colgate-Palmolive Company from 1999 to 2003 and was based first in London, England, and then in Paris, France. From 1995-1999, Dr. Fox was director of global professional relations and worked at Colgate’s world headquarters in NYC and its world technology facility in Piscataway, New Jersey. Dr. Fox started his career at Colgate in the professional products division, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, based outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

Throughout his career at Colgate, Dr. Fox initiated or supported many partnerships between industry and professional associations, industry and dental education, and industry and the practicing community—including such programs as the Oral Pharmaceutical Symposium, the annual ADA/Colgate Trends Survey, the IADR / Colgate Research in Prevention Award, the AADR Epidemiologic Forum, the ADEA / ADEE / IFDEA Global Congress on Dental Education, the NDA Women’s Health Symposium, and several other health and education initiatives involving women and dentistry.

“The Board is pleased to have Dr. Fox as a new member,” said William Richardson. “He brings demonstrated leadership, knowledge of dental research and dental education, a pragmatic business approach, and collaborative partnership skills to the Foundation Board.”

After completing a dual degree in biology and psychology from the University of Rochester, Dr. Fox earned his DMD in 1987 from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and concurrently earned a Master's of Science in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He continued his studies at Harvard, completing residencies in both periodontology and dental public health. In 1991, Dr. Fox completed a Doctorate of Medical Sciences (DMSc) program in oral biology and oral epidemiology from the Harvard Faculty of Medicine. After serving on the faculty of HSDM, where he was assistant director of clinics, Dr. Fox joined the Colgate Palmolive Company. He left private industry in 2003 to join the IADR and AADR.

Richard R. Ranney, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Ranney received his dental degree from the University of Iowa, a certificate of training in periodontics from the Eastman Dental Center, and a master’s degree from the University of Rochester.

“Dr. Ranney brings a double perspective to the Foundation Board,” said William Richardson. “Not only has he served as dean of two dental schools, most recently at the University of Maryland (1991-2002), but he is an esteemed alumnus of Eastman Dental Center.”

In 2003, Dr. Ranney was a Senior Policy Fellow at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). He then returned to the faculty at Maryland as a professor of periodontics at Maryland while also being the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Gies Education Fellow for 2004-5. Retiring from his faculty position on July 1, 2005, Dr. Ranney was appointed professor emeritus.

Beginning his first full-time faculty appointment in 1969, Dr. Ranney has held faculty positions in four dental schools, and served administratively as an advanced dental education program director, department chairman, and assistant dean before being appointed dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was continuously funded as a principal investigator (PI) on National Institutes of Health (NIH) research and training grants from 1970 until 1986 when he relinquished his currently active grants to accept a deanship. Among his grants as PI, was one of the first three specialized clinical research centers funded by NIDR, which began in 1978 while he was at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has authored more than 150 publications and has made more than 180 presentations locally, nationally, and internationally. The early presentations were on the immunology, microbiology, clinical genetics, and other clinical aspects of the periodontal diseases, and later topics dealt with dental education and licensure.

Dr. Ranney has served multiple public, professional, and private organizations as a consultant, committee member, or officer, including being president of both the American (AADR) and International (IADR) Associations for Dental Research, on the editorial boards of five professional journals, advisor to ADEA’s Leadership Institute, and an inaugural member of the Oral Health Advisory Committee for the State of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Also among his honors are the Balint Orban Prize from the American Academy of Periodontology, the Basic Research in Periodontal Disease Award from the IADR, an honorary doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires, the naming of the Richard R Ranney Dean’s Conference Room in Maryland’s new dental building, and a Presidential Citation from ADEA. # # #

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