College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

Not only is it Labor Day weekend, but the first Hawkeye football game of the year is tomorrow. As you enjoy the holiday weekend with friends and family, know that I appreciate our Hawkeye community. As I said to many of you over the last sixteen months, many things have changed in the college, but the character of our Hawkeye community and our common commitment to serving others and one another has remained strong. Let's remember that during this holiday weekend, Cheers! ~Clark Stanford 

Updates for September 1, 2023–September 7, 2023

Aaron Cho

Digital innovation and keeping up with changes in prosthodontics

When Department of Prosthodontics Chair Aaron (Seok Hwan) Cho joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2022, he brought knowledge of a new wave of technological prosthodontics innovations that will benefit patients, clinicians, and students.

Tigerhawk flag at an Iowa football game

Exciting CE Opportunities!

Our 2023 Fall Continuing Education lineup offers exciting opportunities across a wide variety of courses in various specialties from our world-class experts in the field. We want to highlight two upcoming opportunities especially:

  1. Our Reunion Weekend has a great slate of courses and it is coming up fast on September 15-16.
  2. Our Nowak (Pediatric Dentistry) Professorship CE course is on October 20, and it will be an exciting opportunity to hear about a variety of health care specialties in collaboration with UIHC that intersect with pediatric oral health care.  
Iowa Dentistry and SHPEP 's booth for Latino Fest

Iowa Dentistry participates in Iowa City Latino Fest

Last weekend, Iowa Dentistry and Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at Iowa participated in the Iowa City Latino Fest. It was a great way to get involved in the community and share our passion for dentistry and oral hygiene. Thank you to Jessie Gomez for setting up this outreach event!

Steven Levy and the Iowa Institute Research staff at the T90/R90 celebration

Dentistry celebrates T90/R90 grant renewal     

On August 30, Iowa Dentistry hosted a grant celebration for the renewal of the T90/R90 grant for another five years. Led by Steven Levy, the Wright-Bush-Shreves Endowed Professor of Research, the training grant supports nine trainees per year and is the primary funding mechanism for supporting Iowa PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers. Following tradition, Dean Stanford presented teddy bears to the PIs and the grant support staff.

Daphne Hoefler

IDA Scholarship Profile: Daphne Hoefler

The Iowa Dental Foundation (IDF) awarded six scholarships this year, including three scholarships to dental students at Iowa Dentistry. Learn about dental student Daphne Hoefler and what receiving the scholarship means to her.

"I am from the small town of Mechanicsville, Iowa. I knew I always wanted a career in healthcare, and I quickly learned that dentistry was right for me. Through being involved in various activities at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, I have gained experience and skills that I hope to carry with me as I move forward in my career after graduation. Dental school has also given me the opportunity to create relationships with my patients and build long-lasting friendships with my classmates. I am looking forward to starting my fourth year as a dental student to continue developing these relationships and skills. I am very grateful to the Iowa Dental Foundation for awarding me this scholarship as it will help lower some of the financial burden of paying for dental school."
Students shopping at the Food Pantry

UI food pantry and clothing closet open space in Iowa Memorial Union

The UI food pantry and clothing closet’s new location aims to provide accessible necessities for students, staff, and faculty. Since being founded in 2016, the food pantry has offered food for students, staff, and faculty. The new location seeks to expand its services while increasing accessibility.


Meaningful experiences at IMOM

Testimonial from Kecia Leary, associate dean of clinics, on one of her most memorable experiences at IMOM:

 "I once worked with a dental assistant who was looking for a dentist to assist.  It was my first year volunteering at IMOM and she hadn’t worked a ton with pediatric patients, but she seemed like she was interested and up to the task.  Turns out she wanted to be a dentist when she finished school so we worked together as Doctor/Assistant while she was in undergrad and then her first two years of dental school, now we get to work together as colleagues." ~Kecia Leary

Sign up as a volunteer today. Everyone has a part to play!

YouTube video of Ruedi and Cecile speaking

Iowa Dentistry: Your-One-Stop total care

In one location, the the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics offers a complete range of dental services for children and adults in ten dental specialties. We are your one stop total care option.


Collaborative and Innovative Research

Krongbaramee T, Wongpattaraworakul W, Lanzel EA, Hellstein JW, Teixeira FB. Retrospective Evaluation of Periradicular Biopsies: An 18-Year Study. J Endod. 2023 Aug 4:S0099-2399(23)00467-3. doi: 10.1016/j.joen.2023.07.023. PMID: 37543187.
In a retrospective study at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, the researchers aimed to identify the incidence rate of various pathologic entities in the periapical region around the roots of teeth. Although most lesions in this region are related to apical periodontitis, which is treated by endodontic therapy, this study found that around 8% of lesions around the roots of teeth were not endodontic in origin. In radiographs and clinical evaluation, these lesions may look similar to traditional endodontic lesions. This complicates diagnosis, and indicates that histologic investigations are required for a definitive diagnosis for lesions in this region.
1922 Iowa Hawkeye Football Team

Hawkeye pride!

Hawkeyes, especially Hawkeye dentists have always had a great deal of school spirit. A little over one-hundred years ago in 1922, Max C. Frazier ('08 DDS), who was a practicing dentist in Oskaloosa at the time, wrote in to the University of Iowa alumni magazine (The Iowa Alumnus) speaking about "local interest in Iowa's championship football team." He added, "We want the followers of the game and more especially the Old Gold followers to know that we in this section appreciate the coaching staff of Iowa." Coach Howard Jones led the Hawks to a 7-0 record in 1922, and the team scored almost 30 points per game and giving up less than 5! 🖤💛🖤💛


September 8, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

September 12, Research Seminar: Chad Novince, Medical University of South Carolina, "“Commensal Microbiota, a Dynamic Regulator of Skeletal Metabolism," hosted by Heidi Steinkamp, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

September 15-16, Dentistry Alumni Reunion Weekend

September 16, Pregame Professional Program: "Worn Dentitions: A Background and Introduction" by Dr. Clark Stanford "Xerostomia Treatment. What's New?" by Professor Karen Baker, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

September 21, Research Seminar: Ana Bedran-Russo, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois Chicago, “Bioinspired Materials to Enhance the Lifespan of Teeth and Restorative Therapies,” hosted by Erica Teixeira, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

September 22, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

September 30, Pregame Professional Program: "Salivary Gland Tumors: Diagnosis and Management" by Dr. Sherry Timmons; "Dental Manifestations of Systemic Disease" by Drs. Kari Maas and Mary Kay Hill, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

October 5, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

October 6, Dental Alumni Reception in Orlando, Florida (in conjunction with the ADA Annual Meeting)

October 7, Pregame Professional Program: "CBCT: Endodontic Applications and Interesting Cases" by Dr. Juan Pablo Castro Cuelllar; "Endodontic Irrigation: Principles and Application" by Dr. Chris Hogden, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

October 10, Research Seminar, Ana Fugolin, School of Dentistry, Oregon Health & Science University, “Designing the Future: Exploring the Potential of Stimuli-Responsive Dental Biomaterials," hosted by Ariene Leme Kraus and Cristina Vidal, Galagan B, 12:00–1:00 p.m.  

October 13-14, IMOM, Waterloo Convention Center, Sullivan Brothers Plaza, 200 W Fourth Street, Waterloo, IA.

October 20, Nowak Professorship: Pediatric Dentistry Course, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

October 20, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

October 21, Pregame Professional Program: "Oral Pathology Patients that Taught Me the Most" by Dr. Steve Vincent; "Infection Control: What's Trending Now" by Dr. Carrie McKnight, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

November 3, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 9, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 14, Research Seminar, Jamie Nichols, School of Dental Medicine, University of Colorado–AMC, title TBD, hosted by Eric Van Otterloo, Galagan B, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

November 15, Virtual Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 30, Research Seminar, Ronald Strauss, Adams School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina, "Blessings in Disguise: Finding Wisdom from Facial Difference", hosted by Steve Levy, Galagan B, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Notes and Resources 

Filling Station Menu

Hours: M-R: 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; F: 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 

The Hawkeye Smile banner image shows Dean Clark Stanford with Jin Xie, associate dean for research, with Herky along with several others during the Iowa Section of the AADOCR in 2022.

Facebook    Twitter-X    Instagram    YouTube    LinkedIn   
The University of Iowa