The vision for the School of Dental Medicine

A leader in private dental education and a major contributor to new knowledge, the School of Dental Medicine is one of the elite dental research schools in the country. Campaign support for the school will advance dental education, research and patient care, and fund a new capital construction project that will create a state-of-the-art physical space that reflects the quality of the program.

Campaign Goal $32 million

The School of Dental Medicine takes a unique approach to dental education—integrating problem-based and service learning into its classrooms, labs, and clinical and community experiences. Its curriculum embraces an interdisciplinary approach to the education and training of dental professionals, who refine their skills through a combined 85,000 patient visits per year in ambulatory clinics and hospital-based programs. The result is a keen understanding of a patient’s entire health profile—including the environmental, socioeconomic and genetic factors that could impact his or her risk levels and outcomes—and an uncompromising commitment to providing care at the highest level. Scholarships, curricular and program funds, and capital project support are needed to continue to attract and retain tomorrow’s oral health champions.

A growing body of research demonstrates the link between oral health and whole body well-being. The dental medicine school’s noteworthy clinical and research advancements have well positioned it as an epicenter of knowledge about the relationship between oral health and infectious diseases, AIDS, preterm birth, heart disease and stroke, health disparities, health delivery systems and more. These discoveries have helped advance frontiers of knowledge about the prevention and treatment of diseases that extend well beyond the traditional boundaries of dental medicine. Research fellowships and additional state-of-the-art laboratory spaces are critical to fueling this acquisition of new knowledge.

Community Care and Outreach
The School of Dental Medicine provides a critical access point for the surrounding community to a range of health services, bringing dental care—the top unmet health care need for children, the elderly and for those living in poverty—to those in Cleveland who need it most. The dental medicine school provides preventive care in every elementary school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and works with the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland to provide free care to more than 10,000 patients every year. Program support and sponsorship are essential to keeping these students and faculty members out in the field, improving the health of their neighbors.

To learn more about supporting campaign initiatives at the School of Dental Medicine, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 216.368.3923 or

T. Roma Jasinevicius, DDS (DEN ’74, ’76) associate professor (center)
“This is a tremendously exciting chapter in oral health research and patient care, as more is learned each day about the role dental health plays in patients’ overall health and well-being. Together, with the support of dedicated partners—including alumni, foundation and corporate donors—we can shape the future of dental education for the benefit of all.”

—Jerold S. Goldberg (DEN ’70) DDS, dean, School of Dental Medicine