Dean's Welcome

CWRU SODM Dean Kenneth Chance

Greetings! Welcome to the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, a diverse and vibrant community. Founded in 1892 as the Dental Department of Western Reserve University, the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University is a private dental school located in Cleveland, Ohio.

The school has undergone many changes through the years. Since 1969, the facilities of the School of Dental Medicine have been located on and highly integrated into the Health Science Campus of Case Western Reserve University, adjacent to the schools of medicine and nursing. In 2019 we moved to the new Health Education Campus, housing the School of Dental Medicine along with our colleagues at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, and the Lerner College of Medicine, while the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will collaborate with us as well.

Students select our school because of our reputation for excellence, our first class pre-doctoral and post-doctoral dental educational programs that include our preceptor model of clinical instruction, and our strong commitment to patient care, research, interprofessional education and community service.

We have a long tradition of excellence in dental education. In the first year, our dental students have the opportunity to see patients through our Healthy Smiles Sealant Program, where we collaborate with schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Our students are presented with a rigorous and comprehensive educational experience that features strong clinical experiences, an evolving and dynamic Relevant Experiential Active Learning (REAL) Curriculum, state-of-the-art dental simulation clinics, extensive community service components, and opportunities to specialize in various post-doctoral programs, all delivered by highly skilled faculty and staff. We have a network of distinguished alumni that provide unwavering support to both students and to recent alumni.

Whether you are visiting as a patient, a potential student with an interest in pursuing a dental education, or as a graduate stopping by to reconnect, I hope this site provides you with the information you are looking for.

On behalf of our entire academic community, welcome and thank you for your interest in the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. We invite you to be a part of our great story.

Kenneth B. Chance, DDS '79
Immediate Past President, Supreme Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society

Phone: 216.368.3267