Comprehensive Care

Dr. Dale Baur, Interim Chair
Dale Baur

Dr. Baur currently serves as interim chair for the Department of Comprehensive Care. Dr. Baur is also professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as chief of Oral and Maxillofacial at University Hospitals/Cleveland Medical Center and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Baur is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His special interests include management of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, temporomandibular joint surgery, surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea, and reconstruction of defects of the head and neck.

Sim Clinic

The Department of Comprehensive Care at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine houses clinical aspects of the DMD program and the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program (AEGD). The department is responsible for the predoctoral education of fixed-, removable-, and implant prosthodontics, occlusion, biomaterials, operative dentistry, and the DMD Comprehensive Care Clinical Activities. During the course of their four years of dental education, DMD students will participate in didactic courses, hands-on preclinical simulation courses, and clinical training in general dentistry.

Clinical Experiences in the REAL Curriculum

During the course of their clinical education, students learn to practice evidence-based dentistry by evaluating the literature, critically appraising new medical knowledge and therapies, and applying that information to provide the best oral health care for their patients. Dental students have an opportunity to have early clinical experiences by providing preventative and periodontal treatment in their 1st and 2nd years of dental school.  In their 3rd and 4th years of dental school, students participate in a clinical competency-based program in which they treat patients in our clinic and on clinical rotations to specialty clinics and community based clinical facilities.  The School of Dental Medicine DMD Comprehensive Care Clinic is divided into general dental practices called Preceptor Groups.

Comprehensive Care Preceptor Program

Woman observing a clinic patient.

The Preceptor program is the longest standing Comprehensive Care program in the country. Started in 1967, this program emulates a general dental private practice. Under the guidance of their Preceptor, students learn to:

  • review/update  medical, dental, and social histories
  • collect diagnostic data (clinical examinations, digital radiographic imaging, etc…)
  • consult with specialists
  • develop and sequence treatment plans
  • present treatment plans to their patient
  • provide preventive and restorative treatment

Department News

Faculty invited to speak at ADEA Centennial

Scott ADEA

On March 11-14, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) celebrated 100 years. ADEA events are the most prestigious in the field of dental education—and the department of Comprehensive Care had two of its faculty presenting at this conference, Dr. Scott Pelok and Dr. Leonardo Marchini. Both presentations were well attended with positive response to both.

2023 Winter CE Course

Winter CE Course 2023

On February 18, the Department of Comprehensive Care hosted its first Winter CE Course. Held in the Samson Pavilion, the event was attended by 52 oral health care providers from the Cleveland area. The department extends its gratitude to the attendees, its generous sponsors (Kettenbach, Ivoclar, Utltradent, Biohorizons, ROE Lab, Dental Ceramics and Coltene), and to the lecturers, Drs. Jay Resnick, Leo Marchini and Gino Digiannantonio. Thank you all who made this event a success!! You can view photos from the event here

Delta Dental Grant Received

Tania Markarian

Assistant Professor Tania Markarian secured a $4,999 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to measure burnout among dental students in US dental schools—and to investigate its causes. This study will be conducted by two third-year dental students—Rebecca Lindow and Mikaela Gisch—in collaboration with an extensive network of faculty members from across the country. The faculty network will be led by Department Chair Leo Marchini, who is a co-investigator in the project. 


Department Retreat

Comp Care 2022 retreat

On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Department of Comprehensive Care had its first retreat in many years. It was a very good opportunity to assess the department's current activities and to plan for the year ahead. The retreat was very well attended, with 30+ faculty and staff present to discuss how the Department can continuously improve to serve our students, patients and alumni. View photos from the event.