Dr. Roma Jasinevicius, Interim Chair
Dr. Roma Jasinevicius, Interim Chair Periodontics Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine

Dr. T. Roma Jasinevicius has been a faculty member for over two decades. She received her DDS from CWRU in 1976 and her Master's in Education from Cleveland State University. Though her research includes studies using skulls from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, her main focus is educational methodology. Her evaluation of Virtual Reality under a grant from the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) received the Journal of Dental Education's Best Manuscript Award. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Dental Education (JDE) and Quintessence International, and continues to review for other journals. She is also active in the American Dental Education Association and has served on committees for the National Board Dental Exam, Parts I and II.

The Department of Periodontics is glad to present its well-trained residents, welcoming staff, and globally recognized clinical faculty, who are specialists in treating gum diseases and maintaining the mouth in a healthy state. Placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth is also offered to our patients. Advanced x-ray imaging and conscious sedation are also available in the clinic of graduate periodontics.

Dr. Leena Palomo Featured in AADR's Strides in Science

Dr. Leena Palomo Featured in AADR's Strides in Science Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Leena Palomo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics, was recently selected for the American Association of Dental Research (AADR)'s Strides in Science monthly feature, which highlights the accomplishments of AADR members. Dr. Palomo discussed her research focus on bone changes of postmenopausal women and her desire to use her research and teaching to do something useful for society, as well as the ways in which her AADR membership has helped her pursue those goals.

Read the Strides in Science column.

Link Between Oral and General Health

Periodontal Therapy Reduces the Severity of Active Rheumatoid Arthritis in Patients Before periodontal treatment After periodontal treatment

According to various studies conducted by Dr. Bissada and his faculty and students, a link between oral and general health has been established. Taking care of your oral/periodontal health may have a positive impact on your general health. For example, this photograph demonstrates reduction in the swelling of hands' joints due to rheumatoid arthritis after getting rid of infection and inflammation in the mouth.

Dr. Leena Palomo awarded clinical research fellowship

Dr. Leena Palomo awarded clinical research fellowship Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) named Leena Palomo, assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics in the School of Dental Medicine, as the recipient of the 2012 AADR William B. Clark Fellowship in Clinical Research. This award, which recognizes investigators carrying out clinical research in periodontology, will be presented at the AADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Tampa, Florida on March 24. The fellowship was established in memory of William B. Clark and is supported by P&G Professional Oral Health, Crest Oral-B.

Palomo plans to collect subgingival biofilm and crevicular fluid samples from a population of otherwise healthy postmenopausal women diagnosed with periodontitis who are using bisphosphonate therapy for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and samples from demographically matched postmenopausal women who do not use such therapy. Microbial species and cytokine response between the two groups will be compared.