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Dental Clinic Update

Dental Clinics are currently limited to emergency and urgent care services for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Advanced Education in General Dentistry services only. These services are being provided exclusively by residents and faculty of these departments. For more information, call 216.368.3200.

Christiane Chammas with her award
Dental Student Christiane Chammas Continues School's Award-Winning Streak at National Oral Health Conference

Christiane Chammas, a senior dental/DMD-MPH student, has won first place in the Annual Pre-Doctoral Dental Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dentistry, sponsored by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. The submission was based on Chammas' MPH capstone project titled "Dentists’ Knowledge, Opinions, Attitudes, and Prescription Practices of Opioids". Her mentor is Dr. Sena Narendran, associate professor in the Department of Community Dentistry, who also directs the residency program in dental public health and the dual degree program in dental medicine and public health (DMD-MPH).

Dr. Kerolos Elsayed
Endodontics Resident Earns Highest Score Nationwide on Endolit Final Exam

On June 5, Kerolos Elsayed was focused on one thing: defending his thesis, the culmination of his studies and experience in the endodontics program at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. Moments before, Department Chair Andre Mickel shared some exciting news: Elsayed achieved the highest score on the Endolit final exam nationwide.

Elsayed’s colleagues joined him in the top 20 highest scores on the preparatory exam, with Jennifer Barrord ranking No. 5, Alexis Herring ranking No. 10 and Jenna Gaw ranking No. 16.

Dr. Ge Jin
New $3.7M Grant to Support Research Exploring Mysterious Link Between Cancer, HIV/AIDS

Research has found that those living with HIV have a higher risk for certain kinds of cancers—such as lung cancer. Now, with a new five-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), researchers from Case Western Reserve University hope to find out why.

Ge Jin and co-principal investigator Bingcheng Wang from the School of Medicine have found that immune cells from HIV patients secrete exosomes--think tiny nanoparticles--and attack lung cells, promoting the growth of cancer. Jin said the new research will further explore potential causes—and remedies. He called his laboratory at the School of Dental Medicine “a pioneer” in the field of identifying exosomes in the blood of HIV patients promoting the growth of oral cancer cells.

Talha Ali, before and after surgery
From Terror to Hope: School of Dental Medicine Helps Victim of Terrorist Attack Put His Life Back Together

In a matter of about 90 seconds in 2014, Talha Ali’s life changed forever. He went from a promising high-school student in Pakistan, consistently at the top of his class, to the victim of a terrorist attack, who would spend the next six years trying to put his body—and his life—back together again.

After reconstruction and the placement of new prosthetic teeth, with care from Dr. Faisal Quereshy, professor and director of the residency program in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Dr. Fady Faddoul, professor and chair of the Department of Comprehensive Care, Ali is ready to move on with his life. He’s even considering applying to the university’s Weatherhead School of Management, where he’s interested in studying business.