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New Director of Global Oral Health Initiatives Named

Ann Arbor, MI — May 6, 2015 — Dr. Carlos González-Cabezas is the new director of the Global Oral Health Initiatives (GOHI) program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.  His appointment by Dean Laurie McCauley was effective May 1.

An associate professor in the Department of Cariology and Restorative Sciences, González-Cabezas will support faculty to identify and develop international programs, explore possible globalization partnerships with other schools and colleges, and represent the School of Dentistry at university-wide global affairs programs and activities. 

González-Cabezas earned dental degrees in Venezuela and later a dental degree, master’s degree and PhD from Indiana University.  He joined the School of Dentistry’s faculty in 2009 and teaches cariology to predoctoral and graduate students.  He mentors students conducting cariology research projects and also conducts research in re-mineralization, fluorides, diagnosis, oral biofilms and other areas of oral health.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to build on the foundation Dr. Yvonne Kapila established when she was director of the school’s Global Oral Health Initiatives,” González-Cabezas said.  Kapila directed GOHI from its inception in 2011 until the end of last year.  González-Cabezas was actively involved in one of those programs, the Kenya Summer Research Program.