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SPDL - Program Faculty

Russell S. Taichman DMD, DMSc
Professor of Dentistry 
Director of the Scholars Program in Dental Leadership

Russell S. Taichman, Professor in the Department of Periodontics & Oral Medicine, completed his undergraduate education at the Villanova University with a BS in Biology in 1982 and received his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.  In 1990, he received both his certificate in Periodontology and a DMSc degree in oral biology from Harvard University. From 1990-1992 he was a post-doctoral fellow in Molecular Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine under the direction of Dr. John C Reed. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1992 as an assistant professor.  He has served on the School of Dentistry APT Committee and AADR’s Hatton Awards Committees, and serves on the AADR’s William Gies Committee. 

Dr. Taichman was recently named the director of the University of Michigan Scholars Program in Dental Leadership (U-M SPDL), and has designed and implemented a mentoring program for the department of periodontics and oral medicine which serves as a model for the School of Dentistry.  He was named the Instructor of the Year by the dental hygiene class of 1997 and won the Undergrad Research Opportunity Program Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship, 2003.  His teaching responsibilities are in the Vertically Integrated Clinics, and he directs courses in periodontics for the dental hygiene program, and one at the undergraduate level (The Science and Practice of Dentistry in the 21st Century). He serves as the current departmental director of research, where most recently his focus has been in identifying osteoblast-specific factor(s) that supports hematopoiesis. In a related project, he is studying the mechanisms used by tumor cells to metastasize to the bone marrow. In collaborative projects with the laboratory of Dr. Paul Krebsbach, the Taichman laboratory is currently exploring the identity and function of mesenchymal stem cells.

Robert M. Eber, DDS, MS
Executive Committee and Mentor, U-M SPDL Planning Committee
Dr. Eber is a Clinical Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.  He attended Indiana University Bloomington, obtained his DDS from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1984 and earned a M.S. in Periodontology from the Ohio State University in 1987.  Bob had taught clinical periodontics at OSU and IU and had seven years of private practice experience before he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1995.  He served on the Indianapolis District Dental Society's Board of Directors, was a delegate to the Indiana Dental Association and was the IDDS component editor for the Indiana Dental Journal.  Bob's current primary focus is clinical teaching for pre-doctoral and graduate students.  His research focuses on clinical trials of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for periodontal diseases.  He has served on numerous committees at Michigan.  Currently, he serves on the Admissions Committee, Nominations and Elections Committee, Scholars Program in Dental Leadership Executive Committee and the Periodontics Clinical Advisory Committee.  Bob is a past president of the Russell W. Bunting Periodoontal Society, and currently he is the President of the Midwest Society of Periodontology.  Bob was recipient of the AAP Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics for the University of Michigan in 2008.  Recently, Bob finished a year-long fellowship with the American Dental Educators Leadership Institute.  Bob maintains a part-time intramural practice limited to periodontics and implantology.  He has been married to his wife, Debra, for 28 years.  They have four children, Alex, Matthew, Elizabeth and John.

Thomas G. Green, PhD
Executive Committee and Mentor, U-M SPDL Planning    Committee
Tom Green, lecturer and director of Curriculum and Instructional Services at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, completed his undergraduate studies in 1972 with a BS in Zoology. He then earned an MS in Biology in 1973 and a PhD in Education in 1979, all from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Green has worked at the School of Dentistry since 1973 serving in a variety of roles related to developing and assessing innovations in curriculum and instruction. Mentoring students is a high priority for Dr. Green, who has worked on numerous thesis committees and mentored many high school research students. He also teaches a graduate dental course in education and has served on the Curriculum Committee since 1991 and the Admissions Committee from 1989-2002. Currently he serves on the curriculum and executive committees of the Scholars Program in Dental Leadership.

Josef N. Kolling, DDS, MS
Executive Committee and Mentor, U-M SPDL Planning Committee
Josef N. Kolling, adjunct associate professor of Prosthodontics, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, did three years of undergraduate studies at the University of Detroit, where he was majoring in chemistry, from 1974-77 when he was accepted into School of Dentistry. He earned his DDS in 1981 and an MS in Restorative Dentistry in 1984, both from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Kolling worked at the School of Dentistry full time for one year as a clinical instructor in 1981 & 2, and then joined the faculty as a part-time assistant professor in 1984 after completion of the MS degree. He has served on a number of school and department committees, and on the thesis committee for nine graduate students in prosthodontics. He has been an active member of organized dentistry at all levels, and is a past-President of the F.B Vedder Society, Washtenaw District Dental Society, and the Michigan Dental Association. He currently serves as the 9th district (MI & WI) representative on the ADA’s Council on Communications.

H. Mark Pinsky, DDS
Executive Committee and Mentor, U-M SPDL Planning Committee
H. Mark Pinsky completed is undergraduate degree in 1978 with a BS in Zoology and a minor in aviation from the Ohio State University.  In 1983 he received a DDS degree also from The Ohio State University.  After dental school, Dr. Pinsky completed a general practice residency (GPR) program at Albert Einstein Hospital - Northern Division in Philadelphia, PA.  While at Einstein, he was selected by the facutly for the Dr. B Lebby Award as an Outstanding General Practice Resident.
Dr. Pinsky started a dual career as a full time commuter airline pilot for Southern Jersey Airlines, where within six months he was promoted to Captain.  He continued to practice part time in Cape May, NJ while flying.  In October of 1985, Dr. Pinsky was hired as a pilot for a major airline.  He returned to his home town of Toledo, OH where he continues to practice part time as a general dentist while flying full time.  In 1987 he received an American Dental Association Commendation for Forensic Dentistry, and has maintained an interest in forensic dentistry.  Dr. Pinsky is currently a Captain flying an Airbus A-320 aircraft and is the Chairman of both the Aero Medical Committee and the Pilot Assistance network for a major Airlines unit of the Airline Pilots Association.  In addition, he is an FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor.  He is licensed to teach flying in virtually every category and class of aircraft recognized by the FAA, including seaplanes, glideers, helicopters, gyroplanes and even blimps.  Dr. Pinsky is also the Eagle Scout advisor with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 5 based in Ann Arbor, where several young men he has mentored have obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.
In April 2005, Dr. Pinsky received a certificate as a participant in the Post Doctoral Scholars Program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.  Subsequently he has taken an active role as a member of the Executive Committee of the SPDL, which continues through today.  In August of 2009, he recieved an Award of Acknowledgement for his contribution with the SPDL program.  In addition, Dr. Pinsky has authored several works of scholarship, including providing the initial impetus for what resulted in the first Capstone publication for the Scholars Program in Dental Leadership.