U-M School of Dentistry Dean Search

In the summer of 2022, Provost Laurie McCauley commenced the process to identify a new dean for the School of Dentistry. In late August, the search committee was announced. Committee members include:

Committee Members:

Name Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD, Chair
Clifford Nelson Endowed Professor 
Director Global Initiatives Program in Oral and Craniofacial Health, School of Dentistry
Sun-Yung Bak, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry 
Tristan Clark
Dental Student, School of Dentistry 
Kenneth Cordell Carter, DDS 
Orthodontic Resident, Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry
Sean Edwards, MD, DDS
Clinical Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/HD
Professor of Oral Surgery, Michigan Medicine
Todd Ester, DDS, MA
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry
Patricia Hurn, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, School of Nursing 
Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, School of Medicine
Vesa Kaartinen, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Director of the OHS/PhD program
Professor, Biologic and Materials Sciences and Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry
Elisabeta Karl, DDS, MS, PhD
Director of the OHS-MS Program, Clinical Associate Professor, Cariology, Restorative Sciences & Endodontics, School of Dentistry
Yu Leo Lei, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor of Dentistry, School of Dentistry
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Michigan Medicine
Debra O. Lisull, DDS
Oak Valley Dental Associates
University of Michigan School of Dentistry Alumna
Associate degree in Dental Hygiene, 1974; BS in Dental hygiene, 1979; DDS, 1983
Sam Malcheff, DDS, MS
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthodontics in Pediatrics Dentistry, School of Dentistry 
Martha McComas, RDH, BS, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry
Kristi Thomas, DDS, MPH
Director of Community Dental Clinic, School of Dentistry
Carrie Towns, BBA, MBA
Chief Development Officer, Development and Alumni Relations, School of Dentistry