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Jae Hyun Park, D.M.D., M.S.D., M.S., Ph.D.

Jae Hyun Park, D.M.D., M.S.D., M.S., Ph.D., director of the postgraduate orthodontic program at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) published four articles last week.

“Nonextraction treatment of the labially displaced maxillary canine” was published in the spring 2011 issue of International Journal of Orthodontics (IJO) in collaboration with Kyle S. Jackson,D.M.D., D.H.Sc.,  a graduate of the ATSU-ASDOH postgraduate orthodontic program, and Denton Rex Rogers, D.D.S., M.S.D., the former clinic director of the ATSU-ASDOH postgraduate orthodontic program.

Two other articles, “Tooth autotransplantation as a treatment option: A review,” and “Orthodontic treatment of a bilateral cleft lip and palate patient with bilateral tooth transpositions and congenitally missing teeth,” were published by Dr. Park in the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry (JCPD). “3-Dimensional cone-beam computed tomography analysis of transverse changes with Schwarz appliances on both jaws was published in Angle Orthodontist (AO).

Dr. Park currently serves as an associate editor of the JCPD, an SCI journal, and consulting editor of the IJO.


Mounir Kharchaf, D.D.S., M.D.S.

Mounir Kharchaf, D.D.S., M.D.S., associate professor and associate director of prosthodontics at  ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, has been certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP). The mission of the ABP is to certify individuals who have demonstrated special knowledge and skills in prosthodontics. Certification as a diplomate requires a year-long exam administered by the ABP.

“This recognition is a personal and professional achievement and demonstrates the quality and dedication of our faculty to oral healthcare,” said Jack Dillenberg, D.D.S, M.P.H., dean, ATSU-ASDOH.


Thomas McWilliams, D.O., FACOFP

Thomas McWilliams, D.O., FACOFP, will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Arizona Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians at its annual meeting Friday, April 8.

Dr. McWilliams, clinical professor and dean of ATSU’s Arizona School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, is being recognized for his leadership to the society and for exemplifying the role and impact of an osteopathic physician and educator.

A third-generation D.O., Dr. McWilliams entered the Indian Health Service as one of the first Public Health Service scholarship recipients. He is a diplomate for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and the American Board of Emergency Medicine and has completed fellowships in rural medicine, national health policy, teaching and learning, and leadership. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Washington and at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and is past president of both the Arizona and Missouri Rural Health associations.


From left to right: Prof. Elham S.J. Abu Alhaija, dean of the faculty of dentistry, JUST; Tony Hashemian, D.D.S., special assistant to the ASDOH dean, global oral health; Sabah Kalamchi, D.D.S., ASDOH assistant dean; Prof. Ahed M. Al-Wahadni, president, JUST; Jack Dillenberg, D.D.S., M.P.H., ASDOH dean; Elizabeth Russell; and Prof. Khalid El-Salem, dean of graduate studies, JUST.

ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health recently visited Irbid, Jordan, to meet with leadership from the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) about a potential collaboration to include ATSU-ASDOH, JUST, and Lutheran Medical Center to start an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program on the JUST campus.

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East valley residents had the opportunity to receive free health screenings and services when A.T. Still University (ATSU) and Chandler CARE Center hosted the fourth annual Free Community Health & Wellness Day at the Chandler CARE Center on Saturday, Feb. 19 in Chandler, Ariz.

Services included general medical exams, hearing and vision screenings, oral health exams, balance assessments, and vital health recordings.  All services were provided by ATSU students and supervised by faculty from ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH), Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS), and School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA).

“More than 200 ATSU students from seven programs were provided the opportunity to reach out and provide services and health information to over 150 community members,” said Beth Poppre, assistant vice president for student affairs. “Despite Mother Nature being less than cooperative with the event, the students provided a wonderful health fair for this underserved population of Chandler. I’m so proud of how dedicated our students are to this outreach project.  They represent the spirit of ATSU,” said Poppre.

SOMA and physician assistant students provided medical exams to 70 individuals.  ASDOH students provided oral hygiene instruction for 100 people, dental screenings for 98 patients, fluoride varnish to 88 patients, and made 11 sports mouth guards.

“After months of planning for this event, there was an incredible sense of satisfaction to see smiling students providing services for patients at the Free Community Health & Wellness Day,” said Jared Ross, OMS I.  “Interacting with the families reminds all of us why we chose to pursue this profession — to help people and to impact people’s lives.”

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