Faculty/Staff Directory

Faculty

Kenneth Abramovitch, D.D.S, M.S.

Professor and Chair of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine

Cynthia C. Amyot, R.D.H., Ed.D.

Professor Emerita and Adjunct Professor

Ryan Anderson, M.S.

Research Associate

John D. Ball, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Tim Barry, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Daniel Ben Yehuda, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Assistant Professor and Interim Vice-Chair of the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences

Richard H. Bigham, M.A.

Assistant Dean for Student Programs

Neal Bilyeu, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Brenda S. Bohaty, D.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department and Director of the Advanced Program in Pediatric Dentistry

Catherine D. Saylor-Boles, R.D.H., M.S.

Associate Professor

Lynda F. Bonewald, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita

Bonnie S. Branson, R.D.H, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita

Kimberly Krust Bray, Ph.D., R.D.H

Professor

Michelle Briner Garrido, D.D.S.

Assistant Professor

Todd Brower, D.D.S., M.A.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Erin Ealba Bumann, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Eileen Cocjin, D.D.S.

Clinical Associate Professor

John L. Cottrell, M.A.

Clinical Instructor and Director of Minority and Special Programs

Timothy C. Cox, Ph.D.

Endowed Professor in Dental & Musculoskeletal Tissue Research

Liza Cox. Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate

Thaer Daifallah

Assistant Clinical Professor and Director, OMS Residency Program

Sarah L. Dallas, Ph.D.

University of Missouri Curator’s Distinguished Professor and Lee M. and William Lefkowitz Endowed Professor

Mark Dallas, MS

Research Assistant

Donna N. Deines, D.D.S., M.S.

Associate Professor Emeritus

Shara Dunlap, D.D.S.

Clinical Professor

Caryn J. Ehrenberger, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

J. David Eick, M.S., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Brett L. Ferguson, D.D.S.

Adjunct Assistant Professor and Chair, Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry

Hayley Ferris, R.D.H.

Instructor, University Academy

Kenneth J. Frick, D.D.S., M.S.

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics

Lynn Friesen, D.D.S., M.S.

Research Professor Emerita

Jared Gerhardt, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Tanya Gibson, D.D.S.

Associate Professor

Lance Godley, D.M.D., M.Ed.

Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Programs

Jeffrey P. Gorski, Ph.D.

Olson Professor and Professor Emeritus

Eric Gottman, D.D.S., M.S.

Clinical Associate Professor and Coordinator, Team 2

Steven E. Haas, D.M.D., J.D., M.B.A.

Dean

Hanan Ali, B.D.S., M.S.,C.A.G.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Viviane Hass, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.D.S.,

Postdoctoral Fellow

Harlan Hassen, D.D.S

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ashley J. Hobbs, R.D.H., B.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Tamra Hoffman, R.D.H.

Clinical Instructor

Lorie A. Holt, R.D.H., M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director RDH to BSDH degree program, Interim Director DHE graduate degree program, UMKC CAFE Pillar Lead-Faculty Life and Leadership

Claire Houchen

Research Assistant

Shelley Howard, R.D.H, BS D.H., M.H.S.A.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Robert Hurst, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Mark L. Johnson , Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and Director, UMKC Center of Excellence in the Study of Dental and Musculoskeletal Tissues (CEMT)

Solon Kao, D.D.S.

Clinical Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Oral Surgery & Hospital Dentistry

Jerald O. Katz, D.M.D., M.S.

Professor Emeritus

Liz Kaz, R.D.H, Ed.D

Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Emma Kaz Frick, R.D.H., M.A.Ed

Assistant Research Professor and Director of Corporate Clinical Research

Susan Kessler, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Roland Klar, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Patrick Lai, D.D.S., PhD.

Associate Professor and Director, Advanced Education Program in Periodontics

Nuria Lara, Ph.D

Senior Research Associate

Gustavo Leal, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Stefan Lohfeld, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Owen Lonergan, D.M.D., M.D., M.P.H.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Alison C. Louie, D.D.S.

Clinical Associate Professor and Quality Assurance Coordinator

Simon R. MacNeill, B.D.S. Hons, D.D.S.

Professor

Michael D. McCunniff, D.D.S., M.S.

Associate Professor Emaritus

Melynda Meredith, D.D.S.

Clinical Associate Professor

Tanya Villalpando Mitchell, R.D.H., M.S.

Professor and Chair Division of Dental Hygiene

David Moore, Ph.D.

Sr Research Associate and Confocal Core Co-Director

Michael Murphy, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Team 3

Amin Neishaboory, D.D.S, M.Sc.

Clinical Assistant Professor

James Oakson, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Randal Otis, D.M.D.

Intern

Pamela R. Overman, Ed.D.

Professor Emerita

Bethany Palesh, R.D.H. M.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Tressa Parkinson, D.D.S.

Clinical Professor

Douglas A. Pearson, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Cynthia S. Petrie, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.P.

Professor, Dr. George Tanaka Hawaii Professor of Restorative Dentistry, and Chair of the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences

Marsha A. Pyle. D.D.S., M.Ed.

Professor and Dean Emerita of the School of Dentistry

Soumya Rao, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Lorraine B. Rauckman, R.D.H, M.S.

Associate Professor

Eleanor Ray, B.S.

Research Assistant

Juliana Redford, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Jean-Marc Retrouvey, D.M.D., M.Sc.

Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Dr. Leo A. Rogers Endowed Professor in the Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Christopher D. Rice, DDS, Ed.S.

Associate Professor Emeritus

Monica Romero, D.D.S., M.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Jennifer L Rosser

Senior Research Associate

Thomas Russell, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Keerthana M. Satheesh, B.D.S., D.D.S. , M.S.

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics

JoAnna Scott, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Linda Seabaugh, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Marwa Shembesh, B.D.S., MSc.,DScD.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Melanie Simmer-Beck, R.D.H., Ph.D.

Professor, Chair of Dental Public Health and Behavioral Science and Director of the STAHR Program

Becky M. Smith, D.D.S.

Clinical Professor and Corrdinator, Team 1

Paulette Spencer D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Professor Emerita

Narayanan Sreenivasan, B.D.S., M.D.S

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Pre-Doctoral Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Yesim Stevens, D.D.S, M.S.

Clinical Associate Professor

Julie D. Sutton, R.D.H., M.S.

Associate Professor

Akiko Suziki, Ph.D.

Sr. Research Associate

Chih-Yun Tao, D.D.S., M.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Bhavika V. Thakkar D.D.S.

Clinical Associate Professor

David J. Thein, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.B.A.

Clinical Associate Professor and Practice Management Curriculum Director

John Uhlenhake, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Julian Vallejo, M.S.

Research Assistant

Chris Van Ness, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor and Director of Assessment

Jorge Vera-Rojas, D.D.S., M.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor and Diplomate American Board Of Endodontics

Thomas A. Vopat, D.D.S.

Clinical Professor

Mary P. Walker, D.D.S., Ph.D

Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

Yong Wang , Ph.D.

Professor

Kun Wang, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate

Rong (Rose) Wang, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Rebeca Weisleder Urow, D.D.S., M.Ed.

Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Endodontics

Linda M. Wells, D.D.S., M.B.A.

Clinical Associate Professor

Meghan Wendland, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

Timothy Luke Wezeman DDS, MAT

Clinical Assistant Professor

Derek Williams, D.D.S., M.S.

Clinical Associate Professor

Yixia Xie

Senior Research Associate

Li Qin Zhang

Sr. Research Associate

Donggao Zhao, Ph.D.

Director of Electron Microscope Laboratory, Graduate Faculty and Senior Research Associate