Faculty/Staff Directory

Faculty

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

Professor and Chair of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine

Ryan Anderson, M.S.

Research Associate

John D. Ball, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Tim Barry, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Richard H. Bigham, M.A.

Assistant Dean for Student Programs

Neal Bilyeu, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Robert E. Blundell, Jr.

Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus, Endodontics

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

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 and Team 2 Leader

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

Assistant Professor

Eileen Cocjin, D.D.S.

Clinical Associate Professor

Kathleen Cooper, DDS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Clinical Sciences

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

Karen Davis, B.S., R.D.H.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Dental Hygiene

Laura Diaz, D.D.S.

Assistant Clinical Professor, Endodontics

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, Diplomate, American board of Endodontics

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 Interim Director of Clinics

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

Clinical Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Clinical Programs

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 Emeritus

Solon Kao, D.D.S.

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

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

Lana Krause, D.D.S., M.S.

Associate Clinical Professor, Periodontics

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

Associate Professor and Director, Advanced Education Program in Periodontics

Gustavo Leal, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Advanced Standing Dental Program

Abraham (Abe) Lifshitz D.D.S., M.S.

Chair, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Stefan Lohfeld, Ph.D.

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

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 Team 3 Leader

James Oakson, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Luana Oliveira, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D

Director, Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program

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

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

Dr. Maria Sierra

Assistant Clinical Professor, Endodontics

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

Professor, Chair of Dental Public Health and Behavioral Science, Interim Chair of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, and Director of the STAHR Program

Becky M. Smith, D.D.S.

Clinical Professor and Team 1 Leader

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

Associate Professor

Akiko Suzuki, Ph.D.

Sr. Research Associate

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

Chris Van Ness, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor and Director of Assessment

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.

Assistant Research Professor

Wendy Weimer, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Clinical Sciences

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

Clinical Professor, Chair and Predoctoral Program Director, Department of Endodontics, Diplomate, American board of Endodontics

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

Assistant Professor

Timothy Luke Wezeman DDS, MAT

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

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

Clinical Associate Professor

Yixia Xie

Senior Research Associate

Donggao Zhao, Ph.D.

Research Professor and Director of Electron Microscope Laboratory