ASDOH’s Dean Advisory Board meeting and Oral Health Summit occupy Dean Dillenberg’s week

ASDOH and PDS work on design for the proposed Dillenberg Center for Health Innovation and Technology.

Pacific Dental Services (PDS) hosted the ASDOH Dean Advisory Board in Irvine, Calif. Board members included dental industry senior executives along with dental plan owners and Dean Dillenberg along with Dean elect, Dr. Robert Trombly. They met to discuss the Dean’s transition along with ideas as to how to grow ASDOH’s “brand” in dental education. The board unanimously supported and offered assistance in the development for the Center for Health Innovation and Technology.

Shatiqua Jamerson, oral health coordinator TPCA, welcomes Dr. Jack Dillenberg to the Tri-State Oral Health Summit.

Mid-week, Dr. Dillenberg traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to deliver the opening keynote address at the Fourth Tri-State Oral Health Summit. His remarks focused on the future of dentistry and attributes needed to be a successful dentist in the years to come in the emerging health care system.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg presents the opening keynote to the participants at the Tri-State Oral Health Summit in Nashville, TN.

Harvard School of Dental Medicine celebrates 150th Anniversary

Drs. Dillenberg and Trombly have lunch with with friends of ASDOH.

The week began with Dr. Jack Dillenberg introducing Dean elect, Dr. Robert Trombly to Dr. and Mrs. Prajapati for lunch at Rana Singh Sodhi’s restaurant.

Dr. Jack reconnected with Dr. Paul Farmer, international humanitarian and Co-founder of Partners in Health.

The majority of Dean Dillenberg’s week centered around his participation in the HSDM 150th year celebration and events. He moderated a panel discussion on “Dental Education for the next 150 Years.”  While there, he had an opportunity to visit former students, friends and colleagues. While in Boston, Dr. Jack Dillenberg also met with leaders of the Dentaquest Foundation and Institute to discuss ASDOH’s continuing efforts to be innovative in the emerging world of digital dentistry.

Dr. Jack with the four panelists at the HSDM Educational Summit.

Dental event in South Carolina brings Dr. Jack Dillenberg to the southeast region

Dr. Jack leads the ASDOH monthly faculty and staff meeting.

ASDOH hosted a number of national dental leaders to discuss the ASDOH’s efforts to integrate oral health into primary care.

ADA president, Dr. Gary Roberts, joins Dr. Jack at the South Carolina Dental Association Annual Session.

The Medical University of South Carolina and their state dental association invited Dr. Jack Dillenberg to speak in Charleston, SC. He spoke about the changing face of the dental profession to respond to the changing oral health needs in America. In addition to reconnecting with friends from the past, Dr. Jack experienced some of the fabulous cuisine of Charleston. The MUSC Dental School celebrated its 50th year anniversary of the dental school.

Dr. Jack attends the MUSC Dental School awards luncheon, joining ADA leaders.

Southern California welcomes Dr. Jack for meetings with dental deans and pre-health profession students

Dr. Jack connects with friend and former Gilbert Mayor, John Lewis at the Positive Paths Gala.

Early in the week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the Positive Paths Fourth Annual Night of Hero’s Gala where he was previously honored as Man of the Year for having made a positive difference in our community. This event and organization raises dollars and “ignites a future” for deserving women through scholarships and mentoring.

The Western Consortium of Dental Deans enjoys dinner together.

Later in the week, Dr. Jack joined other dental deans to participate in the newly formed Western Dental Dean Consortium which held its second meeting at USC. The meeting provided a forum for the Western dental school deans to begin discussions on collaborative activities and bring together their combined experiences to promote innovative and meaningful projects to the Western part of the US. Seven dental school deans attended, along with ASDOH’s Dean elect, Bob Trombly.

Dr. Jack prepares to present the keynote speech for the Catch the Wave to Success Pre-Health Conference and Graduate Exhibition.

The following day, Dr. Jack Dillenberg was the keynote speaker for Catch the Wave to Success, a Pre-Health Conference and Graduate Exhibition held at the campus of San Diego State University (SDSU). Close to 300 students participated in the event. His presentation focused on the skills needed to be a successful healthcare provider in 2030.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg has a short, focused week at ASDOH

Due to hand surgery, much of Dr. Jack Dillenberg’s week was spent in treatment and recovery.

At the end of the week, he returned to ASDOH to greet leaders from Chapman University in Orange County Calif. who visited the ASDOH campus. The Chapman team met with ASDOH leaders to learn about the ASDOH educational model and discuss their interest in possibly adding dental education to their health science program.  A follow-up meeting will be held at Chapman’s Irvine campus to continue discussions.

Western Regional Dental Convention keeps Dr. Jack Dillenberg in Phoenix

Two ASDOH students welcome Dr. Jack to their poster presentations.

Preparation for the Western Regional Dental Convention (WRDC) occupies Dr. Jack Dillenberg’s focus this week.  On Friday morning, he spoke at the American and International College of Dentists breakfast where those gathered celebrated his upcoming retirement. Dr. Jack had the opportunity to share his thoughts about the future of oral health care delivery in the new emerging health care system in America. Following the breakfast, Dr. Jack had the opportunity to visit with many clinicians, dental hygienists, other dental professionals and convention exhibitors. ASDOH students also presented their research projects at the poster exhibits.

Rita Perry and Dr. Don Altman, both former ADHS employees visit with Dr. Jack at the WRDC.

Dr. Jack stops by the Text2Floss booth to visit Azra Baab.

Arizona-based activities occupy Dr. Jack Dillenberg’s week

Jack addresses the participants at the ATSU Alumni and Friends event.

The Brighterway Institute Board met at the start of the week to review progress in the veteran’s receiving free implants and dentures program. The Brighterway Institute acknowledged two major donations which will contribute to increasing access to oral healthcare to the underserved.

ATSU Advancement team at the ATSU Alumni and Friends in Tucson.

Midweek, Dr. Jack Dillenberg went to Tucson to participate in the ATSU Alumni and Friends reception. A large number of ASDOH graduates and family members were at the event to celebrate ASDOH’s continuing success and the retirement of Dean Dillenberg. Dr. Jack also shared some of his plans for post-retirement.

Ride for World Health bike Med student/resident riders from Ohio stop to visit ATSU on their journey east.

His short week concluded with a long weekend in Jerome, Ariz.

Dr. Jack enjoys a vacation day with friends from Jerome during their Gulch radio show.

ADEA annual meeting brings dental educators to Long Beach, Calif.

Dr. Jack visits with Dean Dwight McLoud from MOSDOH during the ADEA meeting.

The annual ADEA meeting’s theme, Beyond Boundaries, provided a stimulating topic for presentations and discussions. The Harvard School of Dental Medicine Symposium on the oral health physician, was one of many examples.

Bill Gies, grandson of Dr. William Gies, and Dr. Jack enjoy chatting at the airport.

It also provided opportunities for colleagues to reconnect. One of the books showcased was co-authored by ASDOH Director of Research, Ann Spolarich. Its focus is on evidence-based prevention of oral disease.  Dr. Jack Dillenberg spent time with industry leaders and dental educators who wanted to discuss his plans after retirement.

Dr. Jack enjoyed brunch with family on the Queen Mary.

Frigid cold and winter storms don’t deter Dr. Jack Dillenberg from visiting Washington DC

Ron Pollack, Founder and Executive Director of Families USA, welcomes Dr. Jack to Washington DC.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg flew to Washington DC to attend the retirement celebration for Ron Pollack only to find out it was postponed due to the winter storm. Fortunately, he was able to still have a wonderful visit with Ron, who has been his friend since they were children. Dr. Jack was also able to visit with Dr. Rick Valachovic, President of ADEA, to discuss current issues facing dental education.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg serendipitously meets former ADEA executive, Dr. Eugene Anderson.

As Dr. Jack Dillenberg was departing from his meeting with Rick, he met up with a large group of USC physician assistant students. He took advantage of this opportunity to discuss the importance of integrating oral health into primary care. Later in the week he also chaired the Board meeting for the Center for Oral Health, during which time the group approved their three-year strategic plan.

Vendor Fair highlights the week at ASDOH

Dental Vendors supported the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) ASDOH chapter by participating in the Annual Vendor Fair. Dozens of dental vendors exhibited and demonstrated their products and offered free samples to ASDOH students.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg had the pleasure of welcoming long-time ASDOH faculty member and friend, Dr. Sam Huong, back to ASDOH to lecture and teach in the simulation clinic. He continues to support ASDOH’s mission and commitment to clinical excellence.

"The most difficult glue to find is the one to repair broken trust." Dr. Jack Dillenberg