BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The appointment of Michael Glick, D.M.D., as
dean of the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo
was announced today by David L. Dunn, M.D., Ph.D., UB vice
president for health sciences.
Glick is professor of oral medicine and associate dean for oral
and medical sciences at the School of Osteopathic Medicine at A. T.
Still University (ATSU) in Arizona and editor of the premier
peer-reviewed journal on dentistry and dental science, The Journal
of the American Dental Association.
Known for his innovative, medicine-oriented approach to dental
care, Glick is a proponent of having dental students think of
themselves as health care professionals first, and dentists second.
His research interests are focused primarily on the care of the
medically complex dental patient, and he has published extensively
and lectured worldwide on this topic.
His appointment is effective Dec. 1.
Dunn noted that Glick emerged early on in the national search as
the front-runner among a very strong pool of candidates.
"It rapidly became clear that Dr. Glick's administrative acumen,
stellar research and clinical background, as well as his national
and international experience and reputation, made him a superb fit
for the position within the UB Academic Health Center," Dunn
"I am very pleased that he accepted our offer to become the new
dean of the UB School of Dental Medicine and to lead the school
into a new era of academic productivity, training the next
generation of dental practitioners, professors and
"Dr. Glick's dry wit, collegial and forthright nature, and the
experience he has acquired in a number of diverse academic
environments are invaluable assets that he brings to the position.
He also brings enormous cachet to UB and its School of Dental
Medicine as the editor of The Journal of the American Dental
Glick will succeed Richard Buchanan, D.M.D., who last year
announced plans to step down as dean after seven years in the post
to devote more time to national issues in dental education.
"As a superb scientist and clinician, Dr. Glick brings to the
fore the many ways in which education and research informs dental
education and clinical care," said UB Provost Satish K. Tripathi.
"Under Dr. Glick's leadership, we believe the UB School of Dental
Medicine's national reputation as a center for innovative dental
education, progressive clinical care and ground-breaking research
will grow, achieving the top ranks of U.S. schools of dental
medicine. As a university, we warmly welcome Dr. Glick into the UB
UB President John B. Simpson said: "In Michael Glick, UB
welcomes a scholar and practitioner of exceptional experience and
academic distinction. We are especially delighted that Dr. Glick's
thoroughly interdisciplinary approach to his work mirrors our own
intense commitment to collaborative investigation and inquiry.
"The School of Dental Medicine has long been a distinguished
center for teaching, research, clinical care and outreach to the
public," said Simpson. "Under Dr. Glick's leadership, we fully
expect that the school not only will continue to thrive, but also
will help us pursue our eventual goal of a world-class health
campus downtown. Here, patient care on multiple fronts will be
fully integrated with advanced education and research."
Glick said he was drawn to the UB dental school because UB's
Academic Health Center -- comprising the schools of Dental
Medicine, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Public Health and Health Professions
-- offers "an environment very conducive to research, education and
inter-unit collaboration." He said he plans to focus on
strengthening the connections between dental, oral and medical
health to complement UB's already well-established record of
ground-breaking research in this area.
"One way of approaching dentistry is to look into the mouth of
the patient and note the effects of systemic illness on his oral
health," said Glick, who pointed out that in 2006, 64 percent of
all adults in the U.S. visited dentists, while only 39 percent saw
a physician. "Or, we could take advantage of this opportunity and
act as health care professionals whose approach is proactive and
screen for hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes."
Glick was born in Sweden and received degrees in dental medicine
at Hebrew University Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem,
Israel, and Temple University in Philadelphia. He has held academic
appointments in oral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania,
New Jersey Dental School and, most recently, at A. T. Still
University. Glick also has held administrative appointments in
infectious disease, postgraduate training, diagnostic sciences, and
oral and maxillofacial radiology. He also serves as president of
the American Board of Oral Medicine.
Glick is a fellow in the International College of Dentists, the
American College of Dentists, and is a member of the faculty in
dental surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.