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Fitzgerald, Eber New ACD Fellows

Ann Arbor, MI — October 17, 2014 — Drs. Mark Fitzgerald and Robert Eber were recently awarded Fellowships in the American College of Dentists during the organization’s annual meeting in San Antonio.

Fitzgerald, an associate professor of dentistry, is the associate chair of the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics.  Dr. Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, associate dean for Academic Affairs who nominated Fitzgerald, said “his entire career has been characterized by an outstanding commitment to dental education and to the formation of ethical dental professionals.”

Fitzgerald created the school’s practice management curriculum, developed web-based dental education courses, and is playing a role in shaping the direction of interprofessional education.  The team-based approach encourages administrators, faculty and students to re-think traditional approaches to patient care by engaging multiple health care disciplines – dentistry, medicine, public health, nursing, pharmacy and social work – as well as those in the school’s Community-Based Clinical Education network to work together to improve patient care. 

Eber, a clinical professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, “has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, innovation and excellence in dental and graduate education, expertise in team science and clinical research, and a commitment to organized dentistry and the dental profession throughout his career,” Murdoch-Kinch noted in her nomination of Eber.

“He has been recognized nationally for his excellence in teaching and has published his research in prestigious journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Dental Research,” she added.

Eber is also the director of the school’s health care delivery Pathway.  Launched in the 2011 academic year, the Pathways program gives dental students opportunities to explore health care options in dentistry of interest to them including health care delivery, leadership or research prior to completing their dental education at U-M.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Dr. Suheil Boutros was also inducted as an ACD Fellow. Boutros is a member of the School of Dentistry's Dean's Faculty in the Periodontics and Oral Medicine.

Fellowship in the American College of Dentists is by invitation only and is based on demonstrated leadership and contributions to organized dentistry, oral health care, dental research, dental education, the profession and society.  Since its founding in 1920, ACD has launched and supported initiatives designed to enhance the quality of dental care and the profession’s service to society.