Dean of the College of Dentistry
Seema Ashrafi, MS, DDS
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Susan A. Rowan, DDS
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Clinical Associate Professor
Darryl Pendleton, DMD
Associate Dean, Student and Diversity Affairs
Lyndon F. Cooper, DDS, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Head of the Department of Oral Biology
Caswell Evans, DDS, MPH
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
Associate Dean, Prevention & Public Health Sciences
to The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. We are a
teaching, research, and patient care facility that has reinvented
itself in recent years. We are located in one of the most vibrant
cities in the world that, like the College, consistently rejuvenates and
reinvents itself. Our College and the City of Chicago advance
together, and our students and patients benefit.
While our facility is great, it is the people that make our College what
it is. Our College has great students, residents, staff, faculty, and
We are the flagship oral health College in the State of Illinois. We
have a strong, innovative, nationally recognized Doctor of Dental
Medicine (DMD) program, driven by students through integrated small
group learning sessions, early entry to patient care, complete digital
workflow in patient care, advanced imaging and digital diagnostic and
care planning coupled with valuable experiences in our carefully
selected community-based clinics throughout Chicago and northern
Illinois. In the fourth year there is also the opportunity for students
to participate in special tracks devoted to public health, early
specialization, comprehensive general practice, and research.
For example, in recent years, through an innovative DMD curriculum, all
of our students have successfully passed the National Board Dental
Examination Part I on their first attempt. Our residents receive a
specialty education that assures they will be the best in their fields.
Our faculty continues to earn teaching and research awards and serve in
key leadership roles in the University, in organized dentistry and the
specialty academies, and in their communities. Our alumni are faithful
and generous supporters of their alma mater.
Research success today requires large collaborations crossing what is
known as transdisciplinary science. We are reinventing the College’s
research enterprise along those lines, creating bridges and connections
and breaking down silos, constructing linkages across campus and with
the communities of Chicago.
I invite you to learn more by exploring our website. Please return as
we continue to reinvent the website through an aggressive
Student/Faculty and Staff program to enhance the digital presence of the
College. You’ll see how the University of Illinois at Chicago College
of Dentistry is changing oral health, forever.