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Pediatric Dentistry



Funds and Donations


WHY SUPPORT PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY?

Pediatric dentists are specialists that provide oral health care for infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs.  Children with special health care needs include those with conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, mental handicaps, congenital heart anomalies, organ transplants, cancer and a host of diverse genetic and metabolic conditions. 

The goal of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is to ensure these diverse populations receive the very best in oral health care. This goal is achieved by providing excellence in a variety of diverse programs including:

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry has a variety of funds that sustain our educational, research and patient care programs.  You support will help insure continued excellence in our efforts to ensure that all children are given an opportunity for optimal oral health.

Funds Supporting Professorships


Endowed professorships allow the recruitment and retention of the very best clinicians, educators and researchers in the field of pediatric dentistry.  Once endowed, they provide support for salary, research and other professional activities directed at fulfilling our mission.

JAMES W. BAWDEN DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP FUND (2143)

This Professorship honors Dr. Jim Bawden a pediatric dentist who served the specialty and UNC-CH School of Dentistry through his extensive research endeavors and leadership roles including Dean.  This Professorship was fully funded through a grass roots effort that established a permanently endowed professorship in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.  Dr. Tim Wright currently holds the Bawden Distinguished Professorship.

WILLIAM W. DEMERITT DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP FUND (2024)

This Professorship honors Dr. “Willie” Demeritt who served as the first Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the UNC-CH School of Dentistry and was recognized as a great clinician and educator.  Dr. Demeritt stated in his “Jungle of Weeds” speech that - if we neglected our plants as we do our children’s oral health we would soon be living in a jungle of weeds”.  This Professorship is fully funded and Dr. Jessica Lee currently holds the William Demeritt Distinguished Professorship.

DR. DONALD AND MRS. ALEXANDRA HENSON DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP FUND (2105)

This Professorship honors Dr. Donald Henson and his wife Alexandra who are committed to helping ensure the educational excellence in Pediatric Dentistry.  The Hensons' dedication to improving the oral health of children is perpetuated for future generations through this Professorship.  Dr. Michael Roberts currently holds the Henson Distinguished Professorship.

GRADUATE EDUCATION FUNDS

Graduate education funds are used to support specialty education in Pediatric Dentistry.  The funds are used specifically to enhance leadership and educational enhancement opportunities in the areas of patient care, education, research, and child health advocacy.  One hundred percent of gifts to the graduate education fellowship funds goes directly to the residents to support their stipends and educational opportunities.  Our “My Child’s Smile Campaign” was started in October 2007 with a goal to establish enough fellowships and funding to provide stipend support for all our residents.  The goal of the My Child’s Smile Campaign” is to raise 5.5 million dollars that will finalize the endowment of our graduate program.  You can learn more about these efforts at our website: My Child's Smile

MARY JEAN BREELAND FELLOWSHIP (4300)

This Fellowship was endowed by a planned gift from Ms. Breeland.  It was her wish to support our pediatric dentistry residents that are natives of North Carolina or plan to remain and practice in North Carolina following completion of their residency.  Ms. Breeland stated that she did not have good oral health as a child and wanted future generations to have the opportunity to have healthy smiles.

PHIL CALDWELL AND JOHN CHRISTENSEN FELLOWSHIP (4335)

Drs. Caldwell and Christensen are both private practitioners that have taken time from their busy practices to serve as professors in the Department and be heavily engaged in our teaching mission.  They have both served in this capacity for decades and have touched countless residents with their unique teaching styles, common sense approaches and in depth knowledge of providing oral health care.  This Fellowship honors that dedication and commitment to serving our child patients by giving them the very best.

JAMES CONGLETON FELLOWSHIP (2120)

Dr. Jim Congleton has long served as a community leader and champion of oral health locally and nationally.  Interest from this Fellowship provides leadership training support to the pediatric dentistry residents allowing them to work with national leaders and child health advocates while attending the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. 

JACK MENIUS FELLOWSHIP (2132)

This Fellowship honors Dr. Jack Menius who is a tremendous supporter and advocate of patients with special needs.  Interest from this Fellowship provides stipend support to the pediatric dentistry residents who serve rotations and provide dental care at the Gateway Education Center (Greensboro, NC).  Gateway is a school for children with special needs, such as cerebral palsy.

THEODORE OLDENBURG FELLOWSHIP (2043)

This Fellowship is a tribute to Dr. Ted Oldenburg and his years of leadership and education in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.  He served as the Chair of our department and Associate Dean for the School of Dentistry.  In addition, Dr. Oldenburg was elected by his peers as president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  He also served as a Director of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  Interest from this  Fellowship provides stipend support to the pediatric dentistry residents serving as Chief Resident-Hospital, and Chief Resident-Administration.

SANDY MARKS FELLOWSHIP FELLOWSHIPS (2133)

This Fellowship honors a beloved past faculty member of the department. Dr. Marks was instrumental in establishing a dental school in Africa and was well known for his work with special needs patients.  This fund is used to provide additional educational opportunities and support for the pediatric dentistry residents working with craniofacial patients.

DIANE DILLEY FELLOWSHIP FUND (4360)

This fund serves as a tribute to the many contributions Dr. Diane Dilley has made to our educational programs through her years of service and education. She served as the first female role model for our residents. Our female graduates now constitute just under half of the total graduates of our residency in Pediatric Dentistry. Diane's clinical and didactic teachings have touched many of the educational curricula throughout the UNC School of Dentistry (Graduate Program Director, Undergraduate Program Director, Craniofacial Clinic, Sedation Clinic etc.). Interest from this Fellowship provides stipends support, travel, and enrichment programs to our pediatric dentistry residents.

THOMAS MCIVER FELLOWSHIP FUND (4373)

This fund serves as a tribute to the tremendous contributions Dr. F. Thomas McIver has made to our educational programs through his many years of service and education. He exemplifies the outstanding teacher with his sincere and nurturing style whether he is interacting with a student, resident or one of his patients. Of course, you can not mention Tom's attributes without recognizing his unique skills and contributions to providing dental care to special needs patients and educating dental professionals to manage this underserved segment of our population. Interest from this Fellowship provides stipends support, travel, and enrichment programs to our pediatric dentistry residents.

DAVID MOORE LIBRARY FUND (2104)

Supports graduate student information access through resident library, computers and information technologies.

BABY ORAL HEALTH PROGRAM FUND (4354)

This fund supports education of dental students and practicing general dentists to provide preventive oral health care to infants and toddlers to stop the tooth decay epidemic.

CHILDREN'S DENTAL TREATMENT FUND (4361)

One of four children in North Carolina begins kindergarten with untreated dental decay and dental caries in the 2 to 5 year old age group is increasing. Many children do not have access to dental care due to the family's lack of financial resources. This fund supports dental care for children by covering the dental treatment costs of children that would otherwise not receive treatment due to a lack of finances.

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY UNRESTRICTED FUND (2062)

This fund supports the general administration and programs of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. You can support the kids and help ensure all children have a chance for a healthy smile by giving to any of the named professorships, fellowships and the patient treatment fund or through donations to the Pediatric Dentistry Unrestricted Funds. Additional information on how to make gifts and pledges to any of these funds or fellowships can be obtained through the Dental Foundation of North Carolina, Inc.'s website or by contacting Mr. Paul Gardner, Executive Director Associate Dean of Advancement, at (919) 966-4563.