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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.

A 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:

  • Patient care
  • Education
  • Research
  • Community engagement
  • Advocacy

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry has a variety of funds established in the Dental Foundation of North Carolina that sustain our educational, research and patient care programs. Your support will help insure continued excellence in our efforts to provide all children with the 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 the UNC School of Dentistry through his extensive research endeavors and leadership roles, including serving as dean of the school. 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 James W. Bawden Distinguished Professorship.

 

William W. Demeritt Distinguished Professorship Fund (2024)

This professorship honors Dr. William “Willie” Demeritt, who served as the first chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the UNC 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 fully funded professorship is currently held by Dr. Jessica Lee.

 

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 Dr. Donald and Mrs. Alexandra 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 is directed to support resident stipends and educational opportunities. Our “My Child’s Smile Campaign” began in October 2007 with a goal to establish fellowships and funding to provide stipend support for all our residents; a total of $5.5 million dollars would 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 Fund (4300)

This fellowship was endowed by a planned gift from Ms. Mary Jean Breeland. It was her wish to support our pediatric dentistry residents who are natives of North Carolina or those who others who 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 Fund (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.

 

Bryan and Renea Cobb Pediatric Dentistry Fellowship Fund (2747)

For more than 28 years, Dr. Bryan Cobb and his wife, Renea, have worked alongside each other. Dr. Cobb has owned his practice since earning his graduate degree in pediatric dentistry and Renea continues to serve as his chief dental assistant. Their commitment to the future of pediatric dentistry is demonstrated through this fellowship. The fund supports one pediatric resident annually to recognize him or her for excellence in academics, patient care or research.

 

James B. Congleton III Fellowship Fund (2120)

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

 

Diane Dilley Fellowship Fund (4360)

This fund serves as a tribute to the many contributions Dr. Diane Dilley made to our educational programs through her years of service and education. She served as the first female faculty role model for our residents, and now female graduates constitute almost a half of the total graduates of our residency program! Dr. Dilley’s clinical and didactic teachings have touched much of the educational curricula throughout the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and the UNC School of Dentistry (Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program director, Pediatric Dentistry Undergraduate Program director, the UNC Craniofacial Center, sedation clinic, etc.). Interest from this fellowship provides stipend support, travel and enrichment programs to our pediatric dentistry residents.

 

Sandy Marks Fellowship Fund (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.

 

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 cannot mention his attributes without recognizing Dr. McIver’s 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 stipend support, travel and enrichment programs to our pediatric dentistry residents.

 

Jack Menius Fellowship Fund (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, N.C.). Gateway is a school for children with special needs, such as cerebral palsy.

 

Theodore Oldenburg Fellowship Fund (2043)

This fellowship is a tribute to Dr. Ted Oldenburg and his years of leadership and education in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Now retired, he previously served as the chair of our department and associate dean for the School of Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Oldenburg was elected 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.

 

Vann Endowment Fund (4392)

This fund honors the many contributions of current faculty member and former chair of the department, Dr. William “Bill” Vann, Jr. Dr. Vann is widely known as one of the school’s most outstanding student/resident mentors, a trait honored by the American Dental Association in 2013 when it awarded him the Golden Apple Award for Inspiring Careers in Dental Education. Contributions to this fund enhance the quality of residents’ educational experience and further cultivate departmental relationships with alumni and friends of the department.


Departmental Funds

Departmental funds help enhance the department’s programs and resources, and the department as a whole.

 

Baby Oral Health Program (bOHP) Fund (4354)

This fund supports education of dental students and practicing general dentists to provide preventive oral health care to infants and toddlers to address 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.

 

David Moore Library Fund (2104)

This fund was established by Dr. David Moore to support graduate student information access through our resident library, computers and information technologies.

 

Jesus and Maria Ruiz Pediatric Dental Care Fund (8081)

Jesus and Maria Ruiz, first generation immigrants from Mexico and local restaurant owners, established this fund to benefit pediatric patients whose families are unable to afford necessary dental care.

 

Pediatric Dentistry Unrestricted Fund (2062)

This fund supports the general administration and programs of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the discretion of the department.

 

You can support 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 Fund. 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 or by contacting Mr. Paul Gardner, associate dean of advancement, at (919) 537-3258.