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Kyle Alford, first-year dental student, learns the joke's on him during an exercise led by author Sonja Lauren.

From author’s dental pain comes promise of healing

Monday, October 7, 2019

It’s bad enough to grow up in abject poverty with a mother who doesn’t love you. But when you come from an abusive home and have rotting teeth that make you a target for school bullies, life can seem barely worth living. Sonja Lauren persevered, though, and now educates tomorrow’s dentists about how they can make sure her history doesn't repeat for others. Read More

Marsha Jones laughs as her chair lifts her back up to a sitting position, one of her favorite parts of going to the dentist, while her grandmother, Eva Harper, left, and Dr. Susmitha Koti, chief pediatric dentistry resident, watch.

‘My Favorite Doctor:’ Nine-year-old loves going to the dentist

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Nine-year-old Marsha Jones is unique in her love for visiting the dentist. Even after having terrible pain that led to eight baby teeth being pulled during the course of a few months, Jones said she loves everything about going to see Dr. Susmitha Koti, chief pediatric dentistry resident in the pediatric dentistry clinic. Read More

Doctors perform medical 'first' during facial tumor surgery

Oral maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Ignacio Velasco Martinez and representatives from the nerve regeneration and repair company Axogen say they have completed a first in medical literature: successfully reconnecting the two cut ends of a nerve in patient Violet Thompson’s face with an allograft. The procedure was done during a surgery to remove a benign but disfiguring tumor.

Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019

UMMC confers 853 degrees in health sciences professions

The University of Mississippi Medical Center on Friday conferred degrees to 853 students who are beginning their careers in the health sciences, or entering into a new chapter of an existing one in this state and beyond.

Published on Friday, May 24, 2019

SOD alumni board names former MDA president Alumnus of the Year

Friends and colleagues of Dr. Roddy Scarbrough, who has risen to the highest ranks of organized dentistry, describe him as down to earth, humble and incredibly dedicated to the profession. Scarbrough, who has devoted much of his life to making sure dentists’ voices are heard, is the most recent recipient of the Dental Alumnus of the Year Award.

Published on Monday, February 11, 2019

SOD serves more than 1,000 during third Dental Mission Week

The School of Dentistry completed a massive service project last week, providing free dental care to 1,444 underserved and uninsured children, adults and veterans, beating last year’s record. The weeklong event gave students and volunteers from several UMMC schools the opportunity to learn and to see patients under faculty supervision.

Published on Monday, February 11, 2019

Video: SOD provides care for hundreds of JPS elementary students

Published on Thursday, February 7, 2019

People of the U: Alana Bowman, Dr. Jason Griggs

Published on Monday, February 4, 2019

Nation’s top dentist addresses students at his alma mater

Published on Thursday, January 31, 2019

People of the U: Gary Reeves

Published on Thursday, January 24, 2019

SOD to offer free week of care during Dental Mission Week

Published on Friday, January 4, 2019

Carr driven to take dental hygiene chair post

Published on Thursday, December 27, 2018

School of Dentistry dean receives career honor; ascends to board presidency

Published on Monday, November 19, 2018

School works to fill Mississippi's dental gap

Published on Thursday, October 18, 2018

New chair of pediatric dentistry settles into southern hospitality

Published on Monday, July 16, 2018

Dental school's longest serving employee to retire

Published on Monday, June 25, 2018

#UMMCGrad18: Dental student defies language barrier to become scholar

Published on Thursday, May 24, 2018

3D printed models save time, money in operating room

Published on Monday, May 14, 2018

Professor emeritus establishes endowment to advance metals research

Published on Monday, May 7, 2018

Life-altering condition gives dentist insight into empathy

Published on Thursday, May 3, 2018

Photos: Record number of patients receive free dental care

Published on Monday, February 12, 2018

SOD Board selects ADA Delegate Dental Alumnus of the Year

Published on Monday, February 12, 2018

Video: Smiles abound during Dental Mission Week

Published on Monday, February 12, 2018