We provide oversight for the School and serves as the liaison to the University, citizens, alumni and friends. Areas of responsibility that report directly to this office include Financial Affairs, Academic Affairs, Patient Services, Dental Research, Human Resources, Communications, Support Services, Continuing Education, Information Technology, Development and Alumni Affairs.
Through the West Virginia Institute for Community and Rural Health, we are collaborating with rural dental offices, local government, school districts, and not for profit organizations. As a result, we are reaching more West Virginians than ever before. With the support of a talented and dedicated rural faculty, we are able to provide a unique and stimulating environment for training dental and dental hygiene students.
From providing state-of-the-art care to our patients to establishing new student curriculum teaching practices, the responsibility to provide timely, organized, and educated technology solutions has never been greater. We take this responsibility very seriously and are committed to offering the highest level of professional services available.
The Department of Periodontics was established at West Virginia University when the School of Dentistry was founded in 1957. The Department of Periodontics currently includes the Division of Dental Hygiene which was founded at the School of Dentistry in 1961. Periodontics provides periodontal education to predoctoral dental students, the periodontal preceptor and postdoctoral students in the WVU School of Dentistry.
The WVU School of Dentistry is the state's only dental school. Over 80% of West Virginia dentists are graduates of our DDS program. Many of the faculty and graduates are recognized leaders in dental education and organized dentistry. We facilitate the school’s dental admissions, recruitment, and multicultural programs.
Our goal is to provide compassionate, professional, and appropriate orthodontic care for our patients, and to fulfill our mission as a learning institution by providing an outstanding education to resident doctors pursuing a career in orthodontics.
The department’s goal is to contribute to the School of Dentistry’s mission by promoting the highest standards of professionalism and clinical competence for students of restorative dentistry.