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Dentistry Center of Excellence

For over one hundred and thirty-four years, Meharry’s School of Dentistry has provided educational opportunities for African Americans, ethnic minorities, and underrepresented/disadvantaged students through educational programs, service delivery and community outreach programs. The School of Dentistry plays a vital role in addressing oral health disparities within the United States and other underserved countries. We emphasize comprehensive evidence-based care, regardless of social or economic circumstances, geographical origin or ethnicity.

Established in 1988, Meharry’s Dentistry Center of Excellence remains a nationally recognized resource for providing a strong curriculum in clinical dentistry and basic principles of research. Forty percent of active African American dentists graduated from Meharry and a vast majority of our graduates practice in underserved communities. We ensure that research training is fully integrated within the academic programs, encouraging faculty and students to be fully engaged in research activities.

Research support for students is available and has focused on:

  • oral biology and systemic health
  • issues surrounding opioid use
  • diabetes
  • intimate partner violence
  • cancer
  • behavioral sciences
  • women’s health
  • HIV/AIDS

For more information, contact the School of Dentistry Student & Academic Affairs.

Dentistry Center of Excellence Publications

Prevalence and Risk Factors for Intensive Care Unit Delirium After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Retrospective Cohort Study.
Laura D Wilson, Amelia W Maiga, Sarah Lombardo, Mina F Nordness, Diane N Haddad, Shayan Rakhit, Laney F Smith, Erika L Rivera, Madison R Cook, Jennifer L Thompson, Rameela Raman, Mayur B Patel

Proceedings from the Albert Charitable Trust Inaugural Workshop on 'Understanding the Acute Effects of Exercise on the Brain'.
Jill N Barnes, Jeffrey M Burns, Marcas M Bamman, Sandra A Billinger, Sue C Bodine, Frank W Booth, Patrice Brassard, Tameka A Clemons, Paul J Fadel, Paige C Geiger, Swathi Gujral, Jacob M Haus, Scott E Kanoski, Benjamin F Miller, Jill K Morris, Kristin M S O'Connell, David C Poole, Darleen A Sandoval, J Carson Smith, Russell H Swerdlow, Shawn N Whitehead, Eric D Vidoni, Henriette van Praag

Sex and Race Disparities in Mortality and Years of Potential Life Lost Among People With HIV: A 21-Year Observational Cohort Study.
Rachael A Pellegrino, Peter F Rebeiro, Megan Turner, Amber Davidson, Noelle Best, Chandler Shaffernocker, Asghar Kheshti, Sean Kelly, Stephen Raffanti, Timothy R Sterling, Jessica L Castilho

Understanding Physical Distancing and Face Mask Use Across High-Risk African American Subgroups During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Application of Health Belief Model.
Jamal Moss, Leah Alexander, Iman Barré, Imari Parham, Taneisha Gillyard, Jamaine Davis, Jennifer Cunningham-Erves

PSICalc: a novel approach to identifying and ranking critical non-proximal interdependencies within the overall protein structure.
Thomas D Townsley, James T Wilson, Harrison Akers, Timothy Bryant, Salvador Cordova, T L Wallace, Kirk K Durston, Joseph E Deweese

Recurrent Left Atrial Myxoma: The Significance of Active Surveillance.
Oluwaremilekun Tolu-Akinnawo, Rabira R Dufera, Nagendra Ramanna