Innovation Centers / Dentistry Center of Excellence

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

Update on Biologics for Psoriasis in Clinical Practice.
Mirjana G Ivanic, Grace S Ahn, Patrick Herndon, Jashin J Wu

Integrative computational immunogenomic profiling of cortisol-secreting adrenocortical carcinoma.
Jordan J Baechle, David N Hanna, Konjeti R Sekhar, Jeffrey C Rathmell, W Kimryn Rathmell, Naira Baregamian

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Caries Prevalence in Underserved Black Adolescents.
Brian Laurence, Cherae M Farmer-Dixon, Angela Southwell, Teresa Marshall, Nawar Shara, George Taylor, Tiffany Edmonds, Dianne Harris, Donna Grant-Mills, Eshetu Tefera

The significant impact of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on in-hospital mortality of elderly patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury: A retrospective observational study.
Seyed Reza Bagheri, Alireza Abdi, Joseph Benson, Negin Naghdi, Sonia V Eden, Minoo Arjmand, Zahra Amini, Michael T Lawton, Ehsan Alimohammadi

Maternal childhood trauma and prenatal stressors are associated with child behavioral health.
Shaikh I Ahmad, Kristen L Rudd, Kaja Z LeWinn, W Alex Mason, Laura Murphy, Paul D Juarez, Catherine J Karr, Sheela Sathyanarayana, Frances A Tylavsky, Nicole R Bush