It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve UAB School of Dentistry, and to be part of a university with such a highly ranked academic medical center at its core.

I want to thank Dr. Michelle Robinson for her hard work, dedication and leadership as interim dean. Dr. Robinson sustained the school’s forward progress with her mantra, “let’s keep things going.” As a result, the school’s accomplishments during the transition are numerous and remarkable.

I am impressed by the incredible passion and commitment to oral health innovation shared by our faculty, staff and students alike. With a shared vision for continued excellence, I foresee many possible collaborations for the UAB School of Dentistry with other parts of the university and its medical center. We have a great foundation on which to build future success.

I look forward to getting to know the UAB Dentistry community as we begin our journey together and to great things to come.


About Dean Taichman

Named the ninth dean of the School of Dentistry, Russell Taichman, DMD, DMSc, joins UAB from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he was associate dean for research and the Major Ash Collegiate Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine. He received his doctoral degree in dental medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, his doctor of medical science degree and a certificate in periodontology from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and he engaged in post-doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Taichman’s research has focused on identifying the molecular mechanisms that regulate how bone marrow functions in both health and disease and how marrow relates to tissue regeneration and cancer stem cells. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of bone biology and hematology. He has also published scholarly articles in leadership training for oral health professionals. He developed and for nearly 10 years directed the University of Michigan School of Dentistry Scholars Program in Dental Leadership, a program focused on the leadership development of dental and dental hygiene students.