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Dear Dugoni School family,

2019 is coming to a close. We are getting ready to turn the page and enter an exciting new chapter in the Dugoni School’s story. I would like to thank you all for being an important part of our success this past year. You are an important part of the Dugoni School family, whether you are a student, resident, faculty or staff member, patient, alumnus, supporter or community partner.

With your continued involvement we will remain a trusted leader in the delivery of world-class dental education for our students and residents, and the delivery of outstanding care for our more than 28,000 patients.

Our school’s stated purpose is to help people lead healthy lives, and I wish you good health, cheer, and peace during the holiday season and beyond.

Enjoy your time with family, friends and other loved ones. I look forward to seeing you after a well-deserved holiday break.

Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD

P.S. Below are a few educational and entertaining holiday health-related web links I’ve recently come across that I wanted to share with you. I hope you find them useful!


Dear Dugoni School Family,

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I want to express my appreciation for all that you do for the Dugoni School family, the profession, and our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives.  You live our core values of Courage, Empowerment, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity, and Leadership, and our defining characteristic of Humanism, and I am moved and in awe of your incredible passion and commitment.  Thank you!

Thanksgiving provides a great opportunity for us to show appreciation for those who have impacted our lives, to pause, and reflect on the positive and incredible good in the world.

I wish you and your family members a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

This week highlights two areas of healthcare that are in the spotlight through national recognition initiatives.

National Allied Health Professions Week

National Allied Health Professions Week is being celebrated during the first full week of November and provides an opportunity to shine a light on the important role that allied health professionals play as part of today’s interconnected healthcare teams.

Who are allied health professionals?  They are the professionals involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; rehabilitation, and health systems management, among others. Allied health professionals include dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental lab technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers, dietitians, medical technologists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, physical therapists, radiographers, respiratory therapists, and speech language pathologists, to name just a few roles.

The recognition week is organized by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Learn more about the many roles that are considered part of the allied health field.

National Radiologic Technology Week

National Radiologic Technology Week is also being celebrated this week. It is an annual awareness event established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists to celebrate the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety.

This year’s initiative‚ with the theme “Waves of the Future” — is an opportunity to recognize our radiology technicians and the many staff, students, residents, and faculty who are involved in providing radiology services to our patients here at the Dugoni School.

November 8 commemorates the anniversary of the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhem Conrad Roentgen in 1895 (one year before the founding of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, our school). To learn more about the many advances in medical imaging and radiation therapy over the years, visit the ASRT web site.

We appreciate all of our professional colleagues working across the spectrum of healthcare. Together, we all play an important role in helping people lead healthy lives through our own unique skills and talents.


To our Dugoni School family,

I’m pleased to share with you a digital version of our Academic Year in Review, which highlights just some of our successes over the last academic year (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019).

Please take a few moments to click through our report to find stories and key metrics on our academic programs, clinical services, research, community outreach and other areas. It’s a reminder of how much we accomplished this past year.

Read and/or download the report online ›

A dedicated web page on the school website also links to the publication.

Each of you played a role in our success over the past academic year, and your efforts will play an important role in our future. Thank you for all that you do. I look forward to another great year of working together, delivering on our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives.

Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD