Alumni of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics are trailblazers in dentistry dedicated to improving oral health in Iowa and around the world.

Iowa: A Framework for Life and Service

Hayley Harvey ('94 DDS, '96 MS)

 

  • Our Alumni are Leaders in Dentistry

    In recent years, collegiate alumni or former faculty have included one university president, five Big Ten dental deans, three ADA trustees, three ADEA presidents,  and an IADR president. In addition, over 80% of Iowa Dental Association presidents are our alumni.

  • Dedicated to Serving Iowa

    Nearly 80% of Iowa's dentists are alumni of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry delivering over $800 million in oral health care services to Iowans annually. An estimated 99% of Iowans are within a 30-minute drive of a practicing University of Iowa alumnus.

  • Have a Legacy of Giving Back

    Of all the professional schools at Iowa, dental alumni love and support our university and our college. Help us pass on that legacy to future generations. 

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2024 College of Dentistry Alumni Reunion

Friday, September 13 8:30am to Saturday, September 14, 2024 7:00pm
The College of Dentistry Alumni Reunion Weekend is scheduled for Sept. 13-14, 2024 for class years ending in 4s and 9s. 
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Graduates gathered in Hancher Auditorium for pictures and food following the 2024 Commencement Ceremony.

Photo Gallery: College of Dentistry celebrates 2024 commencement

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry celebrated dental students, graduate students, and residents at its 2024 commencement ceremony in Hancher Auditorium on May 31. Check out these photos from the ceremony.
Sara Stuefen poses for a photo in the Dental Science Building

Sara Stuefen's voice for change

Friday, May 24, 2024
Sara Stuefen ('10 DDS) will become the District 10 Trustee for the American Dental Association in October. It's an important opportunity for Stuefen to bring a new perspective and energy to the national organization.
Students volunteered at His Hands Dental Clinic in Cedar Rapids. This is a picture of students posing in front of the clinic's sign.

60 UI Dental students volunteer at His Hands Dental Clinic

Thursday, May 23, 2024
For the second consecutive year, a partnership between the UI College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics and His Hands Dental Clinic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has resulted in robust clinical outreach experience for first- second- and third-year dental students.
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4 faculty members named Teachers of the Year

Monday, May 20, 2024
The UI College of Dentistry honored four faculty members - Drs. Victor Feitosa, Salah Abuhammoud, Sally Roushdy, and David Gimer - as Teachers of the Year at IASDA's annual Talent Show on May 17.
2024 IDA picture with ADA President Dr. Edgar

UI alum Bogue installed at 161st IDA President

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Chris Bogue, a 2002 graduate of the UI College of Dentistry, was installed as the 161st Iowa Dental Association President on May 3 during IDEAS24.
Dean Stanford receives the IDA Outstanding Service Award

Stanford receives IDA President's Service Award

Monday, May 6, 2024
Clark Stanford, dean of the UI College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from the Iowa Dental Association (IDA) on May 3.
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William T. Johnson receives I. B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award

Monday, April 22, 2024
Dr. Johnson, Professor Emeriti in the Department of Endodontics, receives a lifetime educator award from the American Association of Endodontists.
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Kanellis’ cookbook raises over $8,500 for children’s dental care

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Michael Kanellis' cookbook 'Iowa Mike's Family Recipes' has provided more than $8,500 toward a fund supporting children's dental care.
Dan Caplan and Marsha Cunningham-Ford pose for a picture together after Caplan receives 2023 Educator of the Year award.

Dan Caplan ('88 DDS) named 2023 Educator of the Year

Monday, October 9, 2023
Professor Dan Caplan, a 1988 graduate of the College of Dentistry and head of the college’s Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry from 2007- 2022, is named 2023 Educator of the Year. For Dan, who grew up in Iowa City in a family that valued education, the opportunity to shape future dentists and the school that teaches them has been a gratifying experience.
Janet Guttmiller

Janet Guthmiller ('88 DDS) named Leader of the Year 2023

Thursday, October 5, 2023
Janet Guthmiller, dean of the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry and a 1988 graduate of Iowa Dentistry, has been named Leader of the Year 2023. Janet was a faculty member at Iowa from 1997 to 2007 and credits this experience, and others in academia, with preparing her to take on top-tier leadership roles.
Bob Williams receiving his alumni award

Bob Williams ('73 DDS) Receives College’s Highest Alumni Award

Thursday, September 28, 2023
Bob Williams (73 DDS), a longtime supporter and advocate for Iowa Dentistry, was named 2023 Alumnus of the Year, an honor he says he is humbled to receive.
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A new partnership between Cedar Rapids clinic and Iowa Dentistry

Thursday, June 15, 2023
Iowa Dentistry and the His Hands Clinic in Cedar Rapids, under dental director Jeff Akey ('87 DDS) began a new partnership this year offering clinical outreach experiences for second-, third-, and fourth-year dental students on select Saturday mornings.
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Military Service and Iowa Dentistry

Thursday, June 1, 2023
From our career-retired military dentists who spend the second half of their career teaching at Iowa to our veteran students, from our esteemed alumni who carry on the Iowa legacy throughout their military careers to our veteran patients who wouldn’t have access to dental care without our college, Iowa Dentistry is committed to those who have served in the United States armed forces.
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Chicago Alumni Reception

Thursday, March 2, 2023
Ann Synan receiving an alumni award

2022 Honorary Recognition of the Year: Mrs. Ann P. Synan, B.A.

Thursday, October 6, 2022
For almost 20 years, Ann Synan has been a committed advocate for dental patients, especially those who face barriers limiting access to care. As a result, she has become a fount of institutional knowledge in all things in the college, but especially so with patient care. The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry are proud to recognize Ann Synan’s contributions with the 2022 Honorary Recognition of the Year Award.
John Warren receiving the 2022 Educator of the Year award

2022 Educator of the Year: Dr. John Warren, DDS, MS

Thursday, September 29, 2022
Because his teaching and mentoring has made a significant impact at Iowa and in Dental Public Health, the University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry have selected John Warren as the 2022 Educator of the Year.
Rebecca Slayton

2022 Dental Alumnus of the Year: Rebecca L. Slayton, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Thursday, September 22, 2022
The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry are proud to recognize Rebecca Slayton as the 2022 Alumnus of the Year.
Heather Heddens

2020 Dental Alumnus of the Year: Dr. Heather Heddens, D.D.S.

Thursday, September 22, 2022
The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry are proud to recognize Rebecca Slayton as the 2022 Alumnus of the Year.
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Hawkeyes at IDEAS22

Thursday, June 2, 2022
The 2022 Iowa Dental Association's annual meeting (IDEAS) was held at the end of April in Des Moines. The University of Iowa held an alumni reception at the annual meeting, and since it was the first in-person annual meeting since the pandemic began, the event announced and presented numerous award winners, which including many Hawkeyes! 
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Iowa Dental Faculty Lead National Effort on Advancing Predoctoral Dental Education in Temporomandibular Disorders

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are the second-most common form of musculoskeletal pain, affecting up to one-third of Americans. Iowa dental faculty are on the cutting-edge of TMD care and are leading the way in ensuring that dental students receive adequate and proper education for understanding, preventing, and treating TMD.
Leon Stanislav

Always a Hawkeye: Leon Stanislav ('77 DDS) Receives Fluoridation Special Merit Award

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Leon Stanislav ('77 DDS) received the 2022 Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, American Dental Association, and Center for Disease Control Fluoridation Special Merit Award.
Bob and Jerilee Williams at their front door with their dogs

Alumni Provide Funds for Advanced Training Opportunities in Operative Dentistry

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Bob Williams (’73 D.D.S.) and Jerilee Williams generously donated $150,000 to the Operative Dentistry Advanced Education Program to support, promote and achieve excellence in Operative Dentistry through enhanced training opportunities provided through the Advanced Education Program and its residents.  
Roy Irons Receiving the 2021 Leadership of the Year Award from David Johnsen

2021 Leadership of the Year: Dr. Roy L. Irons

Friday, October 8, 2021
Mississippi native Roy L. Irons (’76 D.D.S.) came to Iowa in 1972. Coming from humble beginnings, Irons made the most of the opportunities presented to him, and he has become a leader in the dental profession in Mississippi and the nation while dedicating himself to being a resource and example for the community, particularly those who lack support and opportunities.
Judy Greenlea Taylor Receiving the 2021 Leadership of the Award from David Johnsen

2021 Leadership of the Year: Dr. Judy Greenlea Taylor

Friday, October 8, 2021
Throughout her dental education and career, Judy Greenlea Taylor (’91 D.D.S.) has made it her mission to improve public and oral health for underserved populations—whether through leadership roles in organizations dedicated to that cause, in providing excellent care to her patients, mission trips, or in service to her state and local community.
Ana Diaz-Arnold Receiving 2021 Educator of the Year Award from David Inglehart

2021 Dental Educator of the Year: Ana Diaz-Arnold

Thursday, September 30, 2021
For 34 years, Dr. Ana Diaz-Arnold (’84 G.P.R., ’87 M.S.) has been a fixture in the Department of Family Dentistry, teaching countless fourth-year dental students, mentoring and working alongside adjunct faculty, and treating her own patients, and as she retires in June 2022, her impact on the college and the dental profession in Iowa will remain long afterward.
Kim Swanson Receiving 2021 Alumnus of the Year Award from David Johnsen

2021 Alumnus of the Year: Dr. Kim Swanson

Thursday, September 23, 2021
An accomplished oral surgeon, Kim Swanson (’81 BA, ’86 DDS) is a dedicated alumna who has left a mark in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery and in the dental profession more widely.
Frederick Regennitter

2020 Leadership of the Year: Frederick Regennitter, D.D.S.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry wish to honor Dr. Regennitter with the 2020 Leadership of the Year Award.

Alumni Staff

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Jack Rossi

Communications & Alumni Relations Manager
The University of Iowa
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Iowa City, IA 52242-1010
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Barb Colbert

Barb Colbert

Secretary
The University of Iowa
346 Dental Science Building N
Iowa City, IA 52242-1010
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barbara-colbert@uiowa.edu