Family Dentistry News

Dean Clark Stanford presenting the Collegiate Teaching Award to Marcos Vargas

Marcos Vargas receives Collegiate Teaching Award

Thursday, June 23, 2022
On June 22, Dean Clark Stanford presented Marcos Vargas, professor in family dentistry, with the 2022 Collegiate Teaching Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who exhibits an “outstanding contribution to dental students’, graduate students’ or residents’ intellectual and professional development.”
Hong Chen

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.
Ariene Leme-Kraus

Iowa Dentistry Faculty Receive Industry Grant to Study Dental Desensitizers

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Phoenix Dental awarded Ariene Leme-Kraus and Marcos Vargas a $15,000 grant for their project In Vitro Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Potassium Oxalate Dental Desensitizer Formulas. This collaboration shows the value of academic-industry collaboration between the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and its industry partners.
Ana Diaz-Arnold with a patient and a student

Ana Diaz-Arnold Named 2022 D4 Faculty of the Year

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
For 34 years, 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.
Salvador Atienza teaching a student in the Family Dentistry clinic

Sanity for Saints: The Importance and Service of D4 Adjunct Faculty

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
For Iowa dental students, their fourth-year curriculum simulates aspects of a private practice environment. This experience successfully prepares Iowa graduates to practice dentistry independently. The approximately thirty adjunct faculty in Family Dentistry are the engine for Iowa’s success. These faculty members mentor fourth-year students as they go from novice clinical beginners to competent and independent clinicians.
Chris Barwacz

Barwacz Named DEO of Family Dentistry

Saturday, March 19, 2022
Chris Barwacz, associate professor in the Department of Family Dentistry, was named the Department Executive Officer of Family Dentistry in June 2021.
Chris Barwacz

Personalizing Implant Therapy to Improve Outcomes

Friday, April 9, 2021
Personalized medicine meets the unique needs of each patient, and Christopher Barwacz’s research is focused on improving and optimizing implant therapy to meet the specific needs of each individual patient.