The Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) College of Dental Medicine is now under the leadership of interim dean Patricia L. Blanton, D.D.S., Ph.D.
The appointment will go before the MUSC board of trustees for final approval in August.
Blanton has been with MUSC since 2014, serving as a professor and practicing clinician in the Department of Stomatology. She came to MUSC from the Baylor University College of Dentistry and University Graduate School, where she is now a professor emerita.
Blanton's focuses have been in periodontics, oral medicine and anatomy. She has been active with the American Dental Association, American College of Dentists Foundation Board and American College of Dentists. She has served as an officer in those organizations.
She is also a current member of the editorial board of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
Blanton's honors include a nomination to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame for Health and Research, the Baylor College of Dentistry Distinguished Alumni Award, the Dallas County Dental Society Dentist of the Year Award, Dallas County Dental Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Association of Women Dentists’ 2008 Woman Dentist of the Year/Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award and the Commanders Award from the Europe Regional Dental Command.
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