Fall 2012

New Dean for Academic Affairs

Nadeem Karimbux has focused his career on dental curriculum development

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Nadeem Karimbux Photo: Kelvin Ma

Nadeem Karimbux, the former assistant dean for dental education at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, joined Tufts School of Dental Medicine on October 1 as associate dean for academic affairs. He succeeds Nancy Arbree, who retired after 31 years at Tufts.

A periodontist, Karimbux’s academic career has focused on dental curriculum development and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Before being named assistant dean at Harvard in 1998, he was director of predoctoral periodontology. He directed Harvard’s advanced graduate education program in periodontology since 2010, and was an associate professor of oral medicine, infection and immunity.

At Tufts, Karimbux’s academic appointment is in the department of periodontology. His research interests include the relationship between oral health and systemic disease, periodontal wound healing, the use of haptics, a tactile feedback technology, for training dental students and problem-based learning in dental education.

A native of Nakuru, Kenya, Karimbux received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a D.M.D. from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1991. He earned an M.M.Sc. in oral biology and certificate in periodontology, also from Harvard.

An accomplished researcher, Karimbux has published more than 80 papers, written textbooks and lectured worldwide. He is the editor of the Journal of Dental Education (JDE), published by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). He served for four years on the ADEA Council of Faculties, was a member of the JDE editorial review board and served as an associate editor of the Journal of Periodontology and MedEdPORTAL.

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