Department chairs appointed for orthodontics and periodontology
Two new department chairs have been appointed at the dental school, Carroll Ann Trotman for orthodontics and Bjorn Steffensen for periodontology.
Trotman, who came to Tufts on September 1, taught at the University of Maryland Dental School, where she was a professor of orthodontics and associate dean for the office of academic and student affairs.
A native of Trinidad, Trotman received her B.D.S. degree from the University of Dundee, Scotland; a certificate in orthodontics and a master’s degree in oral biology from Columbia and a master’s degree in clinical research from the University of Michigan. She also completed fellowships in craniofacial anomalies and clinical research and is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
Trotman has had an active research program throughout her career and her current research efforts are focused on the functional outcomes of cleft lip surgery. She has published extensively, served on several National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research panels and study sections and is a recipient of numerous awards and honors.
Steffensen took over as chair of periodontology on October 15. He came to Tufts from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he was a professor of periodontics and biochemistry and the associate dean for research at the dental school.
The new chair received his dental degree from the Royal Dental College of Copenhagen, Denmark. Subsequently, he taught part time at the Royal Dental College and practiced dentistry first in Denmark and then in Switzerland, where he also attended postdoctoral courses in the departments of periodontics and crown and bridge dentistry at the University of Berne. He completed specialty training as a periodontist and earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.
He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Irwin Mandel Distinguished Mentoring Award from the American Association for Dental Research. He heads an active research program focusing primarily on matrix and protease biology.