Spring 2017

Magical Creatures Above

Look up! That’s the new directive in the dental clinic that treats Tufts’ youngest patients.

When young patients in the eighth-floor pediatric clinic at One Kneeland Street lean back in >>

Hilde Tillman Awarded Dean’s Medal

She was instrumental in developing Tufts’ geriatric dentistry program.

Hilde Tillman, D49, who influenced generations of Tufts dental students and is a champion >>

New Vice Provost for Research

A highly regarded nutrition scientist, Simin Meydani is an advocate for collaborations across disciplines.

Simin Nikbin Meydani, the former director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research >>

Landmark Legacy

Benjamin Ricci advocated for people with disabilities in Massachusetts. 

To Eric Ricci, D17, he was just Uncle Benny.

“Someone once described him as a >>

Son of Immigrants Still Paying It Forward

Grateful for his own financial aid, alumnus Vangel Zissi established scholarship fund.

When it came to advocating for her children, Anastasia Zissi was a strong motivator. >>

Linked In

Annual tourney raises funds for student aid.

More than 100 alumni and friends of Tufts School of Dental Medicine participated in >>

In a New Light

Anatomy lab gets a high-tech makeover and airy new space thanks to a $15 million donation.

For years, Tufts’ medical and dental students have learned gross anatomy in a cramped, >>

A Daughter’s Tribute

Lisa Vouras, D89, honors the father she followed into dentistry by establishing a student prize fund in his name.

For Father’s Day, Lisa Vouras, D89, wanted to let her dad know just how >>

A Personal Career Network

First job? Buying a practice? Need an associate? Let Tufts play matchmaker.

If you’re interested in recruiting a Tufts dentist to your practice, searching for a >>

Sweet ’16 Homecoming and Reunion

Old friends and classmates from graduation years ending in 1 and 6 got together >>

All Caring

Dental school awards 214 degrees at 2016 commencement.

At Tufts School of Dental Medicine’s 148th commencement ceremony on May 22, 2016, Dean >>

We’re Here for You

A message from the president of the Tufts Dental Alumni Association.

It is my honor and pleasure to serve as president of the Tufts University >>

O Pioneer!

After graduating from Tufts in 1966, Athena Papas passed on the dental school because she didn’t want to be the only woman in her class. She finally joined the school eight years later as an assistant professor, and in the four decades since has secured dozens of grants for groundbreaking research, helped launch countless life-changing medications and mentored generations of colleagues. Today, half of all dental students are women… and Papas seems to be just getting started.

One morning last summer, Athena Papas welcomed her first patient of the day at >>

Top Stories

All the Presidents’ Teeth

Who didn’t floss? Who was a bruxer? And who could have used some whitening strips? Our faculty give some historical smiles a thorough checkup.

Care Where the Kids Are

At this Boston elementary school, cleanings, fluoride and fillings are available just down the hall.

O Pioneer!

After graduating from Tufts in 1966, Athena Papas passed on the dental school because she didn’t want to be the only woman in her class. She finally joined the school eight years later as an assistant professor, and in the four decades since has secured dozens of grants for groundbreaking research, helped launch countless life-changing medications and mentored generations of colleagues. Today, half of all dental students are women… and Papas seems to be just getting started.

The Patient Whisperers

Every dentist can learn to put the anxious and the fearful at ease. It’s not magic; it simply takes time and effort.

When God Came Calling

Mina Kaddis, D06, was content in his private practice. Then his bishop had a request.

Editor's Picks

21st Century DMD

Educating the next generation of dentists

Building a Health-Care Home

One patient, many providers— and a fresh approach to bringing it all together

A Collective Assault on Opioid Abuse

First-in-the-nation core competencies will give dental students strategies for fighting an epidemic

A Personal Career Network

First job? Buying a practice? Need an associate? Let Tufts play matchmaker.

Hope for Those with Diabetic Periodontal Disease 

An experimental drug that mimics an insulin-regulating hormone could rebuild bone, and perhaps advance treatment for Type 2 diabetics.

In His Father’s Footsteps

The end of one career leads to the beginning of another

Magical Creatures Above

Look up! That’s the new directive in the dental clinic that treats Tufts’ youngest patients.

Safety Gap

Shortcoming in protective eyewear spurs look at new standards