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Release: Feb. 17, 2000

Vincent is named head of UI department of oral pathology, radiology, medicine

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Steven D. Vincent, D.D.S., has been named head of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry department of oral pathology, radiology and medicine effective July 1. He succeeds Gilbert Lilly, D.D.S., who had served as the head of the department since 1975.

A faculty member in the UI College of Dentistry since 1984, Vincent is also professor of pathology in the UI College of Medicine.

"Dr. Vincent brings a strong combination of talents and experiences from a distinguished academic career," said David Johnsen, D.D.S., dean of the College of Dentistry. "He is an outstanding teacher who has contributed to his specialty and provided leadership to the college."

Vincent received his doctor of dental science degree at the University of Missouri in 1981. He earned a certificate in oral pathology in 1983 and a master of science degree in oral pathology in 1984, both at the UI. After serving as a teaching fellow and a clinical assistant professor for the UI College of Dentistry, he was named an assistant professor in the college's department of oral pathology, radiology and medicine in 1985. He was named professor in the department in 1994 and received his UI College of Medicine appointment in 1999.

Throughout his career, Vincent has established a solid record of professional service in addition to his teaching and research activities. He is a consultant to the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and an advisor to the ADA on dental materials, instruments and equipment. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Dental Association since 1991 and is a board examiner in oral pathology and oral and maxillofacial radiology with the Royal College of Dentists, Canada. He also is member of the American Association of Dental Schools, the Academy of Sports Dentistry and numerous other professional organizations.

Vincent serves on a number of academic and research advisory committees for the UI College of Dentistry and recently was instrumental in developing the college's Oral Health Information System for electronic records. He also is currently a member of the UI Faculty Senate.

Vincent's research interests include diagnostic features and therapeutic management of autoimmune diseases involving the oral cavity. Other interests include early detection of oral squamous cell carcinoma and management of diseases affecting the temporomandibular joints.

His professional awards and honors include fellowship in the International College of Dentists and being named "Instructor of the Year" by the Class of 1986.