Dean John Stamm formally confirmed today that Dr. Linda Levin has been recommended to the University as the next permanent Chair of the Department of Endodontics. The five-year appointment is effective 1 July 2002 . Doctor Levin emerged from a thorough internal search process that involved all of the current Endodontic faculty members as well as key staff personnel. Several of the alumni of the Endodontics Department have also voiced their support for Dr. Levin as the next Chair of the Department.
Doctor Levin obtained her BA from Duke University in 1977, after which she earned her DDS (1983), MS (1985), and PhD (1995) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . Doctor Levin received her Board certification in 2002. Doctor Levin began her academic career at UNC in 1987 and developed a collaborative research program in pulp biology. She has earned NIH and industry funding in support of her research. Throughout her years as a full-time faculty member, Dr. Levin has been a superb teacher at both the predoctoral and graduate levels. Moreover, she has been an enormously active and successful clinician who has provided important leadership in the School’s Dental Faculty Practice.
Doctor Levin succeeds Dr. Martin Trope, J. B. Freedland Professor of Endodontics, who led the Department superbly for nine years. Doctor Trope rejoins the teaching faculty at the UNC School of Dentistry, and will focus his efforts to accelerate and further develop several key initiatives begun under his leadership. In addition he will serve as a key mentor for the Endodontics graduate program at UNC.
“Doctor Linda Levin has consistently achieved excellence in teaching, patient care and research. She has an energetic yet calm demeanor that suits her extremely well for academic and administrative leadership. Doctor Levin is recognized nationally and internationally as an endodontics scholar who is uniquely qualified to elevate her specialty through the applications of quality science,” commented Dean Stamm. “Please welcome Dr. Levin to her new responsibility as Chair, Department of Endodontics, and extend to her your enthusiastic cooperation and support.”