Professorships

The Dental Foundation of North Carolina is proud to support the school’s faculty through professorships, which allow the school to recruit and retain outstanding faculty. The school and the DFNC are grateful for the investment made by the following donors to strengthen the quality of the school’s faculty.

Non-Specialty

Claude A. Adams Jr. and Grace Phillips Adams Professorship
Currently held by: Dr. Ron Strauss
Established with a generous contribution from Dr. Claude A. Adams III and a matching gift from the State of North Carolina. The professorship is named in honor of his parents. Dr. Adams III’s father practiced dentistry in Durham for nearly 50 years, and Dr. Adams III practiced with his father for more than 20 years.
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Claude A. Adams Jr. and Grace Phillips Adams Term Professorship
Currently held by: Vacant
Established through the generous bequest of Dr. Claude A. Adams III, who named the UNC Adams School of Dentistry in memory of his parents.
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Kaneda Family Professorship
Currently held by: Dr. Ricardo Padilla
Established by Sunstar, Inc., a dental company with headquarters in Japan, it honors the Kaneda family, which has led Sunstar, Inc. for many years.
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R. Gary Rozier and Chester W. Douglass Distinguished Professorship in Dental Public Health
Currently held by: Dr. Jane Weintraub
Established through generous donations from Dr. Chester Douglass and his wife, Joy Douglass. It also was supported by Delta Dental of North Carolina and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. The professorship jointly honors Dr. R. Gary Rozier and Dr. Chester Douglass, both of whom dedicated their careers to the improvement of oral health through dental public health.
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Sunstar Distinguished Professorship
Currently held by: Dr. Mitsuo Yamauchi
Established with a contribution from Sunstar, Inc., a dental company with headquarters in Japan, and a matching gift from the State of North Carolina.
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John W. Stamm Distinguished Professorship
Currently held by: Dr. Gary Slade
Established with generous contributions from many alumni and friends of John Stamm, who served as dean of the UNC Adams School of Dentistry for 15 years (1989-2004) and as interim dean for one year (2010-11). The State of North Carolina provided a matching gift to fully endow the professorship.
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Endodontics

Jacob B. Freedland Term Professorship
Currently held by: Vacant
Established with a contribution from Dr. Jacob Freedland, who practiced endodontics in Charlotte, N.C. for many years. The Freedland Term Professorship provides support to help recruit and retain endodontics faculty members.
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Jacob B. Freedland Professorship
Currently held by: Dr. Ashraf Fouad
Established with a contribution from Dr. Jacob Freedland, who practiced endodontics in Charlotte, N.C. for many years. It provides support for an endodontics faculty member.

Olmsted Family Distinguished Professorship in Endodontics
Currently held by: Dr. Peter Tawil
Established with a generous contribution from Dr. John Olmsted and Mrs. Frankie Olmsted, and matching gifts from the American Association of Endodontists Foundation and the State of North Carolina.
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dalton L. McMichael Distinguished Professorship of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Currently held by: Dr. Raymond P. White
Established with a generous contribution from Mr. McMichael, who was one of the most influential textile executives of the 20th century.

Raymond P. White Distinguished Professorship
Currently held by: Dr. George H. Blakey III
Established with generous contributions from many friends and oral and maxillofacial surgery alumni in honor of Dr. Ray White, who served as dean of the School of Dentistry from 1974-81.
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Orthodontics

G. Fred Hale Professorship of Orthodontics
Currently held by: Dr. Ching-Chang Ko
Established with a generous contribution from Dr. Edgar Baker, who practiced orthodontics in Raleigh, N.C. for many years, and a matching grant from the State of North Carolina.
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Henry S. and Martha N. Zaytoun Term Professorship in Orthodontics
Currently held by: Vacant
Established with a contribution from the Dr. Henry Zaytoun Sr., his wife, Martha, and other Zaytoun family members. Dr. Zaytoun practiced orthodontics in Raleigh for more than 50 years. His son, daughter and granddaughter continue the tradition at Zaytoun Orthodontics in Raleigh and Wake County.

Pediatric Dentistry

James W. Bawden Distinguished Professorship
Currently held by: Dr. Tim Wright
Established through the support of many donors who wanted to honor Dr. Jim Bawden, a pediatric dentist and the school’s second dean, who served pediatric dentistry to the highest level through his extensive research endeavors and leadership.
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William W. Demeritt Distinguished Professorship
Currently held by: Dr. Jessica Lee
Established with contributions from many of Dr. Demeritt’s family and friends, including Dr. Donald Henson, who practiced dentistry in North Carolina and was one of the co-founders of Affordable Care. The professorship honors Dr. William “Willie” Demeritt, who served as the Department of Pediatric Dentistry’s first chair.

Jim and Isabel Harrell Distinguished Professorship of Family Dentistry
Currently held by: Vacant
Established with a generous contribution from Dr. Jim Harrell and his wife, Isabel, and a matching gift from the State of North Carolina. Dr. Harrell has practiced dentistry in Elkin, N.C. for nearly 70 years.
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Dr. Donald and Mrs. Alexandra Henson Distinguished Professorship of Pediatric Dentistry
Currently held by: Dr. Michael Roberts
Established with a generous contribution from Dr. Donald Henson and his wife, Alexandra (“Sandra”), and a matching gift from the State of North Carolina. Mrs. Henson and her late husband were committed to helping ensure excellence in pediatric dental education.
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Periodontics

Nobel Biocare Professorship
Currently held by: Dr. Cristiano Susin
Established with the support of Nobel Biocare for a peridontology faculty member.

OraPharma Distinguished Professorship of Periodontal Medicine
Currently held by: Vacant
Established with a generous contribution from OraPharma, a pharmaceutical company dedicated to oral health care.

Stallings Distinguished Professorship
Currently held by: Dr. Ryan Cook
Established with a generous contribution from Mr. Don Stallings and his wife, Billie, who are generous benefactors to numerous areas of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prosthodontics

Dr. Thomas P. Hinman Distinguished Professorship in Restorative Dentistry
Currently held by: Vacant
Established in 2014 with a generous contribution from the Hinman Dental Society of Atlanta. The fund is named for Dr. Thomas P. Hinman, founder of the Hinman Dental Society.
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Straumann Distinguished Professorship in Implant Dentistry
Currently held by: Vacant
Established with a generous contribution from Institut Straumann, the largest dental implant company in the world, and a matching gift from the State of North Carolina.
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