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Dr. Thomas Indresano Appointed to Dr. T. Galt and Lee DeHaven Atwood Endowed Professorship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Indresano (left) with Dean Ferrillo (right).

October  03, 2012

Dr. A. Thomas Indresano was appointed to the Dr. T. Galt and Lee DeHaven Atwood Endowed Professorship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery during an award presentation and dinner celebration held on Sept. 28 in San Francisco.

The endowed professorship honors Indresano's achievement in the field and leadership as chair of the school's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department. University Provost Maria Pallavicini, Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dental school administrators and faculty were among those on hand to recognize the honor and thank members of the Atwood family, which graciously funded the endowed professorship.

"Dr. Indresano is an outstanding department chair who's done it all in his specialty," said Dean Ferrillo. "His scholarship record, commitment to service and leadership, and his dedication to teaching and mentoring his residents are all outstanding. We greatly appreciate everything he does for his program and for the Pacific Dugoni family."

Atwood family members in attendance included Dr. Tom Atwood, a graduate of the Class of 1971, who spoke about the impact of dentistry on his family, including his late father Dr. T. Galt Atwood.

Dr. T. Galt Atwood was a 1928 graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the forerunner of University of the Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He was also a long-time supporter of the dental school and served on the board of trustees for the college in the 1960s.

"Dentistry was a big part of my father's life and the dental school was very important to him," said Atwood. "The donations our family has made to the school have been a reflection of how we were raised by our parents. We wanted to make a statement in their name."

Indresano earned his doctor of dental medicine degree from Harvard University and received specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery from Vanderbilt University. He is board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and spent six years as an examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Indresano is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. In 2005, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons awarded him the Donald B. Osbon Award for Best Oral and Maxillofacial Educator in the United States. He has published more than one hundred textbooks, chapters and scientific articles.

In 2012, the Alumni Association of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry awarded Indresano with its highest award - the Medallion of Distinction. The prestigious medallion recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the School of Dentistry, research, dental education or the community. Indresano received yet another honor recently when the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons elected him to the AAOMS Board of Trustees, the governing body of the 7,000 member organization. He now represents the Western District which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii.

Prior to joining to the dental school, Indresano served as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, associate professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Chicago, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University, and professor and chairman at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

"I am highly honored to be named the Dr. T. Galt and Lee DeHaven Atwood Endowed Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery," said Indresano. "I consider the naming of this professorship as a validation of the work our faculty, staff and residents do in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Thank you to the Atwood family for this most generous gift."

This endowed professorship is a position permanently paid for with the revenue from an endowment fund specifically set up by the Atwood family. Endowed professorships significantly aid the school by providing funding for a faculty member who does not have to be paid entirely out of the school's operating budget, allowing the school to direct money that would otherwise have been spent on salaries toward other school needs.

"We thank the Atwood family for their generosity and for recognizing how important it is that our faculty members who do outstanding work are honored and recognized," said Dr. Maria Pallavicini, provost of University of the Pacific.

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Special Events, University

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