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Faculty Members Receive Major University Awards

Q. What happens to a person who:

  • pioneered HIV/AIDS patient care.
  • was vital in the establishment in the creation of a clinic for that purpose (The Richard L. Miller Dental Clinic in Elizabethtown, KY, the only non-dental school based facility for the treatment of immunocompromised patients).
  • was awarded 3 million dollars in grants for a population of patients who could not otherwise afford care.
  • has led in the training of oral health personnel in bioterrorism deterrence/preparedness.
  • was awarded 5 million dollars in grants for a Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program.
  • serves as an active member of the Medical Reserve Corps.
  • has actively participated in 14 community service projects.

A. She is presented with the University of Louisville President’s Distinguished Faculty Award for contributing to the community, commonwealth and region.

The recipient: Theresa Mayfield, the School’s Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and a 1982 ULSD graduate.

Her interest in this disease entity and all categories of the people affected spiked when she was a Major in the United States Air Force Dental Corps in the early 1980’s.  She had the opportunity to treat patients who were having unusual oral health problems at her base in Northern California.  Soon the disease that these patients had was identified as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and was found to follow HIV infection.  At that time, there was great fear on the part of health care providers, leading to many refusing to treat patients who were living with HIV/AIDS.  Dr. Mayfield was not only willing to treat them, but she sought out these patients and pursued any educational opportunities that she could find at the time to increase her and her peer’s knowledge base in this area.

She continues as a tireless advocate for the importance of establishing and maintaining oral health in this critically underserved patient population.

Besides her advocacy, she possesses and demonstrates remarkable clinical teaching abilities.  That education begins with dental students and extends to all types and levels of treatment providers.  She continues to quietly and without fanfare, serve and educate others to serve this woefully underserved population.

Therefore, if you see Dr. Mayfield proudly wearing her new “academic” medallion - or - using her financial award from the University to do a little personal celebrating, pat her on the back and congratulate her.

Way to go, Theresa!

That honor was presented at a University-wide annual celebration of Faculty Excellence ceremony during which President James Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz honored faculty for their scholarship, research, creative activity and teaching. They presented President’s Distinguished Faculty Awards, the President’s Multicultural Teaching Award and the Community Engagement Award. They also honored new endowed faculty and a new university scholar and faculty and staff whose work has resulted in U.S. patents, licenses or options.

 


 

In regards to the last category, another ULSD faculty member was recognized.

Dr. Donald Demuth was honored for his patent for novel peptides that inhibit and destroy oral biofilms, specifically P. gingivalis. The compositions are well-suited for topical administration in dental applications, and could be delivered through toothpaste, mouthwash or chewing gum.

 


 

Faculty Member Achieves National Milestone

Dr. Hupp becomes first woman National President of the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity

Dr. Wendy S. Hupp, assistant professor of oral medicine, is the first woman to become the National President of the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity. This also is the first time that a child of a previous president has been installed. Dr. Hupp’s father, a retired dentist in the Philadelphia area, was President in the 1980s.  The University of Louisville School of Dentistry has the Omicron Chapter of Psi Omega, chartered in the 1900s.

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