Dean's Office

Dean's Office

Message from the Dean

Dean T. Gerard Bradley

Since my arrival as Dean of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry we have had many challenges to face and, as a result, opportunities for change.  It is often in difficult times that we see amazing things happen. I am so proud of our faculty and staff who are committed and dedicated to the mission of educating students and delivering person-centered care within our clinics.

We were excited to welcome President Neeli Bendapudi to our annual Faculty and Staff Retreat on October 8, 2018.  She talked about her personal goals, student success, creating a great place to work for faculty and staff, creating a great place to invest, and making a commitment to diversity in all its forms. The School of Dentistry is committed to her priorities and proud to see the growth we have accomplished in these areas.

Our faculty have dedicated themselves to evolving the curriculum with an emphasis on technology, evidence-based practice, and having our students treat more patients in different settings. Over the past two years our students have provided care in external clinics in underserved areas serving those in need and providing oral health leadership to our communities and patients. We are treating more patients than ever and our students are completing educational milestones and competencies earlier than in previous years.  Our students are exceptional, diverse, academically strong, hardworking, and providing critical services to the citizens of the Commonwealth. 

The research faculty are successfully winning competitive research grants, which has ranked us 13th in the nation of the 66 dental schools by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. We are conducting impactful research that is making a difference as corroborated by our peers in various grant review panels.

Some of our latest success highlights are:

  • In 2019 we will pilot digital dentistry for DMD students
  • DMD students are entering the clinics earlier in the curriculum
  • We have received an $11.5 million COBRE grant
  • We launched UofL Care Partners - a new initiative with the School of Nursing placing a nurse practitioner in our admissions clinic


T. Gerard Bradley, BDS, MS, Dr.Med.Dent.

October 2018