June 13, 2013

UM School of Dentistry Dean Christian S. Stohler
accepts post with Columbia University

Dear Colleagues:
I am writing to let you know that Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent, dean of our School of Dentistry, has informed me that he has accepted the role of dean of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and senior vice president of Columbia University Medical Center.
Few of us will ever achieve the level of success and long-lasting impact on the community enjoyed by Dr. Stohler. For the last 10 years he has guided the School of Dentistry with vision and fortitude to the very highest levels of academic performance, research, patient care, and service to the community.
Dr. Stohler was already a recognized clinician and researcher when came to the University of Maryland in 2003. He received his DMD and DrMedDent degrees from the University of Bern in Switzerland, and served for more than 20 years on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Stohler has contributed greatly to the body of research, authoring more than 120 articles and book chapters, many dealing with response to pain and the effect of pain on bodily functions.
His brilliant work has earned Dr. Stohler professional accolades too numerous to list, including the William R. Mann professorship, the Roy and Natalie Roberts endowed chair, and the Schweitzer Research Award.
But it is with pride that I tell you Dean Stohler's greatest and most enduring achievements have happened right here at UMB. During his 10 year tenure here, he has greatly enhanced the curriculum, recruited and retained the best dentistry faculty in the nation, re-engineered the School's business operation, expanded its global presence, led the construction of a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility and provided the community with effective and wide-reaching  clinics.
Consider these achievements:

  • In 2007, work was completed on the new School of Dentistry building. The total investment of $142 million was the most ever spent on an academic building in Maryland. That investment, under Dr. Stohler's guidance, has afforded faculty and students a superior and technologically advanced academic environment. At the same time, it is home to groundbreaking research and an array of clinics that served 35,000 patients through 122,000 visits last year.

  • In 2009, Dr. Stohler cut the ribbon on the School of Dentistry Perryville Clinic, where more than 4,000 mostly rural patients are seen annually, many of them with urgent care needs, in a 26-chair advanced teaching environment.

  • The PLUS Clinics Dr. Stohler initiated here and at the School of Dentistry College Park Clinic together are the largest provider of oral health care to persons with HIV and Medicaid-eligible children in Maryland.

  • The School of Dentistry is one of the highest-ranked in the nation in NIH research funding, owing to Dr. Stohler's emphasis on chronic pain, microbial parthogenesis, oncology and emerging technologies, such as stem cell research and nanotechnologies.

  • The dental school's Office of Global Operations has established collaborative relationships with universities around the world.

Dean Stohler will assume his new role on August 1. In the coming week I will be making a decision about interim leadership and will communicate that decision to you at the appropriate time. In the meantime, please join me in thanking Dr. Stohler for his leadership and wishing him the very best in his new role at Columbia University.

Jay A. Perman, MD