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IL: MWU Appoints New Dean of Dental Medicine

April 21, 2009

by Jill Blair-Smith

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern University (MWU), announces the appointment of M.A.J. (Lex) MacNeil, D.D.S., as the inaugural Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Prior to his appointment at MWU, Dr. MacNeil was the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Dentistry in Vancouver, Canada. In the early 1990’s, Dr. MacNeil was actively involved in the development of continuing education programs and clinical practice guidelines for dental practitioners in British Columbia, serving as chair for both related committees of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. He joined the faculty at UBC in 1994 after practicing dentistry full time in the Vancouver area for 20 years and serving as a part-time clinical faculty member at UBC in prosthodontics since 1982. Dr. MacNeil has published widely and brings outstanding expertise to the new College of Dental Medicine.

“Dr. MacNeil brings valuable experience, a deep understanding of dental education, and keen insight into the upcoming trends in dental medicine to Midwestern University,” stated Dr. Goeppinger. “He will be an asset to the University and state of Illinois as we open a new College of Dental Medicine.”

The appointment of Dr. MacNeil is one of the first steps in Midwestern University’s plan to seek approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Commission on Dental Accreditation for a new center of learning in dental education in the state of Illinois. The University intends to offer a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree on the Downers Grove Campus starting in 2011. In the new DMD program, students will complete a four-year curriculum that includes didactic basic medical and dental science studies, preclinical simulation modules, extensive patient care based clinical dentistry and community centered clinical experiences. The inaugural class will consist of 125 students.

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