OHSU Announces Appointments and a National Award

11/14/03    Portland, Ore.

Leon Assael, D.M.D., previously the dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, has been named a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and director of the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program at the OHSU School of Dentistry. A 1975 graduate of the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, Assael is editor in chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Jack Clinton, D.M.D., executive associate dean at the OHSU School of Dentistry, was recently named interim dean following the departure of Sharon Turner, D.D.S., J.D., who is now dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.

Clinton was the overwhelming choice to serve as the interim dean while a search is under way for Turner's replacement, and he plans to continue the progress that occurred while Turner was dean. The process to find her successor has generated much interest, beginning as it does in the midst of such changes as the school's third-floor renovation, a new oral surgery clinic and the fund-raising effort for the planned dental school facility in OHSU's South Waterfront expansion.

Juliana Hansen, M.D., has been named head of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine.

Previously the school's interim head of plastic and reconstructive surgery, she is credited with transforming the division into one of the School of Medicine's most successful surgical divisions during her two years in that position, according to John Hunter, M.D., chairman of the Department of Surgery.

With a focus on reconstructive plastic surgery, OHSU plastic surgeons perform approximately 1,600 operations a year. The division also operates a two-year training program in plastic surgery and a 12-month fellowship in hand surgery. Hansen's clinical interests include breast surgery, laser skin resurfacing, cosmetic surgery and microsurgery.

Robert Taylor, M.D., professor emeritus of family medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, recently received the John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine. The award was presented at the Annual Scientific Assembly of the American Academy of Family Physicians in New Orleans. Taylor was cited for his contributions to the medical literature, for his mentoring of young physicians and for his work to help advance family medicine worldwide. He is the editor of Family Medicine: Principles and Practice, a leading reference book, and he is director of research in the OHSU School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine.