New Endodontology Chairperson for OHSU School of Dentistry

03/03/10  Portland, OR

Oregon Health & Health & Science University School of Dentistry has appointed a new endodontology chair. Christine Sedgley, M.D.S., M.D.Sc., F.R.A.C.D.S., M.R.A.C.D.S (ENDO), Ph.D., joined the School in January, replacing J. Craig Baumgartner, D.D.S., Ph.D., who retired in December after 18 years.

“It’s a great honor to be following such a tremendous contributor to the endodontic world.” said Sedgley, whose research interests are similar to Baumgartner’s and was encouraged by him to apply for the position. Sedgley also is an associate professor of endodontology in the dental school.

A native Australian, Sedgley received her bachelor’s and master’s of dental surgery from the University of Sydney, as well as her F.R.A.C.D.S. (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons) in restorative dentistry. Sedgley completed her Master of Dental Science in Endodontics from the University of Melbourne in 1991. After moving to Hong Kong in 1992, Sedgley completed a doctoral degree in oral microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, then practiced clinical endodontics and taught part time at the University of Hong Kong.  In 2000, she joined the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as an assistant professor in the cariology, restorative sciences and endodontics department, from which she obtained her endodontics certificate in 2005. She became a Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgery in Endodontics in 2009.

Sedgley’s primary focus at OHSU is on the recruitment of faculty to direct the postgraduate residency and undergraduate endodontology programs. She also will be teaching dental students and mentoring graduate residents’ research.  In addition, she plans to continue the microbiology research she developed while at the University of Michigan, which centers around root canal infections.

Sedgley is an associate editor for the Journal of Endodontics, serves on several national and international committees, and will continue her speaking engagement schedule.  

“The department faculty and staff have been of tremendous help during this transition process — this is truly a collegial group,” she said. “Our department has great support from alumni and friends who I look forward to getting to know better.”