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From the Dean

Visit Us On South Waterfront

Phil MaruchaDear School of Dentistry community,

As we say goodbye to our 88 new dental professionals, and fiscal year 2013-2014 comes to a close, I am pleased to report that OHSU School of Dentistry is strong and healthy! We are poised to grow more in the coming years as we transition to our new building in a few weeks, creating new interprofessional clinical care and research opportunities for our students, continuing our excellent patient care, and helping to shape health care in our region. 

We are counting down the hours until we are securely into our new space, the Skourtes Tower OHSU School of Dentistry in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) on Portland’s South Waterfront. Our new address is 2730 S.W. Moody Avenue, Portland, Ore., 97201-5042. Please call (503) 494-8867 to make an appointment in our new facility.

I’m told we’ve been waiting a long time for a new building and that many of you thought we’d never get there. Well, I can assure you this new dental school is not only built, but it was worth the wait.

Watching our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends take tours of the new building these past months has been almost as exciting as watching the building go up. The new facility is modern: light, spacious, and has the latest in technology and operatory equipment.

We remain on track to have most of our clinical operations moved into the new facility by July 1, with patient care underway by July 7. The Skourtes Tower facility is going to match the quality of our faculty and students, and it is going to be a fantastic experience for everyone involved. 

The new facility really puts the “C” into the Collaborative part of the CLSB name. Not only will our students be mingling daily with students from many other disciplines, but the facility itself is designed for teamwork. One example: The School of Medicine has its medical simulation lab within the CLSB, and we will be able to access the facility to fashion a completely new program for dental students that will allow them hands-on experience in connecting oral care to the rest of the body. 

The Interprofessional Education Initiative (IPE) that was started by OHSU last fall will nicely dovetail with our new building, training our students to be prepared for dramatic changes in the way we provide health care in the state. In today’s health care world, it is essential for dentists to work closely with their counterparts in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and more, to provide better care to patients. The IPE curriculum, led by Jeffery Stewart, Ph.D., interim chair and associate professor of pathology and radiology, has done a remarkable job of bringing all of OHSU’s many students together to meet one another and better understand how each discipline is integral to the other. It is the first step in what I hope will be many fruitful collaborations. 

Many of you have already provided gifts for our new facility, and I want to thank every one of you for your donation. Eugene, D.M.D. ’68, and Bonnie Skourtes, A-dec, Inc., and Moda Health all played a huge part in lifting the Skourtes Tower off the ground, and we couldn’t have done it without them. Many of you have also have played a role and be assured I am very grateful.

We are working hard to raise the $43 million goal set for us by the university. Working together, we hope you can help us leave a lasting and meaningful legacy to dentistry in Oregon. 

I look forward to seeing you when our new building opens.

Warm regards,

Phil Marucha Signature

Phillip T. Marucha, D.M.D., Ph.D.
OHSU School of Dentistry Dean
(503) 494-8801
marucha@ohsu.edu