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Dr. Amini received her dental degree in 1993 and a Master in Public Health in 1996 from the Ohio State University. She received a Master of Science and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, is a reviewer for Pediatric Dentistry and Journal of Dentistry for Children and has reviewed multiple grants for the Ohio Department of Health, Access to Care Programs. She serves on the New Mother Kit Task Force, Editorial Board, and Journal Based Continuing Education Committee of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She also serves on Committee of Perioperative Services and Conscious Sedation Advisory Group at Columbus Children's Hospital.
Her areas of interest include oral health disparities and access to dental care. She is currently working on a three year grant awarded by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation to improve access to dental care for low income pregnant adolescents in Central Ohio, Prenatal Education and Treatment (PET) project. Dr. Amini is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Dental Association, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Dental Education Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and Ohio Dental Association.
Dr. Bean received
her dental degree from the University of Kentucky College of
Dentistry. Upon attaining her DMD, she moved to Cleveland, Ohio
where she completed a General Practice Residency at Cleveland
Metropolitan General Hospital. Dr. Bean then became a founding
member of Shaker Dental Associates, the first African American
private dental group practice in Cleveland and was a part-time
faculty member at Case Western Reserve University Dental School. She
was also an instructor at Shaker Dental Institute, a dental
assisting training program managed by Shaker Dental Associates and
the first of its kind to be state certified. Dr. Bean was elected to
serve as the first female president of Forest City Dental Society,
an organization comprised of 60 minority dentists in the Cleveland
Dr. Casamassimo received his dental degree from Georgetown University in 1974 and a Master of Science and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Iowa in 1976. He is former Editor-in-Chief of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and its journal, Pediatric Dentistry, and currently is Past-President of AAPD. Dr. Casamassimo is past president of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped and past editor of the Journal of Dentistry for the Handicapped and the Journal of Dentistry for Children.
He has authored over 150 scientific articles, edited three books, authored or co-authored 31 text chapters and seven monographs in the areas of pediatric dentistry, care of children with special health care needs, and dental education. His research interests include oral health of children with special health care needs, health services research, and oral health disparity and he has received over two dozen private and public grants and contracts. Recent grants include a $1,500,000 education grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a $300,000 grant from the Central Benefits Foundation to study dental caries in pre-school children, and several small grants addressing oral health in children with chronic illnesses. He is a participating site director in an NIDCR-sponsored health disparity grant awarded to Boston University.
Dr. Casamassimo is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and practices at Columbus Children’s Hospital where he is a past-president of the medical staff.
Dr. Claman is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry. He earned his DDS from The Ohio State University in 2009. After graduation, Dr. Claman completed a pediatric preceptorship at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital. He then earned his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Prior to joining our faculty, Dr. Claman was a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.
Ann Griffen, DDS, MS received her dental degree and her pediatric dentistry certificate from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston followed by a masters of science in molecular genetics from the Ohio State University. Dr. Griffen is a professor in the College of Dentistry. An accomplished researcher, Dr. Griffen is known for her work in the microbiology of periodontitis and dental caries using molecular approaches. Dr. Griffen is funded through the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and she has served on numerous NIH review panels. She mentors dental, masters, and doctoral students, and many of her pediatric dental resident master’s students have won national awards. She has published extensively and is sought after as a speaker on her work using advanced molecular genetic techniques. In addition, Dr. Griffen is board certified in pediatric dentistry and maintains an active clinical practice, and teaches both pediatric dental and oral microbiology courses at the College.
Dr. Gross is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Pre-doctoral Pediatric Dentistry. She earned her DDS and PhD in Oral Biology from The Ohio State University in 2009. She then earned her Master of Science and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital in 2011. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Prior to joining our faculty, Dr. Gross was a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry.
Dr Ashok Kumar is Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Mobile Dental COACH at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry and the Columbus Children’s Hospital. Dr Ashok Kumar received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from India and came to United States of America in 1995. He completed the AEGD program at Howard University and the GPR program at Ohio State University prior to earning his Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry at Ohio State. Upon graduation in 2003 he became a Full-time Faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Ohio State University College of Dentistry and Columbus Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OHIO.
Dr Kumar’s Research interests include dental trauma in the primary and permanent dentition, sedation, and all aspects of clinical dentistry.
Dr. McTigue earned his D.D.S. and M.S. in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Iowa. From 1976 through 1984 he taught in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Louisiana State University and served as Chair of the Department of Dentistry at Children's Hospital in New Orleans, La. He chaired the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry from 1984 through 1991. From 1991 through 2002, he served the College as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He is currently the President of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped. He has served consultantships to a variety of state and federal health agencies, the U.S. Air Force, the American Dental Association and the Commission on Dental Accreditation which he chaired in 2002-2003. He has maintained a private practice in pediatric dentistry for over thirty-five years.
research and clinical interests include dental traumatology and
children's behavior in the dental office.
Dr. Diego Solis is an assistant clinical professor in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health and is the interim director of the Nisonger Center Dental Program which includes both the dental clinic at Nisonger Center on the main OSU campus and the Johnstown Center Dental Clinic, a facility for preschool and kindergarten children based near Port Columbus. In his director capacity, Dr. Solis oversees the care of adult persons with special health care needs and a large population of Latino children in the central Ohio area. Dr. Solis is board-certified in pediatric dentistry and a member of the Nationwide Children's Hospital medical staff in the Department of Dentistry. Dr. Solis, a native of Panama, did his pediatric dentistry training at the University of Puerto Rico. He served as a fellow in the Division prior to joining the faculty and was in charge of the Coshocton Children's Clinic during his fellowship./p>
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