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Dr. Melissa Drum Appointed as A.W. Reader Endowed Professor

Associate Professor of Endodontics Melissa Drum is the first A.W. Reader Endowed Professor in the Division of Endodontics.


At a ceremony held March 6, Dr. Melissa Drum was announced as the first A.W. Reader Endowed Professor in the Division of Endodontics. The $750,000 endowment was completed two years earlier than expected, allowing for the appointment of Dr. Drum as the inaugural chair of this position that represents one of the highest academic awards the University can bestow on a faculty member.

Dr. Drum received a D.D.S. degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2004, and she completed a master’s degree and graduate certificate in endodontics from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 2006. She joined the college as a faculty member that same year, serving as an assistant professor of endodontics.

In 2012, she was promoted to associate professor with tenure, and she was also appointed to the position of director of the College of Dentistry’s Emergency Dental Clinic. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Drum has held a number of leadership positions, serving most recently as chair of the American Association of Endodontists Educational Affairs Committee, and as the vice-president of the Ohio Association of Endodontists.

With Division of Endodontics professors John Nusstein and Alfred Reader, she is the co-author of a dental anesthesia textbook titled, Successful Local Anesthesia for Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics. She also serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Endodontics Scientific Advisory Board. In 2008, she was named as a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

The A.W. Reader endowed chair was created in honor of College of Dentistry faculty emeritus Dr. Alfred William Reader, an endodontics faculty member and practitioner, and a nationally recognized researcher in the field of dental anesthesia. The endowed professorship received generous funding support from the American Association of Endodontists Foundation, and from gifts provided by the college’s endodontics alumni.

At the ceremony held in Dr. Drum’s honor, Dean Patrick M. Lloyd said, “It was my pleasure to write the letter to Dr. Drum announcing her appointment as the A.W. Reader Endowed Chair. Her teaching and clinical skills, in combination with her outstanding research, made her the best choice for this appointment that will have such a profound and positive impact on the Division of Endodontics and on our College of Dentistry.”




[March 2013]