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University of Hong Kong Dental Dean Visits the Dugoni School

Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. and Professor Lakshman Samaranayake discuss global dental education during a meeting at the dental school on Monday, Sept. 15.

September  18, 2008

Professor Lakshman Samaranayake, dean of the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Dentistry, visited the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Monday, Sept. 15. Samaranayake met with dental school leaders to discuss an ongoing international exchange agreement between the two schools. The goal of the collaboration is to create opportunities to share knowledge and resources and ultimately, raise standards in dental education globally.

"It's important to foster such collaborations with colleagues around the world so that we can ensure the highest quality dental education programs for all students," said Dr. Nader Nadershahi, associate dean for academic affairs. "These opportunities allow our students, staff and faculty to broaden their perspective on dental education and global oral health."

During his visit, Samaranayake also presented a scholarly lecture to Dugoni School students and faculty regarding the role of oral biofilms and their affect on human morbidity and mortality outcomes.

In addition to his role as dean, Samaranayake is the chair of oral microbiology at the University of Hong Kong and as the director of the Prince Philip Dental Hospital. He has served as a director of the International Dental Federation and the chairman of its science commission. Samaranayake has lectured in all five continents, serves on the editorial boards of 15 journals and is a World Bank consultant on problem-based learning.

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