Welcome to the members of the first class of the University of Florida College of Dentistry oral and maxillofacial residency program: Dr. Fatma Badr, Dr. Sevin Barghan, Dr. Zubad Newaz, and Dr. Veerinder Pannu. The residents will earn a certificate in oral and maxillofacial radiology and eligibility to challenge the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology after completing the program.
The program includes academic course work, clinical training, and research experience through the UF College of Dentistry, and in conjunction with the UF College of Medicine. The program accepts up to four residents each year; eligible applicants must hold a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree from an accredited dental college in the United States or its equivalent from foreign institutions.
Several full-time College of Dentistry faculty members will provide a diverse clinical education in OMFR, neuroradiology, and radiation physics. The clinical experience includes acquiring and reading images and volumes from conventional and advanced imaging modalities, with a focus on oral and maxillofacial pathology. Faculty from the College of Medicine’s radiology department will work with the residents for a considerable amount of time, providing extensive training in advanced imaging.
Program faculty from the College of Dentistry include Madhu K. Nair, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., program director and chair of the department of oral and maxillofacial diagnostic sciences; James C. Pettigrew, Jr., D.M.D., and Rujuta Katkar, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.S. From the College of Medicine, Anthony Mancuso, M.D., chair of the department of radiology, and Jeff Bennett, M.D., division chief of neuroradiology, will provide instruction to the residents during their rotations at UF Health Shands Hospital, and Dr. Manuel Arreola, Ph.D., chief of clinical radiological physics, will instruct them in radiation physics and biology. Only seven other programs are in existence in the U.S. and Canada, with fewer than 80 or so board-certified oral and maxillofacial radiologists working in academia.
Photo: The new residents and interns of the Oral and Maxillofacial Program at a welcome reception. From left, seated: Dr. Zubad Newaz, Dr. Fatma Badr, and Dr. Badr’s sister. From left, standing: Interns Dr. Mohammed Wajdi and Dr. Fahad Baabdullah; and Dr. Veerinder Pannu and Dr. Sevin Barghan.