Carol Stewart, D.D.S., M.S., has accepted an appointment to serve as Interim clinical associate dean for the University of Florida College of Dentistry effective October 11, 2013. Stewart is a professor in the department of oral and maxillofacial diagnostic sciences and has been with the college since February 1985, serving in various positions including as associate dean for clinical affairs from 1999 to 2002.
“I am very pleased to have Carol on board as an interim associate dean. She has a deep level of expertise in the area in addition to previous experience in the position. Those two factors will bring have an immediate, favorable impact for the college, especially as we enter a critical phase in preparing for accreditation,” said Boyd Robinson, D.D.S., M.Ed., interim dean.
Stewart earned her bachelor’s in medical technology and her master’s in education from Indiana University, and earned her dental degree from Indiana’s School of Dentistry in 1980. She completed a general practice residency at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1981 and returned to Indiana’s School of Dentistry where she earned a certificate in oral medicine in 1983 and a master’s in oral medicine in 1986. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and a Fellow of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Before joining the college she served as dental faculty at the University of Nebraska and the University of Minnesota.
Her educational activities include clinical and didactic instruction in diagnosis, treatment planning, management of medically complex patients and applied dental pharmacology. Her research focuses on oral medicine and oral pathology, with interest in management of patients with HIV infection and autoimmune disorders.
As interim clinical associate dean she will oversee clinic operations in conjunction with department chairs and the director of clinic operations, manage clinic administration, take a lead role in the accreditation self-study process and preparing the college for the Council on Dental Accreditation, work with the associate deans for education and research to prepare students to be the dental scientists and practitioners of the future, and provide high-level oversight to risk management, program improvement and infection control activities for the college. Stewart will also continue to work in the Oral Medicine Clinic and in clinical teaching.