Stewart steps down as interim associate dean, search launched

Stewart_Carol_4x5_colorAfter nearly three years of service as interim associate dean of clinical affairs of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, Carol Stewart, D.D.S., M.S., is stepping down from the position effective July 1 and will be moving to part time status.

“When I joined UFCD in February 2015, we were in the homestretch of preparing for the CODA accreditation visit, with Dr. Stewart and Richelle Janiec leading the way for the accreditation standard pertaining to patient care services and playing key roles in support of educational standards. Our successful accreditation site visit was undoubtedly due, in no small part, to the efforts of Dr. Stewart and her expertise, commitment and the depth of her knowledge about the college’s patient care enterprises,” said A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H., dean.

Stewart, a professor in the UF department of oral and maxillofacial diagnostic sciences, has been with UFCD for more than 30 years serving in many roles including as associate dean for clinical affairs from 1999 to 2002.

She earned her dental degree from Indiana’s School of Dentistry in 1980 and completed a general practice residency at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.  She returned to Indiana’s School of Dentistry and earned a certificate in oral medicine in 1983 and a master’s in oral medicine in 1986. Dr. Stewart 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 in February 1985, she served as dental faculty at the University of Nebraska and the University of Minnesota.

After July 1, Stewart will begin working part time and will focus on teaching oral medicine clinical and didactic courses, and on autoimmune disease clinical care. She also serves as the director of the Center for Orphaned Autoimmune Disorders.

A search for a new associate dean for clinical affairs and quality has been launched.