Micaela Gibbs, D.D.S., M.H.A., a clinical associate professor in the UF Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, or CDBS, has been appointed interim chair of the department effective October 12, 2018.
Gibbs has served on faculty with the department since 2003 where she has directed the college’s Community-Based Programs since 2007. In addition, she oversees the UF Statewide Network for Community Oral Health and became the coordinator of Global Service Learning in 2018. Gibbs grew up outside Denver, Colorado, and earned her dental degree from the University of Colorado in 1994 and then completed a general practice residency and a fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She worked in private practice and was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado before joining UF.
“I have full confidence in Dr. Gibbs’ talent and abilities. She has always demonstrated a deep commitment to CDBS and a strong passion about her work,” said A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H, dean.
Gibbs’ focus will include continuing to grow the impact of the department by maintaining its successful community outreach, clinical and research missions, strengthening the scholarly and educational base, and encouraging cohesion with other academic groups within the college.
She takes over the leadership role of the department from Dr. Scott Tomar, who took on the role of interim chair in February 2015, having previously served as permanent chair from 2005 to 2009.