University of Florida College of Dentistry Dean Isabel Garcia announced that Cesar Migliorati, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., is stepping down from his role as associate dean of Clinical Affairs and Quality effective March 31, 2021. Migliorati will continue in his role as a professor in Oral & Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences and devote more time to teaching, patient care and scholarly activities.
“Dr. Migliorati has led with conviction, commitment and always with an eye on science and fairness. I am particularly thankful for his efforts to help us navigate the pandemic and ensuring the continuity of patient care and clinical teaching. A search committee will be convened soon to identify a replacement for his administrative position. We are fortunate that he will continue to serve the college and assist with onboarding a new associate dean,” said A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Migliorati joined UF in March 2017, after serving as chair of Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Medicine and director of Oral Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry for eight years. Previously he worked at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale; the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil; Clinic for Geriatric and Handicapped Dentistry, Health Department- Zurich, in Switzerland; and the University of California in San Francisco.
During his four years as associate dean, Migliorati made important and lasting contributions to UFCD and the broader community. He brought with him a wealth of experience and insights, and applied a data-driven approach to make meaningful enhancements to UFCD patient care, safety and quality. Under his leadership and with great support from his team, the college reorganized its clinical administration to improve workflow and efficiency. Working closely with Luisa Echeto, D.D.S., M.S., and other colleagues, Migliorati implemented a new DMD-patient screening process to standardize patient selection and centralized sterilization processes to enhance quality.
Building on the work of the previous associate dean, Carol Stewart, D.D.S., M.S., Migliorati implemented a new patient event reporting system, IDInc, led the project to open an in-house dental laboratory and created a new protocol for managing medically-compromised patients. He also spearheaded a unique collaboration with the College of Nursing to foster interprofessional care and education.
“I want to thank the staff in clinic administration and quality for their excellent support and professionalism. I will be forever thankful to each member of the team,” Migliorati said.
In addition to his administrative efforts, Migliorati assisted predoctoral students, residents and faculty with diagnosing and managing patients with oral pathologies and complex medical histories, and published peer-reviewed manuscripts with collaborators from around the world.
Since March 2020, Migliorati played a crucial role in the UFCD response to the COVID-19 pandemic, coordinating efforts with UF Health experts in infection control and epidemiology, assuring access to personal protective equipment for dental students, providers and staff, and putting in place new infection control protocols.