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David A. Nash (Dentistry)

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David Nash is the William R. Willard Professor of Dental Education at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where he served as dean from 1987 to 1997.

Dr. Nash is an active member of the American Association of Dental Schools and has served the organization in a number of capacities. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and has served the Academy as a member of its Board of Directors. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has served as president of the College of Diplomates in Pediatric Dentistry.

He is a member Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the honor society of dentistry, and has served as its national president. Additionally, he has been inducted into the national education honorary, Phi Delta Kappa, and the national leadership honorary, Omicron Kappa Delta. He was awarded a Fogarty International Fellowship by the National Institutes of Health in 1980, in support of his research in the Netherlands on international dental education. He was also the first Harry W. Bruce legislative fellow of the American Association of Dental Schools. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dental Education, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Dental Education.

In 1994 Dr. Nash was a guest speaker at the Eastman Dental Center’s celebration honoring the 90th birthday of Dr. Basil Bibby. His paper entitled, "The Oral Physician, Creating A New Oral Health Professional for the Twenty-First Century," advocated integrating the curriculum of dentistry with that of medicine, and was subsequently published in the Journal of Dental Education, where his publications most frequently occur. Recently, an article he authored, "And the Band Played On," criticized the leadership of American dental education for its lack of responsiveness to the Institute of Medicine report on the future of dental education in the United States, and argued for the profession of dentistry to integrate itself with medicine to more effectively meet the challenges facing the profession in education, research and practice.

Dr. Nash has written broadly on topics in dental education, including issues of teaching and learning, academic leadership, clinical pediatric dentistry, and professional ethics. He has served as a visiting professor at over one-half of the America’s colleges of dentistry, as well as several international universities.

Among Dr. Nash’s current interests is bioethics. Several years ago he introduced a four-year comprehensive professional ethics curriculum into the dental curriculum at Kentucky. He also teaches bioethics in the College of Medicine, and is currently teaching a graduate course in bioethics in the School of Public Health. Dr. Nash also chairs the University of Kentucky Hospital’s Ethics Committee.

Dr. Nash has been honored with several teaching awards by his students, and in 1999 was named one of America’s visionaries in dentistry by the American Student Dental Association.


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