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Rossmann chair-elect of periodontics

Dr. Jeffrey RossmannOn Jan. 1, Dr. Jeffrey A. Rossmann will become the new chair of the Department of Periodontics at HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry. Rossmann was announced chair-elect in July by Dr. James S. Cole, HSC-BCD dean.

The chairmanship returns Rossmann to full-time faculty responsibilities and fulfills a unique career that has included both full-time teaching and part-time teaching while running a private practice.

“I believe Dr. Rossmann’s years of experience in academics as well as in the practice of periodontics make him imminently qualified to lead BCD’s periodontics department,” Dr. Cole says. “We are fortunate that he has agreed to step into the role of department chair, and I look forward to working with him.”

Rossmann has been associate professor of periodontics since 1995. He served as assistant director of the graduate periodontics program until 1999, when he reduced his effort in order to devote more time to his private practice. He has served on numerous thesis committees, is a member of the graduate faculty and has provided an externship program in periodontics for HSC-BCD students at his private practice since 2000. Under his leadership, 43 residents have passed their board certification examinations to become diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology.

Prior to joining the HSC-BCD faculty, he was clinical director of graduate periodontics at the dental branch of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, with increasing responsibility for advanced education in periodontics. He received several awards for his military service, including the Legion of Merit for a career of excellence.

Rossmann is not only certified by the American Board of Periodontology, he has been an examiner for the board since 2007. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He has researched the use of lasers in periodontic treatment and has published refereed papers and abstracts on the treatment. He plans to increase his research effort when he becomes department chair this winter.

In announcing Rossmann’s selection, Cole thanked the members of the search committee, especially committee chair Dr. Janice DeWald, chair of dental hygiene. He credited the committee’s hard work in identifying a good field of candidates for the position.