Dr. Lawrence Wolinsky, next dean of Baylor College of Dentistry
Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky, associate dean of academic programs and personnel, will retire from the UCLA School of Dentistry to take on the deanship at the Texas A & M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry.
From the desk of Dean No-Hee Park
Please join me in warmly congratulating Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky on the new role he will soon assume as the dean of the Texas A & M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry (BCD). Larry will retire from the UCLA School of Dentistry effective June 29 and plans to be in Dallas in mid-August to welcome Baylor’s new class of dental students.
Our dental school has been very fortunate to have had Larry among our faculty. During the course of more than thirty years, he has made significant scholarly and administrative contributions to the school.
As a professor in the Section of Oral Biology in the Division of Oral Biology & Medicine, Larry has taught biochemistry as it applies to the etiology of dental caries. As a scientist, Larry’s research projects centered on identifying new treatment modalities for periodontal disease as well as novel approaches to managing caries. He was among the first to explore the plaque-inhibiting effects of natural plant compounds, and he was instrumental in the development of an anti-microbial gel (Atridox®) for the management of periodontal disease. Larry also assisted in the creation of a remineralizing toothpaste (Enamelon®) to help reverse early tooth decay.
Larry served as interim chair of the Division of Oral Biology & Medicine from 2005 to 2007. For the past three years, Larry has served our school as the associate dean for academic programs and personnel. In that role, he developed a mentorship program for junior faculty to assist them in mapping their career development. And, of course, Larry ably guided the dental school through a successful re-accreditation earlier this year.
The UCLA campus also has benefited greatly from Larry’s leadership. During his career, he has served on numerous UCLA Academic Senate committees including the Council on Academic Personnel. He has been a member of the Medical Institutional Review Board #1 for 15 years and has served as that committee’s chair since 2006, in which capacity he has shouldered the responsibility of ensuring the protection and welfare of all human subjects involved in campus research projects.
I am confident Larry’s unique skills and experiences will translate to great success at BCD. The Baylor College of Dentistry is more than 100 years old, making it one of the oldest dental schools in the United States. One of only three dental schools in Texas, Baylor has an excellent reputation for the outstanding clinical preparation of its students. As dean, Larry will be focused on maintaining the strong reputation of the school while exploring new opportunities on a global scale. Like all U.S. dental school deans, he will be charged with developing new strategies to maintain and recruit faculty members to train the next generations of dentists.
Larry is the first UCLA School of Dentistry faculty member to take on the deanship of another dental school during my tenure as dean. I am also proud that he is an alumnus of our school (Larry received his certificate in periodontology from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1986). I know I speak on behalf of the entire UCLA School of Dentistry community when I say that we heartily congratulate Larry on his achievement and look forward to watching the next step of his successful career.