Wilhelm (Bill) Piskorowski
Clinical Professor
Associate Dean for Community-Based Clinical Education (CBCE)
Phone:
(310) 825-9282
Fax:
(310) 794-7734
Address:
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office:  13-060D CHS

Biography

Dr. Bill Piskorowski holds a DDS from Loyola University, Chicago, IL and practiced dentistry from 1979 to 2006, which he left to take a full time position at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as Director of Outreach and Community Affairs.  As Asst. Dean for Community-Based Dental Education, he grew the program from a 3week experience for dental students at 4 external sites with 8 preceptors in 2006 to a maximum of 12 weeks of experience with over 30 sites and 117 credentialed preceptors.  Connected to this growth was also the creation of a one-of-a-kind nationally recognized program that was financially self-sustaining. In 2013 he received the prestigious William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation by a Dental Educator as recognition of his achievements in this area and in 2014 the recipient of the Emmett C. Bolden Dentist Citizen of the Year Award from the Michigan Dental Association and just recently recognized for Innovation in HealthCare Award, presented by the Hamilton Community Health Network at their 35th Anniversary Celebration Banquet, Bringing Oral Health Care Services to underserved populations of Flint, Michigan.

Dr. Piskorowski is passionate about access to care issues for those less fortunate and has delivered numerous presentations to state legislators and component dental societies regarding the school’s community involvement. Recently retiring from UofM and saluted by the regents with the honor of Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus of Dentistry. Leaving a program that is on solid ground, in order to further enhance student’s education and access to care for vulnerable populations in California he recently accepted the position of Associate Dean for Community-Based Clinical Education, Health Science Clinical Professor at UCLA

Educational & Professional Background

  • DDS, Dentistry,  Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 1979

  • BS, Biology, University of Detroit, Detroit, MI, 1975

  • Pre-Dent, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, 1971  

Research & Interests

Enhancing student’s education while increasing access to care for vulnerable populations.

Professional Memberships

  • 1973-1975: Alpha Epsilon Delta – Honor Society (Member)

  • 1975-present: Delta Sigma Delta – Dental Fraternity (Member)

  • 2002-2010: Francis B.Vedder Society of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics (Member)

  • 2006-2014: Michigan Oral Health Care Coalition-(Member, Board of Directors) (Chair –elect,

  • 2006-present: American Dental Education Association (Member)

  • 2007-2015: Vice –Chair Board, Michigan Community Dental Clinics (MCDC)

  • 2008-2017: Michigan access to oral health care work group (Member)

  • 1979-present: American Dental Association (Member)

  • 1979-present: Macomb Dental Association (Member)

  • 1979-present: Michigan Dental Association (Member)

  • 2016 -present: ADEA Leadership Institute Class of 2016

Awards

  • 2001-2002: Clinical Instructor of the Year, University of Michigan (2nd floor blue clinic)

  • 2002-2003: Commendation for Teacher Performance, University of Michigan

  • 2002-2006: Clinical Instructor of the Year, University of Michigan (2nd floor blue clinic)

  • 2005: Outstanding Leadership Award, Honorable Mention, University of Michigan’s Workplace Selection Committee

  • 2011.10.04: Inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Academy

  • 2012.02.17: ADA Golden Apple Award, Michigan Dental Association, Member of care work group

  • 2012.11: ADEA Gies Foundation “Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation - by a Dental Educator” Dr. Wilhelm A. Piskorowski, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

  • 2013.10: Inducted into The International College of Dentists at the American Dental Association Annual session in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 2014.05.01: Recipient of the “Emmett C. Bolden Dentist Citizen of the Year Award” from the Michigan Dental Association Board of Trustees

  • 2016.07: Notification to be inducted to the American College of Dentists, 2018 Annual Session in Honolulu, Hawaii, Deferred Induction per my request in 2018 because of previous conflict.

  • 2017.07.17: Regents of the University of Michigan salute “Wilhelm A. Piskorowski, Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus of Dentistry”

  • 2017.08.03: Innovation in HealthCare Award, presented by the Hamilton Community Health Network at their 35th Anniversary Celebration Banquet, Bringing Oral Health Care Services to underserved populations of Flint, Michigan

Representative Publications

  • Piskorowski WA, Fitzgerald M, Mastey J, Krell R. Development of a sustainable community-based dental education program. J Dent Educ 2011;75:1038-1043.

  • Piskorowski WA, Bailit HL, McGowan T, Krell RE. Dental school and community clinic financial arrangements.  J Dent Educ 2011 75:S42-S47.

  • Piskorowski WA, Stefanac S, Fitzgerald M, Green TG, Krell R. Influence of community-based dental education on dental students’ preparation and intent to treat underserved populations.  J Dent Educ 2012; 76:534-539.

  • Nebeker CD, Briskie DM, Maturo RA, Piskorowski WA, Sohn W, Boynton JR.  Michigan dentists’ attitudes toward Medicaid and an alternative public dental insurance system for children" Pediatric Dent 2014;36:34-38.

  • Rohra AK, Piskorowski WA, Inglehart MR.  Community-based education and dentists attitudes and behavior concerning patients from underserved populations. J Dent Educ 2014;78:119-130.

  • Vidya Ramaswamy, Wilhelm Piskorowski, Mark Fitzgerald, Howard A. Hamerink, Stephen Stefanac, Rachel Greene, and Marilyn S. Lantz. Psychometric Evaluation of a 13-Point Measure of Students’ Overall Competence in Community-Based Dental Education Programs

  • J Dent Educ. 2016; 80:1237-1244 http://www.jdentaled.org/content/80/10/1237.abstract

Additional Information

Dr Piskorowski taught in Comprehensive Care Clinic, Principles of Operative Dentistry and Lecture/ Lab to dental hygienists. Also, he was the director or co-course director for Community Based Clinical Education, Societal and Regulatory Issues Affecting Dentistry, Practice Management, Introduction to the Profession and Oral Health Promotion, and Health Care Systems and Policy.