After 20 years of service in the U. S. Army, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine alumnus Dale A. Baur, D.D.S., M.D., comes "full circle" to return to his alma mater as the newly named chair of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS). He begins April 2.
"I feel I bring some solid administrative and management experience, as well as a broad scope of surgical experiences," said Baur, who graduated from Case 27 years ago.
As he embarks on a new phase in his professional life, Baur talked about several goals he envisions for the department. One is to continue to attract high-caliber residents into the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program, graduate training for dentists that leads to certification in OMFS, as well as completion of medical school leading to an M.D.
Baur also plans to raise the department's visibility through a number of strategic initiatives from increased publications for the field, more presentations at national meetings and increasing basic science and clinical research.
"Dr. Baur is a superb surgeon and a dedicated educator who has made significant contributions to dental and medical literature," said Jerold Goldberg, dean of the School of Dental Medicine. "His broad range of experience and proven administrative ability will take the program to even greater levels of contribution to our patients, the university and to University Hospitals."
Baur's interests include wound healing, oral malignancy, salivary gland diseases and surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea. He did a two-year fellowship at the University of Michigan from 1999-2001 in tumor and reconstructive surgery of the oral cavity, head and neck.
"I want the northeast Ohio dental community to think of the department as a 'center of excellence' in the art and science of OMFS, and to think of us first when it comes to referring complex cases," said Baur.
The Army colonel is retiring from the Army to join the Case faculty. His last posting was as residency program director and chief of oral and maxiillofacial surgery at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Ga.
An accomplished teacher, Baur has taught and practiced at the Naval Hospital in the Chicago area, where he also held the position as chief of surgery and immunology at the U. S. Army Dental Research Detachment/Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He also has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
The Army recognized his service contributions with the Army Commendation Medal, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Ribbon, Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He was inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit in 2005. He holds the Army Surgeon General's "A" prefix professional proficiency designator for demonstrating expertise in the specialty.
Baur is originally from the Cleveland area. He returns to Northeast Ohio with his wife, Nancy, and sons Alex and Andrew, and joins daughter Kathleen and son Joshua who currently live in the area.
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