February 01, 2008

New director Sorin Teich heads clinical operations at School of Dental Medicine

Case Western Reserve dental clinic available to serve the entire family


Getting good dental care for the entire family is one of the goals of Sorin T. Teich, the new director of clinical operations at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

In his new role, Teich is focusing on the two types of customers currently served by the clinics -- patients from the community and dental medicine students.

"The new plan will provide patients with cutting-edge dental care, while training students to be the next generation of dentists," said Teich.

Since his arrival several months ago, Teich has seen that family dental care is segmented. Adults go to the dental school clinic, but take their children to the Irving and Jeanne Tapper Pediatric Dental Clinic in Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

Teich is forming marketing strategies to encourage patients to consider Case Western Reserve as the dental home for the entire family. He wants to make families aware of all the services the dental school can offer, from general dentistry to specialties in oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics.

"This approach sits well within the school's new curriculum in which adopting families from the community is an important theme," said Teich.

"What people don't perceive is the excellent care they receive at the dental school," said Teich. Each Case dental student is required to follow specific steps in caring for the patient. Each step is monitored by faculty and working dentists who serve as clinic preceptors. Patients also have access to some of the most cutting-edge dental services, including state of the art procedures, materials and technologies-all offered at a very reasonable fee.

Teich brings to the position his dual professional degrees of the Master of Business Administration from the international executive management program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and Doctor of Dental Medicine from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Prior to coming to the university, Teich held several clinical leadership positions. From 2006-07, he was the director of medical quality assurance at the Center for Maxillo-Facial and Dental Health at Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. The medical center is one of the largest hospitals in Israel and serves more than one million people from the Tel Aviv area.

The international and well diversified atmosphere of the Case dental school attracted Teich. Faculty members come from all over the world and infuse the school with new ways of thinking about dental medicine. Teich was born in Romania and educated in Israel. He is fluent in English, French, Hebrew and Romanian.

Besides being an educator and academic administrator, Teich is also an entrepreneur. He also owns a company that holds the patent on a digital temple thermometer sold locally under the CVS brand name. Teich also has three patents pending for apparatuses to diagnose burning mouth syndrome, inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and for a method to detect inflammation related to malignancies in mammals.

Teich is board certified by the Israeli Prosthodontics Society and is a member of the American Association of Dental Consultants.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, February 1, 2008 08:57 AM | News Topics: Administration, Community Outreach, HeadlinesMain, School of Dental Medicine

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