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Lawrence Wolinsky named dean for Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry

Lawrence Wolinsky named dean for Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry
Dr. Wolinsky

Dallas—Concluding a yearlong search, the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents named Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky the new dean for the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. His appointment became effective Sept. 1.

Dr. Wolinsky is the former associate dean for academic programs and personnel at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Dentistry. A UCLA faculty member since 1980, he also served as a professor in the Section of Oral Biology in the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine.

Dr. Wolinsky’s research projects focus on identifying new treatment methods for periodontal disease and management of caries. TAMHSC officials said that Dr. Wolinsky was among the first to explore the plaque-inhibiting effects of natural plant compounds and was instrumental in developing an antimicrobial gel (Atridox) for managing periodontal disease. He also aided in creating a remineralizing toothpaste (Enamelon) to help reverse early tooth decay.

Dr. Wolinsky earned a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry at UC-San Diego, a dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and a certificate in periodontology from UCLA.

He “is committed to excellence in research and innovation in education; both goals are consistent with the TAMHSC’s overarching goals,” said Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs for the A&M System.

He succeeds Dr. James S. Cole, who retired from the deanship he held since 2000.