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Faculty Achievement 2009

Suzanne K. Farrar, RDH, MSHCM, associate professor in the department of comprehensive dentistry/program in dental hygiene, has been named director of clinical staff and patient services. Her new position includes staff development.  She is a three-time recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, for the years 2004, 2006 and 2008. For the last 19 years, she has been a volunteer scuba diver at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has announced that Dr. Richard Ballard, assistant professor in the department of orthodontics, is the recipient of two awards designed to address the nationwide shortage of teachers in dental schools and, specifically, in orthodontics. 

Dr. Ballard is the recipient of the AAO Full-time Faculty Teaching Fellowship for junior faculty. He will receive $30,000 per year and in return commit to teaching at LSUSD for three years after completion of the fellowship.  

As a result of a national competitive process, Dr. Ballard is also one of only nine orthodontists chosen to receive the AAO’s Faculty First Award. This provides a maximum of $30,000 in salaries to first-time junior faculty to teach orthodontics in accredited postgraduate orthodontic residency programs. He received his DDS degree from LSUSD in 1992 and his certificate in orthodontics in 1994. He joined the LSUSD faculty in July, 2008.

Fellowships from the AAO have generated 112 additional years of orthodontic teaching across America since 2008. The organization was founded in 1900 and has a membership of 15,000. 

Dr. Toula Palaiologou is the new director of the periodontics post-graduate program, effective July 1. Dr. Palaiologou received her certificate in periodontics and M.S. degree from LSUSD in 2000. She replaces Dr. Sam Vastardis who will return to his native Greece for private practice. “Dr. Vastardis has been a most capable director for the last three years and will be greatly missed,” said Dr. Evans. 

Elizabeth Strother, head librarian since 1978, is the 2009 recipient of the Lucy B. Foote Award from the Louisiana Library Association.  The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual who has made substantial contributions to the library profession through the field of special librarianship. Ms. Strother teaches dental informatics and is a past recipient of the Pfizer Award for Excellence.

Dr. Guy A. Favaloro has retired after 35 years of teaching in the postgraduate orthodontic clinic. He is a 1963 graduate of the Loyola School of Dentistry. He served for five years in the US Army, attaining the rank of colonel, followed by 30 years of service in the Army Reserves. After five additional years in private practice, he was admitted into the first LSUSD residency class in postgraduate orthodontics.  He graduated in 1974 and received his board certification in 1981. Dr. Favaloro began teaching at LSUSD immediately upon completing his residency.  “He has influenced every resident who has completed the program,” said Dr. Paul Armbruster, interim chair. “He will be missed and we wish him well.”

When asked what he will miss most, Dr. Favaloro replied, "the fellowship with a wonderful group of residents and faculty colleagues."

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