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Faculty Achievement: Leigh, Yeadon

Leigh Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Janet Leigh, BDS, DMD, chair of the Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, has been selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for one of its ten Health Policy Fellowships. The fellowship comes with an award of $165,000 to support a 12-month residency in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Leigh will actively participate in the policy process of congressional offices. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is considered one of the premier funders of public health programs in America.

“This fellowship is a tremendous honor and Dr. Leigh is most deserving,” said Dean Henry Gremillion. He went on to praise Dr. Leigh and her work caring for the HIV population in Louisiana. “For the past 15 years, she has blazed new trails. Her insight, efforts and intellect have been a driving force in the expansion of the service mission of the school of dentistry. I’ve observed her deep commitment to public health and I believe that what she will gain from the fellowship will ultimately benefit health care in a broad sense.”

Yeadon to Head New Division

William Yeadon, DDS, will head the newly formed Division of Oral Diagnostic Medicine. This division represents a consolidation of the Department of Oral Medicine into the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry. The announcement was made by Dean Gremillion who said that Dr. Yeadon “understands how vital it is to assess the whole patient, from both a dental and medical perspective. He is excited about this transition and recognizes how the consolidation will complete the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry.”

Dr. Yeadon has been with the dental school for 24 years and is currently an associate professor.

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