April 2019-Distinctions

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Luisa Schertel Cassiano, D.D.S., M.S., has been appointed the predoctoral operative clinical program director for the department of restorative dental sciences’v division of operative dentistry. Cassiano will serve as the course director for all operative clinical courses, update and maintain the Operative Clinic Syllabus and Manual, coordinate and deliver the operative clinic orientation for students, and assist with clinic scheduling in addition to other duties.

Alex J. Delgado, D.D.S., M.S., a clinical assistant professor in the department of restorative dental sciences division of operative dentistry, has been appointed the division director of operative dentistry, having served as interim director since May 2016. The division director is responsible for leadership in the areas of teaching, research, service and faculty development.

Luisa Echeto, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, a clinical associate professor in the department of restorative dental sciences division of orthodontics, has been appointed the director of patient assignment and screening, which is a newly created position in the college. The new position includes oversight of overall operations of a new predoctoral screening clinic where people interested in becoming patients in the DMD clinics are
assessed and assigned to students.

Joy Wang, D.D.S., M.S., has been appointed the director of maxillofacial prosthetic services. Wang is responsible for overseeing maxillofacial prosthetic services, including maxillofacial prosthetics, anaplastology and related services. She will continue to teach prosthodontics in the predoctoral and prosthodontics residency programs, and provide care in the college’s UF Health Faculty Dental Practice.

Panagiotis C. Zoidis, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., has been appointed the interim division director of prosthodontics. His new administrative duties include overall leadership for faculty and staff in the division, overseeing the curriculum, facilitating professional development for prosthodontics faculty members, and working closely with departmental leadership to ensure successful interdepartmental and interdisciplinary


Gunther Hochhaus, Ph.D., a professor of pharmaceutics, has been recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacology for
outstanding achievements and contributions to the organization. Hochhaus was honored for his commitment to advancing science.

Steven Smith, Pharm.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research, has been appointed to the board of
directors for the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control. He will serve a three-year term from 2019-21, and he is the only pharmacist
appointed to the board. The consortium was established in 1992 to improve the disproportionate hypertension-related morbidity and mortality throughout the region.


Hui Hu, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2019 Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease or Hypertension Epidemiology. He was recognized during the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2019 Scientific Sessions. The award is designed to recognize the role of junior faculty and to stimulate excellence in research by junior investigators.