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Our Mission

The School of Dentistry shares the mission of the Oregon Health & Science University to provide educational programs, basic and clinical research, and high quality care and community programs. We strive to foster an environment of mutual respect where the free exchange of ideas can flourish. The dental school prepares graduates in general dentistry and the dental specialties to deliver compassionate and ethical oro-facial health care.

OHSU Mission Statement


Dean: Phillip T. Marucha, DMD, PhD

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: G. William Knight, DDS, MS, MS, FACD
Associate Dean of Hospital Dental Services: Sean Benson, DDS
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration: Anne Rudwick, MBA
Associate Dean for Admissions & Student Affairs: Mark Mitchell, MA
Associate Dean for Patient Services: Peter Morita, DMD
Associate Dean for Research: David Morton, PhD


All dental and dental-related educational programs in the US are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611-2678. The Commission on Dental Accreditation serves the public by establishing, maintaining and applying standards that assure the quality and continuous improvement of dental and dental-related education and reflect the evolving practice of dentistry. The scope of the Commission on Dental Accreditation encompasses dental, advanced dental and allied dental education programs. Dental education programs which are fully operational are granted an accreditation classification of “Approval without reporting requirements” or “Approval with reporting requirements”.  All dental education programs operating at OHSU School of Dentistry hold the classification of “Approval without reporting requirements” – the highest level.  (April 2012)

Oregon Health & Science University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional accreditation serves as the most important means of assuring the quality of higher education through rigorous peer-review and evaluation. OHSU has maintained continuous accreditation with the Commission, earning reaffirmation of accreditation in its last ten-year full-scale accreditation review in 2005 and five–year interim review in 2010.  The next full review is scheduled for spring 2016.