Howard to Hold Endowed Chair at Creighton School of Dentistry
James H. Howard, D.D.S, M.S., associate dean for clinical services and director of clinics at the Creighton University School of Dentistry, will be the first holder of the Dr. Edward J. “Eddie” and Neta DeRose Endowed Chair in Dentistry.
Howard will be installed as chairholder during a 4 p.m., Nov. 29 ceremony at the Lied Education Center for the Arts, 23rd and Cass streets, on the Creighton University campus.
Howard joined the Creighton faculty in 1995, following distinguished service in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps. As director of clinics, he successfully balances the educational needs of dental students with patients’ clinical needs, resulting in the development of well-trained dentists as well as improved oral health for those who seek care at the school.
An advocate for the disadvantaged, Howard’s interaction with underserved patients has provided a model for Creighton dental students in their development as caring and socially responsible health care professionals.
As a result of Howard’s efforts, Creighton dental clinics now handle more than 48,000 patient visits a year for adult and pediatric patients, many of whom have no other access to dental health care. In 2002, Howard’s testimony before the Nebraska Legislature was instrumental in the state’s continued Medicaid funding for adult dentistry; Nebraska is one of only a few states nationwide providing this care. In 2005, Howard opened clinic doors to Hurricane Katrina evacuees, providing free dental care to the displaced storm survivors.
Howard earned his dental degree from the University of Maryland in 1973 and a Masters of Science degree in restorative dentistry from the University of Michigan in 1977. He is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society. He is also a diplomate of the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and serves as an infection-control consultant to numerous organizations.
The DeRose chair is being established through a generous $1.5 million gift in honor of their parents by Michael DeRose, who graduated magna cum laude from the Creighton School of Dentistry in 1982, and Dan DeRose, M.B.A.
Edward “Eddie” DeRose, of Pueblo, Colo., earned a dental degree from Creighton in 1961. Michael DeRose joined his father’s practice in 1982. Edward DeRose’s practice mission has been to meet the dental needs of underserved children. Between 1995 and 2006, a dental practice management firm he founded to improve access to care (For Better Access or FORBA) grew to provide oversight of 50 clinics in 17 states throughout the nation.