Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University
Dr. Ismail is the dean of Temple University's Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry. He joined Temple from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he was professor of health services research and cariology at the School of Dentistry and professor of epidemiology and director of the program in dental public health at the School of Public Health. Throughout his career, Dr. Ismail has spurred collaborative programs and research projects to better meet the needs of society’s underserved populations, particularly Mexican-Americans and African-Americans. In Detroit, he has led two such initiatives, both funded by the National Institutes of Health: the five-year, $1.6 million Detroit Oral Cancer Prevention Project, and the seven-year, $6.9 million Detroit Center for Research on Oral Health Disparities. He was also the principal investigator of a $6.9 million NIH grant to study a Web-based resource on evidence-based dentistry.
A consummate leader, Dr. Ismail has held positions of stature at numerous professional associations. Currently chair of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Curriculum Development Committee of the Community Dental Health Coordinator program, he formerly chaired the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and the National Affairs Committee of the American Association for Dental Research. He has also organized and co-organized several national and international conferences that led to major changes in evidence-based health care and dental practice, including the NIH Consensus Conference on Dental Caries Management Throughout Life and the ADA Clinical Recommendations Panels on Fluoride Supplements and Professional Topical Fluoride. Additionally, he has been active in the ADA’s Dental Economics Advisory Committee and the Division of Science, and co-chairs the Coordinating Committee of the International Caries Detection and Assessment System.
Dr. Ismail received his dental degree (BDS) from the University of Baghdad. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, from which he earned an MPH, a DrPH, and later, an MBA, he served on the faculties of Dalhousie and McGill Universities in Canada. Dr. Ismail is a prolific scientist, having published and presented over 200 abstracts, manuscripts and editorials, and co-authoring the chapter, “Dental Care Delivery System,” in the Surgeon General’s 2000 landmark report on Oral Health. His work, focused on oral and overall health issues facing the underserved, such as cancer risk, depression and diet, has appeared in such scholarly journals as The Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of the American Dental Association, and Pediatric Dentistry.
Updated: Apr 2018