Surgery Center for Dentistry becomes independent surgery center
After completing a three-day JCAH survey in June, the School of Dentistry’s Surgery Center for Dentistry has become an independent surgery center.
In the fall of 1990, the department of dental anesthesiology was created in the School of Dentistry.
Russell Seheult, DDS, served as chair until August 1992, when David Anderson, DDS, was named chair.
In December 1992, John Leyman, DDS, was appointed director of the residency program. In January 1993, Drs. Anderson and Leyman took over the operational control of the LLU School of Dentistry Dental SurgiCenter.
The monthly case load grew from the low 200s to the mid 300s over the next several years.
After years of planning, the Surgery Center for Dentistry (SCD) began operation in its new home in February 2000. The SCD was housed in Prince Hall’s newly added first floor east expansion and in the area that had been occupied by the School’s Jorgensen Library (the School’s east expansion also housed the Hutto-Patterson pediatric dental clinic and created the second floor east undergraduate clinic expansion).
The Surgery Center for Dentistry has been through two prior Joint Commission surveys (2001 and 2004) while part of LLUMC, and a three-day survey in June 2006, as an independent surgery center. The LLUMC Surgery Center for Dentistry received a full, three-year accreditation and became an independent surgery center on July 24, 2006.
Dr. Leyman serves as clinical director. The clinical anesthesia faculty, in addition to Dr. Leyman, is composed of: Larry Trapp, DDS; Barry Krall, DDS; Marjon Jahromi, DDS; Trisha Jen, DDS; and Arash Aghakhani, DDS.
The University’s dental anesthesiology residency program now accepts five residents each year for the 24-month program. Clinical rotations are at Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center (cardiology), Riverside County Regional Medical Center (internal medicine and anesthesia), and LLUMC (anesthesia).