“I was born in England into an Iranian family. My family moved back to Iran when I was 6. I went to dental school and soon after I graduated I started practicing, but it wasn’t the most fulfilling thing to become a regular dentist in a private practice. So I managed to get a full scholarship from the Japanese Government to do Ph.D. in dental materials. That took me to Japan and I ended up staying for an extra 10 years as a faculty member at Tokyo Medical and Dental University . A couple of years ago Dr. Joel Berg, dean at University of Washington Dental School, and I were talking about the future of dentistry and we found we had a lot in common and he invited me to apply for a position in Seattle. At dental school I wasn’t really into anatomy classes and cadavers it was little bit scary I have to say, I wanted to spend my time somewhere else. In dental school and dentistry basically you go to anatomy before you start actual practice and there isn’t much chance to get back to anatomy and revisit it. My visit to the Seattle Science Foundation reaffirmed and reconfirmed what I had imagined about the importance of anatomy. So now I think our curriculum should now involve some revisiting into clinical anatomy for our students because it’s lacking in dental education. Dental anatomy as we teach it is more about the morphology of the teeth but I think the type of anatomy that is promoted at the Seattle Science Foundation is what we definitely need not only for our pre-clinical training but for our clinical training as well.

Alireza - Seattle, WA