Paul Mullasseril, DDS, Inducted as New President of the Oklahoma Dental Association
Published: Friday, April 17, 2020
Paul M. Mullasseril, D.D.S., M.S., assistant dean for clinical and preclinical education at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, was inducted as president of the Oklahoma Dental Association (ODA) on Friday, April 17.
Born in Mumbai in 1966, Mullasseril grew up in India and completed his dental education from the University of Bombay in 1988. Upon graduation, Mullasseril knew he wanted to continue his training in maxillofacial prosthetics. Thanks in part to Drs. Dean Johnson and Ram S. Nanda at the OU College of Dentistry, Mullasseril began his post-doctoral training at OU, graduating in 1994. Afterward, Mullasseril completed a fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in 1996.
In 1998, Mullasseril joined the faculty in the Department of Removable Prosthetics at the OU College of Dentistry and served as Director of Maxillofacial Prosthetics from 2002 to 2008. In 2008, he moved his family to Spokane, Washington; however, within a few years, he moved back after realizing Oklahoma felt like home. In 2011, he was appointed Chair of Restorative Dentistry at the OU College of Dentistry, and in 2015, he was appointed Assistant Dean for Clinical and Preclinical Education.
“The symbiotic relationship between the college and organized dentistry is vital to the success of both entities,” said Mullasseril. “Clinically accomplished graduates from the school are the lifeblood of the professional dental community. Similarly, support from alumni and the dental association creates a vibrant and forward-looking college.”
This next year, under his direction, the ODA will focus on further developing the relationship with the dental community and the college.
Additionally, in collaboration with the ODA and the Dale Graham Veterans Foundation in Norman, Mullasseril announced that the college will provide free dental treatment to selected Oklahoma veterans on Saturday, November 7, 2020.
Mullasseril will also focus on further developing relationships with and educating state legislators on the need for support to the college through legislation that will benefit the dental well-being of the citizens of Oklahoma.
“We are very pleased that Dr. Paul Mullasseril, our dean of clinical and preclinical education, is being inducted as the president of the Oklahoma Dental Association,” said Raymond A. Cohlmia, D.D.S., dean of the OU College of Dentistry. “Our philosophy at the college is that we are an integral part of the community and leadership involvement is our responsibility. This further demonstrates the close bond and support between the college, profession, and our community.”
Mullasseril received the Outstanding Full-Time Faculty award from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Student Council in both 2000 and 2014. He served as a consultant and key opinion leader for Imtec Corporation, as well as Park Dental Research and 3M Corporation. In addition, he has presented dental continuing education on the topics of removable prosthetics and implant dentistry, both nationally and internationally.
OU COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
The OU College of Dentistry is home to the state’s only doctor of dental surgery program and baccalaureate degree program in dental hygiene. More than 60 percent of the state of Oklahoma’s dentists are graduates of the OU College of Dentistry. The college provides general dental care and specialty care to Oklahomans through student, resident, and faculty practice clinics. The OU College of Dentistry has established a reputation of training its students to provide the highest quality of clinical care available.
OU Medicine — along with its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics, and centers of excellence. With 11,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Medicine is home to Oklahoma’s largest physician network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Medicine serves Oklahoma and the region with the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center, and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. OU Medicine’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education, and research. To learn more, visit oumedicine.com.