Dale Baur, chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, has been appointed vice dean of the School of Dental Medicine by Dean Kenneth Chance. Exceptionally accomplished as a surgeon, educator and leader, Baur also brings unique wisdom and insight honed over nearly three decades in the United States Army.
A colonel when he retired, Baur’s service took him to many states in the U.S. and international bases in South Korea. He received multiple military honors, including the meritorious service medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, ribbons for national defense and the global war on terrorism and qualifications with the expert field medical badge and the air assault badge. In 2004, the surgeon general of the army awarded him the “A” proficiency designator for demonstrated expertise in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
His first affiliation with the School of Dental Medicine came in 1976, when he began his studies for his dental degree, graduating in 1980. He returned in 1985 when he spent four years as a clinical instructor in the Free Medical and Dental Clinic of Cleveland. He rejoined the school in 2007 and has since brought impressive compassion, energy and innovative thinking to his roles, including those as department chair and associate dean of graduate studies. He played a pivotal role in forging the new affiliation with MetroHealth Medical Center even as he continued his work as Division Chief for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.
As vice dean, Baur will assist Dean Chance in the management of all aspects of the school—both academic and clinical. He also will continue his duties as department chair.