Dr. Paul M. Mullasseril has been named dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, The Black Chronicle has learned.
Before the appointment, Dr. Mullasseril had been assistant dean of clinical and preclinical education, and is director of the University of Oklahoma Health Dentistry program, the college’s faculty practice clinic.
“Dr. Mullasseril’s experience as an educator and clinician, combined with his leadership in organized dentistry, make him an excellent choice to the lead the college,” Joseph Harroz Jr., president of the university, said.
“I am confident in his ability to build upon the college’s reputation as one of the top dental programs in the country.”
The newly-appointed dean, a native of India, completed his dental education at the University of Bombay in 1988.
He began his post-doctoral training in maxillofacial prosthetics at OU, graduating in 1994. Afterward, he completed a fellowship at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in 1996.
In 1998, Dr. Mullasseril joined the faculty in the Department of Removable Prosthetics at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and served as director of the Department of Maxillofacial Prosthetics from 2002 to 2008.
In 2008, he moved his family to Spokane, Wash., to accept a position at Eastern Washington University. However, within a few years, Dr. Mullasseril and his family moved back to Oklahoma and resumed work at the College of Dentistry.
When asked about the reason for returning to Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma, he stated Oklahoma felt more like home.
In 2011, he was appointed chairman of the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the college, and, in 2012, he was appointed director of the faculty practice dental clinic.
In 2015, he was named assistant dean of clinical and preclinical education.
Additionally, he currently holds the Connie and Herbert T. Shillingburg, D.D.S., Professorship of Fixed Prosthodontics.
Dr. Mullasseril served as president of the Oklahoma Dental Association from 2020 to 2021.
During his presidency, he focused on further developing the relationship between the dental community and the college. He also worked closely with state legislators on developing legislation that will benefit the oral health and well-being of the citizens of Oklahoma.
In addition, in collaboration with the ODA and the Dale Graham Veterans Foundation in Norman, Dr. Mullasseril coordinated the first-ever clinic at the college to provide free dental treatment to selected Oklahoma veterans, which was held in March 2021. The veterans clinic is a project close to Dr. Mullasseril’s heart, as he served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 2001 to 2009, earning the rank of major.
Mullasseril received the Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Student Council in both 2000 and 2011.