Dr. Stephen Matteson retires from Dental School
The Department of Dental Diagnostic Science has lost longtime professor and chair Dr. Stephen Matteson, who retired from the Health Science Center on May 31. Dr. Matteson joined the Health Science Center in 1988, following a distinguished academic career at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Dentistry and the Department of Oral Radiology in UNC's School of Medicine. He received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and completed a residency in oral radiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.
Dr. Matteson stepped down from the chairmanship in March but has continued to teach. He will return as part-time faculty and continue to work on research projects. Dr. John Preece has been appointed interim chair and a search is under way to find a permanent replacement.
During his tenure with the dental diagnostic department, Dr. Matteson saw significant faculty and staff development. He recruited world-renowned authorities in oral medicine and saw many of his graduate students become faculty members themselves. He is justifiably proud of his department's accomplishments in digital imaging.
In about a year, he estimates, patient records will be paperless and x-rays "filmless," as the department's imaging facilities are made state-of-the-art. "I'm leaving the department in an excellent position for a new leader to step in," he said. "I will miss the people here, but I'm coming back part time, so I can stay affiliated with the group."
Dr. Matteson is looking forward to doing more school mentoring and volunteer work with his church. He and his wife, Dr. Mary Ann Matteson, chair in the Department of Family Nursing Care, also plan to spend time with their daughters and grandchildren here.