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University of Iowa News Release

May 24, 2006

NOTE TO EDITORS: This release contains information provided by the Iowa Dental Association

Finkelstein To Receive Iowa Dental Association Award

Michael Finkelstein, D.D.S., the Centennial Endowed Professor of Teaching and Curriculum in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine in the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, was awarded the 2006 President's Award by the Iowa Dental Association (IDA).

The President's Award is given to individuals who have served the IDA and the profession of dentistry. The award was presented during the 144th Annual Session of the IDA, held May 6-8 in Des Moines.

Finkelstein is a graduate of the UI College of Dentistry. After receiving a doctoral degree in dental surgery in 1976, he served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps and then returned to the UI College of Dentistry to obtain his specialty training and a master's degree in oral pathology. He joined the UI faculty in 1982. Finkelstein also holds an appointment in anatomy and cell biology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. 

Finkelstein teaches oral pathology, histology and problem-based learning to predoctoral students, and histopathology and surgical pathology to graduate students. He also teaches continuing education courses with topics ranging from diagnosis and management of oral mucosal lesions, to infection control and OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations for the dental office. 

He researches methods for teaching and evaluating problem-solving skills in dentistry. Finkelstein also is actively involved in the microscopic diagnosis of biopsy specimens in the UI College of Dentistry's Surgical Oral Pathology Laboratory. 

Finkelstein is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Writer: Andrea Schreiber.