Dr. Rebecca Slayton becomes new director

Dr. Rebecca SlaytonDr. Rebecca Slayton has returned to the University of Washington as the new Director of The Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Slayton previously was Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She was at the UW from 2004-08 as Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. In that capacity, she was involved in the early planning that led to the creation of The Center, which opened in September 2010.

Until Dr. Slayton’s arrival, The Center was led by Interim Chair Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Seattle and The Center for Pediatric Dentistry,” Dr. Slayton said. “I am impressed with the dedication of the faculty, staff and residents with whom I’ll be working. My goal is to educate families about the importance of good oral health starting with their baby’s first tooth and to empower them to maintain the general and oral health of their children throughout their lives.

“By focusing on providing the best care for each child, the Department will be giving dental students and residents the education needed to become compassionate, ethical healthcare providers.  I look forward to being a part of a strong team committed to improving the lives of children.”