Mary R. Truhlar

Mary TruhlarInterim Dean, School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Mary Truhlar has been named Interim Dean of the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. Prior to this role, Dr. Truhlar served as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of General Dentistry in the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Truhlar received her DDS degree from the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and performed her general dentistry residency and chief residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, before receiving a Master of Science Degree in Dentistry from Marquette University and a Fellowship Certificate in Geriatric Dentistry from the Milwaukee Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

She joined the faculty of Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 1990 in the Department of General Dentistry. Dr. Truhlar has played a critical role in the education of our pre- and post-doctoral students, developing and implementing curriculum and providing administrative directorship of departmental divisions and programs. Since 2005, Dr. Truhlar has served as Chair of the Department of General Dentistry, which oversees the majority of clinical faculty and the curriculum in general dentistry, dental anatomy and operative dentistry, behavioral sciences and practice management, and special needs patient care. 

Dr. Truhlar has had a keen interest and has been instrumental in Stony Brook's efforts to implement truly inter-professional educational initiatives. Her passion for inter-professional initiatives has resulted in strong collaborative educational and clinical programs with the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and the Long Island State Veterans Home. In addition, she leads a federally funded dental health program for the Indian Health Service in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, bringing six third-year students to the Sioux Nation for two weeks each year. Most recently, Dr. Truhlar was honored as the 2012 ADEA Alpha Omega Foundation/Leonard Abrams Scholar, which recognizes a dental educator who exhibits excellence in teaching and compassion toward others and who upholds exemplary ethical and professional standards.