Dr. Paul M. Mullasseril has been appointed Dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of Oklahoma, The Dark Chronicle has learned.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Mullasseril had served as assistant dean of clinical and preclinical education and director of the dental program at the University of Oklahoma, the college’s faculty practice clinic.
âDr. Mullasseril’s experience as an educator and clinician, combined with his leadership in organized dentistry, makes him an excellent choice to lead the college,â said Joseph Harroz Jr., president of the university.
âI am confident in its ability to build on the college’s reputation as one of the best dental programs in the country.
The newly appointed dean, originally from India, completed his dental studies at the University of Bombay in 1988.
He began his postgraduate training in maxillofacial prosthesis at OU, from which he graduated in 1994. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in 1996.
In 1998, Dr. Mullasseril joined the faculty of the Department of Removable Prosthetics at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and served as the Director of the Department of Maxillofacial Prosthetics from 2002 to 2008.
In 2008, he moved with his family to Spokane, Washington, to accept a position at Eastern Washington University. However, a few years later, Dr. Mullasseril and his family returned to Oklahoma and resumed their work at the College of Dentistry.
Asked why he was returning to Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma, he said Oklahoma felt more like home.
In 2011, he was appointed chair of the college’s restorative dentistry department, and in 2012, he was appointed director of the faculty’s dental clinic.
In 2015, he was appointed Assistant Dean of Clinical and Preclinical Education.
In addition, he currently holds the Connie and Herbert T. Shillingburg Chair, DDS, Professorship of Fixed Prosthodontics.
Dr. Mullasseril served as president of the Oklahoma Dental Association from 2020 to 2021.
During his presidency, he focused on developing relationships between the dental community and the college. He has also worked closely with state lawmakers on developing legislation that will benefit the oral health and well-being of Oklahoma citizens.
Additionally, working with the ODA and the Dale Graham Veterans Foundation in Norman, Dr. Mullasseril coordinated the college’s first-ever clinic offering free dental care to select Oklahoma veterans, held in March. 2021. The Veterans Clinic is a project close to the heart of Dr. Mullasseril, having served in the US Army Reserve from 2001 to 2009, obtaining the rank of Major.
Mullasseril received the Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Student Council in 2000 and 2011.