The Executive Boards of the UvA and VU Amsterdam have appointed Frank Abbas, professor of Periodontology at the University of Groningen, as interim dean of the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam (ACTA, the combined Faculties of Dentistry of UvA and VU). Abbas will formally take up the post on 15 July 2019 and will hold the position for a period of two years.
Current dean Professor Albert Feilzer’s second and last term ends on 1 June, following which he will take a sabbatical and thereafter return to his position as Professor of Dental Material Sciences. Until Abbas formally starts on 15 July, Professor Wim Crielaard, member of the management team, will manage any issues that may arise in the purview of the dean.
Abbas’ appointment is for a period of two years. The recruitment process for a permanent dean will start in 2020. ‘Frank Abbas has extensive knowledge and experience in teaching, research and management and within the field of dental care. I am very happy that he is willing to take up the post of dean in the coming period. Vinod Subramaniam, rector magnificus of VU University, adds: ‘We are immensely pleased that Frank Abbas, with his long and distinguished track record in academic dentistry in the Netherlands, is returning to his “roots” at ACTA as dean.’
Frank Abbas (1953) completed his dentistry training in Groningen and obtained his PhD at the UvA. He first worked as a dentist, lecturer and researcher in Amsterdam at the predecessor of what would later become ACTA, and was director of the Periodontology programme at ACTA in the 1990s. In 2007, he was chair of the Centre for Dentistry and Oral Care at UMC Groningen, a position he held until 2015. He then again took up his role as professor of Periodontology. In 1985, he was the co-founder of the Periodontology Clinic in Amsterdam, where he still carries out clinical work. These responsibilities will be scaled down once his term at ATCA begins.