On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, more than 80 alumni, faculty, and friends of Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) gathered at The Address Dubai Mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for an evening of reunion.
The alumni reception and dinner was hosted by Dean and Mrs. Jeffrey W. Hutter with Dr. Thomas Kilgore, Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and Dr. Steven Morgano, Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences/Biomaterials and Director of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Prosthodontics. The event coincided with the UAE International Dental Conference & Arab Dental Exhibition, which took place February 4–6.
Special guests at the dinner were Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi, who played a major role in the creation of the Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education and is currently the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Higher Colleges of Technology; Dr. Abdulghani Mira PGOE 00, DPH 01, Dean of the King Abdulaziz University Dental School in Saudi Arabia; Dr. Fahad Al-Harbi PROS 00, 01, 05, Dean of the University of Dammam School of Dentistry in Saudi Arabia; and Dr. Jawad Behbehani, Dean of the Kuwait Dental School.
Also in attendance were alumni of the Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education, along with some of the faculty who served as their teachers and mentors during the years of their respective residencies, including Dr. Dina Debaybo, Dr. Manal Halabi, Dr. Yasser Kahbas, Dr. Mohammed Koutrach, and Dr. Faisal Succaria.
Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter said to the gathered alumni, family, friends, and distinguished guests, “You are an integral part of our Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine community, and it means a great deal to me, as Dean, to see our School gather to celebrate our past and gather our momentum as we enter the future.”
Both Drs. Kilgore and Morgano spoke to the guests about their pride for the alumni of the region and their pleasure at seeing such a robust turnout.