Thomas Van Dyke, DDS, PhD
Vice President of Clinical and Translational Research
Director of Clinics
In addition to leading the Forsyth Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Van Dyke’s research is focused on the development of novel therapeutics for oral diseases by exploiting natural biological processes. He and his collaborators are internationally known for their work on a new class of anti-inflammatory mediators produced by our own bodies, termed “resolvins”.
Resolvins are significant because inflammation plays a major part in oral and systemic diseases, including gum disease, diabetes and heart disease. Van Dyke’s research suggests that controlling inflammation in wound healing is essential for regenerating lost tissue and preventing scarring. The therapeutic use of these compounds could be a breakthrough, impacting everything from tooth loss to sepsis.
Mary Tavares, DMD, MPH
Director of Clinical Services and Quality Assurance
Dr. Tavares is a 1977 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After completing a General Practice Residency at Tufts/New England Medical Center, she went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and obtained a certificate in Dental Public Health from Boston University. She has practiced dentistry alongside her academic career since 1980. Currently, her research looks into the connection between systemic and oral health, with a particular focus on obesity and diabetes. She has developed a healthy weight intervention for children to be used in dental offices. Dr. Tavares is also the director of the Advanced Graduate Education Program in Dental Public Health at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Tavares was part of a Forsyth team that collaborated with Kuwait to set up a state of the art dental care delivery system for children in the 1980’s. She still travels to Kuwait as an advisor with this program.
A resident of Cambridge, she enjoys all forms of gastronomy, traveling, yoga and film.
Kathy Eklund, Patient Advocate, RDH
Meet Ms. Kathy Eklund, our Patient Advocate. Kathy is responsible for our patient safety and provides patient support in various capacities. She manages and develops the infection prevention and control policies & procedures in conjunction with key clinical personnel.