Former Indiana dental board director Harvey Weingarten named director of dental continuing education at IU

Harvey Weingarten, DDS
Harvey Weingarten, DDS

Dr. Harvey Weingarten, a full-time general dentistry practitioner in South Bend, Ind., and past president of the Indiana State Board of Dentistry, has been appointed director of Continuing Education at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. The part-time position was effective April 1, dental dean Dr. John Williams announced.

The position complements the part-time post Dr. Weingarten accepted in 2009 as a clinical assistant professor of operative dentistry in the dental school’s Comprehensive Care Clinics. Dr. Weingarten will continue to reside and practice in South Bend.

“Providing ongoing educational opportunities to Indiana’s dental professionals is a key responsibility of the dental school, and we are excited to have one of Indiana’s leading dentists now directing this effort,” said Dean Williams. “Dr. Weingarten will draw upon his extensive experiences as a private practitioner, educator, administrator, and ethicist to build an innovative programming platform that will serve the diverse needs of dental professionals throughout Indiana and beyond.”

IU’s dental school has presented refresher classes throughout its long history, but efforts were not consolidated until 1968, when the school’s first Office of Continuing Education was established and a director named. Dr. Weingarten is the program’s third director.

“Our goal is for all of Indiana’s dental health care professionals to regard the IU School of Dentistry as their primary resource for lifetime learning,” said Dr. Weingarten. “I look forward to working with the school’s administration to expand educational opportunities for dentists, specialists, and allied dental professionals that are both well-timed in their presentation and reflective of IU’s commitment to excellence.”

A South Bend private practitioner since earning his dental degree from IU in 1979, Dr. Weingarten served for 25 years on the adjunct Dental Education faculty at IU South Bend as a dental assisting lecturer and dental hygiene clinical instructor. His involvement with teaching spans four decades, beginning with a teaching assistant job in developmental anatomy during his predental education on the IU Bloomington campus and his work as a laboratory bench instructor during dental school.

For the past four years he has contributed substantially to the education of IU’s dental students, making the 150-mile roundtrip from South Bend to Indianapolis several times a month to share his clinical expertise with dental students who treat patients in the school’s largest clinical system.

As a speaker for the American Dental Association’s “Success” program, a careers program targeting dental students, Dr. Weingarten has lectured at dental schools across the country. He has also lectured throughout the Midwest on topics associated with ethics and jurisprudence.

Dr. Weingarten serves on the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners. He is a member of the IU School of Dentistry Board of Advisory and the board of directors for the foundations of the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and the North Central District Dental Society.

Dr. Weingarten and his wife, Carin (Valencia) Weingarten, a 1979 IU dental hygiene graduate, have three grown daughters: Flynne Weingarten, a 2011 IU dental graduate who is currently a pediatric dentistry resident at Temple University and Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia; Jori Weingarten, a pediatric audiologist who earned a doctorate in audiology at IU in 2010; and Peri Weingarten, a second-year dental student at IU. 

Dr. Weingarten invites all members of the dental community to share with him their thoughts and comments about IU’s Continuing Education program as he embarks on his new role as director: hweingar@iu.edu; 888-373-IUSD (4873).

April 17, 2013