Dr. West is a graduate of Howard University, College of Dentistry. Following his internship at DC. General Hospital, Dr. West worked as a public health dentist in Virginia and became a regional supervisor. In 1973, he received the MPH degrees from the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota in Epidemiology and Health Care Administration. In 1975 he received a certificate in Endodontics from the School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota.
Following his formal training, Dr. West joined the faculty at the School of Dentistry, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia as an Assistant Professor. He was later promoted and tenured as an Associate Professor and served as director of the undergraduate endodontic program.
In 1986 Dr. West joined the faculty at Howard University as a Professor, College of Dentistry and Chair of the Department of Endodontics until June 1997. He has served on the University Senate, college committees, including Chair of the Research Committee and the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee.
Dr. West has lectured nationally and internationally in Germany, Spain, China, Jamaica, Barbados, Canada, Antigua and India. He was the keynote speaker at the first national Endodontic Society meeting in New Delhi in 1990 and was honored by a former president of the country of India during the meeting.
Dr. West is a member of numerous organisations which includes Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Sigma Xi; a national scientific society; Omicron Kappa Upsilon; a national dental honorary society; National Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontics. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals and prepared several educational manuals for classroom instruction. He has a special interest in the use of electromagnetic fields in bone repair and digital photography. Dr. West has received grants from Den-Mat Corporation in Santa Maria, CA. to investigate the use of Geristore for repair of perforations and many other grants from small corporations.
Dr. West has served as the Chief Dental Surgeon of a thousand-bed general hospital, which was activated during "Operation Desert Storm". As an Army Reservist, Colonel West has received many accolades for his accomplishments, which include the Legion of Merit, the highest non-combat award. He is the past eastern regional deputy director for dental health care assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center Washington, DC. Currently he is serving as the endodontic consult to Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.
Dr. West will present:
"Management of Oral Pain and Infections"
Thursday, April 3, 2008 @ 8:30 am
- Understand the mechanism of pain.
- Understand the ethnic differences in pain perception and tolerance.
- Understand the epidemiological model of disease (infection)
- Understand the indications and contra-indications of antibiotics.
- List useful antibiotics and analgesics.
- How to treat oral pain related to tooth infection: pulpotomy, pulpectomy and debridement of canals.
- Understand the results of intraoral diagnostic tests.
- How to follow-up with patient care.
Management of oral pain and infections emphasizes an epidemiological model demonstrating a cause and effect relationship in the disease process including diagnosis and treatment. Included will be an explanation and interpretation of intra-oral tests, indications and contra-indications of antibiotics and analgesics and patient care follow-up. Selected case will be demonstrating the importance of correct patient management.