The History of Tennessee Prosthodontics


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) enjoys a rich history of notable prosthodontists and solid prosthodontic training, having both outstanding graduates and nationally prominent faculty members. Postdoctoral prosthodontic training in Memphis dates to the early 1970’s when the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) sponsored the first formal program. Since its inception, resident training in the Advanced Prosthodontics Program was shared between the VAMC and the UTHSC, which were physically separated by only a few city blocks. In November of 2007, the Program was moved, in its entirety, to the Department of Prosthodontics at the UTHSC College of Dentistry. Both the Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic and the Advanced Prosthodontics Laboratory are housed on the 5th floor of the Winfield C. Dunn Dental Building at 875 Union Avenue.

Tennessee Prosthodontic Residents

Resident’s Name (Dental School) Program Duration Current Status
Charles W. Puryear (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2012-15 Current 1st yr. resident
Nathan E. Robison (Univ of Minnesota School of Dentistry) 2012-15 Current 1st yr. resident
Pradeep C. Adatrow (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2011-14 Current 2nd yr. resident
Jonathon S. Egbert (Creighton University) 2011-14 Current 2nd yr. resident
Jenny H. Phung (Temple University) 2011-14 Current 2nd yr. resident
Wainscott Hollis (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2009-15 Current 2nd yr. resident
Sarah Gibbs (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2010-13 Current 3rd yr. resident
Andrew Johnson (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2010-13 Current 3rd yr. resident
J. Heath Balch (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2009-12 Private Practice, Knoxville, TN
Russell D. Morrell (Temple University) 2009-12 Resident, Dental Anesthesiology
Mark J. Hopkins (University of Saskatchewan) 2008-11 Private Practice, Victoria, B.C., Canada
Nicholas L. Egbert* (Creighton University) 2008-11 Private Practice, Salt Lake City UT
Vinay Jain (Govt. Dental College - India) 2007-10 Faculty, UTHSC College of Dentistry
Swati A. Ahuja (Nair Dental College - India) 2006-09 Faculty, UTHSC College of Dentistry
Jonathan M. Hart (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2006-09 Private practice, Little Rock AR

History Note: April 2006

On April 5, 2006, David Cagna petitioned the ADA-CODA to increase enrollment in the UTHSC Advanced Prosthodontics Program from 1 resident per year to 2 residents per year. On June 8, 2006, this request was approved. On November 30, 2007, the ADA-CODA approved a request to house the UTHSC Advanced Prosthodontics Program entirely at the UTHSC College of Dentistry.

Resident’s Name (Dental School) Program Duration Current Status
Suzanne K. Coco (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2005-08 Private practice, Little Rock AR
Audrey M. Selecman (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2004-07 Faculty member, UTHSC College of Dentistry
John West Lewis (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2003-06 Staff Prosthodontist, VAMC Memphis TN

History Note: July 2004

Upon John Gary’s untimely death on April 26, 2004, Tony Wicks served as transitional coordinator of the UT Graduate Prosthodontics Program until David Cagna was appointed as permanent Director on July 1, 2004. At this point in time, the program was formally renamed the UTHSC Advanced Prosthodontics Program.

Resident’s Name (Dental School) Program Duration Current Status
Darton D. Taylor (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2002-05 Private practice & faculty UTHSC
Paivi A. Samant (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2001-04 Private Practice, Gainesville FL
Ngoc H. Tran (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 2000-03 Private practice, Germantown TN
Brendan Bernhart (UTHSC College of Dentistry) 1998-01 Private practice, Fairfax VA

History Note: April 1997

In April 1997, Linda Wible communicated with the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation requesting that UT sponsor the Graduate Prosthodontics Program. William F. Bowles, Chair of the UT Department of Prosthodontics, provided a letter supporting this transition. The request was approved and Dr. Bowles assumed directorship of the Program. On December 22, 1998, John Gary was appointed Acting Director of the Advanced Prosthodontics Program.

Resident’s Name (Dental School) Program Duration Current Status
Larry D. Powell (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1996-99 Private practice: Hot Springs Village AR
Ettienne R. Van Zyl (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1995-97 Private practice, Memphis TN
J. Scott Scallion (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1994-96 Private practice, Little Rock AR
John C. Howell (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1993-95 Private practice, Little Rock AR
Michael McBride (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1992-94 Private practice & faculty UTHSC
Fredrick A. Shaw, III* (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1991-93 Private practice, Austin TX
Kenneth K. Lisenby (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1990-92 Retired

History Note: April 1990

In April 1990, Linda Wible was appointed Director of the Prosthodontics Residency Program in the VAMC Memphis TN.

Resident’s Name (Dental School) Program Duration Current Status
Carl Wegner (Northwestern Univ.) 1989-91 Private practice, Morrisville VT
William D. Caldwell (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1988-90 Staff Prosthodontist, VAMC Memphis TN
Peter J. Simone (Tufts Univ.) 1987-89 Private practice, Larchmont NY
Marc A. Cohen (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1986-88 Private practice, Memphis TN
James J. Simone* (Tufts Univ.) 1985-87 Private practice, Larchmont NY
A. Max Metcalf (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1984-86 Faculty, Univ. Mississippi College of Dentistry
John R. Popper (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1983-85 Private practice, Kingsport TN
Harry W. McCool (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1982-84 Private practice, Lilburn GA
Jeff Raphael (dental school unknown) 1981-83 Private practice, West Point VA
Thomas D. Flanders (dental school unknown) 1980-82 Private practice, Delhi NY
Michael A. Smith (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1979-81 Private practice, Germantown TN
Linda O. Wible (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1978-80 Staff Prosthodontist, VAMC Memphis TN
Tom Peaspanon (dental school unknown) 1976-78 Staff Prosthodontist, VAMC Birmingham AL
Carl W. Schulter* (Temple University) 1975-77 Private practice, Memphis TN

History Note: 1975

In 1975, Stephen Garrett was appointed Director of the Prosthodontics Residency Program in the VAMC Memphis TN.

Resident’s Name (Dental School) Program Duration Current Status
Ronald Foltz (dental school unknown) 1974-76 Last known residence Louisville KY; Deceased.
Arthur Swanson (dental school unknown) 1973-75 Unknown
Stephen E. Garrett* (Univ. Tennessee, Memphis) 1972-74 Staff Prosthodontist, VAMC Fayetteville AR
Bold* indicates Diplomate status, American Board of Prosthodontics.

Tennessee Prosthodontic Program Directors

Director’s Name Appointment Date Completion Date Appointment
David R. Cagna, DMD, MS* July 1, 2004 Present Program Director
Russell A. Wicks, DDS, MS April 26, 2004 July 1, 2004 Transitional Coordinator
John J. Gary, DDS* Dec. 22, 1998 April 26, 2004 Acting Director
William F. Bowles, III, DDS* April 2, 1997 Dec. 22, 1998 Program Director
Linda O. Wible, DDS May 1990 April 2, 1997 Program Director
Stephen E. Garrett, DDS* 1975 May 1990 Program Director
James R. Douglas, DDS, MS 1972 1975 Program Director
Bold* indicates Diplomate status, American Board of Prosthodontics.

UT Prosthodontics Alumni and Friends

The University of Tennessee and the Advanced prosthodontics Program is proud of its rich tradition and outstanding graduates over the years and wants to stay in touch with alumni. All are welcome to contact the program to update their current activities in the Program’s database or visit the program any time they find themselves in the Memphis area. A number of recent graduates are networking to initiate a formal alumni group and an annual meeting to foster UT camaraderie, professional growth and personal development.

Alumni are encouraged to contact the Program with suggestions for the future or to express and interest in participating in the ongoing educational mission of advanced prosthodontics. Please feel free to contact the Program Director at:

David R. Cagna, DMD, MS
UTHSC College of Dentistry
Department of Prosthodontics
Advanced Prosthodontics Program
875 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163

Dept. Office: 901-448-6930
Clinic: 901-448-7180
Fax: 901-448-1294
E-mail: dcagna@uthsc.edu