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SUNY Upstate Medical University appoints three to faculty posts

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - SUNY Upstate Medical University announces the following appointments:

o Terrence J. Thines, D.D.S., has been appointment professor and chief of the division of dentistry in the Department of Surgery. Thines, brings to SUNY Upstate more than 20 years of experience as a clinician and educator. Most recently, he served as an associate professor in the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences in the School of Dental Medicine at SUNY Buffalo and as program director of SUNY Buffalo's General Practice Dental Residency program with Kaleida Health in Buffalo. Since 2000, he was clinical service director of the Department of Dentistry at Kaleida Health.Since 2003, he has served as chair of the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service Task Force (PASS). His numerous publications have focused primarily on infection control in dentistry, oral health and the elderly, and hospital dentistry in the United States. Thines lives in Syracuse.

o F. Lee Dutton, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dutton's research interest is in molecular and biochemical genetics. He most recently served as a staff physician at he Bloomsburg Hospital in Bloomsburg, Pa., and as an adjunct assistant professor of biochemistry and genetics at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dutton studied eukaryotic genetics as a post-doctoral fellow and molecular genetics as a research associate at the University of Connecticut, where he also served as a visiting assistant professor of molecular and cell biology. He was a reviewer for Genetics, Genetical Research, Journal of Biochemistry and

Molecular and General Genetics from 1984 to 1994. He is a Junior Fellow in Practice with the American College of Gynecologists and was part of a Himalayan Health Exchange Mission in Ladakh and Tibetan India in 2003. Dutton lives in Manlius.

o Robert Frank Pyke, M.D., has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Pyke specializes in laser treatments, operative laparoscopy, operative hysteroscopy and colposcopy. Prior to joining SUNY Upstate, Pyke was in private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Watertown. He also served as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown since 2003 and as that hospital's medical staff president in 2002. Pyke completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Rochester General Hospital/University of Rochester in 1985. At the University of Rochester, he also trained in microsurgery, completed a preceptorship in laser treatment of lower genital lesions and training and a preceptorship in operative hysteroscopy. Pyke is a member of several societies, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Association and the Medical Society of the State of New York. He resides in Syacuse.