Help support the department

Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift designated to the Department of Endodontics through the VCU School of Dentistry. Your gift helps raise scholarships, attract the best residents and provide state-of-the-art resources to our patients and residents. We greatly appreciate your generosity. The current funds available are:

The Dodds Professorship

A vibrant and dedicated faculty is at the heart of any great institution of higher learning. Recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and researchers is a top priority at the VCU Department of Endodontics.  This goal can be assisted through endowed chairs and professorships.  An endowed professorship is a coveted position in academia, and the ability of VCU to offer one enables us to compete in the international arena for outstanding faculty leaders.

The Dodds Professorship is the first one in the Department of Endodontics.  Named after outstanding former chairman and friend to the school, R. Neil Dodds, D.D.S., the professorship ensures his memory will carry on the excellence of the department in perpetuity.  Income from this endowed professorship is used to supplement the salary of the endodontic graduate program director.  The first recipient and current Neil Dodds Professor is Garry L. Myers, D.D.S.   


The Molar Club

An unrestricted fund that allows the department and chair to meet unexpected challenges and opportunities as they arise can make or break a first-rate endodontic residency program.  Your gift helps support resident travel, resident educational courses, special courses in surgery, research projects, overseas travel to international meetings and the American Board of Endodontics board certification process. 

Your gift of the equivalent of the fee for one molar-endo procedure per year can make this happen. It is just a small way to give back to the department for all of the benefits you have received over the years from the wonderful tuition free education you received here at Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Gifts may be made by clicking the link below, or by contacting Cristina Cruz by phone at (804) 828-2931 or by email at


The Hartwell Endowment

The Gary Hartwell Endowment is a tribute to the vision of a man who committed himself to a burgeoning specialty that he helped build.  Dr. Hartwell retired from the U.S. Army in 1987 and began his career at VCU. He was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics at what was then known as the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. At various points in time during the first five years at VCU, Hartwell served as the course director for every endodontic pre-doctoral lecture, laboratory and clinical course. During that same period of time he also served as a teacher in the clinical, didactic and research portions of the VCU postgraduate endodontic program. In 1992 he was selected to serve as chair for the Department of Endodontics and in 1996 he assumed the additional role as endodontic postgraduate program director. He held both positions until his retirement from VCU in 2003. He retired as a full professor with tenure and in 2014 he was awarded professor emeritus status by VCU. He also holds professor emeritus status from Rutgers School of Dentistry. 

The Hartwell Endowment allows us to hire only endodontic specialists to train future generations.

The VCU Endo program is unique – full time board certified endodontists are teaching our residents and students. Your gift helps recruit and retain a top-notch predoctoral program director to be sure our program stays at the forefront of endodontic education.

There’s simply no better way to honor Dr. Gary Hartwell than with a gift to the fund that allows our endodontic program to remain competitive in today’s academic environment. 

Gifts may be made by clicking the link below or by contacting Gloria Callihan in the development office by phone at (804) 828-9245 or by email at