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Ronald Ettinger

Ronald L. Ettinger BDS, MDS, DDSc

Professor Emeritus, Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Dr. Ettinger is a fellow of the American and International College of Dentists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. He has been a member of OKU since 1978. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Prosthodontics. He was the Director of Geriatric Dental Programs at the University of Iowa. In 1979 he was awarded a 3-year curriculum development grant in geriatric dentistry by the Health Services Administration. In 1981 he was awarded a 5 year National Institute on Aging, Geriatric Academic Award, which was used to develop a mobile geriatric dentistry program for the care of nursing home patients by senior dental students. He was Associate Director of the University’s Clinical Core Center for Oral Health Research and Director of the Clinical Core which was funded for 5 years in 1992 by the National Institute for Dental Research and was refunded until the year 2001. He is a past-president of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry and the Prosthodntic and Geriatric research Group of AADR & IADR. He was geriatric consultant to the 800 bed Veterans Administration Psychogeriatric Hospital at Knoxville, Iowa from 1985 to 2015. Dr. Ettinger has published over 250 papers and over 20 chapters in textbooks. He has lectured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  From 1995 to 2012 he was the Editor in chief of the Journal of Special Care in Dentistry. In 2001 he was awarded by IADR the Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Dentistry. He was named by IADR as the Distinguished Scientist in Prosthetic and Implant dentistry in 2010. In, 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sydney University in Australia.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery          Dentistry                          University of Sydney, Australia, 1966

Master of Dental Surgery             Prosthodontics                University of Sydney, Australia, 1970

Certificate                                       Gerontology                  University of Iowa, U.S.A., 1983

Doctor of Dental Science ( DDSc)                                          Prosthodontics                                                                     University of Sydney, Australia, 1992

DDSc (honoris causa)                     Prosthodontics             University of Sydney, Australia, 2016