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Indiana University (School of Dentistry)

The only dental school in the Hoosier state, Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) offers an extraordinary learning environment in which teaching, research, and community service come together in the best way possible for the preparation of tomorrow’s dental professionals.

Under the leadership of Dean Lawrence Goldblatt since January 1997, the school is located at the center of Indiana, and in the heart of Indianapolis. It is part of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), one of eight campuses in the IU system. IUPUI is a fast-growing campus situated just a few blocks from Monument Circle in downtown "Indy."

IUPUI shares its location on the near west side of the city with the Indiana University Medical Center, one of the finest teaching and research centers in the world. Many of the dental school’s faculty members have established strong collaborative ties with physicians and other scientists in the medical center facilities.

IUSD is one of the oldest dental schools in the nation. It got its start as the Indiana Dental College in 1879 and was acquired by Indiana University in 1925. In 1933, IU built a facility to house the school at its current site. Today this sprawling, five-story edifice is composed of the original building plus two major additions -- the first addition was constructed in 1962 and the second a decade later.

The IU dental school has more than 11,000 living alumni. They are pursuing careers throughout the United States and in more than 30 other countries. The IU Alumni Association counts dentistry among its most supportive groups. IU grads have been named to prestigious leadership posts in organized dentistry and in dental education throughout the world. For example, alumna Carol Turner (DDS’75) was appointed chief of the U.S. Navy Dental Corps in 2003, becoming the first woman to hold the Navy’s top position in dentistry; Ronald Zentz (DDS’85) is senior director of the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs; Jeffrey Dalin (DDS’80) is one of the founders of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile, a program in which volunteer dentists and allied dental professionals across the country provide free dental services to children in need; and Stephen Ralls (M’81 Periodontics) is executive director of the American College of Dentists.

The dental school has a total of 106 full-time and 120 part-time faculty members contributing to IUSD’s teaching and research programs. Many have earned solid reputations as experts in their fields. Additionally, about 80 persons serve the school as adjunct and volunteer teachers and non-paid consultants. An outstanding roster of teachers trained as dentists, allied dental professionals, and dental specialists is complemented by teachers trained in such areas as molecular biology, medical genetics, pharmacology and toxicology, microbiology and immunology, biochemistry, anatomy, mechanical and electrical engineering, dermatology, anthropology, pathology, law, and healthcare communications.

School name:Indiana UniversitySchool of Dentistry
Address:1121 West Michigan St.
Zip & city:46202 Indiana
Phone:(317) 274-7959

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