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Dr. Mark Latta Named Dean of Creighton University School of Dentistry

Creighton University has named Mark A. Latta, D.M.D., M.S., Associate Dean for Research and Professor of General Dentistry, as Dean of the School of Dentistry effective July 1, 2011. Dr. Latta, who has been on the Creighton faculty since 1995, becomes the 18th dean of the school since its founding in 1905. He succeeds Wayne W. Barkmeier, D.D.S., M.S., who will support the transition and continue as a Professor of General Dentistry.

Dr. Latta is currently the chief administrator of research and was personally awarded more than 100 research grants on prosthetic dental restorative materials, adhesives and bonding, and dental material clinical trials. A speaker and lecturer of international renown, he has published more than 50 manuscripts and 170 abstracts and presented at numerous state and national dental association meetings around the world.

Prior to joining Creighton, Dr. Latta served as Director of Research and Development for the Trubyte Division of DENTSPLY International, Inc. During his industrial career he contributed to or was responsible for more than 20 new dental product introductions and was an inventor or co-inventor of numerous patents. He has also served as Past President of the Dental Materials Group and the International Association for Dental Research, is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Throughout his career he has lent his leadership and skills to numerous national, regional, and local professional organizations, committees, and boards.

A graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., Dr. Latta earned his dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and his master’s degree in oral biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

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