UW News

July 21, 2005

Orthodontics chair named sixth WDS Distinguished Professor in Dentistry

Dr. Greg King, chair of the School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics, has been named as the sixth Washington Dental Service (WDS) Foundation Distinguished Professor in Dentistry, the school’s highest honor for a faculty member.

King, who is also the Alton Moore and Richard Riedel Professor of Orthodontics, will use support from the WDS Foundation professorship to plan and implement a national dental symposium to facilitate state-of-the-art research and clinical advances to practicing dentists and allied professionals.

King has conducted research on issues related to orthodontic treatments, including access to orthodontic services for low-income families. Malocclusion, or “bad bite,” is a common problem treated with orthodontics; many people seek treatment for esthetic and functional improvements. Orthodontic treatment in adolescence can prevent many dental problems in later life.

King earned his dental degree at Tufts University, and then a certificate in orthodontics and degree in oral biology from Harvard.