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Release: Oct. 8, 2001

Fridrich elected to national oral and maxillofacial board

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa Health Care oral and maxillofacial surgeon will serve on the national board that certifies all professionals within the field.

Kirk L. Fridrich, D.D.S., head of the department of hospital dentistry at UI Hospitals and Clinics, has been elected as a director to the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). The American Dental Association recognizes ABOMS as the specialty board for oral and maxillofacial surgery. The board is responsible for reviewing all applicants for board certification, as well as administering the examinations involved in the certification and re-certification process for the surgical specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the United States. Fridrich's election to ABOMS represents a seven-year commitment that will culminate with a term as president of ABOMS in the year 2008.

Fridrich, who also serves as professor and head of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the UI College of Dentistry, earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1979 and his doctor of dental science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1983. Fridrich served a general practice residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Omaha, Neb. and received his master of science degree and oral and maxillofacial surgery certificate in 1987 from the UI. He subsequently joined a private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii, before returning to academics at Iowa in 1991.

During his academic career at the UI, Fridrich has participated in a broad spectrum of dental education in both the undergraduate and graduate ranks. He has served as a consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residencies and as president of the Iowa Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. His areas of clinical interest include orthognathic surgery and dental implant surgery. He has published and lectured widely and is highly regarded nationally.

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