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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
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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