Ohio State University College of Dentistry

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The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry seal.png
Type Public
Established 1914
Dean Patrick Lloyd D.D.S., M.S.,[1] effective August 1, 2011.
Students 680 (Spring Quarter 2011)
567 (Summer Quarter 2011)
Location Columbus, Ohio, United States
39°59′46″N 83°00′58″W / 39.996241°N 83.016045°W / 39.996241; -83.016045Coordinates: 39°59′46″N 83°00′58″W / 39.996241°N 83.016045°W / 39.996241; -83.016045
Faculty 190
Colors      lilac
Nickname Buckeyes
Website dent.osu.edu
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry logo.jpg

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is one of the graduate schools of Ohio State University. The college is the third largest public dental school in the U.S. and consists of nine academic units representing all major dental specialties. In addition to the D.D.S. degree, OSU College of Dentistry offers specialty training programs, advanced training programs, and MS programs, and a Ph.D. program in Oral Biology. Outreach and Engagement activities include over 60 active programs and more than 42 extramural sites, which continue to expand.

Graduate programs[edit]

The College of Dentistry offers formal graduate programs leading to a Certificate, Masters (M.S.), and/or a Ph.D. in the following areas:

  • Clinical Affairs (includes Radiology)
  • Endodontics
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Pediatric and Community Oral Health (includes Geriatrics)
  • Periodontics
  • Oral Biology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Anesthesiology and Oral Pathology
  • Orthodontics
  • Restorative/Prosthetic Dentistry and Primary Care


The College of Dentistry receives extensive support from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Students and faculty members participate in both clinical and laboratory research. Faculty researchers have expertise in such fields as: gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), tooth decay (caries), tooth stain, plaque, and dentin hypersensitivity (pain). A dedicated clinical research center facility accommodates clinical studies. A research-focused combined D.D.S./Ph.D. degree program is also available.


The OSU College of Dentistry offers primary care and a full range of specialty clinics all in one building. The Dental Emergency Care Clinic is also available as a walk-in only service available to adult patients older than age 18. Emergency care is provided by third- and fourth-year dental students under the supervision of college faculty.

Special events[edit]

Reunion Weekend, held in September, features class reunions and an alumni tailgate averaging 500-600 in attendance. Class reunions are at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in downtown Columbus, and the tailgate is held at the Ohio Union on High Street, in the West Courtyard and Performance Hall.

White Coat Ceremony held in mid-September, is a 1st-year orientation and welcome event for dental and dental hygiene students.

Distinguished Lecture Series is held annually in October, and features a distinguished guest lecturer of national repute, primarily in the field of oral health research

Post College Assembly is held annually at the end of April or first week of May. This is an annual continuing education and alumni event featuring the announcement of awards and attended more than 500 participants.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Les Horvath - Heisman Trophy winner D.D.S., 1945 [3]
  • Neil Luyk, Chair Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Middlemore Hospital New Zealand, M.S. and Cert OMS '87
  • Laurie McCauley, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., The William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor and Chair, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine University of Michigan School of Dentistry, D.D.S. '85, M.S. '88
  • Joel Milton Weaver, D.D.S., Ph.D., R.Ph., OSU Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology, D.D.S. '72


In 1825, John Harris, a physician in the Ohio town of Bainbridge, provided medical and dental care for the community. He decided to share his dental experiences with other physicians in southern Ohio. His “school” for dental training yielded two colleagues, each of whom was a co-founder of one of the first two formal dental colleges in the world: The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1840 and the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati in 1845.

The Ohio Medical University (OMU), founded in 1890 in Columbus, opened its doors on September 7, 1892. It was located on Park Street across from Goodale Park. It was a venture to bring health care to people in the north side of the city.

Starling Ohio Medical College OMU flourished and in 1907 it merged with the Starling Medical College to become the STARLING OHIO MEDICAL COLLEGE (SOMC). The "colleges" became "departments" again. In 1912, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 120. This authorized Ohio State University to "create, establish, provide for, and maintain in said University a College of Medicine and a College of Dentistry."

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry on Park Street In 1913, a proposal was made to merge the Starling Ohio Medical College with Ohio State University. On July 1 of 1914, the OSU Board of Trustees officially acquired the properties of the SOMC. Classes for the OSU College of Dentistry began on September 21, 1914, and graduation of its first class was held in the spring of 1915.

The Theta Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honorary society, was chartered at Ohio State in May 1916. When Ohio State University acquired its dental school in 1914, four years of high school and a diploma were the only requirements for admission and the dental curriculum lasted just three years. For the entering class of 1916, the curriculum was expanded to four years. By 1921, one year of college was required for admission, and in 1928 a minimum of two years was imposed.

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in Hamilton Hall In 1925, the Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry moved on campus to Hamilton Hall. Dentistry was located on the third and fourth floors in the north wing. The fourth floor held the main clinic and was two stories high. The roof contained skylights to enhance the light in the clinic. (When the sun is directed to the roof, one can still see a difference in the roof tiles indicating where the skylights were once positioned.)

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in Postle Hall

In 1951, the College moved to a new building north of Hamilton Hall.

College of Dentistry Leadership

  • Dr. Harry M. Semans 1906 - 1938
  • Dr. Wendell D. Postle 1938 - 1964
  • Dr. John Wilson 1965 - 1974
  • Dr. Charles Howell 1975 - 1980
  • Dr. William Wallace 1980 - 1990
  • Dr. Henry Fields 1991 - 2001
  • Dr. Jan Kronmiller 2001 - 2006
  • Dr. Carole Anderson 2006 – 2011
  • Dr. Patrick Lloyd 2011 - present[4]


The Ohio State University College of Dentistry academic programs are accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) through their Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alutto, Joseph A. "Appointment, Dean of the College of Dentistry" 4 May 2011. <http://www.dent.ohio-state.edu/news/2011/5-04-11-College_Welcomes_New_Dean_Lloyd.php>
  2. ^ Post College Assembly. "Website" 2012. <http://pca.osu.edu/>
  3. ^ Christen, A. G.; Christen, J. A. (2003). "Les Horvath: Dental student Heisman Trophy winner". Journal of the history of dentistry. 51 (3): 107–14. PMID 14621260. 
  4. ^ "Dr. Patrick Lloyd - Dean". Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ http://www.ada.org/267.aspx

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