Title: Professor, Dean Emeritus
Company: University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Richard L. Christiansen, Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Michigan, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in dental education.
Renowned for his research and leadership in craniofacial and international oral health, Dr. Christiansen has been recognized as professor and dean emeritus at the University of Michigan since 2001. He initially joined the school in 1982 as the dean of the School of Dentistry, the director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Institute, and a professor in the Department of Orthodontics. His success in these positions was bolstered by prior experience as the director of the Extramural Program, National Institute of Dental Research, the chief of the Craniofacial Anomalies Program Branch, and the principal investigator of the National Institute of Dental Research, all through the National Institutes of Health.
In addition to his primary roles, Dr. Christiansen enjoys using his expertise to help out in his community. He served as a trustee of the Lutheran Society of Services of Michigan Foundation (name changed to Samaritas), and a member of the Dental Professional Advisory Committee of USPHS, as well as a fellow of the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Some of his other notable positions include president of the American Association of Dental Research, director of the Craniofacial Biology Group of the American Association of Dental Research, and chair of the board of Sequoia Senior Housing in Ann Arbor.
Dr. Christiansen first became interested in his field in high school, when he was considering his career options. He had always found healthcare appealing, and dentistry and orthodontics stood out. He enjoys creating things with his hands and being constructive, so it was the perfect fit. To prepare for his journey, Dr. Christiansen obtained a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1970, a Master of Science in dentistry (orthodontics) from Indiana University in 1964, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa in 1959.
As a testament to his achievements, Dr. Christiansen was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan and a Distinguished Service Award from the National Institutes of Health in 2007, and the Southeast Michigan Philanthropy Award in 2006. He also earned the title of Dental Alumnus of the Year from the University of Iowa in 2005, an honorary PhD from Nippon Dental University in Japan in 2000, a certificate of recognition from the National Institutes of Health in 1982, and a commendation medal from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1980.
In Dr. Christiansen’s spare time, he enjoys his family, reading, jogging and tennis.
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