Title: Associate Professor, Dentist
Company: Creighton University, 40th and Dodge Family Dentistry
Location: Elkhorn, Nebraska, United States
Luke Francis Matranga, DDS, MS, ABGD, Associate Professor at Creighton University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in dentistry.
Backed by more than 50 years of professional experience in the dental field, Dr. Matranga is a distinguished health care professional board-certified by the American Board of General Dentistry. Offering his expertise as an educator, he has excelled as an associate professor within Creighton University’s Department of Dentistry since 2010, having previously been an associate professor within the department of fixed prosthodontics in 1988 and 1989. Working closely with freshman dental students to build their hand-eye coordination, he also focuses on three-dimensional thinking strategies. Throughout Dr. Matranga’s tenure with the institution, he has also served as chairman of the department of comprehensive dental care for over a decade.
In 1966, Dr. Matranga commenced his career with the U.S. Air Force as a captain and dental officer at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Between 1967 and 1971, he served overseas as the dental officer at Phan Rang Air Force Base in Vietnam and the preventative dental officer at San Vito Air Force Base in Italy. From there, Dr. Matranga was the commander surgeon for the Strategic Air Command at the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska between 1983 and 1987, in which he led 28 bases and more than 1,000 people. Dr. Matranga subsequently served as a base dental surgeon at the Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois until retiring in 1988. However, he went on to serve as a military consultant to the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General in general dentistry.
Renowned for his military career, Dr. Matranga has been honored with various accolades including a Decorated Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Air Force Accommodation Medal from the U.S. Army. Likewise, he has been consistently recognized as an Outstanding Dentist and is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also affiliated with the American Dental Association, North Hills Hunt Association, American College of Dentistry and Knights of Columbus. Dr. Matranga cites his appointment as president of the Academy of General Dentistry as the highlight of his career, as it represented an organization of about 40,000 and took his military, education, and leadership skills into account.
Hailing from a family of health care professionals, Dr. Matranga desired to find his own niche within the medical field. He went on to enroll in a pre-dental program at Marquette University, where he earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1966. In 1973, Dr. Matranga completed a residency in general dentistry at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and also attained a Master of Science from the University of Texas, Houston. Looking toward the future, he aims to continue contributing to the board of the Oral Cancer Imitative and Cox Communications on a national level in helping develop their teledentistry program. He also aims to work with a private enterprise in a lateral system on dental for emergency patients. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Matranga is also listed in the 20th and 21st edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest and the first edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
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