Ann Arbor, MI — November 30, 2015 — Dr. Carlos González-Cabezas has been named the first Richard Christiansen Collegiate Professor of Oral and Craniofacial Global Initiatives at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. His appointment is effective December 1. The Board of Regents approved establishing the new professorship in September.
An associate professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, González-Cabezas joined the School of Dentistry faculty as a tenured associate professor in 2009. Since May, he has been director of the school’s Global Oral Health Initiatives program. In that role, he has been working to enhance and develop international programs, explore possible globalization partnerships with other schools and colleges, and represent the school at university-wide global affairs programs and initiatives.
González-Cabezas earned a dental degree in Venezuela and later a DDS, master’s and PhD from Indiana University. His teaching and research are concentrated on cariology, and he has conducted numerous research studies investigating remineralization, fluorides, caries diagnosis and oral health products. He teaches predoctoral and graduate students and mentors students at all levels who are interested in conducting research projects related to dental caries and its clinical management.
“Being named the Christiansen Collegiate Professor is a wonderful and unexpected surprise and truly an honor,” González-Cabezas said. “It strengthens my commitment to improve oral and craniofacial global health through multidisciplinary collaborations and strategic partnerships.”
Dr. Richard Christiansen was dean of the School of Dentistry from 1982 to 1987. Prior to becoming dean at Michigan, he was director of extramural programs at the National Institute of Dental Research, which subsequently was known as the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. He received his dental degree from the University of Iowa in 1959, an MSD from Indiana University in 1964, and his PhD in physiology from the University of Minnesota in 1970.
Collegiate professorships are named for distinguished former U-M faculty to recognize their contributions to the university and their field of study. Support for the Richard Christiansen Collegiate Professorship in Oral and Craniofacial Global Initiatives was made possible with a generous gift from Dr. Richard and Nancy Christiansen.