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Jan. 3, 2000

Fridrich named head of hospital dentistry

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kirk Fridrich, D.D.S., has been named professor and head of the University of Iowa department of hospital dentistry. His appointment was effective Jan. 1, 2000.

Fridrich was professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the UI College of Dentistry. He earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1979 and his D.D.S. from the University of Nebraska in 1983. After serving a general practice residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Omaha, Neb., he received his master of science degree and his oral and maxillofacial surgery certificate from the UI Hospitals and Clinics in 1987. Fridrich subsequently joined a private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii, before returning to academics at the UI in 1991.

Fridrich is a member of numerous professional organizations and is entering his sixth year as an examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His areas of clinical interest include orthognathic surgery and dental implant surgery.

"Dr. Fridrich has lectured and published widely, and he is highly regarded nationally," said R. Edward Howell, director and CEO of the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Fridrich will also serve as departmental executive officer of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the UI College of Dentistry.

Fridrich succeeds Daniel Lew, D.D.S., who has served as head of the UI department of hospital dentistry since 1992. "Dr. Lew has provided strong leadership for the department and we sincerely thank him for his many contributions during the past seven years," said David C. Johnsen, D.D.S., dean of the UI College of Dentistry. "We are delighted that Dr. Fridrich has agreed to step forward and continue that strong tradition of leadership."

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