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Release: Release: Immediate
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
"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."
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.