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Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics

Brien R. Lang

Brien R. Lang, DDS
Biologic & Materials Sciences
Professor Emeritus


Brien R. Lang, D.D.S., professor of dentistry in the Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, retired from active faculty status on August 31, 1998. 

Dr. Lang received his A.B. degree in 1956 from Albion College and his D.D.S. (1961) and M.S. (1965) degrees from the University of Michigan. He joined the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as an assistant professor in 1965 and was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and professor in 1972. From 1971-1972, he was the appointed chair of the Complete Denture Department and Director of the Graduate Program in Denture Prosthodontics. Later from 1990-1998, Dr Lang served as Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics. He has been a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics since 1969 and has served as director of the Nobel Biocare University of Michigan Center for Excellence within the School of Dentistry since 1994. 

Dr. Lang has distinguished himself nationally and internationally as a scholar, researcher, and teacher. He has served as consultant to numerous organizations and as both examiner and president of the American Board of Prosthodontics. He has been a reviewer for the International Journal of Prosthodontics, a member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Implant Dentistry, and a member and vice chair of the editorial council for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. His publication record includes more than 71 journal articles and 10 chapters in textbooks. His main research interests have been in the area of complete denture prosthodontics. 

Dr. Lang has served on the School of Dentistry Executive Committee and many other school committees and was a member of the Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee to the Michigan Geriatric Center for the Institute of Gerontology. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and is both member and past president of the Academy of Prosthodontics. Dr. Lang has been a member and officer of the Chi Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon and a member of Beta Beta Beta honorary societies. He received the Jerome M. and Dorothy Schweitzer research award from the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics in 1994 and the Presidents Award (1995) and Daniel Gordon Award (1997) from the American College of Prosthodontics.