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Faculty, alums inducted into American College of Dentists

From left: Dr. Brian Lang, Dr. David Golder, Dr. Stephen Meraw, Dr. Tae Ju Oh,  Dr. Karen O’Rourke, Dr. Stephen Stefanac, Dr. Paul Krebsbach, and Dr. Kevin Cook.

Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 8, 2016 -– Four faculty members and several alumni of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry were among those recently inducted as Fellows into the American College of Dentists.

The faculty members are Dr. Stephen Stefanac (MS 1987), clinical professor, senior associate dean and associate dean for patient services; Dr. Tae Ju Oh (MS 2001), clinical professor of dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine; Dr. Stephen Meraw, an adjunct clinical associate professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine who has a private practice in Warren and Grosse Pointe Woods; and Dr. Kevin Cook (DDS 2009), an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics who has a private practice in Ann Arbor.

Michigan dentists who are U-M alumni who were inducted are Dr. Brian Lang (DDS 1975) of Bloomfield Hills; Dr. David Golder (DDS 1984) of Mason; and Dr. Karen O’Rourke (DDS 1985) of Grand Rapids.

Dr. Paul Krebsbach, former chair of the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences and now dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry, also was inducted.

The fellows were inducted last month during the ACD’s convocation held during the annual conference of the American Dental Association in Denver, Colo.  Founded in 1920, the ACD is the oldest major honorary organization for dentists.  Its mission is to advance excellence, ethics, professionalism and leadership in dentistry. Fellowship in the American College of Dentists is by invitation and is based on a confidential, peer-review system. Candidates are nominated by two fellows and are reviewed by a Credentials Committee for their records of leadership, excellence and meritorious achievement in dentistry or public service. Only about 3.5 percent of dentists in the United States have been granted Fellowship in the College.



The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists, and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:

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