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Gary L Stafford D.M.D.

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    • Professor of Restorative Dentistry School of Dentistry
    • Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Academic Affairs School of Dentistry

Prior to joining OHSU School of Dentistry, Dr. Stafford was awarded Emeritus status at Marquette University School of Dentistry where he served as Chair of the Department of General Dental Sciences from 2009 through 2019, Predoctoral Program Director for General Dentistry from 2006 through 2009, and Comprehensive Patient Management Group Leader from 2004 through 2006.  He is a fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, and also maintains membership in a variety of professional organizations. Dr. Stafford currently serves as the National Director for the Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators (CODE), Secretary for the Dental Forum of Milwaukee, and is a Past President of both the American College of Dentists – WI Section and the XI Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon.  A 1985 graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and a veteran of the United States Navy, he followed his military tour with eighteen years of private practice in Chicago, IL.  He joined Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2004 and while there, received advanced training at Oxford University, UK in evidence-based dentistry, decision-making and practice, and has published numerous articles related to these topics.  He has organized or participated in a variety of dental mission trips and among other honors, received the 2001 East Meets West Humanitarian Award for his work establishing a dental program for children in Vietnam. 

Areas of interest

  • Evidence-based Dentistry
  • Curricular Design and Development
  • Entrustable Professional Activities

Education

  • B.S., Eastern Illinois University, Charleston Illinois United States 1981
  • D.M.D., Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, Alton Illinois United States 1985
  • Fellowship:

    • International College of Dentists
    • American College of Dentists
    • Pierre Fauchard Academy

Honors and awards

  • M Magazine - selected as one of Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Top Dentists - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • East Meets West Humanitarian Award
  • Navy Commendation Medal for Meritorious Achievement

Memberships and associations

  • National Director, Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators (CODE) - 2016 - Present
  • Secretary, The Dental Forum of Milwaukee - 2019/20
  • Scientific Program Chair, The Dental Forum of Milwaukee - 2018/19
  • President, American College of Dentists - WI Section - 2015/17
  • President, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Xi Chapter - 2011/12
  • International College of Dentists
  • American College of Dentists
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • American Academy of Cariology
  • Academy of Operative Dentistry
  • National Dental Practice Based Research Network
  • American Dental Education Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Wisconsin Dental Association
  • Greater Milwaukee Dental Association
  • Chicago Dental Society

Publications

  • Stafford GL. “The effectiveness of different attachment systems maxillary and mandibular implant overdentures.”  Evidence Based Dentistry  2019; 20 (1): 26-27.

  • Stafford GL. “Short dental implants had lower survival rates in posterior jaws compared to standard implants.”  Evidence Based Dentistry  2016; 17 (4): 115-116.

  • Stafford GL. “Platform switching of implants may prevent bone loss.”  Evidence Based Dentistry  2015; 16 (3): 84-85.

  • Stafford GL, Nourzad F, Lobb WK, Beall J. “The economic costs and benefits of a dental education: an empirical analysis.” Journal of Dental Education  2014 Nov; (78) 11: 1497-1507.

  • Stafford GL.  “Review found little difference between sandblasted and acid-etched (SLA) dental implants and modified surface (SLActive) implants.”  Evidence Based Dentistry  2014; 15 (3): 87-88.

  • Stafford GL. “Fostering dental faculty collaboration with an evidence-based decision making model designed for curricular change.”  Journal of Dental Education  2014 Mar; (78) 3: 349-358.

  • Stafford GL. “Dental student indebtedness: Where did it come from and where will it lead?” Journal of the American College of Dentists  2013; 80 (4): 38-48.

  • Stafford GL. “Different loading times for dental implants: no clinically important differences?” Evidence Based Dentistry  2013; 14 (4): 109-110.

  • Stafford GL. “Platform switching for marginal bone preservation around dental implants.” Evidence Based Dentistry  2012; 13 (2): 56-57.

  • Stafford GL. “Fluoride varnish application for white spot lesions after orthodontic treatment.”  Evidence Based Dentistry  2011; 12 (4): 104-105.

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