Headshot photo of Jack L. Ferracane, Ph.D.

Jack L. Ferracane, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry
  • Chair, Department of Oral Rehabilitation & Integrative Biosciences, School of Dentistry


Jack Ferracane is Professor and Chair of Restorative Dentistry, and Division Director of Biomaterials and Biomechanics at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Ferracane earned his Ph.D. in Biological Materials from Northwestern University.  He is a founding fellow and past-President of the Academy of Dental Materials.  He is a past-President of the American Association for Dental Research.  He is the recipient of the Wilmer Souder Award from the Dental Materials Group of the IADR, the Founders Award from the Academy of Dental Materials, and the Hollenback Award from the Academy of Operative Dentistry. He is an honorary member of the American College of Dentists and the Oregon Dental Association. He has authored or co-authored several textbooks on dental materials and operative dentistry, and has published extensively on biomaterials. His research is funded by the NIH/NIDCR as well as private industry.  He also is actively involved in the establishment and operation of networks designed to conduct dental clinical research in the private practice setting. 

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • B.S., 1978, University of Illinois
    • M.S., 1981, Northwestern University
    • Ph.D., 1983, Northwestern University
  • Residency

    • Spent one year sabbatical in the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Birmingham, UK (2009-2010)

Memberships and associations:

  • American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Member (1979 - present)
  • Academy of Dental Materials Fellow (1983 - present)
  • IADR Dental Materials Group Chapter - America (Member 1979 - present)
  • American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Member (2005-current)
  • International Association for Dental Research Member (1979 - present)

Areas of interest

  • dental composites, dental resins, practice-based research, oral biofilms, tissue regeneration,

Honors and awards

  • Elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Honorary Dental Society
  • Honorary Member, Delta Chapter at OHSU
  • OHSU Faculty Senate Award for Outstanding Leadership, June, 2001
  • Wilmer Souder Award from the Dental Materials Group of the International Association for Dental Research, 2006
  • Honorary Professor, University of Birmingham School of Dentistry, Birmingham, UK, 2006
  • Honorary Member, Oregon Dental Association, November, 2011
  • Founders Award, Academy of Dental Materials, October, 2012
  • OHSU Faculty Senate Research Award, June, 2013
  • Honorary Member, American College of Dentists, October, 2013
  • Vice-President of the American Association for Dental Research, 2013 (Assumed presidency March 2016)
  • Hollenback Memorial Prize from the Academy of Operative Dentistry, 2016
  • Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, 2016


Selected publications

  • 1. Hyun HK, Salehi S, Gwinner F, Ferracane JL. Biofilm formation affects surface properties of novel bioactive glass-containing composites. Dent Mater. 31(12):1599-608, 2015. PMID: 26590029
  • 2. Ferracane JL, Hilton TJ. Polymerization stress - Is it clinically meaningful? Dent Mater. 32(1):1-10, 2016. PMID: 26220776
  • 3. Khvostenko D, Hilton TJ, Ferracane JL, Mitchell JC, Kruzic JJ. Bioactive glass fillers reduce bacterial penetration into marginal gaps for composite res orations. Dent Mater. 32(1):73-8, 2016. PMID: 26621028


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