Doug Dixon, DMD, MSD, PhD, has been elected incoming director of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Dixon was also recently named associate dean of Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry.
Dr. Dixon began his dental education at the University of Pittsburgh and continued his periodontal training at the University of Washington. He received a PhD in oral biology from the University of Washington in 2005. He began his service in the Army Periodontics program, which culminated in his appointment as the Clinic Commander and Chief of Periodontics at the United States Military Academy West Point Clinic. In 2014, he retired from the military after 20 years of faithful service and served at the University of Washington as director of Graduate Periodontics. In 2020, he joined the UTHSC College of Dentistry as program director of Periodontology.
“I am honored to have been selected for this vital work,” Dr. Dixon said. “I look forward to working alongside my colleagues and to see what we can accomplish together.” The American Board of Periodontology was formally organized in 1939 and is recognized by the American Dental Association as the official specialty board for the certification of periodontists. Their work includes providing certifications for dental professionals in periodontology and dental implant surgery.
Dr. Dixon’s work at the UTHSC College of Dentistry is critical to the continuation of research efforts in the dental field. “Research is a vital component of the education of our students, and Dr. Dixon shares that passion. He is committed to applying research findings to improve patient care. His numerous publications show a consistent commitment to advancing his field.” said James Ragain, DDS, PhD, MS, FICD, FACD, dean of the College of Dentistry. “We are grateful to count him as one of our own.”