The Department of Orthodontics was created in 1941 under the stewardship of Dr. Thomas D. Speidel. During the sixties, Dr. Charles J. Burstone was Chair until he left to join University of Connecticut. He remains Adjunct Faculty and an influential supporter of the department. Dr. Burstone sponsors the Burstone Biomechanics Initiative Symposium, held biennially on campus. The Department remained a separate reporting unit until the nineties when the School of Dentistry realigned its reporting structure to reduce administrative overhead. At that time, Dr. W. Eugene Roberts Jr., who was Chair of the Department, was appointed Chair of Oral Facial Development. The Department of Oral Facial Development was dissolved in 2007 to form the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and the Department of Orthodontics and Oral Facial Genetics. Dr. Katherine Kula was appointed the Chair and Program Director January 2008. She has since been named the Joseph R. and Louise Ada Jarabak Endowed Professor of Orthodontics.

Additional readings on Orthodontics in Indiana and the School of Dentistry can be found in the Spring 2008, Volume 87(1) issue of Journal IDA, the Indiana Dental Association's Journal.

The mission of the Orthodontic Program at the Indiana University School of Dentistry is to train ethical and competent orthodontists to:

  • treat malocclusion effectively;

  • contribute significantly to the health of their community;

  • meet their social and professional responsibilities; and

  • incorporate sound scientific and business principles in their practice.

To that end, the Program strives to maintain a diverse and internationally renowned faculty who teach multiple clinical techniques including lingual appliances, segmented arch mechanics, and dedicated implant anchorage mechanism. The multidisciplinary faculty are educationally qualified in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, mechanical engineering, epidemiology, medical genetics, physics and management of temporomandibular disorders. 

The goals of the Orthodontics Program at the Indiana University School of Dentistry are to:

  • provide outstanding clinical and didactic education so that the orthodontic graduate students provide the best possible orthodontic treatment for their patients and, thereby, pass state board exams and the American Board of Orthodontics examinations;

  • prepare orthodontic graduate students with the scientific background to make competent treatment decisions and to assess the quality of orthodontic treatment they provide;

  • reinforce professional and societal responsibility in all graduate students that will prepare them to become orthodontic leaders and address the public need;

  • provide graduate students and practitioners with continuing education opportunities about recent advances in orthodontics and related fields;

  • contribute to the advancement of orthodontics through basic, applied and educational research and the dissemination of those findings;

  • be a resource in orthodontics for the public and community leaders.

MSD Program Information
Graduates in the MSD program are conferred a Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree and a clinical certificate. The rigorous program is two years in length beginning 01 July of each year. Graduate students in the program will complete a research project and defend either a thesis or manuscript. The program does not offer a certificate-only option. For information on our Graduate Program, please visit the Office of Graduate Education's website. US applicants can click here. International applicants can click here.