History of the IUSD Orthodontic Department and Postgraduate Program
The Department of Orthodontics was created in 1941 following the move of the Indiana University School of Dentistry from Bloomington to Indianapolis. Dr. Thomas D. Speidel was appointed the first chairperson of the department and started the Orthodontic Postgraduate Program. World War II cut short the progress of the first student, Dr. Maurie Stoner, who left to serve his country during World War II.

Following World War II, Dr. J. William Adams, who succeeded Dr. Speidel, restarted a year-long Orthodontic Program with the returning Dr. Stoner finishing as the first resident. A second year was required for a MS thesis. The program was slowed again due to a remodeling project in the school and a new class of one was not started until 1948. It continued intermittently for several years, accepting students such as John Lindquist and Charles Burstone who helped teach.

After Dr. Adams returned to private practice, Dr. Charles J. Burstone was appointed Chair until he left to join the University of Connecticut. He remained an influential supporter of the department, sponsoring the Burstone Biomechanics Initiative Symposium, held biennially by IUSD. Dr. LaForrest Garner was appointed Chair following Dr. Burstone’s departure and eventually became Associate Dean for IUSD’s Minority Student Services.

The Department remained a separate reporting unit until the nineties when the School of Dentistry realigned its administrative structure. Dr. W. Eugene Roberts Jr., the Chair and Program Director of the Orthodontic Department, was appointed Chair of Oral Facial Development, a combined Orthodontic, Pediatric Dentistry, and Genetics unit, and received the Joseph R. and Louise Ada Jarabak Endowed Professor of Orthodontics. When Dr. Roberts stepped down as Chair, Drs. Jeff Dean and James Hartsfield held the Chair and interim Chair positions of the Department of Oral Facial Development until it was dissolved in 2007 to form the separate departments again.  Dr. Katherine Kula was the Chair from 2008 through 2017.

Dr. Kelton Stewart has been named the interim chair of the Department of Orthodontics and Facial Genetics while a national search continues for a permanent Chair.  Dr. Stewart is an associate professor and holds the Dr. James J. Baldwin Professorship in Orthodontics.  He has served as program director of the Orthodontics graduate program and director of the Orthodontics Clinic since 2015.

The Department of Orthodontics and Oral Facial Genetics currently has a two year graduate program resulting in a combined certificate and master’s degree in orthodontics (CODA approved). Up to seven new residents enter the program each year. The department is well known for its reputation in the areas of efficiency and outcome of orthodontic treatment, bone remodeling related to treatment, biomechanics and digital imaging.

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 and International applicants can click here.