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The mission of the Division of Orthodontics is to improve the dental health of the citizens of Kentucky by providing the highest quality orthodontic care, to advance the specialty of orthodontics by educating knowledgeable, skilled clinicians, and by conducting research in the field.  

Full Time Faculty

Sarandeep S. Huja, DDS, PhD is the Division Chief & Professor
G. Thomas Kluemper, DMD, Program Director & Associate Professor
Cynthia S. Beeman, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor
James K. Hartsfield, Jr., DMD, PhD, Professor, E. Preston Hicks Endowed Chair
Lorri A. Morford, PhD, Assistant Professor Research Title Series

Part Time Faculty

Bruce Haskell, DMD, PhD, Professor, Part-time

Part Time Clinical Faculty

Edgar Berre, Jr, DDS , Assistant Professor
Melvin W. Dean, DMD, Assistant Professor
Judson M. Knight, DMD, Associate Professor
J. Philip Wahle, DMD, Assistant Professor
James Thacker, DMD, Assistant Professor


Dr. Karthik Subramani
Dr. Lucy Wachs
Dr. Jonathan Francis
Dr. Ashley Betz
Dr. Stephen Tackett
Dr. Sudha Gudhimella
Dr. McKenzie Woods
Dr. Evan Zeh

Educational Program Overview

Our Orthodontic Graduate Program is a thirty-four month, graduate level curriculum, upon the successful completion of which, the student receives a Master of Science degree and a Certificate to practice orthodontics.  Between two and four applicants are accepted into the program annually.  The program begins in the fall.

The Division of Orthodontics also offers a year-long Craniofacial Biology Externship Program providing in-depth exposure to basic and clinical research, primarily in the areas of bone biology, genetics and/or orthodontics.

Clinical Activities

The Orthodontic Graduate Program provides a robust clinical experience in comprehensive orthodontics, with emphasis on goal-oriented diagnosis and treatment of different malocclusions.  Faculty members teach multiple treatment modalities, including functional therapy, comprehensive and interceptive care, straight-wire systems, lingual therapy, and thermoplastic, removable treatment.

Interdisciplinary care is also emphasized in the graduate clinic.  These team approaches to comprehensive care include surgical orthodontics, treatment in the mixed dentition, accelerated orthodontics in conjunction with periodontics and esthetic dentistry involving collaboration with periodontics, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and restorative dentistry.  Diagnosis and treatment of patients with cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial anomalies is included.

All clinical treatment is conducted under an attending model, which fosters best-evidence based approaches and creative/critical thinking.  Faculty model ABO standards and certification, and cultivate a culture of clinical excellence among residents.

Teaching and Research Activities

Graduate students are involved as teaching assistants in the DMD curriculum during their second and third year.  They take an active part in all three components of the courses by preparing some lectures, directing small group discussion and providing clinical coverage for the dental students.  Such experience is limited to the orthodontic component of the DMD curriculum and students receive a stipend for this effort.  This stipend amounts to $2175 over an 11 month period each year.

Graduate students must successfully investigate and defend an independent research project before they graduate.  They are encouraged to identify a topic and select an advisor by the completion of their first year.  Students are encouraged to first pursue their natural sense of curiosity, as there are many resources available within the College, Medical Center and Land-Grant University campus.   Award-winning research is being conducted in our program within the College, and students are encouraged to prepare their thesis in a manuscript for publication.


The Division of Orthodontics faculty includes five full-time faculty, and five part-time clinical faculty.  Faculty members come from diverse educational backgrounds, and perform clinical, instructional, and research activities.