UW School of Dentistry

Dr. Van Ramos Jr. tapped to head Graduate Prosthodontics program

Dr. Van Ramos Jr. of the U.S. Army Dental Corps has been selected director of the Graduate Prosthodontics program at the School of Dentistry after a nationwide search, Dean Joel Berg has announced.

Dr. Van Ramos Jr.Dr. Ramos most recently has been program director for the U.S. Army Prosthodontic Residency at Fort Gordon, Ga.  He also has been Prosthodontic Consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General.  He will begin his duties on Dec. 1, taking over from Dr. Hai Zhang, who has been interim director with the assistance of Dr. John Townsend since 2013.

“I consider this a real coup for our Graduate Prosthodontics program,” Dean Berg said. “Dr. Ramos enjoys a stellar reputation in the prosthodontics community, and our search showed him to be a clear standout.” Dean Berg noted that Dr. Ramos was honored last October with the Maj. Gen. Bill B. Lefler Federal Services Award by the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) at the organization’s annual session. The award recognizes excellence in leadership, patient care, mentorship and service to the community by ACP members serving in the U.S. military, the Public Health Service, or the Veterans Administration.

“Dr. Ramos brings a very impressive set of skills to the UW and our Graduate Prosthodontics program,” said Dr. Daniel Chan, Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry, the program’s parent department. “I am greatly looking forward to working with him.”

The three-year residency program, which is closely integrated with the Department of Periodontics, includes instruction in Fixed Prosthodontics, Removable Prosthodontics, Implant Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics.

Dr. Ramos received his DDS degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston in 1985 and his certificate in the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1994. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists and the International College of Dentists.  Dr. Ramos, who lectures nationally and internationally on esthetics and implant dentistry, is also a member of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and the American Dental Association.

“I’m very excited about becoming a part of a very prestigious university,” Dr. Ramos said.  “The University of Washington Prosthodontic Residency has long been one of the top programs in the country.”

“I want to thank Dr. Jeffrey Rubenstein, who led our search committee, which spent a great deal of time and energy on this critical effort,” Dean Berg said. “Their work has clearly paid off with an outstanding selection.”