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Former Director of Radiology Dr. Lars Hollender passes away at age of 90

Dr.-Lars-HollenderDr. Lars Hollender, who was internationally renowned for his work in maxillofacial imaging, and was considered one of the best diagnostic oral and maxillofacial radiologists in the world, recently passed away at the age of 90.

Dr. Hollender became Professor and Director of the Oral Radiology Division of the UW School of Dentistry in 1988 and continued as a full-time member of the faculty for almost 30 years, retiring only a few years ago. He was a prolific collaborator and communicator, greatly respected by members of the medical and dental radiology community throughout the world.

“His intellect and inquisitive mind made him particularly effective and his remarkable skill with languages enabled him to collaborate widely with scientists and healthcare professionals in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan and the Scandinavian countries,” said Dean André Ritter. “His research and educational contributions were instrumental in advancing the field both in Europe and the United States, and his love of teaching was evident as he continued to teach for almost 10 years after his retirement.”

Beyond his expertise in maxillofacial radiology, Dr. Hollender demonstrated exceptional knowledge across a broad array of other disciplines within dentistry and medicine including oral pathology, radiation physics, internal medicine and research design and analysis.

As a member of the academic community, Dr. Hollender was particularly effective in working with others in the development of curricula and in the design, initiation and conduct of clinical research. He participated as an important investigator in multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded studies and was a mentor and advisor for many graduate student and oral and maxillofacial resident research initiatives.

Dr. Hollender was awarded multiple research prizes and honorary memberships to organizations throughout his career. He was active in many professional organizations and served in various leadership roles, including President of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in the 1990s and early 2000s.

He was a key figure in establishing the UW Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Residency program in 2010, inspiring the next generation of dental and graduate students and residents with his relaxed yet effective teaching style.

“Dr. Hollender was truly a giant in his field. His passion for his work and his humility had a profound impact on all who knew him” said Dean Ritter. “He was revered for his integrity, kindness and genuine care for others. He will be greatly missed, and his legacy will continue to inspire many others.”