Kyungsup Shin was named the Ross D. Christensen Family Professor of Orthodontics
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Clark Stanford and Kyungsup Shin
Dean Clark Stanford with Kyungsup Shin

Kyungsup Shin is the graduate program director for orthodontics and director of clinical research for Iowa Dentistry. In recognition of his excellence in research, teaching, and clinical care, and his service to the profession, he was named the Ross D. Christensen Family Professor of Orthodontics.

Shin is a leader in clinical and translational research for the college. He received the Interdisciplinary Scholars Award from the University of Iowa, a series of research funds supported by the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF), and multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. Last year, he was awarded an R01 NIH grant to develop a new reconstruction technique for orofacial cleft using biomimetic bone scaffolds and a real-time imaging platform. He also serves as the director of clinical research for the college, lending his expertise and experience as a resource for other faculty to develop clinical research projects.

These research insights are informed by Shin's own clinical practice in Iowa's orthodontic clinics, where Shin sees his own patients and supervises orthodontics residents. Recently, Shin co-authored an orthodontics textbook, and became an official member of the Midwest Angle Society of Orthodontists.   

Shin has also been recognized for his excellence as a teacher and mentor, receiving the James H. and Hermine E. McLeran Faculty Award, the college's highest teaching honor for faculty.  

Shin’s professional services include NIH study section reviewer, American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) board certification examiner, and the CODA accreditation site visitor for advanced education in orthodontics.  

Lina Moreno, chair and associate professor of orthodontics, said, "Dr. Shin is a gift to Academic Orthodontics and a role model for the new generations of orthodontic faculty members.”