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Dr. Michael W. Roberts

Dr. Michael W. Roberts (More Detail)

Dr. Roberts is the Henson Distinguished Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Dentistry. After earning his D.D.S. at the University of Texas Dental Branch-Houston, he completed a general practice residency at the Brighton Marine Hospital in Boston. Dr. Roberts received his M.Sc.D. degree in pediatric dentistry from the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry.

Dr. Roberts served 24 years in the U.S. Public Health Service. He was Deputy Clinical Director at the National Institute of Dental Research, NIH in Bethesda, Maryland for eight years. He has continued to serve as a clinical consultant to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research since 1989.

While a career commissioned officer in the USPHS, Dr. Roberts received the Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal from Dr. C. Everett Koop. He was the recipient of the USPHS Chief Dental Officer's Exemplary Service Award.

Dr. Roberts joined the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry faculty in 1989. He served as Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry from 1994-2004, and the five previous years as the department's Graduate Program Director. He is a past President and Director/Examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and has served on the editorial boards of several dental and medical journals.

Dr. Roberts' major research interests include oral affects and management of eating disorders in adolescents and the use of lasers in pediatric dentistry. He has published over ninety articles in professional journals and contributed to three textbooks.