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AHEC Biosketch

Dr. Eric M. Rivera

Dr. Eric M. Rivera (More Detail)

Dr. Eric Rivera is currently the Jacob B. Freedland Distinguished Associate Professor, and serves as graduate program director of the Department of Endodontics at the UNC School of Dentistry.

He completed his training in the specialty of endodontics and received his master's degree from the UNC School of Dentistry. He earned his D.D.S. from the UNC School of Dentistry and graduated with honors and as an award recipient for merit and leadership.

He has a broad range of experience, including time as a GPR dental resident at Charlotte Memorial, a private practitioner in North Carolina as a general dentist and as an endodontist, and was previously graduate program director and head of the Department of Endodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Dr. Rivera is a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, a founder and former director of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics, and was the recipient of the American Association of Endontists 1996 Endodontic Educator Award. He has served as section editor and on scientific review panels for many research publications, and has presented his research findings and scholarly pursuits nationally and internationally.

Ccurrently, Dr. Rivera is a member of many dental and service associations, including the American Dental Association, International Association for Dental Research, American Dental Education Association, American Association of Endodontics, National Dental Association, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon (honor society). He previously served as chair of the Membership Services Committee of the AAE and past-president for the Section on Endodontics of the AADS. He is a former AAE representative to the ADEA Council of Hospitals and Advanced Education Programs. Additionally, he served as Treasurer of the IADR Pulp Biology Group and a member of the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee for the AAE.