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Dr. Stimson, Former Faculty Member, Honored for Forensic Odontology

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 10:54am

Paul Stimson, DDS, MS


Professor Emeritus Paul G. Stimson, DDS, MS, who taught general, maxillofacial and oral pathology and forensic dentistry for 32 years at The University of Texas School of Dentistry, has been named “Diplomate Emeritus” of the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO). 

He received the honor upon retiring after 47 years of teaching, research and board service to the ABFO, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the American Society of Forensic Odontology.  Most recently, Stimson was senior forensic dental consultant with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Throughout his long career, Stimson has been an expert witness on many cases and was the principal odontologist after the 1970s mass murder in Houston of 27 boys and men. He also identified 12 victims after a Phillips Refinery explosion in Houston and was part of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team in New York after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In a recent edition of “Evergreen,” the newsletter of the UT Health Science Center at Houston Retiree Organization (UTHRO), Stimson was asked about the ABFO.

“The board was sponsored financially by the U.S. Department of Justice via a grant, along with other forensic specialty boards such as forensic anthropology, toxicology, questioned documents, etc.” he said. “This was done to assist courts in knowing whether experts testifying in legal cases were the most qualified, as determined by a group of their peers.”

Stimson was one of the original 13 members who helped organize and form the American Board of Forensic Odontology. The “diplomate emeritus” award will be presented at the board’s February meeting in Seattle.