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Kalu U.E. Ogbureke, BDS, DMSc, JD, MMSc, PhD

Title: Professor
Office: SOD-5460
Phone: 713-486-4406
Department/Administrative Area: Oral Pathology Diagnostics, Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences
BDS | University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1986
MMSc | University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 1993
PhD, DMSc | Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2001
JD | Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA

Kalu U. E. Ogbureke is a full Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial/Head and Neck Pathology, and Chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UT-SOD Houston). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Georgia Regents University (GRU) Colleges of Dental Medicine and Graduate Studies in Augusta Georgia, where he previously was a tenured Associate Professor and interim chair of the Department of Oral Biology. Professor Ogbureke holds several visiting professorship at institutions in the United States and abroad.

Professor Ogbureke earned his dental degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, a master’s degree in medical science (MMSc) from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, a doctor of medical sciences (DMSc) in oral biology at Harvard University, and a juris doctorate (JD) from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He earned the fellowship in dental surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FDSRCS), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (FDSRCPS), and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FDSRCSE). Professor Ogbureke also earned a graduate certificate in the Business of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University. He completed a 2 ½-year clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Professor Ogbureke is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (ABOMP), a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom (FRCPath), a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Medical Malpractice (ABMM), and a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM). He completed the Certificate of Training in Forensic Dentistry program of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Professor Ogbureke has been inducted into the fellowship of the American College of Dentists (FACD).

Professor Ogbureke is the principal investigator studying the role of the SIBLLING family of proteins in oral cancer and precancers, and has been funded in this effort through major grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH, and through foundation grants from the Wendy Will Case Cancer Foundation (WWCCF). Professor Ogbureke’s clinical practice is in the specialty of diagnostic Oral and Maxillofacial Histopathology, Head and Neck Pathology, and Clinical Oral Medicine.

In 2007, Professor Ogbureke was awarded the first Neal W. Chilton Fellowship in Clinical Research by the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the Emerging Scientist award by GHSU Research Institute. In 2010, he was named a Fulbright Scholar and served in that capacity for 10 months at the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria (2010-2011). Professor Ogbureke is an attorney and admitted to practice law in three United States jurisdictions (Georgia, Massachusetts, DC) and the United States Supreme Court. His interest is in Health Law and Policy, and Forensic Odontology, and is a frequent invited speaker on aspects of the interface between law and medicine at the annual meetings of the American College of Legal Medicine. Between 2010 and 2011 Professor Ogbureke received three (3) separate Commendation letters from Georgia Regents University (GRU) Presidents. He also received a Commendation letter from Senator Johnny Isakson, a United States Senator from Georgia, following his selection as a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. Department of States. In 2012, Professor Ogbureke received the Outstanding Faculty Award of GRU. His other notable achievements include being the only dental team member of the Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences (NIFS) that investigated the high-profile “Angele-Togba” homicide case in Monrovia, Liberia at the instance of the Liberian government in 2008. Professor Ogbureke also led a team of forensic investigators for the identification of victim of a plane crash in Kaduna, Nigeria in June 2011. He is a Consultant/Site Visitor to the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Professor Ogbureke has authored and co-authored several peer reviewed scientific articles in high impact journals and book chapters, and is the Editor and contributor to the recently published book titled Oral Cancer.