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Kalu U.E. Ogbureke, BDS, DMSc, JD, MSc

 Kalu U.E. Ogbureke, BDS, DMSc, JD, MSc
  • Title: Professor and Chairman
  • Office: SOD-5460
  • Phone: 713-486-4406
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  • Department/Administrative Area: Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences
  • Education:

    BDS | University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1986 
    MSc | University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1993
    DMSc, oral biology | Harvard University, 2001
    JD | Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts

Kalu U. E. Ogbureke is a tenured professor of oral and maxillofacial/head and neck pathology, and chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry. He also is an adjunct professor at Augusta University Dental College of Georgia and the College of Graduate Studies in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Ogbureke holds several visiting professorships at institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Ogbureke earned his dental degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, a master’s degree in medical science from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, a doctor of medical sciences (DMSc,) from Harvard University, and a juris doctorate (JD) from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He completed a fellowship in dental surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He also earned a graduate certificate in the "business of medicine" from Johns Hopkins University and completed a 2½-year clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Ogbureke is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the American Board of Medical Malpractice, and the American Board of Legal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the American College of Legal Medicine, and the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom.

As a principal investigator studying the role of the SIBLLING family of proteins in oral cancer and precancers, he has received grants from the NIDCR and the Wendy Will Case Cancer Foundation. His clinical practice is in the specialty of diagnostic oral and maxillofacial histopathology, head and neck pathology, and clinical oral medicine.

The American Association for Dental Research awarded Dr. Ogbureke the inaugural Neal W. Chilton Fellowship in Clinical Research in 2007 -- the same year he received the Emerging Scientist Award from Georgia Regents University Research Institute. In 2010, he was named a Fulbright Scholar and served in that capacity for 10 months at the University of Lagos in Nigeria.

Dr. Ogbureke is an attorney admitted to practice law in Georgia, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Supreme Court. His interests are in health law and policy, and forensic odontology, and he is frequently invited to speak at meetings of the American College of Legal Medicine, addressing topics related to the interface of law and medicine.

Between 2010 and 2011, Ogbureke received three separate commendation letters from Augusta University presidents. He also received a Commendation Letter from U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia after being being selected as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2012, Dr. Ogbureke received GRU's Outstanding Faculty Award.

His other notable achievements include being the only dental team member of the Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences to investigate the high-profile “Angel-Togba” homicide case in Monrovia, Liberia in 2008. He also led a team of forensic investigators working to identify victims of a plane crash in Kaduna, Nigeria in June 2011.

Dr. Ogbureke is a consultant and site visitor for the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and served on the Constitution Committee of both the AADR and the International Association for Dental Research.  He served on the Board of Governors of the American College of Legal Medicine from 2015-2018.

In 2015, he received a Dean's Excellence Award for the Scholarship of Discovery at UTHealth School of Dentistry.

In 2016, he became the first person of African descent to be named a King James IV Professor in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He served as the Harry W. Bruce Jr. Legislative Fellow of the American Dental Education Association, where he assisted with advocacy and legislative activities relevant to oral health. In 2018, he completed a Fulbright Senior Scholar Distinguished Chair Award (Fulbright U.S.-U.K. Commission) at the Institute of Head and Neck Science and Education at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. Dr. Ogbureke has been awarded a Certificate of Congressional Recognition by the U.S. Congress.

He has authored and co-authored several peer reviewed scientific articles in book chapters and high-impact journals, and is the editor and co-author of the book titled Oral Cancer.

Languages Spoken: English