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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
  • Email: Kalu.Ogbureke@uth.tmc.edu
  • Department/Administrative Area: Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences
  • Education:

    Dental School (BDS) | University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1986 

    Additional Training:

    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 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 Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry. He also is an Adjunct Professor at Augusta University’s (AU) Dental College of Georgia, and the College of Graduate Studies in Augusta Georgia, 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 sciences from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, a doctor of medical sciences (DMSc, Molecular/Oral Biology) from Harvard University, and a juris doctorate (JD, Law) 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), 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 the American Board of Legal Medicine (ABLM), 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 NIDCR, and through foundation grants from the Wendy Will Case Cancer Foundation (WWCCF). His 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 the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) 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 Augusta University 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 Georgia Health Sciences University (now Augusta University). His other notable achievements include being the only dental team member of the Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences (NIFS) that investigated the high-profile “Angel-Togba” homicide case in Monrovia, Liberia 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), and served on the Constitution Committee of both the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). Professor Ogbureke received the University of Texas School Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry’s Dean’s Excellence (Scholarship of Discovery) Award in 2015. He was named a 2016 King James IV Professor, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), and the first of African descent to receive this prestigious award.


In June 2002, Professor Ogbureke was invited as a Discussant on the subject of “NOMA in Nigeria” by the National Public Radio/ BBC, “The World Today” program (AUDIO available) hosted by Lisa Mullin. In 2010, he was profiled by the Augusta Chronicle in a full-length article titled: “Professor Stays Too Busy to Count his Degrees” (Available online at: http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2010-02-21/professor-stays-too-busy-count-his-degrees), and quoted in an Augusta Chronicle article discussing research report on “Coffee and tea intake and risk of head and neck cancer: pooled analysis in the international head and neck cancer epidemiology consortium.” The article by Galeone et al. (2010) discussed the effects of coffee consumption on the risk of developing head and neck cancers, including oral cancers. (Available online at: http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2010-06-21/coffee-could-greatly-cut-cancer-risk-research-says#). The same year (2010) Professor Ogbureke’s research was highlighted in the Augusta Chronicles in a full-length article titled: “GHSU wants to increase research, federal funding” (Available also online at: http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2011-11-09/ghsu-wants-increase-research-federal-funding).


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

Languages Spoken: English