ATLANTA, Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- After a nationwide search that spanned several months, The Georgia School of Orthodontics' Board of Directors have selected Ricky E. Harrell D.M.D., M.A., and Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics as the new program director.
Harrell joins The Georgia School of Orthodontics from the Medical University of South Carolina where he served as the Program Director and professor in the Department of Orthodontics. He brings a wealth of experience in both clinical practice and graduate education to The Georgia School of Orthodontics.
According to Chairman of the Board, Randy Kluender, D.D.S., M.S., "Harrell's more than 32 years in the practice of orthodontics and graduate education makes him the ideal choice to lead the continued growth of The Georgia School of Orthodontics."
Harrell's experience and expertise includes the areas of Temporary Anchorage Devices, Diode Laser Treatment, the role of extractions in orthodontic treatment and surgical orthodontics. He earned an M.A. in education from the University of the Pacific in 2014.
As Program Director, Harrell will focus on faculty, residents and staff engagement and will continue to further GSO's mission: educating outstanding dentists to be proficient in the clinical specialty of orthodontics, while providing affordable care to an underserved population.
"The way The Georgia School of Orthodontics is approaching graduate education and training is momentous," said Harrell. "It's an honor that the school is entrusting me with this responsibility."
As a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, Harrell served as a commissioned office in the U.S. Public Health Service in the Navajo Area Indian Health Service. He later returned to the University of Alabama and completed his residency in orthodontics and became a private practitioner in Westminster, CO. In 2006, he became a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, 919th Medical CO (DS) in Aurora, CO and joined the faculty at the University of Colorado. In April 2015, he joined the Medical University of South Carolina as Program Director in the Department of Orthodontics.
Based in Atlanta, GA, The Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO) offers an advanced specialty education program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The 36-month residency program is structured to provide collaborative and evidence-based learning for residents while providing quality orthodontic care to patients in the school's clinics. GSO's mission is to educate outstanding dentists to be proficient in the clinical specialty of orthodontics, while providing affordable care to an underserved population. GSO faculty and staff are dedicated to diversity in both education and practice. The program is sponsored by Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center and is a division of its Department of Dentistry. GSO has received initial accreditation through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). GSO operates clinics in Sandy Springs and Gwinnett. For more information, visit www.gaorthodontics.org or call (770) 351-7737.
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SOURCE The Georgia School of Orthodontics