Mark A. Latta, DMD, MS, professor of general dentistry, was appointed dean of the Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2011. Prior to the dean’s appointment, he served as the associate dean for research since 1995.
He personally has been awarded more than 140 research grants on prosthetic dental restorative materials, adhesives and bonding and dental material clinical trials. A renowned speaker and lecturer, he has published more than 85 manuscripts and more than 200 abstracts and he has presented at numerous state, national and international dental association meetings
Prior to joining Creighton, Latta served as director of research and development for the Trubyte Division of Dentsply International. During his industrial career he contributed to or was responsible for more than 20 new dental product introductions and is an inventor or co-inventor of numerous patents.
He earned his dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1983, and his master’s degree in oral biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1995. He also spent one year in hospital general practice residency at York Hospital, York, Pa.
Latta, a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists is also a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national honorary dental society.