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Faculty Profile: Carl Driscoll, DMD

Written by Adam Zewe

Professor Carl Driscoll, DMD, director of postgraduate prosthodontics, has been named treasurer of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). He assumed the position during the ACP Annual Session in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Nov. 5, 2011. Dr. Driscoll will serve a three-year term on the board of the ACP, an education and scientific association with 3,300 members. In a leadership role, he hopes to strengthen the ACP and increase the visibility of the specialty.

Passionate about his profession, the Somerville, Mass., native was inspired to pursue a dental career after being treated by a caring childhood dentist. After earning his DMD, he served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, attaining the rank of colonel. During his Army service, Dr. Driscoll developed a love for prosthodontics, completing specialty training as well as a fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics. He directed the prosthodontic residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., before joining UMSOD in 1997.

Dr. Driscoll finds academia constantly stimulating. "I enjoy working with the residents and developing them into some of the best dentists in the world. They are energetic, enthusiastic sponges for all the information we can provide," he remarks. He advises budding prosthodontists to take on every challenge they encounter.

At UMSOD, Dr. Driscoll enjoys the challenges of treating maxillofacial patients, most of whom are missing parts of their jaws due to cancer, birth defects or trauma. For those patients, the simplest tasks, like talking or drinking a glass of water, are often very difficult. "Restoring their quality of life is extremely rewarding," states Dr. Driscoll.

Volunteerism is a priority for Dr. Driscoll, who also serves as president of the American Board of Prosthodontics and president-elect of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Prosthodontist Sarit Kaplan, DMD, and two children, and their spouses, two stepchildren and two grandchildren. His hobbies include golf, basketball, and boating.

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