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Orthodontics Department Chair

Dr. Robert Boyd, Chair

Dr. Robert Boyd is currently the Frederick T. West Endowed Chair of the Department of Orthodontics at the dental school. Boyd is a renowned educator and researcher whose primary research interest involves quantifying potential damage to periodontal tissues during orthodontic treatment. While at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, he pioneered a major research effort as the principal investigator for a longitudinal study of the orthodontic appliance Invisalign®.

Boyd served as co-investigator for a five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health that determined the outcomes of orthodontic treatment. He has published more than 100 scientific articles, chapters and abstracts, as well as presented more than 375 continuing education courses and lectures to dental organizations worldwide.

Boyd is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a fellow of both the American and International Colleges of Dentists and is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Boyd has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including the John Vallentine Mershon Award from the American Association of Orthodontists.

Prior to his work at Pacific, Boyd worked at University of California, San Francisco, for 15 years, where he last served as a professor and chair of the division of orthodontics in the department of growth and development. He earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from Temple University, postgraduate certificates in periodontics and orthodontics from University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in education from University of Florida.