Robert P. Hollowell, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., joined the UNC School of Dentistry on September 1, 2011 as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Dental Ecology. He serves as the dental director of the UNC Hospitals Dental Clinic and program director of the UNC/UNC Hospitals co-sponsored General Practice Residency program.
In his new appointment at the UNC School of Dentistry, Dr. Hollowell will oversee the clinical operations of the hospital’s general dentistry program, coordinating more than 5,000 patient visits per year. The clinic receives patient referrals from across the state with developmental and medical conditions that require special considerations or adjustments to the patient’s oral healthcare services. Dr. Hollowell will also direct the GPR program which trains at least six residents each year in the interrelationships of oral and general health and the specialized care necessary for management of patients in the hospital setting.
Dr. Hollowell received his B.A. in biology and chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Certificate in Medical Technology from UNC Hospitals. He obtained his Masters of Life Sciences with a focus in microbiology from North Carolina State University before returning to UNC to earn his D.D.S. in 1986 and complete the two-year general practice residency program at UNC/UNC Hospitals in 1988. Following completion of the residency program, he served as an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dental Ecology educating DISC students while at WakeMed and began working with the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in 2010.
He has extensive experience in the treatment of medically complex and developmentally disabled patients in the hospital setting from his years as director of dental services at WakeMed in Raleigh, NC and more recently as dental director of the Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, NC. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. Currently, Dr. Hollowell also serves on the UNC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors and as the 2011 president of the North Carolina Dental Society.