Effective January 15, Dr. Lorne Koroluk was appointed chair of the Department of Orthodontics. He held this position in an interim capacity for the last year.
“I look forward to the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of faculty, residents, staff and alumni to continue the legacy of the department as a worldwide leader in the specialty of orthodontics,” Koroluk said.
As department chair, Koroluk’s responsibilities will include oversight of the department’s clinical, didactic, research and service missions. As he is a dual trained specialist, Koroluk will continue teaching assignments in the DDS and graduate orthodontic and pediatric dentistry programs. He will also continue to treat orthodontic and pediatric dentistry patients in the Dental Faculty Practice.
“I am very appreciative of Dr. Koroluk’s service as interim chair. We look forward to his continued leadership to further advance the school’s and department’s excellence in education, patient care, research and service,” said Dean Jane Weintraub. “It is an exciting time for the profession to incorporate new biologic and technologic advances, and for the department, as we also search for additional faculty to further advance our missions.”
A native of Canada, Koroluk earned both a BSc in anatomy and a DMD degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Following that, he completed a certificate in pediatric dentistry and a MSD degree at Indiana University, and later a certificate in orthodontics and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining UNC in 1998, he was a faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry, where he was the head of the Department of Community and Pediatric Dentistry. From 2004-2010, he served as the chief examiner for pediatric dentistry with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada which certifies all dental specialists.
Koroluk is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in both orthodontics and pediatric dentistry. This distinction makes him one of two individuals who have completed both orthodontic and pediatric dentistry specialty examinations in both the U.S. and Canada.