The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is pleased to announce our esteemed faculty member, Ulrich Klein, DMD, DDS, MS, will assume the role of inaugural Delta Dental of Colorado Endowed Chair in Pediatric Dentistry, effective
July 1, 2016.
Klein was formally introduced during an endowed chair reception hosted by Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation and Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation July 6, 2016 at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Klein has spent over ten years in Colorado teaching the next generation of pediatric dentists and providing care to children across the state.
A native of Germany, Klein earned his first Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree and a certificate in orthodontics from the University of Giessen in 1981. After arriving in the states, Klein earned a certificate in pediatric dentistry and a master’s of science (MS) degree from the University of Iowa. He then went on to obtain his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, staying on as a pediatric dentistry faculty member until 2002.
Klein joined the faculty at the CU School of Dental Medicine in 2004, first as the Program Director of the Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHC) Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, and later being promoted to chair of the department, a role he currently holds.
Under Klein’s direction, 91 residents have graduated since 2004, and several subspecialty clinics have been created including early orthodontics, sedation and nasoalveolar molding for children with cleft lip and palates. Additionally, approximately 200 infants are treated annually for feeding difficulties due to tongue-tie. This has been no small feat with only 7 faculty members.
“As inaugural chair-holder, this endowed chair is a very distinct privilege for me personally because this unique gift validates my contributions as well as the accomplishments of our department as a whole, and it is destined to leave a legacy in perpetuity for all the other Chairs that will eventually succeed me,” Klein states in his acceptance speech.
Klein is hopeful this endowment will be an investment in future teaching opportunities and faculty development, and ultimately strengthen the team and expand its combined expertise. Klein anticipates this will also increase the visibility and recognition of the CHC department, generating more publicity and additional support for the residency program and dental clinics.
With this endowment, he would also like to strengthen the Cavity Free at Three program which was created from a substantial grant from Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation seven years ago. The Cavity Free at Three clinic is an important teaching site for pediatric dental residents and pre-doctoral students. One of Klein’s goals is to expand its reach to act as a training site for residents in pediatrics so they become adequately trained to recognize oral disease and have the skills to assist dentists in the fight against this disease from an early age.
“It is at the same time comforting and gratifying to look around and see so many familiar faces. Thank you all for being here to celebrate this event with me,” shared Klein at the July endowed chair reception. “I would like to commend Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation for their vision of supporting those who are fighting dental caries; a vision they have been pursing with so much focus and for so many years.”