William D. Browning, DDS, MS, Augusta, Ga., joined the Indiana University School of Dentistry faculty as the Indiana Dental Association (IDA) Endowed Chair in Restorative Dentistry in 2008. He is the second educator to hold the IDA position, which was endowed by the association through the IU Foundation in the 1990s.
In his new post at IU, Browning will draw upon a unique blend of experiences he has acquired throughout his career in both academics and private practice. He has served on the dental faculties of three universities, including 11 years at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) School of Dentistry, and was a full-time private practitioner for nearly two decades.
He was named director of Clinical Research in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the MCG dental school in 2000, and was jointly appointed in the Department of Oral Biology during his last year there. He taught general dentistry at the University of Tennessee from 1993 to 1997, and occlusion and restorative dentistry at the University of Michigan from 1990 to 1993.
Browning's body of research has centered primarily on investigations of posterior composite restoratives and tooth whiteners. During his tenure at Georgia, he conducted studies that represented more than $750,000 in grants, often in the role of principal investigator.
Browning holds two degrees from the University of Michigan: a DDS (1974) and a master's in clinical research design and statistical analysis (1991). He earned his undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University.
He recently served the Georgia's Board of Dentistry and the Georgia Dental Association by providing courses on ethics and professionalism, and he is a consultant to the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs. He is a reviewer for 10 dental journals, including Dental Materials, Operative Dentistry, Journal of Prosthodontics, and Quintessence International.
Abstracts of Browning's research have frequently appeared in the Journal of Dental Research, and he is the author or co-author of more than 40 articles published in refereed journals.