Dr. Schallhorn, a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, is originally from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marquette Dental School and was active duty in the Army from 1956 – 1969. He received his Masters of Science in Biochemistry and certificate in Periodontics from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Schallhorn was key in establishing the University of Colorado, School of Dentistry and was the first Professor and Chairman in the Department of Periodontics from 1969-1976.
He started a part time private practice in 1972 in Denver, Colorado and pursued a full time career in private practice in 1976.
In addition to private practice and academics he has been extensively involved in research and organized dentistry. Dr. Schallhorn’s landmark studies in bone grafting around teeth has impacted the clinical practice of dentistry in this country and abroad. His research with bone graft materials, barrier membranes, growth factors and other materials is well known and has changed the way periodontics is practiced today.
Dr. Schallhorn is a member of numerous organizations and has been president of the local periodontal society (Rocky Mountain Society of Periodontist) as well as the national organization (American Academy of Periodontology – AAP) and a director and president of the American Board of Periodontology. He has served on many committees and task forces with the AAP and the American Dental Association (ADA) including his appointment as Consultant to the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. Dr. Schallhorn has been honored with the highest awards in the field of periodontics and continues to lecture on topics related to various aspects of peridontics and regeneration in the US and abroad. His passion has always been to help patients improve their health and thus their quality of life.