Education & Background
DDS | Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, 1996
Certificate, Pediatric Dentistry | Loma Linda University, 1998
MSc, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics | Loma Linda University, 2011
BS, Management | Pacific Union College, 1991
Dr. Gregory Olson joined the UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston faculty in late 2018 as professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a dual-trained orthodontist/pediatric dentist who taught in both graduate and predoctoral programs at Loma Linda University in California, where he earned a DDS, certificate in pediatric dentistry and a master’s degree in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. He also holds a BS in management and operations from Pacific Union College.
Dr. Olson is certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and as a newly appointed ABPD director, he is researching the impact the certification process and continued learning have on members and their patients. He completed a legislative fellowship with the American Dental Education Association and remains active with ADEA’s Legislative Advisory Council (current chair), building alliances that support oral health and dental education. He is a graduate of the ADEA/AAL Leadership Institute.
He is also passionate about advocacy and held a Faculty Scholar appointment in the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership at LLU. While there, he led policy research projects ranging from hunger issues to opioid-prescribing practices.
Dr. Olson’s current research focuses on extracting and analyzing digital data related to clinical, educational and business processes. His purpose is to enhance individual and organizational decision-making to improve quality of life, with a global impact. He currently holds the Catherine M. Flaitz, DDS Professorship in Pediatric Dentistry.