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Kalu U.E. Ogbureke, BDS, DMSc, JD, MSc

Title: Professor
Office: SOD-5460
Phone: 713-486-4406
Department/Administrative Area: Oral Pathology Diagnostics, Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences



Kalu U. Ogbureke is a full Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and Chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UT-SOD Houston). Prior to joining UT-SOD, he was a tenured Associate Professor and interim chair of the Department of Oral Biology at the Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) in Augusta, Georgia. Professor Ogbureke holds several visiting and adjunct professorship at institutions in the United States and abroad.


Professor Ogbureke earned his dental degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, a master’s degree in medical science from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, a doctor of medical sciences (DMSc, oral biology) at Harvard University, and a juris doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He completed the postdoctoral fellowship in dental surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FDSRCS), and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (FDSRCPS), and earned a graduate certificate in the Business of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University. Professor Ogbureke also completed a 2 ½-year clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. He is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (ABOMP), and also a fellow (by examination) of the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom (FRCPath). Professor Ogbureke is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Medical Malpractice (ABMM) as well as a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM). He completed a Certificate of Training in Forensic Dentistry program from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.


Professor Ogbureke is the principal investigator studying the role of the SIBLLING family of proteins in oral cancer and precancers, and is funded in this effort through major grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH, and through foundation grants from the Wendy Will Case Cancer Foundation (WWCCF). Dr. Ogbureke’s clinical practice is in the specialty of diagnostic Oral and Maxillofacial Histopathology, Head and Neck Pathology, and Clinical Oral Medicine.

In 2007, Professor Ogbureke was awarded the first Neal W. Chilton Fellowship in Clinical Research by the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the Emerging Scientist award by GHSU Research Institute. In 2010, he was named a Fulbright Scholar and served in that capacity for 10 months at the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria (2010-2011). Professor Ogbureke is an attorney and admitted to practice law in three United States Jurisdictions (Georgia, Massachusetts, DC) and the United States Supreme court. His interest is in Health Law and Policy, and Forensic odontology, and is a frequent invited speaker on aspects of the interface between law and medicine at the annual meetings of the American College of Legal Medicine. Professor Ogbureke is a member of the Board of Examiners of the American Board of Medical Malpractice (ABMM). Between 2010 and 2011 Professor Ogbureke received three (3) separate Commendation Letters from GHSU Presidents. He also received a Commendation letter from Senator Johnny Isakson, a United States Senator from Georgia, following his selection as a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. Department of States. In 2012, Professor Ogbureke received the Outstanding Faculty Award of GHSU. His other notable achievements include being the only dental team member of the Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences (NIFS) that investigated the high-profile “Angele-Togba” homicide case in Monrovia, Liberia at the instance of the Liberian government in 2008. Professor Ogbureke also led a team of forensic investigators for the identification of victim of a plane crash in Kaduna, Nigeria in June 2011.

Professor Ogbureke has authored and co-authored several peer reviewed scientific articles in high impact journals and is the Editor and co-author of recently published book titled Oral Cancer.