Lisa Lang, DDS, MS, MBA



Evidence-Based Practice and Emerging Technology:
Dental Education Crossroads

Learning objectives:

  1. To understand the challenges facing predoctoral education with regard to incorporating EBP in the clinical curriculum.
  2. To be able develop strategies for their own schools or practices to make evidence-based practice decisions.


The practice of evidence-based dentistry has becoming an ever increasing part of dental education.  With the addition to the latest Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Standards of standards which specifically deal with educating students to be competent to critically appraise and apply the literature as ?it relates to providing evidence based patient care?, clinical educators must develop clinic curriculum to not only educate students on Evidence-based Practice, but provide sound support for the philosophies, and materials they teach and use.  With the fast pace of emerging dental technologies, this could be a daunting task.  This presentation will outline the issues, and discuss strategies being developed at one dental school to address these issues.


Dr. Lang received her BS in Dental Hygiene and DDS from the University of Michigan, completed an AEGD (Columbia University), and a Certificate and MS in Prosthodontics (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio).  Dr. Lang is a fellow of the American Board of Prosthodontics.  In 2010, she earned an MBA in Health Care Management (Texas Tech University).    Dr. Lang is the Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and the Chair of the Department of Comprehensive Care at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Lang?s research interests have been in the area of implant biomechanics and clinical outcomes; evaluating abutment-implant joint stability, preload and its effect on osseointegration, and the timing of load/function of dental implants.   Her clinical outcomes investigations have included parameters of health/disease, success/failure of treatment, and Health Related Quality of Life measures) of dental implants.  Dr. Lang is a 2012 Honoree of the Mather?s Women of Achievement Award from CWRU for her accomplishments in education and research.

Dr. Lang is a fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics, a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontics, and is a member of the International Association for Dental Research, and the Academy of Osseointegration.