Dr. James L. Gutmann received his D.D.S. in 1970 from Marquette University School of Dentistry and his Certificate of Advanced Specialty Training in Endodontics from the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. After serving two years in the military at Ft. Lee Virginia, he spent one year in full-time private endodontic practice in Springfield Massachusetts. He entered academia as an Assistant Professor of Endodontics at the Medical College of Virginia in 1975. In 1976 he was appointed as Chairman of the Department of Endodontics at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland at Baltimore. In 1982, Dr. Gutmann was appointed as a tenured Professor and Chairman of the Department of Endodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas Texas, and in 1992, Professor and Director of the Graduate Endodontic Program within the Department of Restorative Sciences at Baylor. Presently he serves as a consultant to Dentsply Sirona Global Endodontic SBU. Dr. Gutmann is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics (ABE), serves as Editor of the Journal of the History of Dentistry. He served as President of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) from 2000-2001, and presently is the President of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry. He holds honorary memberships in dental societies in Colombia, Lebanon, Greece, Costa Rica, Mexico, Thailand and South Africa, in addition to memberships in Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honorary Fraternity, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honorary Fraternity and Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity. He has presented over 800 lectures, papers, and continuing education courses in the United States and 52 foreign countries on six continents. Additionally he has authored or co-authored over 300 articles in both dental journals and texts that address scientific, research, educational, and clinical topics. He is the senior author of an Endodontic text entitled "Problem Solving in Endodontics” published in its 5th edition in 2011 - and is available in 9 languages. He is also the senior co-author of text entitled "Surgical Endodontics," published in 1991 and reprinted in 1994 and 1999, and co-author of the text entitled "The Clinician's Endodontic Handbook" published in its 3rd edition in 2009. In 1998 he was awarded an honorary PhD from the University of Athens, Athens, Greece for his contributions to dentistry and Endodontics. He received the Distinguished Dental Alumnus Award for 2000 from his alma mater Marquette University School of Dentistry. In 2002 in New Orleans, Dr. Gutmann received the Award of Distinction for Continuing Education Activities from the Academy of Dentistry International and was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy in 2003. He was named as one of the top dentists/endodontists in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area in “D” Magazine for 2004 – 2015 and has been named as one of the Top CE Clinicians by Dentistry Today for the past 13 years. In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the School of Stomatology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China and in 2009 he received the Hayden-Harris Award from the American Academy of the History of Dentistry. In 2010 he received a lifetime Merit Award from his high school, Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, WI. In 2011 he received The I. B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award from the American Association of Endodontists. In 2017 he received the Edgar D. Coolidge Award, the highest award of the AAE and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in Dental Surgery in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh that same year.

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