About the Author
Roland Hansen is a retired Pediatric Dentist, practicing for nearly 50 years in the Southern California area. He graduated from the University of Southern California Dental School in 1950 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree..
Although he is likely a Trojan at heart he accepted a position as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles after completing a M.S. degree in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Southern California in 1968. He retired as a part-time Lecturer in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at U.C.L.A. in 1993.
Dr. Hansen has remained active in the American Dental Association, is a Past President of the American Society for Dentistry for Children, a member of the Century Club – USC School of Dentistry, a Provost member of the U.S.C. Associates, a member of the UCLA Legacy Society, a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and is a life member of the California Society of Pediatric Dentists serving as their President and later as Editor of the Bulletin. In 1997 he spent two months in Bethesda, Maryland with the National Institute of Dental Research, to create a web-based document entitled, “Causal Genes for Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Syndromes.”
He is Fellow of the American College of Dentists (F.A.C.D) and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (F.I.C.D.)
Roland enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve V-5 program in 1943, eventually took primary flight training in the Stearman biplane at Glenview Naval Air Station near Chicago, IL. He was then transferred to the Pensacola Naval Air Station for advanced training. At the outlying Saufley air station he flew the SNJ-6 aircraft before the war in the Pacific ended, and was discharged at the Naval Air Station on Terminal Island in the fall of 1945. It was then that Roland decided to pursue a career in Dentistry, where he was accepted into USC Dental School in the fall of 1946.
Roland and Lorraine Hansen reside in Mission Viejo, California, and have five grown children, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He remains active in CSPD and is passionate about dental research, where his main areas of professional interest include; online multimedia for continuing education in Pediatric Dentistry, Oro-Facial Growth and Development, Dento-facial Orthopedics, Cephalometrics & Computerized Treatment Planning, and has lately adopted blogging.
This blog serves as a conduit to distribute anecdotal research material for those who may be interested in contributing to the pool of informal education in Pediatric Dentistry utilizing the emerging technologies of the Internet.