Dr. Jon Ryder has served in leadership roles for the UNE College of Dental Medicine since its opening, including Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Executive Associate Dean, Interim Dean and now as Dean of the college.
Dr. Ryder received his B.A. in Asian Studies from Augustana College and his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Following dental school, Dr. Ryder entered private practice as the owner of two dental practices in Iowa. He was an adjunct assistant clinical professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry for over 12 years. Dr. Ryder has completed considerable post-graduate education in oral medicine, orofacial pain, dental implant surgery, and prosthetics, and he also has extensive private practice experience in complex/advanced fixed and removable full mouth rehabilitation. He earned an M.S. in Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain from the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.
Since 2004, Dr. Ryder has organized and led dental humanitarian trips to Southeast Asia, where he has also regularly volunteered and lectured. He worked for many years, both individually and as part of a team, with dental schools in Cambodia on curriculum design and educational development. He has received awards for his work as an educator and advisor to the dental schools as well as the Cambodian Ministries of Health and Education. Prior to joining the faculty of UNE College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Ryder also practiced in a large international group practice in Singapore.
Recent research interests include the efficacy of botulinum toxin A for the treatment of trigeminal and post-herpatic neuralgias.