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Robert W. Christensen

DDS, FAIMBE

Professional History

1951-1952 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Lecturer in Oral Pathology

Lieutenant USNR, Dental Corps

Performed oral surgery for United States Marines

1950-1970 Member and term as President of Southern California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

1953-1973 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Private practice – Pasadena, California

Performed all major oral and maxillofacial surgery techniques and innovated several jaw reconstruction techniques

1964 Contributing Editor: Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine,

and Oral Pathology

1966-1972 Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery

University of California Medical College, Irvine, California

Taught head and neck surgery to third – and fourth-year medical school residents

1973-1977 Oral Maxillofacial Surgery practice – Lawndale, California

1977-1981 Retired from active practice

Lecturer, Oral Pathology at Portland Community College

Lecturer, Oral Pathology at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

1981-1988 Practiced the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery

1988-Present Cofounder and President of TMJ Implants Inc.

Hospital-Related Positions

  • Staff or Consulting Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon of 17 hospitals in Southern California
  • Teaching Staff, Head and Neck Surgery, Los Angeles county General Hospital
  • Teaching Staff, Assistant Clinical Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, University of California - Irvine
  • Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, School of Engineering, Clemson University

Education

  • Los Angeles County General Hospital, Los Angeles, CA – Oral Surgery Training
  • New York University, New York City, NY – Dentistry, Graduated Cum Laude, 1948
  • City College of New York and Columbia University, New York, NY – Science studies
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA and San Diego State College, San Diego, CA – Premed studies

U.S. Patents

  • TMJ Implants
  • Modular Mandibular Reconstruction Prosthesis
  • The Circumferential Mandibular Implant
  • The Transosseous Mandibular Implant
  • The Endosseous Dental Implant

Honors

  • President, California Association of Oral Surgeons, 1965
  • Golden Eagle Award for an original motion picture, Endosseous Implants: The New Way, 1970
  • Who’s Who in the West
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in the World
  • Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
  • Who’s Who in Finance and Business
  • ASTM Directory of Scientific and Technical Consultants & Expert Witnesses
  • Honorary Member, Hollywood Academy of Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, School of Engineering, Clemson University
  • Named in his honor:
  • Robert W. Christensen Biomedicalengineering Program, School of Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
  • Robert W. Christensen Fellowship of TM Joint Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Robert W. Christensen Biomedicalengineering Program, Alfred University, Alfred, NY,, June 2003
  • Robert W. Christensen Maxillofacial Implant Award, International Society of Medical Implants and Devices – recipient of inaugural award, July 2003
  • Peter J. Daniels’ Caleb Encouragement Award, 1996
  • Member of the American College of Forensic Examiners, August 2000
  • Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, 2003
  • Co-Chair, First International Conference on Medical Implants, 2003
  • Member of Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society, Clemson University
  • Member of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) of the Department of Engineering at the University of Denver (DU), March 2004
  • Honorary Member of the Asociacion Mexican de Cirugia Bucal y Maixilofacial (Mexican Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons), September 2004
  • Life Fellow, Colorado Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 2004

Textbook Contributor

  • Year Book of Dentistry-1964
  • Oral Pathology - Kurt Thoma
  • Oral Cancer and Tumors of Jaws-Sharp, et al
  • Atlas of Clinical Pathology of Oral Mucous Membrane - Linkow
  • Oral Implantology - Cranin
  • Compendium of American Equilibration Society
  • Advances in Oral Surgery – Irby
  • Emergencies and Urgent Complications in Dentistry – Irby

Medical and Nonmedical Books Published

. FDA, You Were WRONG

  • When You Say I Do, God Says I Will
  • Turning Earthly Profits into Eternal Rewards
  • Miracles Along the Way
  • Standing in Love

Partial List of Articles Published

  • Christensen, RW, Morgan, DH: Clinical Re-evaluation of the Effectiveness of VIT. K-1 in Oral Surgery. Applied Nutrition 17(2): 141-4, 1964
  • Christensen, RW: The Transosteal Mandibular Dental. A New Technique. J. Of Prosthetic Dentistry 22(5): 578-87, Nov. 1969
  • Morgan, DH; Christensen, RW: Clinical effectiveness of Vitamin K – 1 in oral surgery. Dental Radiography and Photography 38:55-9 passim, 1965
  • Christensen, RW: Mandibular joint arthrosis corrected by the insertion of a cast-vitallium glenoid fossa prosthesis. A New Technique: Report of a case. Oral Srg. Oral Meed, Oral Path 17:172-722, June 1964
  • Christensen, RW Surgical Treatment of mandibular ankylosis. Use of a cast vitallium glenoid fossa. Dental Radiography and Photography 37:3-7, 22 No 1, 1964
  • Morgan, DH; Christensen, RW: Clinical re-evaluation of the effectiveness of Vit. K – 1 in oral surgery. J South Calif. Dental Association 31:333-36, Oct. 1963
  • Christensen, RW: Retrognathism corrected by a vertical osteotomy of the ramus with an inlaid bone graft: report of case. J Oral Surgery, Anes and Hosp Dental Serv 20:511-16, Nov. 1962
  • Christensen, RW” Correction of mandibular ankylosis by arthroplasty and the insertion of a cast vitallium glenoid fossa. A new technique: a preliminary report of three cases. J South Calif. Dental Assoc. 31:117-129, April 1963
  • Christensen, RW: Anterior open-bite or retrongnathia corrected by a vertical sliding osteotomy of the ramus, with or without bone graft: and improved technique. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path 13:1409-1422, Dec. 1960
  • Christensen, RW: Chronic unilateral dislocation of the mandibular joint treated surgically by a high condylectomy. Report of a case. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path 13:12-22, Jan. 1960
  • Christensen, RW: Chapin, RA: Oral surgery – a bilateral subsigmoid notch ostectomy and condylotomy for porgnathism. (film rev.) JADA 58148, Feb. 1959
  • Christensen, RW: Treatment of oral hemangiomas. Report of four cases. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path 12:912-21, Aug. 1959
  • Christensen, RW; Blossom, RA: Adenocarcinoma of the the palatine mucous glands. Report of a case. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path 8:130-25, Feb. 1955
  • Christensen, RW: Surgical correction of complete bilateral ankylosis of the mandible. Report of a case. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path 8:1235-44, Dec. 1955
  • Christensen, RW; Millman, JE: Fibro–osteoma, containing dentin, of the mandible. Report of a case. Oral Surg. Oral Med, Oral Path 726-31, July 1954
  • Christensen, RW: Lymphangioma of the tongue. Report of a case. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path 6:593-98, May 1953
  • Christensen, RW: Surgical removal of a large sialolith within the submaxillary gland. Report of a case. Oral Surg, Oral med, Oral Path 9:808-12, Aug. 1956
  • Christensen, RW: The Correction of Mandibular Ankylosis by Arthroplasty and Insertion of a Vitallium Glenoid Fossa Prosthesis: A New Technique. Am Journal of Orthopedics 48:28-34, 1963
  • Christensen, RW: The Temporomandibular Joint Prosthesis Eleven Years Later. Journal of Oral Implantology 2:34-8, 1972
  • Garret, William R, The Temporomandibular Joint Reconstruction with a Custom Total Temporomandibular Joint Prosthesis: Use in the Multiply Operated Patient.Surgical Technology International WI, 1997
  • Christensen, RW; Saha, Subrata: The Effect of Laser Etching on the load Carrying Capacities of the Christensen Temporomandibular Joint Implant. 20th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Vol. 20, Nov 6, 1998
  • Chase, DC; Christensen, RW, et al: The Christensen Prosthesis: A Retrospective Clinical Study, Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path, 80:273-8, 1995
  • Robinson, A, et al: 30+ year follow up of Two patients with Alloplastic TMJ Prosthesis, 7th Annual Dental Residents Syposium, Memphis 7:21, 1993
  • Russell, R, et al: Total Joint Replacement with Alloplastic Prosthesis Journal Dental Residents 72:252, 1993
  • McKay, H, et al: TMJ Fossa Eminence Prosthesis Placement on the Absence of the Meniscus, Journal Dental Residence 72:252, 1993
  • Jungles, BS: Total Joint Reconstruction Utilizing the Christensen Prosthesis: A Preliminary Report, Poster 14, AAOMS Annual meeting, 1990
  • Chase, DC, et al: Mechanical Evaluation of Alloplastic TMJ, Journal Dental Residents 72:252, 1993
  • Curry, J; Latta, J: And Evaluation of Christensen TMJ Prostheses in 58 Consecutive Patients, Journal Dental Residents 72:252, 1993
  • Christensen, RW: Arthroplasty of the TM Joint Journal of Southern California State Dental Association Vol XXI, April, 1963
  • Christensen, RW: The TMJ Prosthesis in Arthrosis of the Temporomandibular Joint. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path 1965
  • Christensen, RW: Oral Implantology Vol II No. 2, A Norman Cranin, Charles Thomas, 1971
  • Christensen, RW; Alexander, R, Christensen, MS; Curry, JT, Masters, TE, hemi and Total TMJ Reconstruction using the Christensen TMJ Prosthesis: A Retrospective and Prospective Evaluation. TMJ Implants, Inc., Label 2-037, April 2003
  • Christensen, RW: Hemiarthroplasty of the TMJ Using the Christensen Fossa-Eminence Prosthesis: What Have We Learned in 44 years? The TMJournal Vol III No 1 January 2004
  • Christensen, RW: Arthroplasty in the Unusual TMJ Surgical Case. The TMJournal VIII Vol III No 2, February 2004
  • Christensen, RW: The History of the Christensen Mandibular and TMJ Alloplastic Reconstruction: A Fifty-Two Year Journey. The TMJournal Vol III No 6, June 2004
  • Christensen, RW:; Curry, JT; Robinson, RC: A complex Case: Conjoining TMJ Alloplastic Reconstruction with Distraction Osteogenesis of the Mandible. The TMJournal Vol III No 7, July 2004
  • Christensen, RW: Temporomandibular Joint Surgery: Surgical Treatment of Mandibular Ankylosis – Use of a Cast Vitallium Glenoid Fossa. The TMJournal Vol III No 9, September 2004
  • Gutierrez, R; Campos, A; McLain, R; Christensen, RW: JuvenileTMJ Reconstruction: Report of Two Ankylosis Cases. The TMJournal Vol III No 10, October 2004
  • Christensen, RW; Alexander, R; Curry, JT; Christensen, MS; Dollar, JV: Hemi and Total TMJ Reconstruction Using the Christensen Using the Christensen Prostheses Surgical Technology International XII, October 2004

Partial List of Presentation Given

  • Christensen, RW: A Historical Perspective, 13th Annual Rocky Mountain TMJ Surgical Conference, Golden, Colorado, January 2004
  • Christensen, RW: Curry, JT: Myths Surrounding TMJ Reconstructive Surgery, 13th Annual Rocky Mountain TMJ Surgical Conference, Golden, Colorado, January 2004
  • Christensen, RW; Curry, JT: Addressing the Diagnosis: What Have We Learned? 13th Annual Rocky Mountain TMJ Surgical Conference, Golden, Colorado, January 2004
  • Christensen, RW: The Partial Joint: Stock or Custom? 13th Annual Rocky Mountain TMJ Surgical Conference, Golden, Colorado, January 2004
  • Christensen, RW? The Total Joint: Stock or Custom? 13th Annual Rocky Mountain TMJ Surgical Conference, Golden, Colorado, January 2004
  • Christensen, RWL The SLA Model: Uses for Implant Design, 13th Annual Rocky Mountain TMJ Surgical Conference, Golden, Colorado, January 2004
  • Curry, JT; Christensen, RW: Unusual Case Histories, 13th Annual Rocky Mountain TMJ Surgical Conference, Golden, Colorado, January 2004
  • Christensen, RW: Alloplastic Reconstruction of the TMJ, Grand Rounds Department of Surgery, University Medical Center, UCSF, Fresno, Fresno, California, February 2004
  • Christensen, RW: Alloplastic Reconstruction of the TMJ, Mexican Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Mexico City, Mexico, May 2004
  • Christensen, RW: What If? Rotary International, Golden, Colorado June 2004
  • Christensen, RW; Curry, JT: Innovations – 44 Year Experience: Total and Partial TMJ Reconstruction – What Have We Learned? 86th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, San Francisco, California, October 2004
  • Christensen, RW: Annual lecturer at Rocky Mountain TMJ Surgical Conferences, Various universities in the U.S. and the world.
  • Christensen, RW: What You Need to Know About TMJ Reconstructive Surgery, Brooke Army Medical Center, February 2005
  • Christensen, RW: The Basics of TMJ Reconstructive Surgery, San Pedro Dental School Seminar, San Pedro Sulas, Honduras, April 2005
  • Christensen, RW: Alloplastic TMJ Reconstructive Surgery, Mexican National Congress of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Zacatecas, Mexico, May 2005
  • Christensen, RW The Angela Story, Rotary International District Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 2005
  • Christensen, RW: Ethical Issues in Surgery, Third International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedicine, Alfred University, Alfred, New York, June 2005
  • Christensen, RW: Doctor, What Are You Doing in That Joint? International Congress of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Vienna, Austria, August 2005
  • Christensen, RW: Wear considerations for TMJ Implants, The 3rd World Tribology Congress, Washington, DC, September 2005
  • Christensen, RW: Hemiarthroplasty of the TMJ: Will That Be Your Patients Last Surgery? 87th Annual Meeting, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Boston, Massachusetts, September 2005

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