Heather J. Conrad
Director Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics
Division of Prosthodontics
Department of Restorative Sciences
Prosthodontics, Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, 2007 - Prosthodontics, Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, 2007
Dentistry, Master of Science (MS), University of Minnesota, Graduate School, Minneapolis, MN, 2003-2006
Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 1992-1997 - Prosthodontics, University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN, 2003-2006
9-176c Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Dr. Conrad graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, with a Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1997. While working full time in private practice, she became a Sessional Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the second year Fixed Prosthodontics class at the University of Saskatchewan. After six years, she decided to leave private practice and pursue an academic career by enrolling in post graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. She completed the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics and Master of Science degree in 2006 and accepted an offer for tenure track Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry. She has since completed the American and Canadian specialty examinations to become a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr. Conrad is the Course Director for Pros 7200 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics, Pros 7210 Advanced Technical Restorative Dentistry, Pros 7111 Current Literature Review Seminar, and Pros 7112 Treatment Planning Seminar. She is also a member of the Educational Policy Committee, Scholastic Standing Committee, and Graduate School Faculty Roster. Locally, nationally and internationally, Dr. Conrad is a prosthodontic consultant to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, was elected to a 4-year term on the Council for the American Board of Prosthodontics and elected as Chair of the Prosthodontic Section of ADEA, and currently serves on the Question Development Team for the National Dental Examining Board of Canada. In April 2012, Dr. Conrad was appointed the Director of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics and promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure.
Implant screw mechanics
Sinus grafting for implants
Implant impression techniques
All ceramic crown materials and properties
Virtual reality based technologies
Professor of the Year - 2011
Elected to the Council for the American Board of Prosthodontics - 2010
Professor of the Year - 2010
Professor of the Year - 2009
Prosthodontic consultant for the Minnesota Board of Dentistry
Thank a Teacher certificate sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning - 2007
Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics - 2006
Lifetime Member of Cambridge Who's Who
ADA National Board Dental Exam Certificate
American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation Scholarship - 2005
Lifetime Member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation Scholarship 2003
National Dental Examining Board of Canada Certificate
Teledyne Water Pik Pursuit of Excellence Award in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics
Harcourt and Brace Book Award for Excellent Academic Performance
Lutheran Life University Scholarship (x4)
Canada Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance in Science and Technology
University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association Scholarship
St. Thomas More College Scholarship
Research Awards and Grants:
Astra Tech AB Grant (co-investigator) - 2010
American Academy of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation (co-investigator) - 2009
First Place 2007 AAFP Stanley D. Tylman Research Award
American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics Stanley D. Tylman Research Grant
Chong J, Seong WJ, Conrad HJ. Lead foil technique for partially edentulous radiographic guide. J Pros Dent 2011; accepted.
Conrad H, Buchanan J, Welk A. Advanced Simulation Clinic Orientation. MedEdPORTAL: http://services.aamc.org/mededportal/servlet/s/segment/mededportal/?subid=8235
Conrad HJ, Buchanan JA, Phair CB, Lopez N, Wey AR, Gaillard PR. The predictive validity of an objective advanced simulation exercise for admission criteria. J Dent Edu 2011; in review.
Conrad HJ, Holtan JR. Internalized discoloration of dentin under porcelain crowns: a clinical report. J Prosthet Dent 2009;101:153-7.
Conrad HJ, Jung J, Barczak M, Basu S, Seong WJ. Retrospective cohort study of the predictors of implant failure in the posterior maxilla. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2011;26:154-62.
Conrad HJ, Mills EA. Dental students choosing licensure path give more consideration to career flexibility rather than ethical dilemmas. J Am Coll Dent 2011;78:24-32.
Conrad HJ, Pesun IJ, DeLong R, Hodges JS. Accuracy of two impression techniques with angulated implants. J Prosthet Dent 2007;97:349-56.
Conrad HJ, Schulte JK, Vallee MC. Fractures related to occlusal overload with single posterior implants: a clinical report. J Prosthet Dent 2008;99:251-6.
Conrad HJ, Seong WJ, Pesun IJ. Current ceramic materials and systems with clinical recommendations: a systematic review. J Prosthet Dent 2007;98:389-404.
Hinckfuss S, Conrad H, Lin L, Lunos S, Seong WJ. Effect of surgical guide design and surgeon's experience on the accuracy of implant placement. J Oral Implantol 2010; accepted, in press.
Seong WJ, Barczak M, Jung J, Basu S, Olin PS, Conrad HJ. Prevalence of sinus augmentation associated with maxillary posterior implants. J Oral Implantol 2011; accepted.
Seong WJ, Conrad HJ, Hinrichs JE. Potential damage to bone-implant interface when measuring initial implant stability. J Periodontol 2009;80:1868-74.
Seong WJ, Grami S, Jeong SC, Conrad HJ, Hodges JS. Comparison of Push-In versus Pull-Out Tests on Bone-Implant Interfaces of Rabbit Tibia Dental Implant Healing Model. Clin Implant Dent Relat Res 2011; accepted.
Tiossi R, de Torres EM, Conrad HJ, Rodrigues RC, de Mattos Mda G, Ribeiro RF, Fok AS. Load transfer characteristics of implant-supported restorations using photoelasticity and digital image correlation. manuscript
Tiossi R, Lin L, Conrad HJ, Rodrigues RC, Heo YC, de Mattos Mda G, et al. A digital image correlation analysis on the influence of crown material in implant-supported prostheses on bone strain distribution. J Prosthodont Res 2012;56:25-31.
Tiossi R, Lin L, Rodrigues RC, Heo YC, Conrad HJ, de Mattos Mda G, et al. Digital image correlation analysis of the load transfer by implant-supported restorations. J Biomech 2011;44:1008-13.
Tiossi R, Vasco MA, Lin L, Conrad HJ, Bezzon OL, Fok AS, Ribeiro RF. Comparison of two methods for analysis of load distribution of implant-supported prostheses. manuscript
Vallee MC, Conrad HJ, Basu S, Seong WJ. Accuracy of friction-style and spring-style mechanical torque limiting devices for dental implants. J Prosthet Dent 2008;100:86-92.