Robert J. Isaacson, DDS, MSD, PhD

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Steven J Lindauer, DMD, MDSc
James E. McIver, DDS‚Äč

Founded in 1970, alumni or faculty of the VCU Department of Orthodontics may become regular members of the foundation.  Graduates of other orthodontic programs may become honorary members.

Dr. James McIver was born in Roanoke, VA in 1922.  He attended the University of Virginia and received his DDS from Georgetown University in 1945.  He served with the US Navy in Norfolk and Germany from 1945 to 1947.  McIver received his MS in Orthodontic from the State University of Iowa in 1956.  He served on the faculty at the Medical College of Virginia from 1949 to 1957 and on the faculty at the State University of Iowa from 1957 to 1962.  He then returned to MCV in 1962 and established the Department of Orthodontics at the School of Dentistry.

Dr. Robert J. Isaacson joined the VCU School of Dentistry as chair of the Department of Orthodontics in 1987 and remained in that position until 2000.  Before coming to VCU, he chaired the orthodontic departments at the University of Minnesota (1965-1977) and the University of California at San Francisco (1977-1987).  Dr. Isaacson pioneered the movement modeling orthodontic residency programs on private practice.  The purpose was to give residents a practical experience that they could apply directly to their clinical practices after graduation.  

Dr. Steven J. Lindauer joined the faculty of the VCU Department of Orthodontics as an Assistant Professor in 1989 after graduating from the University of Connecticut orthodontic program.  In 1999, he was promoted to full Professor and became Chair of the Department in 2000 when Dr. Isaacson retired.  Dr. Lindauer has served as Executive Secretary of the Orthodontic Foundation since 1997.  He is a past-President of the North Atlantic Component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists since 2002.  He currently serves as the Editor of The Angle Orthodontist.