Thomas Clark DMD, FACD, FICD
Dr. Thomas J. Clark was born in Louisville and raised in the Pewee Valley, Kentucky. He attended Kentucky Southern College for two years until it was acquired by the University of Louisville. Majoring in chemistry, with a minor in physics, he graduated, and began work toward a Masters degree. Dental School (University of Louisville School of Dentistry) was completed in 1976, and the following year a General Practice residency finished at the Veterans Administration Medical Center-Louisville. During the General Practice Residency, Dr. Clark was offered the opportunity to serve in the capacity of a Clinical Instructor in Oral Surgery at the UofL School of Dentistry which he readily accepted.
Entering private practice and continuing with the faculty at ULSD in the summer of 1977, Dr. Clark began what has been a long and rewarding career. During his tenure at the School of Dentistry, he has worn a number of "hats", beginning as a clinical instructor in Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery for the undergraduates, then establishing and serving as the first Director for the General Practice Residency Program. Dr. Clark assumed responsibility for the Pain Control Program and was the Director of that program until 2013. Currently holding the rank of Clinical Professor, Dr. Clark was instrumental in establishing the Pain Control and Anxiety Management Course for second year dental students, the Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide course for Dental Hygienists. Beginning in 1978, he became a Dental Consultant to the Louisville Zoo, and has been instrumental in developing techniques for the treatment of various dental conditions in animals, and has been widely published and referenced in veterinary literature. With this background, in the late 1990’s Dr. Clark and colleagues launched the Exotic Animal Dentistry Senior Selective Course, which was unique in that it was the only course of its kind offered by a School of Dentistry, and has garnered acclaim both nationally and internationally for the University of Louisville. Dr. Clark is one of the founding faculty for the University’s International Service Learning Program, currently serving as Medical Director, and has assisted in developing and establishing clinical operations in several locations in Belize, CA., Cebu, Republic of the Philippines, and Botswana, Africa. This program has likewise drawn attention to the University, is award winning, and is the largest International Service Learning Program currently in operation in the United States, and most likely, the world.