Department Chair

Michael J. Metz, DMD, MSD, MS
Department of Comprehensive Dentistry

Divisions of General Dentistry, Pediatrics and General Practice Residency



Dr. Metz is a native of Louisville, Kentucky where he attended DeSales High School class of 1990. Following high school, he attended the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences earning his BA in Developmental Biology and Analytical Chemistry class of 1996. Next, Dr. Metz gained admittance into the University of Louisville School of Dentistry where he completed his doctorate in medical dentistry (DMD) class of 2000. Dr. Metz was then commissioned as a Naval Dental Corps Officer with the US Navy until 2010. He was stationed at Norfolk Naval Dental Center (Norfolk, VA), 3rd Dental Battalion (Okinawa, Japan), Naval Recruiting Command (Indianapolis, IN) and Naval Hospital Beaufort (Beaufort, SC). While stationed at Naval Recruiting Command Indianapolis, Dr. Metz completed his master of science in dentistry (MSD) from Indiana University with certificates in operative and preventive dentistry. Also during that time, Dr. Metz completed his master of science (MS) from Indiana University in Clinical Research as well as his board certification through the American Board of Operative Dentistry. 

Dr. Metz joined the faculty at ULSD in 2010 where he taught all aspects of general dentistry. His primary focus was in direct restorative dentistry and disease prevention. Dr. Metz was promoted to associate professor with tenure in July 2017 where he assumed chairmanship of the Department of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine. On July 01, 2018 Dr Metz assumed the role of chairman for the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry under the direction of Dean Gerard Bradley.

Dr. Metz is currently a candidate completing his doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development (ELEOD) through the University of Louisville College of Education with a concentration of Evaluation. He plans to complete his dissertation in the fall of 2018. His area of research is in student assessment, student self-assessment, faculty calibration and active learning techniques.

Dr. Metz is married to to Dr. Cynthia J. Metz, PhD who teaches physiology in both the dental and medical schools. Together they have two children, Parker David Metz and Zoey Adaline Metz.