Zafrulla Khan, DDS, MS, FACP

Professor in the Department of Rehabilitative & Reconstructive Dentistry 

School of Dentistry, 501 S. Preston St., Room 0101 502-852-1182 502-852-1317 (fax)


  • MS in Oral Biology - University of Louisville
  • Certificate in Dental Oncology/Maxillofacial Prosthodontics - University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute
  • Certificate in Removable Prosthodontics - Status University of New York at Buffalo
  • DDS - Bangalore University (Bangalore, India)

Teaching Areas

  • Maxillofacial Prosthodontics - Prosthodontic Residents, otolaryngology residents, Radiation oncology, medical oncology residents and plastic surgery residents, 2nd year Dental Hygiene students, nursing students 
  • Clinical teaching - Prosthodontic residents

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Dentists 
  • Fellow, American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthodontists
  • Fellow, American College of Prosthodontists 
  • American College of Prosthodontics – Clinician/Researcher Award, 2017
  • Top Dentist – Specialist Prosthodontics, Kentucky Magazine, 2014 and 2011
  • University Points of Pride – School of Medicine and School of Dentistry – 2006-2008

Professional Activities

  • Faculty Practice - University of Louisville Dental Associates
  • Editorial Boards:
    • Peer Review Editor - Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society
    • Reviewer, Journal of Prosthodontics
    • Reviewer, International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (Springer)
    • Member, International Editorial Board, Archives of Oral Sciences and Research 
    • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Orofacial and Health Sciences 
    • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Oral Biology (Avens Publishing Group)
    • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Dentistry & Oral Science 
    • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Maxillofacial Prosthetics 

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federation of Prosthodontic Organizations
  • International Association of Dental Research
  • International Association of Dental Research, Prosthodontic Research Group
  • Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
  • American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
  • American Association of Dental Research
  • American Association of Dental Schools
  • American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
  • American College of Prosthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • American Prosthodontic Society
  • Karnataka Medical and Dental Association of America
  • Southwest Oncology Group - Member, Clinical Trials Initiative
  • University of Texas M.D. Anderson Associates

Research Interests and Current Projects

  • Effects of radiation in head and neck cancer


Journal Articles:

  • Reshko L, Khan Z, Sowards K, Tennant P, Jordan A, Silverman C : Dual primary squamous cell and adenoid cystic carcinoma of soft palate in liver transplant patient treated with wide local excision followed by adjuvant surface mold brachytherapy. Cureus DOI:10.7759, March 2020

  • Khan Z, Tamer Abdul-Azim:A direct technique to fabricate an intraoral shield for unilateral head and neck radiation, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Vol. 112, Issue 3, 689-691, September 2014

  • Khan Z, Kentucky Cancer Center emphasizes patient’s quality of life, Dr. Bicuspid, February 19, 2013.

  • Khan Z, Wells A, Scharfe W, Farman A: Conebeam CT isolation of calcifications in the maxillofacial and cervical soft tissues – A retrospective analysis. International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol 3:221-222, June, 2008.

  • Horsley SH, Beckstrom BW, Clark SJ, Scheetz JP, Kahn Z, Farman GG: Prevalence of carotid and pulp calcifications: a correlation using digital panoramic radiographs. International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol 4:9-173, November, 2008.

  • Beckstrom BW, Horsley SH, Scheetz J., Khan Z., Silvera AM, Clark SJ, Greenwell H, Farman AG: Correlation between carotid area calcifications and periodontitis – a retrospective study of digital panoramic radiographic findings in pretreatment cancer patients, Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology, Vol. 103, #3:359-366 – March 2007.

  • Khan Z. Prosthodontist role in Head and Neck Cancer – An introduction to Oncologic Dentistry, Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society, Vol. 6, Issue 1:4-9 – July 2006 Invited Author.

  • Said M.M.,Otomaru T.,Sumita Y.,Leung K.C.M.,Khan Z,Taniguchi,H.: Systemic review of literature; Functional outcomes of implant-prosthetic treatment in patients with surgical resection for oral cavity tumors. Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry, 1-9, January 2016

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