DR. PETER A. SHAPIRO, former head of the UW Department of Orthodontics, has given more than 30 years of distinguished service to the School of Dentistry as a researcher, faculty member and department chair. Beyond this, he has established an outstanding record of leadership and commitment in generating support for the department and the School, a record that has earned him formal recognition as a University of Washington Benefactor.
Dr. Shapiro personally raised more than $1 million to establish the prestigious MoorelRiedel Professorship in Orthodontics, with an endownment created in 1999. More recently, he worked with the UW Orthodontic Alumni Association to raise funds for a $1.3 million clinical renovation that was unveiled late last summer. Along with Dr. Vincent Kokich, he established the Kokich/Shapiro Endowed Scholar Fund, which supports an annual visit by scholars in the field of orthodontics or related disciplines.
Dr. Shapiro, who is now Clinical Professor Emeritus in Orthodontics , joined the faculty in 1973. He was chair of the Department of Orthodontics from 1984 to 1995. He earned a BA from Brown University in 1966, his DDS from Howard University in 1970 and his master’s degree and Certificate of Orthodontics from the UW in 1973. He also completed a three-year NIH Fellowship in Craniofacial Biology at the UW. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and has published several book chapters and more than three dozen journal articles, and he has given nearly 100 presentations. He is a member of organizations including the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, Seattle King County Dental Society, Angle Society and the Seattle Crown and Bridge Study Club. His honors include membership in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honorary society, the R.R. McIntyre Memorial Lectureship of the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Orthodontics, the Arthur ThomtonTaylor Memorial Lectureship of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, and Fellowship in the American College of Dentists. In 2010 he was presented with the Dale B. Wade Award of Excellence in Orthodontics from the American Board of Orthodontics.
In addition to his regular duties at the School of Dentistry, he has played an active role on School committees throughout his tenure, most recently on the oversight committee of The Center for Pediatric Dentistry. He has also been active in the Seattle community, including serving as President of the Jewish Family Service.