About the Editor
Richard J. Simonsen, DDS, MS, was the founding dean of the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Arizona, from 2006 to 2010. From 1989 to 1999, Dr Simonsen was global professional services manager for the dental products division of the 3M Company in St Paul, Minnesota. He was the editor-in-chief of Quintessence International from 1984 to 1996. Dr Simonsen has authored three textbooks and numerous scientific publications, has lectured in over 30 countries, and is the developer of the Preventive Resin Restoration procedure and the etching of porcelain for esthetic and restorative procedures. He has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry and he received the 1999 Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Dentistry for Children. In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary PhD degree from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, “in recognition and acknowledgement of your unwavering support of the democratic ideals of our country, as well as the decades-long efforts of UWC to forge new understandings of community dentistry.” Dr. Simonsen is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, where he holds the position of vice president.