Assistant Professor

Dr John Ference is a Prosthodontist and serves as Assistant Professor and Clinical Director of Undergraduate Prosthodontic Training at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Ference is Diplomate of the American College of Prosthodontics and clinical Prosthodontist at the University Dental Health Services, Inc.  Dr Ference is the director for Dental Materials courses and teaches Occlusion to first professional dental students and prosthodontic residents; supervises both preclinical and clinical prosthodontic training and prosthodontic treatment planning for 320 dental students.

In 1980, he graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and awarded a BA degree in Chemistry and entered Active Duty.  He served as an active duty engineer officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion at Fort Meade, MD.  Transitioning to the Army Reserve, he served in a variety of Command and staff positions with the 444th Adjutant General Battalion, 99th Army Regional Command and the 99 Regional Readiness Command.  Currently, he is assigned to the 912th Dental Company in Twinsburg, OH and the 965th Dental Company in Seagoville, Texas.  COL Ference is a combat veteran that has deployed to various combat locations in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2000, he graduated from the University School of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine and completed his Prosthodontic residency program in 2003.  Upon graduation, was appointed assistant professor at the School of Dental Medicine. Dr Ference serves as the President for the Task Force on Occlusion Education and Predoctoral Educator Conference for the American College of Prosthodontists.  Dr Ference is the a member of the SDM Curriculum Committee, past president of the Pennsylvania Prosthodontic Association and licensed in the states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Dr Ference has lectured extensively to both international dentists overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as national meetings and study clubs.

His research focus is in CAD-CAM produced prosthesis, both single, multiple and metal frameworks for removable partial dentures, through a variety of manufacturing processes; casting, 3D printing and additive technologies.  He is currently working with the School of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science to fabricate cast metal removal frameworks using 3-dimesnional printing technologies. He co-authored several publications for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and a book on Occlusion, a primer for dental students for The American College of Prosthodontics.  He has also contributed chapters to Barron’s Dental Admission Testing Book. 

Education & Training
Citadel College, BS 1980
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, DMD 2000
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Certificate Pros 2003
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, MDS 2004
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, MPH, US Army War College, Carlisle Bks, Pa., MSS


Mary Kate Minnick