He was the recipient of the United States Navy Health Professional scholarship, 1973-1977. He was awarded the C.V. Mosby Essay Award, Senior honors for academic excellence and service to Creighton University. He is a cum laude graduate of the Boyne School of Dental Science, Creighton University, 1977.
He has completed continuing education in pharmacotherapeutics in Dental Practice, advanced full mouth rehabilitation with endosseous implants, Smooth Staple implants, advanced cardiac life support, advanced trauma life support, maxillofaical pathology, treatment of disorders of the temporomandibular joint, management of complex maxillofacial trauma, facial cosmetic/reconstructive and orthognathic surgery.
Since 2001 he has participated in multiple international medical volunteer groups, including the Himalayan Medical Exchange, Health Volunteers Overseas, Hirshey Smiles Foundation International Medical Relief, and the Eisenhower Ambassadorship with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. These activities have taken him to India, Guatemala, Honduras, Argentina, China, Panama, Tanzania, Zambia, and most recently to Pakistan. This volunteer work has included delivering both simple and complex dental and oral surgical care in diverse locations and environments across the globe for indiginous populations that have little or no access to medical or dental care. He continues to maintain an active interest in the work of volunteerism.
He had lectured on various topics, including the Management of complex facial fractures, surgery of temporomandibular joint, minimally invasive treatment of temporomandibular joint arthropathies with arthrocentesis, office oral surgery complications, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, complex dentoalveolar surgery, International Medical volunteer work, and career paths in dentistry and oral health.