Ghadeer Thalji
801 S. Paulina St.
  • Ghadeer
  • Thalji
  • DDS, PhD
  • Associate Director, Advanced Prosthodontics Program Digital Center of Excellence
  • Clinical Associate Professor

Biographic Summary

Awards and Recognition:

  • Ostrus Faculty Fellowship Ostrus Foundation. 2012
  • Certificate of Recognition State of Iowa. 2014
  • Osseointegration Foundation Clinical Science Research Grant Award. 2015
  • Recipient of the GSK Young Prosthodontist Innovator
  • Award- American College of Prosthodontists, 2013.
  • Freedland Advanced Dental Education Fellowship University of North Carolina. 2009
  • ACP Education Foundation Research Award American College of Prosthodontists. 2008
  • Ann and G. Randolph Babcock Fellowship University of North Carolina. 2008
  • Top 5 dental graduates award, University of Jordan, 2004

Education & Career

  • University of Jordan, School of Dentistry – Amman, Jordan .DDS, 2004
  • Private Practice – Ramallah, Palestine, 2004
  • Alquds University – Jerusalem, Palestine. Part-time Teaching Assistant, 2004
  • University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry- Chapel Hill, NC. Certificate –Prosthodontics, 2009
  • University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry- Chapel Hill, NC. PhD in Oral Biology, 2012
  • University of Iowa, College of Dentistry- Iowa City, IA. Assistant Professor, 2012
  • University of Iowa, College of Dentistry- Iowa City, IA. Director, Advanced Prosthodontics

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

  • Diplomate & Fellow: American Board of Prosthodontics, 2011.
  • American College of Prosthodontics Research Committee since 2014.
  • Stanley D. Tylman Research Committee, The American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. 2014 - 2019
  • Annual Session Committee, American College of Prosthodontics.
  • Academy of Osseointegration Summit - Group5, American Academy of Osseointegration, 2013.
  • International Team for Implantology - Member since 2014.
  • International Association for Dental Research- Member since 2011.
  • International College of Dentistry – Fellow since 2016.

Clinical Activities and Specialties

Dr. Thalji is a board certified prosthodontist with extensive clinical experience qualified to offer care in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques in the fields of removable, fixed and implant prosthodontics. 

Research Interests

  • Bone regeneration and Osseointegration
  • Treatment Outcomes in Prosthodontics


1. Books and/or Chapters

  • Cooper L, Mendonça DB, Mendonça G, Thalji G. Using in vitro cell culture models to evaluate implant surfaces. In: Ballo A. Implant Dentistry Research Guide: Basic, Translational and Experimental Clinical Research.     2011.
  • Thalji G & Sandra Altarawneh. Prosthodontic Considerations in the Implant Restoration of the Esthetic Zone. In: Evidence-based Implant Dentistry: Treatment Planning and Restorative Protocols. Willey Publishing. 2016

2. Journal Articles

  • Gallucci GO, Avrampou M, Taylor JC, Elpers J, Thalji G, Cooper LF. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2016; 31 Suppl:s 192-7. PubMed PMID: 27228251
  • Thalji G, McGraw K, Cooper LF. Maxillary Complete Denture Outcomes: A systematic Review of Patient-Based Outcomes. . Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2016; 31 Suppl:s 169-81. PubMed PMID: 27228248
  • Thalji G, Nares S, Cooper L. Gene expression profiles of early implant adherent cells in smokers and nonsmokers. J Oral Implantol. 2014 Sep 18. PubMed PMID: 25232715
  • De Kok I, Thalji G, Bryington M, Cooper LF. Radiographic stents: integrating treatment planning and mplant placement.. Dental Clinics of North America 2014; 58(1):181-92. PubMed PMID: 24286652.
  • Thalji G, Cooper LF. Implant-Supported Fixed Dental Rehabilitation with Monolithic Zirconia: A Clinical Case Report. J Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry 2014 PubMed PMID: 24382100.
  • Bryington M, De Kok I, Thalji G, Cooper LF. Patient selection and treatment planning for implant restorations.. Dental Clinics of North America 2014;58(1):193-206. PubMed PMID: 24286653.
  • Thalji G, Bryington M, De Kok I, Cooper LF. Prosthodontic management of implant therapy.. Dental Clinics of North America 2014;58(1):207-25. PubMed PMID: 24286654.
  • Thalji G, Cooper LF.Molecular assessment of osseointegration in vitro: a review of current literature.Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2014 Mar-Apr;29(2):e171-99 PubMed PMID: 24683582
  • Thalji G, Gretzer C, Cooper LF. Comparative molecular assessment of early osseointegration in  implant adherent cells. Bone 2013;52(1):444-53. PubMed PMID: 22884725.
  • Thalji G, Nares S, Cooper LF. Early molecular assessment of osseointegration in humans. Clin Oral Implants Res   2014;25(11):1273-‐85 PubMed PMID: 24118318.
  • Thalji G, Cooper LF. Molecular assessment of osseointegration in vivo: a review of the current literature.. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2013;28(6):e521-34. PubMed PMID: 24278948
  • Thalji G, Cooper LF. Treatment of mandibular edentulism using conical interface abutments; A simplified approach to displaced implant placement. Spectrum Dialogue 2012;11(8).
  • Thalji G, Cooper LF. The role of complete overdentures in esthetic rehabilitation of the adolescent oligodontia   patient. A case report. J Esthet Restor Dent 2010;22(4):213-21.