Dennis Higginbotham

Dennis Ray Higginbotham, DDS
Associate Professor Emeritus of General Dentistry

After completing his education, Dennis R. Higginbotham, DDS, entered the U.S. Army in September of 1967. Six months after entering the service, he took over the Oral Surgery component of the Dental Clinic at Hunter and performed all crown and bridge work there for several years.

In 1969, Dr. Higginbotham returned to Council Bluffs and reentered a dental practice with his brother, Bob.  They practiced together until Bob’s death in 1988. Bob’s son, Brad, had also joined the practice after his graduation in 1982. 

Dr. Higginbotham began working at Creighton University in 1973. He worked one to one day and a half per week until he joined the School of faculty in 1984.  He put in 25 hours a week at Creighton while working an additional 35 hours per week in his private practice.  In 1993, he began working full time at Creighton. 

The following year, he was named Director of Clinics, a position he then held until 1999. Dr. Higginbotham then became a member of the Department of General Dentistry, where he teaches today.

  • Creighton University, 1963
  • DDS, Creighton University School of Dentistry, 1967
  • Class II Special Clinic
  • Resin Special Clinics for Seniors
  • Freshman Dental Materials Course
  • Senior Lecture Course

I have shown posters twice at the AADR meeting and been involved in the continuing education program for many years. I have made presentations on cruises, across Nebraska, and at Creighton University.  I have been involved in the Coronal Polishing Course for Dental Assistants, the Local Anesthesia Course for Dental Hygienists, and the Nitrous Oxide Course for many years.

  • 1963 - “Student of Superior Scholastic Standing”
  • 1964 - First recipient of the Dr. Harry Boyne Scholarship
  • 1967 - Dentsply Merit Award winner
  • Awarded Dr. Ann Garred Memorial Award several times
  • Awarded the Dr. Ray Shaddy Award
  • 1991 - “Lasting Impression Award”
  • 1995 - Outstanding Service Award
  • 2008 - Award for Teaching Excellence by the Epsilon Chapter of OKU.
  • 2011 - Named the second holder of the Dr. Raymond W. Shaddy Endowed Chair in Operative Dentistry
  • 2013 - University Distinguished Faculty Award

Served on many committees in the School of Dentistry and served on the following University Committees:

  • ASN Advisory Committee
  • University Academic Council
  • University Faculty Council
  • University Benefits Committee
  • Student Discipline Committee
  • Investment Policy Committee
  • Spring Assembly Committee
  • Health Sciences Continuing Education Committee
  • Executive Committee of the Academic Council
  • Insurance Needs Committee
  • Admissions Committee
  • Pharmacy Benefits Provider Selection Committee
  • Retirement Plan Transition Committee
  • Faculty Dismissal Committee
  • Financial Advisory Committee