Meet Dr. Lauren E. Kuhn

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Dr. Lauren Kuhn is a native of Aberdeen, WA and currently resides in St. Paul, MN.  She holds a B.S. in Biology (summa cum laude) from Gonzaga University and earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Harvard University.  During dental school, Lauren served as Miss Massachusetts and placed in the Top 5 of the 2015 Miss America Pageant. Lauren completed her endodontics residency at the Medical University of South Carolina where she now serves as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation. In her spare time, she volunteers for non-profit clinics and co-authored a book for dental school applicants. She mentors students around the world.


Lauren Kuhn interview, Miss Massachusetts 2014. Produced by Render Edge Media, LLC

MISS MASSACHUSETTS - LAUREN KUHN (AGE 23) - MISS AMERICA CONTESTANT Lauren Kuhn - Boston, MA | Talent Type: piano Original Airdate: Sunday September 14, 2014 - 4th Runner up


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Volunteer Speaker for Interview Preparation on August 28th 2019


Marquette University

Lauren was asked to author a post on time management and study strategies for the Marquette University Chapter of the American Student Dental Association’s website. It was published on July 23rd, 2019 and you can read it at the following website:

Jamaica Outreach Trip: March 16-23, 2019

The Foundation for Endodontics and Henry Schein Cares Outreach Trip took place at the Helping Hands Clinic in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Lauren served with endodontics resident Dr. Parth Karia (Temple University) and board certified endodontist Dr. Nauman Chatha (instructor at Boston University and Harvard). During her time, she completed 17 root canals and 17 fillings.


CFHI Alumni Scholarship Committee

Starting in March 2019, Lauren is serving on the scholarship committee to help select future CFHI student participants to receive funding for their educational immersion trips. CFHI advocates and provides equal partnerships and learning opportunities for students while they travel abroad during their academic studies.


Honoring Women’s History Month

March 4th, 2019:

Lauren was honored to be asked to speak to members of the Charleston Junior Woman’s Club about women’s empowerment, goal setting, and volunteer work. The women of this organization are leaders in their communities and they are pleased to celebrate Women’s History Month.


Coming Full Circle

Lauren was excited to host an evening seminar for students at her alma mater—Aberdeen Washington’s JM Weatherwax High School.

She was pleased to share experiences and wisdom from her educational journey.

Monday February 25th, 2019: 6-8 pm AHS Auditorium

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Exciting news!

Lauren was pleased to serve as an author for the publication of Advancements in craniofacial prosthesis fabrication: A narrative review of holistic treatment which was published in December 2018 by The Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics.


Lake Tahoe: Insight Track

Lauren and colleagues attended the AAE’s Insight Track on Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). During the conference, attendees learned from leading specialists and earned continuing education credit.

During her spare time, she dabbled in ice skating, snowshoeing, creating a research presentation, and submitting a manuscript for publication.

What a great start to 2019!


In February 2019, Lauren presented two original case studies during the Southeast Case Research Association (SECRA) conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. In 2018, she also presented two self-authored case studies and her work was published in the Fall 2018 Southeast Case Research Journal.



In August 2019, Dr. Kuhn received her M.S.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research was on the factors that impact whether endodontics residents pursue careers in academia and dental education. Multiple significant findings were identified.

Presentation of Findings:
MUSC Scholars Day — February 28th, 2019

AAE Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada — April 11th, 2019


Engaging with Pre-dental Students

Lauren was honored to speak to pre-dental students at the Medical University of South Carolina’s ASDA Pre-dental Day 2019! Lauren was also a speaker during last year’s Pre-dental Day.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Lauren was a contributing author to the book in this picture!

Your Essential Guide to Dental School Admissions (click the title to view the listing on Amazon)


Pageant Judge

Lauren judged the Miss Greater Greer Pageant on February 9th, 2019. She also judged the Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen Pageant over Memorial Day Weekend 2019. As a member of this panel, she helped select Payton May who went on to win the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen title—the first national title for a Washington titleholder in the Miss America Organization.

Photo credit: Stephanie Vegliante

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Lauren was selected for a two-year term on the Resident Expert Advisory Council (REACH) for the Foundation for Endodontics. She will help share the message of the foundation and represent colleagues on a national committee. She also attended the Board of Directors Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on March 15th 2019. Afterward, she traveled to Treasure Beach, Jamaica, for an outreach trip to perform root canals and other dental services (March 16th-23rd, 2019).

Lauren shareS her time performing root canals for patients at the our lady of mercy clinic (johns island, SC).

Lauren shareS her time performing root canals for patients at the our lady of mercy clinic (johns island, SC).


Toothbrush or Trash?

We’ve all seen litter like this…

With her eye on oral hygiene, Dr. Kuhn completed a self-initiated study at the Medical University of South Carolina. The study aimed to understand patients’ motivation to improve their toothbrushing habits. The manuscript was accepted for publication in RDH Magazine for the month of November 2019.

Lauren Kuhn - Polymeric Scaffolds March 2018

AADR 2018

On March 24th, 2018, Lauren had the opportunity to present a poster at the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Her poster was a review created in collaboration with colleagues from Marquette University and the University of Pennsylvania.

BELOW: News from 2017 and Earlier


She's Killing It!

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Lauren was honored to be featured on the @sheiskillingit podcast for the month of October 2017 Check it out in the podcast section of the website! 

Lauren presenting a lecture about dental residency programs and the complexities of endodontics

Lauren presenting a lecture about dental residency programs and the complexities of endodontics

Lauren after presenting a lecture on evidence-based Endodontics to the Upper Savannah Dental Society in Greenwood, SC.

Lauren after presenting a lecture on evidence-based Endodontics to the Upper Savannah Dental Society in Greenwood, SC.

In October 2017, Lauren is presented a continuing education lecture for the dental society in Greenwood, South Carolina. She presented on current perspectives in endodontics for a mixed audience of general dentists and specialists. She also presented an endodontic instrumentation update for 4th year dental students and advanced education in general dentistry residents that day. 

November 2016: Lauren studying in Uganda

In partnership with Child Family Health International and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.  Her work involved analyzing research data for internal quality control and improvement for a NGO, the Kigezi Healthcare Foundation (KIHEFO).  When Ms. Kuhn was not working on research duties, she had the opportunity to assist with outreach dental education and treatment programs in rural villages.  She is most impressed by the kindness and the passion that the health providers at KIHEFO exhibit and was grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the challenges and successes of providing dental treatment and education in areas with scarce resources.  Ms. Kuhn also sponsored a family in the area through KIHEFO's Rabbit Project, which provides malnourished families with training, custom built cages, and rabbits to provide the family a sustainable source of protein and income.

December 2016: Travels to Japanese Dental Schools


Lauren & one of her colleagues traveled to Japan, with visits to both the Nippon Dental University and the Iwate Medical University.  During her visit to the Iwate Medical University, Lauren presented a lecture to faculty and students about differences between root canal treatment procedures in the United States and Japan. Kuhn focused on presenting research relating to microbial presence, pain, and healing time and how this literature is relevant to the number of appointments needed to complete root canal therapy.


Also In the news

PEO Scholar Award and International Convention Speaker:  

Lauren Kuhn named as a PEO Scholar Award Recipient--a one-time $15,000 academic scholarship for women pursuing doctoral degrees.  Subsequently, she was asked to be the featured speaker for the 2015 PEO International Convention to talk about the Scholar Award, her educational goals, and her past, present, and future efforts to benefit the educations of others. 


4th runner up at Miss America 2015!  
AND winner of a $5000 STEM scholarship!

Elks National Hoop Shoot: Lauren was the key-note speaker for the 2015 Elks National Hoop Shoot Contest in Springfield, MA--the birthplace of basketball! Lauren visited the Basketball Hall of Fame, sang the National Anthem to kick-off the contest, and spoke to the athletes regarding determination, perseverance and being a role-model.

Visit the actual announcement of this speaking engagement here: Elks National Hoop Shoot

STEAM with Fable Vision: 

Full Steam Ahead!

On Thursday, April 16th, Lauren attended and spoke at a Night Powered by STEAM Thinking to promote the goods works of Fable Vision and the inspiring duo of Peter and Paul Reynolds.  Peter is a New York Times Best Selling Author and recently authored and illustrated the book Full STEAM Ahead to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with the addition of the arts and creativity, to yield STEAM (A for arts) thinking!

Peter is a New York Times Best Selling Author and recently authored and illustrated the book Full STEAM Ahead to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

House of Representatives Member Derek Kilmer & Lauren Kuhn, House Bill 649

House of Representatives Member Derek Kilmer & Lauren Kuhn, House Bill 649

At 23, Lauren Kuhn has seen more of the world than most people...

Lauren Kuhn in Zambia.    By Juliet Pennington  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MARCH 28, 2015

Lauren Kuhn in Zambia.

By Juliet Pennington GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MARCH 28, 2015

But the 2014 Miss Massachusetts, who placed in the top 5 in the Miss America pageant, still has places she wants to go — namely Iceland. A graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., (her native state) and now a student at Harvard’s School of Dental Medicine, as well as an accomplished pianist, Kuhn advocates for empowering women through education. We caught up with her to talk about all things travel.  -> Read more 

Lauren Kuhn speaking at the  Boston Rotary Club

Lauren Kuhn speaking at the Boston Rotary Club

On April 22, 2015, Lauren Kuhn was thrilled to be the guest speaker at the Boston Rotary Club! They're Rotary #7 which makes them the seventh rotary to be established internationally! She spoke about her platform, the scholarship she started last year, and the way that ‪#‎missamerica‬ complements academia. ‪#‎rotary‬ ‪#‎boston‬

Derek Kilmer:  On Tuesday April 14th, Lauren Kuhn visited Washington, DC and had a meeting with US House of Representatives Member Derek Kilmer to discuss House Bill 649: The Student Loan Refinancing Act.  After discussing the promise of this legislation, Rep. Kilmer agreed to co-sponsor the bill!  This is part of Lauren's ongoing work to promote higher education and make it an affordable option for students now and in the future. 

Bridgewater State University

Tonight I had the pleasure of visiting Bridgewater State University to speak with 11-13 year old girls (48 in total) who had been sponsored by their schools to attend a week of a STEM-focused program called Envision the Future. Antonia, pictured with me here, wants to become an orthodontist! I had so many girls ask for my advice on education and quite a few told me I was an inspiration and hugged me. It was so moving!  I also networked with many of the women in attendance who asked me to speak at career days and future STEM events. It was wonderful. I met girls who had aspirations similar to many of my pageant sisters, so I told them about my sister queens' successes! The Attleboro girls were thrilled when I told them the new Miss Mass was from their hometown!

Daughter • Sister • Pianist • Vocalist • Golfer • Downhill Skier • Researcher

You've heard a lot about the "STEM" program haven't you?  "STEM" Stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  

Lauren Kuhn joined Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” with Hillary Chabot and Jack Encarnacao to talk about her goals as Miss Massachusetts.

Q: I understand you have a “three-point plan.”

A: I had established a scholarship earlier this year, and I sent it to a young woman who is going to the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and one of my goals...   Read more

Photo thanks to Ivana Viani

The United States has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Yet today, that position is threatened as comparatively few American students pursue expertise in the fields of science, technology,

engineering and mathematics (STEM)—and by an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects. President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these vital fields.

Lauren Kuhn is doing a remarkable job within the STEM program, promoting education in these fields.  Her tireless work earned her a $5,000 scholarship in the recent Miss America pageant and one of only 4 people that received such an award!  If you have any questions regarding her work or about what the STEM program is about, please visit the CONTACT page and make sure you put STEM in the subject line.

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