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Dr. Katherine Vig
• Professor, BDS, MS, FDS, D.Orth., Board Certified

• Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Katherine Vig was born, raised and educated in England. She received her dental degree from Dundee Dental School, University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her orthodontic training was at Eastman Dental Hospital in London where she served on the faculty for ten years. She moved to the United States with her husband and two daughters in 1976 and served on the Orthodontic faculty at UNC from 1977-1984. She became a member of ACPA in 1980 and joined the cleft palate team at UNC. She moved to the University of Michigan in 1984 and co-directed the Dentofacial Program and served on their cleft palate team and directed the orthodontic services at the University of Michigan Medical center as Associate Professor of Orthodontics in the Dental School. Dr. Vig became Professor and Chair of Orthodontics at The University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and later became Head of the division of Pediatrics and Developmental Dental Science and Associate Director of the Cleft Palate Team at Pittsburgh.

Dr. Vig moved to The Ohio State University in 1994 to chair the Division of Orthodontics and serve as Chief of orthodontic services at Nationwide Children's Hospital. In 2005, she officially retired and was rehired as Interim Chair of Orthodontics in 2006. She then transitioned to the part-time orthodontic faculty and currently serves as Professor Emeritus of Orthodontics. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and serves as an examiner. She has published extensively in the orthodontic literature and has a major interest in the management and treatment of patients with cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies. She has over 100 publications and co-authored five text books, most recently, “Orthodontics: Current Principles and Techniques, 4th & 5th editions” and “Evidence-Based Orthodontics” due to be published in 2011. She is past President of the IADR Craniofacial Biology Group and past President of the American Cleft Palate Association. She served on the AAO Council on Orthodontic Education for eight years with the last two years as Chair and chairs the AAO Task Force on Craniofacial Anomalies and Special Needs. 

Publications:  Peer Reviewed Articles (past 5 years)

Riesmeijer, A.M., Prahl-Anderson, B., Mascarenhas, A.K., Joo, B.H., Vig, K.W.L.  A Comparison of Craniofacial Class I and Class II Growth Patterns.  AJO-DO, 125; 463-71, 2004.

Renick, M.R., Brantley, W. A., Beck, F.M., Vig, K.W.L., Webb, C.S.  Studies of orthodontic elastomeric modules.  Part I.  Glass transition temperatures for representative pigmented products in the as-received condition and after orthodontic use.  AJO-DO, 126(3); 337-343, 2004.

Quimby, M.L.,Vig, K.W.L., Rashid, R.G., Firestone, A.L.  The Accuracy and Reliability of Measurements made on Computer-Based Digital Models.  Angle Orthodontist, 74 (3) 298–303 2004.

Cohen, B., Glenn, G., Greer, E.V., Miller, J.M., Parisi, N., Vig, K.W.L.  Women in orthodontics. Journal Clinical Orthodontics, 28 (12); 1-9, 2004.

Shanker, S., Fields, H.W., Beck, F.M., Vig, P.S., Vig, K.W.L.  A longitudinal assessment of upper respiratory function and dentofacial morphology in 8- to 12-year-old children.  Seminars in Orthodontics, Vol 10(1): 45-53, 2004.

Vig, K.W.L.  Taking Stock: a century of orthodontics – has excellence been redefined as expediency?  Orthod Craniofacial Res 7,138 – 142, 2004.

Jang, J.C., Fields, H.W., Vig, K.W.L., Beck, F.M.  Controversies in the timing of orthodontic treatment.  Seminars in Orthodontics Volume 11, Issue 3,112-118 September 2005,

Bartlett BW, Firestone AR, Vig KWL, Beck FM, Marucha PT. The influence of a structured telephone call on orthodontic pain and anxiety.Am J Orthod.Dentofacial Orthop. 2005 Oct;128(4):435-41.

Mayers M, Firestone AR, Rashid R, Vig KWL. Comparison of peer assessment rating (PAR) index scores of plaster and computer-based digital models.Am J.Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2005 Oct;128(4):431-435.

Maple, J.R., Vig, K.W.L., Beck, F.M., Larsen, P., Shanker, S.  Comparison of providers’ and consumers’ perceptions of facial profile attractiveness, AJO-DO 2005; 128:690-696.

Mascarenhas, AK, Joo B-H, Vig KWL. Parents’ satisfaction with their child’s orthodontic Care: A comparison of Orthodontists and Pediatric Dentists.  Pediatric Dentistry 2005  27:6 451-456

Anderson G, Fields H, Beck M, Chacon G, Vig K. Development of cephalometric norms using a unified facial and dental approach. Angle Orthod. 2006; 76:612-618

Meng,FH.,Schricker, SR.,Brantley ,WR, Mendel,DA., Rashid,RG., Henry W. Fields, HW., Vig , KWL.and Alapati , SB. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and temperature-modulated DSC study of three mouthguard materials.  Dental Materials  2007 23; 1492-1499

Fields,H W, Rowland ML, Vig, KWL, Huja, SS. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) use in advanced orthodontic dental education Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2007;131:656-63

Vig KWL, Firestone AR, Wood W, Lenk M. Quality in Orthodontics. Seminars in Orthodontics 2007, 13:81-87.

Troy E, Fields H, Shanker S, Vig KWL, Johbston W Dental and skeletal changes associated with Class lll Surgical – orthodontic Treatment Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2009;135:146-147

Potts,B, Shanker S, Fields HW, Vig KWL, Beck FM. Dental and skeletal changes associated with Class ll surgical-orthodontic treatment, Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2009;135(5) 566-568

Weltman,BJ, Vig, KWL, Fields HW, Shanker,S,Kaizar,E Root resorption associated with orthodontic tooth movement: A systematic review. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2010;137:462-476

Chapters:  (past 5 years)

Ruiz, R., Turvey, T.A., Vig, K.W.L.  Alveolar bone grafts. Chap 26  Peterson’s Contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2004

Vig, K.W.L., Mercado, A.  The Orthodontists Role in the Management of Clefts.  Chapter 26 In: Orthodontics Current Principles and Techniques. Graber, Vanarsdall, and Vig.  4th ed.  Elsevier/Mosby, 2005.

Vig,KWL, O’Brien K, and Harrison, J   Early Orthodontic and Orthopedic Treatment. The Search for Evidence: Will It Influence Clinical Practice? Craniofacial Growth Series Vol. 44:pp13-39, 2007

Mercado, A and Vig KWL  Orthodontic Principles in the Management of Orofacial Clefts In: Cleft lip and Palate Chap 46. Eds. Losee & Kirscher, R.  Publisher McGraw Hill 2009

Vig KWL A Historical perspective of Evidence-based orthodontics. Chapter 1 In: EBD orthodontics. Eds Huang G, Richmond S, Vig KWL

Vig, K.W.L., Mercado, A.  The Orthodontists Role in the Management of Clefts.  Chapter 26 In: Orthodontics Current Principles and Techniques. Graber, Vanarsdall, and Vig.  5th ed.  Elsevier/Mosby, 2011.