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Kim T. Isringhausen, B.S.D.H., R.D.H., M.P.H.

Kim T. Isringhausen, B.S.D.H., R.D.H., M.P.H.

Associate professor and chair

Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach
W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. Building
1101 East Leigh Street
Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Phone: (804) 828-9096
Fax: (804) 827-0969
Email: ktisring@vcu.edu


  • M.P.H., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004
  • B.S. in Dental Hygiene, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1995
  • A.A.S., State University of New York, Alfred, 1987
Kim T. Isringhausen, B.S.D.H., R.D.H., M.P.H., is an associate professor in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.  She also serves as chair for the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach.  Isringhausen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from VCU School of Dentistry and a Master of Public Health degree from VCU School of Medicine.  She received specialized training through awarded teaching fellowships from the American Dental Education Association and Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her private practice experience includes five different practice settings including the VCU Dental Faculty Practice.

Currently, Isringhausen is course director of a university designated service-learning course for fourth-year dental students.  The course is designed to assist students in learning about their roles as dental professionals through the provision of patient care and related services in community-based and/or private practice settings.  She is also the faculty advisor for the School’s Mission of Mercy projects to provide dental care for the uninsured and underserved populations in Virginia.

Isringhausen’s primary research interest is healthcare workforce initiatives focused on the development of innovative, interprofessional educational and training models to enhance assess to care through expansion of healthcare providers.  To date, she has received over $100,000 in grant funding for these endeavors.  Isringhausen has published several articles and abstracts in professional journals.  She recently contributed a chapter on head and neck anatomy for Darby’s Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene, 8th edition.  

Isringhausen serves on numerous committees in the School of Dentistry and the university.  In addition, she holds membership in professional organizations including the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association, and American Public Health Association.  Isringhausen is the board director for Allied Dental Program Directors for the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), is the representative for the allied dental community on ADEA’s Commission on Change and Innovation (CCI) in Dental Education Oversight Committee, and chairs the ADEA CCI workgroup with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Isringhausen’s teaching and leadership abilities have been recognized consistently by students and professional organizations.  Some of her honors include:  Dr. James H. Revere Jr. Outstanding Service Award; Excellence in Virginia Government Award (Public-Private Partnership Award); Women in Science, Dentistry and Medicine Professional Achievement Award; and the 2014 Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration in Higher Education by the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Education in Higher Education.  
In her free time, Isringhausen shows Arabian horses on the national show circuit.


Blue C, Isringhausen K, Dils E. Raising oral health awareness among nephrology nurses. J Dent Hyg. 2011;85:151-157