Lawrence P. Garetto, Ph.D

Lawrence P. Garetto, Ph.D photo

Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Garetto is jointly appointed as Professor of Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology at Indiana University School of Dentistry and Professor of Cellular/Integrative Physiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego’s Revelle College, a Master’s degree from Boston University’s Sargent College and his Ph.D. in Physiology from the Boston University School of Medicine.  Dr. Garetto completed a fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics.  Dr. Garetto was the founding Chair of the IUSD Professional Conduct Committee and continues to serve as advisor to the Student Professional Conduct Committee, a peer review group in the School of Dentistry.  He also serves as the advisor to IUSD’s Student Professionalism and Ethics Club and to the newly formed national Student Professionalism and Ethics Association.  He is Past-President of the American Society for Dental Ethics and represented the Society as the ethics liaison to the Board of Regents of the American College of Dentists.  Dr. Garetto’s scholarly work centers on the early development of critical thinking/clinical reasoning skills and on competency measure for professional and clinical ethics.


  • 1975 B.A. in Biology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California
  • 1978 M.S. – Boston University Sargent College of Allied Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1984 Ph.D. – Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1988 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Davis, California
  • 2012 Certificate in Bioethics, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana (pending)
  • 2012 Clinical Ethics Fellowship, Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, Indianapolis Indiana

Representative Publications

  • Schrader, S, McCleerey, M, Zunt, S, Budyn, C, Garetto, LP, Zahl, DA, Spain, I. Engaging the HIV Community with “Real” Simulated Patients, Journal of Dental Education, Submitted 1/2011.

  • Gregson, K Romito, LM and Garetto, LP. Students’ Attitudes Toward Integrating Problem-Based Learning into a D.D.S. Pharmacology Curriculum. Journal of Dental Education. 74: 489-498, 2010.

  • Maupomé G, Schrader S, Mannan S, Garetto L, Eggertsson H. Diagnostic thinking and information used in clinical decision-making: a qualitative study of expert and student dental clinicians. BMC Oral Health. May 13;10:11, 2010.

  • Garetto, L.P. and Senour, W.E. Using an Ethics Across the Curriculum Strategy in Dental Education. The Journal of the American College of Dentists 73(4): 33-37, 2006.

  • Garetto, L.P. and Yoder, K.M.. Basic Oral Health Needs: A Professional Priority? Journal of Dental Education. 70(11):1166-9, 2006

  • Garetto, L.P., Weissinger, P.A. and Goldblatt, L.I. Introducing Critical Thinking into Dental Education. Alpha Omegan 97 (2) 28-34, 2004.