Prof Dr Norbert Gutknecht DDS PhD

Clinic of Conservative Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry, RWTH Aachen University Hospital 

Director Aachen Dental Laser Center (AALZ) at RWTH Aachen Campus 

Prof. Gutknecht studied medicine and dentistry from 1979 – 1989 at the Universities of Bochum, Florence and Aachen. 

He works since 1989 as a scientific researcher at the University Hospital of the RWTH Aachen University. 

In 1990 and 1992 he did scientific research studies in the field of dental laser therapy at the UCSF, USA.

In 1995 he received the “Master in application of Nd:YAG lasers in dentistry” in Phoenix – Arizona, USA.  

In 1998 he became a full Professor at the Clinic of Conservative Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry at RWTH Aachen University Medical and Dental Faculty.

Positions at RWTH Aachen University

Dep. Director of the Clinic of Conservative Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry 

Director of the “Aachen Dental Laser Center” called AALZ 

Scientific Director of the Academic Postgraduate Master Program: “Master of Science in Lasers in Dentistry” 

Positions in Other Universities

Visiting Professor at Bezmialem University of Istanbul, Turkey, Postgraduate Education

Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Postgraduate Education

Visiting Professor at the University of Nice, France, Postgraduate Education

Visiting Professor at the University of Salt Lake City, USA, Postgraduate Education

Visiting Professor at the University of Rome, Italy, Postgraduate Education

Positions in Scientific Organisations

President of the DGL, German Society of Laser Dentistry 

Executive Director of the WFLD, the World Federation for Laser Dentistry 

Member of the program committee for the SPIE International Society for Optical Engineering 

Honorary President of the GSLD, the Greek Society for Laser Dentistry 

Board Member of the SGLZ, the Swiss Society for Laser Dentistry

Board Member of the German Dental Association (DGZMK)

Board Member of the European Medical Laser Association (EMLA)

Editor of Scientific Journals

Associate Editor: “Lasers in Medical Science” Springer, London, UK.

Editor-in-Chief: “LASER - International magazine of laser dentistry” Oemus Media AG, Leipzig, Germany. 

Editorial Board Member: “Photomedicine and Laser Surgery” Mary Ann Libert Inc Publishers, New Rochelle, USA.

Books, Publications, Education

Prof. Gutknecht is author of the books

“Lasertherapy in dental practice”, Quintessenz, Berlin 1999.

“Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop of Evidence Based Dentistry on Lasers in Dentistry”, Quintessenz, Berlin 2007.

He is author of more than 150 publications in dental laser science in national and international journals, from which more than 70 are peer reviewed.

Since 1993 he performed more than 500 laser workshops all over the world. 

He was since 1994 a keynote speaker in more than 90 scientific congresses worldwide.