Dr. Laskin received his D.D.S. degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry and his Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He was formerly Professor and Head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the College of Dentistry (1973-1983), Clinical Professor of Surgery in the College of Medicine (1961-83), and Director of the Temporomandibular Joint and Facial Pain Research Center (1963-83) at the University of Illinois Professional Colleges. He currently holds the rank of Professor Emeritus. From 1984 until 2002 he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the School of Dentistry and Chairman of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the School of Medicine at Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. He was also Director of the Temporomandibular Joint and Facial Pain Research Center. Since 2003 he has remained in the department as Professor and Chairman Emeritus.
Dr. Laskin is Past-President of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 1972-2002. He is Past-President and former Secretary-General of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and also served as the Executive Director of that organization. He has also been President of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the National Academies of Practice. He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Sigma Xi and a Fellow of both the American and International College of Dentists. He is also an honorary Fellow in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. His other honors include an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Indiana University, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Indiana University, the University of Ilinois Alumni Achievement Award, the William J. Gies Oral Surgery Award, the Heidbrink Award, the Donald B. Osbon Award for Outstanding Educator, and the Virginia Commonwealth University Award of Excellence.
Dr. Laskin has made over 900 contributions to the literature in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery and in dental research, including 18 books on the various aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including the temporomandibular joint. He is the recipient of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Research Recognition Award and the W. Harry Archer Achievement Award for his studies on the temporomandibular joint, and he is the recipient of the Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from the American Dental Association.