Mert N. Aksu, DDS, JD, MHSA is Dean of the School of Dentistry, at the University of Detroit Mercy. He also teaches and lectures on practice management topics. Dr. Aksu earned a BS in Biological Sciences and Psychology from the University of Michigan Dearborn, a DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and a JD from Wayne State University. He also completed a MS in Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan in 2000. Dr. Aksu is the recipient of numerous clinical awards including the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American Association of Orthodontists, and the F. B. Vedder Society. He is currently a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a Fellow with the American College of Legal Medicine, and a Fellow with the American College of Dentists. Dr. Aksu serves as an advisor to Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and numerous law firms throughout the state of Michigan.
Dr. Aksu has held numerous administrative positions at the school, including associate dean for clinic administration and most recently executive associate dean. He began a number of activities to further the mission of UDM and the school. He was the founding chairperson of the Department of Patient Management, enhanced community outreach opportunities, and fostered an environment of patient care, based on a comprehensive care model. Dr. Aksu was responsible for creating the vision for what is today the new location of the School at the Corktown Campus on Martin Luther King Drive. As dean, Dr. Aksu has helped position the dental school for strong growth in educating additional dental professionals and providing care for more patients who are underserved.