of Dental Medicine: Marjorie Jeffcoat
Marjorie K. Jeffcoat, award-winning
dental researcher, professor and administrator
at the University of Alabama School
of Dentistry, has been named dean of
the School of Dental Medicine, President
Judith Rodin announced. Dr. Jeffcoat
will assume her new role this summer.
are delighted that a researcher and
academic of Dr. Jeffcoat's caliber
will be bringing her considerable talents
to Penn's dental school," Dr.
Rodin said. "Our faculty are in
the midst of exciting, cutting-edge
research and innovative curriculum
development, and Penn's community oral
health programs are second to none.
We believe Dr. Jeffcoat's background
and experience will enable her to build
on the school's outstanding base and
carry it forward."
periodontist, Dr. Jeffcoat is a graduate
of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine,
where she also studied as a research
fellow in periodontology and a Medical
Foundation fellow. She earned her undergraduate
degree at MIT.
recently at Alabama, Dr. Jeffcoat has
served as assistant dean of research
and professor and chair of the department
of periodontics. She has also been
a professor of biomedical engineering,
held the James Rosen Endowed Chair
of Dental Research and served as interim
chair for the department of oral biology.
She has been course master for senior
periodontics and clinical periodontics
and a member of more than a dozen academic
committees, boards and task forces
in addition to the university's faculty
she taught periodontology for 10 years
at Harvard, where she also served on
a number of clinical and academic committees.
Jeffcoat's reputation as a clinical
researcher and her leadership at the
University of Alabama-Birmingham put
her at the very forefront of dental
medicine today," said Provost
strong credentials and her vision for
the future of dental medicine and dental
education make her an ideal candidate
to lead Penn's dental school forward
as it continues to enhance and develop
its leadership in research and education," Dr.
Jeffcoat is a past president of both
the American Association for Dental
Research and the International Association
for Dental Research and currently serves
on the National Institutes of Health-NIDCR
Advisory Committee for Research on
Women's Health. She has served on the
editorial boards of a variety of professional
research journals for more than 20
years, including her current position
as editor-in-chief of the Journal
of The American Dental Association.
professional honors include the Clinical
Research Award and the Gies Award,
both from the American Academy of Periodontology,
and the President's Achievement Award
from the University of Alabama-Birmingham,
in addition to more than a dozen others.
in 1878, Penn's School of Dental Medicine
has a history of forging precedents in dental
education, research and patient care and
is ranked consistently among the top five
dental schools in the country. The school
is among the top dental schools in the nation
for NIH funding received, and globally,
it is one of only 37 World Health Organization
Collaborating Centers on oral health around