After a nationwide search, Penn Dental Medicine has named Dr. Joseph P. Fiorellini as Chairman of its Department of Periodontics. Dr. Fiorellini, who has also been appointed Professor of Periodontics, comes to Penn Dental Medicine from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he served as Vice Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity; Head of the Division of Periodontology; and Program Director of Periodontology. Throughout his tenure at Harvard, Dr. Fiorellini also maintained a private practice in periodontics and implant dentistry. He earned his DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1990, and in 1993, was awarded a DMSc degree in oral biology and a Certificate in Periodontology from Harvard.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Fiorellini to the Penn Dental Medicine family,” says Morton Amsterdam Dean Marjorie Jeffcoat. “He brings great expertise and energy to the role, and I am confident the department will continue to grow and develop in exciting ways under his leadership.”
Dr. Fiorellini, whose appointment was effective October 1, currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Periodontology, the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants and the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. His key areas of research include the relationship of genetics and periodontal disease and studies related to periodontal regeneration and implantology. Dr. Fiorellini has authored more than 50 manuscripts, reviews, and textbook chapters, and his research awards have included National Institutes of Health and International Association of Dental Research travel grants, The American Academy of Periodontology Young Investigators Award, The Academy of Osseointegration Research Award, and The European Association for Osseointegration Research Prize. He was also the recipient of the 2005 E. Bud Tarrson Research Award in Oral Plastic Surgery from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation.
“The Penn Dental Department of Periodontics has a rich history of leadership in the field, and I am looking forward to working with the faculty to build upon that,” says Dr. Fiorellini. “It is a great opportunity, and I am excited to be at the School.”
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 11, November 8, 2005