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Associate Deans in the School of Medicine
September 14, 2010, Volume 57, No. 03


Maren Gaughan has been named associate dean of development and alumni relations for the School of Dental Medicine. Her appointment was effective August 30, 2010.

In this position, Ms. Gaughan will serve as the School’s chief development officer with senior managerial responsibilities for all fundraising and alumni activities. She will also have oversight of the School’s Office of Communications.

Ms. Gaughan comes to Penn Dental Medicine from the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, N.J., where she served as Executive director of development. Prior to that post, she was the executive director of development for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. She also spent 13 years in several leadership positions at the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute, including having served as associate vice president for development. At all of these institutions, Ms. Gaughan was key in creating new programs to increase giving; developed a track record for raising major gifts; and was recognized for motivating both her staff and key volunteers.

“We are confident that Maren will take our fundraising program to a new level of excellence,” said Penn Dental Medicine’s Morton Amsterdam Dean Denis F. Kinane on her appointment.

Ms. Gaughan holds a BA in International Studies from Gettysburg College.


Dr. Dana Graves has joined Penn’s School of Dental Medicine as professor of periodontics and associate dean for translational research. His appointment to the standing faculty was effective July 1, 2010.

Dr. Graves came to Penn Dental Medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), where since 2008, he served as professor and chair of the department of periodontics. Prior to UMDNJ, he was on the faculty of Boston University School of Dental Medicine, serving within the department of periodontology and oral pathology as an assistant professor (1987-1990), associate professor (1990-1993), and professor (1993-2008). Dr. Graves was also an attending periodontist with the Boston University Dental Health Center, Boston, Mass., (2003-2008) and the South Shore Dental Group, Braintree, Mass. (1988-2003).

“A highly respected researcher and lecturer, Dr. Graves brings a depth of experience and scholarship to the School,” said Morton Amsterdam Dean Denis F. Kinane.

Dr. Graves’ key research interests are in the areas of inflammation and diabetes as they relate to periodontal disease and the loss and repair of connective tissue and bone. Dr. Graves holds a DMSc in oral biology and a certificate in Periodontology from Harvard University and earned his DDS at Columbia University.

In addition to his appointment as professor ofperiodontics, Dr. Graves will also be serving as associate dean for translational research. In this role, he will have primary responsibility for maximizing the School’s combined clinical and related basic science research.

Almanac - September 14, 2010, Volume 57, No. 03