Penn Dental Medicine has named a new chairman of its department of endodontics, appointing Bekir Karabucak to this leadership role. Dr. Karabucak, associate professor of endodontics, had been serving as interim chair of the department since October 2014.
“Throughout his career at Penn Dental Medicine, Dr. Karabucak has developed a reputation as an outstanding clinician, educator, and enthusiastic leader,” said Dean Denis Kinane, when announcing the appointment. “I look forward to the continuing legacy of Penn Dental Medicine’s esteemed department of endodontics under Dr. Karabucak’s leadership.”
Dr. Karabucak has been a member of the Penn Dental Medicine faculty since 1998. He joined the department of endodontics as a lecturer upon completion of his postdoctoral training in endodontics at Penn Dental Medicine, advancing to the Standing Faculty as assistant professor in 2002 and associate professor in 2011. Originally from Turkey, Dr. Karabucak holds a DDS from Istanbul University and earned his DMD and MS in oral biology from Penn Dental Medicine as well.
Since 2011, Dr. Karabucak has been director of the postdoctoral endodontics program at Penn Dental Medicine, while also serving as the director of the school’s division of advanced dental education since 2012. He will continue to hold both of these roles in addition to the chairmanship.
Along with his teaching and administrative appointments, Dr. Karabucak, a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, is a practicing endodontist in the Penn Dental Family Practice and an attending physician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Karabucak presents lectures nationally and internationally with particular focus on the topics of endodontic microsurgery, bioceramics, and regenerative endodontics.
The Penn Dental Medicine department of endodontics has established itself as leader in the integration of the operating microscope into conventional, and particularly, surgical endodontic education and practice. Along with the postdoctoral endodontics program, which accepts eight residents each year, the department has an international program, an advanced continuing education program designed specially for general dentists practicing in other countries who wish to sharpen their skills in endodontics; since 1993, the department has also opened its doors to current practitioners through its Microscope Training Center that provides intensive two-day continuing education seminars and one-on-one hands-on training in both microendodontics and microsurgery.