Dr. Foote, Dental Medicine

Dr. Joseph Foote, a member of the Penn Dental Medicine community, died February 26, 2010, at the age of 61 of cutaneous t-cell lymphoma.

A native of New York, Dr. Foote received a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. He earned his DMD degree from Penn Dental Medicine in 1974 and completed his postdoctoral residency in oral surgery there in 1980. Five years later he earned a medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and then completed his residency at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

He joined the faculty of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery in 1986 and had held the position of clinical associate professor since 2001. He also served as chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (from 1989 to 2010) and chief of the oral and maxillofacial surgery service at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center (from 1989 to 2010).

According to Penn Dental Medicine, “Dr. Foote was held in high regard by his students, residents, and fellow faculty. During his 30-year career, hundreds of dentists and physicians referred complex patients to him. He was nationally recognized for his particular expertise in microsurgical repair of maxillofacial nerve injuries. He was clearly the ‘doctor of last resort’ for patients with debilitating facial pain, who relied on him for his technical skill, but also for his never-ending benevolence and empathy. He championed care for those less fortunate and no patient was ever denied his skill and care regardless of circumstances.” Most recently, Dr. Foote was among the 206 “Top Dentists” named by Philadelphia magazine.

Dr. Foote is survived by his wife, Susan and brother-in-law, Dr. Peter Quinn, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery; sons, Joe, D’10, Travis and Conor; daughters, Catherine (C’00, D’04, GD’06), Emily, Meredith, and Amanda; his father, Joseph W. Foote, Sr.; and his siblings, Donna, Brian, Sharon, Denise, Colleen, Patti, and Michele along with many nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made in his memory to a charity of individual choosing. A guestbook can be signed at the Chadwick & McKinney Funeral Home site, www.chadwickmckinney.com.