Alessandro Villa

Assistant Professor, Department of General Dentistry

  • Office

    100 E. Newton St.
    Boston, MA 02118

  • Phone617-638-4554
  • Education

    DDS, University of Milano, Italy
    MPH, AT Still University, MO
    PhD, University of Sassari, Italy
    Post-doctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute, NIH – Bethesda, MD
    Research-Fellow: Harvard School of Dental Medicine – Boston, MA
    Resident in Oral Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, MA

Dr. Alessandro Villa obtained a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) from the University of Milano, and a PhD from the University of Sassari, Italy. He obtained his Master of Public Health from AT Still University, MO and his Certificate in Oral Medicine from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, MA. Dr. Villa has contributed to the literature with numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is a peer reviewer for several professional journals. His clinical interest includes treatment of oral mucosal diseases, salivary gland disorders, oral complications from cancer therapy and orofacial pain management.


Intraoral herpes simplex virus infection in a patient with common variable immunodeficiency.
Villa A, Treister NS.
Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2013 Aug 8.

Oral health and oral diseases in pregnancy: a multicentre survey of Italian postpartum women.
Villa A, Abati S, Pileri P, Calabrese S, Capobianco G, Strohmenger L, Ottolenghi L, Cetin I, Campus GG.
Aust Dent J. 2013 Jun;58(2):224-9.

Lack of association between maternal periodontal status and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a multicentric epidemiologic study.
Abati S, Villa A, Cetin I, Dessole S, Lugliè PF, Strohmenger L, Ottolenghi L, Campus GG.
J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2013 Mar;26(4):369-72.

Pathogenic mechanisms linking periodontal diseases with adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Cetin I, Pileri P, Villa A, Calabrese S, Ottolenghi L, Abati S.
Reprod Sci. 2012 Jun;19(6):633-41.

An Innovative Approach to Treat Incisors Hypomineralization (MIH): A Combined Use of Casein Phosphopeptide-Amorphous Calcium Phosphate and Hydrogen Peroxide-A Case Report.
Mastroberardino S, Campus G, Strohmenger L, Villa A, Cagetti MG.
Case Rep Dent. 2012;2012:379593.

Self-reported oral hygiene habits among dental patients in Italy.
Villa A, Kreimer AR, Polimeni A, Cicciù D, Strohmenger L, Gherlone E, Abati S.
Med Princ Pract. 2012;21(5):452-6.

Oral metastasis of lung cancer. A challenge for the clinician.
Villa A, Mariani U, Villa F.
Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2012 Mar;16(1):133-5.

Self-reported oral hygiene habits and periodontal symptoms among postpartum women.
Villa A, Abati S, Strohmenger L, Cargnel M, Cetin I.
Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2011 Jul;284(1):245-9.

Risk factors and symptoms associated with xerostomia: a cross-sectional study.
Villa A, Abati S.
Aust Dent J. 2011 Sep;56(3):290-5.

Oral cancer and oral erythroplakia: an update and implication for clinicians.
Villa A, Villa C, Abati S.
Aust Dent J. 2011 Sep;56(3):253-6.

Oral cancer knowledge: a survey administered to patients in dental departments at large Italian hospitals.
Villa A, Kreimer AR, Pasi M, Polimeni A, Cicciù D, Strohmenger L, Gherlone E, Abati S.
J Cancer Educ. 2011 Sep;26(3):505-9.

Osteoporosis and bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw bone.
Villa A, Castiglioni S, Peretti A, Omodei M, Ferrieri GB, Abati S.
ISRN Rheumatol. 2011;2011:654027.

Dental patients’ self-reports of xerostomia and associated risk factors.
Villa A, Polimeni A, Strohmenger L, Cicciù D, Gherlone E, Abati S.
J Am Dent Assoc. 2011 Jul;142(7):811-6.

The epidemiology of oral HPV infection among a multinational sample of healthy men.
Kreimer AR, Villa A, Nyitray AG, Abrahamsen M, Papenfuss M, Smith D, Hildesheim A, Villa LL, Lazcano-Ponce E, Giuliano AR.
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011 Jan;20(1):172-82.

Preventive strategies and clinical implications for bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw: a review of 282 patients.
Bonacina R, Mariani U, Villa F, Villa A.
J Can Dent Assoc. 2011;77:b147.

Lingual juvenile xanthogranuloma in a woman: a case report.
Villa A, Mariani U, Villa F.
J Med Case Rep. 2011 Jan 24;5:30.

Hypodontia and microdontia: clinical features of a rare syndrome.
Villa A, Albonico A, Villa F.
J Can Dent Assoc. 2011;77:b115.

T-cell lymphoma of the oral cavity: a case report.
Villa A, Mariani U, Villa F.
Aust Dent J. 2010 Jun;55(2):203-6.

Periodontal disease and preterm birth relationship: a review of the literature.
Sacco G, Carmagnola D, Abati S, Luglio PF, Ottolenghi L, Villa A, Maida C, Campus G.
Minerva Stomatol. 2008 May;57(5):233-46, 246-50.

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