New Leadership in Periodontology & Oral Biology at Boston University Dental

Contact: Jackie Rubin, 617/638-4892 | jackier@bu.edu

(Boston) – Three leadership appointments were announced in the Department of Periodontology & Oral Biology at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) this week: Dr. Serge Dibart, Department Chair; Dr. Philip Trackman, Director of Oral Biology Research; and Dr. Oreste Zanni, Clinical Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics.

Dr. Dibart will also continue in his present position as Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics, and Dr. Trackman and he will work collaboratively to develop a robust research agenda for the department.

About Dr. Serge Dibart:

Dr. Dibart received his DDS and Certificate in Pharmacology from the Aix-Marseilles University School of Dental Medicine in 1982. Following that, he earned a Certificate in Periodontology from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1985. In 1989, Dr. Dibart earned his DMD from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and in 2010 he was honored with the American Academy of Periodontology Outstanding Educator Award.

Dr. Dibart currently serves as Professor and Director of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics in the Department of Periodontology & Oral Biology at GSDM; Clinical Professor of Dental Hygiene at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene; and Professor of Stomatology (Honorary) at the Henan Provincial Hospital People’s Republic of China. Previous appointments at GSDM include both Assistant and Associate Professor, Assistant Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics, and Manager, 2nd floor Post-Doctoral Patient Treatment Centers (Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Endodontics and Operative Dentistry). Prior to joining GSDM, Dr. Dibart served as Clinical Instructor, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Research Staff Associate, Department of Oral Microbiology and Periodontology, Forsyth Research Institute; and Senior attending periodontist, Children’s Hospital, Boston MA.

Dr. Dibart’s professional activities are numerous and include memberships in the American Dental Association, the American Association for Dental Research, the International Association for Dental Research, the American Board of Periodontology, and the Massachusetts Dental Society. He has authored a variety of books on periodontology and implant dentistry (Wiley Blackwell publishers), articles in peer reviewed journals, and is an invited lecturer, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Dibart also maintains a private practice in Watertown, MA.

About Dr. Philip Trackman:

Dr. Trackman received a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio in 1975; a Ph.D in Biochemistry from Boston University in 1980; and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA from 1980 – 1983. He has been listed in Marquis “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” since 1997.

Dr. Trackman currently serves as Professor of Periodontology and Oral Biology at GSDM and Research Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Boston University School of Medicine. Previous GSDM appointments include Assistant and Associate Professor of Periodontology and Oral Biology. Between 1983 and 1987, Dr. Trackman served as Team Leader, Project Leader, and Staff Researcher at the American subsidiary in Wilton, CT of the biotechnology/pharmaceutical company that is now known as Novo Nordisk (Bagsvaerd, Denmark). He returned to Academia in 1987 and joined GSDM in 1992.

Dr. Trackman’s extensive research at GSDM has been continuously funded by NIH since 1994 and his current grants include two R01 awards from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, respectively entitled “Growth Factors and Gingival Fibrosis” and “Inhibited Intramembranous Bone Healing in Diabetes”. He also recently completed An Idea Award from the Department of Defense entitled “Lysyl Oxidase Propeptide as an Inhibitor of Prostate-to-Bone Metastasis”. His research has been widely published and he has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals.

Dr. Trackman’s professional activities are numerous and include memberships to societies including the American Chemical Society; Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Organization of North America; the Boston Section of the American Association of Dental Research; the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research; the American Society of Matrix Biology; the International CCN Society; the International Association of Dental Research; the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; and the American Diabetes Association.

About Dr. Oreste D. Zanni:

Dr. Zanni received a B.A. in Biology from Merrimack College, North Andover MA in 1968 and a DDS from Case Western Reserve University, School of Dentistry, Cleveland OH in 1973. He also completed an Internship at Tufts New England Medical Center Department of Dental Medicine, Boston MA in 1974; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Periodontics, Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry in 1976.

Dr. Zanni currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Postdoctoral Periodontics at GSDM; Senior Staff Member of the Department of Surgery, Division of Dentistry at the Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, MA; and Senior Staff Member of the Department of Surgery, Division of Dentistry at the Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, MA. He previously served as Clinical Instructor in Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Periodontics at GSDM. In addition, he maintains a private practice limited to Periodontology and Implant Dentistry in Methuen, MA.

In both 2009 and 2010, Dr. Zanni was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the residents enrolled in the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics at GSDM. In addition, in 2008 and 2009 he was honored with the Educator Award from the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Zanni’s professional activities are numerous and include memberships to societies including: the American Academy of Periodontology; the Massachusetts Periodontal Society; the Merrimack Valley Dental Society; and the Greater Lawrence Dental Society.

Mission of Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine:

The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will be the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population.

We will provide outstanding service to a diverse group of students, patients, faculty, staff, alumni, and healthcare professionals within our facilities, our community, and the world.

We will shape the future of the profession through scholarship, creating and disseminating new knowledge, developing and using innovative technologies and educational methodologies, and by promoting critical thinking and lifelong learning.

We will do so in an ethical, supportive environment, consistent with our core values of respect, truth, responsibility, fairness, compassion; and our operational values of excellence, service and effective communication in synergy with the strategic plan of Boston University.

We will support this mission using responsible financial policies and philanthropy.