Pitt dental school names new dean
April 17, 2018
— The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine named Dr. Bernard J. Costello as its new dean beginning April 1.
Dr. Costello, a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, had served as interim dean since February, according to a news release.
"Dr. Costello is deeply committed to our School of Dental Medicine, its faculty and students and their success," said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in a news release.
Dr. Costello joined Pitt's faculty in 2001 in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, serving as the school's associate dean for faculty affairs and a senior associate dean. He directed translational research for the School of Dental Medicine and the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program until 2016, and he remains the fellowship director for pediatric craniomaxillofacial surgery, according to the news release.
In addition, Dr. Costello is chief of both the Division of Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery in the School of Dental Medicine and the Division of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
"We are fortunate that our own faculty member, with years of commitment to his school, to our university and to our medical center, and who is recognized nationally and internationally for his research and clinical and educational achievements, has chosen to serve as our dean," said Arthur Levine, M.D., Pitt's senior vice chancellor for the health sciences.
Dr. Costello earned his bachelor of science in biological science from the University of Scranton, followed by doctorates in medicine and dental medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Costello is currently the president-elect of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.