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Penn dental school names new dean

March 30, 2018
Dr. Mark Wolff
Dr. Wolff
Philadelphia — The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine announced March 29 it named Dr. Mark Wolff as its new dean, effective July 1.

Dr. Wolff is currently a professor and chair of cariology and comprehensive care at the College of Dentistry at New York University and serves as the college’s senior associate dean for development and alumni relations.

“When we met Mark, he told us that he has always loved his work and believed in dental medicine because dentists help make people smile,” said Amy Gutmann, Penn president, in a news release. “We too are smiling at the prospect of Mark joining Penn and partnering with the incredible faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Penn Dental Medicine to bring this storied school to even greater heights.”

Dr. Wolff joined NYU in 2005. Under his leadership as chair of comprehensive care, he led a group of 400 faculty and staff; kept student pass rates on national boards at near perfect levels; and raised more than $20 million in research programs, according to the news release.

“Among Mark’s many successes, he has demonstrated the many ways in which integrating patient care, educational experiences and research programs advance core strategic goals, strengthen faculty and student culture, and better link the mission of dental schools with local and global partners and communities,” said Wendell Pritchett, Penn provost.

Prior to NYU, Dr. Wolff served as a faculty member at Stony Brook University for over two decades. In addition, Dr. Wolff is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and has authored or co-authored 80 original articles, 20 books and chapters. Dr. Wolff also served as chair of the American Dental Education Association’s Council on Sections, president of the American Association of Oral Biologists and secretary and councilor of the American Association of Dental School’s Oral Biology and Cariology sections.