As the new dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), Dr. William Giannobile has big plans.
He’s reopening and operating a recently shuttered dental clinic, expanding the program’s curriculum to cover more advanced technologies, pushing for more fellowships and scholarships, and developing ways to better prepare dentists for the business side of running a practice, to name just a few of those plans.
Dr. Giannobile took over his new role last September after spending more than 20 years at the University of Michigan. There, he most recently served as the William & Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Dentistry and chair of the department of periodontics and oral medicine, as well as a professor of biomedical engineering in the university’s college of engineering.
Throughout his career, Dr. Giannobile has focused on periodontology, oral regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, molecular biology and precision medicine. His broad scientific background and experience in engineering gives him a unique perspective that he’ll use to shape the dental program going forward.
“A lot of what you do in dentistry is micro aspects of engineering and reconstruction,” Dr. Giannobile said. “You’re reconstructing teeth or building bone and soft tissue. My dual appointment in engineering allowed me to collaborate with clinicians and students in a lab environment and meet talented researchers in the engineering field.”