Chair and Professor of Restorative Dentistry
Department of Preventive & Restorative Sciences
Prior to joining Penn Dental Medicine as Chairperson of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences in September 2006, Dr. Blatz was at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry in New Orleans, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Biomaterials and Assistant Dean for Clinical Research. During his tenure at LSU, Dr. Blatz also directed the Masters of Science in Oral Biology Program and was a senior faculty member in the Department of Prosthodontics. From 1994 to 1998 he was an Assistant Professor and from 1998 to 1999 a senior faculty member in the Department of Prosthodontics at Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg School of Dentistry in Freiburg, Germany.
Dr. Blatz completed a residency in prosthodontics/perioprosthodontics there as well in 1997. A widely published and internationally respected lecturer, Dr. Blatz’s main focus within clinical practice and research is esthetic dentistry with an emphasis on implantology and dental materials, particularly ceramics and adhesion. He has founded and directs Penn Dental Medicine’s CAD/CAM Ceramic Center, an interdisciplinary venture to study emerging technologies and new ceramic materials while providing state-of-the-art esthetic clinical care. Dr. Blatz holds editorial positions with numerous professional journals. He is Section Editor for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and former Associate Editor for Quintessence International and Quintessence of Dental Technology. He is also a member of the editorial boards for over twenty scientific dental journals, including the Journal of Adhesive Dentistry, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, and Compendium. Dr. Blatz is also an active member of many professional societies, including the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.