Penn Dental Medicine

Departments & Faculty

Mel Mupparapu, DMD, MDS, Dip.ABOMR

Professor of Oral Medicine
Director, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology
Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Fellowship


  • DMD, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • MDS, Mangalore University (India), 1987
  • BDS, Dr. NTR University of the Health Sciences (India), 1983


  • Recipient of the Credo in Action Award, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), 2011
  • Elected as Director, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR), 2011
  • Appointed as the Associate Editor, Dentomaxillofacial Radiology (DMFR) journal, British Institute of Radiology
  • Nominated as a member, Selection committee for Europe (Italy and Malta), Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Scholarship committee, 2010
  • Appointed as the Associate Editor, Quintessence International dental journal
  • Fulbright Scholar to Malta, U.S. Department of the State, Fulbright Scholarship Board, 2009
  • Inducted, Master Educators Guild, UMDNJ, 2006
  • Master Educator of the year Award, New Jersey Dental School, UMDNJ, 2006
  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR), 1999

Dr. Mupparapu joined the faculty in 1996 after completing his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania. As an assistant professor, Dr. Mupparapu worked extensively on the remote dental consultation project at the School of Dental Medicine before taking up a position as associate professor and director of radiology at the New Jersey Dental School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark in 2002. He became a full professor in 2007 and continued as the director of the division of oral and maxillofacial radiology at New Jersey Dental School until his return to the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. As a professor and the director of Oral and maxillofacial Radiology, Dr. Mupparapu oversees all radiology related courses and clinics including the state of the art, Cone beam CT imaging center.

Research Interests

Dr. Mupparapu’s initial research included soft tissue calcifications of the maxillofacial region and remote dental consultation. He published many articles in the peer-reviewed dental literature on the subject of transmigration of teeth. The classifications he and his co-workers proposed for both unilateral and bilateral transmigratory mandibular canines has been widely accepted and followed universally. He continues to work on the subject to further his knowledge on the mechanisms of altered eruption and transmigration of teeth. Technology related projects are of special interest to Dr. Mupparapu. During the past decade, Dr. Mupparapu was involved in various projects that involved local area and wide area networks that were mainly focused on telecommunications in dental setting, data storage and remote retrieval of radiographs and wireless acquisition of radiographic image data. This work led to several publications. Cone beam CT and its applications to implant site evaluation is another subject Dr. Mupparapu is currently working on. His special interest is in the utilization of information pertaining to the density values (Hounsfield number) and their reliability for the bone density measurements in the mandible and maxilla. Dr. Mupparapu continues to work in the field of genetics and tooth migration and has actively collaborated with researchers at the University of Malta. He has started several educational research projects in the area of radiation dose reduction, radiographic re-exposures and quality control in Oral and maxillofacial Radiology.

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Mel Mupparapu, DMD, MDS, Dip.ABOMR
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