Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Overseers – Robert Zou of Beijing, China, and Dr. Stephen Olitsky of Gwynedd Valley, Pa. Both appointments to three-year renewable terms were officially approved by the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees at its October 29 meeting.
Robert Zou is the Founder and CEO of Arrail Dental Group, one of the largest private dental groups in China. Arrail launched its first dental clinic in Beijing in 1999, and today, Arrail Dental has 15 clinics in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Xiamen. Prior to founding Arrail Dental Group, Mr. Zou spent more than 14 years with SmithKline Beecham, Bankers Trust, and A.T. Kearney in China, Hong Kong, and the United States.
Mr. Zou is a 1994 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and has served as Chairman of the Wharton Club of Beijing, co-chairing the June 2009 Wharton Global Alumni Forum. He is also a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Asia. Mr. Zou forged a relationship with Penn Dental Medicine through a faculty/staff exchange program between Arrail and the school, and in his role on the Board, he hopes to help support the expansion of Penn Dental Medicine’s continuing education offerings in Asia.
Dr. Stephen Olitsky, who serves as a Clinical Associate in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, has been part of the Penn Dental Medicine faculty since 2007. Dr. Olitsky earned his DMD from Temple University’s School of Dentistry in 1990 and is also a graduate of Germantown Academy and Franklin and Marshal College, where he majored in both studio art and biology. He practiced general dentistry from 1990 through 2010, running a successful private practice in Montgomery County, Pa., and stepped away from active practice in 2010 to focus on his interests in teaching and philanthropy.
Dr. Olitsky is the co-director of The Olitsky Family Foundation and a member of the board of Franklin’s Paine Park Fund, a nonprofit building skate parks throughout Philadelphia. His is also active with a number of other Philadelphia nonprofits, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; MANNA, a nonprofit that provides meals to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS; Friends of Rittenhouse Square; PAWS (Philadelphia animal welfare society); and the Gift of Life Foundation, devoted to building awareness on organ donation. In addition, Dr. Olitsky was recently named Dental Director of the State of Pennsylvania for Dentaquest, a national dental benefits administrator, and is a co-owner of Rayskin LLC, a manufacturer of custom surfboards, snowboards, and skateboards.
Dr. Olitsky comes from a family of dentists, including his grandfather and father, Dr. Allan J. Olitsky, Director of the Penn Dental Care Network, Penn Dental Medicine’s faculty practices.
“Both Stephen and Robert bring diverse experiences to the Board,” says Penn Dental Medicine’s Morton Amsterdam Dean Denis Kinane. “Their unique perspectives on teaching dentistry and running successful business practices will be invaluable to us going forward.”
The Penn Dental Medicine Board of Overseers provides volunteer leadership to the school and acts as an advisory resource for the Dean and other administrative leaders, stewarding the missions of both Penn Dental Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania.
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