Quick Facts & Figures

Penn Dental Medicine is a private, ivy-league institution with a history deeply rooted in forging precedents in dental education, research, and patient care. Since its founding, dentistry has been taught in a scientific environment as a specialty of medicine and under the multidisciplinary umbrella of the University of Pennsylvania.

Founded: 1878

Morton Amsterdam Dean: Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD


Faculty: 42 standing faculty

Staff: 277 (includes full time and part time)

Alumni: More than 10,500 alumni living and practicing in 50 different countries

Academic Programs:


Among Penn Dental Medicine’s leading research programs are investigators studying basic and clinical science topics within periodontal disease, oral mucosal diseases and bone disorders, oral facial pain, advanced dental materials and devices, and oral and systemic health.

Academic Departments:

10 academic departments including its own basic science faculty

Anatomy & Cell Biology Oral Surgery & Pharmacology
Biochemistry Orthodontics
Endodontics Pathology
Microbiology Periodontics
Oral Medicine Preventive and Restorative Sciences

Clinical Services:

  • Provides a full range of general restorative and specialty care services in its teaching clinics — Brainerd F. Swain Orthodontic Clinic, Syngcuk Kim Endodontic Clinic, Robert I. Schattner Clinic (general restorative), Edward & Shirley Shils Clinic (general restorative), Oral Medicine Clinic, Oral Surgery Clinic, Pediatric Clinic, D. Walter Cohen and Morton Amsterdam Periodontal Clinic, and William W.M. Cheung Advanced Dental Care Clinic
  • Performed approximately 175,810 procedures in FY17 in its clinical teaching facilities.
  • Provided approximately $4.1 million in uncompensated or undercompensated care in FY17 in its teaching clinics.
  • Serves University of Pennsylvania and Health System employees and the surrounding Philadelphia neighborhoods through the School’s Penn Dental Family Practice.

Campus Buildings:

  • Robert Schattner Center (120,011 sq. ft.) – dedicated 2002
  • Leon Levy Center for Oral Health Research (71,392 sq. ft.) – dedicated 1969
  • Thomas W. Evans Building (93,508 sq. ft.) – dedicated 1915


240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030

Figures as of June 2017 unless otherwise noted.

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