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Najeed Saleh

Najeed Saleh, DMD

Professor of Clinical Restorative Dentistry
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Division of Restorative Dentistry

Phone: 215-898-8975

Email: nsaleh@upenn.edu

Professional Biography

Dr. Saleh is a Professor of Clinical Restorative Dentistry and the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Penn Dental Medicine. He obtained his D.M.D. and certificate in Prosthodontics from Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine in 1979 and 1983, respectively. Furthermore, Dr. Saleh was named a Diplomate on the Israeli Board of Prosthodontics in 1985. He served on the faculty of the Hadassah School of Dental Medicine for eleven years, during which he was actively involved in all teaching aspects of Prosthodontics on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. During this time, Dr. Saleh also held a private practice in Jerusalem. After completing two years as a Research Fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, he decided to go on a sabbatical to the United States in 1990. He eventually joined the School’s faculty as a visiting assistant professor and became licensed to practice in the U.S. through Penn Dental Medicine’s Program for Advanced Standing Students (PASS) in 1994. During his time at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Saleh has served as Chief of Prosthodontics at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania (2005 – 2010), Acting Co-Chair in the Department of Preventive & Restorative Sciences (2005 – 2006) and Director of Comprehensive Care Clinics in the Department of Preventive & Restorative Sciences (2009 – 2016). His research efforts have been centered around clinical trials (i.e. testing clinical performance and behavior of dental materials such as composite resins and dental cements, evaluating new CAD/CAM technologies related to the production of all ceramic crown and bridge restorations, and examining immediate loading of dental implants). His area of expertise lies in treating esthetic cases and full-mouth rehabilitation, including porcelain crowns, bridges, implants and veneers. Dr. Saleh also specializes in complete and partial dentures, as well as implant-supported crowns, bridges, and overdentures.

Honors / Credentials
  • Director of Comprehensive Care Clinic, University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Preventive & Restorative Sciences, 2009 – 2016
  • Acting Co-Chair, University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Department of Preventive & Restorative Sciences, 2005 – 2006
  • Chief, Division of Prosthodontics, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry, 2005 – 2010
  • OKU Honorary Membership, 2001
  • The Robert Derebere Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 1995
  • Staff Prosthodontist, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry, 1994 – 2005
  • The Joseph L.T. Appleton Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, 1992
  • Instructor, Clinic Supervisor, Senior and Junior Class, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, 1992
  • Instructor, Graduate Program in Prosthodontics, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, 1989
  • Director, Integrative Dental Clinic, Senior Class, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, 1988
  • Director, Integrative Dental Clinic, Junior Class, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Hebrew University, Hadassah, School of Dental Medicine, 1988
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, 1987 – 1989
  • Diplomate, Israeli Board of Prosthodontics, 1985
  • Chief Instructor, Integrative Dental Clinic, Senior Class, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, 1983 – 1987
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, Prosthetic Dentistry, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, 1983
  • Instructor, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, 1980 – 1987
Education
  • D.M.D., University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, 1994
  • Certificate in Prosthodontics, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, 1983
  • D.M.D., Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, 1979