Dr. Rodrigo Neiva currently heads the Department of Periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine as Chairman and Clinical Professor of Periodontics. After obtaining his D.D.S. in Brazil, he continued his education at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where he earned a Certificate and a Master’s degree in Periodontics. In 2004, Dr. Neiva was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry before advancing to Clinical Associate Professor in 2009. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 2010, serving as Clinical Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Periodontology. In 2017, he was awarded full Clinical Professorship, a position he held until his official transition to Penn Dental Medicine as Chairman of Periodontics in September 2019. Consistently recognized for his commitment to excellence in academic dentistry, Dr. Neiva has received numerous teaching awards throughout his career. He is a Fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy and of the American College of Dentists, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the International Congress of Oral Implantology. Dr. Neiva currently serves as Board Examiner for the American Board of Periodontology and was, most notably, elected the youngest Board Director ever in the history of the organization.