A long-time member of the Penn Dental Medicine community, Dr. Hangorsky has been part of the School’s faculty since 1980, serving in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. Presently, he also serves as Associate Dean for Student Life, Admissions and the Program for Advanced Standing Students (PASS) – a post he will continue to hold along with his new appointment.
“With an extensive background in academics, his expertise in periodontics and respected leadership within Penn Dental Medicine, I am confident Dr. Hangorsky will successfully steer the Department of Periodontics through this time of transition,” says Interim Dean Dana Graves.
Among the appointments Dr. Hangorsky has held at Penn Dental Medicine are Director of Predoctoral Periodontics, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Recognized for his teaching, he was the recipient of Penn Dental Medicine’s Joseph L. T. Appleton Award for excellence in clinical teaching and the Graduate Periodontics Outstanding Teaching Award, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Dr. Hangorsky holds a DDS from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and earned both an MSc and Certificate in Periodontics from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Hangorsky also spent many years in private clinical practice limited to periodontics. Dr. Hangorsky will remain in the Interim Chair role until the search is complete for a permanent Chair.