Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine recently welcomed Arnold Weisgold, DDS, FACD, to its Dean’s Council. The Council serves as an external advisory group to the School’s Dean on matters relevant to advancing the mission of Penn Dental Medicine. As a long-time member of the faculty, Dr. Weisgold brings close ties to the School to the role.
Presently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine, Dr. Weisgold joined the School’s faculty in 1967 as an Assistant Professor, advancing to serve as Clinical Professor from 1976 through 2005 before becoming Adjunct Professor. Among his other appointments at Penn Dental Medicine, he was founding Chair of the former Department of Form and Function of the Masticatory System (1976-1984); served as Director of Postdoctoral Periodontal Prosthesis (1973-2006) and Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences (1984-1987); and was the first Director of the former Implant Research Center (1990-1996).
Dr. Weisgold earned his dental degree from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1961. After graduation, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps for two years, and then came to Penn to pursue postdoctoral study, earning a certificate in periodontics/fixed prosthodontics in 1965. In 1965, he was also named the first Coordinator of Occlusion at Temple University, where he developed a four-year program in the discipline.
In addition to his faculty position at Penn Dental Medicine, Dr. Weisgold has held appointments at New York University School of Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, and Kaohsiung Medical College School of Dentistry (Taiwan). He has also had affiliations with the U.S. Army and Naval Dental Corps, the Veteran’s Administration, Albert Einstein Medical Center, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania.
He has served on the National Board Examinations Council and is a Consulting Editor for the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry and the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. He was the President of the Associate Section of the American Academy of Periodontology (1974-75) and the President of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics (1989-1990). Among his awards, he received the Saul Schluger Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence from the Seattle Study Club (2006), the Distinguished Clinician’s Award from Quintessence Publishing Co. (2013), and the Alpha Omega Achievement Medal (2013). He also was elected to Honorary Membership in the American College of Prosthodontics (2015).
Dr. Weisgold has presented lectures throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, South Africa, the Mideast and Far East, and is the author of numerous papers and/or chapters in the areas of periodontal prosthesis, restorative dentistry, esthetics, implant prosthodontics, and occlusion.
Members of the Dean’s Council have made Penn Dental Medicine a priority in their charitable giving, serve as ambassadors for the School, and help to engage alumni as well as current and prospective students.