Dr. Michael Glick to Lead School’s New Center for Integrative Global Oral Health


Dr. Michael Glick

Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine has named Dr. Michael Glick to lead its new Center of Integrative Global Oral Health. He has joined the School as Executive Director of the Center and Professor of Clinical Restorative Dentistry in the Department of Preventive & Restorative Sciences effective July 1.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Glick bringing his vision and leadership to our new Center,” says the School’s Morton Amsterdam Dean, Dr. Mark S. Wolff. “Through public policy, education, and research initiatives, we will seek to find creative solutions to address unmet oral health needs facing us around the world, bringing together collaborators across disciplines and across borders. I’m eager to have Dr. Glick working with us to meet this challenge.”

The School is launching the Center – the School’s first policy center – thanks to a $5 million gift made earlier this year by Dr. Garry Rayant (GD’77), a member of the School’s Board of Advisors, and his wife, Kathy Fields, providing the foundational support to establish the Center.

Dr. Glick brings a depth of experience in academic leadership to this new role. From 2009-2015, he served as Dean of the University of Buffalo, SUNY, School of Dental Medicine where he most recently remained as Professor of Oral Diagnostic Sciences (2009-2021). Prior to his time at Buffalo, he was Professor of Oral Medicine at Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University, also holding the post of Associate Dean of Oral-Medical Sciences at the University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (2007-2009). While part of the faculty at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey from 2001 to 2007, Dr. Glick served as Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences (2002-2007) and as Director of both the Division of Oral Medicine (2001-2006) and the Postgraduate Training Program in Oral Medicine (2001-2006).

This new position will be Dr. Glick’s second faculty appointment at Penn Dental Medicine, previously serving from 1994 to 2001, as both Associate Professor (1994-1999) and Professor (1999-2001) of Oral Medicine. During that time, he also directed the School’s programs for medically complex patients and infectious diseases. Dr. Glick launched his academic career at Temple University School of Dentistry, directing its Infectious Disease Center (1988-1993).

A widely published and highly respected lecturer, Dr. Glick has held numerous editorial roles, including Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) from 2005 to 2020. Among many awards, he was the 2018 recipient of the Edward Leo Sheridan Medal from the Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland and the Distinguished Dental Editor Award from the American Association of Dental Editors & Journalists and ADA Council on Communications in 2020.

Dr. Glick has been active with the FDI World Dental Federation since 2007, serving on multiple committees, including co-chairing the Task Team Vision 2030. He also served a leading role in establishing FDI’s Vision 2020 and most recently its Vision 2030, giving guidance for a global interdisciplinary and integrative role for oral health.

Among other wide-ranging involvement within organized dentistry, he has served as President of the American Board of Oral Medicine (2008-2010) and in various capacities with the American Dental Association, including as a member of its Council on Scientific Affairs (1995-1999). Dr. Glick was also a contributor and reviewer for the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health in 2019 and 1999 and served as a state Dental Director for the National AIDS Education and Training Center Dental Working Group (1995-2003).

Dr. Glick completed specialty training in oral medicine at Penn Dental Medicine (1988) and a general practice residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1987). He holds a DMD from Hebrew University Hadassah School of Dental Medicine (1985) and Temple University School of Dentistry (1990).