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July 12, 2012

Penn Dental Medicine Appoints Three New Department Chairs

Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of leadership posts within three of its academic departments, naming new chairmen within the School’s Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology, the Department of Orthodontics, and the Department of Pathology. All three appointments were effective July 1, 2012.

Anh D. Le, DDS, PhD, has joined Penn Dental Medicine as Norman Vine Endowed Professor of Oral Rehabilitation and Chair of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/ Pharmacology. Dr. Le comes to Penn Dental Medicine from the University of Southern California’s Ostrow School of Dentistry, where she served on the faculty since 2004, most recently as Tenured Professor in the Division of Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics. She earned her DDS from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992, and holds a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and PhD in Oral Biology from there as well, earning both in 1998. Among her research interests are stem-cell therapy and osteonecrosis of the jaw. In her new role, Dr. Le will lead oral surgery both at Penn Dental Medicine and within the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia systems.

Named Chair of the Department of Orthodontics is Chun-Hsi Chung, BDS, DMD, MS. Dr. Chung, who had served as Interim Chair since 2011, brings a depth of experience with the School and the Department to this leadership role. Having earned his DMD at Penn Dental Medicine in 1986, he completed his postdoctoral training here as well, receiving his certificate in orthodontics and MS in Oral Biology in 1992. Dr. Chung first joined the School’s faculty in 1992, and since 2003, he has been Associate Professor of Orthodontics. Since 2010, he has also served as the Director of the School’s Postdoctoral Orthodontic Program. Active in organized dentistry, he is presently a Director representing the Mid-Atlantic region on the American Board of Orthodontics and serves on the Legal Committee and the Written Examination Committee of the Board as well.

Taking on the leadership role as Chair of the Department of Pathology is Kelly L. Jordan-Sciutto, PhD. Dr. Jordan-Sciutto, who served as Interim Chair since 2011, has been a member of the School’s faculty since 2001 and has been Associate Professor of Pathology since 2008. Dr. Jordan-Sciutto earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Thomas Jefferson University in 1996 and her research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration associated with neuroinflammation during HIV infection. Within the University of Pennsylvania, she is also a member of the Center for AIDS Research, the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences, the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Group, and the Neuroscience Graduate Group. Effective July 1, she was also selected as a member of the NeuroAIDS and Other End-Organ Diseases Study Section within the NIH Center for Scientific Review.

“Drs. Le, Chung, and Jordan-Sciutto all bring great skills and experience to these important leadership roles,” says Penn Dental Medicine’s Morton Amsterdam Dean, Dr. Denis Kinane. “We are extremely pleased to have them guiding the future growth and development of their respective departments.”

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